Famous People Who Died on April 4th in History

Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on this Day in History?

1812 – U.S. President James Madison enacted a ninety-day embargo on trade with the United Kingdom

1865 – American Civil War: A day after Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln visits the Confederate capital

1945 – World War II: American troops liberate Ohrdruf forced labor camp in Germany

1964 – The Beatles occupy the top five positions on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart

1967 – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech in New York City’s Riverside Church

1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee


1550-1617 – John Napier, Scottish mathematician, was a Scottish mathematician, physicist, astronomer& astrologer, and also the 8th Laird of Merchistoun.

1725-1792 – James Sykes was an American lawyer and politician from Dover, in Kent County, Delaware. He served in the Delaware General Assembly and was a Continental Congressman from Delaware

1773-1841 – William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States

1769-1846 – Solomon Sibley, American senator from Michigan Territory

1785-1861 – John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

1790-1863 – Ludwig Emil Grimm, German painter and engraver and brother of the Brothers Grimm

1850-1878 – Richard Brewer, American gunslinger/cowboy, he was the first leader of what historically is referred to as Billy the Kid’s band

1791-1883 – Peter Cooper, American industrialist, inventor and philanthropist, He designed and built the first steam locomotive in the U.S., and founded the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan, New York City.

1844-1929 – Karl Benz, German engine designer, inventor, and automobile engineer, together with Bertha Benz pioneering founder of

1870-1951 – George Albert Smith, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1925-1958 – Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure, former marine who became a mob body guard, had a relationship with Lana Turner and was stabbed to death by Lana Turner’s daughter Cheryl Crane

1929-1968 – Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

1899-1983 – Gloria Swanson, American actress

1938-1991 – H. John Heinz III, U.S. Senator, an American politician from Pennsylvania, a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives (1971-1977) and the United States Senate (1977-1991

1899-1993 – Alfred Mosher Butts, American architect and inventor of Scrabble

1920-1999 – Early Wynn, American baseball player, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago White Sox and Cy Young Award Winner

1979-2004 – Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan, who became a prominent (sometimes crazy) anti-war activist


This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing