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Deaths in History in April 1972

  • Apr 2 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)

Person of interestAdam Clayton Powell Jr.

Apr 4 Adam Clayton Powell Jr., American politician (Rep-D-NY), dies of acute prostatitis at 63

  • Apr 4 John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies

MurderJoe Gallo

Apr 7 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, murdered at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • Apr 7 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered

Person of interestJames F. Byrnes

Apr 9 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, dies at 89

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • Apr 12 C W Ceram [Kurt Marek], German/American writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • Apr 15 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader (Industrial Union of Metalworkers), dies at 64
  • Apr 16 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, dies at 79

Person of interestKwame Nkrumah

Apr 27 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60) and 1st President of Ghana (1960-66), dies at 62

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Apr 29 Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
  • Apr 30 Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered