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Famous Deaths on September 22

  • 1072 Ouyang Xiu, Chinese historian and scholar-official (b. 1007)
  • 1093 Olaf III, King of Norway (1067-93), founder of Bergen, dies at about 43
  • 1197 Petrus Cantor, French theologist (Verbum Abbreviatum), dies
  • 1253 Dōgen, Japanese Buddhist priest and founder of the Sōtō school of Zen, dies at 53
  • 1286 Mugaku Sogen, Zen Rinzai line founder of Engakuji temple, dies at 60
  • 1345 Henry Plantagenet, 3rd Earl of Leicester (b. 1281)
  • 1392 Aleid van Poelgeest, lover of earl Albrecht of Bavaria, murdered at 22
  • 1392 Willem Cuser, earl Albrecht of Beierens, murdered
  • 1399 Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, English politician (b. 1366)
  • 1408 Johannes VII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (1376-77, 90/1404-8), dies
  • 1520 Selim I, Sultan of Turkey (1512-20) who captured Baghdad, dies at 53
  • 1531 Louise Van Savoye, French regent of King Francis I, dies at 55

Guru Nanak

1539 Guru Nanak, Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the 1st Sikh Guru, dies at 70

Francisco Vázquez de Coronado

1554 Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, Spanish explorer and conquistador who led 1st European expedition to discover the Grand Canyon, dies of disease at about 44

  • 1566 John Agricola [Schneider], German theologian, a friend of Martin Luther, dies at 72
  • 1607 Alessandro Allori, Italian Mannerist painter and director of the Florentine carpet factory, dies at 72
  • 1658 Georg Philipp Harsdörffer, German poet and translator, dies at 50
  • 1662 John Biddle, English theologian (b. 1615)
  • 1702 Hoessein Koprulu, Turkish great vizer (peace of Karlowitz), dies
  • 1703 Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (Viviani's theorem), dies at 81
  • 1712 Jose Solana, Spanish composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1737 Francesco Mancini, Neapolitan Baroque composer, dies at 65
  • 1737 Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1774 Pope Clement XIV [Giovanni Ganganelli], Pope (1769-74), dies at 68

ExecutionNathan Hale

1776 Nathan Hale, US captain, patriot and spy, hanged by the British for spying at 21

  • 1777 John Bartram, American naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, dies at 77
  • 1796 George Wilhelm Gruber, German composer, dies on 67th birthday
  • 1796 Joseph Lederer, German monastery composer, dies at 63
  • 1814 August Wilhelm Iffland, German writer and actor, dies at 55
  • 1826 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), dies at 66
  • 1828 Shaka, South African Zulu king, founder of the Zulu nation, murdered (b. c. 1787)
  • 1840 Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom, 6th child and second daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte, dies at 71
  • 1852 William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer, dies at 69
  • 1865 Heinrich Christian Pander, Baltic German biologist and embryologist, dies at 71
  • 1872 Vladimir Dal, Russian lexicographer, dies at 70
  • 1873 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss politician, dies at 62
  • 1880 G. F. Grace, English cricketer (one Test v Australia), dies at 29
  • 1881 Solomon L. Spink, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (b. 1831)
  • 1890 Johanna D. Courtmans-Berchmans, Flemish author (Rozeken Pot), dies at 79
  • 1897 Charles-Denis Bourbaki, French general (Crimean War, Franco-Prussian war), dies at 81
  • 1914 Alain-Fournier, French writer (Le Grand Meaulnes), dies in battle at 27
  • 1921 Ivan Vazov, Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright (Under the Yoke), dies at 71
  • 1923 Marquess of Ripon, English aristocrat and game hunter, dies, after shooting 52nd grouse in one morning at 71
  • 1927 Giannotto Bastianelli, Italian musician and composer, dies at 44
  • 1934 Cecil Chubb, English barrister, gifted monument Stonehenge to the British nation, dies at 58
  • 1935 Karl Schröder II, German composer, dies at 86
  • 1944 "Cab" Calloway, British scout, dies in battle of Oosterbeek
  • 1949 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution", dies at 31
  • 1949 Sam Wood, American communist fighter and director (For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 66
  • 1952 Cor Ruys, Dutch actor (Princess Stage, The Cross-Patch), dies at 63
  • 1952 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first President of Finland (b. 1865)
  • 1952 Ian Hay [John Hay Beith], British novelist and playwright (Pip, Carrying On), dies at 76
  • 1953 William Brann, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 54
  • 1957 Soemu Toyoda, Japanese admiral during World War II, dies at 72
  • 1958 Mary Roberts Rinehart, American mystery writer and playwright (The Circular Staircase), dies at 82
  • 1959 Benjamin Peret, French writer and poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • 1959 Jane Winton, American actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), dies at 53
  • 1959 Josef Matthias Hauer, Austrian composer, dies at 76
  • 1959 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, British fieldmarshal, dies at 79
  • 1960 Melanie Klein, Austrian-British author and child psychoanalyst (object relations theory), dies at 78
  • 1961 Marion Davies, American actress (Not So Dumb, 5 & 10) and mistress of William Randolph Hearst, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1965 Othmar Ammann, Swiss-American bridge engineer, dies at 86
  • 1969 Adolfo López Mateos, 48th President of Mexico, dies at 59
  • 1971 Joseph Ford McGuinn, American director and actor (Dick Tracy's G-Men), dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1971 Yvonne St Clair, American dancer, dies at 57
  • 1972 Robert KJE Antonissen, Belgian-born South African literary figure, dies at 53
  • 1975 Franz Salmhofer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1975 Patricia Doyle, actress (Wuthering Heights), dies at 60
  • 1978 Lina Carstens, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), dies at 85
  • 1981 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • 1985 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • 1986 Bernie Cummins, American jazz drummer and big band leader ("Dark Eyes"), dies at 86
  • 1987 Christopher Stryker, entertainer, dies at 27
  • 1987 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British composer, dies at 82
  • 1987 Dan Rowan, American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), dies at 65
  • 1988 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst, dies at 74
  • 1988 Rezso Sugar, Hungarian composer, dies at 68

Irving Berlin

1989 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history ("Always"; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "Cheek To Cheek"), dies at 101

  • 1989 Jan Teulings, Dutch actor and director (Dorp aan de Rivier), dies at 84
  • 1991 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname religious leader, dies at 91
  • 1991 Reynold Abel Dorris, (Broken Cord), dies at 23 in car crash
  • 1992 Aurelio López, Mexican baseball player (b. 1948)
  • 1993 Margaret MacDonald, maid to Queen Elizabeth, dies at 89
  • 1994 Forest 'Bud' Sagendorf, American cartoonist (Popeye), dies at 79
  • 1994 (John Edward) "Teddy" Buckner, American Dixieland jazz trumpeter, dies at 85
  • 1994 Leonard Feather, British jazz critic and musician, dies at 80
  • 1994 Mattie Moss Clark, American gospel singer, and music minister, dies of diabetes complications at 69
  • 1994 Edward Shackleton, English explorer, geographer and Labour Party politician, dies at 83
  • 1995 Albert Goodwin, English historian, dies at 89
  • 1995 Arthur Benfield, head of Cheshire CID, dies at 82
  • 1995 (Dorothy Ann) "Dolly" Collins, British folk songwriter, piano player, and poet, dies at 62
  • 1996 Dorothy Lamour [Mary Kaumeyer], American actress and singer (Road to Bali; My Favorite Brunette), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 1996 Ludmilla Chiraeff, Latvian-Canadian ballet dancer, choeographer, and troupe director, dies at 72
  • 1996 Mohammed Ben Amhed Abdelghani, Prime Minister of Algeria (1979-84), dies
  • 1997 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk, dies at 76
  • 1997 Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister, dies at 77
  • 1997 Bryan Ingham, English artist, dies at 61
  • 1997 Ruth Picardie, journalist, dies at 33
  • 1997 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • 1997 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), dies at 97

George C. Scott

1999 George C. Scott, American actor (Dr. Strangelove), dies of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm at 71

  • 1999 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, dies at 81
  • 2000 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, dies at 84
  • 2000 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), dies at 76
  • 2001 Isaac Stern, American-Ukrainian concert violinist (debut San Francisco Symphony), dies at 81
  • 2002 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-English writer (Holland's Glory), dies at 88
  • 2003 Gordon Jump, American actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains), dies at 71
  • 2003 Hugo Young, British journalist (The Guardian), dies at 64
  • 2004 Big Boss Man [Ray Washington Traylor Jr.], American professional wrestler, dies at 41
  • 2004 Edward Larrabee Barnes, American architect (Walker Art Center), dies at 89
  • 2005 Johan "Joop" Doderer, Dutch actor (Swiebertje; My Fair Lady), dies at 84
  • 2006 Edward Albert, American actor (b. 1951)
  • 2006 Carla Benschop, Dutch basketball player (b. 1950)
  • 2007 Bodinho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (Bip the Clown; Silent Movie), dies at 84
  • 2008 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • 2008 Connie Haines [Yvonne Jasme], American big-band vocalist (Harry James; Tommy Dorsey), dies of myasthenia gravis at 87
  • 2010 Eddie Fisher, American pop singer ("Oh My Papa": I'm Walking Behind You"), dies from complications from hip surgery at 82
  • 2013 David Hubel, Canadian-born American neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Yogi Berra

2015 Lorenzo "Yogi" Berra, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher and manager (18X MLB All-Star; 13X World Series champion; NY Yankees, Mets; AL MVP (1951, 54, 55), and Purple Heart recipient, dies at 90

  • 2018 Charles "Chas" Hodges, English musician (Chas & Dave), dies at 74
  • 2020 Road Warrior Animal [Joseph Laurinaitis], American pro wrestler (3 x WWE Tag Team C'ship; WWE Hall of Fame), dies at 60
  • 2020 Agne Simonsson, Swedish soccer striker (51 caps; Örgryte IS, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad) and manager (Örgryte IS, BK Häcken), dies from pneumonia at 84
  • 2021 Orlando Martínez, Cuban boxer (Olympic gold bantamweight 1972), dies at 77
  • 2021 Roger Michell, British stage and screen director (Blue/Orange; Notting Hill; Hyde Park On Hudson), dies at 65

Melvin Van Peebles

2021 Melvin Van Peebles, American stage and screen actor, director (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; Sophisticated Gent), composer, and novelist, dies at 89

  • 2021 Bob Moore, American session double bassist (Patsy Cline; Elvis Presley; Roger Miller), and orchestra leader ("Mexico"), dies at 88
  • 2021 Jay Sandrich, American Emmy Award-winning television director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Soap; The Cosby Show), dies at 89
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