Died On April 23rd

Discover the most famous people who died on April 23. The list includes people like William Shakespeare, Cesar Chavez, James Earl Ray, Boris Yeltsin, William Wordsworth. Famous personalities featured on this list, include poets, political leaders, directors and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Russia and many more countries.
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William Shakespeare
(English Playwright & Poet Who is Regarded as the Greatest Writer in the English Language)
William Shakespeare
220
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 26, 1564
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, England
Died: 1616

English playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He is also often called England's national poet. Many of his works have been translated into other languages and his plays continue to be produced till day. Popular during his lifetime, he acquired an iconic status after his death.

William Wordsworth
77
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 7, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingdom of Great Britain
Died: 1850

English poet William Wordsworth, along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, released Lyrical Ballads in 1798, which set the tone for the Romantic Age of English Literature. Wordsworth was known for his poems I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, The Prelude, and The Solitary Reaper. He also served as the Poet Laureate.

 3 
Cesar Chavez
(American Labour Leader, Civil Rights Activist and Co-Founder of the ‘National Farm Workers Association’)
Cesar Chavez
39
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 31, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yuma, Arizona, United States
Died: 1993
Cesar Chavez became a Latin American civil rights icon owing to his efforts to secure rights for farmworkers. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers union. He was inspired by Gandhian non-violent protests and organized the Delano grape strike, among other protests.
 4 
Saint George
(One of the Most Venerated Saints and Megalomartyrs in Christianity)
Saint George
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Cappadocia, Turkey
Died: 0303

Saint George was a Christian soldier in the Roman army who is accepted as a saint in Christianity. He was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith and was executed by decapitation, according to Greek tradition.  Saint George's Day is celebrated in his memory on 23 April. He is one of the most venerated saints in Christianity.

 5 
Paulette Goddard
(One of the Most Popular Female Stars of the Early 1940s)
Paulette Goddard
3
Birthdate: June 3, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1990

Paulette Goddard was an American actress best known for playing the female lead in Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times. Goddard, who started her career as a child fashion model, went on to establish herself as a major star in the 1940s. Over the years, she has been depicted in many films by actresses like Diane Lane and Natalie Wilder.

 6 
Sawyer Sweeten
(Child Actor)
Sawyer Sweeten
26
Birthdate: May 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brownwood, Texas
Died: 2015

Sawyer Sweeten gained prominence with his performance in Everybody Loves Raymond. He took his own life from a self-inflicted gunshot a fortnight before his 20th birthday. The news of his death left his fans and co-stars shocked.

 7 
Howard Cosell
(Journalist)
Howard Cosell
11
Birthdate: March 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winston-Salem
Died: 1995
 8 
P. L. Travers
(Best Known as the Author of 'Mary Poppins' Series of Books)
P. L. Travers
19
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maryborough, Australia
Died: 1996

Australian-British author and Shakespearean actor Pamela Lyndon Travers, known by her pseudonym, P. L. Travers, soared to fame with her Mary Poppins series of children's books. Disney later bought the rights to her Mary Poppins series and released a film version. It was later made into a Broadway play, too.

 9 
Boris Yeltsin
(Former President of Russia)
Boris Yeltsin
30
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Butka
Died: 2007
Boris Yeltsin served as the first president of Russia, from 1990 to 1999. He contributed to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. His regime was marked by capitalism, monopoly, inflation, and corruption. He introduced a modified constitution that increased the presidential powers. He later abruptly announced his resignation on TV.
 10 
Sir John Mills
5
Birthdate: February 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: North Elmham, Norfolk, England, UK
Died: 2005

Sir John Mills was an English actor whose career spanned 70 years. During the course of his career, Mills won several prestigious awards, including an Academy Award for his portrayal of Michael in the 1970 epic romantic drama film, Ryan's Daughter. In 2002, he was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with a BAFTA Fellowship.

 11 
Satyajit Ray
(Indian filmmaker)
Satyajit Ray
28
Birthdate: May 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: 1992

Satyajit Ray was an Indian film director, music composer, and writer. Considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray became the first Indian to be honored with an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. Apart from Indian filmmakers, international directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Wes Anderson, and Christopher Nolan have been influenced by Satyajit Ray. 

 12 
Otto Preminger
(Director and Producer Best Known for His Film ‘Anatomy of a Murder’)
Otto Preminger
7
Birthdate: December 5, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vyzhnytsya, Ukraine
Died: 1986

While he initially wished to follow in his prosecutor father’s footsteps to be a lawyer, Otto Preminger later discovered his love for theater. A master stage director, he later signed with Fox as one of its first independent filmmakers. He soared to fame with the 1944 film Laura.  

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Buster Crabbe
(Winner of the 1932 Olympic Gold Medal for 400-meter Freestyle Swimming Event)
Buster Crabbe
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: 1983

Apart from being an Olympic gold-winning swimmer, Buster Crabbe later also became a well-known actor. He was seen in over 170 movies, with lead roles in series such as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. The International Swimming Hall of Fame inductee had also penned fitness books and owned a swimming pool company.

 14 
Rupert Brooke
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 3, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rugby
Died: 1915
 15 
William Hartnell
(Actor)
William Hartnell
3
Birthdate: January 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Pancras, London, England, UK
Died: 1975
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 16 
Alfred Eisenstaedt
(Father of Photojournalism)
Alfred Eisenstaedt
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: December 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tczew, Germany
Died: 1995

Alfred Eisenstaedt was a German-born American photojournalist and photographer who achieved popularity as a photographer for Life magazine. Remembered for capturing memorable images, Eisenstaedt is credited with capturing the V-J Day in Times Square, which became one of his most popular cover photographs. In 1989, he was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Arts.

 17 
Charles G. Dawes
(Vice President of the United States)
Charles G. Dawes
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 27, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio
Died: 1951
 18 
Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
(Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1964 - 2000))
Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg
Died: 2019

Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg was exiled with his family following the German occupation of Luxembourg during World War II. A Royal Military Academy Sandhurst alumnus, he was part of the D-Day landings and the liberation of Luxembourg from the Nazis, and later turned Luxembourg into a financial hub.

 19 
Johnny Thunders
(Singer and Guitarist who Played for Rock Bands Like ‘New York Dolls’ and ‘The Heartbreakers’)
Johnny Thunders
1
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: 1991
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Bhanubhakta Acharya
(Poet)
Bhanubhakta Acharya
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 13, 1814
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chundi Ramgha, Nepal
Died: 1868
 21 
David Halberstam
(Historian, Writer, Journalist)
David Halberstam
1
Birthdate: April 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 2007

Journalist and historian David Halberstam is known for his works in areas as diverse as the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and American sports and culture. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter had worked with The New York Times. He later died in a car crash.

 22 
Lord Leopold Mountbatten
(Military Leader)
Lord Leopold Mountbatten
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Died: 1922
 23 
Harold Arlen
(American Composer)
Harold Arlen
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: 1986
 24 
Fred the Godson
(DJ)
Fred the Godson
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2020
 25 
Boris Godunov
(Tsar of Russia (1598 to 1605))
Boris Godunov
0
Birthdate: August 12, 1552
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vyazma, Russia
Died: 1605
 26 
Karl Polanyi
(Austro-Hungarian Economic Anthropologist, Economic Sociologist and Politician)
Karl Polanyi
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Birthdate: October 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1964

Apart from being a political economist, Karl Polanyi was also a prominent Hungarian political leader. The Great Transformation remains his best-known work. He taught at institutes such as the Columbia University and is known for proposing the idea of a cultural version of economics known as substantivism.

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Milva
(Singer)
Milva
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Goro, Emilia–Romagna, Italy
Died: 2021
 28 
Princess Louise of Prussia
(Politician)
Princess Louise of Prussia
1
Birthdate: December 3, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1923
 29 
Roy Campbell
(Poet)
Roy Campbell
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 2, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
Died: 1957
 30 
Juan Tizol
(Puerto Rican Composer and Trombonist)
Juan Tizol
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Juan
Died: 1984
 31 
Edwin Ray Guthrie
(Psychologist)
Edwin Ray Guthrie
0
Birthdate: January 9, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Died: 1959
 32 
Andre Gunder Frank
(German-American Sociologist and Economic Historian)
Andre Gunder Frank
0
Birthdate: February 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 2005

Andre Gunder Frank was a German-American economic historian and sociologist who advocated dependency theory and world-systems theory. In the 1950s and 1960s, Frank taught subjects, such as economics and anthropology at several American universities. He then went on to serve as a professor at the University of Chile. From 1981 to 1994, he taught at the University of Amsterdam.

 33 
Adalbert of Prague
(Patron Saint of the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Duchy of Prussia.)
Adalbert of Prague
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0956 AD
Birthplace: Libice nad Cidlinou, Czechia
Died: 0997

Adalbert of Prague was a Bohemian Christian saint and missionary who served as the Bishop of Prague. He also served as a missionary to the Poles, Hungarians, and Prussians. Adalbert was martyred for his attempt to convert the Baltic Prussians to Christianity. Today, he is known as the patron saint of the Duchy of Prussia, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

 34 
Norio Ohga
(Former President and Chairman of 'Sony Corporation' Who Developed the CD as an Audio Format)
Norio Ohga
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Died: 2011

Former president and chairman of the Japanese technology conglomerate Sony Corporation, Norio Ohga was also the man who launched the CD. Initially an opera singer, he complained about the quality of the tape recorders of Tokyo Tsushin, which was later renamed Sony, and was soon hired by its owners.

 35 
Geórgios Karaïskákis
(Military commander)
Geórgios Karaïskákis
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1780 AD
Birthplace: Mavrommati, Greece
Died: 1827
 36 
Princess Marie Isabelle of Orleans
(Princess)
Princess Marie Isabelle of Orleans
1
Birthdate: September 21, 1848
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Telmo Palace, Seville, Spain
Died: 1919
 37 
David Mathieson Walker
(Astronaut)
David Mathieson Walker
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia
Died: 2001
 38 
Krzysztof Komeda
(Composer, Pianist, Jazz musician, Film score composer)
Krzysztof Komeda
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ostrów Wielkopolski
Died: 1969

Krzysztof Komeda was a Polish jazz pianist and film music composer. He is best remembered for his collaboration with popular filmmaker Roman Polanski; he worked as a composer for many of Polanski's films like Knife in the Water and Rosemary's Baby. Krzysztof Komeda's 1965 album Astigmatic is often counted among the most prominent European jazz albums of all time.

 39 
Béla III of Hungary
(King of Hungary and Croatia (1172 - 1196))
Béla III of Hungary
1
Birthdate: 1148 AD
Birthplace: Esztergom, Hungary
Died: 1196

Béla III succeeded his elder brother Stephen III, as King of Hungary and Croatia. During his reign, Bela III emphasized significance of written records. According to Hungarian chronicles from the 14th century Bela III established the Royal Chancery. The royal palace and the cathedral rebuilt in Esztergom during his reign were the earliest examples of Gothic architecture in Central Europe.  

 40 
Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria
(Composer)
Duchess Maria Antonia of Bavaria
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 18, 1724
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
Died: 1780
 41 
Peter Porter
(Poet)
Peter Porter
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Died: 2010

Peter Porter was a British-based Australian poet. Born in Australia, he had a difficult early life. He later moved to the United Kingdom, where he was able to establish himself in a successful writing career. He was made a Royal Society of Literature Companion of Literature in 2007.  The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is named in his honor. 

 42 
Herbert Coleridge
(Philologist)
Herbert Coleridge
0
Birthdate: October 7, 1830
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: 1861
 43 
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
(Singer)
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 2, 1902
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kasur
Died: 1968
 44 
Edward Robert Hughes
(British Painter)
Edward Robert Hughes
0
Birthdate: November 5, 1851
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1914
 45 
Joseph Jefferson
(Actor)
Joseph Jefferson
0
Birthdate: February 20, 1829
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1905
 46 
Mark Cubbon
(Army officer with the East India Company)
Mark Cubbon
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1775
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maughold, Isle of Man
Died: 1861
 47 
Elisabeth Schumann
(German-Born American Opera Singer Who Immortalized the Role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier)
Elisabeth Schumann
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Merseburg, Germany
Died: 1952

German-born American opera singer Elisabeth Schumann who was known for her lieder performances. She performed at iconic venues such as the Hamburg Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Covent Garden. She is perhaps best remembered for her role of Sophie in Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. She later taught at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute.

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LeRoy T. Walker
(Sports Executive)
LeRoy T. Walker
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: 2012

Apart from being the first Black coach of an American Olympic team, LeRoy T. Walker was also the first Black president of the US Olympic Committee. The fame track and field coach also excelled in basketball and football initially. He also held an Olympic Order and 15 honorary degrees.

 49 
Ethelred the Unready
(King of England from 978 to 1013)
Ethelred the Unready
2
Birthdate: 0968 AD
Birthplace: Wessex
Died: 1016
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Childebert III
(King of the Franks)
Childebert III
0
Birthdate: 0679 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 0711