Deaths in History on September 11

  • 1161 Queen Melisende of Jerusalem (b. 1105)
  • 1185 Stephanus Hagiochristophorites, Byzantine courtier
  • 1297 Hugh de Cressingham, English treasurer, dies in battle
  • 1298 Philip of Artois, French soldier (b. 1269)
  • 1349 Bonne of Luxembourg, wife of John II of France (b. 1315)
  • 1599 Cornelis de Houtman, Dutch navigator (1st Dutch trip to Java), murder at 35
  • 1599 Beatrice Cenci, Italian noblewoman executed for fratricide at 22
  • 1630 John de White, calvinist/banker to Prague, commits suicide
  • 1677 James Harrington, English political philosopher (b. 1611)
  • 1680 Emperor Go-Mizunoo, 108th Emperor of Japan, dies at 84
  • 1680 Roger Crab, English Puritan political writer (b. 1621)
  • 1709 Oxenstiern, Dutch general, dies in the Battle of Malplaquet
  • 1709 Spaar, Dutch General, dies in the Battle of Malplaquet
  • 1712 Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Italian-French mathematician, astronomer and engineer who discovered four of Saturn's moons, dies at 87
  • 1713 John Foot, lawyer, dies at 65
  • 1721 Rudolph J Camerarius, German physician (sexuality plans), dies
  • 1760 Louis Godin, French astronomer (b. 1704)
  • 1823 David Ricardo, economist (b. 1772)
  • 1840 Johannes Hendricus van der Palm, Dutch theologist and Minister of Education, dies at 77
  • 1843 Joseph Nicollet, French mathematician and explorer, died at 57
  • 1851 Sylvester Graham, American nutritionist and minister (Graham cracker) (b. 1794)
  • 1865 Christophe Léon Louis Juchault de Lamoricière, French general, dies at 59
  • 1870 Eugenio Lucas y Padilla, Spanish poet, dies at about 46
  • 1888 Domingo F Sarmiento, President of Argentina (1868-74), dies at 77
  • 1896 Francis James Child, American ballad collector (b. 1825)
  • 1911 Louis Henri Boussenard, French novelist (b. 1847)
  • 1911 William R Boggs, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and chief of engineers, dies at 82
  • 1915 William Sprague IV, American politician and Governor of Rhode Island (1859-63), dies at 84
  • 1915 William Cornelius Van Horne, American railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), dies at 72
  • 1917 Georges Guynemer, French WW I pilot, dies at 22
  • 1921 Subramanya Bharathy, Tamil poet (b. 1882)
  • 1931 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, dies at 63
  • 1932 Franciszek Zwirko and Stanislaw Wigura, Polish pilots (Żwirko b. 1895 Wigura b. 1901)
  • 1946 Arthur van Schendel, writer (Holland Drama), dies at 72)
  • 1948 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, 1st governor of Pakistan (1947-48), dies at 71
  • 1950 John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80

Person of interestBilly Bishop

1956 Billy Bishop, Canadian First World War flying ace, dies at 62

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • 1958 Robert W. Service, Scottish-born Canadian poet (b. 1874)
  • 1958 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician and Mayor of Montreal, dies at 69
  • 1965 Ralph C. Smedley, Founder of Toastmasters International (b. 1878)
  • 1966 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), dies at 76
  • 1967 Tadeusz Żyliński, Polish technician and textilist (b. 1904)
  • 1968 René Cogny, French General (b. 1904)
  • 1970 Ernst May, German architect and city planner (New Frankfurt), dies at 84

Person of interestNikita Khrushchev

1971 Nikita Khrushchev, Soviet premier, dies of a heart attack at 77

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev

Person of interestSalvador Allende

1973 Salvador Allende, President of Chile (1970-73) and the 1st Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through an open election, commits suspected suicide by shooting himself during a military coup at 65

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • 1973 Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru
  • 1974 Víctor Olea Alegría, Chilean Socialist Party member
  • 1978 Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (b. 1929)
  • 1978 Janet Parker, English medical photographer, the last person to die of smallpox, dies at 40
  • 1982 Albert Soboult, French historian, dies at 68

  • 1984 Jerry Voorhis, American politician (b. 1901)
  • 1985 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler (b. 1945)
  • 1988 George Alpert, railroad executive, dies at 90
  • 1988 Luis Alvarez, American physicist (subatomic particles, Nobel 1968), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1988 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), dies of a stroke at 53
  • 1990 Myrna Mack, Guatemalan anthropologist (b. 1949)
  • 1991 Ernst Herbeck, German Poet (b. 1920)
  • 1992 Erik Terpstra, director (Versier de leegte, De ander, Daniel), dies
  • 1992 Paul Storken, Dutch priest (Away Backing), dies
  • 1993 Antoine Izmery, Haitian businessman/advisor to pres Aristide, murdered
  • 1994 Frederick R. Weisman, philanthropist, dies at 82
  • 1994 Sara Taylor, mother of Elizabeth, dies at 62
  • 1995 Charles William Hutton, architect, dies at 90
  • 1995 Jerome Theisen, benedioctine, dies at 64
  • 1995 Anita Harding, neurologist (b. 1952)
  • 1996 Peter Phillips, printer, dies at 61
  • 1997 Camille Henry, National Hockey League player (b. 1933)
  • 1997 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, dies at 68
  • 1999 Belkis Ayón, Cuban printmaker (collography), commits suicide of at 32
  • 2001 Alice Stewart Trillin, American author (b. 1938)
  • 2001 Marwan Al-Shehhi, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1978)
  • 2001 Mohamed Atta, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1968)

Person of interestTodd Beamer

2001 Todd Beamer, American passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, dies at 32 in a plane crash trying to stop the 9/11 terrorists

Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 Todd Beamer
Passenger on United Airlines Flight 93
Todd Beamer
  • 2001 Berry Berenson, widow of Anthony Perkins (b. 1948)
  • 2001 Mark Bingham, passenger on United Airlines Flight 93 (b. 1970)
  • 2001 Tom Burnett, American businessman (b. 1963)
  • 2001 Peter J. Ganci, Jr., Chief of Department, FDNY (b. 1946)
  • 2001 Hani Hanjour, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1972)
  • 2001 Ziad Jarrah, 9/11 terrorist (b. 1975)
  • 2001 Father Mychal F. Judge, Chaplain, FDNY (b. 1933)
  • 2001 Angel L. Juarbe, Jr., American firefighter (b. 1966)
  • 2001 John P. O'Neill, American anti-terrorism FBI agent (b. 1952)
  • 2001 John Ogonowski, pilot for American Airlines Flight 11 (b. 1951)
  • 2001 Barbara Olson, American political commentator (b. 1955)
  • 2001 Daniel M. Lewin, founder of Akamai Technologies (b. 1970)
  • 2003 Anna Lindh, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (b. 1957)
  • 2004 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, dies at 55
  • 2004 David Mann, U.S. artist (b. 1939)
  • 2006 William Auld, Scottish poet, writer and supporter of Esperanto (b. 1924)

Person of interestJoachim Fest

2006 Joachim Fest, German historian and journalist (Hitler biography, Speer: The Final Verdict), dies at 79

Historian and Journalist Joachim Fest
Historian and Journalist
Joachim Fest
  • 2006 Johannes Bob van Benthem, Dutch lawyer (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Ian Porterfield, Manager of Armenia National Football Club (b. 1946)
  • 2007 Gene Savoy, American author and cleric (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Gertrude Baines, world's oldest living person (b. 1894)
  • 2011 Anjali Gupta, Indian Air Force officer (b. 1975)
  • 2016 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 47
  • 2017 Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace, French mathematician, astronomer and physicist (stability of the solar system), dies at 77