On This Day

Deaths in History in September 1985

  • Sep 1 James Pitman, British educator and spelling reformer (Alphabets and Reading: The Initial Teaching Alphabet), dies at 84
  • Sep 8 John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • Sep 9 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • Sep 10 Ernest Julius Öpik, Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos, dies at 91
  • Sep 11 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Sep 17 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60
  • Sep 18 Gerald Holtom, British artist and graphic designer (Nuclear Disarmament (ND) logo, which later became an international peace symbol), dies at 71
  • Sep 19 Italo Calvino, Italian author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 61
  • Sep 21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • Sep 22 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • Sep 25 William Cumming Rose, American biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid), dies at 98
  • Sep 30 Charles F. Richter, American physicist and seismologist (developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquake magnitude), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77