Died On April 5th

Discover the most famous people who died on April 5. The list includes people like Kurt Cobain, Howard Hughes, Douglas MacArthur, Chiang Kai-shek, Charlton Heston. Famous personalities featured on this list, include lawyers, poets, neurologists and actors and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Kurt Cobain
(Guitarist, Lead Vocalist and Primary Songwriter of the Rock Band 'Nirvana')
Kurt Cobain
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Died: 1994

Gaining fame as a member of the rock band Nirvana, singer-songwriter and musician Kurt Cobain was often heralded as a spokesman of Generation X. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock. He enjoyed tremendous professional success, but his personal life was troubled. He died of suicide at just 27.

 2 
Douglas MacArthur
(American Military Leader Who Played a Prominent Role in the Pacific Theater During World War II)
Douglas MacArthur
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: 1964
American five-star general Douglas MacArthur was the field marshal of the Philippine Army. He and his father were the first father-son duo to win the Medal of Honor. after World War II, he became the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Japan and contributed to Japan’s reconstruction.
 3 
Howard Hughes
(Film Producer and an Important Figure in the Aviation Industry Who Became Known for His Ecentric Behavior)
Howard Hughes
48
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Humble, Texas, United States
Died: 1976

A multi-talented personality, Howard Hughes was one of the richest person of his time. A business tycoon, he made big investments in films and aviation industry. Passionate about flying, he set numerous flying records, and also risked his own life in process. Howard Hughes who inherited his family business and became millionaire at the age of 18, was later on troubled with mental illness and turned recluse.

 4 
Layne Staley
(Original Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Alice in Chains')
Layne Staley
37
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington, United States
Died: 2002

Layne Staley was an American musician best known for his tenor voice and distinct vocal style. The original lead singer of the band Alice in Chains, Layne Staley is credited with the success of the rock band in the early-1990s. His untimely demise at age 34 has inspired several songs, such as Bleeding The Orchid, and a couple of biographies.

 5 
Charlton Heston
(Actor and Political Activist )
Charlton Heston
39
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Died: 2008

Charlton Heston was an American actor whose cinematic legacy became the subject of an 11-film retrospective titled Cinematic Atlas: The Triumphs of Charlton Heston. Also a political activist, Charlton Heston was one of the few Hollywood actors to criticize racism in the 1950s and 1960s; he was also a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement.

 6 
Sam Walton
(Businessman)
Sam Walton
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingfisher, Oklahoma
Died: 1992
Sam Walton, founder of the retail chain Walmart and Sam's Club, was the richest man in the U.S. at one point. He made Walmart the world’s largest private employer. One of Time’s 100 most influential people of the 20th Century, he had also earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 7 
Honor Blackman
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Pussy Galore’ in the Film ‘Goldfinger’)
Honor Blackman
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Birthdate: August 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 2020
Honor Blackman became one of the oldest actors to play the "Bond Girl," with the role of Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Fans also loved her as Cathy Gale in the series The Avengers and as Laura West in The Upper Hand. Blackman was also active in British politics.
 8 
Allen Ginsberg
(Best Known for His Poem ‘Howl’, Which is One of the Most Significant Products of the 'Beat Movement')
Allen Ginsberg
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: 1997
Allen Ginsberg, a Beat Generation poet, is best remembered for his 1956 poem Howl, which criticized U.S. capitalism and described homosexual acts, and was thus banned. He earned the National Book Award for The Fall of America and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Cosmopolitan Greetings: Poems 1986–1992.
 9 
Chiang Kai-shek
(President of the Republic of China)
Chiang Kai-shek
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 31, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Xikou
Died: 1975

Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese revolutionary who led the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975, first in mainland China until 1949 and later on in Taiwan until his death. He is credited with successfully leading the Northern Expedition against the Beiyang government, achieving Chinese unification. He was involved in a civil war with Communist Party of China, which he lost in 1949 and retreated to Taiwan.

 10 
John Pinette
(Comedian, Actor)
John Pinette
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Birthdate: March 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2014
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 11 
Gene Pitney
(Singer-songwriter)
Gene Pitney
12
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: 2006
 12 
Debralee Scott
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Birthdate: April 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died: 2005
 13 
Georges Danton
(French Lawyer and a Leading Figure in the French Revolution)
Georges Danton
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 26, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Arcis-sur-Aube, France
Died: 1794

Georges Danton was a major figure in the early stages of the French Revolution. While many historians state that he played a key role in the establishment of the First French Republic, a few scholars refute this claim. He served as the first president of the Committee of Public Safety and was beheaded by the advocates of revolutionary terror. 

 14 
Saul Bellow
(Writer)
Saul Bellow
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lachine, Montreal, Canada
Died: 2005
 15 
Monika Dannemann
(German Figure Skater and Painter)
Monika Dannemann
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: 1996

Monika Dannemann was a German painter and figure skater whose professional achievements were overshadowed by her relationship with legendary guitar player Jimi Hendrix; she is often referred to as the last girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix. A year before her death, Monika Dannemann published a book titled The Inner World of Jimi Hendrix.   

 16 
Cozy Powell
(Drummer)
Cozy Powell
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cirencester
Died: 1998
 17 
Paul Ritter
10
Birthdate: December 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kent, England
Died: 2021
 18 
Darryl Stingley
(Football player)
Darryl Stingley
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2007
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 19 
Divya Bharti
(Actor)
Divya Bharti
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Birthdate: February 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai
Died: 1993
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 20 
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
(Designer)
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: December 11, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart
Died: 2012

The grandson of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, nicknamed Butzi, was surprisingly dismissed from his industrial design course due to his supposed incompetence. He ended up designing the legendary sports car Porsche 901, later known as the Porsche 911. He also established the Porsche Design Studio.

 21 
Isao Takahata
(Japanese Director, Screenwriter and Producer Who was the Co-founder of Studio 'Ghibli')
Isao Takahata
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Birthdate: October 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ise, Mie, Japan
Died: 2018

Japanese filmmaker Isao Takahata is best known for his collaborations with Hayao Miyazaki, with whom he co-established Studio Ghibli. Born to an academician father, he had initially studied French literature. He is best remembered for his Oscar-nominated film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. His signature plot includes a protagonist on a train.

 22 
Abe Fortas
(U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice)
Abe Fortas
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis
Died: 1982
 23 
Shirley Douglas
(Canadian Actress and Activist)
Shirley Douglas
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Birthdate: April 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Weyburn, Canada
Died: 2020
Actor and activist Shirley Douglas, daughter of Canadian politician Tommy Douglas, started her career with English theater and TV and then went back to Canada. She has played real-life idols such as Nellie McClung, May Bailey, and Madeleine Albright in various projects. She was also part of The Vagina Monologues.
 24 
Saul Bass
(Graphic designer)
Saul Bass
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Birthdate: 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 1996
 25 
Lee Petty
(American Stock Car Racing Driver and One of the Pioneers of NASCAR)
Lee Petty
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Randleman, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2000
George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 26, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Died: 1923
 27 
Fakhr al-Din al-Razi
(Iranian Philosopher and Theologian)
Fakhr al-Din al-Razi
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Birthdate: 1150 AD
Birthplace: Shahr-e-Rey, Iran
Died: 1210

Fakhr ad-Dīn ar-Rāzī was a Persian polymath and Islamic scholar. He wrote influential works in the fields of cosmology, astronomy, physics, medicine, chemistry, theology, ontology, literature, history, philosophy, and jurisprudence. A person way ahead of his time, Fakhr ad-Dīn ar-Rāzī was one of the earliest champions of the concept of Multiverse and argued about the actuality of the outer space.

 28 
Bobby Mitchell
(American football player)
Bobby Mitchell
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 29 
Molly Picon
(Actress)
Molly Picon
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Birthdate: February 28, 1898
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1992
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 30 
Vincent Ferrer
(Valencian Dominican Friar, Preacher and Logician)
Vincent Ferrer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1350
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Valencia, Spain
Died: 1419

Initially a professor of theology, Vincent Ferrer later traveled across Europe to preach. He became known for his austere lifestyle. The Catholic saint is now revered as the patron saint of builders, fishermen, prisoners, and others. He had a major role in ending the Great Western Schism.

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Wilder Penfield
(Surgeon, Neuroscientist, Neurosurgeon, University teacher, Neurologist)
Wilder Penfield
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spokane
Died: 1976

Neuroscientist Wilder Penfield redefined medical science with his innovative way of treating epilepsy patients through surgery. He would note down his patients’ responses when they would be conscious under local anesthesia. He also founded the Montreal Neurological Institute, but was unable to cure his sister’s brain cancer.

 32 
Sydney Brenner
(Biologist)
Sydney Brenner
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 13, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Germiston, Transvaal, Union of South Africa
Died: 2019

Sydney Brenner was a South African biologist who made important contributions to various areas of molecular biology, including the genetic code. Brenner shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir John E. Sulston and H. Robert Horvitz. Sydney Brenner is credited with founding the Molecular Sciences Institute, which is situated in the United States of America.

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Slavomir Rawicz
Slavomir Rawicz
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warsaw
Died: 2004

Slavomir Rawicz was a Polish Army lieutenant. He was imprisoned by the NKVD after the German-Soviet invasion of Poland and eventually made a miraculous escape, according to his own accounts. However, several authorities have questioned the veracity of his claims. After the war, he settled in England, married and raised a family. He later became a technician.  

 34 
Charles Freer Andrews
(Anglican Priest, Christian Missionary, Educator and Social Reformer)
Charles Freer Andrews
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: 1940

Charles Freer Andrews was a Christian missionary and Anglican priest. He was also an educator and social reformer. A close friend of Indian freedom fighters Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi, he supported the Indian struggle for independence. Gandhi fondly called him Deenabandhu, or "Friend of the Poor". Even today, Andrews is widely respected in India. 

 35 
Eric Bristow
(Darts player)
Eric Bristow
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England, UK
Died: 2018
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 36 
Thomas Stoltz Harvey
(American Pathologist and Neurologist)
Thomas Stoltz Harvey
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 10, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: 2007

Pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey was the man who conducted an autopsy on Albert Einstein. It is believed the Princeton Hospital employee later stole Einstein’s brain without his family’s permission and even lost his job for it. He kept parts of the brain with him for 43 years.

 37 
Lee Fierro
(Actress)
Lee Fierro
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Birthdate: February 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United States
Died: 2020
 38 
Thomas Hodgkin
(Former Physician best known for the first account of Hodgkin's disease, a form of lymphoma and blood disease, in 1832)
Thomas Hodgkin
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 17, 1798
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pentonville, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1866
 39 
Bjarni Tryggvason
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Died: 2022

Bjarni Tryggvason is an engineer and former astronaut who played an important role in the Space Shuttle mission STS-85, where he served as a Payload Specialist. The mission, which was conducted in 1997, played a key role in studying the changes in the Earth's atmosphere. In 1997, Tryggvason was honored with the prestigious NASA Space Flight Medal. 

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Barney McKenna
(Musician)
Barney McKenna
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Donnycarney, Ireland
Died: 2012
 41 
Julie Wilson
(Singer)
Julie Wilson
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: 2015
 42 
Jim Marshall
(British inventor)
Jim Marshall
1
Birthdate: July 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2012
 43 
Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier
(Duchess)
Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier
1
Birthdate: May 29, 1627
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1693
 44 
Stanisław Kowalski
(Polish Supercentenarian Masters Athlete)
Stanisław Kowalski
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rogówek, Poland
Died: 2022
 45 
Margaret Burbidge
(British-American Observational Astronomer and Astrophysicist Known for Her Contributions to the Theory of ‘Quasars')
Margaret Burbidge
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Davenport, Stockport, England
Died: 2020

Margaret Burbidge was a British-American observational astronomer and astrophysicist. She was the first author of the influential B2FH paper and one of the founders of stellar nucleosynthesis. She held several leadership and administrative posts and was well known for her work opposing discrimination against women in astronomy. In 1988, she was awarded the Albert Einstein World Award of Science. 

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Iris Burton
(Dancer, Talent agent)
Iris Burton
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Birthdate: September 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died: 2008
 47 
Cecil Percival Taylor
(American Pianist and Poet)
Cecil Percival Taylor
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
Died: 2018
 48 
Charles XI of Sweden
(Former King of Sweden (1660 - 1697))
Charles XI of Sweden
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Birthdate: November 24, 1655
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tre Kronor, Sweden
Died: 1697

Charles XI of Sweden reigned as the king of Sweden from 1660 to 1697. He is credited with correcting Sweden's economic, political, and financial situation, which was largely neglected at that time. Widely regarded as the greatest king in Swedish history, Charles XI is credited with shaping Sweden through major reforms.

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Baruch Samuel Blumberg
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2011

Nobel Prize-winning physician Baruch Samuel Blumberg is best remembered for his research on the antigen-antibody reaction. His study of an antibody response against hepatitis B helped later scientists develop a vaccine for the disease. He died soon after delivering a speech at the NASA Ames Research Center.

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Krzysztof Krawczyk
(Singer)
Krzysztof Krawczyk
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Katowice, Poland
Died: 2021

Krzysztof Krawczyk was a Polish pop singer, composer, and guitarist. He is best remembered for co-founding the band Trubadurzy, which went on to become one of the most popular beat music bands of the 1960s in Poland. Krzysztof Krawczyk was the band's lead vocalist from 1963 to 1973 after which he pursued a successful solo career.