On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1983

  • Jan 7 August Cool, Belgian trade union leader, dies at 79
  • Jan 8 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • Jan 8 Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)

Murder of InterestRoy DeMeo

Jan 10 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), murdered at 40

  • Jan 11 Nikolaj V Podgorny, president USSR, dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, dies at 88
  • Jan 13 D Mack Reynolds, American writer (Amazon Planet, Once Departed), dies

Meyer Lansky

Jan 15 Meyer Lansky, Polish-born American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", dies of lung cancer at 80

  • Jan 28 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (the shortest-serving prime minister in Australia's history-8 days), dies at 92
  • Jan 30 Mack Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War), dies at 65
  • Jan 30 Alan Cunningham, British general and last High Commissioner of Palestine (1945-48), dies at 95
  • Feb 2 Roy Horb, Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
  • Feb 5 Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
  • Feb 10 Vittorio Sereni, Italian poet (Diario d'Algeria), dies at 69
  • Feb 20 James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident
  • Feb 20 Fritz Köberle, Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 25 John Cowles Sr, US publisher, dies at 84

Tennessee Williams

Feb 25 Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

  • Mar 1 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Darkness at Noon), commits suicide at 77

Hergé

Mar 3 Hergé [Georges Prosper Remi], Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), dies at 75

  • Mar 9 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Yevsei Liberman, Ukraine Soviet economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Paul Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • Mar 15 José Luis Sert, Spanish-American architect and urban developer, dies at 80
  • Mar 15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • Mar 16 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • Mar 17 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, (1967 Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology for work in the eye), dies at 79
  • Mar 18 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • Mar 18 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 18 Robert F. Bradford, American politician (57th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 80
  • Mar 20 Ivan Vinogradov, Russian mathematician (analytic number theory), dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Barney Clark, 1st artificial heart recipient, dies after 112 days at 62
  • Mar 26 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • Mar 31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)
  • Apr 6 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • Apr 10 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • Apr 13 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor & naturalist, dies at 87
  • Apr 13 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), dies at 74
  • Apr 15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author & poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author (The Hiding Place) & Holocaust survivor, dies at 91
  • Apr 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 73
  • May 2 Marius F Duintjer, architect, dies
  • May 5 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician, dies at 77
  • May 7 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • May 10 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • May 11 Zenna Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box), dies at 65
  • May 14 Miguel Alemán Valdés, Mexican attorney and President of Mexico (1946-52), dies at 80
  • May 14 Roger J. Traynor, American judge (b. 1900)
  • May 15 James Van Der Zee, African-American photographer, dies at 96
  • May 19 Jean Rey, Belgian politician and President of the European Commission dies at 80
  • May 21 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), dies at 79
  • May 23 Albert Claude, Belgian biologist and physician (Nobel 1974), dies at 84
  • May 28 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (b. 1909)
  • May 29 Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)
  • May 30 Alfred M Gruenther, US general/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84
  • Jun 1 Anna Seghers [Netty Reiling], German author (The 7th Cross), dies at 82
  • Jun 1 Charles Tham, of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha, count of Flanders/Prince, dies
  • Jun 6 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), dies at 95
  • Jun 7 Charles von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium prince, buried
  • Jun 15 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Indian Telugu poet, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, dies at 87
  • Jun 17 Eelco van Kleffens, Dutch diplomat and politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1939-46; UN Representative, 1946-56), dies at 88
  • Jun 23 Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Cuban communist politician and 14th President of Cuba (1959-76), commits suicide by shooting himself at 64
  • Jun 27 Don Ida, balloonists, dies during a race
  • Jun 27 Maxie Anderson, balloonists, dies during a race
  • Jun 30 Mary Livingstone [Sadye Marks], American comedienne, (Jack Benny), dies at 77
  • Jul 1 R. Buckminster Fuller, American architect and inventor (geodesic dome), dies at 87
  • Jul 3 John Fleming (Jack) Brock, South African nutritional scientist, physician and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, dies at 78
  • Jul 5 Arie Querido, psychiatrist (social psychiatry), dies
  • Jul 7 Herman Kahn, American futurist and nuclear strategist, dies at 71
  • Jul 7 Vicki Morgan, American mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl), murdered at 30
  • Jul 9 Keith Wickenden, British Politician (b. 1932)
  • Jul 11 Ross Macdonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), dies at 67
  • Jul 13 Gabrielle Roy, French Canadian author (The Tin Flute, Street of Riches), dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Arnout Colnot, Dutch painter and graphic artist, dies at 96
  • Jul 29 J. B. Charles [Willem H. Nagel], Dutch criminologist and writer, dies at 83
  • Jul 29 Luis Buñuel, director (Monk), dies of cirrhosis of liver at 83
  • Jul 30 Yuri Aleksandrovich Letunov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 56
  • Aug 5 Bart [Bartholomeus Jan] Bok, Dutch-American astronomer (Milky Way), dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Alceu Amoroso Lima, Brazilian essayist, activist and founder of the Brazilian Christian Democracy, dies at 89
  • Aug 15 Benjamin V Cohen, American author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • Aug 18 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • Aug 19 Aleksandar Ranković, Yugoslavic partisan and 1st Vice President of Yugoslavia (1963-66), dies at 73
  • Aug 20 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • Aug 21 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • Aug 24 Shawn Stephens Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD, after 77 days of maariage
  • Aug 24 Scott Nearing, American sociologist, pacifist and author (The Good Life), dies at 100
  • Aug 27 William Hitzig, Austrian Maxwell physician, dies at 78
  • Aug 29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68
  • Sep 1 Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, American politician (Sen-D-Wash), dies at 71
  • Sep 1 Larry McDonald, American congressman (b. 1935)
  • Sep 8 Willem C "Wim" Kan, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 72
  • Sep 8 Ibrahim Abboud, 1st President and 4th Prime Minister of Sudan (1958-64), dies at 82
  • Sep 10 Balthasar J "John" Vorster, South African premier (1966-78), dies at 67
  • Sep 10 Felix Bloch, Swiss-American nuclear physicist (1st Director of CERN, Nobel Prize for Physics 1952), dies at 77
  • Sep 10 Norah Lofts, British author (The Town House), dies at 79
  • Sep 10 Balthazar Johannes Vorster, Prime Minister of South Africa (1966-77), dies at 67
  • Sep 10 Jon Brower Minnoch, American, world's heaviest recorded man at 1,400lb (635 kilograms; 100 stone), dies at 41
  • Sep 15 LeRoy Prinz, choreographer, dies at 88
  • Sep 17 Humberto Madeiros, US cardinal to Boston, dies at 67
  • Sep 21 Andrew Brewin, Canadian lawyer and MP for Greenwood, dies at 76
  • Sep 25 Leopold III [Filip von Saksen-Coburg], King of the Belgians (from 1934, abdicated 1951), dies at 81
  • Sep 27 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • Oct 3 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • Oct 5 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 6 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • Oct 9 Suh Seok-jun, South Korea Deputy Prime Minister, killed (one of 21 victims) in Rangoon bombing at about 45
  • Oct 12 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • Oct 14 Willard Price, Canadian author and naturalist
  • Oct 17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • Oct 18 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 19 Albert Carel Willink, painter (surrealism), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Maurice Bishop, premier of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • Oct 20 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author, dies at 67
  • Oct 21 Theodorus H J Zwartkruis, Bishop (Haarlem), dies
  • Nov 8 Robert Agnew, director, dies at 84 of kidney failure
  • Nov 8 Mordecai Kaplan, American Rabbi, founded Reconstructionist Judaism, dies at 102
  • Nov 19 Reinout Willem van Bemmelen, Dutch geologist, dies at 79
  • Nov 23 Juhan Muks, Estonian artist (b. 1899)
  • Nov 27 Manuel Scorza, Peruvian writer, dies at about 55
  • Nov 30 Richard Llewellyn, Welsh novelist (How Green Was My Valley), dies at 76
  • Dec 1 Leon Mirsky, Russian-British mathematician (Mirsky's theorem), dies at 64
  • Dec 7 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA
  • Dec 11 Neil Ritchie, British General (commanded British Eighth Army in North Africa in WWII), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Mary Renault [Challans], British author (King Must Die, Funeral games), dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Nichita Stanescu, Romanian poet (b. 1933
  • Dec 16 Kusan Sunim, found Milae Sa temple/Bulsung Sa Zen in Korea, dies at 74
  • Dec 21 Paul de Man, Belgian literary critic, dies at 64
  • Dec 23 Colin Middleton, Northern Irish artist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 25 Joan Miro, Spanish painter and sculptor, dies at his home in Majorca at 90