Famous People Who Died on April 8th 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?

  • 1832 – Black Hawk War: Around three-hundred United States 6th Infantry troops leave St. Louis, Missouri to fight the Sauk Native Americans.
  • 1913- The 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution, requiring direct election of Senators, becomes law.
  • 1942- World War II: Siege of Leningrad – Soviet forces open a much-needed railway link to Leningrad.
  • 1945 – World War II: After an air raid accidentally destroys a train carrying about 4,000 Nazi concentration camp internees in Prussian Hanover, the survivors are massacred by Nazis.
  • 2006 – Shedden massacre: The bodies of eight men, all shot to death, are found in a field in Ontario, Canada. The murders are soon linked to the Bandidos motorcycle gang.


1850-1906 – Auguste D, First recorded Alzheimer’s victim

1945-1968 – Barbara Jane Harrison was a British air stewardess. She is one of four women to have been awarded the George Cross for heroism and the only one of the four not to have served with the Special Operations Executive in occupied France during the Second World War. She is the only woman to be awarded the medal for gallantry in peacetime. She died while saving others during an emergency landing

1894-1978 – Ford Frick, 3rd American baseball commissioner and Hall of Famer

1893-1981 – Omar Bradley U.S. general who was one of the main U.S. Army field commanders in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and a General of the Army in the United States Army. He was the last surviving five-star commissioned officer of the United States and the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1897-1985 – J. Fred Coots, American songwriter who wrote Santa Claus is Coming to Town

1971-1990 – Ryan White, American AIDS activist who died of AIDS, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment

1969-1991 – Per Yngve “Dead” Ohlin, Swedish metal singer for Mayhem

1897-1993 – Marian Anderson, American contralto was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century

1907-1996 – George W. Jenkins, American businessman and founder of Publix Super Markets

1918-1996 – Ben Johnson, American cowboy actor in Westerns

1922-2010 – Jack Agnew, Irish-born American World War II veteran, Agnew belonged to the Filthy Thirteen, a part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. The group parachuted into France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, to remove a bridge over the Douve River. The mission cost most of the men their lives, while Agnew was wounded. He was awarded the Purple Heart for this and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf for his later service.

1946-2010 – Malcolm McLaren, British music manager, performer, impresario, self-publicist, and manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls. As a solo artist, McLaren had an innovative career which helped introduce hip hop to the United Kingdom.

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