Famous People Who Died On April 3Rd in History

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Dying is just like taxes in the respect that it is going to happen to you and me. Over history, we realize it doesn’t matter who you are, you are going to face death. Famous people have no secret weapon against death. They are just like you and I. They will die. We will die. Death is a part of life. However, many of us look forward to eternal life in Heaven. After we all pass from this world, I hope to meet each one of you in a better place called Heaven.

We Live And We Die

Nobody Lives Forever

See You In Heaven

What Happened on this Day in History?

1942 – World War II: Japanese forces begin an assault on the United States and Filipino troops on the Bataan Peninsula

1946 – Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma is executed in the Philippines for leading the Bataan Death March

1969 – Vietnam War: United States Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that the United States will start to “Vietnamize” the war effort

1973 – The first portable cell phone call is made in New York, New York

2000 – United States v. Microsoft: Microsoft is ruled to have violated United States antitrust laws by keeping “an oppressive thumb” on its competitors


1847-1882 – Jesse James, famous American outlaw, Jesse and his brother Frank James were Confederate guerrillas during the Civil War. They were accused of participating in atrocities committed against Union soldiers. After the war, as members of one gang or another, they robbed banks, stagecoaches, and trains, one of the gang members shot him in the back of the head, his legend lives on

1899-1936 – Bruno Hauptmann, German killer of Charles Lindbergh III, famous for who he killed, convicted and executed for killing the Lindberg baby

1875-1950 – Carter G. Woodson, African-American historian, author, journalist and founder of Black History Month

1899-1981 – Juan Trippe, Airline entrepreneur and pioneer, Pan Am founder

1907-1993 – Pinky Lee, American comic and children’s television host of The Pinky Lee Show

1941-1996 – Ron Brown, 30th U.S. Secretary of Commerce

1907-1988 – Milton Caniff, American cartoonist (Terry and the Pirates, Steve Canyon)

1924-1990 – Sarah Vaughan, American singer “The Divine One“, Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner. The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its “highest honor in jazz”, the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989, She had a beautiful contralto vocal range.

1932-1994 –Frank G Wells, US director (Walt Disney), Wells died in a helicopter crash at age 62 at Easter 1994 while returning from a ski trip in Nevada’s Ruby Mountains.  Wells was a good friend of Clint Eastwood, and incidentally Eastwood had been skiing with Wells that weekend and had departed in his own helicopter just an hour before Well’s departure, prolific mountain climber who climbed all but one of the major peaks

1927-1996 – Carl Stokes was the 51st Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio- first black mayor of a major city

1919-2007 – Eddie Robinson, American football coach at Grambling State University inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997

This is series of famous people who died was inspired by Faye Farley who writes about famous people who were born on the same dates. Each day I will make a list of the famous people who died on the particular day with a link to her story about who was born on a particular day. Today’s famous deaths will be linked to her September 27 story because she has not made it to October yet. Click here to check out Faye’s writing





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