Deaths in History on December 9

  • 1165 Malcolm IV of Scotland, nicknamed Virgo "the Maiden", King of Scots (1153-65), dies of poor health at 24
  • 1292 Sa'di, great Persian poet (Orchard, Rose Garden), dies
  • 1437 Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1410-37), dies at 70
  • 1544 Teofilo Folengo, Italian macaronic poet, dies at 53
  • 1565 Pius IV [Giovanni Angelo Medici], Italian lawyer and Pope (1559-65), dies at 66
  • 1603 William Watson, English conspirator (b. 1559)
  • 1625 Ubbo Emmius [van Embden], Dutch-Frisian humanist and historian, dies at 78
  • 1636 Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)
  • 1636 Giovanni B Aleotti, Italian writer/theater architect, dies at about 90
  • 1640 Pierre Fourier, Roman Catholic saint and French priest (b.1565)
  • 1641 Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter, dies at 42
  • 1669 Clement IX [Giulio Rospigliosi], Italian Pope (238th: 1667-69), dies allegedly of broken heart at 69
  • 1674 Edward Hyde 1st earl of Clarendon, English PM (1660-67), dies at 65
  • 1706 Pedro II, King of Portugal (1683-1706), dies at 58
  • 1718 Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopedist, dies at 68
  • 1767 Benedetto Alfieri, Italian architect (San Giovanni Battista), dies
  • 1793 Yolande de Polastron, Duchess de Polignac, French aristocrat, dies at 44
  • 1798 Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (naturalist on James Cook's second Pacific voyage), dies at 69
  • 1814 Joseph Bramah, British inventor and locksmith, notably invented the beer pump, dies of pneumonia at 66
  • 1819 Ann C Coleman, American socialite and fiancée of lawyer and future US President James Buchanan, dies of a laudanum overdose at 23 [1]
  • 1830 Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy (research work in malacology), dies at 73
  • 1854 Almeida Garrett, Portuguese writer (b. 1799)
  • 1858 Robert Baldwin, Canadian politician (b. 1804)
  • 1887 Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader
  • 1908 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War soldier (first African-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor), dies of injuries sustained in an elevator accident at 68
  • 1916 Natsume Sōseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  • 1916 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu, French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
  • 1935 Walter Liggett, American crusading newspaper editor and muckraker (b. 1886)

Gustaf DalénGustaf Dalén (1869-1937)

Swedish physicist and industrialist (AGA, Nobel Prize in Physics 1912), dies at 68

  • 1938 Johannes van Laar, Dutch chemist (thermodynamics), dies at 78
  • 1940 Pietro Maletti, Italian major-general, died in battle in North Africa at the age of 60
  • 1941 Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  • 1941 Leonard "Leo" Polak, Dutch philosopher, dies in Sachsenhausen at 61
  • 1955 Hermann Weyl, German mathematician and philosopher, dies at 70
  • 1959 Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • 1964 Edith Sitwell, English poet and author (Wheels), dies at 77
  • 1967 Charles Léon Hammes, Luxembourgian lawyer and President of the European Court of Justice (b. 1898)
  • 1970 Artem Mikoyan, Russian aircraft designer (MIG), dies at 65
  • 1970 Sir Feroz Khan Noon, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1893)

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche (1904-1971)

American diplomat, UN delegate and 1st person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1950), dies at 67

  • 1971 Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor, dies at 97
  • 1972 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, dies at 91
  • 1975 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, dies at 79
  • 1975 William A Wellman, American director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
  • 1977 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), dies at 56
  • 1981 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • 1982 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song Against Death), dies at 87
  • 1982 Leon Jaworski, American Watergate scandal special prosecutor, dies at 77
  • 1993 Muhammad Reza Golpayegani, ayatollah of Iran, dies
  • 1994 Max Bill, Swiss painter/sculptor/politician, dies at 85
  • 1995 Benny Lee, entertainer, dies at 84
  • 1995 Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan, American aviator, dies at 88
  • 1995 Hugh Armstrong Clegg, English industrial relations academic, dies at 75
  • 1995 Vitali Viktorovich Savitsky, biologist/politician, dies at 40
  • 1996 Alain Poher, French politician and President of the European Parliament (1966-69), dies at 87
  • 1996 Anne Bolt, photo-journalist and trade unionist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Ivor Roberts-Jones, British sculptor (known for sculpted heads of Yehudi Menuhin and George Thomas), dies at 83
  • 1996 Mary Leakey, British archaeologist and anthropologist, discovered earliest human footprints (3.6 million years old), dies at 83
  • 1996 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, dies at 61
  • 1998 Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • 2001 Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Ian Hornak, American Painter, Draughtsman and Sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 2002 Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Paul Simon, American politician (U. S. House of Representatives, 1975-85; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1985-97), dies at 75
  • 2004 David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • 2005 Robert Sheckley, American sci-fi author (10th Victim, Mindswap), dies at 77
  • 2007 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer, dies at 76
  • 2008 Yury Glazkov, Soviet Air Force officer and cosmonaut (Soyuz 24), dies at 69
  • 2010 Dov Shilansky, Israeli politician (b. 1924)
  • 2010 John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)
  • 2012 Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor (barcode), dies at 91
  • 2012 Sir Patrick Moore, English amateur astronomer and author, dies from an infection at 89
  • 2018 Riccardo Giacconi, Italian American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize for Physics 2002 for X-ray astronomy, dies at 87