Deaths in History on November 9

  • 959 Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, Byzantine Emperor (913-59), dies
  • 1068 Agnes of Poitou, duchess of Aquitania/mother of German Empress, dies
  • 1187 Emperor Gaozong of Song, 10th emperor of Song dynasty, dies at 80
  • 1208 Sancha of Castile, wife of Alfonso II of Aragon (b. 1155)
  • 1492 Jami [Mowlanā Nūr Od-dīn ʿabd Or-raḥmān Ebn Aḥmad], Persian poet (Lava'ih), dies at 78
  • 1504 King Ferdinand II of Aragon (b. 1452)
  • 1580 Gaspar Schetz, Dutch treasurer-general, dies at 67
  • 1620 Louise de Coligny, 4th wife of Willem of Orange, dies at 65
  • 1623 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), dies at 72
  • 1641 Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church and military commander during the Thirty Years' War, dies at 32
  • 1677 Aert van der Neer, Dutch landscape painter, dies at about 73
  • 1699 Hortense Mancini, mistress of Charles II, King of England (b. 1646)
  • 1770 John Campbell, 4th Duke of Argyll, Scottish politician
  • 1778 Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian etcher, dies at 58
  • 1809 Paul Sandby, English cartographer (b. 1725)
  • 1862 John Bordenave Villepigue, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 32

  • 1874 Israel Bak, created 1st Hebrew printing press, dies
  • 1881 Edwin Drake, American businessman who drilled 1st productive US oil well, dies at 61
  • 1906 Leon Vanderkindere, Belgian historian/mayor of Ukkel, dies at 64
  • 1911 Howard Pyle, American author (b. 1853)
  • 1918 Guillaume Apollinaire, [Kostrowitsky], Fr poet (Alcools), dies at 38
  • 1919 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1848)
  • 1924 Henry Cabot Lodge, American Senator (b. 1850)
  • 1925 Daniel Josephus Jitta, Dutch High Court lawyer, dies at 71
  • 1932 Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Russian 2nd wife of Joseph Stalin, commits suicide at 31
  • 1935 Paolo Orsi, Italian Archaeologist, dies at 76

Person of interestRamsay MacDonald

1937 Ramsay MacDonald, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1924, 1929-35), dies of natural causes at sea on board the liner Reina del Pacifico at 71

British Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald
British Prime Minister
Ramsay MacDonald
  • 1938 Vasily Blyukher, Soviet military commander (b.1889)
  • 1938 Edward Murray East, American botanist and geneticist who developed hybrid corn, dies at 59
  • 1939 Dirk Klop, Dutch intelligence lt, shot by German Abwehr

Person of interestNeville Chamberlain

1940 Arthur Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (1937-40), dies of bowel cancer at 71

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • 1940 Stephen Peter Alencastre, Portuguese Catholic prelate (b. 1876)
  • 1942 Edna May Oliver, dies on 59th birthday
  • 1943 Bernhard Lichtenberg, German clergyman/antifascist, dies at 67
  • 1952 Chaim Weizmann, bio-chemist/1st president Israel, dies at 77
  • 1952 Philip Murray, 1st president of the United Steelworkers and longest-serving president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (b. 1886)

Person of interestIbn Saud

1953 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, Founder and first King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53), dies of a heart attack at 78

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • 1953 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (Child's Christmas in Wales), dies at 39
  • 1956 Aino Kallas, Finnish writer (White Ship, Estonian Tales), dies at 78
  • 1961 Antonius Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River), dies at 64
  • 1970 William L Dawson, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 84

Person of interestCharles de Gaulle

1970 Charles de Gaulle, President of France (1958-69), dies at 79

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • 1975 Luwig Turek, German writer, dies at 77
  • 1985 Helen Rose, costume designer, dies at 81
  • 1988 John Mitchell, former Atny Gen, dies of heart attack in Washington
  • 1992 Charles Fraser-Smith, English inventor (man who never was), dies
  • 1992 William Hillcourt, author (Boy Scout Handbook), dies at 92
  • 1993 Gerald Thomas, director (Carry on), dies at 72
  • 1995 Derick Frederick George Emmison, archivist/historian, dies at 88
  • 1996 Frederic Lipmann, French watchmaker, dies at 91
  • 1996 Roger Makins, diplomat, dies at 92
  • 2001 Niels Jannasch, Canadian historian and museum curator, dies at 77
  • 2002 William Schutz, American psychologist (b. 1925)
  • 2003 Gordon Onslow Ford, English painter (b. 1912)
  • 2003 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili literateur (b.1937)
  • 2004 Iris Chang, American author and journalist, committed suicide at 36

Person of interestStieg Larsson

2004 Stieg Larsson, Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), dies of a heart attack at 50

  • 2005 K. R. Narayanan, 10th President of India (1997-2002), dies at 85
  • 2006 Ed Bradley, American journalist (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Markus Wolf, East German Intelligence Director (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Joel J. Tyler, judge who pronounced 'Deep Throat' obscene, dies of a heart attack at 90
  • 2011 Har Gobind Khorana, Indian-American biochemist (Nobel 1968), dies at 89