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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
  • 1498 Charles VIII, King of France (1483-98) who invaded Italy, dies at 27
  • 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 (b. c. 1583)
  • 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 Peter Camper, anatomist/animal scholar, dies at 66
  • 1789 Abd-ul-Hamid I, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1725)
  • 1801 Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer, dies at 76

Person of interestToussaint Louverture

1803 Toussaint Louverture, Haitian general, revolutionary and most famous of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, dies while in prison in France at about 59

General and Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture
General and Revolutionary
Toussaint Louverture
  • 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-Alexandre-César Charles, French inventor and balloonist who (with Nicholas Robert) was the first 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, grandson of English queen Victoria, dies at 1 day old
  • 1871 Wilhelm Freiherr von Tegetthoff, Aus adm (Helgoland/Lissa), dies at 43
  • 1871 Alexander Lloyd, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1805)
  • 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)

Person of interestP. T. Barnum

1891 P. T. [Phineas Taylor] Barnum, American circus promoter and showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 80

Circus Showman and Businessman P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman
P. T. Barnum
  • 1900 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch), dies at 73
  • 1920 Karl Binding, German jurist (b. 1841)
  • 1928 Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher, dies at 54
  • 1932 Erv A Kelley, US policeman, shot to death by Pretty Boy Floyd
  • 1933 Jan Erik/Eric Jan Hanussen, Berlin astrologist/illusionist, murdered
  • 1934 William Monroe Trotter, African, dies on 62nd birthday in Boston
  • 1939 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (1932-39), dies at 59
  • 1943 Jovan Ducic, Serbian poet (Blue Legends), dies at 72
  • 1943 Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)

Person of interestHenry Ford

1947 Henry Ford, American industrialist & auto maker (Ford Model T), dies at 83

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1961 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • 1970 Josina Machel, wife of Mozambique's 1st pres Samora Machel, dies

MurderJoe Gallo

1972 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, murdered at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • 1972 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered
  • 1977 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • 1977 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), dies at 70
  • 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
  • 1989 Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • 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 Golo Mann, German-American historian (Antisemitism), dies at 85
  • 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
  • 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, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • 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