Famous Deaths in 1989

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  • Jan 3rd Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • Jan 6th Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign
  • Jan 8th Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 8th Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
  • Jan 9th Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 10th Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • Jan 10th Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • Jan 13th Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • Jan 15th Wilf Slack, cricketer (whilst bat in Gambia England player 1986), dies
  • Jan 16th Pierre Boileau, screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • Jan 16th Romo Vincent, actor (Naked Jungle), dies
  • Jan 16th Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • Jan 17th Sterling A Brown, US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • Jan 18th Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49
  • Jan 19th Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • Jan 20th Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • Jan 20th Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • Jan 21st Billy Tipton, American musician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 21st Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)

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Jan 23rd Salvador Dalí, Catalan artist (b. 1904)

Painter Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali


Jan 24th Ted Bundy, serial killer of up to 100 women, executed in Florida at 42

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Jan 24th George Knudson, Canadian golfer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 26th Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • Jan 27th Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • Jan 27th Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor (b. 1918)
  • Jan 29th Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • Jan 31st Jack Douglas, humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • Jan 31st Yasushi Akutagawa, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 1st Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • Feb 2nd Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • Feb 3rd John Cassavetes, American actor (Rosemary's Baby) and director, dies at 59
  • Feb 3rd Glenna Collett Vare, American Hall of Fame golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, dies at 85
  • Feb 4th Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 5th Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6th Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • Feb 6th Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77
  • Feb 6th Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
  • Feb 6th Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 8th Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • Feb 9th Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
  • Feb 10th Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • Feb 11th George O'Hanlon, actor/director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • Feb 12th Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • Feb 12th Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
  • Feb 13th Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 14th James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 17th Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • Feb 19th Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • Feb 21st Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 22nd Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • Feb 24th Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Feb 26th Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • Feb 27th Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • Feb 27th Joe Silver, actor (Rage, Rapid, Deathtrap, Shivers), dies at 66
  • Feb 27th Konrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 85
  • Feb 27th Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28th Hermann Burger, writer, dies at 46
  • Mar 1st Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch radio host, dies at 64
  • Mar 1st Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress/dir (Bluejackets), dies at 72

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Mar 4th Tiny Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (b. 1916)

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • Mar 6th Harry Andrews, actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
  • Mar 9th Robert Mapplethorpe, US photographer, dies at 42
  • Mar 10th Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • Mar 11th Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • Mar 11th James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 11th John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • Mar 12th Maurice Evans, actor (Bewitched, MacBeth), dies at 87
  • Mar 14th Edward Abbey (environmental author), dies after surgery at 62
  • Mar 14th Zita, Empress of Austria/Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
  • Mar 15th Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • Mar 17th Merritt Butrick, actor (Shy People, Wired to Kill), dies of AIDS at 29
  • Mar 18th Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • Mar 18th William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • Mar 19th Alan Civil, English French horn player (b. 1929)
  • Mar 21st Milton Frome, actor (Family Jewels), dies
  • Mar 27th May Allison, actress (Youth for Salem Men of Steel), dies
  • Mar 29th Bernard Blier, actor (Les Miserables, Women & War), dies at 73
  • Mar 30th Dort Clark, actor (In Harm's Way), dies
  • Apr 1st Henk Gortzak, Dutch MP (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • Apr 3rd Norman Woolard, actor (Guilty, Saul & David, Medeleine), dies at 79
  • Apr 5th María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • Apr 7th Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • Apr 10th Joan Barry, dies at 85
  • Apr 11th Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • Apr 12th Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52

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Apr 12th Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Apr 12th Gerald Flood, British actor (b. 1927)
  • Apr 14th Lance Pierre, cricketer (Test WI v Engl 1948, DNB, 7 overs 0-28), dies
  • Apr 15th Charles Vanel, dies at 96
  • Apr 15th Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • Apr 15th Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16th Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • Apr 17th Charles Lampkin, dies
  • Apr 19th Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • Apr 21st James Kirkwood, actor/writer (Devil's Holiday), dies at 64
  • Apr 21st Princess Dukhye of Korea (b. 1912)
  • Apr 22nd Huey Newton, US, Black Panther leader, shot dead at 47

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Apr 22nd Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist and Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Apr 25th George Coulouris, actor (Papillon, Runaway Bus), dies at 85

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Apr 26th Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
  • Apr 27th Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 28th Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • Apr 30th Sergio Leone, Italian director (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 60
  • Apr 30th Yi, Bang-ja, Crown Princess of Korea (b. 1901)
  • May 1st David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • May 1st Douglass Watson, actor (Mac Cory-Another World), dies at 68
  • May 1st Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • May 1st Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • May 2nd Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • May 2nd Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • May 3rd Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • May 3rd Muriel Ostriche, dies
  • May 3rd Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • May 5th Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • May 6th Guy Williams, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space)
  • May 9th Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • May 9th Paul J Steenbergen, actor (Ciske de Rat), dies at 82
  • May 10th Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 12th Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • May 12th Marcelle de Manziarly, composer, dies at 89
  • May 15th John Waldo Green, composer, dies at 80
  • May 15th Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • May 16th Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • May 19th Able J Herzberg, Russ/Neth lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies
  • May 19th E Galgoczi, writer, dies
  • May 19th Robert Webber, actor (Alex-Moonlighting), dies of ALS at 64
  • May 19th CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • May 20th Anton Diffring, actor (Zeppelin, Fahrenheit 451), dies at 70
  • May 20th Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42
  • May 20th John R Hicks, English economist (Nobel 1972), dies
  • May 22nd Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 23rd Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • May 24th Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • May 26th Don Revie, Former footballer and England and Leeds United Manager (b. 1927)
  • May 27th Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • May 27th Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • May 29th John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (b. 1943)
  • May 30th Zinka Milanov, Met Opera Diva, dies of a stroke at 83
  • May 31st C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • May 31st Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72
  • May 31st Terry Drinkwater, CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Jun 2nd Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (4 Tests 1928-32), dies

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Jun 3rd Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jun 3rd John McCauley, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • Jun 4th Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • Jun 4th Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • Jun 7th Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • Jun 7th Percy Stuart, Suriname/Dutch sports journalist, dies
  • Jun 7th Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Jun 9th Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • Jun 9th Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • Jun 9th Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 9th George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • Jun 10th Richard Quine, director/actor (Babes on Broadway), dies at 68
  • Jun 12th Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 12th Lou Monte, American singer (b. 1917)
  • Jun 13th Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • Jun 14th Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • Jun 15th Ray McAnally, actor (My Left Foot, Empire State), dies in Dublin at 63
  • Jun 15th Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • Jun 15th Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 17th John Matusek, NFLer (Oak Raider)/actor, dies of a heart attack at 38
  • Jun 17th Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), dies plane crash at 59
  • Jun 18th I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • Jun 19th Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • Jun 19th Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • Jun 21st Lee Quencey Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1956, 60), dies at 56
  • Jun 21st Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist/TV host, dies at 70
  • Jun 22nd Bengt Viktor Johansson, composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 22nd Lee Calhoun, hurdler (Olympics-gold-56, 60), dies at 66
  • Jun 22nd Lucien Saulnier, Canadian politician (b. 1916)
  • Jun 23rd Werner Best, German jurist and nazi leader (b. 1903)
  • Jun 27th Alfred J Ayer, English philosopher (Logical Positivism), dies
  • Jun 27th Jack Beutel, actor (The Outlaw), dies
  • Jun 28th Joris Ivens, director (Indonesia), dies at 90
  • Jul 1st William Ching, actor (Moonlighter, Terror in Haunted House), dies
  • Jul 2nd Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • Jul 3rd Andrei Gromyko, Soviet diplomat, dies just short of his 80th birthday
  • Jul 3rd Jim Backus, actor (Magoo, Gilligan's Island), dies at 76 of pneumonia
  • Jul 5th Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 6th Janos Kádár, premier of Hungary (1956-58), dies at 77
  • Jul 10th Mel Blanc, cartoon voice (Warner Bros cartoons), dies at 81
  • Jul 10th Thomas E "Tommy" Trinder, English comic (Bitter Springs), dies at 80
  • Jul 11th Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen acting great (Hamlet, Rebecca), dies at 82
  • Jul 13th Abdul Rahman Qassemlu, Iran Kurds leader, murdered
  • Jul 13th Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, Cubans general, executed
  • Jul 14th Frank Bell, British educator (b. 1916)
  • Jul 15th Laurie Cunningham, English footballer (b. 1956)
  • Jul 16th Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor, dies at 81
  • Jul 17th Heinz Risse, German writer, dies at 91
  • Jul 18th Donnie Moore, pitcher (Angels), shoots himself at 35
  • Jul 18th Rebecca Schaeffer, actress (My Sister Sam), is shot by a fan at 21
  • Jul 19th Carl-Heinz Schroth, dir/actor (Strafverteidiger), dies at 87
  • Jul 19th Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (b. 1913)
  • Jul 20th Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, commander (French resistance), dies
  • Jul 20th Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • Jul 22nd Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (b. 1935)
  • Jul 23rd Donald Barthelme, American author (b. 1931)
  • Jul 24th Ernest Morrison, actor (Peggy Does Her Darndest), dies
  • Jul 25th Steve Rubell, American night club owner (b. 1943)