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Famous Deaths on September 14

  • 258 Thascius C Cyprian, Saint/Bishop of Carthage, dies at 58
  • 407 Johannes Chrysostomus, patriarch, dies
  • 585 Emperor Bidatsu of Japan (b. 538)
  • 775 Constantine V, Byzantine Emperor (b. 718)
  • 786 Al-Hadi, 4th Abbasid caliph (785-86), dies at 22
  • 820 Li Jong, Chinese official and governor of the Tang Dynasty dies
  • 891 Stephen V [VI], Italian Pope (885-91), dies
  • 1146 Imad ad-Din Zengi, governor of Basra, murdered
  • 1164 Emperor Sutoku of Japan (b. 1119)
  • 1214 Albert Avogadro, Italian patriarch of Jerusalem (b. 1149)
  • 1321 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author (Dante's Inferno, Divina Commedia), dies at 56
  • 1404 Albert IV, Duke of Austria, dies at 26
  • 1435 John Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Bedford, English prince, general (Hundred Years’ War) and statesman, dies at 46
  • 1495 Elizabeth Tudor, English princess, the second daughter and fourth child of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, dies at 3
  • 1523 Adrian VI [Adriaan F Bieyens], only Dutch Pope (1522-23), dies at 64
  • 1538 Henry of Nassau-Dillenburg & Dietz, viceroy of Holland, dies
  • 1605 Jan Tarnowski, Archbishop of Krakow (b. 1550)
  • 1637 Pierre Vernier, French mathematician and inventor of the vernier caliper used for taking accurate measurements, dies at 57
  • 1638 John Harvard, English clergyman and benefactor of Harvard College, dies at 30
  • 1645 Heinrich Steuccius, German composer, dies at 65
  • 1646 Robert Devereux, 3rd earl of Essex, dies
  • 1646 Thomas H Earl of Arundel, English art collector (Marbles), dies
  • 1693 Aert Jansse van Nes, Dutch naval commander, dies at 67
  • 1712 Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Italian French mathmetician and astronomer (discovered satellites of Saturn), dies at 87
  • 1715 Dom Pérignon, French-Benedictine monk who helped improve the quality of champagne, dies at 76 or 77
  • 1743 Johann Michael Müller, German organist and composer, dies at 59
  • 1743 Nicolas Lancret, French painter (b. 1690)
  • 1749 Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, English soldier and politician, dies at 73
  • 1750 Charles Theodore Pachelbel, American organist and composer, son of Johann Pachelbel, dies at about 60
  • 1759 Louis Joseph Montcalm, French general (Plains of Abraham), dies at 47
  • 1763 Johann Philipp Sack, German composer, dies at 40
  • 1788 John Penn, American attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 47
  • 1788 Theodore-Jean Tarade, French composer, dies at 56
  • 1807 George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, British field marshal (b. 1724)
  • 1819 Erik Acharius, Swedish botanist (lichens), dies at 61

Aaron Burr

1836 Aaron Burr, 3rd US Vice President (D-R: 1801-05) who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel, dies at 80

  • 1836 Vincenzo Lavigna, Italian composer, dies at 60
  • 1844 Oliver Holden, American composer, dies at 78

James Fenimore Cooper

1851 James Fenimore Cooper, American author (Last of Mohicans), dies of dropsy at 61

  • 1852 Augustus Pugin, English architect in Gothic Revival style (interior of the Palace of Westminster), dies at 40
  • 1861 Fortunato Santini, Italian priest and composer, dies at 83
  • 1862 Jesse Lee Reno, Union general-major (Reno Nevada), dies at 39
  • 1862 Samuel Garland Jr, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 31
  • 1879 Bernhard von Cotta, German geologist, dies at 70
  • 1886 Hubert Reis, German composer, dies at 84
  • 1887 Friedrich Theodor Vischer, German philosopher and writer (Auch einer), dies at 80
  • 1895 Alfred Verwee, Flemish painter, dies at 57
  • 1898 Paulus Adrianus Daum, Dutch writer, founder and editor (Batavian Newspaper), dies at 48
  • 1898 William Seward Burroughs, American inventor of the adding machine, dies at 43
  • 1899 Henry Bliss is the 1st recorded death from an auto accident when he is hit by a taxicab in New York City

William McKinley

1901 US President William McKinley, dies in Buffalo, after being shot 8 days earlier by anarchist, Leon Czolgosz

  • 1902 Reinhold Finsterbusch, German singer, organist, composer, and choral director (Jesu Tod und Begräbnis), dies at 76
  • 1905 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Italian-French explorer of the Congo (Brazzaville named after him), dies at 53
  • 1916 Josiah Royce, American philosopher (Conception of Immortality), dies at 60
  • 1916 Pierre Duhem, French naturalist, philosopher and historian, dies at 55
  • 1926 Johan LE Dreyer, Danish astronomer (Catalog of Nebulae), dies at 74

Isadora Duncan

1927 Isadora Duncan, American free form/interpretative dancer, dies at 50 due to her scarf becoming entangled in her car's wheel

  • 1932 Jean Cras, French composer, dies at 53
  • 1936 Ossip Gabrilovich Russian-American pianist, conductor (Detroit Symphony, 1918-36), and composer, dies of stomach cancer at 58
  • 1936 Irving Thalberg, American film producer (MGM), dies of pneumonia at 37

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk

1937 Tomáš Masaryk, Czech philosopher and 1st President of Czechoslovakia (1918-35), dies at 87

  • 1942 E.S. Gosney, American eugenicist (b. 1855)
  • 1951 Fritz Busch, German conductor, dies at 61
  • 1952 Alexander Xaver Gwerder, Swiss writer, commits suicide at 29
  • 1955 Franz Carl Weiskopf, German Czech writer, dies at 55
  • 1959 Wayne Morris, American actor and decorated WWII pilot (Paths of Glory, The Bushwackers), dies from a heart attack at 45
  • 1960 M. Karagatsis, Greek author (b. 1908)
  • 1962 Marcel Delannoy, French composer, dies at 64
  • 1964 Mary Howe, American composer and pianist (Sand), dies at 82
  • 1965 J. W. Hearne, English cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 30 wickets, 1 x 100; Middlesex), dies at 74
  • 1965 Lydia Mei, Estonian artist who specialized in watercolors and still lifes, dies at 69
  • 1966 Gertrude Berg, American actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), dies at 66
  • 1966 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), dies at 63
  • 1966 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan, dies at 84
  • 1967 Mohammed Abdul Hakim Amer, Egyptian vice-PM, commits suicide at 47
  • 1969 James Anderson, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1970 Rudolph Carnap, German philosopher and mathematician, dies at 79
  • 1971 Bill Copson, cricketer (England pace bowler before & after WW2), dies
  • 1974 Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], American actress (Sleeping Beauty, Follow the Leader), dies at 66
  • 1974 Pieter Y Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer, dies at 95
  • 1974 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), dies from heart failure at 71
  • 1975 Walter Herbert [Seligmann], German-American conductor, impresario (Houston Grand Opera, 1955- 72; San Diego Opera, 1965-77), and world champion bridge player, dies at 77
  • 1979 Raymond Loucheur, French composer, dies at 80
  • 1981 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, dies at 81
  • 1981 (Walter) "Furry" Lewis, American country blues guitarist and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 88 (or 82) [year of birth disputed]
  • 1982 Bechir Gemayel, President-elect of Lebanon (8/23-9/14, 1982), assassinated by a bomb at 34

Grace Kelly

1982 Grace Kelly, princess of Monaco, dies in a car crash at 52

  • 1982 John Gardner, American writer (Life & Times of Chaucer High), dies in a motorcycle accident at 49
  • 1982 Christian Ferras, French violinist and conductor, dies at 49
  • 1982 Pablo Garrido, Chilean composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 77

Janet Gaynor

1984 Janet Gaynor, American actress (Sunrise), dies from a traffic accident at 77

  • 1988 Louis Quinn, actor (Unholy Rollers), dies at 73 of cancer
  • 1988 Melle Weersma, Dutch jazz arranger and composer ("Penny Serenade"), dies at 80
  • 1989 Eddie McLeod, New Zealand cricketer (one Test for NZ), dies at 88
  • 1989 [Dámaso] Pérez Prado, Cuban bandleader and musician, dies of a stroke at 71
  • 1990 Wime de Craene, Flemish singer and composer, dies at 40
  • 1991 Julie Bovasso, American actress (Willie & Phil, Just Me & You), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1991 Russell Lynes, American art historian and magazine editor (b. 1910)
  • 1992 David Jones, actor, commits suicide (had terminal cancer) at 76
  • 1992 S A Banerjee, cricketer (1 Test for India 1948, no runs, 5 wkts), dies
  • 1992 Theodore S. Weiss, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1977-92), dies at 64
  • 1992 Paul Joseph James Martin, Canadian politician (b. 1903)
  • 1993 Peter Tranchell, British composer, dies at 71
  • 1994 David van Cup, sculptor/painter, dies at 57
  • 1995 Eiji Okada, Japanese actor (Hiroshima mon amour, The Ugly American), dies of heart failure at 75
  • 1995 Maurice K. Goddard, American state government official (b. 1912)
  • 1996 Clive Beadon, British RAF Wing Commander and pilot (WWII), dies at 77
  • 1996 Joe Elsby Martin, boxing coach, dies at 80
  • 1996 Juliet Prowse, English-South African stage and screen actress and dancer (Mona McCluskey), dies of pancreatic cancer. at 59
  • 1999 Charles Crichton, English film director (b. 1910)
  • 2000 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 80
  • 2000 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and political activist, dies at 94
  • 2000 Frederick Erroll, 1st Baron Erroll of Hale, British Conservative politician, dies at 86
  • 2001 Barbara Mary Ansell, UK founder of paediatric rheumatology, dies at 78
  • 2001 Stelios Kazantzidis, Greek singer, dies at 70
  • 2002 LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Son), dies of complications from diabetes at 81
  • 2002 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), dies of a stroke at 61
  • 2002 Roberto Cavanagh, Argentine polo player (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 87
  • 2003 Yetunde Price, half-sister of Venus and Serena Williams (b. 1972)
  • 2003 John Serry, Sr., American classical, jazz, and bolero accordionist, arranger, composer, organist, and educator, dies at 88
  • 2005 William Berenberg, American physician (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Robert Wise, American Academy Award-winning film director (The Day the Earth Stood Still; West Side Story; The Sound Of Music), dies of heat failure at 91
  • 2005 Vladimir Volkoff, French writer (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay, Hungarian-American actor, bodybuilder and the 1955 Mr. Universe, dies from multiple myeloma at 80
  • 2006 Esme Melville, Australian actress (b. 1918)
  • 2008 Ştefan Iordache, Romanian actor (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Domagoj Kapeć, Croatian hockeyplayer (b. 1989)
  • 2009 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (b. 1982)
  • 2009 Patrick Swayze, American actor (Ghost), dancer (Dirty Dancing), and songwriter, dies of pancreatic cancer at 57
  • 2009 Henry Gibson, American actor and comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), dies at 73
  • 2009 Keith Floyd, English celebrity cook and restaurateur (Floyd on Fish), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2012 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • 2013 Rock Casares, American football player, dies at 82
  • 2013 Stefan Wewerka, German architect and sculptor, dies at 84
  • 2015 Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, dies of cancer at 65
  • 2017 Basi, world's oldest giant panda in captivity, dies in Fuzhou, China, at 37
  • 2019 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), dies at 92
  • 2020 André Guesdon, French soccer defender (Monaco, Nice) and manager (Viry-Châtillon, Angers, Brest), dies at 71
  • 2021 Norm MacDonald, Canadian stand-up comedian, writer, and actor (Saturday Night Live, 1993-98; Dirty Work; The Norm Show), dies of cancer at 61
  • 2021 Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), dies at 66
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