On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1909

  • Jan 12 Hermann Minkowski, German mathematician (b. 1864)
  • Jan 14 Zinovy Rozhestvensky, Russian imperial navy admiral (Battle of Tsushima), dies at 60
  • Jan 15 Ernest Reyer, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 15 Ernest von Wildenbruch, German playwright (Das Edle Blut), dies at 63
  • Jan 15 Arnold Janssen missionary (b. 1837)
  • Jan 17 Sir Francis Smith, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1819
  • Jan 22 Emil Erlenmeyer, German chemist (Erlenmeyer flask), dies at 83
  • Jan 27 Benoît-Constant Coquelin, French actor, dies at 68
  • Jan 30 Martha Finley, American children's book author (Elsie Dinsmore series), dies at 80
  • Feb 2 Adolf Stoecker, German conservative politician, and reformer who founded the German Christian Social Party, dies at 73
  • Feb 3 Johann Georg Herzog, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 4 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • Feb 8 Edouard Silas, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Mieczysław Karłowicz, Polish composer and conductor (Rebirth Symphony, Op. 7), dies in an avalanche while on a skiing excursion at 32
  • Feb 8 Catulle Mendès, French poet, dies at 67

Geronimo

Feb 17 Geronimo [one who yawns], Apache chief, dies at 79

  • Mar 12 Johanna "Lena" Bakker, Dutch actress and wife of Bruno Gerlach, dies at 34
  • Mar 12 Joe Petrosino, NYPD lieutenant (b. 1860)
  • Mar 16 George Thorndike Angell, American lawyer and advocate for the humane treatment of animals (ASPCA), dies at 85
  • Mar 22 Gyula Erkel, Hungarian composer, son of Ferenc Erkel, dies at 66
  • Mar 24 John Millington Synge, Irish dramatist and poet (Riders to the Sea), dies at 37
  • Mar 25 Ruperto Chapi, Spanish composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 26 Nikolai Arkas, Ukrainian composer, dies at 56
  • Apr 3 Benjamin Johnson Lang, composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 9 Charles Conder, artist, dies
  • Apr 9 Helena Modrzejewska, Polish-American actress, dies from Bright's disease at 68
  • Apr 9 F. Marion Crawford, American author (Mr. Isaacs), dies at 54
  • Apr 10 Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet (Atalanta in Calydon), dies at 72
  • Apr 12 Hermann Kotzschmar, German-American composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 13 Whitley Stokes, British lawyer, dies at 79
  • May 5 Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
  • May 8 Friedrich von Holstein, German civil servant (head of the political department of the German Foreign Office), dies at 72
  • May 10 Johannes de Koo, Dutch journalist and playwright, dies at 67
  • May 12 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), dies at 40
  • May 18 George Meredith, English poet & writer (Diana of Crossways), dies at 81
  • May 18 Isaac Albéniz, Spanish pianist & composer (Suite española; Tango in D), dies from nephritis at 48
  • May 20 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)
  • Jun 1 Giuseppe Martucci, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 10 Edward Everett Hale, American clergyman and author (Man without a Country), dies at 87
  • Jun 18 Learmont Drysdale, Scottish composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 22 Detlev [Freiherr Friedrich A von] Liliencron, German poet, dies at 65
  • Jun 22 Edward John Gregory, British painter and engraver, dies at 59
  • Jun 24 Sarah Orne Jewett, American author (Country of the Pointed Firs), dies at 59
  • Jun 28 Israel Durham, Phillies president dies
  • Jul 5 Emil Bohn, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 8 Gaston AA marquis de Gallifet, Fren min of War (1899-1900), dies at 79
  • Jul 9 Kasimir Felix Badeni, Premier of Polish/Austria (1895-97), dies at 62
  • Jul 10 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies at 40
  • Jul 11 Simon Newcomb, celestial mechanics authority (Stars), dies at 74
  • Jul 22 D v Liliencron, writer, dies at 65
  • Jul 23 Ernest F. Cambier, Belgian colonial pioneer (1st Congo railway), dies at 65
  • Jul 23 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 8 William Miller, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 89
  • Aug 15 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (b. 1866)
  • Aug 17 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 19 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander of Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer and Member of parliament, dies at 83
  • Aug 29 Emil Christian Hansen, Danish physiologist, dies at 67

Clyde Fitch

Sep 4 Clyde Fitch, American playwright (Nathan Hale, The Girl with the Green Eyes), dies of blood poisoning after an appendectomy at 44 [1]

  • Sep 7 Eugene Lefebvre, dies test piloting a Wright A aircraft
  • Sep 8 Frank Crawford Armstrong, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 73
  • Sep 9 Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad entrepreneur (b. 1848)
  • Oct 6 Dudley Buck, American organist, composer, and music writer, dies at 70
  • Oct 13 Francisco Ferrer, Spanish anarchist and teacher, executed by firing squad at 50
  • Oct 14 Gottfred Matthison-Hansen, Danish composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 16 Jakub Bart-Ćišinski, Sorbian writer, dies at 53
  • Oct 17 Nicola Spinelli, Italian composer, dies at 44
  • Oct 18 Alfredo Oriani, Italian writer (Political Struggle in Italy), dies at 57
  • Oct 19 Cesare Lombroso, Italian psychiatrist and criminologist, dies at 73

AssassinationItō Hirobumi

Oct 26 Itō Hirobumi, Japanese samurai, 1st Prime Minister of Japan (4 terms between 1885 and 1901) and Resident-General of Korea (1905-09), assassinated at 68 by Korean nationalist An Jung-geun in Harbin, China

  • Oct 26 Itō Horiboemi, Japanese samurai, statesman and four time Prime Minister of Japan, assassinated by a Korean nationalist aged 68
  • Nov 2 Wilhelm Ahlwardt, German orientalist, dies at 81
  • Nov 8 Charles Bordes, French composer, dies at 46
  • Nov 8 Eduard de Hartog, Dutch composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 10 Ludvig Schytte, Danish composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 10 George Essex Evans, Australian poet (b. 1863)
  • Nov 13 Aeneas Mackay, Dutch Internal minister (ARP)/Colonization, dies at 70
  • Nov 14 Joshua Slocum, Canadian-American seaman and adventurer, departs from Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, sailing south for the winter, and is lost at sea, at 65
  • Nov 16 Francis Thome, French composer, dies at 59
  • Nov 18 Renee Vivien, British-born poet, wrote in French, dies at 32
  • Nov 30 Innokenti F Annenski, Russian poet and translator, dies at 53 [NS=Dec 13]
  • Dec 4 Paul-Albert Besnard, French painter and graphic artist (Elle), dies at 60
  • Dec 7 Whitcomb Judson, American inventor (zipper), dies at 63
  • Dec 10 Red Cloud, Sioux indian chief, dies
  • Dec 11 Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • Dec 13 Innokenti Annenski, Russian poet and interpreter, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Dec 14 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), sole owner of the Congo Free State (1885-1908), dies at 74
  • Dec 15 Francisco Tárrega, Spanish composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 17 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), dies at 74
  • Dec 20 Benjamin Ipavec, composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Nicolaas G Pierson, director Suriname/Dutch Bank, dies at 80
  • Dec 26 Frederic Remington, American artist and sculptor of American West, dies at 48