Deaths in History in 2009

  • Jan 1 Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
  • Jan 1 Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)
  • Jan 2 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • Jan 3 Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • Jan 3 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • Jan 6 Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • Jan 8 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • Jan 9 T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • Jan 10 William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • Jan 12 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • Jan 13 Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • Jan 13 Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • Jan 13 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • Jan 14 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
  • Jan 16 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
  • Jan 17 Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • Jan 18 Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • Jan 20 Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20 Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
  • Jan 20 Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 23 Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • Jan 24 Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
  • Jan 27 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • Jan 27 R. [Ramaswamy] Venkataraman, Indian politician, eighth President of India, dies at 98
  • Jan 29 Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 29 Alfred Mabbs, British Archivist (Public Records Office), dies at 87
  • Feb 3 Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (b. 1982)
  • Feb 9 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • Feb 11 Willem J Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), dies at 97
  • Feb 14 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies of cancer at 82
  • Feb 15 Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
  • Feb 16 Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, Korean Cardinal, Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church (b. 1921)
  • Feb 17 Conchita Cintrón, Chilean bullfighter (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 25 Ivan Cameron, son of David Cameron UK politician
  • Feb 25 Philip José Farmer, American sci-fi writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91

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Feb 28 Paul Harvey, American news commentator and radio broadcaster (Rest of the story), dies at 90

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • Mar 2 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 4 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • Mar 6 Francis Magalona, Filipino media artist and photographer. (b. 1964)
  • Mar 6 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Morgan Tsvangirai (b. 1959)
  • Mar 8 Ali Bongo, President of the Magic Circle (b.1929)
  • Mar 8 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • Mar 11 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • Mar 13 James Purdy, American author, dies at 94
  • Mar 14 Altovise Davis, American entertainer, best known as Sammy Davis, Jr.'s third wife. (b. 1943)
  • Mar 25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • Mar 27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • Mar 29 Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b.1943)

  • Mar 31 Jarl Alfredius, Swedish news anchor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 31 Raúl Alfonsín, President of Argentina (1983-89), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People) dies aged 88
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • Apr 24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • Apr 25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)
  • May 1 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • May 3 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • May 7 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • May 8 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • May 13 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • May 17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • May 18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 23 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)

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May 27 Clive Granger, Swansea, Wales, Welsh-born British economist, dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Economist
Clive Granger
  • May 30 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912)
  • May 31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)
  • Jun 2 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • Jun 5 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)
  • Jun 8 Omar Bongo, President of Gabon (b. 1935)
  • Jun 13 Fathi Yakan, Lebanese leader and Muslim cleric (b. 1933)
  • Jun 14 Bob Bogle, founding member of The Ventures
  • Jun 17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 17 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • Jun 19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian (b. 1895)
  • Jun 24 Ed Thomas, well-known high school football coach from Iowa (b. 1951)
  • Jun 24 Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada (b. 1927)
  • Jun 28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • Jun 30 Pina Bausch, German choreographer (b. 1940)
  • Jul 1 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • Jul 1 Marwa El-Sherbini, Egyptian housewife (b. 1977 or 1976)
  • Jul 3 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • Jul 4 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • Jul 4 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer (b. 1935)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • Jul 6 Robert McNamara, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6 Vasily Aksyonov, Russian writer (b. 1932)
  • Jul 11 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • Jul 18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran (b. 1896)
  • Jul 19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American author. (b. 1930)
  • Jul 22 Richard M. Givan Supreme court chief justice (b. 1921)
  • Jul 24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • Jul 25 Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the trenches in World War I, dies at 111 (b. 1898)
  • Jul 26 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • Jul 28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • Jul 29 Gayatri Devi, Ex-Maharani of Indian state Jaipur. (b. 1919)
  • Jul 30 Peter Zadek, German theatre director (b. 1926)

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Aug 1 Corazon Aquino, 11th President of the Philippines (1986-92), dies of colon cancer at 76

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Aug 7 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • Aug 18 Kim Dae-jung,15th President of South Korea (b. 1925)
  • Aug 18 Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
  • Aug 19 Don Hewitt, television news producer & director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)
  • Aug 21 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • Aug 22 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 25 Edward [Ted] M. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts (b. 1932)
  • Aug 26 Dominick Dunne, American writer, Vanity Fair correspondent (b. 1925)
  • Aug 27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Russian writer and poet (b. 1913)
  • Aug 28 Adam Goldstein, American DJ also known as DJ AM (b. 1973)
  • Aug 31 Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure (b. 1925)
  • Sep 2 Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (b. 1949)
  • Sep 8 Aage Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1922)
  • Sep 11 Gertrude Baines, world's oldest living person (b. 1894)
  • Sep 12 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (b. 1914)
  • Sep 12 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • Sep 14 Keith Floyd, British TV chef (b. 1943)
  • Sep 14 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter (b. 1943)
  • Sep 17 Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)
  • Sep 23 Paul B. Fay, American businessman and cabinet member in the Kennedy administration (b. 1918)
  • Sep 24 Susan Atkins, American murderer (b. 1948)

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Sep 27 William Safire, American Columnist, dies at 79

American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • Sep 28 Guillermo Endara, former President of Panama (b. 1936)
  • Sep 29 Pavel Popovich, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • Oct 3 Queen Fatima, former Libyan queen (b. 1918)
  • Oct 4 Günther Rall, German fighter ace (b. 1918)
  • Oct 7 Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • Oct 13 Stephen Barnett, American legal scholar who opposed the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 (b. 1935)
  • Oct 18 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Howard Unruh, American spree killer (b. 1921)
  • Oct 26 Teel Bivins, American politician (b. 1947)
  • Oct 30 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), dies at 100
  • Oct 31 Qian Xuesen, Chinese scientist (b. 1911)
  • Oct 31 Tom Wheatcroft, English businessman (b. 1922)
  • Nov 3 Francisco Ayala, Spanish novelist (b. 1906)
  • Nov 4 Hubertus Brandenburg, Roman Catholic Bishop of Stockholm (b. 1923)
  • Nov 8 Vitaly Ginzburg, Russian physicist (b. 1916)
  • Nov 10 John Allen Muhammad, American spree killer (b. 1960)
  • Nov 11 Dhanpat Rai Nahar, Indian labour leader (b. 1919)
  • Nov 15 Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, 44th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (b. 1914)
  • Nov 20 Lino Lacedelli, Italian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • Nov 21 Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • Nov 24 Samak Sundaravej, Thai politician, Prime Minister 2008 (b. 1935)
  • Nov 28 Takeo Kajiwara, Japanese Go player (b. 1923)
  • Nov 29 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), dies at 61
  • Dec 5 Vimolchatra, Princess of Thailand and cousin of King Bhumibol Adulyadej (b. 1921)
  • Dec 15 Oral Roberts, American television evangelist and author (b. 1918)
  • Dec 16 Roy E. Disney, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • Dec 16 Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, controversial South African Health Minister (b. 1940)
  • Dec 16 Yegor Gaidar, Russian politician (b. 1956)
  • Dec 19 Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah (b. 1922)
  • Dec 20 Jack Hixon, English football talent scout (b. 1921)
  • Dec 22 Luis Francisco Cuéllar, Colombian politician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 23 Robert L. Howard, highly decorated officer of the United States Army (b. 1939)
  • Dec 23 Edward Schillebeeckx, Belgian Roman Catholic theologian (b. 1914)
  • Dec 23 Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme, Tibetan senior official (b. 1910)
  • Dec 24 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)
  • Dec 29 Akmal Shaikh, British drug trafficker, executed by lethal injection in the People's Republic of China (b. 1956)
  • Dec 30 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia, dies at 69