On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1988

  • Jan 1 Leo Steiner, American restaurateur (Carnegie Deli), dies at 48
  • Jan 2 E.B. Ford, British ecological geneticist, dies at 86

Gaston Eyskens

Jan 3 Gaston Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82

  • Jan 3 Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • Jan 8 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • Jan 11 Pappy Boyington, American combat pilot (United States Marine Corps fighter ace during World War II), dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 11 Isidor Isaac Rabi, nuclear physicist (Nobel Prize-1944), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • Jan 12 Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 13 Chiang Ching-huo, president of Taiwan (1978-88), dies at 69

Georgy Malenkov

Jan 14 Georgi Malenkov, Soviet leader who was briefly leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death (1953-55), dies in obscurity at 86

Seán MacBride

Jan 15 Seán MacBride, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Amnesty International (Nobel 1974), dies at 83

  • Jan 16 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • Jan 20 Dora Stratou, Greek choreographer and folklorist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 23 Charles Glen King, American biochemist and pioneer of nutrition research who isolated vitamin C, dies at 91
  • Jan 23 Dan Daniel, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)
  • Jan 27 Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian author (b. 1938)
  • Jan 28 Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 29 James R. Killian Jr., 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948-59), dies at 83
  • Jan 30 Corry [Cornelia Diderika] Vonk, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Clive Epstein, British music artist manager, and brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), dies at 76
  • Feb 6 Marghanita Laski, English journalist and author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies at 72
  • Feb 7 Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • Feb 15 Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Neil R. Jones, American sci-fi writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist known for his work on quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics (1965 Nobel), dies of liposarcoma at 69
  • Feb 16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler, dies at 71
  • Feb 19 André F. Cournand, French physician and physiologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 92
  • Feb 19 René Char, French poet and painter, dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
  • Feb 28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • Mar 8 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 Kurt Georg Kiesinger, West German chancellor (1966-69), dies at 83
  • Mar 11 Pham Hung, premier of Vietnam, dies at about 74
  • Mar 12 William Camp, dies at 74
  • Mar 25 James J. Howard, American educator and Democratic Party politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 60
  • Mar 27 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • Mar 30 Edgar Faure, Prime Minister of France (1952, 52-56) and writer, dies at 79
  • Mar 31 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal: 1971-72), dies in his sleep at 80
  • Apr 1 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Milton A. Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81

Alan Paton

Apr 12 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, dies of cancer at 85

  • Apr 14 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)
  • Apr 15 Han G. Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • Apr 16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician and writer (Fascism is War!), dies at 90
  • Apr 16 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • Apr 16 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (featured at the 31st Venice Biennale), dies of brain tumor at 88
  • Apr 19 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • Apr 23 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • Apr 25 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 25 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist and author of SCUM Manifesto who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, dies of pneumonia at 52
  • May 1 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • May 3 Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician, dies at 79
  • May 3 Paul Vario, U.S. Italian Mafia of the Lucchese Family, dies of lung cancer at 73
  • May 3 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • May 5 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • May 5 Michael Shaara, American author (Killer angels), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • May 8 Robert A. Heinlein, American sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • May 10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85

Kim Philby

May 11 Kim Philby, British spy & Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", dies at 76

  • May 12 Paul Osborn, American playwright (Mornings at 7), dies at 86
  • May 14 Willem Drees, Dutch statesman of the Labour Party (PvdA) and Prime Minister of the Netherlands, dies at 101
  • May 16 Kay Baxter, American bodybuilder (NPC Gold's Classic 1981), dies in car crash at 42
  • May 16 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • May 16 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • May 21 Dino Conte Grandi, Italian Fascist politician and delegate to league of nations (1925-32), dies at 92
  • May 21 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • May 22 Giorgio Almirante, Italian fascist (member of parliament (1948-87)), dies at 73
  • May 24 James "Hamish" Hamilton, British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • May 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • Jun 2 Horace Hildreth, American politician (Gov-Maine, 1945-49) and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (1953-57), dies at 85
  • Jun 5 Clarence M. Pendleton Jr., African-American chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1981-88), dies at 57
  • Jun 8 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 10 Louis L'Amour, American western writer (Bowdrie), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jun 11 Giuseppe Saragat, 5th President of Italy (1964-71), dies at 89
  • Jun 17 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice, dies at 82
  • Jun 19 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 19 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • Jun 21 Bobby Dodd, US football coach (Georgia Tech), dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 73
  • Jun 23 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • Jun 25 Axis Sally [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WWII), dies
  • Jun 27 Léonie Adams, American poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Anthony Holland, AIDS sufferer committed suicide at 60
  • Jul 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog trainer, dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Jul 11 Barbara Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger, British sociologist and criminologist, dies at 91
  • Jul 12 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer (South Pacific), dies at 79 of palsy
  • Jul 12 Raymond W Goldsmith, US economist, dies at 83
  • Jul 13 Huub Bals, Dutch film promotor, dies at 51
  • Jul 13 Samuel L Mendel, oldest US war veteran, dies at 104
  • Jul 15 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats), dies at 82
  • Jul 22 Duane Jones, dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 51
  • Jul 26 Fazlur Rahman, Pakistani modernist scholar, dies at 68
  • Jul 27 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • Aug 1 John Dearden, American cardinal (1969-88) and archbishop of Detroit, dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Raymond Carver, American poet and short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • Aug 2 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer), dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Anatoly Levchenko, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • Aug 6 J Skelly Wright, American judge (anti-segregationist), dies at 77
  • Aug 10 Adela Rogers St John, journalist (Free Soul, Honeycomb), dies at 94
  • Aug 10 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68), dies at 86
  • Aug 11 Pauline Lafont, daughter of Bernadette, dies in hiking accident at 25
  • Aug 13 Otto Passman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana (1947-77), dies at 88
  • Aug 15 Barry Bingham Sr, US daily newspaper publisher, dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Mohammed Zia ul-Haq, President of Pakistan, killed in plane crash
  • Aug 17 Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr, (Rep-D-NY, 1949-55), dies on 74th birthday
  • Aug 17 Mohammad Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan (1978-88), dies in plane crash at 64
  • Aug 18 Alexandr V Shchukin, Russian cosmonaut, dies in SU-26 crash at 42

Frederick Ashton

Aug 18 Frederick Ashton, British choreographer (Cinderella), dies at 83

  • Aug 21 H. G. Adler, German writer (The Journey), dies at 78
  • Aug 24 Max Shulman, American author (Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Price Daniel, American politician (38th Governor of Texas), dies at 77
  • Aug 30 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss botanist and pioneer of submicroscopic morphology and the discipline of molecular biology, dies at 87
  • Sep 1 Leonor Sullivan, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1955-77), dies at 86
  • Sep 11 George Alpert, railroad executive, dies at 90
  • Sep 11 Luis Alvarez, American physicist (subatomic particles, Nobel 1968), dies of cancer at 77
  • Sep 11 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), dies of a stroke at 53
  • Sep 12 Alan Bible, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74), dies at 78
  • Sep 12 Lauris Norstad, American general (NATO commander) and CEO (Owens-Corning Fiberglass), dies at 71
  • Sep 19 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of National the Farmers Organization (1955-79), dies at 65
  • Sep 21 Henry Koster, director, dies
  • Sep 21 Robert Gwathmey, artist, dies at 85
  • Sep 21 Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, dies at 73
  • Sep 21 Walter Vogt, Swiss writer (Wüthrich) and psychiatrist, dies at 61
  • Sep 22 Rais Amrohvi, Pakistani poet and psychoanalyst, dies at 74
  • Sep 23 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (b. 1912)
  • Sep 25 Billy Carter, brother of US President Jimmy Carter, dies of cancer at 51
  • Sep 27 William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • Sep 29 Charles Addams, American artist and cartoonist (New Yorker, The Addams Family) known for darkly humorous and macabre characters, dies of heart attack at 76
  • Sep 30 Joachim Prinz, German-American Zionist leader, author and Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), dies at 86
  • Oct 1 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (People's Palace), dies at 90
  • Oct 2 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British automotive designer who designed the Mini, dies at 81
  • Oct 3 Franz Josef Strauss, German politician, Minister of Defense (1956-62), dies at 73
  • Oct 3 Generoso Pope Jr, National Enquirer owner, dies at 61
  • Oct 9 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), dies at 86
  • Oct 12 Ruth Manning-Sanders, author of children's books (b. 1895)
  • Oct 18 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, writer/director (Hadimassa), dies at 60
  • Oct 19 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish economist and narrative author, dies at 77

Sheila Scott

Oct 20 Sheila Scott, English aviator (completes 1st round-the-world solo flight by a woman), dies at 61

  • Oct 27 S B Fuller, founder (Fuller products), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 Hannah Tillich, German-American writer (Harbor Mouse) and wife of Paul Tillich, dies at 92
  • Oct 31 Alfred Pellan, Québécois painter (b. 1906)
  • Nov 3 Henri van Praag, Dutch para-psychologist, dies
  • Nov 7 Hans Baumann, German nationalist writer, dies at 74
  • Nov 8 Kingman Brewster, American educator and president of Yale University, dies at 69
  • Nov 9 John Mitchell, former Atny Gen, dies of heart attack in Washington
  • Nov 16 Lotte Stam-Beese, German/Neth architect, dies at about 85
  • Nov 17 Sheilah Graham, gossip columnist, dies of heart failure at 84
  • Nov 19 Christina Onassis, Greek heiress, daughter of Aristotle Onassis, dies of heart failure at 37
  • Nov 22 Janet Ertel, crooner, dies
  • Nov 22 Luis Barragán, Mexican architect (Casa Luis Barragán, 1980 Pritzker Prize), dies at 86

Raymond Dart

Nov 22 Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), dies at 95 [1]

  • Nov 22 Erich Fried, Austrian-British writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 4 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist, dies at 89
  • Dec 7 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Dec 7 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • Dec 12 John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
  • Dec 12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • Dec 21 Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch-British biologist and zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 81

AssassinationChico Mendes

Dec 22 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

  • Dec 25 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • Dec 25 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • Dec 26 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • Dec 27 Hall Ashby, American director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Hal Ashby, academy-award-winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • Dec 30 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)
  • Dec 30 Isamu Noguchi, Japanese-American sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal, Noguchi table), dies at 84