The following is a list of notable world figures who died on August 9th.

  1. 117 - Trajan, Roman Emperor (b. 53)
  2. 378 - Valens, Roman Emperor (killed in battle) (b. 328)
  3. 803 - Byzantine Empress Irene
  4. 1107 - Emperor Horikawa of Japan (b. 1079)
  5. 1173 - Najm ad-Din Ayyub, father of Saladin
  6. 1250 - King Eric IV of Denmark (b. 1216)
  7. 1534 - Cardinal Cajetan, Italian theologian (b. 1470)
  8. 1601 - Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia (b. 1558)
  9. 1634 - William Noy, English jurist (b. 1577)
  10. 1720 - Simon Ockley, English orientalist (b. 1678)
  11. 1744 - James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (b. 1673)
  12. 1837 - Xavier Sigalon, French painter (b. 1787)
  13. 1886 - Samuel Ferguson, Northern Irish poet and artist (b. 1810)
  14. 1919 - Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (b. 1857)
  15. 1942 - Edith Stein, (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) (executed) (b. 1891)
  16. 1945 - Harry Hillman, American athlete (b. 1881)
  17. 1945 - Robert Hampton Gray, last Canadian Victoria Cross recipient (b. 1917)
  18. 1962 - Hermann Hesse, German-born writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1877)
  19. 1967 - Joe Orton, English writer (b. 1933)
  20. 1969 - Abigail Folger, American heiress (murdered) (b. 1943)
  21. 1969 - Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  22. 1969 - Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1903)
  23. 1969 - Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)
  24. 1969 - Sharon Tate, American actress (murdered) (b. 1943)
  25. 1969 - Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951))
  26. 1975 - Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (b. 1906)
  27. 1979 - Walter O'Malley, baseball executive (b. 1903)
  28. 1985 - Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league player (b. 1927)
  29. 1988 - Giacinto Scelsi, Italian composer (b. 1905)
  30. 1995 - Jerry Garcia, American guitarist (Grateful Dead) (b. 1942)
  31. 1996 - Sir Frank Whittle, invented the jet engine (b. 1907)
  32. 1999 - Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politican (b. 1910)
  33. 2000 - John Harsanyi, Hungarian-born economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1920)
  34. 2002 - Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)
  35. 2002 - Peter Neville, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist
  36. 2003 - Ray Harford, English footballer and manager (b. 1945)
  37. 2003 - Gregory Hines, American actor and dancer (b. 1946)
  38. 2005 - Matthew McGrory, American actor (b. 1973)
  39. 2005 - Judith Rossner, American novelist (b. 1935)
  40. 2006 - James van Allen, American physicist (b. 1914)
  41. 2006 - Philip E. High, Science fiction author (b. 1914)