Deaths in History on August 4

  • 1060 Henry I, King of the Franks (1031-60), dies at 52
  • 1113 Gertrude of Saxony (b. 1030)
  • 1204 Boniface of Montferrat, margrave of Montferrat, murdered
  • 1265 Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer, killed in the Battle of Evesham (b. 1223)
  • 1265 Simon de Montfort the younger, English Earl of Leicester, dies in battle
  • 1306 Wenceslaus III of Bohemia, King of Hungary (1301-05) and King of Bohemia and Poland (1305-06), stabbed to death at 16
  • 1338 Thomas of Brotherton, 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Edward I of England (b. 1300)
  • 1430 Philip I, Duke of Brabant (1427-30), dies at 26
  • 1476 Jacob van Armagnac-Pardiac, French duke of Nemours, beheaded
  • 1526 Juan Sebastian Cano, Spanish explorer, dies
  • 1566 Girolamo della Robbia, Italian sculptor (Majolica relief), dies
  • 1578 Sebastiaan, King of Portugal (1557-78), dies in The Battle of Three Kings in Morocco at about 24
  • 1578 Thomas Stuckley, English adventurer and mercenary, killed at the Battle of Three Kings in Morocco
  • 1584 John van Hembyze, Flemish Calvinist, dies at 71
  • 1598 William Cecil, 1st baron Burghley, English statesman, dies at 77
  • 1612 Hugh Broughton, English scholar (b. 1549)
  • 1633 George Abbott, English theologist and the Archbishop of Canterbury (1611-1633), dies at 60
  • 1639 Juan Alarcon y Mendoza, Mexican-Spanish playwright, dies at 58
  • 1666 Johan Evertsen, ltalian admiral of Zeeland, lynched in Brielle
  • 1699 Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Queen of Portugal as the wife of King Peter II from 1687-99), dies at 32
  • 1718 René Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France, dies at 62
  • 1727 Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (b. 1647)
  • 1741 Andrew Hamilton, American lawyer
  • 1778 Pierre de Rigaud, Canadian-born French Governor of New France, dies at 79
  • 1795 Timothy Ruggles, American-born Tory politician (b. 1711)
  • 1821 William Floyd, American soldier who signed the US Declaration of Independence, dies at 86
  • 1844 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman, dies at 71
  • 1859 Jean Vianney, French Catholic priest, and eventual saint, dies at 73
  • 1873 Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, dies at 39

Hans Christian AndersenHans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Danish author of 150 fairy tales (The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen), dies at 70

  • 1895 Marcellus Augustus Stovall, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76
  • 1900 Isaac Levitan, Russian classical painter, dies at 39
  • 1905 Kinjikitile "Bokero" Ngwale, Tanzanian prophet and rebel leader, hanged for treason by German East African military
  • 1914 Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist, dies at 61
  • 1915 Richard Kiepert, German cartographer (Africa), dies at 68

Enver PashaEnver Pasha (1881-1922)

Turkish general, Ottoman Minister of War during World War I and part of the dictatorial triumvirate known as the "Three Pashas", dies in battle in the Soviet Union at 40

  • 1925 Alfons Van de Perre, Flemish physician, dies
  • 1927 John Dillon, Irish nationalist and British Lower house leader, dies at 75

Daniel WilliamsDaniel Williams (1858-1931)

American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart Immunologist, dies at 73

  • 1938 L H Perquin, Dutch radio announcer, dies at 73
  • 1940 Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
  • 1957 Washington Luís, President of Brazil (1926-30), dies at 87
  • 1958 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)
  • 1976 Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop
  • 1976 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)
  • 1977 Edgar Adrian, English physiologist (Nobel 1932-function of neurons), dies at 87
  • 1977 Emil Bloch, German Marxist philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • 1982 Bruce Goff, American Architect (b. 1904)
  • 1991 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80
  • 1992 František Tomášek, 34th Archbishop of Prague and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church in Bohemia, dies at 93
  • 1992 Ralph Cooper, creator (Amateur Night at the Apollo), dies of cancer
  • 1994 Giovanni Spadolini, Italian historian and politician, dies at 69
  • 1994 Richard Du Cann, English lawyer and QC,, dies at 65
  • 1994 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile, dies at 85
  • 1995 J. Howard Marshall [James Howard Marshall II], American businessman and husband of Anna Nicole Smith, dies at 90
  • 1996 Geoff Hamilton, gardner/journalist, dies at 59
  • 1997 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (born Feb 21, 1875), dies at 122 years, 164 days
  • 1998 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • 1999 Carl Toms, British stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two), dies at 72
  • 2002 Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Soham murder victims, murdered by Ian Kevin Huntley at 10
  • 2003 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist and Nobel Prize laureate 1954, dies at 86
  • 2004 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal Board and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • 2005 Anatoly Larkin, Russian American physicist, dies at 72
  • 2009 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), dies at 86
  • 2011 Mark Duggan is shot by police in London at 29, sparking widespread riots
  • 2013 Sandy Woodward [John Forster], English admiral (British Naval Task Force, Falklands War), dies at 81
  • 2014 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), dies at 73
  • 2019 Nuon Chea, Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader 'Brother Number Two', dies at 93