The following is a list of notable world figures who died on April 23rd.

  1. 303 - Saint George, Roman soldier and Christian martyr
  2. 725 - Wihtred, King of Kent
  3. 871 - Ethelred of Wessex
  4. 997 - Adalbert of Prague, bishop, patron saint of Bohemia, Poland, Hungary, and Prussia (b. ca. 956
  5. 1014 - Brian Boru, High King of Ireland (killed in battle)
  6. 1016 - Ethelred II of England
  7. 1124 - King Alexander I of Scotland (b. 1078)
  8. 1151 - Queen Adeliza of England (b. 1103)
  9. 1217 - King Inge II of Norway (b. 1185)
  10. 1407 - Olivier de Clisson, French soldier (b. 1326)
  11. 1616 - Miguel Cervantes, Spanish author (b. 1547)
  12. 1616 - William Shakespeare, English writer and actor (b. 1564)
  13. 1616 - El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Peruvian writer (b. 1539)
  14. 1625 - Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange (b. 1567)
  15. 1702 - Margaret Fell, English Quaker leader (b. 1614)
  16. 1740 - Thomas Tickell, English writer (b. 1685)
  17. 1781 - James Abercrombie, British general (b. 1706)
  18. 1792 - Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer (b. 1741)
  19. 1794 - Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French statesman (executed) (b. 1721)
  20. 1850 - William Wordsworth, English poet (b. 1770)
  21. 1889 - Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, French writer (b. 1808)
  22. 1895 - Carl Ludwig, German physician (b. 1815)
  23. 1915 - Rupert Brooke, English poet (b. 1887).
  24. 1936 - Teresa de la Parra, Venezuelan writer (b. 1889)
  25. 1951 - Charles G. Dawes, Vice President of the United States, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1865)
  26. 1952 - Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (b. 1887)
  27. 1975 - William Hartnell, English actor (b. 1908)
  28. 1979 - Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  29. 1981 - Josep Pla, Catalan journalist and writer (b. 1897)
  30. 1983 - Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (b. 1908)
  31. 1984 - Red Garland, American jazz pianist (b. 1923)
  32. 1985 - Sam Ervin, American politician (b. 1896)
  33. 1986 - Harold Arlen, American composer (b. 1905)
  34. 1986 - Jim Laker, English cricketer (b. 1922)
  35. 1986 - Otto Preminger, Austrian-born film director (b. 1906)
  36. 1990 - Paulette Goddard, American actress (b. 1911)
  37. 1991 - Johnny Thunders, American musician (b. 1952)
  38. 1992 - Satyajit Ray, Indian filmmaker (b. 1921)
  39. 1993 - César Chávez, American labor activist (b. 1927)
  40. 1995 - Howard Cosell, American sports journalist (b. 1918)
  41. 1995 - John C. Stennis, U.S. Senator from Mississippi (b. 1904)
  42. 1996 - P. L. Travers, Australian author (b. 1899)
  43. 1997 - Denis Compton, English cricketer (b. 1918)
  44. 1998 - James Earl Ray, American assassin (b. 1928)
  45. 2003 - James H. Critchfield, American Central Intelligence agent (b. 1917)
  46. 2003 - Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (b. 1910)
  47. 2005 - Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, Premier of Queensland (b. 1911)
  48. 2005 - Al Grassby, Australian immigration minister (b. 1928)
  49. 2005 - Sir John Mills, English actor (b. 1908)
  50. 2005 - Romano Scarpa, Italian-born comic artist (b. 1927)
  51. 2005 - Earl Wilson, baseball player (b. 1934)
  52. 2006 - Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter ace and war hero (b. 1912)