Famous Deaths in February 1989

  • Feb 1 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • Feb 2 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • Feb 3 John Cassavetes, American actor (Rosemary's Baby) and director, dies at 59
  • Feb 3 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
  • Feb 6 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 8 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
  • Feb 10 Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • Feb 11 George O'Hanlon, american actor and director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • Feb 12 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • Feb 12 Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 14 James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 17 Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • Feb 19 Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • Feb 21 Alex Th├ępot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 22 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • Feb 24 Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Feb 26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • Feb 27 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • Feb 27 Joe Silver, actor (Rage, Rapid, Deathtrap, Shivers), dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Konrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 85
  • Feb 27 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28 Hermann Burger, writer, dies at 46