On This Day

Deaths in History in December 1985

  • Dec 2 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Dec 6 Burr Tillstrom, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • Dec 7 Robert Graves, English writer and poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • Dec 14 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89
  • Dec 15 Forrest C. Shaklee, American chiropractor and founder (Shaklee Products), dies at 91
  • Dec 16 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant at 70
  • Dec 16 Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
  • Dec 17 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • Dec 18 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • Dec 24 Ferhat Abbas, Algerian politician and President of the National Constituent Assembly of Algeria (1962-63), dies at 86
  • Dec 26 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda at 53