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Deaths in History on August 9

Person of interestTrajan

117 Trajan, Roman Emperor, dies from edema at 63

Roman Emperor Trajan
Roman Emperor
Trajan
  • 216 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, British peer and its 3rd richest person, dies at 64
  • 378 Flavius Valens, emperor of Byzantium (364-78), dies in battle at 50
  • 803 Irene, Byzantine empress/wife of emperor Leo IV, dies
  • 1048 Pope Damasus II [Poppo] dies in Rome, after reigning for only 23 days
  • 1107 Emperor Horikawa of Japan (b. 1079)
  • 1173 Najm ad-Din Ayyub, father of Saladin
  • 1250 King Eric IV of Denmark (b. 1216)
  • 1420 Pierre d'ailly [Peter de Alliaco], French theologist and cardinal, dies
  • 1516 Jeroen Bosch, painter (Garden of the Lusten), dies at 66
  • 1534 Cardinal Cajetan, Italian theologian (b. 1470)
  • 1601 Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1558)
  • 1634 Pieter I de Jode, Flemish publisher, dies
  • 1634 William Noy, English jurist (b. 1577)
  • 1652 John Both, landscape painter/etcher, dies at about 37
  • 1668 Francois Anguier, French sculptor, dies at about 64

  • 1720 Simon Ockley, English orientalist (b. 1678)
  • 1738 Pierre Drevet, French engraver, dies at 75
  • 1744 James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (b. 1673)
  • 1763 John Althuysen, Fries vicar/poet (Frysk Jierboek), dies at 47
  • 1816 Johann August Apel, German jurist and writer, dies at 44
  • 1828 Friedrich Bouterwek, German philosopher and critic, dies at 62
  • 1837 Xavier Sigalon, French painter (b. 1787)
  • 1848 Frederick Marryat, English captain/author (Mr Midshipman Easy), dies
  • 1854 Frederik Augustus II, king of Saxon (1836-54), dies at 57
  • 1862 Joseph Bennett Plummer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 42 or 46
  • 1862 Charles S Winder, Confederate General killed at the Battle of Cedar Mountain VA, at 32
  • 1886 Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  • 1888 Charles Cros, French inventor and poet (Le Hareng Saur), dies at 45
  • 1892 Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling), dies at 71
  • 1896 Otto Lilenthal, aircraft pioneer, killed during a glider test at 48
  • 1897 Samuel McGowan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 77
  • 1898 Gardner Quincy Colton, American lecturer who was the first to use nitrous oxide as an anesthetic in dentistry, dies at 84
  • 1899 Edward Frankland, British structural chemist who co-discovered helium and developed the theory of valence, dies on holiday in Norway at 74
  • 1902 Moritz Szeps, Austrian journalist and newspaper publisher, dies at 66
  • 1904 Friedrich Ratzel, German social-geographer (Lebensraum), dies at 59

  • 1911 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, dies following an unsuccessful operation to remove a throat tumor at 56
  • 1915 Henry Longbottom, English lieutenant, dies in battle
  • 1916 Lily Braun, German feminist and socialist writer (Im Schatten Titanen), dies at 51
  • 1919 Ernst Haeckel, German biologist (Causes of Evolution) and philosopher (Social Darwinism), dies at 85
  • 1924 Jacob P Vis, Dutch founder (NV Royal Salt Industries), dies at 66
  • 1928 Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden (1907-18), dies at 71
  • 1929 Heinrich Zille, German cartoonist (Simplicissimus), dies at 71
  • 1932 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, dies after a three-month illness at 69
  • 1938 Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), dies at 65
  • 1942 Edith Stein, German philosopher and Discalced Carmelite nun (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), dies at 50
  • 1949 Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), dies at 74
  • 1957 Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
  • 1960 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, dies at 88
  • 1961 Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army general (WWII) and head of CIA (1950-52), dies at 75

Person of interestHermann Hesse

1962 Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel 1946), dies at 85

Nobel Laureate Novelist Hermann Hesse
Nobel Laureate Novelist
Hermann Hesse
  • 1962 Lowell Stockman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon, dies at 61
  • 1969 Abigail Folger, American coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered
  • 1969 Voyteck Freykowski, American director, murdered
  • 1969 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • 1969 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist, murdered by Manson family at 35
  • 1969 Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

Person of interestCecil Frank Powell

1969 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • 1972 Bill Berns, commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
  • 1972 Ernst von Salomon, German writer (Kette Der Tausend Kraniche), dies at 69
  • 1973 Dean Corll, shot, he raped & killed 26 boys
  • 1976 Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet/novelist, dies at 65
  • 1978 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), dies at 74
  • 1978 Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • 1979 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • 1980 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • 1986 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77
  • 1987 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
  • 1992 Christopher Todd, [Todd Wangberg], dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1992 Jan van Baal, antropologist/gov Dutch New Guinea, dies
  • 1992 Patrick A Devlin, England, judge/lead house of Lords, dies
  • 1992 Thomas J McIntyre, (Sen-NH, 1963-79), dies at 77
  • 1993 Mohamed M Tabet, commissar of Casablanca, raped 518, executed at 54
  • 1994 Aartje W "Mien" van It Sant-van Bommel, author, dies at 93
  • 1994 Toby Rowland, theatrical manager, dies at 77
  • 1995 Willem Noordhoek, Dutch photographer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Sir Frank Whittle, English RAF engineer air officer and inventor of the turbojet engine, dies at 89
  • 1996 James Whitman McLamore, American businessman and 1st CEO of Burger King who created The Whopper, dies at 70
  • 1996 Kenneth Fleetwood, English fashion designer (Hardy Amies, dressed Queen Elizabeth II), dies at 65
  • 1996 Ruth Holland, British journalist (BMJ), dies in the Watford rail crash at 54
  • 2000 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician and leader of Egypt's Wafd Party, dies at 88
  • 2000 John Harsanyi, Hungarian-born economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Peter Neville, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist
  • 2004 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • 2005 Judith Rossner, American novelist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 James van Allen, American physicist (discovered Van Allen radiation belts), dies at 91
  • 2006 Philip E. High, sci-fi author (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, dies at 85
  • 2007 Tetsuzo Akutsu, Japanese surgeon who built the first artificial heart, dies at 84
  • 2008 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, dies at 66
  • 2010 Ted Stevens, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alaska, 1968-2009), dies at 86
  • 2014 Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man is shot dead by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. His death provoked nationwide protests and civil unrest.
  • 2014 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 2015 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • 2016 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80
  • 2016 Gerald Grosvenor, English 6th Duke of Westminster and 3rd richest Britain, dies at 64
  • 2017 Al McCandless, American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 90