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Day History: April-19

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History of Deaths


1012- Ælfheah of Canterbury -English archbishop (b. 954)

1054- Pope Leo IX -(b. 1002)

1390- Robert II of Scotland -(b. 1316)

1560- Philipp Melanchthon -German theologian and reformer (b. 1497)

1567- Michael Stifel -German monk and mathematician (b. 1487)

1578- Uesugi Kenshin -Japanese daimyo (b. 1530)

1588- Paolo Veronese -Italian painter (b. 1528)

1608- Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset -English politician, Lord High Treasurer (b. 1536)

1618- Thomas Bastard -English clergyman (b. 1566)

1629- Sigismondo d'India -Italian composer (b. 1582)

1686- Antonio de Solís y Ribadeneyra -Spanish historian and playwright (b. 1610)

1689- Christina, Queen of Sweden -(b. 1626)

1733- Elizabeth Hamilton, Countess of Orkney -(b. 1655)

1739- Nicholas Saunderson -English mathematician (b. 1682)

1768- Canaletto -Italian painter (b. 1697)

1776- Jacob Emden -German rabbi and author (b. 1697)

1791- Richard Price -Welsh-English philosopher (b. 1723)

1813- Benjamin Rush -American physician and educator (b. 1745)

1824- Lord Byron -English-Scottish poet (b. 1788)

1831- Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger -German astronomer and mathematician (b. 1765)

1833- James Gambier, 1st Baron Gambier -Bahamian-English admiral (b. 1756)

1840- Jean-Jacques Lartigue -Canadian bishop (b. 1777)

1854- Robert Jameson -Scottish mineralogist and academic (b. 1774)

1881- Benjamin Disraeli -English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1804)

1882- Charles Darwin -English biologist and theorist (b. 1809)

1892- Thomas Pelham Dale -English priest (b. 1821)

1893- Martin Körber -Estonian-German pastor, composer, and conductor (b. 1817)

1901- Alfred Horatio Belo -American publisher, founded ''The Dallas Morning News'' (b. 1839)

1906- Pierre Curie -French physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)

1906- Spencer Gore (sportsman)|Spencer Gore -English tennis player and cricketer (b. 1850)

1914- Charles Sanders Peirce -American mathematician and philosopher (b. 1839)

1916- Ephraim Shay -American engineer, designed the Shay locomotive (b. 1839)

1926- Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov -Russian statistician (b. 1874)

1930- Georges-Casimir Dessaulles -Canadian businessman and politician (b. 1827)

1937- Martin Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington -English cartographer and politician (b. 1856)

1937- William Morton Wheeler -American entomologist (b. 1865)

1941- Johanna Müller-Hermann -Austrian composer (b. 1878)

1949- Ulrich Salchow -Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)

1950- Ernst Robert Curtius -French-German philologist and scholar (b. 1886)

1955- Jim Corbett -Indian colonel, hunter, and author (b. 1875)

1958- Artur Kukk -Estonian wrestler (b. 1899)

1960- Beardsley Ruml -American economist and statistician (b. 1894)

1961- Max Hainle -German swimmer (b. 1882)

1966- Eduards Smiļģis -Latvian actor and director (b. 1886)

1966- Javier Solís -Mexican singer and actor (b. 1931)

1967- Konrad Adenauer -German politician, 1st Chancellor of Germany (b. 1876)

1975- Percy Lavon Julian -American chemist (b. 1899)

1988- Kwon Ki-ok -North Korean pilot (b. 1901)

1989- Daphne du Maurier -English author and playwright (b. 1907)

1991- Stanley Hawes -English-Australian director and producer (b. 1905)

1992- Frankie Howerd -English actor (b. 1917)

1993- David Koresh -American religious leader (b. 1959)

1993- George S. Mickelson -American politician, 28th Governor of South Dakota (b. 1941)

1993- Timos Perlegas -Greek actor (b. 1938)

1993- Joseph Wallace -American murder victim (b. 1990)

1996- John Martin Scripps -English murderer (b. 1959)

1997- Eldon Hoke -American singer and drummer (The Mentors and The Screamers) (b. 1958)

1998- Octavio Paz -Mexican poet, philosopher, and academic Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)

1999- Hermine Braunsteiner -Austrian-German SS officer (b. 1919)

1999- David Sanes -American security guard (b. 1954)

2000- Louis Applebaum -Canadian composer and conductor (b. 1918)

2001- Meldrim Thomson, Jr. -American politician, 73rd Governor of New Hampshire (b. 1912)

2003- Mirza Tahir Ahmad -Indian-English caliph (b. 1928)

2004- Norris McWhirter -English author and activist co-founded the Guinness World Records (b. 1925)

2004- John Maynard Smith -English biologist and geneticist (b. 1920)

2005- George P. Cosmatos -Italian-Greek director and screenwriter (b. 1941)

2005- Ruth Hussey -American actress (b. 1911)

2005- Clement Meadmore -Australian-American sculptor (b. 1929)

2005- Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen -Danish bassist and composer (b. 1946)

2006- Albert Scott Crossfield -American engineer, pilot, and astronaut (b. 1921)

2007- Jean-Pierre Cassel -French actor (b. 1932)

2007- Helen Walton -American businesswomen (b. 1919)

2008- John Marzano -American baseball player (b. 1963)

2008- Alfonso López Trujillo -Colombian cardinal (b. 1935)

2009- J. G. Ballard -Chinese-English author (b. 1930)

2010- Guru (rapper)|Guru -American rapper, producer, and actor (Gang Starr) (b. 1961)

2010- Edwin Valero -Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)

2010- Carl Williams (criminal)|Carl Williams -Australian murderer and drug trafficker (b. 1970)

2011- Elisabeth Sladen -English actress (b. 1946)

2012- Leopold David de Rothschild -English financier and philanthropist (b. 1927)

2012- Greg Ham -Australian saxophonist, songwriter, and actor (Men at Work) (b. 1953)

2012- Levon Helm -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor (The Band) (b. 1940)

2012- Murtaza Razvi -Pakistani journalist (b. 1964)

2012- Valeri Vasiliev -Russian ice hockey player (b. 1949)

2013- Sivanthi Adithan -Indian businessman (b. 1936)

2013- Allan Arbus -American actor (b. 1918)

2013- Günseli Başar -Turkish model, Miss Europe|Miss Europe 1952 (b. 1932)

2013- Mike Denness -Scottish-English cricketer and referee (b. 1940)

2013- Patrick Garland -English actor and director (b. 1935)

2013- François Jacob -French biologist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1920)

2013- E. L. Konigsburg -American author and illustrator (b. 1930)

2013- Al Neuharth -American journalist, author, and publisher, founded ''USA Today'' (b. 1924)

2013- Tamerlan Tsarnaev -Russian-American terrorist (b. 1986)

2014- Bashir Ahmad (singer)|Bashir Ahmad -Indian-Bangladeshi singer (b. 1940)

2014- Lindy Berry -American football player (b. 1927)

2014- Mimi Kok -Dutch actress and singer (b. 1934)

2014- Ian McIntyre -Scottish journalist and producer (b. 1930)

2014- Kevin Sharp -American singer (b. 1970)

2014- Sonia Silvestre -Dominican singer (b. 1952)

2014- Frits Thors -Dutch journalist (b. 1909)