The following is a list of notable world figures who died on September 23rd.

  1. 79 - Pope Linus
  2. 1241 - Snorri Sturluson, Icelandic historian, poet, and politician (b. 1178)
  3. 1390 - John I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1346)
  4. 1535 - Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1513)
  5. 1571 - John Jewel, English bishop (b. 1522)
  6. 1573 - Azai Hisamasa, Japanese warlord (b. 1524)
  7. 1605 - Pontus de Tyard, French poet
  8. 1675 - Valentin Conrart, founder of the Académie Française (b. 1603)
  9. 1728 - Christian Thomasius, German jurist (b. 1655)
  10. 1738 - Herman Boerhaave, Dutch humanist and physician (b. 1668)
  11. 1764 - Robert Dodsley, English writer (b. 1703)
  12. 1773 - Johann Ernst Gunnerus, Norwegian bishop and botanist (b. 1718)
  13. 1789 - John Rogers, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  14. 1835 - Vincenzo Bellini, Italian composer (b. 1801)
  15. 1844 - Alexander von Benckendorff, Russian general and statesman (b. 1783)
  16. 1846 - John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (b. 1818)
  17. 1850 - José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan hero (b. 1764)
  18. 1870 - Prosper Mérimée, French author (b. 1803)
  19. 1871 - Louis-Joseph Papineau, French Canadian politician (b. 1786)
  20. 1873 - Jean Chacornac, French astronomer (b. 1823)
  21. 1877 - Urbain Le Verrier, French mathematician (b. 1811)
  22. 1889 - Wilkie Collins, British author (b. 1824)
  23. 1900 - William Marsh Rice, American philanthropist and university founder (b. 1816)
  24. 1917 - Werner Voss German World War I pilot (b. 1897)
  25. 1929 - Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Austrian-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
  26. 1939 - Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist (b. 1856)
  27. 1943 - Elinor Glyn, English author (b. 1864)
  28. 1944 - Jakob Schaffner, Swiss novelist (b. 1875)
  29. 1950 - Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)
  30. 1968 - Francesco Forgione, "Padre Pio", Catholic saint (b. 1887)
  31. 1970 - Bourvil, French actor and singer (b. 1917)
  32. 1971 - J. W. Alexander, American mathematician (b. 1888)
  33. 1971 - Billy Gilbert, American actor (b. 1894)
  34. 1973 - Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  35. 1974 - Cliff Arquette, American comedian and actor (b. 1905)
  36. 1978 - Lyman Bostock, American baseball player (murdered) (b. 1950)
  37. 1981 - Chief Dan George, Canadian actor (b. 1899)
  38. 1987 - Bob Fosse, American dancer, choreographer, and actor (b. 1927)
  39. 1988 - Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (b. 1912)
  40. 1992 - James Van Fleet, U.S. Army general (b. 1892)
  41. 1994 - Jerry Barber, American golfer (b. 1916)
  42. 1994 - Robert Bloch, American author (b. 1917)
  43. 1994 - Madeleine Renaud, French theater and film actress (b. 1900)
  44. 1998 - Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
  45. 2000 - Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (b. 1947)
  46. 2000 - Carl Rowan, American journalist (b. 1925)
  47. 2002 - Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan broadcaster (b. 1927)
  48. 2003 - Yuri Senkevich, Russian TV anchorman (b. 1937)
  49. 2004 - André Hazes, Dutch singer (b. 1951)
  50. 2005 - Filiberto Ojeda, Puerto Rican revolutionary (b. 1933)
  51. 2005 - Roger Brierley, English actor (b. 1935)
  52. 2006 - Sir Malcolm Arnold, English composer and professional trumpeter (b. 1921)
  53. 2006 - Etta Baker, American blues guitarist (b.1913)