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Deaths in History on April 24

  • 624 Mellitus, third Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 709 Wilfrid, English bishop and saint, dies at about 76
  • 729 Egbert[us], English bishop/saint, dies in Iona at 89
  • 1077 Geza I, King of Hungary (1074-7), dies
  • 1185 Antoku Taira, emperor of Japan (1180-85), drowns
  • 1338 Marquis Theodore I of Montferrat (b. 1291)
  • 1530 Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (De partu Virginis), dies at 74
  • 1617 Carlo Concino, French marquis of Ancre/state advisor, murdered
  • 1622 Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint, dies at 44
  • 1656 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)

Person of interestDaniel Defoe

1731 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • 1736 Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (b. 1663)
  • 1776 Carolus van de Abeele, Flemish Jesuit, dies at 84
  • 1779 Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College, dies at 68
  • 1824 Herman Muntinghe, Dutch theologist (History of Mankind), dies at 71
  • 1852 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (b. 1783)

  • 1891 Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian general and fieldmarshal, dies at 90
  • 1900 George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll and Secretary of State for India (1868-74, 1880-85), dies at 76
  • 1900 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor and cable car pioneer, dies at 64
  • 1904 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist, dies at 77
  • 1912 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), dies at 81
  • 1917 Oskar Blumenthal, German playwright and critic, dies at 65
  • 1924 G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (b. 1844)
  • 1930 Henry Ernest Dudeney, English mathematician and puzzle maker, dies at 73
  • 1933 Felix Adler, German-American educator of political and social ethics, dies at 81
  • 1938 George Grey Barnard, American sculptor, dies at 74
  • 1941 Karin Boye, Swedish writer (Kallocain) commits suicide at 40

Person of interestLucy Maud Montgomery

1942 Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (Anne of Green Gables), dies at 67

  • 1942 Leonid Kulik, Russian Minerologist who led the first research expedition to study the Tunguska meteor site, the largest impact event in recorded history, dies of typhus in a Nazi prison camp at 58
  • 1943 Gerardus H de Hare, socialist vicar, dies at 63
  • 1944 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (b. 1859)
  • 1945 Anton de Kom, Suriname resistance fighter, dies at 47
  • 1945 Antoon Schweigmann, Dutch religious poet and resistance fighter, dies at 51
  • 1947 Willa Cather, American writer (My Ántonia), dies at 73
  • 1952 Hans [Hendrik A] Kramers, physicist (quantum mechanics), dies at 57
  • 1952 Jules Poncelet, Belgian minister of State, dies at 82

  • 1955 Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer/theater critic, dies at 79
  • 1956 Albrecht G Alt, German theologist (Small Schriften), dies at 72
  • 1957 Andries CD de Graeff, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1926-31), dies at 84
  • 1960 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, dies at 80
  • 1964 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (Nobel Prize 1939 in Physiology or Medicine - first commercially available antibiotic and marketed under the brand name Prontosil), dies at 68
  • 1967 Vladimir M Komarov, cosmonaut (Voshkod I), dies in Soyuz 1 at 40
  • 1976 Mark Tobey, US abstract painter, (Broadway Norm), dies at 85
  • 1980 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • 1985 Sergei Yutkevich, Russian director, (Otello, Banya), dies at 80

Person of interestWallis Simpson

1986 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • 1990 Joseph Leberman, entertainer, dies
  • 1991 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • 1993 Oliver Tambo, South African lawyer, anti-apartheid politician and co-founder (African National Congress), dies of a stroke at 75
  • 1995 Douglas Gunsekera, banker, dies at 77

Person of interestEugene Stoner

1997 Eugene Stoner, American firearms designer and inventor of the M16, dies of cancer at 74

Inventor Eugene Stoner
Inventor
Eugene Stoner
  • 2001 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)

Person of interestEstée Lauder

2004 Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 97

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • 2005 Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • 2009 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)
  • 2012 Nel Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD), dies at 80
  • 2017 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • 2017 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77
  • 2017 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), dies at 89