Deaths in History in 1987

  • Jan 4 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Peggy Bacon, author and illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Margaret Laurence, Canadian author, dies at 60
  • Jan 5 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • Jan 10 Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • Jan 13 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/co-founder (Trouw, Loyal), dies
  • Jan 15 Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Earl Wilson, Bdwy columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79
  • Jan 16 Ilse Langen, writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Joyce Jameson, comedienne (Spike Jones Show), dies at 54
  • Jan 16 Bertram Wainer, Australian pro-abortion campaigner (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 19 Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • Jan 21 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • Jan 21 Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 22 R Budd Dwyer, Penns State Treasurer, facing prison for conspiracy & perjury, shot himself to death at a televised news conference
  • Feb 2 Alfred Lion, record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (b. 1922)
  • Feb 4 Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 8 Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], writer, dies
  • Feb 8 Hendrik Koekoek, founder (Dutch Boer party), dies at 74
  • Feb 10 Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Pakistani painter, calligrapher and artist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 11 Sadequain, famous Pakistani painter and artist. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 14 Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)
  • Feb 22 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • Feb 24 Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Mar 11 [Wayne] Woody Hayes, football coach (Ohio State), dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Bernhard Grzimek, West German zoologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Arch Oboler, radio writer (Lights Out), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 19 Tony Stratton-Smith, journalist/record co CEO (Charisma), dies at 53
  • Mar 23 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • Apr 4 C[atherine] L[ucille] Moore, author (Judgment Night), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 C.L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • Apr 8 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • Apr 11 Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83
  • Apr 11 Primo Levi, Italian chemist and writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • Apr 12 Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • Apr 17 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • Apr 19 Maxwell D Taylor, American commander 101st airborne (WWII), dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore), dies at 77
  • Apr 26 John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
  • Apr 28 Ben Linder, development worker, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua
  • May 4 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist/writer, dies at 59

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May 6 William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey

  • May 7 Colin Blakely, dies at 56
  • May 8 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, dies at 78
  • May 15 John Baur, museum director, dies at 78
  • May 17 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • May 19 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 27 John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • May 29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 30 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • Jun 1 Errol W Barrow, PM of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • Jun 1 Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • Jun 7 John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • Jun 18 Bruce Marshall, writer, dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • Jul 2 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennet, choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 8 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (b. 1896)
  • Jul 8 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician, dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 25 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), dies of internal injuries at 64
  • Jul 25 Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station
  • Jul 25 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, dies at 85
  • Jul 28 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • Aug 2 Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79
  • Aug 6 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WWII), dies at 91
  • Aug 7 Camille Chamoun, president of Lebanon, dies at 87
  • Aug 7 Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90
  • Aug 8 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • Aug 9 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
  • Aug 10 I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87
  • Aug 11 Clara Peller, commercial spokesperson (Wendy's), dies at 86
  • Aug 17 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma), dies at 84

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Aug 17 Rudolf Hess, German Nazi official (Deputy Fuhrer who dramatically escaped to Britain in 1941, sentenced to life in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • Aug 21 Karl Bruck, entertainer, dies

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Aug 24 Bayard Rustin, American civil rights leader (March on Washington organizer, Social Democrats USA), dies of a perforated appendix at 75

Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin
Civil Rights Activist
Bayard Rustin
  • Aug 27 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • Sep 3 Viktor P Nekrasov, Ukraine architect/author (Soldiers), dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Vokopach Stalingrada/Kira Georgijevna, dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Gerrit John Heijn, senior executive (Ahold), kidnapped/murdered
  • Sep 15 Bob Tadema Sporry, author, dies at 75
  • Sep 15 Steven Tuomi, murder victim of Jeffery Dahmer (b. 1963)
  • Sep 16 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • Sep 19 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
  • Sep 20 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • Sep 22 Christopher Stryker, entertainer, dies at 27
  • Sep 28 Mehdi Hashemi, Iranian aid of Ayatollah Khomeini, shot for treason
  • Sep 29 Henry Ford II, American businessman and son of Henry Ford, (President of Ford Motor Company, 1945-79), dies at 70
  • Sep 30 Alfred Bester, sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73
  • Oct 2 Peter Brian Medawar, medical scientist, dies
  • Oct 3 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77 (b. 1910)
  • Oct 9 Clare A Booth Luce, US diplomat/journalist, dies at 84
  • Oct 12 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • Oct 12 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77

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Oct 13 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist (transistors, Nobel 1956), dies at 85

  • Oct 15 Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, dies
  • Oct 17 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)
  • Oct 18 Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • Oct 20 Andrey Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1903)
  • Oct 21 Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwan government official, dies at 88
  • Oct 24 Constantin Alajalov, Russian artist, dies at 86
  • Oct 28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • Oct 29 Kamal El Mallakh, dies at 57
  • Oct 31 Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image), dies at 83
  • Nov 1 René Lévesque, Premier of Quebec, dies at 65
  • Nov 4 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born American artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
  • Nov 6 Ross R Barnett, lawyer/(Gov-D-Miss), dies at 89
  • Nov 6 William C Pahlmann, interior decorator (4 Seasons NYC), dies at 80
  • Nov 11 L T Coggeshall, medical scientist (Sec of HEW 1956-58), dies at 86
  • Nov 11 Nico Slothouwer, poet (Liefdesstratenplan), commits suicide at 30
  • Nov 12 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75
  • Nov 14 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, dies at 88
  • Nov 19 Américo Tomás, Portuguese admiral and politician, 14th President of Portugal (b. 1894)
  • Nov 21 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Jehane Benoît, French Canadian culinary author (b. 1904)
  • Nov 25 Anton F Pieck, illustrator (1001 Nights), dies at 92
  • Nov 25 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Thomas G Lanphier Jr, US WW II pilot, dies at 71
  • Nov 28 Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist prof (isolated growth hormones), dies at 74
  • Nov 29 Howard Pyle, (Gov-R-Az, 1951-55), dies at 81
  • Nov 30 Arthur H Dean, lawyer/advisor to FDR, dies at 89

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Nov 30 James Baldwin, writer (Go Tell it on the Mountain), dies at 63

  • Nov 30 Simon Carmiggelt, journalist/literary (Kronkel), dies at 74
  • Dec 1 Donn Fulton Eisele, Col USAF/astronaut, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 1 James Arthur Baldwin, writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist (b. 1914)
  • Dec 4 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), dies at 90
  • Dec 11 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (b. 1923)
  • Dec 16 Albert P Morano, (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59), dies at 79
  • Dec 17 Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87
  • Dec 17 Marguerite Yourcenard, author (Memoirs of Hadrien), dies at 84
  • Dec 17 Marguerite Yourcenar, Belgian novelist (b. 1903)
  • Dec 21 John Spence, founding No Doubt member (b. 1969)
  • Dec 24 John M "Joop" de Uyl, Dutch social-dem premier (1973-77), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 M. G. Ramachandran, Chief Minister of the Tamil Nadu (b. 1917)
  • Dec 27 Rewi Alley, NZ author, pro Chinese communist, dies at 90 in Beijing
  • Dec 27 Geoffrey D Lloyd, Chairman of the guild of British Newspaper editors (b. 1933)
  • Dec 28 Charles Malik, Lebanon's 1st delegate to UN, dies at 81
  • Dec 31 [Gordon] Randall [P D] Garrett, author (Lord Darcy), dies at 60