Deaths in History on March 9

  • 1202 King Sverre of Norway (1194-1202), dies between 52 and 57 [birthdate undocummented]
  • 1422 Jan Zelivsky, Hussite priest (b. 1380)
  • 1440 St Frances of Rome, Italian nun (b. 1384)
  • 1444 Leonardo Bruni, Italian humanist, statesman and historian (1st to divide history into Antiquity, Middle Ages, Modern), dies at about 74
  • 1566 David Rizzio, Italian secretary of Mary Queen of Scots, murdered by Protestant nobles
  • 1620 Aegidius Albertinus, German writer (Lucifer's Kingdom), dies at 59
  • 1649 Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, English soldier, executed at 58
  • 1649 James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton, Scottish statesman, dies at 42
  • 1688 Claude Mellan, French engraver, cartoonist and painter, dies at 89
  • 1709 Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu, English diplomat, dies at 70
  • 1747 Jacob Campo Weyerman, Dutch painter and writer active during the Dutch Enlightenment, dies at 69
  • 1808 Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect who designed English country houses, dies at 69
  • 1809 Jean-Pierre Blanchard, French ballonist (1st balloon flights in England and U.S.), dies at 55
  • 1824 Jacobus Cramer, Dutch priest (Archpriest of Holland and Zeeland, chaplain to King Louis Napoleon), dies at 79
  • 1831 Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger, German playwright (Der Wirrwarr, oder Sturm und Drang) and novelist, dies at 79
  • 1836 Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French Enlightenment philosopher, dies at 81
  • 1847 Mary Anning, British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (Jurassic marine fossil beds of Lyme Regis in Dorset), dies of breast cancer at 47

Hans Christian ØrstedHans Christian Ørsted (1777-1851)

Danish physicist (discovered electromagnetism), dies at 73

  • 1876 Louise Colet, French Romantic poet who had long affair with Gustave Flaubert, dies at 65
  • 1877 Mark Prager Lindo, English Dutch author (Neth Spectator), dies at 58
  • 1883 Arnold Toynbee, English economic historian and social reformer, dies at 30
  • 1888 William I, King of Prussia (1861-88) and the 1st German Emperor (1871-88), dies at 90
  • 1895 Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian writer (word masochism derived from his name), dies at 59
  • 1897 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier and pioneer of modern skiing, dies at 71
  • 1907 John Alexander Dowie, Scottish-American evangelist (founded the city of Zion, Illinois), dies at 59
  • 1913 Eberhard Nestle, German biblical scholar, dies at 61
  • 1937 Paul Elmer More, American critic and essayist, dies at 72

Carrie Chapman CattCarrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947)

American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters), dies of a heart attack at 88

  • 1954 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)
  • 1954 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer, dies at 79
  • 1955 Matthew A Henson, met Peary on 6/4/1909 at North Pole, dies at 88
  • 1960 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • 1962 Howard Engstrom, Boston, a designer of Univac computer, dies at 59
  • 1963 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, dies at 83
  • 1964 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Prussian general and politician, dies at 93
  • 1965 Kazys Boruta, Lithuanian writer, dies at 60
  • 1969 Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
  • 1974 Earl W Sutherland Jr, US pharmacologist (Nobel 1971), dies at 58
  • 1975 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor, dies at 86
  • 1975 Joseph Dunninger, NYC, mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), dies at 82
  • 1981 Max Delbrück, German-American biologist and molecular geneticist (bacteriophage, Nobel Prize 1969), dies at 74
  • 1982 Rab Butler, British politician and minister who favoured appeasement, dies at 79
  • 1983 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), dies at 78
  • 1988 Kurt Georg Kiesinger, West German chancellor (1966-69), dies at 83
  • 1989 Robert Mapplethorpe, American photographer, dies at 42
  • 1992 Jack McEdward, asst dir (Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell), dies at 94
  • 1992 James Brooks, American mural painter (Flight, La Guardia NY), dies at 85

Menachem BeginMenachem Begin (1913-1992)

6th Prime Minister of Israel (1977-80, 81-83) and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies of a heart attack at 85

  • 1993 Max August Zorn, German mathematician (lemma of Zorn), dies at 86
  • 1994 Lawrence E. Spivak, American news panelist (Meet the Press), dies at 93
  • 1995 Edward Bernays, Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, dies at 103
  • 1995 Ian Ballantine, publisher, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1996 Alan Hugh Iliffe, psychologist, dies at 77
  • 1996 Elman Ali Ahmed, Somali peace campaigner, dies at 42
  • 1996 Peter Mansfield, British political journalist and author, dies at 67
  • 1997 Terry Nation, British screenwriter (Dr Who; Blake 7), and novelist, dies from emphysema at 66
  • 1998 Alfred Pugsley, English civil engineer (R101 airship), dies at 94
  • 2003 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (b. 1946)
  • 2004 Dr. Gerald Deskin, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Jeanette Schmid, Austrian transsexual professional whistler, dies at 80
  • 2005 Kurt Lotz, German business executive and second postwar CEO of Volkswagen, dies at 92
  • 2006 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)
  • 2006 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), dies at 91
  • 2007 Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, North Carolina politician (b. unknown)
  • 2010 Doris Haddock, American political activist (b. 1910)
  • 2011 David S. Broder, American journalist (Pulitzer 1973), dies at 81
  • 2012 Bill Wedderburn, Baron Wedderburn of Charlton, British politician, dies at 84
  • 2012 Lord Wedderton of Charlton, British academic and politician, dies at 84
  • 2012 Selma Rubin, American environmental activist, dies at 96
  • 2015 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), dies at 94

John GutfreundJohn Gutfreund (1929-2016)

American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86

  • 2017 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, dies at 84
  • 2018 Joaquin Avila, American lawyer and civil rights champion who advocated against voter discrimination, dies from complications of colon and liver cancer at 69