Deaths in History on September 22

  • 1072 Ouyang Xiu, Chinese historian and scholar-official (b. 1007)
  • 1093 Olaf III, King of Norway (1067-93), founder of Bergen, dies at about 43
  • 1197 Petrus Cantor, French theologist (Verbum Abbreviatum), dies
  • 1253 Dōgen, Japanese Buddhist priest and founder of the Sōtō school of Zen, dies at 53
  • 1286 Mugaku Sogen, Zen Rinzai line founder of Engakuji temple, dies at 60
  • 1345 Henry Plantagenet, 3rd Earl of Leicester (b. 1281)
  • 1392 Aleid van Poelgeest, lover of earl Albrecht of Bavaria, murdered at 22
  • 1392 Willem Cuser, earl Albrecht of Beierens, murdered
  • 1399 Thomas de Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, English politician (b. 1366)
  • 1408 Johannes VII Palaeologus, Byzantine Emperor (1376-77, 90/1404-8), dies
  • 1520 Selim I 'Selim the Grim', Sultan of Turkey (1512-20) who captured Baghdad and Cairo, dies at 53
  • 1531 Louise Van Savoye, French regent of King Francis I, dies at 55

Guru NanakGuru Nanak (1469-1539)

Founder of the religion of Sikhism and the 1st Sikh Guru, dies at 70

Francisco Vázquez de CoronadoFrancisco Vázquez de Coronado (1510-1554)

Spanish explorer and conquistador who led 1st European expedition to discover the Grand Canyon, dies of disease at about 44

  • 1566 John Agricola [Schneider], German theologian, a friend of Martin Luther, dies at 72
  • 1607 Alessandro Allori, Italian Mannerist painter and director of the Florentine carpet factory, dies at 72
  • 1658 Georg Philipp Harsdörffer, German poet and translator, dies at 50
  • 1662 John Biddle, English theologian (b. 1615)
  • 1702 Hoessein Koprulu, Turkish great vizer (peace of Karlowitz), dies
  • 1703 Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (Viviani's theorem), dies at 81
  • 1774 Pope Clement XIV [Giovanni Ganganelli], Pope (1769-74), dies at 68

Nathan HaleNathan Hale (1755-1776)

American Revolutionary War patriot, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country", hanged by the British for spying at 21

  • 1777 John Bartram, American naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, dies at 77
  • 1826 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), dies at 66
  • 1828 Shaka, South African Zulu king, founder of the Zulu nation, murdered (b. c. 1787)
  • 1840 Anne Lister, English diarist 'the 1st modern lesbian', dies of a fever at 49
  • 1840 Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom, 6th child and second daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte, dies at 71
  • 1852 William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer, dies at 69
  • 1865 Heinrich Christian Pander, Baltic German biologist and embryologist, dies at 71
  • 1872 Vladimir Dal, Russian lexicographer (Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Great Russian Language), dies at 70
  • 1873 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss politician, dies at 62
  • 1881 Solomon L. Spink, U.S. Congressman from Illinois (b. 1831)
  • 1890 Johanna D. Courtmans-Berchmans, Flemish author (Rozeken Pot), dies at 79
  • 1897 Charles-Denis Bourbaki, French general (Crimean War, Franco-Prussian war), dies at 81
  • 1914 Alain-Fournier, French writer (Le Grand Meaulnes), dies in battle at 27
  • 1921 Ivan Vazov, Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright (Under the Yoke), dies at 71
  • 1923 Marquess of Ripon, English aristocrat and game hunter, dies, after shooting 52nd grouse in one morning at 71
  • 1934 Cecil Chubb, English barrister, gifted monument Stonehenge to the British nation, dies at 58
  • 1942 Ralph Adams Cram, American gothic architect (Cathedral of St Joan NYC), dies at 78
  • 1944 "Cab" Calloway, British scout, dies in battle of Oosterbeek
  • 1949 Kim Jong-suk, Wife of Kim Il-sung, mother of Kim Jung-Il, "The Heroine of the Anti-Japanese Revolution", dies at 31
  • 1952 Ian Hay [John Hay Beith], British novelist and playwright (Pip, Carrying On), dies at 76
  • 1952 Kaarlo Juho Ståhlberg, first President of Finland (b. 1865)

Frederick SoddyFrederick Soddy (1877-1956)

English radiochemist and Nobel laureate (radioactive substances, isotopes), dies at 79

  • 1957 Soemu Toyoda, Japanese admiral during World War II, dies at 72
  • 1958 Mary Roberts Rinehart, American mystery writer and playwright (The Circular Staircase), dies at 82
  • 1959 Benjamin Peret, French writer and poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • 1959 Edmund Ironside, 1st Baron Ironside, British fieldmarshal, dies at 79
  • 1960 Melanie Klein, Austrian-British author and child psychoanalyst (object relations theory), dies at 78
  • 1965 Othmar Ammann, Swiss-American bridge engineer (George Washington Bridge; Walt Whitman Bridge; Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge), dies at 86
  • 1969 Adolfo López Mateos, 48th President of Mexico, dies at 59
  • 1972 Robert KJE Antonissen, Belgian-born South African literary figure, dies at 53
  • 1985 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • 1987 Christopher Stryker, entertainer, dies at 27
  • 1988 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst, dies at 74
  • 1991 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname religious leader, dies at 91
  • 1991 Reynold Abel Dorris, (Broken Cord), dies at 23 in car crash
  • 1993 Margaret MacDonald, maid to Queen Elizabeth, dies at 89
  • 1994 Edward Shackleton, English explorer, geographer and Labour Party politician, dies at 83
  • 1994 Forest 'Bud' Sagendorf, American cartoonist (Popeye), dies at 79
  • 1995 Albert Goodwin, English historian, dies at 89
  • 1995 Arthur Benfield, head of Cheshire CID, dies at 82
  • 1996 Mohammed Ben Amhed Abdelghani, Prime Minister of Algeria (1979-84), dies
  • 1997 Bryan Ingham, English artist, dies at 61
  • 1997 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk, dies at 76
  • 1997 Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister, dies at 77
  • 1997 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), dies at 97
  • 1997 Ruth Picardie, journalist, dies at 33
  • 1997 Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • 1999 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, dies at 81
  • 2000 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, dies at 84
  • 2000 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), dies at 76
  • 2002 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-English writer (Holland's Glory), dies at 88
  • 2003 Hugo Young, British journalist (The Guardian), dies at 64
  • 2004 Edward Larrabee Barnes, American architect (Walker Art Center), dies at 89
  • 2008 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • 2013 David Hubel, Canadian-born American neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • 2021 Jay Sandrich, American Emmy Award-winning television director (The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Soap; The Cosby Show), dies at 89
  • 2021 Roger Michell, British stage and screen director (Blue/Orange; Notting Hill; Hyde Park On Hudson), dies at 65