Famous Deaths on April 9

  • 93 Yuan An, Minister over the Masses of the Han dynasty
  • 491 Zeno, Eastern Roman Emperor (474-75, 476-91), dies at 66
  • 715 Constantine I, Greek/Syrian Pope (708-15), dies
  • 1024 Benedict VIII, [Theophylactus van Tusculum], Pope (1012-24), dies
  • 1137 William X, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 1099)
  • 1483 Edward IV, King of England (1461-70, 71-83), dies of unknown causes at 40
  • 1484 Edward of Middleham, Prince of Wales (b. 1473), son of Richard III King of England
  • 1492 Lorenzo de' Medici (the Magnificent), leading Florentine statesman and patron of the arts during Florentine Renaissance, dies at 43
  • 1553 Francois Rabelais, French author (Gargantua, Pantagruel), dies at 49
  • 1557 Michael Agricola, Finnish theologist/church reformer/bishop, dies

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1626 Francis Bacon, English statesman and philosopher, dies from pneumonia at 65

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Statesman/Philosopher
Francis Bacon
  • 1654 Matei Basarab, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1588)
  • 1681 Alfonso Marsh, English composer and lutenist, dies at 54
  • 1693 Roger de Rabutin, Comte de Bussy, French writer (b. 1618)
  • 1747 Simon Fraser, 12th baron Lovat Jacobite, last man beheaded in England
  • 1754 Christian von Wolff, German philosopher, dies at 75
  • 1761 William Law, British minister and theologian (b. 1686)

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1765 Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel, princess of Orange-Nassau, dies at 77

Princess of Orange Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel
Princess of Orange
Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel
  • 1793 Ernestus Weinrauch, composer, dies at 62

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1804 Jacques Necker, French finance minister of Louis XVI whose decisions contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution, dies at 71

Finance Minister Jacques Necker
Finance Minister
Jacques Necker
  • 1806 William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic dies at 58
  • 1807 John Opie, English painter (The Murder of Rizzio), dies at 46
  • 1821 Felix Maximo Lopez, composer, dies at 78
  • 1850 William Prout, physician/chemist, dies
  • 1851 Antoine-Charles Glachant, composer, dies at 80
  • 1852 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", dies at 60
  • 1862 George W Johnson, US planter/Confederate (gov-Ky), dies at about 50
  • 1865 Thomas Alfred Smyth, Irish/US Union general-major, dies at 32
  • 1872 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (b. 1794)
  • 1876 Charles Goodyear, American politician (D-NY), dies at 71
  • 1879 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, dies at 70
  • 1882 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter, dies at 53
  • 1886 Joseph V von Scheffel, German writer (Ekkehard), dies at 60
  • 1889 Michel Eugène Chevreul, French chemist (b. 1786)
  • 1893 Disma Fumagalli, composer, dies at 66
  • 1898 James Ronald Chalmers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • 1904 Isabella II, Queen of Spain (1833-68), dies at 73
  • 1909 Charles Conder, artist, dies
  • 1909 Helena Modrzejewska, Polish-American actress, dies from Bright's disease at 68
  • 1916 Vicente Goicoechea Errasti, composer, dies at 62
  • 1917 Edward Thomas, poet, killed in WW I
  • 1917 James Hope Moulton, British scholar of Classical Greek (b. 1863)
  • 1923 Mauritius H Binger, director and producer (Living Ladder), dies
  • 1926 Zip the Pinhead, American freak show performer famous for his tapered head, dies at about 83
  • 1931 Paul Antonin Vidal, composer, dies at 67
  • 1933 Sigfrid Karg-Elert, German composer, dies at 55
  • 1936 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist and philosopher, dies at 80
  • 1939 Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, composer, dies at 89
  • 1940 Mrs Patrick Campbell, English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide), dies
  • 1944 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, composer, dies at 59
  • 1944 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (b. 1920)

  • 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologist/antifascist, hanged
  • 1945 Hans Oster, German major-general/spy, "July 20th plot", hanged
  • 1945 Hans von Dohnanyi, "July 20th plotter", hanged
  • 1945 Wilhelm Canaris, Admiral/headed Germany Abwehr, hanged
  • 1945 Georg Elser, failed assassin of Hitler (b. 1903)
  • 1947 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, composer, dies at 43
  • 1948 George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
  • 1948 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1951 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Hadji Aga), dies at 48
  • 1951 Vilhelm F K Bjerknes, Norwegian/US physicist/meteorology, dies at 89
  • 1954 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65

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1959 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", dies at 89

  • 1961 Zog I [Ahmed Zogu], King of Albania (1928-39), dies at 65
  • 1962 Juan Belmonte, famed bullfighter, dies at 70
  • 1966 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47), dies at 57
  • 1970 Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish illustrator (b. 1896)

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1972 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, dies at 89

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • 1976 Akio Yashiro, composer, dies at 46
  • 1976 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Draft Dodger Rag), commits suicide at 35
  • 1978 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
  • 1979 Staats Cotsworth, dies at 71
  • 1980 Kathleen Burke, American actress (Island of Lost Souls), dies at 66
  • 1982 Robert H G Havemann, German chemist/dissident, dies
  • 1982 Wilfred Pelletier, symph conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 85
  • 1984 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • 1986 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, dies at 64
  • 1988 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), dies of meningitis at 56
  • 1988 Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
  • 1991 Maurice Binder, title designer (James Bond Movies), dies at 73
  • 1991 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • 1992 Gale McGee, senator (Wyoming, 1959-77), dies at 77
  • 1992 Ruth Hammond, American Broadway actress, dies in her sleep at 96
  • 1994 Cor van Dis jr. [Cornelis Nicolas van Dis jr.], Dutch politician (1971-94), dies at 71
  • 1994 Keith Watson, British comic strip artist (Dan Dare), dies at 59
  • 1994 Marcel Ichac, French alpinist/director (Karakoram), dies at 87
  • 1994 Raouf Khayrat, Egyptian general-major, murdered
  • 1995 James Bullock, colliery manager, dies at 92
  • 1996 James William Rouse, US builder (shopping malls), dies at 81
  • 1996 Maisie Fitter, editor/conservationist, dies at 83
  • 1996 Richard Thomas Condon, author, dies at 81
  • 1996 Sandy Becker, NYC Kiddie TV Show host (Sandy Becker Show), dies at 74
  • 1997 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • 1998 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • 1999 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, Niger politician and general (b. 1949)
  • 2001 Willie Stargell, American baseball player (b. 1940)
  • 2002 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • 2002 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Andrea Dworkin, American radical feminist, dies at 58
  • 2006 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Vilgot Sjöman, Swedish writer and film director (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96
  • 2007 Egon Bondy, Czech philosopher and writer (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, dies at 22
  • 2010 Zoltán Varga, Hungarian Footballer (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • 2011 Sidney Lumet, American film director (b. 1924)
  • 2012 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic Gold 1992), dies at 43
  • 2013 David Hayes, American sculptor, dies from leukemia at 82
  • 2017 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital), dies at 95