On This Day

Famous Deaths on September 19

  • 690 Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 602)
  • 1180 Louis VII, the Younger, King of France (1137-80), dies at 59
  • 1339 Go-Daigo, 96th Emperor of Japan (1318-39), dies at 50
  • 1356 Gautier de Brienne, duke of Athens/French supreme commander, dies
  • 1356 Geoffroy de Charny, French nobleman, dies in battle
  • 1356 Jean de Clermont, French marshal, dies in battle
  • 1356 Peter I, Duke of Bourbon, killed at the Battle of Poitiers (b. 1311)
  • 1668 William Waller, English soldier
  • 1693 Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Slovenian polymath and natural historian, dies at 52
  • 1710 Ole Rømer, Danish astronomer, dies at 65
  • 1719 Frans Anneessens, Belgian merchant/lord of the manor, executed at 59
  • 1719 Jan Weenix, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1719 Joachim Tielke, German violin maker, dies at 77
  • 1736 Feofan Prokopovich, Russian Orthodox theologian and Archbishop of Novgorod, dies at 55
  • 1756 Josef Antonin Sehling, Bohemian violinist, and composer dies at 46
  • 1761 Pieter Musschenbroek, Dutch mathematician and physician (Leydan jar), dies at 69
  • 1812 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, dies at 68
  • 1830 Stanislas Champein, French composer, dies at 76
  • 1836 Carl Friedrich Ebers, German composer and conductor, dies at 66
  • 1843 Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, French scientist (b. 1792)
  • 1859 John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator, dies at 55
  • 1862 [Lewis] Henry Little, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 45
  • 1863 Preston Smith, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 39
  • 1864 Archibald Campbell Godwin, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 David Allen Russell, United States Army officer (Union), dies in battle at 43
  • 1864 Robert Emmet Rodes, American Civil War Confederate Army Major General, dies in battle at 35
  • 1868 William Sprague, American minister and politician from (b. 1809)

James Garfield

1881 James A. Garfield, 20th US President (Republican: 1881), dies of a gunshot wound at 49

  • 1882 Andreas Ignatius Schaepman, Archbishop of Utrecht (1868-82), dies at 67
  • 1893 Alexander Tilloch Galt, Canadian politician, a father of Canadian Confederation, dies at 76
  • 1902 Maria Hendrika, Queen of the Belgians, dies
  • 1902 Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku & tanka poet and diarist (Salt Water Ballads), dies at 34
  • 1905 Thomas John Barnardo, British social worker, dies at 60
  • 1906 Maria Georgina Grey, British writer and founder of the Girls' Day School Trust (b. 1816)
  • 1918 Liza Lehmann, English composer, dies at 56
  • 1924 Alick Bannerman, Australian cricket batsman (28 Tests, 8 x 50s; NSW 1876–94), dies at 70
  • 1927 Michael Peter Ancher, Danish painter (b. 1849)
  • 1935 Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian pioneer in rocket and space research, dies at 78
  • 1935 Jules Cambon, French ambassador, to U.S. (1897), Spain (1902–07) and Germany (1907–14), dies at 90
  • 1936 Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Indian musicologist, dies at 76
  • 1938 Pauline Frederick, American actress (b. 1883)
  • 1942 Condé Nast, American publisher (b. 1873)
  • 1944 David Lord, British lieutenant/Dakota-pilot DFC/VC, dies in battle
  • 1944 Hilary Barlow, British colonel, dies

Guy Gibson

1944 Guy Gibson, British wing commander who led the Dambusters (Victoria Cross), dies in action at 26

  • 1949 Will Cuppy, American humorist (The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody), dies at 65
  • 1949 George Shiels, Irish dramatist (b. 1886)
  • 1952 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Presento il mio Ticino), dies at 56
  • 1952 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 68
  • 1954 Tibor Harsányi, Hungarian pianist, composer, and conductor who settled Paris, France, dies at 56
  • 1955 John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)
  • 1957 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping, dies at 86
  • 1961 Helen Kimble, fictional wife of Dr Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)
  • 1961 Pieter Tesch, mine engineer/geology (Pedestal of Netherlands), dies
  • 1961 Maurice Delage, French pianist, and composer (Ragamalika; Seven Haikais), dies at 81 [date of passing may be 21 Sept]
  • 1962 Nikolai Pogodin, Soviet playwright, dies at 61
  • 1967 Martin Block, TV announcer (Chesterfield Supper Club), dies at 64
  • 1967 Zinaida Serebriakova, Russian painter, dies at 82
  • 1967 Monica Proietti, Canadian criminal (b. 1940)
  • 1968 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopying), dies at 62
  • 1968 Red Foley, American country singer ("Mr Smith Goes to Washington"), dies at 58
  • 1969 Bert [Lambertus] Bakker, director Free Netherland/inventor, dies
  • 1969 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The ten Commandments), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1970 Greville Stevens, British cricketer (10 Tests for England 1922-29), dies at 69
  • 1972 Robert Casadesus, French concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), dies at 73
  • 1973 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 1973 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), dies of hepatitis at 75
  • 1974 Eve March, actress (Adam's Rib, Danny Boy), dies at 63
  • 1978 Rolf Gunther, East German priest, self imolation
  • 1978 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian, dies at 94
  • 1981 Joke Kool-Smit, Dutch feminist, dies
  • 1982 Ted Badcock, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ 1930-33, 16 wkts), dies at 85
  • 1982 Samuel L M Barlow, American composer (Mon Ami Pierrot), dies at 90
  • 1984 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms; Strike Up the Band), dies in a car crash at 64
  • 1985 Italo Calvino, Italian author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 61
  • 1986 Vivian Duncan, entertainer (Duncan Sisters), dies
  • 1987 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
  • 1988 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of National the Farmers Organization (1955-79), dies at 65
  • 1989 Guido de Moor, actor (Flanagan, Because of the Cats), dies
  • 1989 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • 1990 Werner Janssen, American composer (New Years Eve in NY), dies at 91
  • 1992 Frederick Combs, American stage and screen actor (The Boys In The Band), playwright, and director, dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1992 Jacques Pic, french restaurant owner, dies
  • 1993 Bruce Ferden, American conductor (NY, Washington, Amsterdam), dies at 44
  • 1993 Richard Landau, American screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies at 79
  • 1993 András Mihály, Hungarian composer, dies at 75
  • 1994 Frankie Kennedy, Irish folk flute player (Altan), dies of Ewing's Sarcoma at 38
  • 1994 Sandra Fisher, American painter, dies at 47
  • 1995 Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, American blues singer, dies at 63
  • 1995 Walter Shlomo Gross, journalist, dies at 83
  • 1995 Yevgeni Nikolayevich Khludeyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 55

Orville Redenbacher

1995 Orville Redenbacher, American popcorn magnate (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn), drowns in bathtub at 88

  • 1995 Rudolf Peierls, German-British physicist (atomic bomb), dies at 88
  • 1996 Douglas Hyde, English political journalist, dies at 85
  • 1996 Timothy Nicholson, journalist, dies at 32
  • 1997 Kathy Keeton Guccione, CEO (General Media Intl), dies at 58
  • 1997 Malcolm Hughes, artist, dies at 77
  • 1997 Rich Mullins, American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter, dies in a car accident at 41
  • 1999 Ed Cobb, American pop vocalist (The Four Preps, 1956-66 -"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)"), songwriter ("Tainted Love"), sound engineer and producer, dies of leukemia at 61
  • 2000 Anthony Robert Klitz, British artist (b. 1917)
  • 2000 Ann Doran, American actress (Longstreet, Shirley, Rebel Without a Cause), dies at 89
  • 2000 Gloria Talbott, American film and television actress, sometimes known as "the Scream Queen" for her work in B-movies, dies of kidney failure at 69
  • 2001 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, dies at 91
  • 2002 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (b. 1941)
  • 2003 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • 2003 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, dies at 90
  • 2004 Eddie Adams, American photographer (photograph of execution of a Viet Cong soldier, Pulitzer Prize 1969), dies of complications from ALS at 71
  • 2004 Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born American civil servant (b. 1919)
  • 2004 Skeeter Davis [Mary Penick], American country-pop singer-songwriter ("(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too"; "Set Him Free"; "The End Of The World"), dies of breast cancer at 72
  • 2004 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, hotel operator, and civil rights activist, dies at 96
  • 2006 Elizabeth Allen, American actress (b. 1929)
  • 2006 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Chuck Rio [Daniel Flores], American rock singer, saxophonist, and songwriter (The Champs - "Tequila"), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 2006 Hugh Kawharu, New Zealander Ngāti Whātua Māori chief (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Martha Holmes, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2008 Earl Palmer, American session drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • 2008 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • 2008 David Jones, English director (Betrayal), dies at 74
  • 2009 Eduard Zimmermann, German broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • 2009 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), dies at 88
  • 2011 Thomas Capano, attorney, criminal (b. 1949)
  • 2011 Johnny Răducanu, Romanian jazz pianist, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2011 Ctirad Kohoutek, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • 2013 Gerrie Mühren, Dutch soccer midfielder (10 caps; Ajax, Volendam), dies from myelodysplastic syndrome at 67
  • 2013 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), dies at 85
  • 2013 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer, dies at 76
  • 2014 Francisco Feliciano, Filipino conductor and composer (Pokpok Alimpako), dies at 73
  • 2015 Jackie Collins, British-American romance novelist (The Stud; The Bitch; Lucky), dies of breast cancer at 77
  • 2017 Billy Hatton, English rock bassist (The Fourmost - A Little Loving), dies at 76
  • 2017 David Shepherd, British painter (paintings of steam locomotives), dies at 86

Jake LaMotta

2017 Jake LaMotta, American boxer (world middleweight champion 1949-51, immortalised in 'Raging Bull'), dies at 95

  • 2017 Bernie Casey, American actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop), dies at 78
  • 2019 Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia (1987-2011). dies in exile at 83
  • 2020 Lee Kerslake, British drummer (Uriah Heep; Ozzy Osbourne) dies of prostate cancer at 73 [1]
  • 2021 Jimmy Greaves, English soccer striker (57 caps; FIFA World Cup 1966; Chelsea, Tottenham) and journalist/broadcaster (The Sun, World of Sport, On the Ball), dies at 81
  • 2021 Max Wiltshire, Welsh rugby union lock (4 Tests; Aberavon RFC), dies at 83
September 19 Highlights