Deaths in History on March 4

  • 480 Saint Landry, French bishop of Sées
  • 561 Pelagius I, Italian Pope (556-61), dies
  • 1172 Stephan III, King of Hungary (1162-72), dies; (b. 1147)

SaladinSaladin (c. 1137-1193)

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, dies of fever at about 55

  • 1238 Joan of England, Queen Consort of Scotland, wife of Alexander II (b. 1210)
  • 1238 Yuri II, Grand Prince of Vladimir, beheaded by his own forces after being caught by Mongolian forces (b. 1189)
  • 1303 Daniel of Moscow, Russian Saint, Grand Prince of Muscovy (b. 1261)
  • 1484 Saint Casimir, Crown Prince of Poland dies at 25
  • 1496 Sigismund, Archduke of Austria (b. 1427)
  • 1561 Carlo Carafa, Italian cardinal, dies at 41
  • 1583 Bernard Gilpin, English clergyman, "Apostle of the North" (b. 1517)
  • 1604 Fausto Paolo Sozzini, Italian theologian and founder of Socinianism, dies at 64
  • 1615 Hans von Aachen, German painter, dies
  • 1710 Louis III, Prince of Condé and Duke de Bourbon, dies at 41
  • 1733 Claude de Forbin, French naval commander, dies at 76
  • 1744 John Anstis, English Garter King of Arms, dies at 74
  • 1762 Johannes Zick, German fresco painter (b. 1702)
  • 1793 Isaac Ouwater, Amsterdam painter and cartoonist, dies at 44
  • 1794 Henri de La Rochejacquelin, French Royalist Army leader, dies at 21
  • 1795 John Collins, American politician, 3rd Governor of Rhode Island (1786-90), dies at 77
  • 1805 Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter, dies at 79
  • 1807 Abraham Baldwin, American politician (b. 1754)
  • 1825 Raphaelle Peale, American painter (After the Rain, 1823), dies at 51
  • 1832 Jean-François Champollion, French scholar who deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics with the Rosetta Stone, dies at 41
  • 1842 James Forten, African-American abolitionist and businessman who used his wealth to push for civil rights and the abolition of slavery, dies at 75
  • 1851 James Richardson, British explorer (Sahara Desert), dies of an illness near Lake Chad at 41
  • 1853 Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist and paleontologist, dies at 78

Matthew C. PerryMatthew C. Perry (1794-1858)

Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, dies of rheumatism at 63

  • 1864 Thomas Starr King, American Unitarian clergyman and lecturer who advocated for California to remain in the Union (Christianity & Humanity), dies of an illness at 39
  • 1866 Alexander Campbell, Irish-American clergyman and Founder of Disciples of Christ, dies at 77
  • 1868 Jesse Chisholm, American pioneer of the Chisholm Trail (b. 1805)
  • 1872 Johannes Carsten Hauch, Danish poet (b. 1790)
  • 1877 Hendrik van Rijgersma, Dutch governor (St Maarten), dies at 42

Alexander H. StephensAlexander H. Stephens (1812-1883)

American Vice President of the Confederate States (1861-65), dies at 71

  • 1888 Amos Bronson Alcott, American reformer, philosopher and poet (Table Talk), dies at 88
  • 1903 Joseph Henry Shorthouse, English writer (John Inglesant), dies at 68
  • 1906 John McAllister Schofield, former U.S. Secretary of War and Commanding General of the U.S. Army (b. 1831)
  • 1910 Knut Ångström, Swedish physicist (b. 1857)
  • 1915 William Willett, British inventor of Daylight Saving Time, dies of influenza at 58
  • 1916 Franz Marc, German painter/co-founder (Blaue Reiter), killed at 36
  • 1925 James Ward, English psychologist and philosopher (b. 1843)
  • 1927 Ira Remsen American chemist (b. 1846)
  • 1938 George Foster Peabody, American politician (b. 1852)
  • 1940 Hamlin Garland, American writer (Middle Border), dies at 79
  • 1943 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek foreign minister, dies at 71
  • 1944 Emanuel Weiss, American hitman (b. 1906) (executed)
  • 1944 Fannie Barrier Williams, American educator and political activist (b. 1855)

Louis BuchalterLouis Buchalter (1897-1944)

Jewish-American mobster (Murder, Inc.), executed at 47

  • 1944 Louis Capone, New York organized crime figure (b. 1896) (executed)
  • 1946 Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886)
  • 1950 Adam Rainer, Austrian man, only record human to ever to have been both a dwarf and a giant (b. 1899)
  • 1952 Charles Scott Sherrington, British physiologist (Nobel 1932-functions of neurons), dies at 94
  • 1958 Albert Kuyle [Lou Kuitenbrouwer], writer (Jesus' Carpet), dies at 54
  • 1960 Herbert O'Conor, American politician, 51st Governor of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • 1962 Cairine R. Wilson, 1st Canadian female senator (appointed), dies at 77
  • 1963 William Carlos Williams, American physician and poet (Pictures from Brueghel, and Other Poems), dies at 79
  • 1967 Michel Plancherel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1885)
  • 1967 Vladan Desnica, Croatian and Serbian writer (b. 1905)
  • 1973 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • 1974 Adolph Gottlieb, American painter, dies at 71
  • 1976 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), dies at 89
  • 1977 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • 1977 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • 1978 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • 1979 Willi Unsoeld, American mountaineer (First ascent of the West Ridge of Mount Everest), dies at 52
  • 1984 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • 1986 Ding Ling, Chinese writer (The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River), dies at 81

Elizabeth SmartElizabeth Smart (1913-1986)

Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • 1986 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist and writer, dies at 75
  • 1992 C Meijer, Dutch editor in chief (Typhoon), dies
  • 1992 Christian K. Nelson, American inventor of Eskimo Pie (now Edy's Pie)), dies at 98
  • 1993 Nicholas Ridley, Lord Ridley of Liddesdale, English politician, Minister of Finance, dies at 64
  • 1993 Richard Sale, American pulp writer and director (Oscar, Torpedo Run), dies at 80
  • 1996 Barbara Lewis, British obituarist, dies at 55
  • 1996 Minnie Pearl [Sarah Ophelia Colley], American country comedienne (Grand Ole Opry, Hee-Haw), dies at 84
  • 1997 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • 1999 Harry Blackmun, American lawyer and jurist (Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court), dies at 90
  • 1999 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • 2001 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, dies at 93
  • 2001 Jim Rhodes, American politician, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • 2002 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • 2003 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • 2004 George Pake, American physicist (b. 1924)
  • 2004 Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Nicola Calipari, Italian secret service agent (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)
  • 2006 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)
  • 2006 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Bob Hattoy, American gay rights, AIDS, and environmental activist, dies from AIDS-related causes at 56
  • 2007 Jorge Kolle Cueto, Bolivian Commmunist Party politician
  • 2007 Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian, assassinated by Communist rebels at 41
  • 2007 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (38th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri), dies at 77
  • 2008 Gary Gygax, American fantasy author and role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons), dies at 69
  • 2008 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • 2009 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Hilario Chávez Joya, Mexican Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Joanne Simpson, American meteorologist (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Joaquim Fiúza, Portuguese sailor (b. 1908)
  • 2010 Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect (b. 1933)
  • 2010 Samuel J. Eldersveld, U.S. academic, political scientist, and Democratic politician (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • 2010 Vladislav Ardzinba, Abkhazian politician (b. 1945)
  • 2011 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Arjun Singh, Indian politician (b. 1930)
  • 2011 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • 2011 Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Indian politician and former Nepali Prime Minister (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • 2011 Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist who won the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics with Carlo Rubbia, dies at 85
  • 2011 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • 2016 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • 2017 Clayton Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, dies at 86
  • 2017 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], American cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, dies at 91
  • 2017 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • 2018 Javed Abidi, Indian disability rights activist, director (NCPEDP), and founder of the Disability Rights Group, dies of a chest infection at 53
  • 2019 Juan Corona, Mexican born American serial killer, dies in prison at 85

Javier Pérez de CuéllarJavier Pérez de Cuéllar (1920-2020)

Peruvian diplomat, 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1982-91) and Prime Minister of Peru (2000-01), dies at 100