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

  1. 1315 - Hugh V, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1282)
  2. 1446 - Mary of Enghien, Queen of Naples (b. 1368)
  3. 1657 - William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony (b. 1590)
  4. 1707 - Dieterich Buxtehude, German composer
  5. 1745 - Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian violinist and composer(b. 1663)
  6. 1747 - John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
  7. 1760 - Nicolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf, German religious and social reformer (b. 1700)
  8. 1789 - Jean Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval, French artillery specialist (b. 1715)
  9. 1790 - William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  10. 1791 - Francis Hopkinson, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1737)
  11. 1805 - Friedrich Schiller, German poet and historian (b. 1759)
  12. 1861 - Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (b. 1805)
  13. 1889 - William S. Harney, U.S. general (b. 1800)
  14. 1903 - Paul Gauguin, French painter (b. 1848)
  15. 1915 - François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
  16. 1918 - George Cosbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
  17. 1931 - Albert Abraham Michelson, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
  18. 1938 - Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
  19. 1949 - Prince Louis II of Monaco (b. 1870)
  20. 1950 - Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  21. 1955 - Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
  22. 1957 - Ezio Pinza, Italian bass (b. 1892)
  23. 1968 - Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  24. 1970 - Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  25. 1970 - Walter Reuther, American labor leader (b. 1907)
  26. 1976 - Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  27. 1976 - Ulrike Meinhof, German revolutionist (b. 1934)
  28. 1977 - James Jones, American writer (b. 1921)
  29. 1978 - Aldo Moro, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1916)
  30. 1981 - Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
  31. 1985 - Edmond O'Brien, American actor (b. 1915)
  32. 1986 - Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese sherpa (b. 1914)
  33. 1989 - Keith Whitley, American country music singer (b. 1955)
  34. 1994 - Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter (b. 1924)
  35. 1998 - Alice Faye, American actress (b. 1915)
  36. 2003 - Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  37. 2004 - Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president (b. 1951)
  38. 2004 - Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)
  39. 2005 - Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)