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Famous Deaths on October 9

  • 1047 Clemens II [Suitger], Pope (1046-47), dies (b. 1005)
  • 1253 Robert Grosseteste, English scientist, scholastic philosopher, theologian and Bishop of Lincoln, dies at around 78
  • 1273 Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Germany
  • 1326 Reinald I, earl of Gelre/monarch, went insane, dies
  • 1390 John I of Castile, King of Castile and León (1379-90), dies after falling off his horse while riding in a fantasia at 32
  • 1423 Frederik III of Blankenheim, bishop of Straatsburg/Utrecht, dies
  • 1436 Jacoba van Bavarian, countess of Holland/Zealand, dies at 35
  • 1555 Justus Jonas, German Protestant theologian and reformer, dies at 62
  • 1562 Gabriel Fallopius [Fallopio], Italian anatomist and early advocate for the use of condoms (Observationes anatomicae), dies at 39
  • 1569 Vladimir of Staritsa, Russian prince (b. 1533)
  • 1597 Ashikaga Yoshiaki, 15th Japanese shōgun, dies at 59
  • 1646 Baltasar Carlos, son of Spanish King Philip IV, dies of smallpox at 16
  • 1688 Claude Perrault, French Architect and Physician, dies at 75
  • 1691 William Sacheverell, English statesman (b. 1638)
  • 1709 Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, English mistress of Charles II of England (b. 1640)
  • 1729 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (b. 1654)
  • 1747 David Brainerd, American missionary to the Native Americans, dies at 29
  • 1769 Marianus Königsperger, German composer, dies at 60
  • 1781 Thomas Erskine, 6th earl of Kellie, Scottish composer and musician, dies at 49
  • 1793 Jean Joseph Marie Amiot, French missionary (b. 1718)
  • 1797 Elijah B Solomon Zalman, rabbi/Gaon of Vilna Latvia, dies at 77
  • 1821 Georg Friederich Fuchs, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1831 Ioannis Kapodistrias, President (1829-31) and founding father of modern Greece.
  • 1837 Charles Fourier, French utopian socialist (Harmony universal), dies
  • 1841 Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German architect, city planner and painter (Altes Museum, Neue Wache), dies at 60
  • 1868 Howell Cobb, American politician (U.S. Secretary of Treasury), dies at 53
  • 1873 George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • 1891 Johannes Tideman, theologist, dies at 83
  • 1897 John Heemskerk, Dutch politician (Minister of the Interior 1866-88), dies at 79
  • 1900 Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Austrian composer, dies at 57
  • 1906 Joseph Glidden, American inventor (barbed wire) and businessman, dies at 93
  • 1907 Romualdo Marenco, Italian composer, chiefly of ballet music (Excelsior), dies at 66
  • 1912 Millie & Christine McCoy, American Siamese twins born slaves, die at 61
  • 1915 Constant A M Cap, Flemish poet/etcher, dies at 73
  • 1917 Hussein Kamel, Sultan of Egypt (1914-17), dies at 63
  • 1918 Mikhail Vasilyevich Alekseyev, Imperial Russian general and WW I Chief of Staff, murdered at 60
  • 1918 Raymond Duchamp-Villon, French cubist sculptor (Head of Baudeaire), dies at 41
  • 1924 Valery Bryusov, Russian writer and critic (b. 1873)
  • 1934 J-Louis-F Barthou, French writer, French Premier and Foreign Minister, assassinated by Croatian nationalist at 72
  • 1934 King Alexander I, of Yugoslavia (1921-34), assassinated by a Bulgarian revolutionary at 45
  • 1937 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, dies at 72
  • 1937 George August Alexander Alting von Geusau, Dutch Minister of war (1918-20), dies at 73
  • 1940 Wilfred Grenfell, British medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador, dies at 75
  • 1941 Helen Morgan, American stage and screen actress, and singer (Show Boat), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 41
  • 1943 Gerard W Kerncamp, historian/editor-in-chief (Green Amsterdam), dies
  • 1943 Jan Dieters, Dutch politician and resistance fighter who was the head of the Communist Party of the Netherlands, executed at 42
  • 1943 Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN), executed
  • 1943 Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Nobel Prize 1902 for Zeeman effect), dies at 78
  • 1943 Gerard Wilhelm Kernkamp, Dutch historian and editor (Groene Amsterdammer), dies at 78
  • 1949 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, Russian composer, dies at 70

George Hainsworth

1950 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), dies in a car accident at 55

  • 1953 James Finlayson, Scottish-American stage, and silent and "talkie" film actor (Laurel and Hardy films), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1955 Alice Joyce, actress (Song O' My Heart), dies at 65
  • 1956 Marie Doro, American stage and film actress of the early silent film era (The Heart of Nora Flynn, The White Pearl), dies at 74

Pius XII

1958 Pius XII [Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli], 260th Roman Catholic Pope (1939-58), dies of heart failure at 82

  • 1960 Howard Glenn, NY Titan, dies of injuries sustain in this day's game
  • 1962 Lulu McConnell, American vaudeville, radio, and television comedienne (It Pays To Be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • 1963 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, American composer ("By the Waters of Minnetonka"), dies at 85
  • 1967 Andre Maurois [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac), dies at 82

ExecutionChe Guevara

1967 Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary and physician, executed in Bolivia at 39

  • 1967 Gordon Allport, American psychologist (personalities), dies at 69
  • 1968 Pierre Mulele, Congolese rebel leader, executed
  • 1970 Jean Giono, French writer (Le Hussard sur le toit), dies at 75
  • 1972 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter, dies at 72
  • 1972 Miriam Hopkins, actress (Carrie, Barbary Coast), dies at 69
  • 1973 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist ("This Train"; "Down By The Riverside"), dies of a stroke at 58

Oskar Schindler

1974 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", dies at 66

  • 1976 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII, dies at 82
  • 1978 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 49
  • 1978 Pavel Antokolsky, Russian poet and theatre director (Syn), dies at 82
  • 1982 Anna Freud, Austrian-English psychoanalyst and daughter of Sigmund Freud, dies at 86
  • 1983 Suh Seok-jun, South Korea Deputy Prime Minister, killed (one of 21 victims) in Rangoon bombing at about 45
  • 1985 Emílio Garrastazu Médici, 28th President of Brazil (1969-74), dies at 79
  • 1987 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, dies at 79
  • 1987 Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, dies at 84
  • 1988 Edward Chodorov, Broadway playwright and director (Story of Louis Pasteur), dies at 84
  • 1988 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), dies at 86
  • 1988 Cliff Gallup, American guitarist (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1989 Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • 1990 Richard Murdoch, actor (Lilli Marlene), dies of heart attack at 83
  • 1991 Roy Black, German schlager singer and actor (Kinderarzt Dr Froehlich), dies of heart failure at 43
  • 1991 Thalmus Rasulala, actor (Blacula), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1992 Per Olof Sundman, Swedish writer and politician, dies at 70
  • 1993 C. R. Rangachari, Indian cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies at 77
  • 1993 Geert de Vlaeminck, Belgian champion cyclist, dies at 26
  • 1994 Fred Lebow, US founder of New York Marathon, dies of cancer
  • 1994 James Hill, English director/screenwriter (Born Free), dies at 75
  • 1994 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, dies at 72
  • 1994 Raich Carter, English soccer forward (13 caps; Sunderland, Derby County, Hull C) and manager (Hull C, Leeds, Mansfield Town, Middlesborough), dies from a stroke at 80
  • 1995 John Alfred Scali, American journalist and diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1995 Kukrit Pramoj, Thai politician (13th Prime Minister of Thailand) and scholar, dies at 84
  • 1995 Lord Home of Hirsel, cricket (Middlesex player later British PM), dies
  • 1995 Patric Walker, American-British astrologer, dies of food poisoning at 64
  • 1995 Phillip Oppenheimer, British diamond trader, dies at 83
  • 1996 Alan Charles Downes, British founder member of Independent Television News and cameraman, dies at 58
  • 1996 Harvey Vernon [Chet Smith], American actor (Teen Wolf, Jasper-Carter Country), dies at 69
  • 1996 Nigel Thomas Loveridge Fisher, politician, dies at 83
  • 1996 Richard Clarkson, English aeronautical engineer (Hawker Siddeley Trident), dies at 94
  • 1996 Joachim Wohlgemuth, German writer, dies at 64

Walter Kerr

1996 Walter Kerr, American actor, writer (Goldilocks) and Broadway theatre critic, dies of congestive heart failure at 83

  • 1997 Arthur Tracy, American radio personality (The Street Singer), dies at 98
  • 1998 Ian Johnson, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), dies at 80
  • 1998 Robert Allen [Irvine Theodore Baehr], American actor (The Awful Truth, Crime and Punishment), dies from cancer and collapsed lung at 92
  • 1999 Milt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies of cancer at 76
  • 1999 Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (b. 1914)
  • 1999 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), dies at 83
  • 2000 David Dukes, American actor (Beacon Hill, 79 Park Avenue, Winds of War), dies at 55
  • 2000 Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1918)
  • 2001 Dagmar [Virginia Ruth Egnor], American actress, model, and television personality (Broadway's Open House), dies at 79
  • 2001 Herbert Ross, American film director and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2002 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)
  • 2002 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), dies at 82
  • 2005 Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Steve Allen Plymouth Show), dies of lung cancer at 92
  • 2005 Tom Cheek, American sportscaster (Voice of the Toronto Blue Jays), dies at 66
  • 2006 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), dies from neuroendocrine tumours at 27
  • 2006 Raymond Noorda, American co-founder and long time CEO of Novell (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball, WKRP in Cincinnati), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 87
  • 2008 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • 2011 Pavel Karelin, Russian ski jumper (b. 1989)
  • 2011 Mark Kingston, English actor (Intimate Contact), dies at 77
  • 2012 Harris Savides, American cinematographer., dies from brain cancer at 55
  • 2012 Theo Olof, German-Dutch violinist and concert master, dies at 88
  • 2013 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), dies at 97
  • 2013 Wilfried Martens, 44th Prime Minister of Belgium (1979-81, 1981-92), dies from pancreatic cancer at 77
  • 2013 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 2014 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • 2014 Jan Hooks, American comedienne and actress (SNL, Designing Women), dies of throat cancer at 57
  • 2015 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), dies at 88
  • 2015 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, dies at 79
  • 2015 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), dies at 84
  • 2015 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, dies at 80
  • 2016 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, dies of heart disease at 60
  • 2016 Andrzej Wajda, Polish film director (Ashes & Diamonds, Man of Iron), dies at 90
  • 2016 Anthony Grant, British MP (C), dies at 91
  • 2017 Hervé Leroux, French fashion designer and founder of Hervé Léger fashion house, dies from a ruptured aneurysm at 60
  • 2017 Jean Rochefort, French actor (Man on the Train, The Artist and the Model), dies at 87
  • 2017 Vincent La Selva, American conductor (New York Grand Opera Company, 1973-2012), dies at 88 [1]
  • 2018 Thomas A. Steitz, American Biochemist (2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ribosome discoveries), dies at 78
  • 2019 Andrés Gimeno, Spanish tennis player (French Open 1972), dies from cancer at 82
  • 2021 Keitaro Hoshino, Japanese boxer (WBA minimumweight title 2000-01, 02), dies at 52
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