Deaths in History on June 9

  • 62 Claudia Octavia, wife of Roman Emperor Nero and daughter of Emperor Claudius, killed on Nero's orders at 22

NeroNero (37-68 AD)

Emperor of Rome (54-68), commits suicide at 31

  • 373 Ephrem the Syrian, Christian hymnodist
  • 597 Saint Columba, Irish Christian missionary to Scotland, dies at 75
  • 630 Shahrbaraz, General and King of Sasanian Persian Empire (630), killed after 40 days in power
  • 1171 Jacob Ben Meir [Rabbenu Tam], French Tosofist, dies
  • 1382 Philip of Lead, lawyer of Utrecht, dies
  • 1563 William Paget, 1st Baron Paget, English statesman (b. 1506)
  • 1572 Jeanne d'Albret, queen of Navarra (1555-72), mother of French King Henry IV dies at 44
  • 1583 Thomas Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
  • 1597 Jose de Anchieta, Spanish Jesuit and missionary to Brazil (founder of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), dies at 63
  • 1681 William Lilly, English astrologer (Christian Astrology), dies at 79
  • 1716 Banda Bahadur, Sikh military commander, executed in Delhi by Mughal forces at 45
  • 1717 Jeanne Guyon, French mystic, dies at 69
  • 1820 Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange (1767-1806), dies at 68
  • 1825 Pauline Bonaparte, Corsican duchess of Parma and Guastalla, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 44
  • 1834 William Carey, one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society (b. 1761)
  • 1839 Gerrit J. Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800), dies at 89
  • 1847 Pierre-Simon Ballanche, French philosopher and poet (Orphée), dies at 70
  • 1863 Benjamin Franklin "Grimes" Davis, Union major, dies in battle at 30

James BrookeJames Brooke (1803-1868)

British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), dies of a stroke at 65

Charles DickensCharles Dickens (1812-1870)

English writer (Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol), dies of stroke at 58

Anna AtkinsAnna Atkins (1799-1871)

English botanist, photographer and the 1st person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, dies of paralysis, rheumatism, and exhaustion at 72

  • 1875 Gérard Paul Deshayes, French geologist (b. 1795)
  • 1877 Hugh W. Mercer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • 1886 Erminnie Adelle Platt, American anthropologist (first woman to specialize in ethnographic field work), dies at 50
  • 1892 Taiso Yoshitoshi, Japanese woodblock artist and painter, dies at 53
  • 1892 William Grant Stairs, Canadian-British explorer and adventurer with leading role controversial African expeditions, dies of malaria at 28
  • 1897 Alvan Graham Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (Sirius B), dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40" lens at 64
  • 1900 Birsa Munda, Indian tribal freedom fighter, religious leader and folk hero of the Munda tribe who led an uprising in Bengal against the British Raj, dies in jail awaiting trial at 24
  • 1901 Walter Besant, English writer and philanthropist (Rebel Queen), dies at 64
  • 1908 José Trindade Coelho, Portuguese writer (Os meus amores), commits suicide at 46
  • 1911 Carrie Nation, American temperance advocate who smashed hotels with a hatchet, dies at 64
  • 1921 Luis María Drago, Argentine statesman and author of Drago Doctrine, dies at 62
  • 1922 Albert Baertsoen, Flemish painter and etcher, dies at 56
  • 1923 Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 77

Victoria WoodhullVictoria Woodhull (1838-1927)

American civil rights activist (1872 presidential candidate, woman's suffrage movement), dies at 88

  • 1944 99 inhabitants of Tulle, hanged by SS
  • 1946 Rama VIII [Ananda Mahidol], King of Siam (1935-46), dies of a mysterious gunshot wound at 21
  • 1947 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, Polish politician (President of Poland in-exile 1939-47), dies at 62
  • 1950 Edward Asahel Birge, American pioneer in limnology, dies at 98
  • 1953 Ugo Betti, Italian judge and dramatist (The Fugitive), dies at 61
  • 1954 Alain LeRoy Locke, African-American writer and philosopher “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”, dies at 68
  • 1960 René Maran, French writer (Batouala, 1st black writer to win Prix Goncourt), dies at 72
  • 1961 Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)
  • 1964 [William Maxwell] Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian British newspaper owner (Leatherhead), dies at 85
  • 1968 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)
  • 1973 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)

Miguel Ángel AsturiasMiguel Ángel Asturias (1899-1974)

Guatemalan novelist (Hombres de Maiz, Nobel 67), journalist and poet, dies at 74

  • 1976 James A Farley, US Postmaster General (1932-38), dies at 88
  • 1976 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • 1977 Hans Andreus [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • 1980 Leonhard Huizinga, Dutch journalist and writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • 1982 Elmer Robinson, American politician (33rd Mayor of San Francisco), dies at 87
  • 1989 George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • 1989 Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • 1989 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • 1991 Charles Loloma, painter/sculptor, dies
  • 1992 Cathy Bennett, jury selection expert, dies of breast cancer at 41
  • 1993 Ian Mikardo, British politician, dies
  • 1994 Angela Lakeberg, American siamese twin, dies at 11 months
  • 1994 Dhirendra Bhramachari [Flying Swami], hindu leader, dies at 70
  • 1994 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (Plan of Labor, Nobel 1969), dies at 91
  • 1995 Walter Landor [Landauer], German-British industrial and brand designer, and consumer researcher, dies at 81
  • 1996 Bert Schierbeek, Dutch writer and poet (Cross Roads), dies at 77
  • 1996 Edward Morris Bernstein, American economist (US negotiator at Bretton Woods conference and establishment of IMF), dies at 91
  • 1996 Robert Kidd, marine geoscientist, dies at 48
  • 1997 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (b. 1908)
  • 1998 Lois Mailou Jones, American painter (Peasants on Parade), dies at 92
  • 2000 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • 2000 George Segal, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver), dies at 75
  • 2000 Jacob Lawrence, African-American artist (Sanitarium), dies at 82
  • 2004 Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Frankie Abernathy, Former The Real World: San Diego castmate (b. 1981)
  • 2008 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • 2011 M. F. Husain, Indian artist and painter, dies at 95
  • 2013 Iain Banks, Scottish author, dies from gallbladder cancer at 59
  • 2021 Gottfried Böhm, German architect (1986 Pritzker Prize), dies at 101 [1]