On This Day

Famous Deaths on March 9

  • 1202 King Sverre of Norway (1184-1202), dies
  • 1422 Jan Zelivsky, Hussite priest (b. 1380)
  • 1440 St Frances of Rome, Italian nun (b. 1384)
  • 1444 Leonardo Bruni, Italian humanist, statesman and historian (1st to divide history into Antiquity, Middle Ages, Modern), dies at about 74
  • 1566 David Rizzio, Italian secretary of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered by Protestant nobles
  • 1620 Aegidius Albertinus, German writer (Lucifer's Kingdom), dies at 59
  • 1649 James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton, Scottish statesman, dies at 42
  • 1649 Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, English soldier, executed at 58
  • 1661 Jules "Cardinal" Mazarin, chief minister of France, dies at 58
  • 1688 Claude Mellan, French engraver, cartoonist and painter, dies at 89

Johann Pachelbel

1706 Johann Pachelbel, German composer and organist (Canon in D), dies at 52

  • 1709 Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu, English diplomat, dies at 70
  • 1743 Jean-Baptiste Lully fils, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 77
  • 1747 Jacob Campo Weyerman, Dutch painter and writer active during the Dutch Enlightenment, dies at 69
  • 1800 Dominique Della-Maria, French composer, dies at 30
  • 1808 Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect who designed English country houses, dies at 69
  • 1809 Jean-Pierre Blanchard, French ballonist (1st balloon flights in England and U.S.), dies at 55
  • 1819 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, dies at 41
  • 1824 Jacobus J Cramer, priest of Holland/Zealand/Friesland, dies at 79
  • 1825 Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), dies at 81
  • 1827 Franz Xaver Gerl, Austrian bass singer and composer, dies at 62
  • 1831 Friedrich M. Klinger, German (stage)author (Plimplamplasko), dies at 79
  • 1836 Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French Enlightenment philosopher, dies at 81
  • 1847 Mary Anning, British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (Jurassic marine fossil beds of Lyme Regis in Dorset), dies of breast cancer at 47
  • 1870 Theodore Labarre, French composer and harpist, dies at 65
  • 1876 Louise Colet, French Romantic poet who had long affair with Gustave Flaubert, dies at 65
  • 1877 Mark Prager Lindo, English Dutch author (Neth Spectator), dies at 58
  • 1883 Arnold Toynbee, English economic historian and social reformer, dies at 30
  • 1888 William I, King of Prussia (1861-71) 1st German Emperor (1871-88), dies at 90
  • 1893 Disma Fumagalli, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1895 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (Masochism), dies at 59
  • 1897 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier and pioneer of modern skiing, dies at 71
  • 1907 John Alexander Dowie, Scottish-American evangelist (founded the city of Zion, Illinois), dies at 59
  • 1913 Eberhard Nestle, German biblical scholar, dies at 61
  • 1916 Kenneth Hutchings, English cricketer (exciting England batsman, WWI), dies fighting at the Battle of the Somme at 33
  • 1937 Paul Elmer More, American critic and essayist, dies at 72
  • 1938 Sydney Baynes, British conductor, arranger, band leader and composer (Destiny Waltz; Endure to Conquer), dies at 59
  • 1941 Carlos Pedrell, Uruguayan guitarist and composer, dies at 62
  • 1943 Oskar Hêks, Czech marathon runner/antifascist, dies in Auschwitz
  • 1947 Stanley Jackson, English cricketer (20 Tests for England 1893-1905), dies at 76
  • 1947 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • 1954 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)
  • 1954 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer, dies at 79
  • 1955 Matthew A Henson, met Peary on 6/4/1909 at North Pole, dies at 88
  • 1960 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • 1961 Wilbur Sweatman, American ragtime and dixieland jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 79
  • 1962 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • 1963 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, dies at 83
  • 1964 Johanna W "Mina" Bakker, Dutch actress (Boefje), dies at 87
  • 1964 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Prussian general and politician, dies at 93
  • 1965 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1965 Kazys Boruta, Lithuanian writer, dies at 60
  • 1966 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • 1969 Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
  • 1969 Richard Crane, American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • 1971 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1974 Earl W Sutherland Jr, US pharmacologist (Nobel 1971), dies at 58
  • 1975 Joseph Dunninger, NYC, mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), dies at 82
  • 1975 Shirley Ross [Bernice Maude Gaunt], American actress (Cafe Society, Prison Farm, Waikiki Wedding), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1975 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor, dies at 86
  • 1979 Barbara Mullen, American actress (Thunder Rock, Innocent Sinners), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1980 Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • 1981 Max Delbrück, German-American biologist and molecular geneticist (bacteriophage, Nobel Prize 1969), dies at 74
  • 1982 Alan Badel, British actor (Shogun, Salome, Bill Brand), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1982 Rex Marshall, American TV announcer (Circuit Rider, Herman Hickman Show), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1982 Richard A Butler, England, min of Finance, dies at 79
  • 1983 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1983 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), dies at 78
  • 1986 Ned Calmer, TV host (In the First Person), dies at 78
  • 1987 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (British Open 1949-50, 52, 57), dies of meningitis at 69
  • 1988 Kurt Georg Kiesinger, West German chancellor (1966-69), dies at 83
  • 1989 Robert Mapplethorpe, American photographer, dies at 42
  • 1991 Jim Hardin, former Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves pitcher (b. 1943)
  • 1991 Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Japanese composer and educator, dies at 84
  • 1992 Felipe Turich, actor (Lawless), dies
  • 1992 Jack McEdward, asst dir (Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell), dies at 94
  • 1992 James Brooks, American mural painter (Flight, La Guardia NY), dies at 85

Menachem Begin

1992 Menachem Begin, 6th Prime Minister of Israel (1977-80, 81-83) and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies of a heart attack at 85

  • 1993 Ad van Gessel, Dutch actor (Everything For Our Soldiers), dies
  • 1993 Bob Crosby, American jazz singer and bandleader (Bob-Cats), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1993 Max August Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn), dies at 86
  • 1994 Fernando Rey [Arambillet], Spanish actor (The French Connection, Matter of Time), dies of bladder cancer at 76
  • 1994 John Harrison, South African correspondent (BBC), dies at 48
  • 1994 Lawrence E. Spivak, American news panelist (Meet the Press), dies at 93
  • 1994 Louis Freeman, Scottish band leader, dies at 100
  • 1994 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • 1994 Eddie Creatchman, Canadian wrestler manager (b. 1928)
  • 1994 Charles Bukowski, German-born American columnist (Notes of a Dirty Old Man) and writer (Hollywood: A Novel) who was described as a "laureate of American lowlife", dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1995 Ian Ballantine, publisher, dies of heart attack at 79
  • 1995 Ruud van den Hende, Dutch sports reporter, dies at 63
  • 1995 Edward Bernays, Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, dies at 103
  • 1996 Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist, dies at 77
  • 1996 Elman Ali Ahmed, peace campaigner, dies at 42
  • 1996 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author, dies at 67
  • 1996 George Burns, American comedian, actor and singer (Burns and Allen), dies at 100
  • 1997 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7) at 66
  • 1997 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles at 24
  • 1999 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, dies at 73
  • 2000 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • 2003 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • 2003 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (b. 1946)
  • 2004 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (Kant aan m'n broek!), dies at 87
  • 2004 Dr. Gerald Deskin, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
  • 2004 John Mayer, Indian composer (Indo-Jazz Fusion), dies in a car accident at 73 [1]
  • 2004 Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, American pianist, arranger, jazz and classical composer (For Bird, With Love), dies at 72
  • 2005 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), dies at 56
  • 2005 Kurt Lotz, German business executive and second postwar CEO of Volkswagen, dies at 92
  • 2005 Jeanette Schmid, Austrian transsexual professional whistler, dies at 80
  • 2005 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer, dies at 80
  • 2005 Glenn Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1946; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army; NFL: LA Rams), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • 2006 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), dies at 91
  • 2006 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)
  • 2006 Dennis Brookes, English cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7), dies at 90
  • 2007 Brad Delp, American rock musician (lead singer of Boston and RTZ), commits suicide at 55
  • 2007 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1944, 46: NHL All Star 1949, 50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • 2007 Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, North Carolina politician (b. unknown)
  • 2009 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), dies at 63
  • 2010 Doris Haddock, American political activist (b. 1910)

Willie Davis

2010 Willie Davis, American MLB center fielder (LA Dodgers), dies at 69

  • 2011 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), dies at 86
  • 2011 David S. Broder, American journalist (Pulitzer 1973), dies at 81
  • 2012 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • 2012 Selma Rubin, American environmental activist, dies at 96
  • 2012 Lord Wedderton of Charlton, British academic and politician, dies at 84
  • 2012 Bill Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton, British politician, dies at 84
  • 2015 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), dies at 94

John Gutfreund

2016 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86

  • 2016 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • 2016 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91
  • 2016 Juvenal "Naná' Vasconcelos, Brazilian jazz and world music percussionist, and berimbau player (Pat Metheny, Björk, Milton Nascimento), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2017 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, dies at 84
  • 2018 Joaquin Avila, American lawyer and civil rights champion who advocated against voter discrimination, dies from complications of colon and liver cancer at 69
  • 2018 Chris Gedney, American NFL tight end, 1993-2000 (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals), takes his own life at 47
  • 2019 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), dies of dementia at 86
  • 2019 Bobbi Fiedler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 81
  • 2020 Keith Olsen, American rock record producer and sound engineer (Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station; Joe Walsh - The Confessor), dies of cardiac arrest at 74
  • 2021 Agustín Balbuena, Argentine soccer striker (8 caps; Copa Libertadores 1972, 73, 74, 75; Copa Intercontinental 1973; Club Atlético Independiente), dies at 75
  • 2021 Tommy Troelsen, Danish soccer striker (16 caps; Vejle Boldklub) and broadcaster (Danmarks Radio, dk4), dies at 80
  • 2021 James Levine, American conductor (director of the Metropolitan Opera, 1976-2017), dies at 77
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