On This Day

Famous Deaths on September 9

  • 546 St. Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, Irish bishop
  • 1000 Olaf Tryggvason, King Olaf I of Norway (995-1000), dies after leaping overboard during Battle of Svolder

William the Conqueror

1087 William the Conqueror, the first Norman king of England (1066-1087) and Duke of Normandy (1035-1087), dies at about 59

  • 1398 King James I of Cyprus (1382-98), dies at about 64
  • 1438 Edward [Dom Duarte], King of Portugal (1433-38), dies at 46
  • 1487 Chenghua, Emperor of China, dies at 39
  • 1488 Francis II, Duke of Brittany (b. 1433)
  • 1513 James IV, King of Scots (1488-1513), dies in battle at 40
  • 1573 Andre de Resende, Portuguese dominican/humanist, dies
  • 1596 Anna Jagiellon, Polish Queen
  • 1612 Nakagawa Hidenari, Japanese warlord (b. 1570)
  • 1676 Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve, French army officer (b. 1612)
  • 1680 Henry Marten, English regicide (b. 1602)
  • 1683 Algernon Sidney, English Whig politician/plotter, beheaded
  • 1713 Giovanni A di Bartlommeo Viscardi, Swiss architect, dies
  • 1755 Johann Lorenz von Mosheim, German historian (b. 1694)
  • 1770 Bernard S Albinus [Weiss], German surgeon/anatomist, dies at 73
  • 1770 Georg Dionysius Ehret, German-English botanist and cartoonist, dies at 62
  • 1803 Armand-Emmanuel Trial, French pianist and comic opera composer, dies at 30
  • 1806 William Paterson, American jurist and statesman (b. 1745)
  • 1810 Johann Baptiste Hagenauer, Austrian sculptor, dies at 78
  • 1815 John Singleton Copley, American painter of portraits and historical objects, dies at 77
  • 1817 Paul Cuffe, African American civil rights activist (helped settle Sierre Leone), dies at 58
  • 1832 Bernhard Klein, German composer, mainly of vocal works, dies at 39
  • 1841 Augustin P de Candolle, Swiss botanist, dies at 63
  • 1866 Gergely Czuczor, Hungarian-Czech poet and translator (Great Hung dictionary), dies at 65
  • 1876 American Horse, Sioux chief, dies in battle
  • 1878 Jacobo Ficher, Russian-Argentine composer, violinist, conductor, and music educator, dies at 81
  • 1888 Jan van Swieten, Dutch governor of West-Sumatra, dies at 71
  • 1891 Jules Grévy, 2nd President of the French Third Republic, dies at 84
  • 1898 Stéphane Mallarmé, French poet (b. 1842)
  • 1901 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter, dies at 36
  • 1901 Willem baron of Goltstein of Oldenaller, minister of Cologne dies
  • 1902 Titus AJ van Asch van Wijck, Governor of Suriname (1891-97), dies at 53
  • 1907 Ernest Roland Wilberforce, English bishop (b. 1840)
  • 1909 Edward Henry Harriman, American railroad entrepreneur (b. 1848)
  • 1913 Count Paul J Smet de Naeyer, Belgian politician, dies
  • 1915 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods company), dies at 66
  • 1931 Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano, German economist dies at 86
  • 1934 Roger Fry, English artist and art critic, dies at 67
  • 1941 Gustav Ehrismann, German author and expert on the German language, dies at 85
  • 1941 Hans Spemann, German embryologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1935), dies at 72
  • 1946 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), dies at 74
  • 1951 Cecil Gray, Scottish composer and music critic, dies at 56
  • 1951 Gibson Gowland, British actor (Greed, Blind Husbands, The Phantom of the Opera), dies at 74
  • 1952 Joseph Allen Sr, American actor, dies at 79
  • 1954 Alfred Gradstein, Polish composer, dies at 49
  • 1958 Charles Macartney, Australian cricket all-rounder (35 Tests, 2,131 runs @ 41.78, 7 x 100s, 45 wickets), dies at 72
  • 1959 Max d'Ollone, French composer and writer (Le Ménestrel), dies at 84
  • 1959 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), dies in a car crash at 26
  • 1960 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, dies at 75
  • 1960 Jussi Björling, Swedish operatic tenor, dies from cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) complications at 49
  • 1962 Pat Rooney, American vaudevillian (Night club), dies at 82
  • 1962 Geoffrey Mander, English industrialist (Mander Brothers Ltd.), dies at 80
  • 1963 Ernst Kantorowicz, German-American historian (Laudes regiae), dies at 68
  • 1963 Jan Schouten, Dutch founder (illegal Trouw)/chairman (ARP), dies
  • 1964 Charles O'Neill, Canadian composer, dies at 82
  • 1965 Julián Carillo, Mexiacn violinist, composer (D.W. Griffith's Intolerance), and music theorist (Sonido 13 / The Thirteenth Sound),dies at 90
  • 1966 Antonio Massana, Catalan composer, and Jesuit priest, dies at 76
  • 1966 Leon de Smet, Flemish painter, dies at 85
  • 1966 Nestor Paiva, American-Portuguese actor (Zorro, The Creature from the Black Lagoon), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1967 Helen Flint, actress (Sea Devils), dies after being hit by a car at 69
  • 1969 Cec Dixon, South African cricket fast-medium bowler (1 Test; 3 wickets; Transvaal), dies at 78
  • 1969 Katherine Singleton, actress/Miss Universe (1926), dies at 65
  • 1973 Samuel N Behrman, US stage/screenwriter (Quo Vardis), dies at 80
  • 1974 Soltan Hajibeyov, Azerbaijani composer and People's Artist of the USSR, dies at 55
  • 1975 Ethel Griffies, actress (Billy Liar, Birds), dies at 97
  • 1975 John McGiver, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Jimmy Stewart Show; Fitzwilly), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • 1975 Minta Durfee, actress (Keystone Comedies, Mickey), dies at 85
  • 1977 John Breeden, American actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street), dies at 73
  • 1978 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, dies at 86
  • 1978 Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
  • 1979 Solon Michaelides, Cypriot composer, and musicologist, dies at 73
  • 1979 Wilbur Ware, American jazz double bassist (Riverside Records; Thelonious Monk; Sonny Rollins), included in photographer Art Kane's photo "A Great Day In Harlem", dies of emphysema at 56
  • 1980 John Howard Griffin, American photographer, journalist and author (Black Like Me), dies from complications of diabetes at 60
  • 1980 Harold Clurman, American theatrical producer and director (Deadline at Dawn), dies at 78
  • 1981 Phiroz Palia, Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; United Provinces), dies at 71
  • 1981 Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst and semanticist, dies at 80
  • 1981 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1982 Frederic Dannay [Ellery Queen], American detective writer, dies at 76
  • 1984 Walter Kaufmann, German-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1948-57), composer (Navaratnam), and musicologist (The Ragas of South India), dies at 77
  • 1984 Yilmaz Güney, Kurdish film director (Yol; Arkadaş; Baba; Ağit), dies of gastric cancer at 47
  • 1985 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • 1985 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), dies from cancer at 52 [1]
  • 1987 Gerrit John Heijn, senior executive (Ahold), kidnapped/murdered
  • 1987 Gunnar de Frumerie, Swedish pianist and composer (Circulus Quintus), dies at 79
  • 1989 Tim Hovey, actor (Slim Carter, Man Afraid), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1990 Rimantas Stankevičius, Lithuanian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • 1990 Samuel Doe, Liberian politician (b. 1951)
  • 1991 Edwin M. McMillan, American physicist and discoverer of plutonium (Nobel 1951), dies at 83
  • 1991 John Lawrence, doctor, dies
  • 1991 Joop Zwart, Dutch political activist and resistance fighter, dies at 78
  • 1991 Paul Michael Lombardi, actor, dies of AIDS at 31
  • 1993 David Tendlar, animator (Betty Boop), dies
  • 1993 Helen O'Connell, American big-band singer (Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra - "Green Eyes"; "Anapola"), and TV host (Today Show, 1956-58), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994 Keith Davis, voice Tutor/Author, dies at 85
  • 1994 Patrick O'Neal, American actor (Under Siege, The Stepford Wives, King Rat, Night of the Iguana), dies at 66
  • 1995 Ida Carroll, English musician and administrator, dies at 89
  • 1995 Jamie Whitten, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi), dies at 85
  • 1996 Bill Monroe, American singer known as the "Father of Bluegrass" ("Blue Moon of Kentucky"), dies at 84
  • 1996 Jack Pepys, immunologist, dies at 82
  • 1996 Ruggero Mastroianni, Italian film editor (Giulietta degli spiriti), dies at 66

Richie Ashburn

1997 Richie Ashburn, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (6 × MLB All-Star; NL batting champion 1955, 58; Philadelphia Phillies) and sportscaster (Phillies TV 1963-71), dies of a heart attack at 70

Burgess Meredith

1997 Burgess Meredith, American actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), dies at 88

  • 1998 Lucio Battisti, Italian pop singer and composer, dies of cancer at 55
  • 1998 Bill Cratty, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies of liver cancer at 47
  • 1999 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), dies from Lou Gehrig's disease at 53
  • 1999 Ruth Roman, American actress (Strangers on a Train, Knots Landing, Dallas), dies at 76
  • 1999 Chan Parker, American author; wife of Charlie Parker and Phil Woods (b. 1925)
  • 1999 David Stafford-Clark, English psychiatrist, dies at 83
  • 2000 Julian Critchley, British journalist and politician, dies at 69
  • 2001 Ahmad Shah Massoud, Afghan political and military leader who fought the Soviet Union and led the Northern Alliance against the Taliban, is assassinated at 48 in northeastern Afghanistan by al Qaeda-linked suicide bombers disguised as journalists
  • 2002 Geoffrey Dummer, British electronics engineer, built first integrated circuit and work in radar, dies at 93
  • 2003 Larry Hovis, American actor (b. 1936)

Edward Teller

2003 Edward Teller, Hungarian-American physicist, father of the Hydrogen bomb (Manhattan Project), dies at 95

  • 2003 Thomas Allibone, English physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration), dies at 99
  • 2004 Ernie Ball, American entrepreneur and musician who pioneered the development of guitar-related products, dies at 74
  • 2004 Caitlin Clarke, American actress (Dragonslayer), dies at 52
  • 2005 John Wayne Glover, English-born Australian serial killer, commits suicide in prison at 72
  • 2005 Stanley Dancer, American harness racer (4 Hambletonians, 3 Trot Triple Crown), dies at 78
  • 2006 Gérard Brach, French screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Richard Burmer, American composer and musician, dies at 50
  • 2006 William B. Ziff Jr., American magazine publishing executive, (Modern Bride; Popular Electronics, PC Magazine), dies of cancer at 76
  • 2007 Hughie Thomasson, American musician and singer (Outlaws), dies at 55
  • 2007 Helmut Senekowitsch, Austrian soccer forward (18 caps; Sturm Graz, First Vienna, Real Betis, Wacker Innsbruck) and manager (Austria, Athletic Bilbao, AEK), dies at 73
  • 2008 Warith Deen Muhammad, American religious leader (b. 1933)
  • 2012 Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 2012 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer (billion-litre idea), dies from kidney failure at 90
  • 2014 Denny Miller, American actor, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • 2014 Robert 'Trob' Young, Scottish musician (Primal Scream), found dead at 49
  • 2014 Antonín Tučapský, Czech composer, teacher, and choral conductor, dies at 86
  • 2015 Robin McDonald, Scottish rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas), dies at 72
  • 2016 James Stacy [Maurice William Elias], American actor (Lancer), dies at 79
  • 2019 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2020 Ronald Bell, American rock saxophonist and composer (Kool & The Gang), dies at 68
  • 2020 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), dies from cancer at 69
  • 2020 Shere Hite [Shirley Diana Gregory], American-German sex therapist (The Hite Report), dies at 77 [1]
  • 2021 Urbain Braems, Belgian soccer manager (Anderlecht, Beveren, Standard de Liège, Trabzonspor), dies at 87
  • 2021 Danilo Popivoda, Serbian soccer forward (20 caps Yugoslavia; Olimpija, Eintracht Braunschweig), dies at 74
September 9 Highlights