Famous Deaths on February 9

  • 1011 Bernard I, Duke of Saxony
  • 1199 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, dies at 51 (b. 1147)
  • 1450 Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France (b. 1421)
  • 1555 John Hooper, deprived Bishop of Gloucester, burnt for heresy
  • 1555 Rowland Taylor, English pastor (executed) (b. 1510)
  • 1567 Henry Stuart, earl of Darnley/Consort of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered
  • 1583 Jeseph Sanalbo, Jewish convert in Rome, burned at stake
  • 1588 Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral, dies
  • 1617 Hans Christoph Haiden, composer, dies at 44
  • 1619 Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
  • 1640 Murad IV, sultan of Turkey (1623-40), dies in Baghdad at 27
  • 1670 Frederik III, King of Denmark/Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1670 King Frederick III of Denmark (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1675 Gerrit Dou / Gerard Douw, Dutch painter (b. 1613)
  • 1709 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (b. 1664)
  • 1740 Vincenz Lubeck, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1751 Henri F D'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (1717..50), dies at 82
  • 1752 Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
  • 1765 Elisabetta de Gambarini, composer, dies at 33
  • 1777 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • 1782 Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Syrian orientalist (b. 1710)
  • 1803 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • 1811 Nevil Maskelyne, 5th Astronomer Royal of England (1765-1811), dies
  • 1812 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer, dies at 57
  • 1817 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer, dies at 54
  • 1824 Anna K Emmerick/Emmerich, German poet, dies at 49
  • 1846 Henry Gally Knight, architect/writer, dies
  • 1849 Corneille Vander Planken, composer, dies at 76
  • 1857 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • 1860 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch milt/liberal politician, dies at 63
  • 1874 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France), dies at 75

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1881 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime & Punishment), dies at 59

  • 1891 Johan B Jongkind, Dutch/French painter (Winter View), dies at 71

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1906 Paul Laurence Dunbar, African American dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio

  • 1916 Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer, dies at 90
  • 1916 Jack Barrett, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • 1917 Francis Allan, cricket bowler (lefty in 1879 Aust-Eng Test), dies
  • 1918 Emiel van der Straeten, [Delrue], Flemish playwright, dies at 30
  • 1924 Nils Kj'r, Norwegian playwright (Det Lykkelige Valg), dies at 53
  • 1932 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered
  • 1935 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, dies at 61
  • 1936 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1938 Truby King, pioneer of mothercraft, dies
  • 1940 Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • 1943 ... Reydons, wife of General Reydons, shot to death by resistance
  • 1945 George J L Maduro, resistance fighter (Madurodam), dies in Dachau
  • 1945 Jan Bakker, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1948 Karl Valentin, German comic/writer, dies at 65
  • 1949 Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck, composer, dies at 60
  • 1951 Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 1952 Norman Douglas, essayist/novelist, dies
  • 1957 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88
  • 1960 Ernst von Dohnanyi, US composer, dies at 82
  • 1960 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (b. 1870)
  • 1961 Grigory Levenfish, Russian International chess grandmaster, dies at 70
  • 1964 Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • 1968 Barbara Everest, actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • 1968 Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • 1969 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Oly-gold 1928), dies at 68
  • 1969 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • 1973 Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53
  • 1973 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (b. 1883)
  • 1974 Cees de Lange, Dutch conferencier, dies at 60
  • 1975 Constant Burniaux, Belgian art historian (L'amour Vivre), dies at 82
  • 1976 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1977 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • 1977 Gaus, an orangutan who lived to be 59
  • 1977 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • 1978 Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • 1978 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • 1978 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, dies at 70
  • 1979 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies

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1979 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), dies at 79

Physicist and electrical engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and electrical engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • 1980 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • 1980 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • 1981 Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • 1984 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras

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1984 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1989 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
  • 1991 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • 1993 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service), dies at 54
  • 1993 Kate Wilkinson, actress (Clara-Another World), dies of cancer at 76
  • 1993 Nasrullah Mansoor, Afghan guerilla leader/governor of Paktia, dies
  • 1994 Arnold Smith, British 1st sec-gen of Commonwealth (1965-75), dies at 79
  • 1994 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • 1994 Louis Kaufman, US violinist/conductor (Gone with the Wind), dies at 88
  • 1994 Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)
  • 1995 David Wayne, American stage and screen actor (Andromeda Strain, Adam's Rib), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • 1995 J William Fulbright, American senator (D-AR, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), dies at 89
  • 1996 Adolf Galland, general (Luftwaffe), dies at 83
  • 1996 Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science, dies at 80
  • 1996 Barry Troyna, teacher/educational sociologist, dies at 44
  • 1996 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Gerald Savory, actor playwright/TV producer (3 Weeks), dies at 86
  • 1996 Neil Franklin, soccer star, dies at 74
  • 1997 Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House), dies at 53
  • 1997 Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
  • 1998 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • 1999 Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2001 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • 2002 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2004 Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Hank Bauer, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • 2008 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 2009 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • 2010 Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
  • 2013 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99
  • 2016 Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), dies at 76