Deaths in History in 1986

  • Jan 4 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • Jan 6 Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • Jan 7 M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily), dies at 79
  • Jan 7 Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • Jan 8 Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • Jan 10 Joseph Kraft, US columnist, dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 12 Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter, dies at 53
  • Jan 16 Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • Jan 23 Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 24 L. Ron Hubbard, American sci-fi writer (Death Quest) and founder of the Scientology cult, dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Ernst Schnabel, writer, dies at 72
  • Jan 28 Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • Jan 28 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28 Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr, dies in Challenger
  • Jan 28 Ronald E McNair, American astronaut and physicist, dies in Challenger disaster at 35
  • Jan 28 Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • Feb 1 Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th Salvation Army General, dies at 86
  • Feb 6 Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (b. 1912)
  • Feb 7 Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • Feb 11 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
  • Feb 11 Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • Feb 17 Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90
  • Feb 19 James O Eastland, (Sen-D-Miss), dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Jacobus G Rietkerk, Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58
  • Feb 21 Shigechiyo Izumi, Japanese sugarcane farmer, once thought to be the world's oldest man ever but now disputed (b. 1865)
  • Feb 21 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)

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Feb 24 Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas
  • Feb 28 Sven Olof Palme, Swedish PM (1969-76, 82-86), assassinated at 59
  • Feb 28 Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Mar 2 Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • Mar 2 Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • Mar 4 Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75

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Mar 4 Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), dies of a heart attack at 72

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Mar 6 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Mar 7 Jacob K Javits, American politician (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Florida at 81
  • Mar 8 Hubert Fichte, German writer, dies of an AIDS related illness at 50
  • Mar 13 Alvaro Fayad Delgado, Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies
  • Mar 18 Bernard Malamud, American writer (Fixer, Natural), dies at 71
  • Mar 21 August de Boodt, Belgian politician, dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Cass Canfield, US publisher, dies at 88
  • Mar 30 John Ciardi, US poet/interpreter (Dante), dies at 69
  • Apr 4 Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, dies at 87
  • Apr 5 Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • Apr 9 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, dies at 64
  • Apr 10 Joseph P Addabbo, US defence specialist/(Sen-D), dies at 61

  • Apr 12 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)

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Apr 14 Simone de Beauvoir, French author and feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex, She Came to Stay), dies of pneumonia at 78

  • Apr 15 Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
  • Apr 15 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Bessie Head, writer, dies
  • Apr 18 Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • Apr 20 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (b.1930)
  • Apr 22 Mircea Eliade, writer, dies
  • Apr 23 Otto Preminger, dir (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), dies at 79

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Apr 24 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Apr 26 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
  • Apr 29 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
  • May 7 Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • May 9 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60

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May 9 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • May 11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Elisabeth Bergner, dies at 85
  • May 15 Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of Pres, Pulitzer), dies at 71
  • May 20 Willem Pee, Belgian linguistic, dies at 83
  • May 24 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • May 25 Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85
  • May 27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • May 27 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • May 31 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jun 6 Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • Jun 10 Merle Miller, American biographer (b. 1919)
  • Jun 11 Robert E Howard, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror), dies at 80
  • Jun 11 Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 12 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, dies at 76
  • Jun 12 Tony Desimone, combo leader (Ernie in Kovacsland), dies at 66
  • Jun 14 Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist (Lerner & Loewe-My Fair Lady), dies at 67

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Jun 14 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine author (Book of Sand), dies in Geneva at 86

  • Jun 14 E Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), dies at 74
  • Jun 17 Jef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
  • Jun 18 Frances Scott Fitzgerald, Daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre. (b. 1921)
  • Jun 19 Coluche, [Michel Colucci], French comic, dies at 41
  • Jun 19 Len Bias, 1st pick of Celtics, suffers fatal cocaine-induced seizure
  • Jun 19 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59
  • Jun 25 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet, dies at 63
  • Jun 29 John P. East, American politician (Sen-R-NC), dies at 55
  • Jul 4 Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (b. 1899)
  • Jul 6 Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 9 Karl-Heinz Beckurts, West german Siemens manager, murdered
  • Jul 9 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician, dies at 78
  • Jul 14 Raymond Loewy, US industrial designer, dies at 92
  • Jul 21 Paulo Correia, Guinee-Bissaus colonel/putschist, executed
  • Jul 24 Fritz A Lipman, discoverer (co-enzymes, Nobel 1953), dies at 87
  • Jul 25 Vincente Minnelli, American director (Gigi, Goodbye Charlie), dies in LA at 76
  • Jul 26 Averell Harriman, statesman, dies in Yorktown Heights, NY at 94
  • Jul 28 Charles Aubroeck, Belgian painter and sculptor (Iron Tower), dies at 91
  • Jul 31 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)
  • Aug 1 Willem Klein, variety artist, dies at about 73
  • Aug 1 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, dies at 70
  • Aug 2 Roy Marcus Cohn, American lawyer (Joseph McCarthy), dies of AIDS at 59
  • Aug 3 Paul [Saul] de Groot, chairman Dutch Communist party, dies at 87
  • Aug 6 Emilio Fernandez, director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre), dies at 82
  • Aug 6 Manfred Hausmann, writer, dies at 87
  • Aug 6 William J Schroeder, (longest-survivor with permanent artificial) heart, dies at 54, after 620 days with Jarvik VII man-made pump)
  • Aug 16 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • Aug 19 Jacob A W Burger, chairman (Dutch soc-dem party), dies at 81
  • Aug 20 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (b. 1923)
  • Aug 26 Jennifer Levin, American murder victim, strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City's Central Park aged 18
  • Aug 31 Henry Moore, English artist and sculptor (known for Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae), dies at 88
  • Aug 31 Urho K Kekkonen, premier/president of Finland, dies at 85
  • Sep 7 Ruth Polsky, record promoter, dies after being run over by a cab at 30
  • Sep 12 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer, dies at 92
  • Sep 19 Vivian Duncan, entertainer (Duncan Sisters), dies
  • Sep 21 Pierre Wigny, Belgium minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61), dies at 81
  • Sep 25 Ben Sajet, physician/politician, dies at 99
  • Sep 25 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (b. 1909)
  • Sep 25 Donald MacDonald, Canadian politician and former president of the Canadian Labour Congress (1967-74), dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian Chemist and Nobel Prize winner, dies at 90
  • Sep 28 Carmen DeRue, entertainer, dies
  • Oct 5 Hall B Wallis, US movie production (Barefoot in Park), dies at 87
  • Oct 5 James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Oct 6 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist (b. 1899)
  • Oct 14 Mary Lund, American women first to receive an artificial heart, dies at 40
  • Oct 16 C Wttewaall van Stoetwegen, CHU Member of Dutch parliament, dies at 85
  • Oct 19 Moses Asch, record founder (Folkways), dies at 81
  • Oct 19 Dele Giwa, Nigerian journalist, editor, and founder of Newswatch magazine, is assassinated by a mail bomb at 39
  • Oct 20 Samora Machel, president of Mozambique, dies in air crash at 53
  • Oct 21 Lionel Murphy, Australian politician and judge, dies at 64
  • Oct 22 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, bio-chemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937), dies at 93
  • Oct 22 Ye Jianying, Chinese general and politician
  • Oct 23 Edward A Doisy Sr, American bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943), dies at 92
  • Oct 28 Margaretha "Marga" Klompe, Dutch 1st female minister (CRM), dies at 74
  • Oct 28 John Braine, British novelist (b. 1922)
  • Oct 29 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer, dies at 68
  • Oct 31 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), dies at 90
  • Nov 4 Kurt Hirsch, German mathematician (b. 1906)

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Nov 8 Vyacheslav Molotov [Skryabin], Russian politician (Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1939-49, 1953-6), dies at 96

Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov
Soviet Foreign Minister
Vyacheslav Molotov
  • Nov 13 Rolando Olalia, Philippines worker's union leader, murdered
  • Nov 17 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • Nov 20 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, dies at 76
  • Nov 22 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician, dies at 73
  • Nov 26 Betico Croes, Arubian politician, dies in an accident at 48
  • Nov 28 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 76
  • Dec 2 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • Dec 4 Reuben Nakian, US sculptor, dies at 89
  • Dec 5 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • Dec 6 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • Dec 17 Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer
  • Dec 19 V. C. Andrews, American author (b. 1923)
  • Dec 24 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • Dec 28 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter, dies at 77
  • Dec 29 Andrei Tarkovski, Russian director (Stalker), dies at 54

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Dec 29 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician, Prime Minister (1957-63), dies at 92

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Dec 30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)