Deaths in History on April 7

  • 30 Jesus Christ is crucified, according to astronomer Schaefer
  • 924 Berengarius I, Emperor of Italy, murdered
  • 1307 Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward I of England (b. 1271)
  • 1444 John Capreolus, French theologist (Libri IV), dies at about 50

Charles VIIICharles VIII (1470-1498)

King of France (1483-98) who invaded Italy, dies after hitting his head on a door lintel at 27

  • 1503 [Zoe] Sophia Palaiologina, Byzantine princess, wife of Grand Prince Ivan III of Moscow, dies (b. 1449)
  • 1524 Philip of Burgundy, bishop of Utrecht, dies
  • 1614 El Greco, Greek-born artist working in Spain (b. 1541)
  • 1638 Shimazu Tadatsune, Japanese ruler of Satsuma, dies at 61
  • 1651 Lennart Torstenson, Swedish soldier and engineer (b. 1603)
  • 1658 Juan Eusebio Nieremberg, Spanish mystic (b. 1595)
  • 1661 William Brereton, 1st Baronet, English soldier and politician, dies at 56
  • 1663 Francis Cooke, Mayflower Pilgrim, dies at approximately 80
  • 1668 William Davenant, English poet (b. 1606)
  • 1719 Jean-Baptiste de la Salle, French priest and saint of the Catholic Church, dies at 67
  • 1739 Dick Turpin, English highwayman (hanged) (b. 1706)
  • 1747 Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal, dies at 70
  • 1766 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch classicist, dies at 81
  • 1782 Taksin, King of Siam (1767-82), dies at 47
  • 1789 Abd-ul-Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1725)
  • 1789 Petrus Camper, Dutch anatomist and anthropologist who studied comparative anatomy, paleontology and the facial angle, dies at 66
  • 1801 Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer, dies at 76

Toussaint LouvertureToussaint Louverture (1743-1803)

Haitian general, revolutionary and most famous of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, dies while in prison in France at about 59

  • 1810 Pieter L. van de Kasteele, Dutch politician and patriot, dies at 61
  • 1811 Garsevan Chavchavadze, Georgian diplomat and politician, dies at 53
  • 1816 Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia, dies at 28
  • 1823 Jacques Charles [Jacques-Alexandre-César Charles], French inventor and balloonist (with Nicholas Robert was 1st to take flight in a hydrogen balloon), dies at 76
  • 1836 William Godwin, English political writer (b. 1756)
  • 1842 Henrik Anker Bjerregaard, Norwegian writer and poet (Fjeldeventyret), dies at 50
  • 1850 William Lisle Bowles, English poet (14 Sonnets), dies at 87
  • 1868 Thomas D'Arcy McGee, Irish-Canadian journalist and Father of Confederation, dies at 42
  • 1871 Alexander Lloyd, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  • 1871 Alexander, grandson of English queen Victoria, dies at 1 day old
  • 1871 Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff, Aus adm (Helgoland/Lissa), dies at 43
  • 1875 Georg Herwegh, writer, dies at 57
  • 1880 Isaac M. St. John, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 52
  • 1881 Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsican representative of the people, dies at 65
  • 1884 Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe, Flemish poet (Daisies, Avondlamp), dies at 80
  • 1885 Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (b. 1804)

P. T. BarnumP. T. Barnum (1810-1891)

American circus promoter and showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 80

  • 1900 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River School), dies at 73
  • 1920 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • 1925 Saint Tikhon of Moscow [Vasily Ivanovich Bellavin], 11th Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia, dies at 60
  • 1928 Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher, dies at 54
  • 1932 Erv A Kelley, US policeman, shot to death by Pretty Boy Floyd
  • 1934 William Monroe Trotter, American newspaper editor and activist for African-Americans civil rights, dies in a fall from his roof on his 62nd birthday
  • 1939 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (1932-39), dies at 59
  • 1943 Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)
  • 1943 Jovan Ducic, Serbian poet (Blue Legends), dies at 72

Henry FordHenry Ford (1863-1947)

American industrialist and auto maker (Ford Model T), dies at 83

  • 1961 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • 1970 Josina Machel, Mozambican independence activist, and wife of Mozambique's 1st president Samora Machel, dies at 25

Joe GalloJoe Gallo (1929-1972)

American mobster, murdered at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

  • 1972 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered
  • 1977 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), dies at 70
  • 1977 Siegfried Buback, German Federal Prosecutor, assassinated by far-leftist militant group Red Army Faction, at 57
  • 1979 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • 1984 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), dies at 59
  • 1984 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • 1986 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet (Pastures of Silence), and playwright, dies at 64
  • 1992 Alix Talton, former Miss Georgia, dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1992 Clovis Ruffin, American fashion designer (T shirt dress), dies of AIDS at 46
  • 1994 Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Prime Minister of Rwanda (1993-94) and one of the 1st female political figures in Africa, assassinated by the presidential guard in the opening stages of the Rwandan Genocide at 40
  • 1994 Evert Hartman, Dutch writer (War Without Friends), dies at 56
  • 1994 Francois de Grossouvre, French politician and adviser to President Mitterrand, commits suicide at 76
  • 1994 Golo Mann, German-American historian (Antisemitism), dies at 85
  • 1995 Philip Vincent Belloc Jebb, architect, dies at 68
  • 1996 Ian Spurling, ballet designer, dies at 59
  • 1996 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, dies at 87
  • 1997 Georgy Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1998 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, dies at 55
  • 2003 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • 2003 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), dies at 76
  • 2009 Dave Arneson, American game designer (Dungeons & Dragons), dies of cancer at 61
  • 2011 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92
  • 2013 John St Aubyn, 4th Baron St Levan, English peer (St Michael's Mount), dies at 94
  • 2014 Peaches Geldof, English columnist and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • 2015 Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, eldest son of King Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, dies at 52