Famous Deaths on January 9

  • 1150 Emperor Xizong of Jin was murdered by Prince Hailing of Jin in a Coup d'état.
  • 1282 Abû 'Uthmân Sa'îd Hakam al Qurashi, ruler of Minorca (b. 1204)
  • 1283 Wen Tianxiang, Prime Minister of China (executed) (b. 1236)
  • 1499 Johan Cicero, elector of (Brandenburg, 1486-99), dies at 43
  • 1514 Anna, Duchess of Brittany, queen of Charles VIII of France (b. 1477)
  • 1543 Guillaume du Bellay, French diplomat and general (b. 1491)
  • 1562 Amago Haruhisa, Japanese warlord (b. 1514)
  • 1571 Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon, French naval officer (b. 1510)
  • 1598 Jasper Heywood, English translator (b. 1553)
  • 1677 Aernout "Aert" van der Neer, cartoonist/landscape painter, dies at 73
  • 1679 Werner Fabricius, composer, dies at 45
  • 1757 Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, French scientist and man of letters (b. 1657)
  • 1757 Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician (b. 1688)
  • 1766 Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)
  • 1798 Pedro Pablo Abarca d Bolea earl of Aranda, Spanish officer, dies at 79
  • 1799 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian scientist (b. 1718)
  • 1800 Jean Étienne Championnet, French general (b. 1762)
  • 1805 Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1828 Pieter 't Hoen, Dutch journalist/patriot (Neder-Rhijn), dies at 83
  • 1843 Caroline Herschel, "1st lady of astronomy", dies at 98 in Germany
  • 1843 William Hedley, British industrial engineer (b. 1773)
  • 1848 Caroline Herschel, German-born pioneering female astronomer (comet 35P/Herschel-Rigolle), dies at 97
  • 1849 Jan Kops, Dutch agriculturist/vicar, dies at 83
  • 1853 Juan N Gallego, Spanish poet/interpreter (El dos de Mayo), dies at 75
  • 1854 Filippo Traetta, [Philip Trajetta], Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1858 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (suicide) (b. 1798)
  • 1863 Ferdinand Huber, composer, dies at 71
  • 1873 Emperor Napoleon III of France (b. 1808)
  • 1876 Samuel Gridley Howe, American abolitionist (b. 1801)
  • 1877 Alexander Brullov, Russia painter (b. 1799)

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1878 Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia (1849-61) and Italy (1861-78), dies at 57

King of Sardinia and Italy Victor Emmanuel II
King of Sardinia and Italy
Victor Emmanuel II
  • 1879 Don Joaquin BF Espartero, fieldmarshall/viceroy of Navarra, dies at 86
  • 1886 Jakob Eduard Schmolzer, composer, dies at 73
  • 1893 Mohara, Arab ivory/slave trader, dies in battle & is eaten
  • 1895 Aaron Lufkin Dennison, American watch manufacturer (b. 1812)
  • 1901 Richard Copley Christie, English scholar (b. 1830)
  • 1902 Gustaaf Rolin-Jaequemyns, Belgian lawyer/Interior minister, dies at 66
  • 1904 Alfred Richard, cricketer (6 & 0 in only Test for S Af 1895-96), dies
  • 1908 Abraham Goldfaden, US Yiddish stage performer (Shulamis), dies at 67
  • 1908 Wilhelm Busch, writer, dies
  • 1911 Edwin Arthur Jones, composer, dies at 57
  • 1911 Edvard Rusjan, Slovene flight pioneer (b. 1886)
  • 1918 Émile Reynaud, French scientist (b. 1844)

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1923 Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand short story writer (The Garden Party), dies of tuberculosis at 34

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield
  • 1927 Houston S Chamberlain, British/German race theorist, dies at 71
  • 1929 Heiner Muller, writer, dies
  • 1930 Edward W Buck, Dutch/US editor (Ladies Home Journal), dies at 66
  • 1931 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (La fille perdue), dies
  • 1931 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • 1936 John Gilbert, actor (Love, Downstairs), dies at 40
  • 1939 Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor/Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • 1941 Ko Boezeman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies
  • 1943 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain), dies at 53
  • 1945 Jüri Uluots, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1890)
  • 1946 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ, One Way to Heaven), dies at 42
  • 1946 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • 1947 Karl Mannheim, sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • 1947 Lambertus Zijl, sculptor (Merchant Exchange-Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • 1949 Amilcare Zanella, composer, dies at 75
  • 1953 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • 1957 Mary Carr Moore, composer, dies at 83
  • 1958 Paul Fechter, German writer/historian (God's Magician), dies
  • 1958 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, dies at 89
  • 1959 Paul Malengreau, composer, dies at 71
  • 1960 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (b. 1880)
  • 1961 Emily Greene Balch, American writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1867)
  • 1962 LeRoy B Shield, US pianist/composer (Union Pacific Suite), dies at 68
  • 1964 Halide Edib Adevar/Salih, Turkish feminist (Handan), dies at about 80
  • 1966 Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer, dies at 68

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1966 Albert Stevens, an American patient in secret medical trials who survived the highest known radiation dose in a human, dies of heart disease at 79

Human Medical Subject Albert Stevens
Human Medical Subject
Albert Stevens
  • 1968 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Jap marathoner (Oly-bronze-1964), commits suicide
  • 1968 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
  • 1969 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, dies at 86
  • 1971 Giannis Christou, Greek composer (b. 1926)
  • 1971 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • 1972 Ted Shawn, US dancer, dies at 80
  • 1975 John Slater, actor (Deadlock, 3 on a Spree), dies at 58
  • 1975 Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent), dies at 77
  • 1975 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • 1977 Alexey Kozlovsky, composer, dies at 71
  • 1977 Hal Sawyer, TV host (Sawyer Views Hollywood), dies at 62
  • 1978 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • 1979 Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • 1979 Sara Carter, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • 1979 Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)
  • 1981 Kazimierz Serocki, composer, dies at 58
  • 1982 Paul Lynde, American comedian and actor (The Hollywood Squares, Uncle Arthur-Bewitched), dies of a possible stroke at 55
  • 1984 Wolfgang Staudte, German director (Ciske de Rat), dies at 77
  • 1985 Don Brennan, cricket wicketkeeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • 1985 Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • 1987 Arthur Lake, actor (Dagwood-Blondie), dies at 81
  • 1989 Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1990 Sir Edward McTiernan, Australian jurist, lawyer and politician (b. 1892)
  • 1990 Spud Chandler, baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 1992 Steve Brodie, actor (Desperate, Bodyguard), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1992 William JF "Bill" Naughton, Irish/British playwright (Alfie), dies at 81
  • 1993 Alois Brunner, German/Syrian commandant of KZ-Lower Drancy, dies
  • 1993 Felix Grucci, fireworks expert, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • 1993 Sir Paul Hasluck, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1905)
  • 1994 Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 82
  • 1995 Peter Cook, English comic/actor (Peter n' Dud, Bedazzled), dies at 57
  • 1995 Souphanouvong, [Red Prince], president of Laos (1975-87), dies at 85
  • 1996 Fearless Mary Nadia Wadia, actress, dies at 88
  • 1996 Kurt Schmucker, German RFA minister of Economy (1963-66), dies
  • 1996 Michael Lynn Synar, politician, dies at 45
  • 1997 Edward Osobka-Morawski, prime minister of Poland (1945-47), dies
  • 1997 Junaidu ibn Buhari, scholar, dies at 90
  • 1998 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981) dies at 79
  • 1998 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • 2000 Nigel Tranter, Scottish historian and author (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • 2003 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • 2004 Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Gonzalo Gavira, Mexican film sound technician (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • 2006 Mikk Mikiver, Estonian actor, director (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 2008 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • 2008 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • 2008 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • 2008 Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b.1924).
  • 2009 T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • 2009 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2010 Vimcy, Sports writer (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Malam Bacai Sanhá, President of Guinea-Bissau, dies of diabetes at 64
  • 2012 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • 2012 Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • 2012 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • 2012 William Roll, parapsychologist, dies at 85
  • 2013 James M. Buchanan, American economist and nobel laureate, dies at 93
  • 2014 Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • 2016 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), dies of a stroke at 74