Deaths in History on June 4

  • 1039 Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor (1027-39), King of Germany, Italy and Burgundy, founder of the Salian dynasty, dies at 49
  • 1135 Huizong, 8th Emperor of Song Dynasty of China, dies at 53
  • 1206 Adèle of Champagne, wife of Louis VII of France
  • 1257 Duke Przemysl I of Poland
  • 1267 Hendrik of Vianden, bishop of Utrecht (1252-67), dies
  • 1394 Mary de Bohun, wife of Henry IV of England and mother of Henry V, dies at about 26
  • 1463 Flavio Biondi, Italian writer (Rome instaurata), dies at about 65
  • 1558 Maximilian of Burgundy, leader of Holland/admiral, dies at 43
  • 1585 Marc Antoine de Muret, French humanist, dies at 59
  • 1608 Francesco Caracciolo, Italian priest and saint (Caracciolini), dies at 44
  • 1663 William Juxon, archbishop of Canterbury (1660-63), dies
  • 1674 John Lievens, Dutch painter, etcher and wood carver, dies at 66
  • 1792 John Burgoyne, British general (surrendered at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 70
  • 1793 Jan Ekels de Young, Dutch painter, dies at 34

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova (1725-1798)

Italian writer, adventurer and famous lover, dies at 73

  • 1801 Frederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (b. 1750)
  • 1809 Nicolai Arbraham Abildgaard, Danish painter/architect, dies at 65
  • 1818 John van Well, choreographer/mime (Pierrot), dies at 44
  • 1825 Ferdinand I, King of Sicily/Naples (Ferdinand IV), dies
  • 1830 Antonio José de Sucre, Great Marshall of Ayacucho (b. 1795)
  • 1850 Willem F Mauritius HK, Prince of Orange-Nassau, dies from meningitis at 6
  • 1864 Nassau William Senior, British economist (New Poor Law 1834), dies at 73
  • 1872 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • 1875 Eduard Friedrich Mörike, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1880 Eugen Adam, painter, dies
  • 1887 William A. Wheeler, American politician (19th Vice President of the United States), dies at 67
  • 1918 Charles W. Fairbanks, 26th Vice President of the United States (Republican: 1905-09) and Senator, dies of nephritis at 66
  • 1921 Heinrich E Albers-Schoenberg, German x-ray experimenter, dies at 56
  • 1922 William Halse Rivers, British psychologist/anthropologist, dies
  • 1925 Pierre Louÿs, French writer (Aphrodite), dies at 54
  • 1926 Eugeen of Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Sparks & Radiates), dies
  • 1931 Ibn Ali Hussein, King of Hejaz, dies
  • 1937 Keke Geladze, Russian seamstress who was the mother of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, dies at 78 or 81

Wilhelm IIWilhelm II (1859-1941)

German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888-1918), dies of a pulmonary embolus at 82

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich (1904-1942)

German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), dies a week after an assassination attempt at 38

  • 1945 Georg Kaiser, German playwright (The Burghers of Calais), dies at 66
  • 1954 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • 1958 Mechtilde Lichnowsky, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1959 Charles Vidor, Hungarian director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • 1962 William Beebe, US biologist/explorer, dies at 84
  • 1964 Samuil Marshak, Russian-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, dies at 76
  • 1965 Bernard Verhoeven, Dutch poet (Pleidooi near een non), dies at 68
  • 1966 Blanche Knopf, American publisher, president of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and wife of publisher Alfred A. Knopf Sr., dies at 71
  • 1970 Hjalmar Schcacht [Horace Greeley], Nazi minister, dies
  • 1970 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier Suriname, dies
  • 1971 Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher and literary critic, dies at 86

Arna BontempsArna Bontemps (1902-1973)

American poet and novelist who was part of the Harlem Renaissance, dies of a heart attack at 72

  • 1973 Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, American ultra-light hiking pioneer and 1st woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, dies of an apparent heart attack at 85
  • 1973 Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • 1978 Jorge de Sena, Portuguese novelist and poet (Reino da Estupidez), dies at 58
  • 1985 John Ringling North, American circus director (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937-43), dies at 81
  • 1989 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • 1994 Roberto Burle Marx, Brazilian landscape gardener, dies at 84
  • 1994 Thomas Stuart Willan, English economic historian, dies at 84
  • 1994 Toto Bissainthe, voodoo poet, dies at 59
  • 1995 Herta Ryder, British literary agent, dies at 77
  • 1995 Paul WIlliams, British climber, dies in a climbing accident at 49
  • 1995 William J Law, sailor, dies at 84
  • 1996 Kudirat Abiola, wife of Moshood Abiola, is assassinated
  • 1996 Tito Okello, president of Uganda (1985-86), dies
  • 1997 Kurt Alfred Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • 2001 Dipendra of Nepal, Nepal prince who shot his parent and seven other family members, dies in a coma while technically King at 29
  • 2002 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • 2006 Eric Molobi, South African activist (ANC, Kagiso Trust), dies at 58
  • 2007 Craig L. Thomas, American politician (Senator-R-Wyoming 1995-2007, Rep-R-Wyoming 1989-95), dies of Leukemia at 74
  • 2007 Jim Clark, American sheriff and segregationist (b. 1922)
  • 2011 Claudio Bravo Camus, Chilean born painter, dies at 74
  • 2011 Juan Francisco Luis, U.S. Virgin Islander governor (b. 1940)
  • 2015 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96
  • 2019 Jiggs Kalra, Indian food writer "Czar of Indian cuisine", dies at 72