Deaths in History on February 9

  • February
  • 1011 Bernard I, Duke of Saxony
  • 1199 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, dies at 51 (b. 1147)
  • 1450 Agnès Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France (b. 1421)
  • 1555 John Hooper, deprived Bishop of Gloucester, burnt for heresy
  • 1555 Rowland Taylor, English clergyman, dies at 44
  • 1567 Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, King consort of Mary I of Scotland, murdered at 21
  • 1583 Jeseph Sanalbo, Jewish convert in Rome, burned at stake
  • 1588 Marquis of Santa Cruz, Spanish admiral, dies
  • 1619 Lucilio Vanini, Italian philosopher (b. 1585)
  • 1670 Frederick III, King of Denmark and Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1675 Gerrit Dou / Gerard Douw, Dutch painter (b. 1613)
  • 1709 François Louis, Prince of Conti, French general, dies at 44
  • 1751 Henri F D'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (1717..50), dies at 82
  • 1752 Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
  • 1777 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • 1782 Joseph Aloysius Assemani, Syrian orientalist (b. 1710)

  • 1803 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • 1811 Nevil Maskelyne, 5th Astronomer Royal of England (1765-1811), dies
  • 1824 Anna Katharina Emmerick, Roman Catholic Augustinian Canoness Regular of Windesheim, Marian visionary, ecstatic and stigmatist, dies at 49
  • 1846 Henry Gally Knight, architect/writer, dies
  • 1860 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch milt/liberal politician, dies at 63
  • 1874 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France), dies at 75

Person of interestFyodor Dostoyevsky

1881 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) who helped shape literary modernism and existentialism, dies from a pulmonary haemorrhage at 59

  • 1891 Johan B Jongkind, Dutch/French painter (Winter View), dies at 71
  • 1892 Alfred Moore Scales, American politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), dies at 64

Person of interestPaul Laurence Dunbar

1906 Paul Laurence Dunbar, African American dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio

  • 1918 Emiel van der Straeten, Flemish playwright (Sudanese legends), dies at 30
  • 1924 Nils Kj'r, Norwegian playwright (Det Lykkelige Valg), dies at 53
  • 1932 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered
  • 1936 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1938 Truby King, pioneer of mothercraft, dies
  • 1940 Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (introduced the term schizophrenia to describe the disorder previously known as dementia praecox), dies at 82
  • 1942 Lauri Kristian Relander, 2nd President of Finland (1925-31), dies at 58
  • 1943 World War II: Dutch fascist official Hermannus Reydon and his wife are shot by resistance members, his wife dies immediately and he dies six months later
  • 1945 George Maduro, Dutch Antillian resistance fighter (Madurodam), dies in Dachau at 28
  • 1945 Jan Bakker, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 1952 Norman Douglas, essayist/novelist, dies
  • 1957 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88
  • 1960 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, dies at 89
  • 1968 Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • 1973 Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53

  • 1974 Cees de Lange, Dutch conferencier, dies at 60
  • 1975 Constant Burniaux, Belgian writer (The Abandoned) and art historian (Temps Inquiets), dies at 82
  • 1977 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • 1977 Gaus, an orangutan who lived to be 59
  • 1977 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • 1978 Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • 1978 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, dies at 70

Person of interestDennis Gabor

1979 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), dies at 79

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • 1980 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • 1980 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)

Person of interestYuri Andropov

1984 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • 1989 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (Kimba the White Lion), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1993 Nasrullah Mansoor, Afghan guerilla leader/governor of Paktia, dies
  • 1994 Arnold Smith, British 1st Secretary-General of Commonwealth (1965-75), dies at 79
  • 1994 Howard Martin Temin, American geneticist (Nobel 1975), dies at 59
  • 1995 J. William Fulbright, American senator from Arkansas, known for opposition to the Vietnam War), dies at 89
  • 1996 Adolf Galland, general (Luftwaffe), dies at 83
  • 1996 Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science, dies at 80
  • 1996 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), dies at 44
  • 1996 Charles Henry "Harry" Urwin, trade unionist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist, dies at 106
  • 1996 Thomas Padmore, British senior civil servant, dies at 86
  • 1998 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • 2001 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • 2004 Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • 2006 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • 2008 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • 2008 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • 2009 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), dies at 91
  • 2010 Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
  • 2013 Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist, dies at 99
  • 2014 Graham Hills, English physical scientist and principal (Strathclyde University, England), dies at 87
  • 2016 Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), dies at 76