Died On April 2nd

Discover the most famous people who died on April 2. The list includes people like Pope John Paul II, Samuel Morse, Georges Pompidou, C. S. Forester, Theodore William Richards. Famous personalities featured on this list, include spiritual & religious leaders, political leaders, military leaders and soldiers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, France and many more countries.
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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
(Politician, Anti-Apartheid Activist)
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bizana, Eastern Cape
Died: 2018
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had first met legendary anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela at a bus stop when she was barely 22. They ended up getting married the following year. Winnie’s journey was marred by bans and harassment by the South African government, but the determined social worker revolutionized South African politics.
 2 
Buddy Rich
(Musician)
Buddy Rich
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: 1987
 3 
Samuel Morse
(Inventor of Morse Code, Painter)
Samuel Morse
6
Birthdate: April 27, 1791
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1872
 4 
Jennifer Syme
(Actress)
Jennifer Syme
19
Birthdate: December 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pico Rivera, California
Died: 2001

In her short career, American actress Jennifer Syme acted in few films like Lost Highway and also worked as musician DaveNavarro's personal assistant. She briefly dated Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves. The couple broke up after the death of their daughter who was stillborn. Tragically, the actress died at the young age of 28, when her vehicle crashed into a row of parked cars.

 5 
Arthur, Prince of Wales
(Eldest Son of King Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York)
Arthur, Prince of Wales
8
Birthdate: September 20, 1486
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winchester Cathedral Priory, England
Died: 1502
 6 
Georges Pompidou
(President of France (1969 - 1974), Prime Minister of France (1962 - 1968))
Georges Pompidou
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montboudif, French Third Republic France
Died: 1974

Georges Pompidou was a French politician whose tenure as prime minister of France between 1962 and 1968 was the longest in the history of France. From 1969 to 1974, Pompidou served as president of France. He is credited with mending France's relationship with the US and maintaining positive relations with many other countries. 

Pope John Paul II
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Birthdate: May 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland
Died: 2005

Pope John Paul II was the head of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. He is hailed for helping to end Communist rule in his native Poland and improving the Catholic Church's relations with Islam, Judaism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He was a lifelong football fan, having himself played the sport in his youth.

 8 
Gil Hodges
(Baseball player)
Gil Hodges
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, Indiana, United States
Died: 1972
 9 
Edwin Starr
(Singer)
Edwin Starr
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: 2003
 10 
C. S. Forester
(Novelist)
C. S. Forester
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: 1966
 11 
Susan Anspach
(Actress)
Susan Anspach
0
Birthdate: November 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 2018
 12 
Hide
(Former Lead Guitarist of the Rock Band 'X Japan')
Hide
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: 1998

Hide (real name: Hideto Matsumoto) began his music career as lead guitarist for the metal group X-Japan. He achieved fame as a musician, singer-songwriter and record producer during the 1990s. His untimely death at just 33 shocked the music fans around the world.

 13 
Nina Schenk Grafin von Stauffenberg
(Claus von Stauffenberg's wife)
Nina Schenk Grafin von Stauffenberg
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 27, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: 2006
 14 
Bill Pickett
(Cowboy)
Bill Pickett
4
Birthdate: December 5, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Williamson County, Texas, United States
Died: 1932
 15 
Michael Wayne
(Producer)
Michael Wayne
1
Birthdate: November 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 2003
 16 
Joan I of Navarre
(Former Queen of Navarre (1274 - 1305))
Joan I of Navarre
2
Birthdate: January 14, 1273
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bar-sur-Seine, France
Died: 1305

Joan I of Navarre was the queen of Navarre from 1274 until her death in 1305, at the age of 32. She also became the queen consort of France in 1285 as she had married Philip IV of France who became King Philip IV on 5 October 1285. Joan is credited with founding the College of Navarre in 1305.

 17 
Milo O'Shea
(Actor)
Milo O'Shea
1
Birthdate: June 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 2013
 18 
Zewditu
(Empress of Ethiopia (1916 - 1930))
Zewditu
7
Birthdate: April 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Werreyimenu, Wollo
Died: 1930

Zewditu, a 20th-century Ethiopian empress and the eldest daughter of King Menelik of Shewa, scripted history as the first female head of an internationally recognized African state. She was also the first and last empress regnant of Ethiopia. It’s widely believed, she died of shock 2 days after her husband’s death in battle.

 19 
Gato Barbieri
(Saxophonist)
Gato Barbieri
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: 2016
 20 
Elizabeth Catlett
(Best known for her depictions of the Black-American experience in the 20th century)
Elizabeth Catlett
0
Birthdate: April 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: 2012
 21 
Richard Cobden
(Politician)
Richard Cobden
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 3, 1804
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heyshott, United Kingdom
Died: 1865
 22 
Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
(King of Hungary)
Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
1
Birthdate: July 13, 1608
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Graz, Austria
Died: 1657

Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III is largely held responsible for ending the Thirty Years’ War in 1648 with 2 peace treaties known as the Peace of Westphalia. He also conspired against Generalissimo Albrecht von Wallenstein when he was denied control of the imperial army. He was also instrumental in the Peace of Prague.

 23 
Hasan ibn Ali
(2nd Shia Imam (661-670))
Hasan ibn Ali
6
Birthdate: December 1, 0624
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Died: 0670

Hasan ibn Ali was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam. He was born to Muhammad's daughter Fatimah and Ali. Hasan is often referred to as the second Imam by the Shia Muslims. He was known for his kindness, knowledge, bravery, and tolerance.

 24 
Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
(Former Member of the French Constituent Assembly)
Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 9, 1749
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Bignon-Mirabeau, France
Died: 1791

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau was the son of renowned economist Victor Riqueti. A bout of small pox disfigured his face permanently but that didn’t stop him from rising as a leader of the French Revolution. However, posthumously, he was proved to be a royalist.

 25 
Robert H. Schuller
(Pastor, Non-fiction writer)
Robert H. Schuller
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alton
Died: 2015

The founder of the California-based Crystal Cathedral, Robert H. Schuller had begun preaching at a drive-in theater. Later, his weekly TV ministry Hour of Power became hugely popular. He had also penned books such as Tough Times Never Last but Tough People Do and Your Future is Your Friend.

 26 
Jesús Franco
(Filmmaker Known for Low-Budget Exploitation and B-Movies)
Jesús Franco
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Birthdate: May 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain
Died: 2013

Spanish director, screenwriter, producer, actor, cinematographer, editor, musician and composer Jesús Franco Manera, considered as a cult director by both critics and public, is most reputed as a director of exploitation and B-movies. His expansive career spanning over five decades saw him writing, directing, producing and acting in around 173 feature films.

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Edward C. Johnson II
(Businessman)
Edward C. Johnson II
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1984
 28 
Amber Rayne
(Adult Film Stars)
Amber Rayne
7
Birthdate: September 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Died: 2016
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 29 
Manoel de Oliveira
(Film Director)
Manoel de Oliveira
1
Birthdate: December 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Porto, Portugal
Died: 2015
 30 
Hannes Alfvén
(Swedish Electrical Engineer, Plasma Physicist and Winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Hannes Alfvén
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norrköping, Sweden
Died: 1995

Nobel Prize-winning Swedish electrical engineer Hannes Alfvén is best remembered for his research on plasma physics. He practically pioneered the field of magnetohydrodynamics, which deals with plasmas in magnetic fields. He also proposed the concept of plasma cosmology, challenging the big-bang model, and penned works such as Cosmic Plasma.

 31 
Rama III
(King of Siam)
Rama III
0
Birthdate: March 31, 1788
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
Died: 1851
 32 
Pudge Heffelfinger
(Football player)
Pudge Heffelfinger
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: 1954
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 33 
Ferdinand I of Aragon
(King)
Ferdinand I of Aragon
0
Birthdate: November 27, 1380
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Medina del Campo, Spain
Died: 1416
 34 
Maria Celeste
(Nun)
Maria Celeste
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 16, 1600
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: 1634
 35 
Willie Maley
(Scottish International Football Player and Manager)
Willie Maley
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 25, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newry, County Down, Ireland
Died: 1958
 36 
Tomoyuki Tanaka
(Japanese Film Producer Best Known for Co-creating the Godzilla Franchise)
Tomoyuki Tanaka
1
Birthdate: April 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kashiwara, Osaka, Japan
Died: 1997

Best remembered for his Godzilla series of films, among more than 200 other films, which he made with Toho Studios, producer Tanaka Tomoyuki had also produced several films for Akira Kurosawa, including the Academy Award-nominated and Palme d'Or-winning Kagemusha. He was married to Japanese actor Chieko Nakakita.

 37 
Jimmy Little
(Musician)
Jimmy Little
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New South Wales, Australia
Died: 2012
 38 
Franz Halder
(Chief of the General Staff of the German Army High Command)
Franz Halder
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 30, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: 1972

Franz Halder, the son of an army officer, became the Chief of General Staff of the German army, replacing General Ludwig Beck. He later became the Commander in Chief but was replaced due to disagreements with Hitler. He later testified against major Nazi officials in the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial.

 39 
Abdul Rahim Sarban
(Singer)
Abdul Rahim Sarban
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: 1993
 40 
Ranjitsinhji
(One of the Earliest Top-Class Indian Cricketers to Play the Sport)
Ranjitsinhji
1
Birthdate: September 10, 1872
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kathiawar, Vansoj, India
Died: 1933
 41 
Ravi Jayewardene
(Sport Shooter, Aviator)
Ravi Jayewardene
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colombo, British Ceylon
Died: 2017
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 42 
Thomas Gage
(Military Officer)
Thomas Gage
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1721 AD
Birthplace: Firle, England
Died: 1787
 43 
Benjamin Christensen
(Film Director)
Benjamin Christensen
0
Birthdate: September 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Viborg, Denmark
Died: 1959
 44 
Bennie Moten
(Jazz pianist)
Bennie Moten
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: 1935
 45 
Sonia McMahon
(Socialite)
Sonia McMahon
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Strathfield
Died: 2010
 46 
Zhang Daqian
(Chinese Artist )
Zhang Daqian
0
Birthdate: May 10, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neijiang, China
Died: 1983
 47 
Chuck Fairbanks
(American football coach)
Chuck Fairbanks
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: 2013
 48 
Carolyn Rodgers
(Writer)
Carolyn Rodgers
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2010
 49 
Aldo Fabrizi
(Actor)
Aldo Fabrizi
1
Birthdate: November 1, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: 1990
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Taos Amrouche
(The First Woman from Algeria to Publish a Novel)
Taos Amrouche
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia
Died: 1976

Taos Amrouche was an Algerian singer and writer. In 1947, she became the first woman from Algeria to publish a novel, when she released her autobiographical novel titled Jacinthe noire. Although she wrote in French, Taos Amrouche sang in Kabyle and her debut album Chants berbères de Kabylie was translated from Kabyle to French by her brother Jean.