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Day History: August-9

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History of Deaths


117- Trajan -Roman emperor (b. 53)

378- Traianus (magister peditum)|Traianus -Roman general

378- Valens -Roman emperor (b. 328)

803- Irene of Athens -(b. 752)

833- Al-Ma'mun -Iraqi caliph (b. 786)

1107- Emperor Horikawa -of Japan (b. 1079)

1173- Najm ad-Din Ayyub -Kurdish soldier and politician

1250- Eric IV of Denmark -(b. 1216)

1534- Thomas Cajetan -Italian cardinal and philosopher (b. 1470)

1580- Patriarch Metrophanes III of Constantinople -(b. 1520)

1601- Michael the Brave -Romanian prince (b. 1558)

1634- William Noy -English lawyer and judge (b. 1577)

1720- Simon Ockley -English orientalist (b. 1678)

1744- James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos -English academic and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire (b. 1673)

1816- Johann August Apel -German jurist and author (b. 1771)

1837- Xavier Sigalon -French painter (b. 1787)

1886- Samuel Ferguson -Irish lawyer and poet (b. 1810)

1910- Huo Yuanjia -Chinese martial artist, co-founded the Chin Woo Athletic Association (b. 1868)

1919- Ruggero Leoncavallo -Italian composer (b. 1857)

1942- Edith Stein -German nun and saint (b. 1891)

1943- Chaim Soutine -Belarusian-French painter (b. 1894)

1945- Robert Hampton Gray -Canadian lieutenant and pilot, Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1917)

1945- Harry Hillman -American runner (b. 1881)

1946- Bert Vogler -South African cricketer (b. 1876)

1948- Hugo Boss (fashion designer)|Hugo Boss -German fashion designer, founded Hugo Boss (b. 1885)

1949- Edward Thorndike -American psychologist and academic (b. 1874)

1957- Carl Clauberg -German physician (b. 1898)

1962- Hermann Hesse -German-Swiss author and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1877)

1963- Patrick Bouvier Kennedy -American son of John F. Kennedy (b. 1963)

1967- Joe Orton -English author and playwright (b. 1933)

1969- Abigail Folger -American heiress and activist (b. 1943)

1969- Wojciech Frykowski -Polish-American actor and author (b. 1936)

1969- Jay Sebring -American hair stylist, founded Sebring International (b. 1933)

1969- Sharon Tate -American actress (b. 1943)

1969- Steven Parent -American student (b. 1951)

1969- C. F. Powell -English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)

1974- Bill Chase -American trumpet player and bandleader (Chase (band)|Chase) (b. 1934)

1975- Dmitri Shostakovich -Russian pianist and composer (b. 1906)

1978- James Gould Cozzens -American author (b. 1903)

1979- Walter O'Malley -American businessman (b. 1903)

1979- Raymond Washington -American gang leader, founded the Crips (b. 1953)

1980- Jacqueline Cochran -American pilot (b. 1906)

1985- Clive Churchill -Australian rugby player and coach (b. 1927)

1988- Giacinto Scelsi -Italian composer (b. 1905)

1988- Ramón Valdés -Mexican actor (b. 1923)

1990- Joe Mercer -English footballer and manager (b. 1914)

1992- Fereydoun Farrokhzad -Iranian singer and actor (b. 1938)

1995- Jerry Garcia -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Legion of Mary (band)|Legion of Mary, and Old and in the Way) (b. 1942)

1996- Frank Whittle -English soldier and engineer, invented the jet engine (b. 1907)

1999- Fouad Serageddin -Egyptian politician (b. 1910)

2000- John Harsanyi -Hungarian-American economist, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences|Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1920)

2000- Murder of Nicholas Markowitz|Nicholas Markowitz -American murder victim (b. 1984)

2002- Paul Samson -English guitarist (Samson (band)|Samson) (b. 1953)

2003- Jacques Deray -French director and screenwriter (b. 1929)

2003- Ray Harford -English footballer and manager (b. 1945)

2003- Gregory Hines -American actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer (b. 1946)

2003- Chester Ludgin -American opera singer (b. 1925)

2003- R. Sivagurunathan -Sri Lankan lawyer, journalist, and academic (b. 1931)

2004- Robert Lecourt -French lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of France (b. 1908)

2004- Tony Mottola -American guitarist (b. 1918)

2004- David Raksin -American composer and educator (b. 1912)

2005- Matthew McGrory -American actor (b. 1973)

2005- Judith Rossner -American author (b. 1935)

2006- Philip E. High -English author (b. 1914)

2006- James Van Allen -American physicist and academic (b. 1914)

2007- Joe O'Donnell (photojournalist)|Joe O'Donnell -American photographer and journalist (b. 1922)

2008- Bernie Mac -American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and producer (b. 1957)

2008- Mahmoud Darwish -Palestinian author and poet (b. 1941)

2009- John Quade -American actor (b. 1938)

2010- Calvin "Fuzz" Jones -American singer and bass player (The Legendary Blues Band) (b. 1926)

2010- Ted Stevens -American soldier, lawyer, and politician (b. 1923)

2012- Carl Davis (record producer)|Carl Davis -American record producer (b. 1934)

2012- Gene F. Franklin -American theorist (b. 1927)

2012- Al Freeman, Jr. -American actor, director, and educator (b. 1934)

2012- Dale Olson -American publicist (b. 1934)

2012- David Rakoff -Canadian-American actor and journalist (b. 1964)

2012- Carmen Belen Richardson -Puerto Rican actress (b. 1930)

2012- Mel Stuart -American director and producer (b. 1928)

2013- Haji (actress)|Haji -Canadian-American actress (b. 1946)

2013- Harry Elliott (baseball)|Harry Elliott -American baseball player and coach (b. 1923)

2013- Eduardo Falú -Argentinian guitarist and composer (b. 1923)

2013- Glen Hobbie -American baseball player (b. 1936)

2013- Louis Killen -English singer (b. 1934)

2013- William Lynch, Jr. -American politician (b. 1947)

2013- Phill Nixon -English darts player (b. 1956)

2013- John H. Ross -American caption (b. 1918)

2014- J. F. Ade Ajayi -Nigerian historian and academic (b. 1929)

2014- Shooting of Michael Brown|Michael Brown -American shooting victim (b. 1996)

2014- Andriy Bal -Ukrainian footballer and coach (b. 1958)

2014- Arthur G. Cohen -American businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Arlen Realty and Development Corporation (b. 1930)

2014- Ed Nelson -American actor (b. 1928)