Famous Deaths on May 9

  • 1079 Stanislaus, Polish bishop of Kraków, murdered
  • 1280 Magnus VI Lagaboeter, King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42
  • 1315 Hugh V, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1282)
  • 1443 Niccolo d'Albergati, Italian cardinal, dies
  • 1446 Mary of Enghien, Queen of Naples (b. 1368)
  • 1460 Jean Lavite, Atrechts painter, dies
  • 1474 Peter van Hagenbach, Elzasser knight/land guardian, beheaded
  • 1590 Karel "Cardinal" van Bourbon, archbishop of Rouen, dies at 66
  • 1657 William Bradford, Governor (Plymouth Colony, Mass), dies
  • 1667 Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers, French Queen of Poland (1645-48)
  • 1688 Frederick William, Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
  • 1707 Dietrich Buxtehude, German organist/composer, dies at about 69
  • 1745 Tomaso Antonio Vitali, composer, dies at 82
  • 1747 John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
  • 1760 Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, Austrian born German religious and social reformer, dies at 59
  • 1785 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, composer, dies at 44
  • 1790 William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress

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1791 Francis Hopkinson, American author and composer, (designed the first American flag), dies from an apoplectic seizure at 53

Designer of the American Flag Francis Hopkinson
Designer of the American Flag
Francis Hopkinson
  • 1799 Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer, dies at 72
  • 1805 Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet/playwright, dies at 45
  • 1822 Charles Duquesnoy, composer, dies at 62
  • 1850 Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac, chemist/physicist, dies
  • 1853 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, composer, dies at 73
  • 1861 Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (b. 1805)
  • 1864 "Uncle" John Sedgwick, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 50
  • 1864 Thomas Donnely Doubleday, US Union Col, dies in an accident
  • 1880 Johann Hermann Berens, composer, dies at 54
  • 1884 Hermanus W Witteveen, theologist, dies at 69
  • 1889 William S. Harney, U.S. general, dies at 88
  • 1905 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, dies at 78
  • 1914 C.W. Post, American food manufacturer of breakfast cereals, commits suicide at 59
  • 1915 François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
  • 1918 George Coşbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
  • 1926 J. M. Dent, British publisher, dies
  • 1927 Tommy Routledge, cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies
  • 1928 Constantin Dimitrescu, composer, dies at 81
  • 1931 A[lbert] A[braham] Michelson, US physicist (1907 Nobel), dies at 78
  • 1937 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer, dies in crash at 43
  • 1938 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
  • 1944 Ethel Mary Smyth, composer, dies at 86
  • 1945 Clem Hill, cricketer (49 Tests for Australia 1896-1912), dies
  • 1949 Louis II, Prince of Monaco, dies
  • 1950 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • 1951 Marie Ault, dies at 80
  • 1952 Canada Lee, African American actor (Lost Boundaries), dies in NYC at 45
  • 1955 Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
  • 1957 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • 1957 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter/wood carver/glasier, dies at 67
  • 1958 Bill Goodwin, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 47

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1963 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • 1965 Leopold Figl, premier Austria, dies at 62
  • 1966 Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, dies at 56
  • 1966 Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Dukeenbosch, dies
  • 1967 Elmar Berkovich, Dutch industrial designer (Eindhoven theater), dies
  • 1967 Philippa Duke Schuyler, composer, dies at 35
  • 1968 Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (Quo Vadis, Avengers), dies at 90
  • 1968 Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • 1968 Marion Lorne, actress (Aunt Clara-Bewitched), dies at 81
  • 1968 Phil Arnold, actor (Skidoo, Errand Boy, Damn Yankees), dies at 58
  • 1968 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • 1970 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • 1970 Walter P. Reuther, US worker's union leader, President of the CIO, dies in a plane crash at 62
  • 1970 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • 1974 Lyubomir Pipkov, composer, dies at 69
  • 1975 Philip Dorn, Dutch actor (Enemy Agent, I Remember Mama), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1976 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • 1976 Valentino Bucchi, composer, dies at 59
  • 1976 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 1977 James Jones, US writer (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • 1977 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71

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1978 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro

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1979 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • 1979 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • 1981 C E "Nip" Pellew, cricketer (10 Tests 484 runs at 37), dies
  • 1981 Nelson Algren, US writer (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
  • 1981 Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1985 Edmond O'Brien, actor (Moon Pilot, Wild Bunch), dies at 69
  • 1985 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • 1986 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60
  • 1986 Herschel Bernardi, actor (Lt Jacoby-Peter Gunn, Arnie), dies at 62

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1986 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • 1987 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, dies at 78
  • 1989 Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • 1989 Paul J Steenbergen, actor (Ciske de Rat), dies at 82
  • 1990 Luigi Nono, Italian composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • 1990 Pauline Frederick, pioneering American journalist and author, dies at 84
  • 1991 James L Reinsch, media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy), dies
  • 1991 Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman III, Whats Up Nurse), dies at 72
  • 1991 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian/US pianist, dies
  • 1992 Mike Tyrell [Red Baron], British air acrobat, dies in an accident
  • 1993 Freya Stark, English author (Sunday Bloody Sunday), dies at 61
  • 1993 Mary Duncan Sanford, dies at 98
  • 1993 Penelope Gilliatt [Conner], British author
  • 1994 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter (b. 1924)
  • 1995 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi, dies at 68
  • 1995 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher, dies at 74
  • 1995 Marshall Royal, jazz Sax/Clarinet, dies at 82
  • 1995 Percy Mansell, cricketer (355 runs in 13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1997 Marco Ferreri, Italian film director (b. 1928)
  • 1998 Alice Faye, American actress (Barricade), dies of stomach cancer at 83
  • 2001 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • 2002 Dan Devine, American football coach (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • 2003 Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president (b. 1951)
  • 2004 Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)
  • 2007 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2007 Edith Rodriguez, hospital emergency room refused to treat (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2008 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2009 Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)
  • 2010 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician (b. 1932)
  • 2011 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)

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2012 Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser and businessman, dies from leukemia at 84

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 2013 Andrew Simpson, British sailor, dies after a yacht capsize at 36
  • 2014 Mel Patton, American sprinter, double Olympic champion, dies at 89
  • 2014 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • 2015 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • 2015 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Tony Award 1972), dies at 94
  • 2016 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • 2017 Michael Parks, American actor (Then Came Bronson), dies at 77
  • 2017 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, dies at 89