Died On April 12th

Discover the most famous people who died on April 12. The list includes people like Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, Josephine Baker, William M. Tweed, Clara Barton. Famous personalities featured on this list, include boxers, historians, presidents and mathematicians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France and many more countries.
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F. D. Roosevelt
(32nd President of the United States)
F. D. Roosevelt
80
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyde Park, New York, United States
Died: 1945

F D Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States and was in the office from 1933 to1945. Qualified as a lawyer, he entered politics as an ambitious young man, inspired by his relative Theodore Roosevelt, a fellow politician. F D Roosevelt had an illustrious political career and is rated by scholars among the nation's greatest presidents.

 2 
Josephine Baker
(First Black Woman to Star in a Major Motion Picture, the 1927 Silent Film 'Siren of the Tropics')
Josephine Baker
42
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 1975
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.
 3 
Gilbert Gottfried
(Stand-up comedian, Actor)
Gilbert Gottfried
15
Listed In:
Birthdate: February 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2022
 4 
Joe Louis
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Boxers of All Time.)
Joe Louis
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambers County, Alabama, United States
Died: 1981
Boxer Joe Louis, or the Brown Bomber, was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 and was the longest-reigning (single) heavyweight champion. The International Boxing Research Organization declared him the best heavyweight boxer of all time. He was also a skilled golfer and appeared in a 1952 PGA event.
 5 
Sugar Ray Robinson
(One of the Greatest Boxers of All Time)
Sugar Ray Robinson
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ailey, Georgia, United States
Died: 1989

Sugar Ray Robinson was an American boxer. Considered one of the greatest boxers ever, Robinson held a 91-fight unbeaten streak from 1943 to 1951, the third-longest in the history of professional boxing. Also known for his flamboyant and classy lifestyle outside the ring, Sugar Ray Robinson unsuccessfully tried his hand at a career as an entertainer after retiring from boxing.

 6 
Charlie Murphy
(Best Known as a Writer & Cast Member of the Sketch-Comedy Series 'Chappelle's Show')
Charlie Murphy
22
Birthdate: July 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2017
Charlie Murphy, older brother of Eddie Murphy, is best remembered for his sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show and for his performance as Vic in Black Jesus. He also voiced Big Kid on the children’s show Thugaboo. He also starred in movies such as CB4 and co-wrote Vampire in Brooklyn.
 7 
Georgia Engel
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Georgette Franklin Baxter’ in the TV Sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)
Georgia Engel
3
Birthdate: July 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2019
Georgia Engel is best remembered for her Emmy-nominated performances as Georgette Franklin Baxter in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and as Pat MacDougall in Everybody Loves Raymond. She voiced Bobbie in the Open Season franchise. A Christian Science believer, she did not consult any physician and died of unknown causes.
 8 
Clara Barton
(American Nurse Who Founded the American Red Cross)
Clara Barton
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 25, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North Oxford, Oxford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1912

Clara Barton was an American nurse best remembered for founding the American Red Cross. She is renowned for her civil rights advocacy and humanitarian work. She also played an important role in the Civil War, serving as a hospital nurse, a patent clerk, and a teacher. In 1973, Barton was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 9 
Joanna of Castile
(Former Queen of Castile (1504 - 1555))
Joanna of Castile
6
Birthdate: November 6, 1479
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toledo, Spain
Died: 1555
Joanna, the 16th-century queen of Castile and Aragon, also known as "Joanna the Mad," was declared insane and locked up at the Royal Convent of Santa Clara by her father. Following her father’s death, she nominally co-ruled the kingdom with her son, Charles I, but remained imprisoned till her death.
 10 
Rajkumar
(Actor)
Rajkumar
24
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gajanur, India
Died: 2006

Legendary Kannada actor and singer Dr. Rajkumar had gained titles such as Nata Saarvabhouma and Gaana Gandharva from his fans. He was a major force behind the Gokak agitation for Kannada language. He had also been awarded with the Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

 11 
Tarvaris Jackson
(American Football Player)
Tarvaris Jackson
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 12 
Anne Jackson
(Actress)
Anne Jackson
3
Birthdate: September 3, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Millvale, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: 2016
 13 
Boxcar Willie
(Singer)
Boxcar Willie
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ellis County, Texas, U.S.
Died: 1999
 14 
Forrest Gregg
(American Football Player)
Forrest Gregg
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birthright, Texas, United States
Died: 2019
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 15 
Adoniram Judson
(Missionary)
Adoniram Judson
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 9, 1788
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malden
Died: 1850

Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson is remembered for his long stint in Burma, where he established a church, founded schools, and baptised many people. He also translated the Bible into Burmese and worked on a Burmese-English dictionary. He was also one of the first from America to travel abroad for missionary activities.

 16 
Eleanor Coppola
(Director, Known for "Hearts of Darkness" and Documentary Work.)
Eleanor Coppola
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Birthdate: May 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2024

Eleanor Coppola is an American artist, documentary filmmaker, and writer. The wife of Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor has often been credited for the success of her husband. Eleanor Coppola is also credited with founding an organization called Circle of Memory which aims at commemorating loved ones. She also manages the Rubicon Estate Winery which is owned by her family.

 17 
Charles Messier
(Astronomer)
Charles Messier
6
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 26, 1730
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Badonviller
Died: 1817

French astronomer Charles Messier is remembered for his pioneering tabulation of nebulae, making it easier to differentiate between nebulae and comets. King Louis XV name him The Comet Ferret. He was drawn to astronomy when he witnessed a solar eclipse and the great six-tailed comet in childhood.

 18 
James Gleason
(Actor)
James Gleason
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 23, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1959
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 19 
Tim Brooke-Taylor
(Comedian)
Tim Brooke-Taylor
5
Birthdate: July 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buxton, England
Died: 2020
 20 
Alan Paton
(Writer, Autobiographer, Screenwriter)
Alan Paton
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pietermaritzburg
Died: 1988

Alan Paton was a South African anti-apartheid activist and author best remembered for his novels, Too Late the Phalarope and Cry, the Beloved Country. Through his works, Paton aimed at exposing the apartheid oppression to reform his society. He was honored on various occasions for his exceptional contribution to literature. The Alan Paton Award is presented annually in his honor.

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Marilyn Chambers
(Actress)
Marilyn Chambers
6
Birthdate: April 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Died: 2009
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 22 
Edward Drinker Cope
(American Zoologist and Paleontologist)
Edward Drinker Cope
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 28, 1840
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1897
 23 
Otto Wagner
(Architect, University teacher)
Otto Wagner
2
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: July 13, 1841
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: 1918

Austrian urban architect and furniture designer Otto Wagner started his career in line with the Neo-Renaissance style but later made pioneering contributions to the modern architectural movement in Europe. A major figure of both the Vienna Secession and the Art Nouveau, he built iconic buildings such as the Postal Savings Bank.

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Rodolfo Gonzales
(Boxer)
Rodolfo Gonzales
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: 2005
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 25 
Ludvig Nobel
(Entrepreneur, Engineer, Philanthropist)
Ludvig Nobel
1
Birthdate: July 27, 1831
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stockholm
Died: 1888

Ludvig Nobel was a Swedish-Russian engineer, humanitarian, and businessman. Along with his brother Robert, Ludvig operated an oil company named Branobel, which produced fifty percent of the world's oil at one point. Best remembered for creating the Russian oil industry, Ludvig Nobel was one of the richest men in the world. Ludvig Nobel is also credited with inventing oil tankers.  

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William M. Tweed
(Member of the New York Senate from 1868 to 1873)
William M. Tweed
2
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: April 3, 1823
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1878

William M. Tweed was an American politician best known for serving as the boss of Tammany Hall, which had a major influence on the political scene of 19th-century New York State. He was later convicted for stealing millions of dollars from New York City taxpayers. His life and career inspired several films, such as Up in Central Park and Liberty.

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Epiphanius of Salamis
(Bishop of Salamis)
Epiphanius of Salamis
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0310 AD
Birthplace: Eleutheropolis, Palestine
Died: 0403
 28 
Claude, Duke of Guise
(Nobleman)
Claude, Duke of Guise
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 20, 1496
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Castle of Condé, France
Died: 1550
 29 
Igor Tamm
(Soviet Physicist Who Won the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Igor Tamm
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vladivostok, Russia
Died: 1971

Igor Tamm was a Soviet physicist whose contribution to the discovery of Cherenkov radiation earned him the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physics, which he shared with Ilya Mikhailovich Frank and Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov. In the 1940s and '50s, Igor Tamm played an important role in the Soviet atomic bomb project, which was authorized by Joseph Stalin.

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Margaret of Castello
(Nun)
Margaret of Castello
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1287 AD
Birthplace: Castello della Metola, Italy
Died: 1320
 31 
Doug Sanders
(American Professional Golfer)
Doug Sanders
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cedartown, Georgia, United States
Died: 2020

Doug Sanders was a professional golfer. He won 20 events on the PGA Tour. A self-taught golfer, he received an athletic scholarship to the University of Florida. He won the 1956 Canadian Open as an amateur and turned professional shortly after. He was known for his exceptionally short, flat golf swing. He was also a published author. 

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Harvey Ball
(Artist, Entrepreneur, United States Armed Forces)
Harvey Ball
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Worcester
Died: 2001
 33 
Herbie Nichols
(Musician)
Herbie Nichols
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: 1963
 34 
Mikayel Nalbandian
(Writer)
Mikayel Nalbandian
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 14, 1829
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nakhichevan-on-Don, Don Host Oblast, Russian Empire (now Rostov-on-Don, Russia)
Died: 1866
 35 
Stirling Moss
(One of the Greatest Race Car Drivers Who Never Won a Formula One World Championship)
Stirling Moss
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Kensington, London, England
Died: 2020

British Formula One race-car driver Stirling Moss won several contests such as the British Grand Prix and the New Zealand Grand Prix. He was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, too. He later had a broadcasting career with Wide World of Sports and narrated Roary the Racing Car.

 36 
Seiji Miyaguchi
(Actor)
Seiji Miyaguchi
1
Birthdate: November 15, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: 1985
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 37 
Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon
(Novelist)
Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 13, 1707
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1777
 38 
William R. Tolbert
(Former President of Liberia)
William R. Tolbert
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bensonville, Liberia
Died: 1980
 39 
Daphne Sheldrick
(Writer, Conservationist)
Daphne Sheldrick
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kenya
Died: 2018
 40 
Abbie Hoffman
(Political Activist, Co-Founder of the 'Youth International Party' and Member of the 'Chicago Seven')
Abbie Hoffman
25
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1989

The co-founder of the Youth International Party, Abbie Hoffman was an American social and political activist. A popular exponent of the Flower Power movement, Abbie Hoffman played a major role in the events leading up to the violent confrontations with the cops during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He remains an iconic figure of the counterculture era.

 41 
Edward Sokoine
(Politician)
Edward Sokoine
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Monduli, Arusha Region, Tanzania.
Died: 1984
 42 
Louis Auguste Sabatier
(Historian)
Louis Auguste Sabatier
0
Birthdate: October 22, 1839
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vallon, France
Died: 1901
 43 
Karim Fakhrawi
(Journalist)
Karim Fakhrawi
0
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Bahrain
Died: 2011
 44 
Robert Byrne
(American Chess Player and Chess Author Who Held the Fide Title of Grandmaster (GM))
Robert Byrne
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2013
 45 
Pope Julius I
(Pope)
Pope Julius I
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0280 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 0352
 46 
Felicitas Mendez
(Activist)
Felicitas Mendez
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 5, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Juncos, Puerto Rico Juncos, Puerto Rico
Died: 1998
 47 
David Gest
(Reality TV Stars & Former Husband of Singer Liza Minnelli)
David Gest
7
Birthdate: May 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 2016

David Gest was an American television personality and producer. He is credited with founding the American Cinema Awards Foundation. He is also credited with putting together the last reunion of the Jacksons and Michael Jackson by producing the TV special Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration.

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D. F. Malherbe
(Novelist)
D. F. Malherbe
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 28, 1881
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paarl, South Africa
Died: 1969
 49 
Alexandre Banza
(Former Politician, Military personnel who played role in Saint-Sylvestre coup d'état)
Alexandre Banza
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Carnot, Central African Republic
Died: 1969
 50 
William Walden Rubey
(Geologist)
William Walden Rubey
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moberly, Missouri, United States
Died: 1974