Famous Deaths on August 9

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117 Trajan, Roman Emperor, dies from edema at 63

Roman Emperor Trajan
Roman Emperor
Trajan
  • 378 Flavius Valens, emperor of Byzantium (364-78), dies in battle at 50
  • 803 Irene, Byzantine empress/wife of emperor Leo IV, dies
  • 1048 Pope Damasus II [Poppo] dies in Rome, after reigning for only 23 days
  • 1107 Emperor Horikawa of Japan (b. 1079)
  • 1173 Najm ad-Din Ayyub, father of Saladin
  • 1250 King Eric IV of Denmark (b. 1216)
  • 1420 Pierre d'ailly/Peter de Alliaco, French theologist/cardinal, dies
  • 1516 Jeroen Bosch, painter (Garden of the Lusten), dies at 66
  • 1534 Cardinal Cajetan, Italian theologian (b. 1470)
  • 1601 Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1558)
  • 1613 Giovanni Righi, composer, dies at 36
  • 1634 Pieter I de Jode, Flemish publisher, dies
  • 1634 William Noy, English jurist (b. 1577)
  • 1652 John Both, landscape painter/etcher, dies at about 37
  • 1668 Francois Anguier, French sculptor, dies at about 64
  • 1672 Jose Ximenez, Spanish composer, dies at 70
  • 1710 Gabriel Schutz, German composer, dies at 77
  • 1720 Simon Ockley, English orientalist (b. 1678)
  • 1727 Johann Philipp Treiber, composer, dies at 52
  • 1738 Pierre Drevet, French engraver, dies at 75
  • 1744 James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (b. 1673)
  • 1763 John Althuysen, Fries vicar/poet (Frysk Jierboek), dies at 47
  • 1806 Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia Christian, composer, dies at 33
  • 1816 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer (b. 1771)
  • 1835 Claus Nielsen Schali, composer, dies at 78
  • 1837 Xavier Sigalon, French painter (b. 1787)
  • 1848 Frederick Marryat, English captain/author (Mr Midshipman Easy), dies
  • 1854 Frederik Augustus II, king of Saxon (1836-54), dies at 57
  • 1862 Joseph Bennett Plummer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 42 or 46
  • 1862 Charles S Winder, Confederate General killed at the Battle of Cedar Mountain VA, at 32
  • 1886 Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • 1888 Charles Cros, French mathematician/chemist/poet, dies at 45
  • 1888 Isaac Strauss, composer, dies at 82
  • 1892 Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling), dies at 71
  • 1896 Otto Lilenthal, aircraft pioneer, killed during a glider test at 48
  • 1897 Samuel McGowan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 77
  • 1898 Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, dies at 84
  • 1899 Edward Frankland, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence, dies on holiday in Norway at 74
  • 1904 Friedrich Ratzel, German social-geographer (Lebensraum), dies at 59
  • 1911 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, dies following an unsuccessful operation to remove a throat tumor at 56
  • 1915 Henry Longbottom, English lieutenant, dies in battle
  • 1919 Ernst Haeckel, German philosopher (Social Darwinism), dies at 85
  • 1919 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), dies at 62
  • 1924 Jacob P Vis, Dutch founder (NV Royal Salt Industries), dies at 66
  • 1928 Frederik II W, grand duke of Baden (1907-18), dies at 71
  • 1929 Heinrich Zille, German cartoonist (Simplicissimus), dies at 71
  • 1932 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, dies after a three-month illness at 69
  • 1938 Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), dies at 65
  • 1942 Edith Stein, German philosopher and Discalced Carmelite nun (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), dies at 50
  • 1945 Harry Hillman, American athlete (b. 1881)

  • 1946 A E E Vogler, cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies
  • 1949 Harry Davenport, American actor and director (Her Unborn Child, My Sin), dies at 83
  • 1949 Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), dies at 74
  • 1955 Marion Eugene Bauer, composer, dies at 57
  • 1957 Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
  • 1958 Felipe Boero, composer, dies at 74
  • 1959 Emil Frantisek Burian, composer, dies at 55
  • 1960 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, dies at 88
  • 1961 Walter Bedell Smith, US general/WW II chief of staff, dies at 75

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1962 Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), dies at 85

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • 1965 Creighton Hale, Irish actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East), dies at 76
  • 1966 Gosta Nystroem, composer, dies at 75
  • 1967 Anton Walbrook [Adolf Wohlbrook], Austrian actor (Laura, I Accuse), dies of heart attack at 66
  • 1967 Joe Orton, English actor/playwright (Leaf, Murdered), dies at 34
  • 1969 Abigail Folger, American coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered
  • 1969 George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • 1969 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

1969 Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1969 Voyteck Freykowski, US director, murdered
  • 1969 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • 1969 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)
  • 1969 Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

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1969 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • 1972 Bill Berns, commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
  • 1972 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist , dies at 45
  • 1973 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08), dies at 88
  • 1973 Dean Corll, shot, he raped & killed 26 boys
  • 1974 Bill Chase, American trumpet player and bandleader (b. 1934)
  • 1975 Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer, dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 1976 Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet/novelist, dies at 65
  • 1976 Max Vredenburg, composer, dies at 72
  • 1977 Edward Chapman, British actor (Things to Come, Promoter, Rembrandt), dies at 75
  • 1978 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), dies at 74
  • 1978 Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • 1979 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • 1979 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • 1979 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • 1980 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • 1980 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • 1980 P K "Perker" Lee, cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies
  • 1982 Aleksandr A Alekseyev, Russian director, dies
  • 1985 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1986 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77
  • 1987 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
  • 1988 Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer and surrealist poet, dies at 83
  • 1990 Dorothy Appleby, actress (Small Town Boy, Paradise Express), dies
  • 1990 Joe Mercer, English footballer (b. 1914)
  • 1991 Corrie Hartong, dance pioneer, dies
  • 1992 Christopher Todd, [Todd Wangberg], dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992 Jan van Baal, antropologist/gov Dutch New-Guinea, dies
  • 1992 Patrick A Devlin, England, judge/lead house of Lords, dies
  • 1992 Thomas J McIntyre, (Sen-NH, 1963-79), dies at 77
  • 1993 Mohamed M Tabet, commissar of Casablanca, raped 518, executed at 54
  • 1994 Aartje W "Mien" van It Sant-van Bommel, author, dies at 93
  • 1994 Clarence Ford, sax player, dies at 64
  • 1994 Toby Rowland, theatrical manager, dies at 77
  • 1995 Jerry Garcia, rock vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies at 53
  • 1995 John Schofield, journalist, dies at 29
  • 1995 Willem Noordhoek, photographer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Sir Frank Whittle, English RAF engineer air officer and inventor of the turbojet engine, dies at 89
  • 1996 James Whitman McLamore, businessman, dies at 70
  • 1996 Kenneth Fleetwood, fashion Designer, dies at 65
  • 1996 Ruth Holland, journalist, dies at 54
  • 2000 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician and leader of Egypt's Wafd Party, dies at 88
  • 2000 John Harsanyi, Hungarian-born economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2000 Nicholas Markowitz-kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood (b. 1984)
  • 2002 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)
  • 2002 Peter Neville, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist
  • 2003 Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)
  • 2003 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer, dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2003 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • 2003 Chester Ludgin, American baritone (b. 1925)
  • 2004 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • 2004 Tony Mottola, American guitarist (b. 1918)
  • 2004 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • 2005 Matthew McGrory, American actor (b. 1973)
  • 2005 Judith Rossner, American novelist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 James van Allen, American physicist (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Philip E. High, sci-fi author (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer, photojournalist (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, dies at 84
  • 2008 Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
  • 2008 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer of prose.(b. 1941)
  • 2010 Ted Stevens, American politician (b. 1923)
  • 2013 John Logan, American MLB player, dies at 86
  • 2013 Glen Hobbie, American MLB player, dies at 77
  • 2014 Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man is shot dead by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. His death provoked nationwide protests and civil unrest.
  • 2014 Ed Nelson, American actor, dies from heart failure at 85
  • 2015 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • 2015 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • 2016 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80
  • 2016 Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and 3rd richest Britain, dies at 64