On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1989

  • Dec 1 Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
  • Dec 1 William "Billy" Lyall, Scottish musician (Bay City Rollers), dies of AIDS-related causes at 36
  • Dec 3 Fernando Martín, Spanish basketball center (first Spaniard in NBA 1986, Portland Trail Blazers; FIBA Club World Cup 1981, Real Madrid), dies in a car accident at 27
  • Dec 3 Jimmy Shirley, American jazz and R&B electric guitarist, and early proponent of the Vibrola vibrato arm ("whammy bar"), dies at 76
  • Dec 5 John M Pritchard, British conductor, dies at 68
  • Dec 6 Frances Bavier, American Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Andy Griffith Show & Mayberry, RFD - "Aunt Bee"), dies of congestive heart failure at 86
  • Dec 6 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 6 John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), dies aged 77
  • Dec 6 Gabor Jodal, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 7 William 'Haystacks' Calhoun, American professional wrestler, dies at 55
  • Dec 8 Hans Hartung, German-French painter, dies at 85
  • Dec 11 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American fashion photographer, dies at 94
  • Dec 14 Jock Mahoney [Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney], American actor & stuntman (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), dies of a stroke at 70
  • Dec 14 Pattie Santos, American singer (It's a Beautiful Day), dies in a car accident at 40
  • Dec 15 Arnold Moss, American actor (Loves of Carmen, Kim, Quebec, Viva Zapata), dies at 79
  • Dec 15 Edward Underdown, British actor (Beat the Devil, Thunderball), dies at 81
  • Dec 16 Aileen Pringle, actress (Age of Consent, Convicted, Night Parade), dies
  • Dec 16 Lee Van Cleef, American actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64
  • Dec 16 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), dies at 59
  • Dec 16 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (b. 1913)
  • Dec 19 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English journalist and author (Cold Comfort Farm), dies at 87
  • Dec 20 Audrey Christie, American actress (Splendor in the Grass, Fair Exchange), dies at 77
  • Dec 20 Kurt Böhme, German bass, dies at 81
  • Dec 21 Ján Cikker, Slovak composer, dies at 78

Samuel Beckett

Dec 22 Samuel Beckett, Irish-French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

  • Dec 23 Josef Alexander, American composer (Of Masks and Mirrors), dies at 82
  • Dec 23 Peter Bennett, British actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 72
  • Dec 25 Georgy Mushel, Uzbek pianist and composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies

Billy Martin

Dec 25 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), killed in a car accident at 61

  • Dec 25 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73
  • Dec 25 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
  • Dec 26 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), dies at 86
  • Dec 26 Peggy Thorpe-Bates, actress (Alcatraz Island), dies

Doug Harvey

Dec 26 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey defence player ('100 Greatest NHL Players), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 65

  • Dec 28 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (founded modern astronautics), dies at 95
  • Dec 30 Madoline Thomas, actress (Girl in the Canal), dies
  • Dec 30 Lenore Lemmon, girlfriend of "Superman" George Reeves (b. 1923)
  • Dec 30 Etienne Leroux, Afrikaans author (Een vir Azazel), dies at 67