On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1986

  • Jan 1 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), dies at 61
  • Jan 1 Marty Friedman, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard & coach (tied World C'ship series, New York Whirlwinds 1921), dies at 96
  • Jan 2 Una Merkel, American actress (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner & promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • Jan 3 Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • Jan 4 Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • Jan 5 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • Jan 7 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • Jan 8 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • Jan 8 Mansel Treharne Thomas, Welsh composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 10 Joseph Kraft, American columnist, dies at 61
  • Jan 10 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48

  • Jan 11 Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 12 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Donna Reed, American actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 14 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter, dies at 53
  • Jan 14 Daniel Balavoine, French singer-songwriter, dies in a helicopter crash at 33
  • Jan 15 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • Jan 18 Claire James, American actress (Jack Armstrong), dies at 65
  • Jan 20 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 24 Gordon MacRae, American singer and actor (Oklahoma!, Carousel), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 24 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • Jan 24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), dies of undiagnosed Marfan syndrome at 31
  • Jan 25 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Lilli Palmer [Peiser], German actress (Cloak and Dagger, Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter), dies from abdominal cancer at 71
  • Jan 28 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • Jan 28 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Michael J. Smith, American astronaut (51L-Challenger disaster), dies in Challenger at 40
  • Jan 28 Ronald E McNair, American astronaut and physicist, dies in Challenger disaster at 35
  • Jan 28 Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • Jan 29 Leif Erickson, American actor (Invaders from Mars, On the Waterfront), dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Ticker Freeman, American pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74