Died On May 4th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 4. The list includes people like Tipu Sultan, Josip Broz Tito, Carl von Ossietzky, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Christian de Duve. Famous personalities featured on this list, include philosophers, political leaders, biochemists and theologians and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom and many more countries.
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 1 
Moe Howard
(Actor, Comedian and Leader of Comedy Group ‘The Three Stooges’)
Moe Howard
19
Birthdate: June 19, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1975

Moe Howard was an American comedian and actor best known for his role as the leader of one of the most popular farce comedy teams of all time, The Three Stooges. He appeared in several films as part of the comedy team and is credited with popularizing a distinctive hairstyle called a bowl cut.

 2 
Dom DeLuise
(Actor)
Dom DeLuise
13
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 2009
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 3 
Adam Yauch
(Founding Member of the Hip Hop Group ‘Beastie Boys’)
Adam Yauch
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 2012

Rapper and bass guitarist Adam Yauch, better known by his pseudonym, “MCA,” was a founding member of the hip-hop and rap rock Beastie Boys. He also owned a film distributing company and was a practicing Buddhist who supported the Tibetan independence movement. He died of parotid cancer.

 4 
Josip Broz Tito
(Yugoslav Communist Revolutionary and the chief Architect of the 'Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia')
Josip Broz Tito
36
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kumrovec, Croatia
Died: 1980
Josip Broz Tito served as the prime minister of Yugoslavia from 1944 to 1963 and as its president from 1953 to 1980. He was also the Marshal of Yugoslavia. During World War II, he led the Partisans. He was also one of the main figures behind the Non-Aligned Movement.
 5 
Don Shula
(Football coach)
Don Shula
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grand River, Ohio, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 6 
Diana Dors
(English Actress and a 'Sex Symbol' of the Mid 20th Century)
Diana Dors
11
Birthdate: October 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Died: 1984

Diana Dors was an English singer and actress who became renowned as one of the most famous sex symbols of her generation in the UK. She achieved stardom, first as a blonde bombshell—who made headlines for organizing lavish parties—and later as a regular chat-show guest. Diana Dors’ life and career inspired a 1999 TV biographical film titled The Blonde Bombshell.      

 7 
Tipu Sultan
(Ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore Based in South India)
Tipu Sultan
44
Birthdate: December 1, 1751
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Died: 1799
Tipu Sultan, or the “Tiger of Mysore,” ruled the Kingdom of Mysore from 1782 to 1799. Apart from improving his kingdom’s military arrangements, he also established a new calendar, a new land-revenue system, and a coinage system. He died while defending the fort of Seringapatam in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War.
 8 
Nettie Stevens
(American Geneticist Known for Her Discovery of 'X and Y Sex Determining Chromosomes')
Nettie Stevens
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cavendish, Vermont, United States
Died: 1912

Nettie Stevens was an American geneticist. She is credited with discovering sex chromosomes which later came to be known as the X and Y chromosomes. In 1994, Nettie Stevens was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 9 
Paul Butterfield
(American Blues Harmonica Player, Singer and Bandleader)
Paul Butterfield
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1987
 10 
George Enescu
(Romanian Composer, Violinist and Conductor)
George Enescu
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 19, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: George Enescu, Romania
Died: 1955
 11 
Jigoro Kano
(Japanese Educator, Athlete, and the Founder of Judo)
Jigoro Kano
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 10, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hyogo, Japan
Died: 1938

Legendary Japanese athlete Jigoro Kano is remembered as the founder of judo. A fine educator, he had also had a 23-year stint as the principal of 2 schools, which later became the University of Tsukuba. He was also the first Asian to be part of the International Olympic Committee.

 12 
Sada Thompson
(Actress)
Sada Thompson
2
Birthdate: September 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: 2011
 13 
Michael Taliferro
(Actor, Singer)
Michael Taliferro
4
Birthdate: August 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: 2006
 14 
Ernie Harwell
(Sportscaster)
Ernie Harwell
3
Birthdate: January 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, Georgia, United States
Died: 2010
 15 
Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales
(Prince)
Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales
3
Birthdate: October 13, 1453
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palace of Westminster, London, England
Died: 1471
 16 
Milan Rastislav Štefánik
(One of the Founding Fathers of Czechoslovakia)
Milan Rastislav Štefánik
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Košariská, Slovakia
Died: 1919

Milan Rastislav Štefánik was a Slovak politician, diplomat, aviator, and Freemason. He served as the minister of war for Czechoslovakia during World War I while simultaneously serving as a general in the French Army. He was a  leading member of the Czechoslovak National Council and contributed to the cause of Czechoslovakian sovereignty. He died in a plane crash in 1919.  

 17 
Elena Baltacha
(British Professional Tennis Player)
Elena Baltacha
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: 2014

Four-time winner of the AEGON Awards, Elena Baltacha was a Ukrainian-born British tennis player, who held the British No. I position for the first time at the age of nineteen. An unbelievable fighter, she continued to play despite her debilitating illness, winning matches almost till the very end, retiring from professional tennis five months before her death from liver cancer.

 18 
Coxsone Dodd
(Jamaican Record Producer)
Coxsone Dodd
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: 2004

Coxsone Dodd was a Jamaican record producer best remembered for his influential role in the development of reggae and ska in the 1950s and 1960s. Coxsone Dodd is also credited with founding a record company named Worldisc in 1959. In 2002, the Institute of Jamaica honored him with the prestigious Gold Musgrave Medal for his contribution to Jamaican music.

 19 
E. Nesbit
(Author)
E. Nesbit
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kennington, London, United Kingdom
Died: 1924
 20 
Adnan Khairallah
(Iraqi Political Leader Who Served as the Minister of Defence)
Adnan Khairallah
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Tikrit, Iraq
Died: 1989

Adnan Khairallah was an Iraqi political leader who served as the Minister of Defence from 15 October 1977 until his death on 4 May 1989. Although he was Saddam Hussein's brother-in-law, Khairallah had a long-standing rift with Hussein, which led many to believe that Adnan Khairallah was killed under orders from Saddam Hussein. His death was officially labeled an accident.

 21 
Rashidi Yekini
(Nigerian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Rashidi Yekini
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kaduna, Nigeria
Died: 2012
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 22 
Potter Palmer
(Businessman)
Potter Palmer
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 20, 1826
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Albany County, New York, United States
Died: 1902
 23 
Luis Taruc
(Philippine Communist Leader Who Led the 'Hukbalahap Movement' against the Japanese)
Luis Taruc
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 21, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Luis, Philippines
Died: 2005

Philippine communist leader Luis Taruc was a major figure of the guerrilla movement named Hukbalahap and led its fight against the Japanese occupiers of the Philippines. Tried for terrorism, he was sentenced to a 12-year prison term but was later pardoned by President Ferdinand Marcos.

 24 
Mohammed Abdel Wahab
(Singer)
Mohammed Abdel Wahab
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: 1991
 25 
Carl von Ossietzky
(German Journalist, Pacifist and Winner of 1935 Nobel Peace Prize)
Carl von Ossietzky
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: 1938
German journalist Carl von Ossietzky was part of the army during World War I. Later, through a series of articles in his magazine Weltbühne, he exposed the Reichswehr leaders’ secret rearmament plans. He was later tortured in a camp and forbidden to leave Germany to collect his Nobel Peace Prize.
 26 
Tatiana Samoilova
(Actress)
Tatiana Samoilova
0
Birthdate: May 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russia
Died: 2014
 27 
Jane Bowles
(Writer)
Jane Bowles
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1973
 28 
Edward Calvin Kendall
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: South Norwalk, Connecticut, USA
Died: 1972

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Edward Calvin Kendall is best known for his work on isolating thyroxine, or the thyroid hormone, and for crystallizing glutathione. He also revolutionized medical science by curing rheumatoid arthritis with cortisone, the steroid hormone he discovered. He was also associated with the Mayo Foundation and Princeton University.

 29 
Anna Maria van Schurman
(Painter)
Anna Maria van Schurman
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 5, 1607
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: 1678
 30 
Irvin McDowell
(Officer)
Irvin McDowell
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 15, 1818
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus
Died: 1885
 31 
Isaac Barrow
(Mathematician)
Isaac Barrow
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 1630
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Died: 1677
 32 
Olle Ljungström
(Singer, Musician)
Olle Ljungström
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: 2016
 33 
Shūji Terayama
(Japanese Avant-Garde Poet, Dramatist and Writer)
Shūji Terayama
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Died: 1983
A Japanese avant-garde poet, Shūji Terayama was also a dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer. During his prolific career, he created radio drama, underground theatre, countercultural essays and Japanese New Wave and "expanded" cinema. Besides publishing 200 literary works, Terayama also created over 20 short and full-length films. The Shuji Terayama Museum was opened in 1997 to celebrate his life.
 34 
Maurice Ewing
(US Geophysicist Who Made Pioneering Use of Seismic Methods to Study Ocean Floors)
Maurice Ewing
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 12, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lockney, Texas, United States
Died: 1974

US geophysicist Maurice Ewing conducted path-breaking research on ocean basins and sediments, using seismic methods. Apart from teaching geology at Columbia University, he also served as the director of the Lamont Geological Observatory. A Fellow of the Royal Society, he also received the National Medal of Science, among other awards.

 35 
Rufus Putnam
(Military officer)
Rufus Putnam
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 9, 1738
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sutton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1824
 36 
Pope Eleutherius
(Bishop)
Pope Eleutherius
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Nicopolis, Greece
Died: 0189

Pope Eleutherius, the bishop of Rome for around 15 years from 174 to 189 C.E, is revered as a Saint in the Catholic Church. He is known for his stance against the Montanist movement and the food decree that he issued. Also, as per a legend, it is believed that Lucius, the King of Britain, asked him to send missionaries.

 37 
Augustus Pitt Rivers
(Archaeologist)
Augustus Pitt Rivers
1
Birthdate: April 14, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bramham cum Oglethorpe, England
Died: 1900
 38 
Victor Lanoux
(Actor)
Victor Lanoux
0
Birthdate: June 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2017
 39 
Ulisse Aldrovandi
(Naturalist)
Ulisse Aldrovandi
0
Birthdate: September 11, 1522
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: 1605
 40 
William Holmes McGuffey
(College professor)
William Holmes McGuffey
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 23, 1800
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Claysville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1873
 41 
Coluccio Salutati
(Chancellor)
Coluccio Salutati
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 16, 1331
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stignano, Italy
Died: 1406
 42 
Christian de Duve
(Belgian Biochemist Who Discovered Two Cell Organelles, 'Peroxisome' and 'Lysosome')
Christian de Duve
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Thames Ditton, England
Died: 2013

Christian de Duve was an English-born Belgian cytologist and biochemist. For his discoveries of two cell organelles, peroxisome and lysosome, he shared the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Albert Claude and George E. Palade. He was the founder of the International Institute of Cellular and Molecular Pathology in Brussels, which was later renamed in his honor. 

 43 
Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
(Rebel)
Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1390 AD
Birthplace: Norberg, Sweden
Died: 1436

Swedish national hero Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson was initially a mine owner. He later led the 1434 Engelbrekt rebellion against King Eric of Pomerania. He was eventually killed by Måns Bengtsson, an aristocrat and knight whose father had been involved in a legal battle with Engelbrektsson regarding the burning of a ship.

 44 
Joseph Joubert
(Philosopher, Essayist, Writer)
Joseph Joubert
0
Listed In:
Birthdate: May 7, 1754
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montignac
Died: 1824
 45 
Amédée Ozenfant
(Painter)
Amédée Ozenfant
0
Birthdate: April 15, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin, France
Died: 1966
 46 
Eustace Budgell
(Author)
Eustace Budgell
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 19, 1686
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Thomas, England
Died: 1737
 47 
Pope Theodore I
(Bishop of Rome from 24 November 642)
Pope Theodore I
1
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: 0649
 48 
Paul Green
(Author)
Paul Green
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lillington, North Carolina, United States
Died: 1981
 49 
Freddy Kottulinsky
(German-Swedish Racing Driver)
Freddy Kottulinsky
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 2010
 50 
Frances Nelson
(Best known as the wife of Horatio Nelson)
Frances Nelson
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1758 AD
Birthplace: Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Died: 1831