Deaths in History on April 3

  • 33 Christ, crucified (according to astronomer Humphreys & Waddington)
  • 628 Khosrow II, Sāsānian King of Persia (579-628), murdered by his son Kavad at about 57
  • 963 William III, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 915)
  • 1287 Honorius IV [Giacomo Savelli], Italian Pope (1285-87), dies
  • 1350 Eudes IV, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1295)
  • 1512 Richard Pafraet, Dutch printer, dies
  • 1525 Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet (Le Api), dies at 49
  • 1581 Huibert Duifhuis, Roman Catholic pastor (Rotterdam/Utrecht), dies
  • 1606 Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devon, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1680 Shivaji Bhonsle [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj], Indian warrior and founder of the Maratha Empire, dies of fever and dysentery around the age of 52
  • 1682 Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish Baroque painter (The Vision of St. Anthony), dies at about 64
  • 1691 Jean Petitot, Swiss enamel painter (b. 1608)
  • 1694 Ferdinand van Apshoven de Jongere, Flemish painter, buried at 64
  • 1695 Melchior de Hondecoeter, Dutch still life painter, dies at about 58
  • 1717 Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (b. 1640)
  • 1728 James Anderson, Scottish lawyer (b. 1662)
  • 1747 Francesco Solimena, Italian painter, dies at 89
  • 1769 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist and poet (wrote in blood), dies at 71
  • 1792 George Pocock, British admiral (b. 1706)
  • 1804 Jędrzej Kitowicz, Polish priest (b. 1727/1728)
  • 1811 Pieter-Jozef Verhaghen, Flemish (court)painter, dies at 83
  • 1822 Friedrich Justin Bertuch, German publisher and patron, dies at 74
  • 1838 Francesco Antommarchi, Napoleon's physician on St Helena, dies at 57
  • 1849 Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Father of the Plague-Patient), dies at 39
  • 1862 James Clark Ross, British Royal Navy explorer (British Antarctic), dies at 61
  • 1876 Henriette Davidis, German cookery writer (Practical Cookbook), dies at 75

Jesse JamesJesse James (1847-1882)

American outlaw and son of a clergyman, shot dead at 34 by fellow gang member Robert Ford in St. Joseph, Missouri

  • 1884 Carel van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch Cath politician, dies at 59
  • 1917 Arthur Graeme West, British writer and war poet (The Diary of a Dead Officer), killed by a sniper at about 25
  • 1936 Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, executed at 36
  • 1941 Pal Teleki-von Szek, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary (1920-21, 39-41), committed suicide at 61
  • 1945 Josef Weinheber, Austrian poet and writer (Vienna Verbatim), dies at 43
  • 1946 Masaharu Homma, Japanese Lt General (responsible for Bataan Death March in the Philippines), executed by firing squad for war crimes at 58
  • 1950 Carter G. Woodson, American historian (African American studies), dies at 74
  • 1951 John C. Kielstra, Dutch economist & governor (Suriname 1933-44), dies at 72
  • 1952 Miina Sillanpää, Finnish first female minister and a key figure in the workers' movement, dies at 85
  • 1958 Theodor Kramer, Austrian poet and writer, dies at 61
  • 1960 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • 1965 Ernst Kirchweger, Austrian communist and resistance fighter (born 1897 or 1898)
  • 1966 Battista Farina, Italian automobile designer and founder of Pininfarina company, dies at 72
  • 1966 Russel Crouse, US stagewriter (Life with Father), dies at 73
  • 1971 Joseph Valachi, American gangster, dies at 66
  • 1971 Manfred Bonnington Lee [Ellery Queen], American detective writer, dies at 65
  • 1981 Juan Trippe, American airline pioneer and entrepreneur (Pan Am founder), dies at 81
  • 1981 Leo Kanner, Austrian-American psychiatrist and social activist known for his work related to autism, dies at 86
  • 1982 Herman W Filarski, Dutch bridge journalist, dies at 69
  • 1988 Milton A. Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81

Graham GreeneGraham Greene (1904-1991)

English novelist (Brighton Rock, Our man in Havana, The Power and the Glory) and journalist, dies of leukaemia at 86

  • 1993 Eduardo Cabellero Calderon, Colombian writer and diplomat, dies at 83
  • 1993 Pinky Lee, American children's show host (Pinky Lee Show), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • 1994 Jerome Lejeune, French geneticist (discovered chromosome responsible for Downs Syndrome), dies at 67
  • 1995 David Herbert, British writer and raconteur, dies at 86
  • 1996 Carl Stokes, first African American mayor of a major US city (Cleveland), dies at 68
  • 1996 Ron Brown, American politician (US Secretary of Commerce, 1993-96; Democratic Party Chairman, 1989-93), dies in an air crash approaching Dubrovnik, Croatia, at 54
  • 1998 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • 2000 Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • 2001 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist, dies at 89
  • 2003 Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • 2007 Marion Eames, Welsh novelist, dies at 86
  • 2007 Nina Wang, Chinese widow of businessman Teddy Wang (Asia's richest woman), dies at 69
  • 2010 Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African white supremacist and leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, beaten to death over alleged political and racist motivations at 69
  • 2014 Freda Kida, American cartoonist, dies at 93
  • 2014 Tommy Lynn Sells, American serial killer, executed for murder at 49
  • 2015 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, dies at 73
  • 2016 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, dies at 102
  • 2016 Lars Gustafsson, Swedish poet and novelist (The Death of a Beekeeper, The Cracks in the Wall), dies at 79
  • 2018 David Edgerton, American entrepreneur and founder of Burger King, dies of complications of surgery at 90
  • 2020 Robert Armstrong [Lord Armstrong of Illminster], British peer and civil servant (Spycatcher trial), dies at 93