Famous People Who Died in January 1989

  • Jan 3 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60
  • Jan 3 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • 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 HOF first baseman (MLB All-Star 1933–35; World Series 1933; NL batting champion 1930; NY Giants) and manager (NY Giants 1932-41), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • Jan 10 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • 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 travel writer and novelist (In Patagonia, On a Black Hill), dies of AIDS at 49
  • Jan 19 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • Jan 20 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • Jan 20 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • Jan 20 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Jan 21 [Dorothy] "Billy" Tipton, American jazz pianist, saxophone player, and bandleader, dies at 74
  • Jan 22 Willie Wells, American Baseball HOF shortstop (10 NgL All Star; 2 × Cuban League MVP; Chicago American Giants, Newark Eagles), dies at 82

Salvador Dali

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

  • Jan 24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 51

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 26 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 27 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • Jan 29 Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 88
  • Jan 30 Ruth Shaw Wylie, American composer (Spring Madness; Psychogram; Nova), and educator (Wayne State University, 1949-69), dies at 72
  • 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