Deaths in History 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 Anthonie "Antoon" 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
  • 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
  • 1793 Gabrielle de Polastron, comtesse de Polignac, French aristocrat (b. 1749)
  • 1798 Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (b. 1729)
  • 1819 Ann C Coleman, fiancee of President Buchanan, commits suicide
  • 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
  • 1916 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • 1916 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • 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)
  • 1955 Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (b. 1885)
  • 1959 Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • 1964 Edith L Sitwell, English poet/author (Wheels), dies at 77
  • 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)
  • 1975 William A Wellman, US director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
  • 1977 Clarice Lispector, writer, dies
  • 1981 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • 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
  • 1993 Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • 1994 Kim II Sung, President of North Korea (1945-94), dies at 82
  • 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 Vitali Viktorovich Savitsky, biologist/politician, dies at 40
  • 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 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
  • 1998 Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2001 Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • 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)
  • 2004 David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Robert Sheckley, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)
  • 2010 Dov Shilansky, Israeli politician (b. 1924)
  • 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
  • 2012 Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor, dies at 91