Famous Deaths in February 1989

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