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

  1. 1165 - King Malcolm IV of Scotland
  2. 1292 - Sheikh Saadi, Persian sufi poet
  3. 1437 - Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1368)
  4. 1544 - Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (b. 1491)
  5. 1565 - Pope Pius IV (b. 1499)
  6. 1603 - William Watson, English conspirator (b. 1559)
  7. 1625 - Ubbo Emmius, Dutch historian and geographer (b. 1547)
  8. 1636 - Fabian Birkowski, Polish writer (b. 1566)
  9. 1641 - Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter (b. 1599)
  10. 1669 - Pope Clement IX (b. 1600)
  11. 1674 - Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, English statesman and historian (b. 1609)
  12. 1692 - William Mountfort, English actor and dramatist
  13. 1706 - King Peter II of Portugal (b. 1648)
  14. 1718 - Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopaedist (b. 1650)
  15. 1793 - Gabrielle de Polastron, comtesse de Polignac, French aristocrat (b. 1749)
  16. 1798 - Johann Reinhold Forster, German botanist (b. 1729)
  17. 1830 - Heinrich Christian Friedrich Schumacher, Danish surgeon, botanist and professor of anatomy (b. 1757)
  18. 1854 - Almeida Garrett, Portuguese writer (b. 1799)
  19. 1858 - Robert Baldwin, Canadian politician (b. 1804)
  20. 1887 - Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader
  21. 1894 - Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (b. 1821)
  22. 1916 - Natsume Soseki, Japanese novelist (b. 1867)
  23. 1930 - Andrew "Rube" Foster, American baseball player and founder of the Negro National League (b. 1879)
  24. 1937 - Nils Gustaf Dalén, Swedish physicist and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1869)
  25. 1941 - Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  26. 1955 - Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (b. 1885)
  27. 1964 - Dame Edith Sitwell, British poet and critic (b. 1887)
  28. 1965 - Branch Rickey, American baseball commissioner (b. 1884)
  29. 1970 - Sir Feroz Khan Noon, Prime Minister of Pakistan
  30. 1971 - Ralph Bunche, American diplomat and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  31. 1971 - Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor (b. 1874)
  32. 1972 - Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (b. 1881)
  33. 1975 - William A. Wellman, American movie director (b. 1896)
  34. 1979 - Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop and television preacher (Life is Worth Living) (b. 1895)
  35. 1981 - Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  36. 1982 - Leon Jaworski, Watergate scandal special prosecutor (b. 1905)
  37. 1984 - Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, British drummer (Hanoi Rocks) (b. 1960)
  38. 1990 - Mike Mazurki, Ukrainian-born professional wrestler and actor (b. 1907)
  39. 1992 - Vincent Gardenia, American stage, film and television actor (b. 1922)
  40. 1993 - Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer and football manager (b. 1926)
  41. 1995 - Toni Cade Bambara, American author (b. 1939)
  42. 1996 - Mary Leakey, British archeologist and anthropologist (b. 1913)
  43. 1998 - Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  44. 1998 - Archie Moore, American boxer and World Light-Heavyweight Champion (b. 1913)
  45. 2002 - Stan Rice, American painter, educator, and poet (b. 1942)
  46. 2003 - Paul Simon, U.S. Senator from Illinois (b. 1928)
  47. 2004 - David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  48. 2004 - Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
  49. 2005 - György Sándor, Hungarian pianist (b. 1912)
  50. 2005 - Robert Sheckley, American author (b. 1928)