Famous Deaths in August 1989

  • Aug 1 John Ogdon, English pianist/composer, dies at 52
  • Aug 3 Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor and pianist, dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Aug 7 Mickey Leland, (Rep-D-Tx), & 15 others dies in plane crash in Ethiopia
  • Aug 11 John Meillon, actor (Wild Duck, Crocodile Dundee), dies

Person of interestWilliam Shockley

Aug 12 William Shockley, American physicist who helped invent the transistor (1956 Nobel), who was also known for his racist eugenics views, dies of prostate cancer at 79

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley
  • Aug 12 Samuel Okwaraji, Nigerian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Aug 13 Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS at 34
  • Aug 13 Larkin Smith, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (b. 1944)
  • Aug 15 F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian/director (IISG), dies
  • Aug 16 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • Aug 18 Bert Oosterbosch, Dutch cyclist, dies at 32
  • Aug 18 Luis Carlos Galan, Colombian presidential candidate, murdered
  • Aug 20 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya at 82
  • Aug 21 Raul Seixas, Brazilian singer (b. 1945)
  • Aug 22 Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
  • Aug 22 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), dies at 85
  • Aug 22 Johannes "Jan" Teulings, Dutch actor (Lentelied, The Three Wishes), dies of natural causes at 84
  • Aug 23 Helen le Clerq, Dutch dancer, dies
  • Aug 23 R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (anti-psychiatry), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Aug 23 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY in a racially motivated attack
  • Aug 23 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • Aug 25 Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Henk Heidweiller, ambassador of Suriname, dies
  • Aug 26 Irving Stone, American writer (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), dies
  • Aug 28 Joseph Alsop, American political newspaper columnist (Men Around the President), dies at 78
  • Aug 29 Peter Scott, British naturalist and explorer, dies at 79
  • Aug 30 Joe De Santis, dies at 80
  • Aug 30 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • Aug 30 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), dies at 86