On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 2009

  • Jan 1 Claiborne Pell, American writer, politician (US Senator (D) from Rhode Island, 1961-97), and sponsor of education grant legislation, dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader, killed in an airstrike at 49
  • Jan 1 (Johannes Mario) J.M. Simmel, Austrian writer (It Can't Always Be Caviar), dies at 84
  • Jan 2 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian, dies at 115
  • Jan 3 Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • Jan 3 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • Jan 3 Alan Walters, British political economist (Chief Economic Adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher), dies at 82
  • 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 11 Vivian Ridler, British scholar and printer (Oxford University), dies at 95
  • 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, dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (Christina's World), dies at 91
  • 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 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • 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
  • Jan 30 Hans Beck, German inventor, "The Father of Playmobil", dies at 79
  • Feb 3 Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (Romania 60 caps), dies of stab wounds at 26
  • Feb 9 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • Feb 9 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), dies at 91
  • 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

Paul Harvey

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

  • 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 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, dies in a car crash at 50
  • 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 (Malcolm), dies at 94
  • Mar 14 Altovise Davis [née Gore], American entertainer, best known as Sammy Davis, Jr.'s third wife, dies from stroke complications at 65
  • Mar 16 Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, American Appalachian moonshiner, bootlegger, and how-to book author (Me and My Likker), takes his own life at 62
  • Mar 25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • Mar 27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • 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 2 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), dies at 79
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, American game designer (Dungeons & Dragons), dies of cancer at 61
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist, sold the most books in Spanish (400 million), dies at 81
  • Apr 12 John Maddox, British science writer and editor (Nature), dies at 83
  • Apr 12 Kirby Laing, English Construction head (John Laing & Son), dies at 92
  • Apr 14 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People), dies aged 88
  • Apr 17 Martin Garrod, British Commandant General Royal Marines, dies at 73
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist (Empire of the Sun; Crash), dies of prostate cancer at 78
  • Apr 21 Vivian Maier, American street photographer unknown until her death, dies at 83
  • Apr 24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • Apr 25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 30 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), dies at 90
  • May 1 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Marilyn French, American author (The Women's Room), dies at 79
  • 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 6 Valentin Varennikov, Soviet-Russian general and statesman, dies at 85
  • 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 & leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 54
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (co-winner Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1998), and educator, dies at 92
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 21 Allen Greenwood, British aeronautical engineer and aerospace executive, dies at 91
  • May 23 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)

Clive Granger

May 27 Clive Granger, Welsh-born British economist (Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences 2003), dies at 74

  • May 30 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, British civil servant who was the last living survivor of the RMS Titanic and also the youngest aboard, dies of pneumonia at 97
  • May 31 George Tiller, American pro-abortion physician, murdered while in church at 67
  • May 31 Danny La Rue, Irish drag entertainer, dies at 81
  • Jun 2 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • Jun 8 Omar Bongo, 2nd President of Gabon (1967-2009), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Jun 10 Norma Shaw, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship gold 1981; Indoor C'ship gold 1997), dies at 72
  • 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, dies of old age at 113
  • Jun 24 Ed Thomas, American high school football coach from Iowa, shot and killed by a former player at 58
  • Jun 24 Roméo LeBlanc, Canadian politician, 25th Governor General of Canada (1995-99), dies at 81
  • Jun 28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • 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 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • Jul 6 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-8), who played a major role in US escalation in Vietnam, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
  • Jul 12 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), dies at 83
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kolakowski, Polish philosopher (Conversations with the Devil), dies at 81
  • Jul 18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, dies at 113
  • Jul 19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American Pulitzer Prize winning author (Angela's Ashes), and teacher, dies of cancer at 78
  • Jul 22 Richard M. Givan Supreme court chief justice (b. 1921)
  • Jul 24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • Jul 24 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, dies at 78
  • Jul 25 Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the trenches in World War I, dies at 111 (b. 1898)
  • Jul 25 Stanley Middleton, British novelist (Holiday, Three Wise Men), dies at 89
  • Jul 26 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • Jul 26 Merce Cunningham, American choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus), dies at 90
  • Jul 28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • Jul 29 Gayatri Devi, 3rd Maharani consort of Jaipur, India (1940-49), dies of lung failure and gastric problems at 90
  • Jul 30 Peter Zadek, German theatre director (b. 1926)
  • Aug 4 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), dies at 86
  • Aug 6 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), dies at 73
  • Aug 7 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • Aug 12 Lord John Gregson, British Labour politician and Baron, dies from injuries following a fall at 85
  • Aug 18 Kim Dae Jung, 8th President of South Korea (1998-2003) and 2000 Nobel Peace Prize 2000 laureate, dies at 85
  • Aug 18 Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
  • Aug 21 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • Aug 22 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 22 Beryl Sprinkel, American economist (Council of Economic Advisers), dies at 85

Ted Kennedy

Aug 25 Ted Kennedy, American politician (US Senator (D)-Massachusetts, 1962- 2009), dies of brain cancer at 77

  • Aug 26 Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), dies at 83
  • Aug 27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, dies at 96
  • 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, American supercentenarian and the world's oldest living person, dies at 115
  • Sep 12 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (Green revolution - Nobel Peace Prize 1970), dies at 95
  • Sep 12 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • Sep 14 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter (b. 1943)
  • Sep 14 Keith Floyd, English celebrity cook and restaurateur (Floyd on Fish), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 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)
  • Sep 28 Guillermo Endara, former President of Panama (b. 1936)
  • Sep 29 Pavel Popovich, Ukrainian cosmonaut (Vostok IV, Soyuz 14), dies at 78
  • Oct 3 Queen Fatima, former Libyan queen (b. 1918)
  • Oct 4 Günther Rall, German fighter ace, dies at 91
  • Oct 7 Irving Penn, American fashion and fine art photographer. dies at 92
  • Oct 7 Shelby Singleton, American record label owner and producer (Smash Records, Mercury Records), dies of brain cancer at 77
  • 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 21 Louise Cooper, British sci-fi author (Nemesis, Inferno, Infanta, Nocturne), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 57
  • 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 who worked on the Manhattan Project and who pioneered engineering cybernetics, dies at 97
  • 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 18 Jeanne-Claude [Denat de Guillebon], French artist who worked with Christo (Running Fence, Wrapped Reichstag), dies at 74
  • Nov 20 Lino Lacedelli, Italian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • Nov 21 Konstantin Feoktistov, Soviet cosmonaut (Voskhod 1), dies at 83
  • Nov 24 Samak Sundaravej, 25th Prime Minister of Thailand (2008), dies at 74
  • Nov 28 Takeo Kajiwara, Japanese Go player (b. 1923)
  • Nov 29 Robert Holdstock, English sci-fi author (Ghost Dance, Labyrinth), dies at 61
  • Nov 29 Prince Alexandre of Belgium, Prince of the Belgians and son of Leopold III, dies at 67
  • 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 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 29 David Levine, American artist (New York Review of Books caricatures), dies at 83
  • Dec 30 Abdurrahman Wahid, 4th President of Indonesia, dies at 69