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Famous Deaths on August 9

Trajan

117 Trajan, Roman Emperor (98-117 AD) who rebuilt Rome and expanded the empire, dies from edema at 63

  • 378 Flavius Valens, emperor of Byzantium (364-78), dies in the Battle of Adrianople at 50
  • 803 Irene, Byzantine Empress and 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, Kurdish soldier and father of Saladin (1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria), dies after a horse riding accident
  • 1250 King Eric IV of Denmark (1241-1250), beheaded after being betrayed by his brother (b. 1216)
  • 1420 Pierre d'ailly [Peter de Alliaco], French theologist and cardinal, dies
  • 1516 Hieronymus Bosch, Dutch painter (Garden of Earthly Delights), dies at 66
  • 1534 Cardinal Cajetan, Italian theologian (b. 1470)
  • 1601 Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1558)
  • 1613 Giovanni Righi, Italian composer, dies at 36
  • 1634 Pieter de Jode I, Flemish publisher of engravings, dies (b. 1573)
  • 1634 William Noy, English jurist (b. 1577)
  • 1652 John Dirksz Both, Dutch landscape painter and 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, German composer dies at 52
  • 1738 Pierre Drevet, French engraver, dies at 75
  • 1744 James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (George Frideric Handel) (b. 1673)
  • 1763 John Althuysen, Fries vicar and poet (Frysk Jierboek), dies at 47
  • 1806 Louis Ferdinand, Prussian prince and a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, dies at 33
  • 1816 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer, dies at 44
  • 1828 Friedrich Bouterwek, German philosopher and critic, dies at 62
  • 1835 Claus Nielsen Schali, Danish violinist and composer, dies at 78
  • 1837 Xavier Sigalon, French painter (b. 1787)
  • 1848 Frederick Marryat, English captain and 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 Virginia, at 32
  • 1886 Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • 1888 Charles Cros, French inventor and poet (Le Hareng Saur), dies at 45
  • 1888 Isaac Strauss, French violinist, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • 1892 Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling), dies at 71
  • 1896 Otto Lilenthal, German 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
  • 1902 Moritz Szeps, Austrian journalist and newspaper publisher, dies at 66
  • 1904 Friedrich Ratzel, German social-geographer (Lebensraum), dies at 59
  • 1910 Huo Yuanjia, Chinese martial artist (mizongy), dies at 42
  • 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
  • 1916 Lily Braun, German feminist and socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen), dies at 51
  • 1919 Ernst Haeckel, German biologist (Causes of Evolution) and philosopher (Social Darwinism), dies at 85
  • 1919 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (Pagliacci; Zazà), dies at 62
  • 1924 Jacob P Vis, Dutch founder (NV Royal Salt Industries), dies at 66
  • 1928 Frederick II, 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 [1]
  • 1945 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), dies at 63
  • 1946 Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies at 69
  • 1948 Hugo Boss, German fashion designer (Hugo Boss), dies at 63
  • 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, American composer, dies at 57
  • 1957 Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
  • 1958 Felipe Boero, Argentine composer, dies at 74
  • 1959 Emil František Burian, Czech author and composer, dies at 55
  • 1960 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, dies at 88
  • 1961 Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army general (WWII) and head of CIA (1950-52), dies at 75

Hermann Hesse

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

  • 1962 Lowell Stockman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon, dies at 61
  • 1965 Creighton Hale, Irish actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East), dies at 76
  • 1966 Gösta Nystroem, Swedish composer, dies at 75
  • 1967 Anton Walbrook [Adolf Wohlbrook], Austrian actor (Laura, I Accuse), dies of heart attack at 66
  • 1967 Joe Orton, British actor and dramatist (Prick Up Your Ears), is murdered by his partner Kenneth Halliwell at 34
  • 1969 Abigail Folger, American coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered by the Manson family at 25
  • 1969 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • 1969 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

Murder of InterestSharon Tate

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

  • 1969 Voyteck Freykowski, Polish writer, murdered by the Manson family at 32
  • 1969 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist, murdered by Manson family at 35
  • 1969 Steven Parent, American student, murdered by the Manson family at 18

Cecil Frank Powell

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

  • 1972 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist, dies at 45
  • 1972 Ernst von Salomon, German writer (Kette Der Tausend Kraniche), dies at 69
  • 1973 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08), dies at 88
  • 1973 Dean Corll, American serial killer (Houston mass murders), fatally shot by an accomplice at 33
  • 1974 Bill Chase, American jazz-rock trumpet player and bandleader (Chase), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • 1976 Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet/novelist, dies at 65
  • 1976 Max Vredenburg, Dutch composer and music critic, 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, American actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • 1979 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • 1979 Raymond Washington, American gangster, founder of Los Angeles gang the Crips, murdered in drive-by shooting at 25
  • 1980 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • 1980 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • 1980 P K "Perker" Lee, Australian cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies at 75
  • 1982 Alexandre Alexeieff, Russian-French filmmaker (pinscreen animation) and artist, dies at 81
  • 1985 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1986 Jef Scherens, Belgian track cyclist (World C'ships gold sprint 1932-37, 47), 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, American actress (Small Town Boy, Paradise Express), dies at 84
  • 1990 Joe Mercer, English soccer midfielder (5 caps; Everton, Arsenal) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, England 1974), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 1991 Corrie Hartong, Dutch dance pioneer, dies at 85
  • 1992 Christopher Todd [Todd Wangberg], American performer, dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992 Jan van Baal, Dutch anthropologist and governor of Dutch New Guinea, dies (b. 1909)
  • 1992 Patrick Devlin, English judge and legal philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1992 Thomas J. McIntyre, American politician (Sen-NH, 1963-79), dies at 77
  • 1992 William Russell [Russell William Wagner], American violinist, modern composer (Fugue for Eight Percussion Instruments), and musicologist (Oh, Mister Jelly), dies at 87
  • 1994 Mien van 't Sant, Dutch author, dies at 93
  • 1994 Clarence Ford, American sax player, dies at 64
  • 1994 Toby Rowland, American theatrical manager, dies at 77

Jerry Garcia

1995 Jerry Garcia, American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 53

  • 1995 John Schofield, English BBC journalist, shot to death in Croatia at 29
  • 1995 Willem Noordhoek, Dutch 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, American businessman and 1st CEO of Burger King who created The Whopper, dies at 70
  • 1996 Kenneth Fleetwood, English fashion designer (Hardy Amies, dressed Queen Elizabeth II), dies at 65
  • 1996 Ruth Holland, British journalist (BMJ), dies in the Watford rail crash at 54
  • 1997 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, dies at 79
  • 2000 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician and leader of Egypt's Wafd Party, dies at 88
  • 2000 John Harsanyi, Hungarian-American economist (Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994, for game theory), and educator (University of California, Berkeley, 1964-90), dies of a heart attack at 80 [1]
  • 2000 Nicholas Markowitz, American teenager kidnapped and murdered by Jesse James Hollywood at 15
  • 2002 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson), dies at 49
  • 2002 Peter Neville, British anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist, dies at 69
  • 2003 Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)
  • 2003 Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (White Nights; Taps), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • 2003 Jacques Deray, French film director (b. 1929)
  • 2003 Chester Ludgin, American operatic baritone (San Francisco Opera, 1962-85), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2004 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • 2004 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, dies at 86
  • 2004 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura; Modern Times), dies at 92
  • 2005 Matthew McGrory, American actor (worlds's tallest actor at 7 ft 6 in), dies at 32
  • 2005 Judith Rossner, American novelist (Looking for Mr Goodbar), dies at 70
  • 2006 James van Allen, American physicist (discovered Van Allen radiation belts), dies at 91
  • 2006 Philip E. High, English sci-fi author, dies at 92
  • 2007 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, dies at 85
  • 2007 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, dies at 84
  • 2008 Bernie Mac, American comedian and actor (The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven), dies at 50
  • 2008 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, dies at 66
  • 2010 Ted Stevens, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009), dies at 86
  • 2013 John Logan, American MLB player, dies at 86
  • 2013 Glen Hobbie, American MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), dies at 77
  • 2014 Michael Brown, American shooting victim whose death provoked nationwide protests and civil unrest, shot dead by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson at 18
  • 2014 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), dies of 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 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, British peer and its 3rd richest Britain, dies at 64
  • 2016 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80
  • 2017 Al McCandless, American Republican politician (Rep-R-CA 1983-95), dies at 90
  • 2017 Marián Varga, Slovak musician (Prúdy), dies at 70
  • 2017 Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter, dies at 86
  • 2020 Martin Birch, British sound engineer and record producer (Whitesnake; Iron Maiden), dies at 71 [1]
  • 2021 Patricia Hitchcock, British-American actress, dies at 93
  • 2021 Bob Jenkins, American television and radio sports announcer (IndyCar & NASCAR telecasts ESPN/ABC, NBC Sports), dies from brain cancer at 73
  • 2022 Issey Miyake, Japanese avant-garde fashion designer, dies at 84 [1]
  • 2022 Rudi Koertzen, South African cricket umpire (Tests 108 1992-2010; ODIs 209; T20Is 14), dies in a car accident at 73
  • 2022 Alberto Orzan, Italian soccer defender (4 caps; Udinese, Fiorentina), dies at 91
  • 2022 Darryl Hunt, British celtic-rock bassist (The Pogues - "Fairytale of New York", "I Love You Till the End"), dies at 72
  • 2022 Raymond Briggs, British children's book author and illustrator (The Snowman; Fungus the Bogeyman), dies at 88
  • 2022 Ingemar Erlandsson, Swedish soccer defender (69 caps; Malmö FF 258 games), dies at 64
August 9 Highlights