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Deaths in History on September 19

  • 690 Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 602)
  • 1180 Louis VII, the Younger, King of France (1137-80), dies at 59
  • 1339 Go-Daigo, 96th Emperor of Japan (1318-39), dies at 50
  • 1356 Gautier de Brienne, duke of Athens/French supreme commander, dies
  • 1356 Geoffroy de Charny, French nobleman, dies in battle
  • 1356 Jean de Clermont, French marshal, dies in battle
  • 1356 Peter I, Duke of Bourbon, killed at the Battle of Poitiers (b. 1311)
  • 1668 William Waller, English soldier
  • 1693 Johann Weikhard von Valvasor, Slovenian polymath and natural historian, dies at 52
  • 1710 Ole Rømer, Danish astronomer, dies at 65
  • 1719 Frans Anneessens, Belgian merchant/lord of the manor, executed at 59
  • 1719 Jan Weenix, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1736 Feofan Prokopovich, Russian Orthodox theologian and Archbishop of Novgorod, dies at 55
  • 1761 Pieter Musschenbroek, Dutch mathematician and physician (Leydan jar), dies at 69
  • 1812 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, dies at 68
  • 1843 Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, French scientist (b. 1792)

  • 1859 John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator, dies at 55
  • 1862 [Lewis] Henry Little, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 45
  • 1863 Preston Smith, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 39
  • 1864 Archibald Campbell Godwin, Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle
  • 1864 David Allen Russell, United States Army officer (Union), dies in battle at 43
  • 1864 Robert Emmet Rodes, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 35
  • 1868 William Sprague, American minister and politician from (b. 1809)

Person of interestJames Garfield

1881 James A. Garfield, 20th US President (Republican: 1881), dies of a gunshot wound at 49

20th US President James Garfield
20th US President
James Garfield
  • 1882 Andreas Ignatius Schaepman, Archbishop of Utrecht (1868-82), dies at 67
  • 1893 Alexander Tilloch Galt, Canadian politician, a father of Canadian Confederation, dies at 76
  • 1902 Maria Hendrika, Queen of the Belgians, dies
  • 1902 Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku & tanka poet and diarist (Salt Water Ballads), dies at 34
  • 1905 Thomas John Barnardo, British social worker, dies at 60
  • 1906 Maria Georgina Grey, British writer and founder of the Girls' Day School Trust (b. 1816)
  • 1927 Michael Peter Ancher, Danish painter (b. 1849)
  • 1935 Jules M Cambron, French gov-gen to Algeria/ambassador, dies
  • 1935 Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian pioneer in rocket and space research, dies at 78
  • 1935 Jules Cambon, French ambasador, to U.S. (1897), Spain (1902–07) and Germany (1907–14), dies at 90
  • 1942 Condé Nast, American publisher (b. 1873)
  • 1944 David Lord, British lieutenant/Dakota-pilot DFC/VC, dies in battle

  • 1944 Hilary Barlow, British colonel, dies

Person of interestGuy Gibson

1944 Guy Gibson, British wing commander who led the Dambusters (Victoria Cross), dies in action at 26

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson
  • 1949 George Shiels, Irish dramatist (b. 1886)
  • 1952 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Presento il mio Ticino), dies at 56
  • 1955 John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)
  • 1957 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping, dies at 86
  • 1961 Helen Kimble, fictional wife of Dr Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)
  • 1961 Pieter Tesch, mine engineer/geology (Pedestal of Netherlands), dies
  • 1962 Nikolai Pogodin, Soviet playwright, dies at 61
  • 1967 Zinaida Serebriakova, Russian painter, dies at 82
  • 1967 Monica Proietti, Canadian criminal (b. 1940)
  • 1968 Chester F Carlson, inventor (photocopying), dies at 62
  • 1969 Bert [Lambertus] Bakker, director Free Netherland/inventor, dies
  • 1978 Rolf Gunther, East German priest, self imolation
  • 1978 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian, dies at 94
  • 1981 Joke Kool-Smit, Dutch feminist, dies
  • 1985 Italo Calvino, Italian author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 61
  • 1986 Vivian Duncan, entertainer (Duncan Sisters), dies
  • 1987 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
  • 1988 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of National the Farmers Organization (1955-79), dies at 65
  • 1992 Jacques Pic, french restaurant owner, dies
  • 1994 Sandra Fisher, American painter, dies at 47
  • 1995 Walter Shlomo Gross, journalist, dies at 83
  • 1995 Yevgeni Nikolayevich Khludeyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 55

Person of interestOrville Redenbacher

1995 Orville Redenbacher, American popcorn magnate (Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn), drowns in bathtub at 88

Businessman Orville Redenbacher
Businessman
Orville Redenbacher
  • 1995 Rudolf Peierls, German-British physicist (atomic bomb), dies at 88
  • 1996 Douglas Hyde, English political journalist, dies at 85
  • 1996 Timothy Nicholson, journalist, dies at 32
  • 1997 Kathy Keeton Guccione, CEO (General Media Intl), dies at 58
  • 1997 Malcolm Hughes, artist, dies at 77
  • 2000 Anthony Robert Klitz, British artist (b. 1917)
  • 2001 Jan Koplowitz, German writer, dies at 91
  • 2002 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Eddie Adams, American photographer (photograph of execution of a Viet Cong soldier, Pulitzer Prize 1969), dies at 71
  • 2004 Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born American civil servant (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Hugh Kawharu, New Zealander Ngāti Whātua Māori chief (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Martha Holmes, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • 2011 Thomas Capano, attorney, criminal (b. 1949)
  • 2015 Jackie Collins, British-American author (The Stud, Lucky), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2017 David Shepherd, British painter (paintings of steam locomotives), dies at 86
  • 2019 Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia (1987-2011). dies in exile at 83