Deaths in History on May 9

  • 1079 Stanislaus, Polish bishop of Kraków, murdered at 48
  • 1280 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42
  • 1315 Hugh V, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 21
  • 1443 Niccolo d'Albergati, Italian cardinal, dies at 70
  • 1446 Mary of Enghien, Queen of Naples, dies at 79
  • 1474 Peter van Hagenbach, Elzasser knight & land guardian, beheaded at 54
  • 1590 Karel "Cardinal" van Bourbon, archbishop of Rouen, dies at 66

William BradfordWilliam Bradford (1589-1657)

American governor (Plymouth Colony, Mass), dies at 57

  • 1667 Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers, French Queen of Poland (1645-48), dies at 55
  • 1688 Frederick William, Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
  • 1747 John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier & diplomat, dies at 73
  • 1760 Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, Austrian-born German religious & social reformer, dies at 59
  • 1790 William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • 1805 Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet & playwright, dies at 45

Benjamin LincolnBenjamin Lincoln (1733-1810)

American military officer (Battles of Saratoga, Charleston and Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 77

  • 1850 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist & chemist, dies at 71
  • 1861 Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philologist & politician, dies at 55
  • 1864 John Sedgwick, American Major General (Union Army), is shot in battle after claiming "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance" at 50
  • 1864 Thomas D. Doubleday, American bookstore owner & Union Army officer, dies in an accident at 48
  • 1880 George Brown, Birtish-Canadian journalist, publisher (Toronto Globe), Premier of Canada West (Liberal: 1858) and one of the Fathers of Confederation, dies at 61 after being shot in the leg on March 25
  • 1884 Hermanus Willem Witteveen, Dutch theologist, dies at 69
  • 1889 William S. Harney, American general, dies at 88
  • 1914 C. W. Post, American food manufacturer of breakfast cereals, commits suicide at 59
  • 1918 George Coşbuc, Romanian poet, dies at 51
  • 1926 J. M. Dent, British publisher, dies at 77
  • 1931 A[lbert] A[braham] Michelson, American physicist (1907 Nobel), dies at 78
  • 1936 François Conrad Schlumberger, French physicist, dies at 57

Walter MittelholzerWalter Mittelholzer (1894-1937)

Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air) and aerial photographer, dies in a climbing accident on an expedition in Styria at 43 [1]

  • 1938 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist, dies at 72
  • 1949 Louis II [Louis Honoré Charles Antoine Grimaldi], Prince of Monaco, dies at 78
  • 1950 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist and engineer, dies at 66
  • 1955 Kate Booth, English Salvationist & evangelist, dies at 97
  • 1957 Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan business magnate & philanthropist, dies at 69
  • 1957 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter & wood carver, dies at 67

Charles Vyner BrookeCharles Vyner Brooke (1874-1963)

3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

  • 1965 Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (13th Chancellor of Austria), dies at 62
  • 1966 Wilhelmus Marinus Bekkers, Dutch Roman Catholic bishop of Hertogenbosch, dies at 58
  • 1967 Elmar Berkovich, Hungarian-Dutch industrial designer (Eindhoven theater), dies at 69
  • 1968 Harold Gray, American comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • 1968 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite, dies at 75
  • 1970 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician, dies at 86
  • 1970 Walter P. Reuther, American worker's union leader & president of the CIO, dies in a plane crash at 62
  • 1976 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet & writer (Dikt, Jonas), dies at 55
  • 1977 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55

Aldo MoroAldo Moro (1916-1978)

Italian Prime Minister (1963-68 and 1974-76), assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Cyrus EatonCyrus Eaton (1883-1979)

Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

  • 1981 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
  • 1986 Dirk de Vroome, Dutch campaigner & Limbourg activist, dies at 60

Tenzing NorgayTenzing Norgay (1914-1986)

Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

  • 1987 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman & nationalist, dies at 78
  • 1990 Pauline Frederick, American journalist & author, dies at 84
  • 1991 James L. Reinsch, American broadcasting executive & presidential media adviser (Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy) who also advised Winston Churchill on his 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, dies at 82
  • 1992 Mike Tyrell, British air acrobat, dies in an accident at 45
  • 1993 Freya Stark, English author, dies at 61
  • 1993 Penelope Gilliatt, British author, dies at 61
  • 1994 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter & anti-apartheid activist, dies at 69
  • 1995 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi, dies at 68
  • 1995 Charles Montgomery Monteith, Irish publisher, dies at 74
  • 1999 Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician, dies at 83
  • 2001 William T. Stearn, British botanist, dies at 90
  • 2003 Russell B. Long, American politician (Sen-D-LA, 1948-86), dies at 84
  • 2004 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, dies at 52
  • 2007 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran, dies at 106
  • 2008 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist, dies at 68
  • 2010 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician, dies at 77

Vidal SassoonVidal Sassoon (1928-2012)

British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, dies from leukemia at 84

  • 2014 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • 2015 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier & politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • 2016 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • 2017 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat & vice premier, dies at 89
  • 2018 Delphine Gibson, American supercentenarian & former oldest person in the US, dies at 114 years and 265 days
  • 2018 Duke Friedrich of Württemberg, German aristocrat & heir to the House of Württemberg, dies at 56 in a traffic collision
  • 2018 Poldine Carlo, American writer & Koyukon elder, dies at 97
  • 2018 Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Australian heroin smuggler (Bali Nine), dies of stomach cancer at 34