Famous Deaths on February 9

  • 1011 Bernard I, Duke of Saxony
  • 1199 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, dies at 51 (b. 1147)
  • 1450 Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France (b. 1421)
  • 1555 John Hooper, deprived Bishop of Gloucester, burnt for heresy
  • 1555 Rowland Taylor, English clergyman, dies at 44
  • 1567 Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, King consort of Mary I of Scotland, murdered at 21
  • 1583 Jeseph Sanalbo, Jewish convert in Rome, burned at stake
  • 1588 Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral, dies
  • 1617 Hans Christoph Haiden, German composer, organist and poet, dies at 44
  • 1619 Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
  • 1640 Murad IV, Sultan of Turkey (1623-40) who conquered Baghdad, dies in Baghdad at 27
  • 1670 Frederik III, King of Denmark/Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1670 King Frederick III of Denmark (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1675 Gerrit Dou / Gerard Douw, Dutch painter (b. 1613)
  • 1709 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general (b. 1664)
  • 1740 Vincenz Lubeck, German composer, dies at 85

  • 1751 Henri F D'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (1717..50), dies at 82
  • 1752 Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
  • 1765 Elisabetta de Gambarini, English composer, dies at 33
  • 1777 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • 1782 Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Syrian orientalist (b. 1710)
  • 1803 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • 1811 Nevil Maskelyne, 5th Astronomer Royal of England (1765-1811), dies
  • 1812 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer, dies at 57
  • 1817 Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer, dies at 54
  • 1824 Anna Katharina Emmerick, Roman Catholic Augustinian Canoness Regular of Windesheim, Marian visionary, ecstatic and stigmatist, dies at 49
  • 1846 Henry Gally Knight, architect/writer, dies
  • 1849 Corneille Vander Planken, composer, dies at 76
  • 1857 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem (b. 1798)
  • 1860 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch milt/liberal politician, dies at 63
  • 1874 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France), dies at 75
  • 1875 Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866), dies at 28

Person of interestFyodor Dostoyevsky

1881 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) who helped shape literary modernism and existentialism, dies from a pulmonary haemorrhage at 59

  • 1891 Johan B Jongkind, Dutch/French painter (Winter View), dies at 71
  • 1892 Alfred Moore Scales, American politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), dies at 64

Person of interestPaul Laurence Dunbar

1906 Paul Laurence Dunbar, African American dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio

  • 1916 Hynek Vojáček, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 1916 Jack Barrett, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • 1917 Francis Allan, cricket bowler (lefty in 1879 Aust-Eng Test), dies
  • 1918 Emiel van der Straeten, [Delrue], Flemish playwright, dies at 30
  • 1924 Nils Kj'r, Norwegian playwright (Det Lykkelige Valg), dies at 53

  • 1932 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered
  • 1935 Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist, dies at 61
  • 1936 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1938 Truby King, pioneer of mothercraft, dies
  • 1940 Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • 1943 ... Reydons, wife of General Reydons, shot to death by resistance
  • 1945 George Maduro, Dutch Antillian resistance fighter (Madurodam), dies in Dachau at 28
  • 1945 Jan Bakker, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1948 Karl Valentin, German comic/writer, dies at 65
  • 1949 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1951 Eddy Duchin, American musician (b. 1910)
  • 1952 Norman Douglas, essayist/novelist, dies
  • 1957 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88
  • 1960 Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • 1960 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, dies at 89
  • 1961 Grigory Levenfish, Russian International chess grandmaster, dies at 70
  • 1964 Willie Bryant, American singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • 1968 Barbara Everest, actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • 1968 Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • 1969 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 68
  • 1969 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • 1973 Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53
  • 1973 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (b. 1883)
  • 1974 Cees de Lange, Dutch conferencier, dies at 60
  • 1975 Constant Burniaux, Belgian writer (The Abandoned) and art historian (Temps Inquiets), dies at 82
  • 1976 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)
  • 1977 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • 1977 Gaus, an orangutan who lived to be 59
  • 1977 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • 1978 Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • 1978 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • 1978 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, dies at 70
  • 1979 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies

Person of interestDennis Gabor

1979 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), dies at 79

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • 1980 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • 1980 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)

Person of interestBill Haley

1981 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), dies of a heart attack probably caused by alcoholism at 55

Father of Rock 'n' Roll Bill Haley
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Bill Haley
  • 1984 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras

Person of interestYuri Andropov

1984 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1989 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (Kimba the White Lion), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1991 James Cleveland, American gospel singer, dies at 59
  • 1993 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service), dies at 54
  • 1993 Kate Wilkinson, actress (Clara-Another World), dies of cancer at 76
  • 1993 Nasrullah Mansoor, Afghan guerilla leader/governor of Paktia, dies
  • 1994 Arnold Smith, British 1st Secretary-General of Commonwealth (1965-75), dies at 79
  • 1994 Jarmila Novotna, Czech/US soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 86
  • 1994 Louis Kaufman, US violinist/conductor (Gone with the Wind), dies at 88
  • 1994 Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1934)
  • 1994 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), dies at 77
  • 1995 David Wayne, American stage and screen actor (Andromeda Strain, Adam's Rib), dies of lung cancer at 81
  • 1995 J. William Fulbright, American senator from Arkansas, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), dies at 89
  • 1996 Adolf Galland, general (Luftwaffe), dies at 83
  • 1996 Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science, dies at 80
  • 1996 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), dies at 44
  • 1996 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Gerald Savory, British actor playwright and TV producer (Heart of the Matter), dies at 86
  • 1996 Neil Franklin, soccer star, dies at 74
  • 1996 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist, dies at 106
  • 1996 Thomas Padmore, British senior civil servant, dies at 86
  • 1997 Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House), dies at 53
  • 1997 Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
  • 1998 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • 1999 Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2001 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Reginald Marsh, British actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here), dies at 74
  • 2002 Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • 2002 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2003 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83

  • 2004 Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), dies of complications from a stroke at 66
  • 2006 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • 2007 Hank Bauer, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • 2008 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • 2008 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • 2009 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • 2010 Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
  • 2013 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99

Person of interestEd Sabol

2015 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • 2015 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82
  • 2015 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup 1968-69), dies at 76
  • 2016 Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), dies at 76
  • 2018 Reginald "Reg" E Cathey, American actor (The Wire, Oz, House of Cards), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 2018 John Gavin [Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr], American actor (Imitation of Life, Psycho), and US Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86), dies of complications from pneumonia at 86