Deaths in History on September 10

Person of interestQin Shi Huang

210 BC Qin Shi Huang, Founder of the Qin dynasty and 1st emperor of a unified China (220 - 210 BC), dies reportedly from ingesting mercury pills meant to make him immortal at 49

First Emperor of the Qin dynasty Qin Shi Huang
First Emperor of the Qin dynasty
Qin Shi Huang
  • 827 Pope Valentine dies after 40 days in office [date approximate]
  • 918 Baldwin II, Count of Flanders, dies at about 53
  • 954 Louis IV, of overseas, King of France, dies
  • 1167 Empress Matilda, wife of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1102)
  • 1197 Henry II of Champagne (b. 1166)
  • 1217 William de Reviers, 5th Earl of Devon
  • 1279 Robert Kilwardby/Anglicus, English philosopher/Cardinal, dies
  • 1305 Nicholas van Tolentino, Italian saint, dies
  • 1308 Emperor Go-Nijō of Japan (b. 1285)
  • 1382 Louis I, the Great, King of Hungary/Poland, dies
  • 1419 John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy is assassinated by adherents of the Dauphin, the future Charles VII of France
  • 1482 Federico da Montefeltro, Italian Renaissance condottiero and arts patron
  • 1519 John Colet, English churchman and educator
  • 1547 Pierlugi Faraese, Italian son of Pope Paul III, murdered
  • 1559 Anthony Denny, confidant of King Henry VIII of England (b. 1501)

  • 1600 John Bruhesius, [Bruhesen], bishop of Groningen, dies
  • 1604 William Morgan, Welsh Bible translator (b. 1545)
  • 1623 John I Van de Velde, calligrapher (Mirror of Write-Konste), dies
  • 1669 Henrietta Maria, queen of Charles I of England (b. 1609)
  • 1676 Gerrard Winstanley, English religious reformer (b. 1609)
  • 1680 Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato singer, dies at 69
  • 1748 Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo, Filipino Religious Sister of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 85
  • 1749 Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (b. 1706)
  • 1759 Ferdinand Konščak, Croatian explorer (b. 1703)
  • 1765 Jacob Gilles, pension advisor, dies at about 74
  • 1797 Mary Wollstonecraft, English author and feminist (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), mother of Mary Shelley, dies of septicaemia at 38
  • 1801 Jason Fairbanks, American murderer, dies at 20
  • 1806 Johann C Adelung, German translator/librarian, dies at 74
  • 1828 Count d'Andreossi, French general/parliament leader, dies at 67
  • 1839 Pieter Fontijn, Dutch painter, dies at 66
  • 1842 Letitia Tyler, US President Tyler's (1841-45) wife, dies at 51
  • 1845 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), dies at 65
  • 1851 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American pioneer of educating the deaf, dies at 63
  • 1862 Carlos A Lopez, president of Paraguay (1844-62), dies at 71
  • 1898 Elisabeth AE, empress of Austria/wife of Franz Joseph I, dies at 60
  • 1915 Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Premier of Quebec, dies at 93
  • 1925 Henry Lincoln "Linc" Johnson, American attorney and politician, remembered as one of the most prominent early 20th century African-American Republicans, dies of a stroke at 55
  • 1931 Dmitri Egorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1869)
  • 1937 Sergei Tretyakov, Russian constructivist writer, playwright and special correspondent for Pravda, executed by Stalinist regime at 47
  • 1944 Jaap P Musch, Dutch resistance fighter, murdered by Nazis

  • 1952 Youssef Aftimus, Lebanese civil engineer and architect (b. 1866)
  • 1955 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer and the founder of Blackburn Aircraft, dies at 70
  • 1960 Fjodor Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga - matushka-reka), dies at 63
  • 1963 Eugène Baie, Belgian author (Sub rosa et sub umbra), dies at 89
  • 1965 Father Divine [Reverend Major Jealous Divine], "the Messenger", African American religious leader
  • 1966 Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • 1975 George Paget Thomson, English pysicist, demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937), dies at 83
  • 1976 Dalton Trumbo, US writer, director (Johnny Got His Gun), dies at 70
  • 1976 Mordecai Johnson, 1st African American president of Howard U, dies at 86
  • 1977 Hamida Djandoubi, Tunisian convicted murderer who was the last person to be executed in Western Europe, is beheaded in Marseille by guillotine at 28
  • 1979 Agostinho Neto, poet/1st President of Angola, dies at 56
  • 1982 Max Winders, Belgian architect (WWII), responsible for bringing the Belgian gold stock, dies at 100
  • 1983 Balthasar J "John" Vorster, South African premier (1966-78), dies at 67
  • 1983 Felix Bloch, Swiss-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
  • 1983 Norah Lofts, British author (The Town House), dies at 79
  • 1985 Ernest Julius Öpik, Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos, dies at 91
  • 1990 Samuel Kanyon Doe, president of Liberia (1980-90), assassinated
  • 1991 Sarah Sally Lawrence, entertainer, dies at 61
  • 1993 Stuart Rose, British designer (British Post Office), dies at 81
  • 1994 Amy Clampitt, American poet (Silence Opens), dies at 74
  • 1995 Derek Meddings, special Effects technician, dies at 64
  • 1996 Hans List, Austrian scientist and inventor (b. 1896)
  • 2000 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist and writer. (b. 1921)
  • 2001 DJ Uncle Al (b.1969)
  • 2004 Brock Adams, American politician (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, King of Tonga (1965-2006), dies at 88
  • 2007 Anita Roddick, British businesswoman (b.1942)
  • 2007 Ted Stepien, American businessman and basketball team owner, dies at 82
  • 2010 Edwin Charles Tubb, British sci-fi writer (Earth is Heaven, Earthfall), dies at 90
  • 2013 E Clay Shaw Jr, American politician, dies from lung cancer at 74
  • 2014 Richard Kiel, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 2016 Eddie Antar, founder and CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store), dies at 68