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Deaths in History on April 26

  • 757 Stephen II, Catholic Pope (752-757), dies at 43
  • 1192 Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan, 77th Emperor of Japan, dies at 64
  • 1196 Alfonso II, King of Aragon (1162-96), dies at 39
  • 1444 Robert Campin, first great master of Flemish and Early Netherlandish painting, dies at ~65
  • 1476 Simonetta Vespucci, Italian noblewoman & inspiration of Botticelli, dies at 23
  • 1478 Giuliano de' Medici, Medeheerser of Florence, murdered at ~24
  • 1489 Ashikaga Yoshihisa, Japanese 9th shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate, dies at 23
  • 1558 Jean Francois Fernel, French physician (coined the term "physiology"), dies at 61
  • 1660 Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate, German princess & consort of Brandenburg as the wife of George William, dies at 62
  • 1716 John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England, dies at 65
  • 1726 Jeremy Collier, English bishop & theatre critic, dies at 75
  • 1784 Nano Nagle, Irish convent founder, dies at 66
  • 1789 Peter Ivanovich Panin, Russian general (Pugatshov-uprising), dies at ~67
  • 1805 Jean-Baptiste-Gaspard d'Ansse de Villoison, French classical scholar (Anecdota Graeca), dies at 55
  • 1881 Ludwig Freiherr von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen, Bavarian general, dies at 65
  • 1892 Provo Wallis, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 100

  • 1910 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Norwegian author "Pa Guds Veje" and Nobel laureate 1903, dies at 77
  • 1920 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (number theory), dies of illness at 32
  • 1938 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (founded School of Phenomenology), dies at 79
  • 1940 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
  • 1941 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician & physiologist, dies at 74
  • 1945 Pavlo Skoropadsky, Ukrainian politician & general, dies at 71
  • 1945 Sigmund Rascher, Nazi doctor, dies at 36
  • 1946 Hermann von Keyserling, Baltic German philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • 1950 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician, dies at 68
  • 1951 Arnold Sommerfeld, German physicist, dies at 82
  • 1957 Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo, dies at 88
  • 1958 Joan Collette, Dutch painter, dies at 68
  • 1960 Wander Johannes de Haas, Dutch physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • 1964 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • 1964 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • 1969 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist & founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, dies at 85
  • 1970 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • 1970 Paul Celan, Romanian-born writer, dies at 49
  • 1970 Erik Bergman, Swedish pastor, dies at 83
  • 1972 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, dies at 79

  • 1981 Madge Evans, American TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • 1986 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter, dies at 87
  • 1987 John Ernest Silkin, British politician, dies at 64
  • 1990 Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, Colombian presidential candidate, assassinated at 38
  • 1991 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), dies at 60
  • 1992 Clyde Hartley, American entertainer, dies at 68
  • 1994 Masutatsu Oyama, Founder of Japanese Kyokushin Karate, dies at 70
  • 1995 Hugh Morton, Baron Morton of Shuna, Scottish lawyer & judge, dies at 65
  • 1996 Burton Stein, American historian, dies at 69
  • 1997 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies at 94
  • 2002 Robert Steinhäuser, German spree killer, dies at 19
  • 2003 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician, dies at 85
  • 2003 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist, dies at 98
  • 2003 Peter Stone, American writer, dies at 73
  • 2004 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • 2005 Augusto Roa Bastos, Paraguayan author, dies at 87
  • 2017 Raj Bagri, Indian-British merchant in metal, dies at 86