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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, Queen of Scots, murdered at 21 in the orchard of Kirk o' Field in Edinburgh
  • 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)
  • 1670 Frederick III, King of Denmark and Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1675 Gerrit Dou / Gerard Douw, Dutch painter (b. 1613)
  • 1709 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general, dies at 44
  • 1740 Vincenz Lubeck, German composer, dies at 85
  • 1751 Henri François 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, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 76
  • 1857 Dionysios Solomos, Greek poet of the Greek national anthem, dies at 58
  • 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

Fyodor 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
  • 1905 Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist, dies at 89

Paul 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, Flemish playwright (Sudanese legends), dies at 30
  • 1924 Nils Kjær, 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
  • 1942 Lauri Kristian Relander, 2nd President of Finland (1925-31), dies at 58
  • 1943 World War II: Dutch fascist official Hermannus Reydon and his wife are shot by resistance members, his wife dies immediately and he dies six months later
  • 1945 George Maduro, Dutch Antillian resistance fighter (Madurodam), dies in Dachau at 28
  • 1945 Jan Bakker, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1948 Karl Valentin, Bavarian comedian and film producer, dies at 65
  • 1949 Poul Schierbeck, Danish organist and composer, dies at 60
  • 1951 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • 1952 Norman Douglas, essayist/novelist, dies
  • 1953 Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager (2 caps; Newcastle United; mgr Grimsby Town 1937-51), dies at 53
  • 1957 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88
  • 1960 Ernst von Dohnányi [Dohnányi Ernő], 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
  • 1961 Oscar Egg, Swiss track and road bicycle racer (3 x world hour record), dies at 70
  • 1962 Harriet Ware (Krumbhaar), American concert pianist, composer (Women's Triumphal March; The Rose Is Red; The Varying Shore), and music educator, dies at 84
  • 1964 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", 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, American dairy farmer, and owner Woodstock Festival site in Bethel, New York, dies of a heart attack 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-American pop and easy listening composer and bandleader ("Theme from A Summer Place"), dies at 67
  • 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

Dennis Gabor

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

  • 1979 Allen Tate, American poet (Mr Pope & Other Poems), dies at 79
  • 1980 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • 1980 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and writer (The White Lanes of Summer), dies at 79
  • 1980 Charlie Fowlkes, American baritone saxophonist (Count Basie Orchestra, 1953-80), dies at 63

Bill 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

  • 1984 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras

Yuri 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

  • 1987 Larry French, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1940; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 79
  • 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, American violinist and conductor (Gone With The Wind), dies at 88
  • 1994 Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist (Nobel 1975), dies at 59
  • 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, Australian 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, Scottish rock singer (Sweet, 1968-79- "The Ballroom Blitz"), dies of heart failure at 51
  • 1997 L.F. "Jack" Owen, American blues singer and guitarist ("It Must've Been The Devil"), dies at 92
  • 1998 Ken Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests, top score 137; first Test cricketer born in US), dies at 86
  • 1998 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • 1999 Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • 2000 Beau Jack, American boxer (NYSAC world lightweight champion 1942-44), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 2001 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Reginald Marsh, British actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here), dies at 74
  • 2002 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowdon, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II, dies of a stroke at 71
  • 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)
  • 2006 Ron Greenwood, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • 2007 Hank Bauer, American baseball infielder, manager (8-time World Series champion; NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 84
  • 2007 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards), dies in his sleep of a great attack at 72 [1]
  • 2007 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), dies at 75
  • 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)
  • 2009 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), dies at 91
  • 2010 Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
  • 2010 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2013 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99
  • 2014 Graham Hills, English physical scientist and principal (Strathclyde University, England), dies at 87
  • 2015 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82
  • 2015 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Stanley Cup 1968-69, Montreal Canadiens), 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
  • 2018 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), dies of pancreatic cancer at 36
  • 2018 Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat, 1976-2018), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • 2018 Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic theatre, dance, and film score composer (The Theory of Everything), dies form a combination of cocaine and prescription medication at 48
  • 2020 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 84
  • 2020 Sorrel [Doris Ernestine] Hays, American pianist and composer (The Glass Woman), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2021 Armando "Chick" Corea, American jazz-fusion pianist and composer; 23 time Grammy winner (Return To Forever, Delhpi I, Toy Dance), dies of cancer at 79 [1]
February 9 Highlights