On This Day

Famous Deaths on September 7

  • 355 Claudius Silvanus, Roman usurper
  • 1134 Alfonso I de Strijdvaardige, king of Aragon (1104-34), dies
  • 1151 Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, conquered Normandy, dies at 38
  • 1362 Joan of The Tower, English princess and Queen consort of Scotland, dies at 41
  • 1559 Robert Estienne, French printer (b. 1503)
  • 1625 Rombout Hogerbeets, Dutch lawyer and pension minister of Leiden, dies at 64
  • 1644 Guido Bentivoglio, Italian statesman (b. 1579)
  • 1655 Tristan l'Hermite, French dramatist/poet, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1657 Arvid Wittenberg, Swedish count, field marshal and privy councilor (b. 1606)
  • 1708 Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia
  • 1719 John Harris, English writer
  • 1721 Bernhard Albinus [Weiss], German artist (Frederik of Prussia), dies
  • 1729 William Burnet, British-born American statesman (b. 1688)
  • 1731 Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Tsarina of Russia as the first wife of Peter I of Russia, dies at 62
  • 1775 Johann Georg Holzbogen, German violinist and composer, dies at 48
  • 1799 Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-English physiologist (discovering photosynthesis) and personal physician of Maria Theresa, dies at 68
  • 1799 Louis Guillaume Lemonnier, French botanist and contributor to the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, dies at 82
  • 1809 Caroline Schelling [Michaelis], German author and academic dies at 46
  • 1809 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (b. 1737)
  • 1819 Jean-Louis Duport, French cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1820 Court Lambertus van Beyma, Frisian regent and leader of the Frisian patriots, dies at 67
  • 1838 Joseph Panny, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1845 Isabella Colbran, wife of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, dies
  • 1871 Cowper Phipps Coles, English inventor (revolving gun turret), drowns at 51
  • 1871 Mehmed E Ali Pasja, Turkish statesman, dies
  • 1872 Antoni Stolpe, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 21
  • 1881 Sidney Clopton Lanier, composer, dies at 39
  • 1891 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, dies at 71
  • 1892 John G Whittier, American poet/secretary Anti-Slavery Society, dies
  • 1893 Hamilton Fish, American politician (Governor of New York), dies at 85
  • 1902 Franz Wullner, composer, dies at 70
  • 1907 R F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, French poet (Poesies, Nobel 1901), dies
  • 1909 Eugene Lefebvre, dies test piloting a Wright A aircraft
  • 1910 William Holman Hunt, English painter (Light of the World), dies at 83
  • 1914 Lord O'Brien, British nobleman, dies at 73
  • 1920 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), dies at 64
  • 1921 Alfred William Rich, watercolor painter (b. 1856)
  • 1925 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, dies at 52 or 54
  • 1925 René Viviani, French historian and 61st Prime Minister of France (1914-15), dies at 61
  • 1933 Edward Grey, English viscount of Fallodon and Minister of Foreign Affairs, dies at 71
  • 1939 Kyoka Izumi, Japanese novelist (b. 1873)
  • 1940 Edmund Rumpler, Austria auto/airplane builder, dies
  • 1942 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter dies aged 87
  • 1944 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, dies at 70
  • 1946 Paul Zech, German writer, dies at 65
  • 1948 Henricus Andreas Poels, Dutch Roman Catholic theologist and social foreman, dies at 80
  • 1949 José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (b. 1883)
  • 1951 María Montez [Vidal], Dominican actress known as The Queen of Technicolor (Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights), dies of heart seizure at 39
  • 1951 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, dies at 80
  • 1954 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (Mutt and Jeff), dies at 69
  • 1955 Ernst Rabel, Austrian-American lawyer, human rights activist, and author (The Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Study), dies at 81
  • 1956 C. B. Fry, English cricket batsman (26 Tests, 2 x 100s; Sussex, Hampshire), dies at 84
  • 1959 Maurice Duplessis, 16th Premier of Quebec, dies at 69
  • 1960 Wilhelm Pieck, president of German DR (1949-60), dies at 84
  • 1961 Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer and Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1940-45), dies at 76
  • 1962 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49
  • 1962 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • 1962 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • 1965 Catherine Dale Owen, actress (Behind Office Doors), dies at 62
  • 1966 Al Kelly, double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • 1969 Everett McKinley Dirksen, (Sen-R), dies at 73
  • 1971 Spring Byington, actress (Lily Ruskin-December Bride), dies at 84
  • 1972 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, dies at 81
  • 1973 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72
  • 1977 Gustave Reese, American musicologist (Music in the Middle Ages; Music in the Renaissance), and teacher, dies at 77

Keith Moon

1978 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), dies of drug overdose at 32

  • 1979 Ivor Armstrong Richards, English literary critic (The Meaning of Meaning), dies at 86
  • 1979 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), dies at 76
  • 1982 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • 1983 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, dies at 90
  • 1983 Henry Promnitz, cricketer (5-58 on debut for South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • 1984 Don Tallon, cricketer (great Queensland & Australian keeper), dies

Joe Cronin

1984 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL President), dies at 77

  • 1986 Ruth Polsky, record promoter, dies after being run over by a cab at 30
  • 1986 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer, dies at 83

A. J. P. Taylor

1990 A.J.P Taylor [Alan John Percival], English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), dies at 84

  • 1991 Archie N Menzies, playwright/composer (Under Your Hat), dies at 87
  • 1991 Ben Piazza, American actor (Santa Barbara; The Blues Brothers; Dallas), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1991 John Crosby, American columnist/detective writer dies at 79
  • 1991 John Lawrence, examined effect of neutron radiation on fabric, dies
  • 1992 Henry Ephron, American screenwriter (Daddy Long Legs), dies at 81
  • 1992 Indra Kamadjojo [Broekveld], Indon/Dutch dancer (Stille Kracht), dies
  • 1992 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports Fund), dies at 79
  • 1993 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), dies at 74
  • 1993 Lefty Dizz [Walter Williams], American Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer, dies of esophageal cancer at 56
  • 1994 Dennis Morgan [Stanley], American actor (21 Beacon Street), dies at 85
  • 1994 Eric John Crozier, producer/librettist, dies at 79
  • 1994 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), dies at 71
  • 1994 James Clavell, British-American author (The Asian Saga), dies at 69
  • 1994 Terence Young, British film director (Dr No, Thunderball), dies of at 79
  • 1995 Gordon DeMarco, writer/activist, dies at 51
  • 1996 Niccolo Castiglioni, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1997 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • 1997 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65
  • 1997 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), dies at 78
  • 1998 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, dies at 85
  • 1999 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist (b. 1949)
  • 2001 Spede Pasanen, Finnish film director and comedian, dies at 71
  • 2001 Billie Lou Watt, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), dies at 86
  • 2002 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • 2002 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer ("Piece Of My Heart"), dies at 64
  • 2002 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), dies at 78
  • 2002 Michael Elphick, British stage and screen actor (Gorky Park; Boon), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 2003 Great Antonio [Antonio Barichievich], Croatian-Canadian strongman and eccentric, dies at 77
  • 2003 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician ("Werewolves of London"; "Lawyers, Guns and Money"; "Excitable Boy"), dies of pleural mesothelioma at 56
  • 2004 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), dies at 84
  • 2005 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer Marianne), dies at 72
  • 2005 Hope Garber, Canadian actress, dies at 81
  • 2006 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea), dies at 81
  • 2006 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), dies of natural causes at 96
  • 2008 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian King of Funk", dies of an overdose at 44
  • 2008 Don Haskins, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Texas El Paso 1961-99; NCAA Tournament 1966), dies at 78
  • 2008 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • 2008 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, dies of congestive heart failure at 69
  • 2010 Amar Garibović, Serbian Cross Country Skier (b. 1991)
  • 2010 Barbara Holland, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2010 John Kluge, American television mogul (Metromedia) and at one time the richest person in the United States, dies at 95
  • 2010 Glenn Shadix, American Actor (b. 1952)
  • 2011 Ruslan Salei, Belarusian ice hockey defenceman (917 NHL games; 48 internationals), dies in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash at 36
  • 2011 Brad McCrimmon, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1979-97 (Philadelphia Flyers; Calgary Flames and 4 others), dies as head coach of KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, along with most of the team, in a plane crash enroute to his first game, at 52
  • 2012 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 84
  • 2013 Ilja Hurnik, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 2013 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), dies at 84
  • 2015 Dickie Moore, American actor (Oliver Twist, Little Men), dies at 89
  • 2016 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 2016 Ken Higgs, English cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 71 wickets, 1 x 50), dies at 79
  • 2017 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2018 Mac Miller [Malcolm McCormick], American rapper and music producer (Best Day Ever), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • 2021 Phil Schaap, American Grammy Award-winning jazz historian, DJ, author and educator, dies of cancer at 70
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