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Famous Deaths on September 8

  • 394 Arbogast, French general, commits suicide
  • 701 Sergius I, Syrian born Pope (687-701), dies (b. c. 650)
  • 780 Leo IV de Khazar, Byzantine Emperor (775-80), dies of tuberculosis at 30
  • 876 Lodewijk de Duitser, King of East French Republic (833-76), dies at 72
  • 1100 Clement III [Wibert van Ravenna], 1st anti-pope (1084-1100), dies
  • 1397 Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, son of Edward III of England, dies at 42
  • 1425 King Charles III of Navarre (b. 1361)
  • 1539 John Stokesley, English churchman, chaplain to Henry VIII and Bishop of London, dies at 74
  • 1550 Hans [Johann] Vischer, German count of Johann Cicero, dies
  • 1555 Thomas of Villanova [Tomás García], Spanish saint, Archbishop of Valencia, Spain, and writer, dies at 67
  • 1560 Amy Robsart, wife of English premier Robert Dudley, dies by accident
  • 1603 George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon, English politician, Lord Chamberlain to Elizabeth I (b. 1547)
  • 1613 Don Carlo Gesauldo, Italian composer, dies at 47
  • 1633 Carlo Caraffa, Italian founder of the Jesuit religious order founder, dies at about 72
  • 1637 Robert Fludd, English physician, mystical philosopher and composer, dies at 63
  • 1644 Francis Quarles, English poet (Enchiridion), dies at 52
  • 1645 Francisco Gómez de Quevedo, Spanish author and poet, dies at 64
  • 1645 John Coke, English politician and official to Charles I (b. 1563)
  • 1654 Peter Claver, Spanish saint and Jesuit missionary in Cartagena, South America (baptized 300,000 slaves), dies (b. 1581)
  • 1656 Joseph Hall, English bishop and writer (Virgidemiarum: Six Books), dies at 82
  • 1660 Daniel von Czepko, German poet, dies at 54
  • 1675 Amalia, countess of Solms-Braunfels and wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange, dies at 73
  • 1682 Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz, Spanish writer, dies at 76
  • 1706 Romanus Weichlein, Austrian composer, dies at 53
  • 1721 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor, dies at 35
  • 1739 Yuri Troubetzkoy, Governor of Belgorod (b. 1668)
  • 1755 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (Williams College), dies at 40
  • 1761 Bernard Forest de Bélidor, French engineer who pioneered hydraulics (b. 1698)
  • 1780 Enoch Poor, American Revolutionary War general, dies at 44
  • 1806 Patrick Cotter O'Brien, Irish showman, first known eight-foot-tall person (stood 8ft 1 inch), dies at 46
  • 1811 Peter Simon Pallas, Prussian geologist and zoologist working in Russia, dies at 69
  • 1814 Maria Carolina of Austria, Queen of the Two Sicilies, dies at 62
  • 1819 Franz Stanislaus Spindler, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1831 John Aitken, Scottish-born American music publisher, dies at 85 or 86
  • 1838 Pietro Rovelli, Italian composer, dies at 45
  • 1840 John Hendricus van de Palm, Dutch linguist and theologist, dies at 77
  • 1853 Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar and founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, dies at 40
  • 1858 Jacopo Foroni, Italian opera composer (I gladiatori; Advokathen Panthelin), and conductor, dies during cholera epidemic at 34
  • 1871 Etienne-Joseph Soubre, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • 1879 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, Russian musical teacher to Tchaikovsky and composer, dies at 58
  • 1881 Frederick, Prince of the Netherlands and general and large landowner (created Muskau Park), dies at 84
  • 1882 Joseph Liouville, French mathematician (surface of Liouville), dies at 73
  • 1888 Annie Chapman, English victim of the notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper, murdered at about 48
  • 1893 Luke Short, American Old West gunslinger and saloon owner, dies of dropsy at 39
  • 1894 Hermann von Helmholtz, German physician and physicist, dies at 73
  • 1895 Adam Opel, German automobile manufacturer (Adam Opel AG), dies at 58
  • 1899 Vaclav Hugo Zavrtal, Bohemian clarinetist, band leader, and composer, dies at 78
  • 1909 Frank Crawford Armstrong, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 73
  • 1914 William Erasmus Darwin, British son of Charles Darwin, subject of his father's psychological studies, dies at 74
  • 1917 Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, French composer, dies at 74
  • 1922 Léon Bonnat, French painter (Job), dies at 89
  • 1933 Faysal I of Iraq, King of the Arab Kingdom of Syria (1920–1933) & King of Iraq (1921–1933), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1935 Carl Weiss, American physician who murdered US Senator Huey Long, shot and killed by the senator's bodyguards at 28
  • 1935 Huey Long, American politician (40th Governor of Louisiana), assassinated at Baton Rouge Capitol building at 42
  • 1944 Jan van Gilse, Dutch composer and resistance fighter, dies at 63
  • 1948 Thomas Mofolo, Lesotho writer (b. 1876)

Richard Strauss

1949 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote), dies at 85

  • 1951 Jürgen Stroop, SS General during World War II and commander of Nazi forces during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, executed by hanging for crimes against humanity at 56
  • 1953 Fred M. Vinson, American Democratic politician, US Treasury Secretary (1945-46) and the 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1955 Johannes de Young, Dutch cardinal and archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 69
  • 1956 Gerrit Bolkestein, Dutch minister of Education (1939-45), dies at 84
  • 1956 Vital Celen, Flemish writer ('t Pastoorke van Vossendonck), dies at 69
  • 1956 Fred Rich, Polish-American jazz pianist and dance band leader ("I'm Tickled Pink with a Blue-Eyed Baby"; The Abbott and Costello Show), dies at 58
  • 1962 Hermann Staudinger, German chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1953 for polymers), dies at 84
  • 1962 Solomon Linda, South African singer and composer ("Mbube" / "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), dies of kidney failure at 52 or 53 [birth date uncertain]
  • 1965 Dorothy Dandridge, American actress (Island in the Sun), dies of accidental overdose at 42
  • 1969 Bud Collyer, TV emcee (Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth), dies at 61
  • 1969 Alexandra David-Néel, Belgian-French explorer and writer, dies at 100
  • 1970 Percy Spencer, inventor of the microwave oven, (b. 1894)
  • 1974 Robert Cox, last surviving member of Keystone Kops, dies at 79
  • 1975 John Mylong, Austrian actor (Robot Monsters), dies at 82
  • 1976 Asen Karastoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • 1976 Joaquin Zamacois Soler, Chilean-Spanish composer, dies at 81
  • 1977 Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel, American comedian and actor (Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 62
  • 1978 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • 1978 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentine film director (Monday's Child), dies at 54
  • 1980 Bruce Dooland, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; Nottinghamshire; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955), dies at 56
  • 1980 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, dies at 84

Willard Libby

1980 Willard Libby, American chemist who developed radiocarbon dating (Nobel 1960), dies of pneumonia at 71

  • 1980 Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), dies at 101
  • 1981 Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), dies at 74
  • 1981 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • 1983 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
  • 1983 Willem C "Wim" Kan, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 72
  • 1983 Ibrahim Abboud, 1st President and 4th Prime Minister of Sudan (1958-64), dies at 82
  • 1984 Johnnie Parsons, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1950; AAA/USAC Championship 1949), dies at 66
  • 1984 Frank Lowson, England cricketer and batsman (7 Tests), dies at 59
  • 1984 Rene Bernier, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • 1985 John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • 1985 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • 1990 Denys Watkins-Pitchford, British writer and illustrator (The Little Grey Men), dies at 85
  • 1991 Alex North [Isadore Soifer], American composer (Spartacus, Viva Zapata), dies of cancer at 80 [1]
  • 1991 Brad Davis, American actor (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire), dies at 41
  • 1991 Jan J Lipski, chairman (Polish Socialist Party)/writer, dies
  • 1991 Jo Budie, Dutch orchestra leader (KRO), dies
  • 1992 Quentin N Burdick, (Sen-D-ND, 1960-91), dies at 84
  • 1993 Hall Bartlett, American director (Jonathan Livingston Seagull), dies at 70
  • 1993 Lorin "Whitey" Harrison, surfer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1993 Zaki Naguib Mahmoud, Egyptian philosopher/author/diplomat, dies at 88
  • 1994 Rex Alston, English sports broadcaster and author (BBC radio), dies at 93
  • 1994 Deborah Bear, Engl still photographer (Pasolini/Fellini), dies at 44
  • 1994 Edna Manilow, mother of singer Barry Manilow, dies of lung cancer at 70
  • 1994 Michael Peters, choreographer, dies
  • 1995 Eileen Zhang Ailing Chang, writer, dies at 73
  • 1995 Olga Ivinskaya, mistress of Boris Pasternak, dies of cancer at 83
  • 1995 Safa Khulusi, Iraqi writer and historian, dies at 78
  • 1995 Halldis Moren Vesaas, Norwegian author and poet (Harp and Dagger), dies at 87
  • 1996 Elizabeth Eyre de Lanaux, designer artist/writer, dies at 102
  • 1999 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet ("Cofee Beans"), dies at 83
  • 2002 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), dies at 33
  • 2003 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian voice actress (b. 1986)

Leni Riefenstahl

2003 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

  • 2003 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India), dies at 76
  • 2004 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • 2005 Noel Cantwell, Irish cricketer and footballer (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Hilda Bernstein, English-born South African author, artist, and activist (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Peter Brock, Australian racecar driver (b. 1945)
  • 2006 Frank Middlemass, British actor (Heart Beat, As Time Goes By, Oliver Twist), dies at 87
  • 2006 Erk Russell, American football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2006 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, dies at 78
  • 2007 Ramón Cardemil, Chilean huaso (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Nicholas Bethell, 4th Baron Bethell, British historian, dies at 69
  • 2008 Evan Tanner, UFC Champion
  • 2009 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • 2009 Mike Bongiorno, Italian television host (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Aage Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Rich Cronin, American singer-songwriter (Lyte Funkie Ones) dies of cancer aged 36
  • 2012 Bill Moggridge [William], British designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • 2014 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Jimmie Lunceford; Duke Ellington), orchestra leader, and teacher dies at 96
  • 2014 Magda Olivero, Italian soprano (Adriana Lecouvreur; La Voix Humaine), dies at 104
  • 2015 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62
  • 2016 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), dies at 59
  • 2016 Prince Buster [Cecil Bustamente Campbell], Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer ("Al Capone"; "Madness", "Whine and Grine"), dies at 78
  • 2016 Johan Botha, South African operatic tenor, dies of liver cancer at 51
  • 2017 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer ("I Believe in You"), dies from emphysema at 78
  • 2017 Pierre Bergé, French industrialist and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, dies at 86
  • 2020 Alfred Riedl, Austrian soccer striker (4 caps; Austria Wien, Standard Liège) and manager (Austria, Liechtenstein, Vietnam, Palestine, Laos, Indonesia), dies at 70
  • 2020 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), dies from liver disease at 81
  • 2020 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), dies at 85
  • 2020 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 82 [1]
  • 2021 Big Daddy Graham [Edward Gudonis], American comedian, writer, actor, recording artist, and radio personality, dies of heart failure at 68
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