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

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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 John Cassavetes, US actor (Rosemary's Baby)/director, dies at 59
  • Feb 2nd Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • Feb 3rd John Cassavetes, actor/director (Husbands, Dirty Dozen), dies at 59
  • 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, dies
  • 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, actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies
  • 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 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)

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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 22nd Huey Newton, US, Black Panther leader, shot dead at 47
  • 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 W Schnurre, 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, drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies
  • 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 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)
  • Jul 28th Jeff Richards, actor (Don't Go Near the Water), dies at 66
  • Jul 30th Lane Frost, American bull rider (b. 1963)