Died On May 9th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 9. The list includes people like Tenzing Norgay, Lena Horne, Friedrich Schiller, Albert A. Michelson, Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, actors, composers and historians 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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 1 
Little Richard
(Known for His Hit Single 'Long Tall Sally' & Regarded as the 'Architect of Rock and Roll')
Little Richard
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: 2020
The Architect of Rock and Roll Little Richard is best known for his track Tutti Frutti, which was included in the National Recording Registry. His music was characterized by energetic piano and back beats. His songs broke all racial barriers and were equally appreciated by white and black listeners.
 2 
Lena Horne
(Actress and Dancer Known for Her One-Woman Show 'Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music')
Lena Horne
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Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, United States
Died: 2010

Lena Horne was an American singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist. Horne's 70-year acting career was embellished with several prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards. Her life and career were depicted in many stage shows, where she was portrayed by actresses like Leslie Uggams, Nikki Crawford, and Ryan Jillian.

 3 
Keith Whitley
(Country Music Singer and Songwriter.)
Keith Whitley
22
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford, Kentucky, United States
Died: 1989

Keith Whitley was an American singer whose career was cut short by his sudden death at the age of 34. Before his death, due to alcohol intoxication, Whitley recorded two albums, which spawned 12 chart-busting singles. His third and final studio album was released posthumously.

 4 
Friedrich Schiller
(Playwright and Poet Known for His Works 'The Robbers', 'Don Carlos' and 'Mary Stuart')
Friedrich Schiller
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Birthdate: November 10, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marbach am Neckar, Germany
Died: 1805

Friedrich Schiller was a German poet, physician, philosopher, playwright, and historian. Schiller is best remembered for his friendship with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the two discussed issues concerning aesthetics. Schiller's discussions with Goethe paved the way for a period, which came to be known as Weimar Classicism. Friedrich Schiller is also widely regarded as Germany's most prominent classical playwright.

 5 
Vidal Sassoon
(Businessperson, Autobiographer)
Vidal Sassoon
4
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: 2012
 6 
Edmond O'Brien
(American Actor Who Mainly Played Character Roles)
Edmond O'Brien
2
Birthdate: September 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1985

Edmond O'Brien was an American film director and actor. During his illustrious career, that spanned almost four decades, O'Brien recieved several prestigious awards like an Academy Award and Golden Globe Awards. He also has a couple of stars on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 7 
Alice Faye
(Actress)
Alice Faye
5
Birthdate: May 5, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 1998
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 8 
Freddie Starr
(Comedian)
Freddie Starr
8
Birthdate: January 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Huyton, Lancashire, England
Died: 2019
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 9 
Tenzing Norgay
(Nepali-Indian Sherpa Mountaineer One of the First People to Set Foot on the Summit of Mount Everest)
Tenzing Norgay
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 29, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Khumbu, Nepal
Died: 1986

Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay, was one of the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the other being Edmund Hillary. He was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine. In his later years, he became the first Director of Field Training of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

 10 
Brenda Fassie
(Singer)
Brenda Fassie
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Langa
Died: 2004

Brenda Fassie was a South African dancer, singer, songwriter, and activist. Renowned for her bold on-stage antics, Fassie earned the nickname Madonna of The Townships. Also dubbed the Queen of African Pop, Brenda Fassie won five South African Music Awards and three Kora Awards during her illustrious career. She was also named in the Top 100 Great South Africans list.

 11 
Neil Connery
6
Birthdate: January 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 2021
Neil Connery, younger brother of legendary actor Sean Connery, made his movie debut with the film O.K. Connery, also known as Operation Kid Brother, which was modeled on James Bond films. He was also part of the Hong Kong film Aces Go Places 3, a secret agent comedy.
 12 
Marion Lorne
(Actress)
Marion Lorne
1
Birthdate: August 12, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Pittston, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1968
 13 
C. W. Post
(Nutritionist)
C. W. Post
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 26, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: 1914
 14 
Michael Parks
(Singer)
Michael Parks
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Birthdate: April 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Corona, California, USA
Died: 2017
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 15 
Alan King
(Actor)
Alan King
5
Birthdate: December 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 2004
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 16 
Chuck Daly
(Basketball coach)
Chuck Daly
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Marys, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2009
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 17 
Dan Devine
(American football player)
Dan Devine
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Augusta, Wisconsin
Died: 2002
 18 
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
(French Chemist and Physicist Who Discovered That Water is Made of Two Parts Hydrogen and One Part Oxygen)
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 6, 1778
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, France
Died: 1850

Known for his pathbreaking Gay-Lussac's Law, French chemist-physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac was also the first, along with his colleague Alexander von Humboldt, to discover that water is composed of one part of oxygen and two parts of hydrogen. His name is one of the 72 that adorn the Eiffel Tower.

 19 
Robert Miles
(Best Known for the Internationally Renowned #1 Hit “Children” )
Robert Miles
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fleurier, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: 2017

Italian DJ Roberto Concina, better known as Robert Miles, redefined dream-house music. Born into a military family in Switzerland, he mastered the piano and started DJ-ing as a teen. His chartbusting track Children was inspired by a set of photos taken by his father in war-torn Yugoslavia.

 20 
Scott Hutchison
(Founding Member and Primary Songwriter of Indie Rock Band 'Frightened Rabbit')
Scott Hutchison
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 2018

Scottish singer-songwriter Scott Hutchison is remembered as the founder of the indie rock band Frightened Rabbit. Though he had initially studied illustration, he later switched to his old love for the guitar and stepped into music. He was found dead by Scottish police after going missing for 2 days.

 21 
Aldo Moro
(Politician, Diplomat, University teacher)
Aldo Moro
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maglie
Died: 1978

Christian Democracy member Aldo Moro had served as the Italian prime minister and had also held important portfolios such as foreign affairs and public education. He was also a University of Bari professor of law, initially. He was abducted and killed by left-wing terrorists known as The Red Brigades.

 22 
Albert A. Michelson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 19, 1852
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strzelno, Poland
Died: 1931
 23 
Dieterich Buxtehude
(Organist and Church Music Composer of the Baroque period)
Dieterich Buxtehude
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1637 AD
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
Died: 1707

While some scholars believe Dieterich Buxtehude was born in Denmark, others claim he was from Germany. The composer and organist was a significant figure of the Baroque period and had Johann Sebastian Bach as his student. As a church musician, he also composed for family events and festivals.

 24 
Benjamin Lincoln
(1st United States Secretary of War)
Benjamin Lincoln
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 24, 1733
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hingham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1810

Part of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, Benjamin Lincoln had worked on his family farm before joining the army. After he and his 7,000 men surrendered in Charleston, he was freed in a prisoner exchange program and later became the lieutenant governor of Massachusetts.

 25 
James Reese Europe
(Composer)
James Reese Europe
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: 1919
 26 
Kate Perugini
(Painter)
Kate Perugini
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 29, 1839
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: 1929
 27 
Mary Stewart
(Author)
Mary Stewart
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 17, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sunderland, England
Died: 2014
 28 
Kenan Evren
(The 7th President of Turkey)
Kenan Evren
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 17, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alaşehir
Died: 2015

After leading the coup of 1980, Turkish military commander Kenan Evren took over as the 7th president of Turkey. Following his retirement, he settled in Marmaris and mastered oil painting. Evren died before his final conviction and sentencing in the trial for the 1980 coup.

 29 
James Jones
(American author)
James Jones
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Robinson, Illinois, United States
Died: 1977
 30 
Francis Hopkinson
(Founding Father of the United States)
Francis Hopkinson
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 2, 1737
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1791
 31 
Freya Stark
(British-Italian Explorer and Travel Writer)
Freya Stark
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 31, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1993

Freya Stark was an Anglo-Italian travel writer and explorer. One of the first non-Arabs to explore the southern Arabian Desert, Stark penned down over 24 books on her travels in Afghanistan and the Middle East. She also wrote many essays and autobiographical works. In 1968, Freya Stark embarked on her last expedition to Afghanistan at the age of 75.

 32 
Magnus VI of Norway
(King of Norway)
Magnus VI of Norway
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Birthdate: May 1, 1238
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norway
Died: 1280
 33 
Lidia Gueiler Tejada
(Political Leader)
Lidia Gueiler Tejada
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cochabamba, Bolivia
Died: 2011
 34 
Walter Reuther
(Politician)
Walter Reuther
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wheeling, USA
Died: 1970
 35 
Giuseppe Impastato
(Political activist)
Giuseppe Impastato
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cinisi, Italy
Died: 1978

Born into the mafia family of Luigi Impastato, Giuseppe Impastato, or Peppino, is remembered for breaking apart from his family and beginning anti-mafia activities. He launched the magazine L’Idea Socialista and the radio station Radio Aut. He ran for elections, too, but was later assassinated.

 36 
Talat Mahmood
(Actor, Singer)
Talat Mahmood
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lucknow
Died: 1998
 37 
Wouter Weylandt
(Belgian Professional Cyclist)
Wouter Weylandt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ghent, Belgium
Died: 2011

Wouter Weylandt was a Belgian cyclist who was part of two professional teams, namely Quick-Step–Davitamon and Leopard Trek. He won a couple of races before dying in a crash while competing in the third stage of the Giro d'Italia in 2011. He was 26 years old at the time of his death.

 38 
Harlan Mathews
(Politician, Lawyer)
Harlan Mathews
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sumiton, Alabama, United States
Died: 2014
 39 
Conrad Schlumberger
(Geophysicist)
Conrad Schlumberger
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guebwiller, France
Died: 1936

Along with his brother, Marcel Schlumberger, Conrad Schlumberger formed one of the most well-known geophysicist duos of Germany. A pioneer in petroleum production, he co-established Schlumberger Ltd., one of the world’s largest oil-field service companies, with Marcel. Their technique of oil exploration offered a cheap alternative than the existing coring methods.

 40 
Johnny Gimble
(Musician)
Johnny Gimble
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tyler, Texas, United States
Died: 2015
 41 
Anni Albers
(German Textile Artist and Printmaker Known for Her Pioneering Graphic Wall Hangings, Weavings, and Designs)
Anni Albers
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Birthdate: June 12, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1994

German-born American textile designer Anni Albers redefined textile arts in the 20th century. While studying painting initially, she had reluctantly joined a weaving workshop, considered a woman’s art back then, and ended up being inspired by it. She and her husband later fled to the U.S. to escape the Nazi regime.

 42 
Nikos Sampson
(Journalist)
Nikos Sampson
2
Birthdate: December 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Famagusta, Cyprus
Died: 2001
 43 
M. A. Wazed Miah
(Physicist)
M. A. Wazed Miah
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 16, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pirganj, Bangladeshi
Died: 2009
 44 
Philip Dorn
(Actor)
Philip Dorn
0
Birthdate: September 30, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scheveningen, Netherlands
Died: 1975
 45 
Vincent Dowling
(Actor)
Vincent Dowling
0
Birthdate: September 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 2013
 46 
Yanka Dyagileva
(Poet)
Yanka Dyagileva
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Novosibirsk, Russia
Died: 1991
 47 
Joyce Redman
(Actress)
Joyce Redman
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Birthdate: December 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gosforth, Northumberland, England
Died: 2012
 48 
George Brown
(Journalist, Politician and one of the Fathers of Confederation)
George Brown
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 29, 1818
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland,
Died: 1880
 49 
Tomaso Antonio Vitali
(Composer)
Tomaso Antonio Vitali
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 7, 1663
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: 1745
 50 
Viola Allen
(Actress)
Viola Allen
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Birthdate: October 27, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Died: 1948