Deaths in History on February 9

  • 1011 Bernard I, Duke of Saxony
  • 1199 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, dies at 51 (b. 1147)
  • 1234 Ai-Tsung [Aizong], Last Jin Emperor of Northern China (1224-1234), commits suicide at 35, to avoid capture by the Mongols
  • 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, Queen of Scots, murdered at 21 in the orchard of Kirk o' Field in Edinburgh
  • 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 François 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

Fyodor DostoyevskyFyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

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
  • 1905 Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist, dies at 89

Paul Laurence DunbarPaul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

African American dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio

  • 1918 Emiel van der Straeten, Flemish playwright (Sudanese legends), dies at 30
  • 1924 Nils Kjær, 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
  • 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, American dairy farmer, and owner Woodstock Festival site in Bethel, New York, dies of a heart attack 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 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, dies at 70
  • 1978 Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • 1979 Allen Tate, American poet (Mr Pope & Other Poems), dies at 79

Dennis GaborDennis Gabor (1900-1979)

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

  • 1980 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • 1980 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and writer (The White Lanes of Summer), dies at 79

Yuri AndropovYuri Andropov (1914-1984)

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

  • 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 Albert Jean Amateau, Turkish-born businessman and social activist, dies at 106
  • 1996 Alistair Cameron Crombie, Australian 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 Thomas Padmore, British senior civil servant, dies at 86
  • 2001 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowdon, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II, dies of a stroke at 71
  • 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