Died On August 9th

Discover the most famous people who died on August 9. The list includes people like Sharon Tate, Bernie Mac, Jerry Garcia, Frank Gifford, Hermann Hesse. Famous personalities featured on this list, include actors, biologists, economists and philosophers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & Italy and many more countries.
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Sharon Tate
(Actress - Murdered by Members of the 'Manson Family')
Sharon Tate
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Birthdate: January 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: 1969

In the 1960s, Sharon Tate was one of Hollywood’s most promising actresses. She won a beauty pageant while still a teenager and soon started modelling and acting in films and television shows. Her big breakout film was Valley of the Dolls. At the age of 26, she was all set to welcome her first child when she was brutally murdered.

 2 
Jerry Garcia
(The Lead Guitarist and a Vocalist with the Rock Band the "Grateful Dead")
Jerry Garcia
27
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1995

Jerry Garcia had an illustrious 30-year career as the lead guitarist and vocalist of the rock band the Grateful Dead. Rolling Stone ranked him 13th on their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He was known for his improvisations, participated in many side projects, and released several solo albums.

 3 
Patrick Bouvier Kennedy
(Infant Child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Who Lived Just Over 39 Hours)
Patrick Bouvier Kennedy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bourne, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1963

Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, born in August 1963, was the infant son of U.S. president John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who died just a little over 39 hours after his birth. Patrick was born prematurely, with hyaline membrane disease (HMD), now known as infant respiratory distress syndrome (IRDS).

 4 
Gregory Hines
(Actor, Choreographer and One of the Most Celebrated Tap Dancers of All Time)
Gregory Hines
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2003
Gregory Hines is remembered as one of the greatest tap dancers in the world. His performance in the Broadway play Jelly's Last Jam won him a Tony and a Drama Desk award. He also won an Emmy for his voice role in Little Bill and hosted his own show.
 5 
Dmitry Shostakovich
(One of the Major Russian Composers of the 20th Century)
Dmitry Shostakovich
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: 1975

Dmitry Shostakovich was a Soviet and Russian pianist and composer. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's major composers, Shostakovich's music is characterized by ambivalent tonality, elements of the grotesque, and sharp contrasts. He composed 15 symphonies during his lifetime and most of his work came under Joseph Stalin.

 6 
Frank Gifford
(American Football Player, Actor and TV Sports Commentator)
Frank Gifford
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: 2015
American football player Frank Gifford is remembered for his 12-year stint with the NFL team New York Giants. The NFL MVP-winning footballer was named to eight Pro Bowls. Following his retirement, he gained fame as a sportscaster on shows such as ABC's Monday Night Football and also won two Emmys.
 7 
Hermann Hesse
(Poet, Novelist & Painter Who Won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Hermann Hesse
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calw, Germany
Died: 1962

German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Hermann Hesse received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. He explored individuals’ search for authenticity, self-knowledge, and spirituality in his works. An intense and headstrong person from childhood, he developed an early interest in reading. He started writing as a young man and became an influential author in the German-speaking world. 

 8 
Robbie Robertson
(Guitarist, Producer)
Robbie Robertson
18
Birthdate: July 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 2023

Canadian musician, songwriter, and film composer Robbie Robertson became popular following his association as lead guitarist and songwriter with the rock group, The Band. He is credited for playing a key role in popularizing the Americana music genre. He also had a successful career as a solo artist. As a film composer, he has often collaborated with director Martin Scorsese.

 9 
Hieronymus Bosch
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Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Burgundian Netherlands
Died: 1516
Hieronymus Bosch was a Dutch painter and a significant figure of the Early Netherlandish painting school. Most of his works are made of oil on oak wood and consist of religious themes and dark depictions of Hell. One of his notable works is The Garden of Earthly Delights.
 10 
Hugo Boss
(Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur)
Hugo Boss
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 8, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Metzingen, Germany
Died: 1948

Hugo Boss was a German businessman and fashion designer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular fashion houses in the world, Hugo Boss AG. Apart from maintaining his business endeavors, Hugo Boss was also a member of the Nazi Party and remained loyal to the ideology of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

 11 
Matthew McGrory
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Birthdate: May 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2005
Height: 7'6" (229 cm)
 12 
Ernst Haeckel
(Zoologist & Evolutionist Who Was a Strong Proponent of 'Darwinism')
Ernst Haeckel
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Birthdate: February 16, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: 1919

Ernst Haeckel had initially practiced medicine before he gained an interest in Charles Darwin’s theory and began exploring zoology and related fields. He not only coined terms such as ecology, but also named numerous species and created a genealogical tree. He drew numerous figures of animals and sea creatures, too.

 13 
Frank Whittle
(British Pilot and Aviator Best Known for Inventing the 'Turbojet Engine')
Frank Whittle
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Died: 1996

Aviation engineer Frank Whittle entered the Royal Air Force as an apprentice and rose through the ranks to become a pilot. He invented the jet engine, though his idea of a plane that could fly at a phenomenal speed was initially laughed at. He was later knighted for his achievements.

 14 
Edith Stein
(Philosopher, Christian Nun and One of the Six 'Patron Saints of Europe')
Edith Stein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 12, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: 1942

Edith Stein was a German Jewish philosopher who studied at the University of Freiburg and completed her dissertation on empathy. Always interested in Catholicism, she read the autobiography of the mystic Teresa of Ávila and converted to Christianity, and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She was killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp and is canonized as a martyr.

 15 
Jay Sebring
(American Celebrity Hair Stylist)
Jay Sebring
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Died: 1969
Jay Sebring was a celebrity hair stylist who owned a chain of salons called Sebring International and was known for his reckless lifestyle. He; his former girlfriend, actor Sharon Tate; and three others were murdered by members of the Manson Family while they were at Roman Polanski’s Los Angeles home.
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Mahmoud Darwish
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Al-Birwa
Died: 2008

Revered as the Palestinian national poet, Mahmoud Darwish was born in al-Birwa, a village that was ravaged by Israelis. He was exiled in Paris and Beirut for many years and was even once put in prison for reciting a poem. His writing style merged traditional Arabic forms with modern elements.

 17 
Kamala
(American Professional Wrestler)
Kamala
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Senatobia, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2020
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 18 
Edward Thorndike
(Psychologist)
Edward Thorndike
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Birthdate: August 31, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1949
 19 
Pat Hitchcock
(Actress)
Pat Hitchcock
1
Birthdate: July 7, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 2021
 20 
Alex Cord
(Actor)
Alex Cord
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Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Floral Park, New York, United States
Died: 2021
 21 
James Armistead Lafayette
(American Spy Who Worked as a Double Agent During the American Revolutionary War)
James Armistead Lafayette
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 10, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Kent County, Virginia, or Elizabeth City
Died: 1830

James Armistead Lafayette was an enslaved African American. He is best remembered for his service in the Continental Army during the famous American Revolutionary War, where he worked under the command of a French aristocrat and military officer named Lafayette. He worked as a double agent, feeding the British with wrong information and disclosing accurate information to the Americans.

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Michael the Brave
(Romanian National Hero Known for Uniting All of Romania for the First Time)
Michael the Brave
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 15, 1558
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Drăgoeşti, Vâlcea
Died: 1601

Mihai Viteazul, or Michael the Brave, was the prince of Walachia, who became a national hero after uniting all Romanian principalities under his rule. Known for his exploits against the Turks, he also conquered Transylvania and Moldavia. He was killed shortly after suppressing a revolt of Magyar nobles.

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Franz Jägerstätter
(Fighter)
Franz Jägerstätter
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sankt Radegund, Austria
Died: 1943

Franz Jägerstätter was an Austrian conscientious objector who served during the Second World War. He opposed the Nazis and refused to fight for Nazi Germany during the war. He was executed for his stance against Nazi Germany and was later declared a martyr by the Catholic Church.

 24 
Jacqueline Cochran
(The First Female Pilot Who Broke the Sound Barrier)
Jacqueline Cochran
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muscogee, Cantonment, Florida, United States
Died: 1980

A pioneer in women’s aviation, US pilot Jacqueline Cochran was the first female pilot to break the sound barrier. She was also the first woman to lead the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale as its president and the first female Bendix race competitor. She held several other records and also led the organization WASP.

 25 
Joe Orton
(Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer)
Joe Orton
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leicester
Died: 1967
 26 
Ted Stevens
(Former President pro tempore of the United States Senate)
Ted Stevens
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: 2010
 27 
Al-Maʾmūn
(Caliph of Baghdad)
Al-Maʾmūn
3
Birthdate: September 14, 0786
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: 0833
 28 
Abigail Folger
(Social worker)
Abigail Folger
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1969
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 29 
James Van Allen
(Physicist)
James Van Allen
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mount Pleasant, Iowa, United States
Died: 2006
 30 
Ruggero Leoncavallo
(Italian Opera Composer and Librettist)
Ruggero Leoncavallo
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: 1919

Best known for his iconic opera Pagliacci, Ruggero Leoncavallo was one of the greatest opera composers of Italy. He was his own librettist in most of his operas. Mattinata, the song which he wrote for the Gramophone Company, or HMV, is another of his notable works.

 31 
John Harsanyi
(Hungarian-American Economist Who Won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1994)
John Harsanyi
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Birthdate: May 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: 2000

Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian-American economist John Harsanyi is best remembered for developing game theory in mathematics. Known as one of the group of scientists called The Martians, he had escaped deportation during World War II and had fled to Austria and Australia, eventually attaining a PhD from Stanford in the U.S.

 32 
Irene
(Greek Empress)
Irene
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Birthdate: 0750 AD
Birthplace: Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Died: 0803

Irene of Athens ruled over the Eastern Roman Empire between 797 and 802. She started her political career by becoming the empress consort to Emperor Leo IV. She then served as regent during her son Constantine VI's rule before co-ruling along with him. In 797, she organized a conspiracy to gouge out her son's eyes to become the sole ruler.

 33 
Friedrich Ratzel
(Biologist, Geopolitician, Geographer, Zoologist, Political scientist, University teacher)
Friedrich Ratzel
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 30, 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Karlsruhe
Died: 1904

Friedrich Ratzel was a German ethnographer and geographer. He was the first person to use the term Lebensraum, which would later become an important and popular word among the National Socialists. Also an influential writer, Friedrich Ratzel's works served as a justification for imperial expansion. 

 34 
Haji
(Actress)
Haji
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Birthdate: January 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Quebec, Canada
Died: 2013
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 35 
Mel Stuart
(Film director)
Mel Stuart
1
Birthdate: September 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 2012
 36 
Walter Tevis
(Novelist)
Walter Tevis
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1984
 37 
Ramón Valdés
(Actor, Comedian)
Ramón Valdés
3
Birthdate: September 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: 1988
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 38 
Walter O'Malley
(Sports Executive)
Walter O'Malley
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 9, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, US
Died: 1979
 39 
Bob Jenkins
(Sports announcer)
Bob Jenkins
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Birthdate: September 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Indiana, United States
Died: 2021
 40 
David Raksin
(Composer)
David Raksin
1
Birthdate: August 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2004
 41 
Joe Mercer
(Football player)
Joe Mercer
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ellesmere Port, England
Died: 1990
 42 
David Rakoff
(Essayist, Journalist, Actor, Writer)
David Rakoff
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 27, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: 2012
 43 
Anton Walbrook
(Austrian Actor Who Established a Career in British Cinema)
Anton Walbrook
2
Birthdate: November 19, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1967

Anton Walbrook was an Austrian actor who established a career in the United Kingdom after leaving Austria in 1936 due to safety concerns. He is best remembered for playing important roles in films like The Red Shoes and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, where he played Boris Lermontov and Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff respectively.

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Chaim Soutine
(Belarusian Painter Who Made a Major Contribution to the Expressionist Movement)
Chaim Soutine
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Birthdate: January 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Smilavichy, Belarus
Died: 1943

Chaim Soutine was a Belarussian painter who lived and worked in Paris. Best remembered for his contribution to the expressionist movement, Soutine served as a bridge between the growing form of Abstract expressionism and more traditional approaches. Today, many of his paintings are preserved at places like The Jewish Museum in New York. 

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Herb Thomas
(American Stock Car Racer and One of NASCAR's Most Successful Drivers in the 1950s)
Herb Thomas
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Olivia, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2000
 46 
Sisowath of Cambodia
(King of Cambodia (1904 - 1907))
Sisowath of Cambodia
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Birthdate: September 7, 1840
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia
Died: 1927

Cambodian king Sisowath is remembered as a titular head of the French colonial administration in Cambodia. He even went to France in 1906, to visit the Colonial Exhibition. He is said to have had 20 wives and 29 children, including Sisowath Monivong, who succeeded him.

 47 
Melissa Hayden
(Ballet dancer)
Melissa Hayden
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: April 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 2006
 48 
Robert Moffat
(British missionary)
Robert Moffat
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 21, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ormiston, Scotland
Died: 1883
 49 
Francisco Zúñiga
(Artist Known both for his painting and his sculpture)
Francisco Zúñiga
1
Birthdate: December 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica
Died: 1998
 50 
John Henry Holland
(American Engineer, Psychologist, Scientist and Computer Scientist)
John Henry Holland
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Died: 2015