Deaths in History in 1984

  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 7 Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • Jan 9 Wolfgang Staudte, German director (Ciske de Rat), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch sexuologist (NVSH), dies at 55
  • Jan 18 Malcolm H Kerr, 9th President of American U of Beirut, shot dead
  • Jan 21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • Jan 23 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • Jan 29 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • Feb 3 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England

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Feb 9 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • Feb 12 Julio Cort zar, Argentina writer (Final del Juego), dies at 69
  • Feb 12 Anna Anderson, claimant to the throne of Russia (b. 1896)
  • Feb 13 Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • Feb 15 Leamon Hunt, US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists
  • Feb 21 Michail A Sholochov, Russian writer (Ocean Don, Nobel 1965), dies
  • Feb 22 David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • Feb 22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Feb 24 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • Feb 24 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 6 Martin Niemöller, German submarine capt/anti-nazi minister, dies at 92
  • Mar 7 Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • Mar 11 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • Mar 14 Aurelio Peccei, Italian businessman/CEO (Club Rome), dies at 75
  • Mar 16 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 19 Garry Winogrand, American photographer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 26 Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • Mar 28 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • Mar 30 Peter Yarrall, strongest Englishman/weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
  • Mar 31 Ronald Clark O'Bryan, American murderer, dies of lethal injection at 39
  • Apr 4 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • Apr 7 Frank Church, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1957-81), dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • Apr 8 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1894)
  • Apr 9 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • Apr 13 Christopher Wilder, FBI's "most wanted man," accidentally kills self
  • Apr 15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 20 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)

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Apr 22 Ansel Adams, US photographer, dies at 82

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams
  • Apr 28 Glen H Taylor, US senator/VP candidate (1948), dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Silvia A Warner, writer, dies
  • Apr 30 Arthur T "Bomber" Harris, bombed nazi-Germany, dies
  • May 2 Jack Barry, american game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies of cardiac arrest at 66
  • May 2 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64
  • May 4 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • May 6 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • May 14 Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)

  • May 15 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • May 15 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • May 16 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • May 19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • Jun 5 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • Jun 5 Frederick Russell, English Marine Biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • Jun 6 A[rthur] Bertram Chandler, author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • Jun 11 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian National Secreatary of Italian Communist Party (PCI) , dies at 62
  • Jun 18 Alan Berg, American radio talk show host
  • Jun 19 Lee Krasner, American abistract expressionist painter, dies at 75
  • Jun 22 Joseph Losey, director (Go-Between, M, Concrete Jungle), dies at 75
  • Jun 24 William Keighley, American director (The Man who came to Dinner), dies of a stroke at 94
  • Jun 25 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • Jun 26 Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69
  • Jun 30 Lillian Hellman, playwright, (Little Foxes), dies at 79
  • Jul 1 Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born educator (b. 1904)
  • Jul 2 Paul Dozois, Quebec politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 3 Raoul Salan, French general/OAS leader (Algeria), dies at 85
  • Jul 14 Ernest Tidyman, American writer (b. 1928)
  • Jul 19 Geert Lubberhuizen, Dutch publisher (Busy Bee), dies at 68

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Jul 26 Ed "Psycho" Gein, mass murderer ("Psycho" & "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" based on him), dies at 78

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein

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Jul 26 George Gallup, American survey sampling pioneer and inventor of the Gallup poll, dies of a heart attack at 82

Inventor of the Gallup Poll George Gallup
Inventor of the Gallup Poll
George Gallup
  • Jul 27 Oswald Jacoby, US contract bridge champion, dies at 81
  • Aug 3 Vladimir Tendryakov, Russian writer (Three, Seven, Ace), dies at 60
  • Aug 5 R Hagelstange, writer, dies
  • Aug 8 Ellen Raskin, American author (b.1928)
  • Aug 11 Alfred A Knopf, American publisher (1966 Alexander Hamilton Medal), dies at 91
  • Aug 11 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 14 John Boynton Priestley, English, stagewriter (Magicians), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Tigran Petroshan, Russian chess grand master, dies at 55
  • Aug 17 Holly Roffey, youngest heart transplant, dies at 4 weeks

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Aug 25 Truman Capote, American author (In Cold Blood), dies of liver cancer at 59

  • Aug 29 Muhammad Naguib, Egyptian statesman (b. 1901)
  • Sep 3 Arthur Schwartz, producer (Inside USA with Chevrolet), dies at 83
  • Sep 9 Yilmaz Gueney, director (Yol, Arkadas, Baba, Agit), dies at 47
  • Sep 11 Jerry Voorhis, American politician (b. 1901)
  • Sep 26 Paquirri, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1948)
  • Sep 29 Marnix Gijsen, [Jan-Al Goris], writer (Lament for Agnes), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Ellsworth Bunker, US ambassador (South-Vietnam, dies at 90)
  • Oct 6 George S Simpson, US paleontologist, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Frederick Brisson, producer, dies at 71 after a stroke
  • Oct 12 Sir Anthony Berry, British politician (bombing victim) (b. 1925)
  • Oct 13 Alice Neel, American painter dies ages 84
  • Oct 14 Martin Ryle, English radio astronomer, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics (b. 1918)
  • Oct 18 Florence Rinard, TV panelist (20 Questions), dies at 82
  • Oct 19 Henri Michaux, writer, dies
  • Oct 19 Jerzy Popieluszko, Polish priest/dissident, kidnapped & murdered
  • Oct 19 Jon-Erik Hexum, accidentally shoots himself on set of "Cover Up" at 27
  • Oct 20 Carl Ferdinand Cori, Austrian-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1896)

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Oct 20 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), dies at 82

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat
Paul Dirac
  • Oct 21 Francois Truffaut, dir (Fahrenheit 451), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • Oct 26 Laurie Langenbach, author, dies at 37
  • Oct 31 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian playwright, director, actor and poet (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84

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Oct 31 Indira Gandhi, 4th Prime Minister of India (1966-77, 1980-84), assassinated by two of her bodyguards at 66

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • Nov 1 Norman Krasna, author (Dear Ruth), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Nov 2 Margie V Barfield, US murderer, 1st woman electricuted in 22 years
  • Nov 6 Gastón Suárez, Bolivian novelist and dramatist (b. 1929)
  • Nov 10 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (b. 1901)
  • Nov 11 Martin Luther King Sr, US vicar/father of MLK Jr, dies at 84
  • Nov 12 Chester Himes, American author (b. 1909)
  • Nov 13 ML de Braauw, esquire/DS'70-minister of Wetenschapsbeleid, dies at 59
  • Nov 14 Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician (b. 1916)
  • Nov 15 Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at 3 weeks
  • Nov 18 Mary Hamman, American writer and editor (b. 1907)
  • Nov 19 George D Aiken, (Sen-R-Vt, 1941-75), dies at 92
  • Nov 20 Trygve Bratteli, Norwegian Prime Minister (Labour: 1971-72, 1973-76), dies at 74
  • Nov 27 Percy Norris, deputy high commissioner of India, shot dead
  • Nov 28 Hans Speidel, German gen/NATO-supreme commander (1957-64), dies at 87
  • Nov 29 Gotthard Günther, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Dec 1 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (b. 1911)
  • Dec 3 Virginia Lacy Jones, US librarian and presidents advisor, dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Vladimir Abramovich Rokhlin, Russian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Dec 4 John Rock, US co-developer of anti-conceptiepil, dies at 94
  • Dec 5 Adam Malik, Third Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1917)
  • Dec 8 Robert Jay Mathews, White Nationalist (b. 1953)
  • Dec 11 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • Dec 14 Vicente Aleixandre, Spanish writer and Nobel laureate (b. 1898)
  • Dec 15 Frank Spedding, Canadian Chemist whose uranium extraction process helped make possible the first atomic bomb, dies at 82
  • Dec 19 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (b. 1903)
  • Dec 23 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (b. 1896)
  • Dec 28 Sam Peckinpah, director, dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Dec 30 Massa, oldest gorilla on record (b. 1930)