Deaths in History on September 23

  • 79 Pope Linus, second Bishop of Rome after St Peter
  • 775 Constantine V Copronymus, Emperor of Byzantium (720-75), dies
  • 918 Koenraad I, German duke/king (911-18), dies at 42
  • 965 Aboe a-Taia-H al-Moetanabbi, Arabic royal poet (Diwan), murdered
  • 1241 Snorri Sturluson, Icelandic historian, poet, and politician (b. 1178)
  • 1390 John I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1346)
  • 1535 Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1513)
  • 1571 John Jewel, English bishop (b. 1522)
  • 1573 Azai Hisamasa, Japanese warlord (b. 1524)
  • 1605 Pontus de Tyard, French poet
  • 1624 Willem Pietersz Buytewech, painter/etcher, dies at about 32
  • 1675 Valentin Conrart, founder of the Académie Française (b. 1603)
  • 1728 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (b. 1655)
  • 1738 Hermannus Boerhaave, medical/botanist, dies at 69
  • 1764 Robert Dodsley, English writer (b. 1703)
  • 1773 Johann Ernst Gunnerus, Norwegian bishop and botanist (b. 1718)
  • 1778 Balthazar Huydecoper, translator/historian, dies at 83
  • 1780 John Andre, hanged as a British spy at 29
  • 1789 John Rogers, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1823 Matthew Baillie, Scottish Physician (first systematic study of pathology in 1793), dies at 61
  • 1844 Alexander von Benckendorff, Russian general and statesman (b. 1783)
  • 1846 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (b. 1818)
  • 1847 Henri MG earl the Merode, Belgium revolutionary (Souvenirs), dies at 65)
  • 1850 José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan hero (b. 1764)
  • 1870 Prosper Mérimée, French author (b. 1803)
  • 1871 Alexander N Afanasjev, Russian story teller, dies at 45
  • 1873 Jean Chacornac, French astronomer (b. 1823)
  • 1877 Urbain JJ Leverrier, codiscoverer of Neptune, dies
  • 1889 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (The Moonstone), dies at 65
  • 1896 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet, dies at 83
  • 1900 William Marsh Rice, American philanthropist and university founder (b. 1816)
  • 1902 John Wesley Powell, US geologist (Grand Canyon), dies at 68
  • 1906 Jan van Rijswijck, Flemish journalist/mayor of Antwerp, dies
  • 1917 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (b. 1897)
  • 1929 Richard A Zsigmondy, Austria chemist (Nobel 1925), dies at 64
  • 1930 Jonkvrouw Catharina AM de Savornin Lohman, author, dies at 62

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1939 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and creator of psychoanalysis, dies at 83

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  • 1943 Elinor Glyn, English author (b. 1864)
  • 1944 Colijn, Neth PM, buried
  • 1947 Nikola Petkov, leader of Bulgaria Boer party, hanged
  • 1968 Francesco Forgione, "Padre Pio", Catholic saint (b. 1887)
  • 1971 J. W. Alexander, American mathematician (b. 1888)
  • 1973 A S Neill, British headmaster, dies at 89

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1973 Pablo Neruda, [N R R Basoalto], poet (100 Love Sonnets), dies at 69

  • 1974 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70
  • 1988 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (b. 1912)
  • 1992 James A Van Fleet, US general (D-Day, Battle of Bulge), dies at 100
  • 1992 Paul E Garber, 1st curator (National Air & Space Museum), dies at 93
  • 1994 Alec Dickson, founder of VSO, dies at 80
  • 1994 Ali Kouider Benyahia, [sheik Boualem], Alg Muslim leader, shot at 26
  • 1994 Cherif Gousmi, [kalief Abu Abdallah Ahmed], Alger Muslim leader, shot
  • 1994 Georgi, Tsar Nicholas II's brother, buried
  • 1994 John van Damme, businessman, hanged in Singapore at 59
  • 1995 Odut Joseph Olutola Oluola Oguntala, soho club owner, dies at 74
  • 1996 Stuart Pigott, archaeologist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1933)
  • 1997 Murray Burnett, writer (Everybody Goes to Rick-Casablanca), dies at 86
  • 2000 Carl Rowan, American journalist (b. 1925)
  • 2002 Lord Abinger [James Richard Scarlett], English Conservative peer, campaigned for reform of the ancient law on treasure trove, dies at 87
  • 2003 Yuri Senkevich, Russian TV anchorman (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Filiberto Ojeda, Puerto Rican revolutionary (b. 1933)
  • 2008 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2009 Paul B. Fay, American businessman and cabinet member in the Kennedy administration (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Malcolm Douglas, Australian conservationist (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Teresa Lewis, American murderer (b. 1969)