On This Day

Deaths in History in April 1971

  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, American gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, dies at 49
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies

Person of interestFrançois Duvalier

Apr 21 François Duvalier "Papa Doc", Dictator and President of Haiti (1957-71), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 64

Dictator and President of Haiti François Duvalier
Dictator and President of Haiti
François Duvalier
  • Apr 23 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70