Deaths in History in December 1983

  • Dec 1 Mirsky, mathematician, dies
  • Dec 2 Fifi D'Orsay, "French Bombshell" (Dixie Jamboree), dies cancer at 79
  • Dec 7 Edgar Graham, member of N Ireland Assembly, shot dead by IRA

Person of interestKeith Holyoake

Dec 8 Keith Holyoake, 26th Prime Minister of New Zealand (National: 1960-72), dies of a stroke at 79

New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake
New Zealand Prime Minister
Keith Holyoake
  • Dec 11 Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
  • 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-born literary critic (b. 1919)
  • 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