On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1989

Deaths 1 - 200 of 402

  • Jan 3 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • Jan 3 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60
  • Jan 5 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, dies at 82

Hirohito

Jan 7 Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1922-89) dies at 87 after a 62-year reign

  • Jan 8 Johnny Jordaan [Johannes van Musscher], Dutch pop and levenslied singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Kenneth McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of liver disease at 56
  • Jan 9 Bill Terry, American baseball player, dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • Jan 10 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • Jan 13 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • Jan 15 Wilf Slack, English cricketer, dies while playing cricket in Gambia at 34
  • Jan 16 Pierre Boileau, French screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Romo Vincent, actor (Naked Jungle), dies
  • Jan 16 Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • Jan 17 Sterling A Brown, American poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49
  • Jan 19 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • Jan 20 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • Jan 20 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • Jan 20 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)

Salvador Dali

Jan 23 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), dies of heart failure at 84

ExecutionTed Bundy

Jan 24 Ted Bundy, American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

  • Jan 24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Jan 26 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • Jan 27 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 29 Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 88
  • Jan 31 Jack Douglas, English comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • Feb 1 Elaine de Kooning, American artist, dies at 70
  • Feb 2 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • Feb 3 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), dies at 59
  • Feb 3 Glenna Collett-Vare, American golfer (6-time US Amateur champion), dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 4 Trevor Lucas, Australian folk singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Fairport Convention), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, American composer and 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 6 King Tubby [Osbourne Ruddock], Jamaican sound engineer and record producer, shot to death outside his home at 48
  • Feb 8 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (Kimba the White Lion), dies of cancer at 60
  • 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 11 Leon Festinger, American psychologist, dies at 69
  • Feb 12 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • Feb 12 Thomas Bernhard, Austrian novelist, playwright and poet whose work some describe as "the most significant literary achievement since World War II", dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 14 Vincent Crane [Cheesman], British rock Hammond organist, and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), dies of deliberate painkiller overdose at 45
  • 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 Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 21 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, conductor, teacher, and musicologist, dies at 64
  • Feb 22 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader, dies at 50
  • Feb 23 Hans Hellmut Kirst, German author (The Lieutenant Must Be Mad), dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Melvin Moore, American jazz trumpeter, and singer, dies at 65
  • Feb 27 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • Feb 27 Joseph "Joe" Silver, American actor (Lenny, Mr I Magination), dies of liver cancer at 66
  • Feb 27 Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist and ethologist (Man & His Ideas, Nobel Prize 1973), dies at 85
  • Feb 27 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer, dies at 91
  • Feb 28 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 46
  • Mar 1 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch journalist & VARA radio host, dies at 64
  • Mar 1 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress & director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), dies at 71
  • Mar 4 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72
  • Mar 6 Harry Andrews, English actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
  • Mar 8 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), dies at 80
  • Mar 9 Robert Mapplethorpe, American photographer, dies at 42
  • Mar 10 Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • Mar 11 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • Mar 11 James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 11 John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • Mar 12 Maurice Evans, British actor (Planet of the Apes, Bewitched), dies at 87
  • Mar 14 Edward Abbey (environmental author), dies after surgery at 62
  • Mar 14 Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
  • Mar 15 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • Mar 17 Merritt Butrick, American actor (Shy People, Square Pegs), dies of AIDS at 29
  • Mar 17 Marek Bliziński, Polish jazz guitarist and composer, dies of skin cancer at 41
  • Mar 18 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • Mar 18 William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • Mar 18 Harold Jeffreys, English mathematician (Theory of Probability) and geophysicist, dies at 97
  • Mar 19 Alan Civil, British horn player (played solo on Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • Mar 20 Alan Gifford [John Lennox], American actor (Time Lock, 2001: A Space Odyssey), dies at 78
  • Mar 20 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Milton Frome, actor (Family Jewels), dies
  • Mar 24 Arnett Cobb, American jazz tenor saxophonist (Lionel Hampton), dies at 70
  • Mar 27 May Allison, actress (Youth for Salem Men of Steel), dies
  • Mar 29 Bernard Blier, French character actor (Les Miserables; Women & War), dies at 73
  • Mar 30 Dort Clark, actor (In Harm's Way), dies
  • Apr 1 Henk Gortzak [Hendricus Gortzak], Dutch carpenter and politician (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • Apr 3 Norman Wooland, German actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), dies at 79
  • Apr 5 María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran teacher, literacy and civil rights activist, murdered at 46
  • Apr 6 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86
  • Apr 7 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara; Rio Grande), dies at 86
  • Apr 8 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager, dies at 79
  • Apr 10 Joan Barry, dies at 85
  • Apr 11 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • Apr 12 Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52

Sugar Ray Robinson

Apr 12 Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (world welterweight champion 1946-51; middleweight champion 1951-52, 55, 58), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 67

  • Apr 12 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 12 Herbert Mills, American pop singer (The Mills Brothers - "Paper Doll"; "Lazy River"), dies at 77
  • Apr 14 Lance Pierre, West Indian cricketer (Test WI v Engl 1948, DNB, 7 overs 0-28), dies at 67
  • Apr 15 Charles Vanel, French actor & director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96

Hu Yaobang

Apr 15 Hu Yaobang, Chinese communist official and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (1982–87), dies of a heart attack at 73

  • Apr 15 Nesuhi Ertegün, Turkish–American record producer & executive (Atlantic Records), dies at 71
  • Apr 16 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • Apr 17 Charles Lampkin, dies
  • Apr 18 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), dies at 84
  • Apr 19 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 21 Princess Deokhye of Korea, last princess of the Korean Empire, dies at 76

Emilio G. Segrè

Apr 22 Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist & Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

  • Apr 22 Benjamin "Bull Moose" Jackson, American R&B saxophone player and singer ("Hurry, Hurry"), dies at 70
  • Apr 24 Franz Binder, Austrian soccer striker and manager (19 caps Austria, 9 caps Germany; Rapid Vienna), dies at 77
  • Apr 25 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Kōnosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (founded Panasonic), dies at 94
  • Apr 28 Olaf J. de Landell, Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • Apr 30 Sergio Leone, Italian director who invented spaghetti westerns (The Man with No Name trilogy), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 30 Guy Williams [Armando Joseph Catalano], American actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), dies of a brain aneurysm at 65
  • Apr 30 Yi Bangja, Crown Prince Euimin of Korea (1926-70), dies at 87
  • May 1 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • May 1 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), dies at 68
  • May 1 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • May 1 Sally Kirkland, American fashion editor (Vogue magazine) and manager (Lord & Taylor), dies at 76
  • May 2 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • May 2 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • May 3 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • May 3 Muriel Ostriche, American silent film actress dies at 92
  • May 3 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • May 4 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson; Sirhan Sirhan), dies at 70
  • May 5 Frank Easton, cricket wicket-keeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • May 9 Keith Whitley, American country music singer ("Don't Close Your Eyes"), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz trumpeter (Rosewood), dies from complications after being stuck by a subway train at 44
  • May 11 Jitka Snížková, Czech composer, music educator and musicologist, dies at 64
  • May 12 Joe Valdez Caballero, American creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • May 14 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 83
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • May 16 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • May 17 Dan Alderson, American scientist (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and sci-fi fandom figure, dies of diabetes at 47
  • May 19 Abel Herzberg, Russian-Dutch Jewish lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies at 95
  • May 19 Robert Webber, American actor (12 Angry Men, Moonlighting, 79 Park Avenue), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 64
  • May 19 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • May 20 Erzsébet Galgoczi, Hungarian writer, dies at 58
  • May 20 Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), dies at 70
  • May 20 Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies of ovarian cancer at 42
  • May 20 John R. Hicks, English economist (Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Sciences 1972), dies at 85
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist, dies from multiple organ failure due to AIDS at 36
  • May 23 Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • May 23 Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, dies at 49
  • May 24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • May 26 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), dies at 61
  • May 27 Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • May 27 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • May 29 John Cipollina, American rock guitarist (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm lung disease at 45
  • May 30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • May 30 Claude Pepper, American politician (Rep-D-FL, 1963-89), dies at 88
  • May 31 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • May 31 Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72
  • May 31 Terry Drinkwater, American CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Jun 2 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (4 Tests 1928-32), dies
  • Jun 2 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), dies from alcoholism complications at 64

Ayatollah Khomeini

Jun 3 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

  • Jun 3 John McCauley, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • Jun 3 Scott Ross, American-French harpsichordist (recorded all 555 sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti),dies of AIDS related pneumonia at 38
  • Jun 4 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • Jun 4 Václav Kašlík, Czech opera composer and conductor, dies at 71
  • Jun 4 Andor Kovács, Hungarian classical guitarist, and composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 7 Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • Jun 7 Percy Stuart, Suriname/Dutch sports journalist, dies
  • Jun 7 Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver, dies at 81
  • Jun 9 Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • Jun 9 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor, dies of kidney disease at 73
  • Jun 9 George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • Jun 10 Richard Quine, American actor and director (How to Murder Your Wife, Clay Pigeon), commits suicide at 68
  • Jun 11 Jack McMahon, American basketball guard and coach (player Rochester Royal, St. Louis Hawks; coach Cincinnati Royals, San Diego Rockets, Pittsburgh Condors), dies at 60
  • Jun 12 Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), dies at 72
  • Jun 13 Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • Jun 14 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • Jun 15 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Jun 15 Victor French, American actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • Jun 15 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 17 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end, 1973-82 (Oakland Raiders and 3 other teams), and actor (Caveman; The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • Jun 17 Stanley David Griggs, American astronaut (STS 51-D), dies in plane crash at 59 (b. 1939)
  • Jun 18 I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • Jun 19 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • Jun 19 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • Jun 19 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter, dies at 91
  • Jun 21 Lee Calhoun, American hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 56
  • Jun 21 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist and TV host (Amsterdamned), dies at 70
  • Jun 22 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, dies at 74