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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

Person of interestWilliam Bradford

1657 William Bradford, American 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), 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

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 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
  • 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
  • 1937 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air), dies in crash at 43
  • 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

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, 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 Walter P. Reuther, American worker's union leader & president of the CIO, dies in a plane crash at 62
  • 1970 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician, dies at 86
  • 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

MurderAldo 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, Dutch campaigner & 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 & 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

Person of interestVidal Sassoon

2012 Vidal Sassoon, British-American hair stylist & CEO of Vidal Sasson, dies from leukemia at 84

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 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 Poldine Carlo, American writer & Koyukon elder, dies at 97
  • 2018 Duke Friedrich of Württemberg, German aristocrat & heir to the House of Württemberg, dies at 56 in a traffic collision
  • 2018 Delphine Gibson, American supercentenarian & 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