Deaths in History on May 9

  • 1079 Stanislaus, Polish bishop of Kraków, murdered
  • 1280 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42
  • 1315 Hugh V, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1282)
  • 1443 Niccolo d'Albergati, Italian cardinal, dies
  • 1446 Mary of Enghien, Queen of Naples (b. 1368)
  • 1460 Jean Lavite, Atrechts painter, dies
  • 1474 Peter van Hagenbach, Elzasser knight/land guardian, beheaded
  • 1590 Karel "Cardinal" van Bourbon, archbishop of Rouen, dies at 66

Person of interestWilliam Bradford

1657 William Bradford, Governor (Plymouth Colony, Mass), dies at 57

First Governor of Plymouth Colony William Bradford
First Governor of Plymouth Colony
William Bradford
  • 1667 Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers, French Queen of Poland (1645-48)
  • 1688 Frederick William, Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
  • 1747 John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
  • 1760 Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, Austrian born German religious and 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

Person of interestBenjamin Lincoln

1810 Benjamin Lincoln, American military officer (Battles of Saratoga, Charleston and Yorktown during the American Revolutionary War), dies at 77

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln
  • 1850 Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac, chemist/physicist, dies
  • 1861 Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (b. 1805)
  • 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 Donnely Doubleday, US Union Col, dies in an accident
  • 1884 Hermanus Willem Witteveen, Dutch theologist, dies at 69
  • 1889 William S. Harney, U.S. general, dies at 88
  • 1914 C.W. Post, American food manufacturer of breakfast cereals, commits suicide at 59
  • 1918 George Coşbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
  • 1926 J. M. Dent, British publisher, dies
  • 1931 A[lbert] A[braham] Michelson, US physicist (1907 Nobel), dies at 78
  • 1937 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air), dies in crash at 43
  • 1938 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
  • 1949 Louis II [Louis Honoré Charles Antoine Grimaldi], Prince of Monaco, dies at 78
  • 1950 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • 1951 Marie Ault, dies at 80
  • 1955 Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
  • 1957 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter/wood carver/glasier, dies at 67

Person of interestCharles Vyner Brooke

1963 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • 1965 Leopold Figl, premier 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, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • 1968 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • 1970 Walter P. Reuther, US worker's union leader, President of the CIO, dies in a plane crash at 62
  • 1970 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • 1976 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 1977 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55

Person of interestAldo Moro

1978 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro

Person of interestCyrus Eaton

1979 Cyrus Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

Steel Magnate Cyrus Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus Eaton
  • 1981 Nelson Algren, American novelist (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
  • 1986 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60

Person of interestTenzing Norgay

1986 Tenzing Norgay, 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

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • 1987 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, dies at 78
  • 1990 Pauline Frederick, pioneering American journalist and author, dies at 84
  • 1991 James L. Reinsch, American broadcasting executive and presidential media adviser (Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy) who also advised Winston Churchill on his 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, dies at 82
  • 1992 Mike Tyrell [Red Baron], British air acrobat, dies in an accident
  • 1993 Freya Stark, English author (Sunday Bloody Sunday), dies at 61
  • 1993 Mary Duncan Sanford, dies at 98
  • 1993 Penelope Gilliatt [Conner], British author
  • 1994 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 69
  • 1995 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi, dies at 68
  • 1995 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher, dies at 74
  • 1999 Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician, dies at 83
  • 2003 Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, dies at 52
  • 2007 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2007 Edith Rodriguez, hospital emergency room refused to treat (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician (b. 1932)

Person of interestVidal Sassoon

2012 Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser and businessman, dies from leukemia at 84

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 2012 Alexander Fenton, CEO (Euro Ethnological Research Center in Edinburgh), dies at 82
  • 2014 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • 2015 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and 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 and vice premier, dies at 89
  • 2018 Poldine Carlo, American writer and Koyukon elder, dies at 97
  • 2018 Duke Friedrich of Württemberg, German aristocrat and heir to the House of Württemberg, dies at 56 in a traffic collision
  • 2018 Delphine Gibson, American supercentenarian and former oldest person in the US, dies at 114 years and 265 days
  • 2018 Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Australian heroin smuggler (Bali Nine), dies of stomach cancer at 34