Famous Deaths on December 9

  • 1165 Malcom IV, King of Scots (1153-65), dies at 24
  • 1292 Sa'di, great Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), dies
  • 1437 Sigismund, German Emperor/king of Hungary/Bohemia, dies at 70
  • 1544 Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (b. 1491)
  • 1565 Pius IV, [Gianangelo de' Medici], Italian Pope (1559-65), dies at 66
  • 1603 William Watson, English conspirator (b. 1559)
  • 1625 Ubbo Emmius, [van Embden], Frisian humanist/historian, dies at 78
  • 1636 Giovanni B Aleotti, Italian writer/theater architect, dies at about 90
  • 1636 Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)
  • 1640 Pierre Fourier, Roman Catholic saint and French priest (b.1565)
  • 1641 Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter, dies at 42
  • 1669 Clement IX, [Giulio Rospigliosi], Italian Pope (1667-69), dies
  • 1674 Edward Hyde 1st earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), dies at 65
  • 1692 William Mountfort, English actor and dramatist
  • 1706 Pedro II, king of Portugal (1683-1706), dies at 58
  • 1718 Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopaedist (b. 1650)
  • 1767 Benedetto Alfieri, Italian architect (San Giovanni Battista), dies
  • 1770 Gottlieb Theophil Muffat, composer, dies at 80
  • 1793 Gabrielle de Polastron, comtesse de Polignac, French aristocrat (b. 1749)
  • 1798 Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (b. 1729)
  • 1814 Jose Angel Lamas, composer, dies at 39
  • 1819 Ann C Coleman, fiancee of President Buchanan, commits suicide
  • 1827 Francois Leonard Rouwyzer, composer, dies at 90
  • 1830 Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy (b. 1757)
  • 1854 Almeida Garrett, Portuguese writer (b. 1799)
  • 1858 Robert Baldwin, Canadian politician (b. 1804)
  • 1887 Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader
  • 1893 George Elvey, composer, dies at 77
  • 1905 Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 66
  • 1916 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • 1916 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1924 Bernard Zweers, Dutch composer (Gisbertus of Aemstel), dies at 70
  • 1925 Eugene Gigout, composer, dies at 81
  • 1929 Willis Cuttell, cricketer (two Tests England v South Africa 1899), dies
  • 1930 Jim Slight, cricketer (represented Australia at Oval 1880), dies
  • 1933 Morice Bird, cricketer (scored 280 runs in 10 Tests for England), dies
  • 1935 Walter Liggett, American crusading newspaper editor and muckraker (b. 1886)
  • 1937 Nils Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • 1940 Maletti, Italian general, dies in battle
  • 1941 Leonard "Leo" Polak, Dutch philosopher, dies in Sachsenhausen at 61
  • 1941 Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  • 1944 Laird Cregar, actor (Charley's Aunt, Hangover Square), dies at 28
  • 1948 Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • 1955 Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (b. 1885)
  • 1956 Hans Barth, German-born American composer, dies at 59
  • 1957 Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies
  • 1959 Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • 1964 Edith L Sitwell, English poet/author (Wheels), dies at 77
  • 1965 Branch Rickey, American baseball executive (b. 1884)
  • 1966 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, composer, dies at 79
  • 1967 Charles Léon Hammes, Luxembourgian lawyer and President of the European Court of Justice (b. 1898)
  • 1970 Artem Mikoyan, Russian aircraft designer (MIG), dies at 65
  • 1970 Sir Feroz Khan Noon, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1893)

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1971 Ralph Bunche, UN delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 67

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • 1971 Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor (b. 1874)
  • 1972 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (b. 1881)
  • 1974 George Carew, cricketer (4 Tests for WI between 1935 & 1949), dies
  • 1974 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • 1975 William A Wellman, US director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
  • 1976 Nino Martini, actor (Here's to Romance), dies at 71
  • 1977 Clarice Lispector, writer, dies
  • 1979 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • 1981 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • 1981 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • 1982 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song against Death), dies at 87
  • 1982 Joey Forman, actor (Sid Caesar Show, Joey Bishop Show), dies at 53
  • 1982 Leon Jaworski, special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 77
  • 1982 Paul Godwin, [Goldfein], Polish/Dutch violist, dies at 80
  • 1982 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, dies at 55
  • 1983 David Rounds, actor (Terence-Beacon Hill), dies at 53
  • 1984 Razzle, English drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  • 1990 Mike Mazurski, wrestler/actor (Centerfold Girls), dies at 80
  • 1992 Carl Barger, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins), dies at 62
  • 1992 Vincent Gardenia, actor (All in the Family, LA Law), dies at 71
  • 1993 Danny Blanchflower, North Ireland soccer/union coach, dies at 67
  • 1993 Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • 1994 Garnet Silk, Jamaican raggae-singer, dies at 28
  • 1994 Maureen Cox Starkey, ex-wife of Ringo, dies of Leukemia at 48
  • 1994 Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician, dies at 85
  • 1995 Benny Lee, entertainer, dies at 84
  • 1995 Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan (aviator), dies
  • 1995 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, industrial relations academic, dies at 75
  • 1995 Toni Cade Bambara, filmmaker, dies at 56
  • 1995 Vitali Viktorovich Savitsky, biologist/politician, dies at 40
  • 1995 Vivian Blaine, actress (Guys & Dolls), dies of heart failure at 74
  • 1996 Alain Emile Louis Marie Poher, politician, dies at 87
  • 1996 Alain Poher, French President of European Parliament (1966-69), dies
  • 1996 Anne Bolt, photo-journalist/trade unionist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Faron Young, country singer, commits suicide at 64
  • 1996 Ivor Roberts-Jones, sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1996 Mary Douglas Nicol Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, dies at 61
  • 1996 Patty Donahue, American singer (The Waitresses) (b. 1956)
  • 1997 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • 1998 Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)

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1998 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), dies at 84

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 2001 Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • 2002 Ian Hornak, American Painter, Draughtsman and Sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 2002 Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Paul Simon, U.S. Senator from Illinois (b. 1928)
  • 2003 Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • 2004 David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • 2004 Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
  • 2005 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Robert Sheckley, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), dies at 66
  • 2007 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • 2008 Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)
  • 2009 Gene Barry, American actor, dies of congestive heart failure at 90
  • 2010 Dov Shilansky, Israeli politician (b. 1924)
  • 2010 James Moody, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • 2010 John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)
  • 2012 Sir Patrick Moore, English amateur astronomer and author, dies from an infection at 89

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2012 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 43

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera
  • 2012 Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor, dies at 91
  • 2013 Eleanor Parker, American actress, dies from pneumonia at 91
  • 2014 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress, dies from breast cancer at 77