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 Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter, dies at 42
  • 1669 Clement IX [Giulio Rospigliosi], Italian Pope (238th: 1667-69), dies allegedly of broken heart at 69
  • 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 encylopedist, dies at 68
  • 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)

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1937 [Nils] Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist and industrialist (AGA, Nobel Prize in Physics 1912), dies at 68

Industrialist and Inventor Gustaf Dalén
Industrialist and Inventor
Gustaf Dalén
  • 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, American UN delegate, first person of color to win Nobel Peace Prize winner (1950), 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 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song against Death), dies at 87
  • 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 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 Leakey, British archaeologist and anthropologist, discovered earliest human footprints (3.6 million years old), 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