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

Person of interestBill Veeck

Jan 2 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • Jan 2 Benny Payne, American jazz pianist (Cab Calloway; Billy Daniels Show), dies at 78
  • Jan 2 Herbert Magidson, American lyricist, winner of first Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"; "Gone With The Wind"; "The Masquerade Is Over"), dies at 79
  • 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 [1]
  • 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 9 Lucia Chase, American ballerina and co-founder of American Ballet Theater, dies at 88
  • 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 (Fluxus movement), 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