Deaths in History on October 9

  • 1047 Clemens II [Suitger], Pope (1046-47), dies (b. 1005)
  • 1253 Robert Grosseteste, English scientist, scholastic philosopher, theologian and Bishop of Lincoln, dies at around 78
  • 1273 Elisabeth of Bavaria, Queen of Germany
  • 1326 Reinald I, earl of Gelre/monarch, went insane, dies
  • 1390 John I of Castile, King of Castile and León (1379-90), dies after falling off his horse while riding in a fantasia at 32
  • 1423 Frederik III of Blankenheim, bishop of Straatsburg/Utrecht, dies
  • 1436 Jacoba van Bavarian, countess of Holland/Zealand, dies at 35
  • 1555 Justus Jonas, German Protestant theologian and reformer, dies at 62
  • 1562 Gabriel Fallopius [Fallopio], Italian anatomist and early advocate for the use of condoms (Observationes anatomicae), dies at 39
  • 1569 Vladimir of Staritsa, Russian prince (b. 1533)
  • 1597 Ashikaga Yoshiaki, 15th Japanese shōgun, dies at 59
  • 1646 Baltasar Carlos, son of Spanish King Philip IV, dies of smallpox at 16
  • 1688 Claude Perrault, French Architect and Physician, dies at 75
  • 1691 William Sacheverell, English statesman (b. 1638)
  • 1709 Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, English mistress of Charles II of England, dies at 68
  • 1729 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (b. 1654)
  • 1747 David Brainerd, American missionary to the Native Americans, dies at 29
  • 1793 Jean Joseph Marie Amiot, French missionary (b. 1718)
  • 1797 Elijah B Solomon Zalman, rabbi/Gaon of Vilna Latvia, dies at 77

Benjamin BannekerBenjamin Banneker (1731-1806)

African American astronomer, mathematician and surveyor of Washington, D.C., dies at 74

  • 1831 Ioannis Kapodistrias, President (1829-31) and founding father of modern Greece.
  • 1837 Charles Fourier, French utopian socialist (Harmony universal), dies
  • 1841 Karl Friedrich Schinkel, German architect, city planner and painter (Altes Museum, Neue Wache), dies at 60
  • 1868 Howell Cobb, American politician (U.S. Secretary of Treasury), dies at 53
  • 1873 George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • 1891 Johannes Tideman, theologist, dies at 83
  • 1897 John Heemskerk, Dutch politician (Minister of the Interior 1866-88), dies at 79
  • 1906 Joseph Glidden, American inventor (barbed wire) and businessman, dies at 93
  • 1912 Millie & Christine McCoy, American Siamese twins born slaves, die at 61
  • 1915 Constant A M Cap, Flemish poet/etcher, dies at 73
  • 1917 Hussein Kamel, Sultan of Egypt (1914-17), dies at 63
  • 1918 Mikhail Vasilyevich Alekseyev, Imperial Russian general and WW I Chief of Staff, murdered at 60
  • 1918 Raymond Duchamp-Villon, French cubist sculptor (Head of Baudeaire), dies at 41
  • 1924 Valery Bryusov, Russian writer and critic (b. 1873)
  • 1934 J-Louis-F Barthou, French writer, French Premier and Foreign Minister, assassinated by Croatian nationalist at 72
  • 1934 King Alexander I, of Yugoslavia (1921-34), assassinated by a Bulgarian revolutionary at 45
  • 1937 George August Alexander Alting von Geusau, Dutch Minister of war (1918-20), dies at 73
  • 1940 Wilfred Grenfell, British medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador, dies at 75
  • 1943 Gerard Wilhelm Kernkamp, Dutch historian and editor (Groene Amsterdammer/Green Amsterdam), dies at 78
  • 1943 Jan Dieters, Dutch politician and resistance fighter who was the head of the Communist Party of the Netherlands, executed at 42
  • 1943 Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN), executed
  • 1943 Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Nobel Prize 1902 for Zeeman effect), dies at 78
  • 1955 Theodor Innitzer, Austrian cardinal and archbishop of Vienna, dies at 79

Pius XIIPius XII (1876-1958)

260th Roman Catholic Pope (1939-58), dies of heart failure at 82

  • 1960 Howard Glenn, NY Titan, dies of injuries sustain in this day's game
  • 1962 Lulu McConnell, American vaudeville, radio, and television comedienne (It Pays To Be Ignorant), dies at 80
  • 1967 Andre Maurois [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac), dies at 82

Che GuevaraChe Guevara (1928-1967)

Argentine Marxist revolutionary (Cuban Revolution), author and physician, executed in Bolivia at 39

  • 1967 Gordon Allport, American psychologist (personalities), dies at 69
  • 1968 Pierre Mulele, Congolese rebel leader, executed
  • 1970 Jean Giono, French writer (Le Hussard sur le toit), dies at 75
  • 1972 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter, dies at 72
  • 1976 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII, dies at 82
  • 1978 Pavel Antokolsky, Russian poet and theatre director (Syn), dies at 82
  • 1982 Anna Freud, Austrian-English psychoanalyst and daughter of Sigmund Freud, dies at 86
  • 1983 Suh Seok-jun, South Korea Deputy Prime Minister, killed (one of 21 victims) in Rangoon bombing at about 45
  • 1985 Emílio Garrastazu Médici, 28th President of Brazil (1969-74), dies at 79
  • 1987 Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, dies at 84
  • 1988 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), dies at 86
  • 1989 Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • 1992 Per Olof Sundman, Swedish writer and politician, dies at 70

Alec Douglas-HomeAlec Douglas-Home (1903-1995)

British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1963-64), dies at 92

  • 1995 John Alfred Scali, American journalist and diplomat, dies at 77
  • 1995 Kukrit Pramoj, Thai politician (13th Prime Minister of Thailand) and scholar, dies at 84
  • 1995 Patric Walker, American-British astrologer, dies of food poisoning at 64
  • 1995 Phillip Oppenheimer, British diamond trader, dies at 83
  • 1996 Alan Charles Downes, British founder member of Independent Television News and cameraman, dies at 58
  • 1996 Joachim Wohlgemuth, German writer, dies at 64
  • 1996 Nigel Thomas Loveridge Fisher, politician, dies at 83
  • 1996 Richard Clarkson, English aeronautical engineer (Hawker Siddeley Trident), dies at 94
  • 1999 Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (b. 1914)
  • 1999 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), dies at 83
  • 2000 Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1918)
  • 2002 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)
  • 2006 Raymond Noorda, American co-founder and long time CEO of Novell (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Enrico Banducci, American nightclub owner (b. 1922)
  • 2013 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 2013 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), dies at 97
  • 2013 Wilfried Martens, 44th Prime Minister of Belgium (1979-81, 1981-92), dies from pancreatic cancer at 77
  • 2014 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • 2015 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), dies at 88
  • 2015 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), dies at 84
  • 2016 Anthony Grant, British MP (C), dies at 91
  • 2017 Hervé Leroux, French fashion designer and founder of Hervé Léger fashion house, dies from a ruptured aneurysm at 60
  • 2018 Thomas A. Steitz, American Biochemist (2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ribosome discoveries), dies at 78