Deaths in History in 1988

  • Jan 1 Leo Steiner, NY Carnegie Deli's owner, dies
  • 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 4 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • Jan 8 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • Jan 11 Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, ace WW II pilot, 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
  • Jan 14 Georgy M Malenkov, PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86

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

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • Jan 16 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • Jan 20 Philippe de Rothschild, Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86
  • Jan 20 Dora Stratou, Greek choreographer and folklorist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 22 Georgi M Malenkov, Russian premier (1953-55), dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Charles Glenn King, biochemist (discovered vitamin C), dies at 91
  • 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, MIT pres (1948-59), dies at 83
  • Jan 30 Cornelia D "Corry" Spark, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Heather O'Rourke, (Poltergeist) star, dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • Feb 1 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Clive Epstein, brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 G Mennen Williams, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • Feb 6 Marghanita Laski, English author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies
  • Feb 6 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • 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[onald] Jones, sf writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Richard P Feynman, physicist (Nobel 1965, Physical Law), dies at 69
  • Feb 16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
  • Feb 19 André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Feb 24 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
  • Feb 28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • Mar 7 Divine, [Harris Milstead], female impersonator (Pink Flamingos), dies
  • 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

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Mar 15 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • Mar 27 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • Mar 30 Edgar Faure, French politician (b. 1908)
  • Mar 31 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
  • 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
  • Apr 12 Alan Paton, South African writer, dies at 85
  • Apr 14 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)

  • Apr 15 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Williams, dies at 61
  • Apr 16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch 2nd chamber member (soc-dem), 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, sculptor, 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[onald] Simak, sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • May 1 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • May 3 Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  • May 3 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • May 5 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • May 5 Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • May 7 Divine [Harris Glenn Milstead], American actress, drag queen, and international icon of bad taste cinema (Pink Flamingos), dies of natural causes at 42
  • May 8 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • May 10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85

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

  • May 14 Willem Drees, PM of Netherland (1948-58), dies at 101
  • May 16 Kay Baxter, best bodybuilder in the world (1983-85), 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 delegate to league of nations, dies at 92
  • May 21 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • May 22 Giorgio Almirante, Italian fascist (member of parliament), 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 A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49), dies at 85
  • Jun 5 Clarence M Pendleton, chairman of comm on Civil Rights (1981-88) dies
  • Jun 8 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 10 Louis L'Amour, western writer (Bowdrie), dies at 80 of cancer
  • Jun 11 Giuseppe Saragat, president of Italy (1964-71), dies at 89
  • Jun 19 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 19 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • Jun 21 Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd, US football coach
  • 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 Leonie Fuller Adams, US 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 10 Errol John, playwright, dies at 63
  • Jul 12 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer, 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 Malik, Pakistani scholar (b. 1919)
  • Jul 27 Frank Zamboni, American inventor (b. 1901)
  • Jul 29 Ellin Berlin, [MacKay], Mrs Irving Berlin, dies at 86
  • Jul 31 Trinidad Silva, killed in auto accident at 38
  • Aug 1 John Cardinal Dearden, US cardinal, dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season), dies at 50
  • Aug 2 Joe Carcione, American consumer advocate (The Green Grocer), dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Anatoli S Levchenko, cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of brain tumor at 47
  • Aug 6 J Skelly Wright, US 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 E Passman, (Rep-D-La, 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

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

Choreographer Frederick Ashton
Choreographer
Frederick Ashton
  • Aug 21 Hans Gunther Adler, German writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 21 Ray Eames, American designer, artist and architect (b. 1912)
  • Aug 24 Max Shulman, author (Dobie Gillis, Tender Trap), dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Price Daniel, (Gov/Sen-D-Texas), dies at 77
  • Aug 26 Paul Francis Lloyd, entertainer, dies
  • Aug 30 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss Botanist, 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, (Sen-D-Nev, 1954-74), dies at 78
  • Sep 12 Lauris Morstad, NATO commander/CEO 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, member of United States Congress (b. 1914
  • 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, cartoonist (Addams Family), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Sep 30 Joachim Prinz, author/Rabbi of Berlin (1926-37), dies at 86
  • Oct 1 Sacheverell Sitwell, English writer (b. 1897)
  • Oct 2 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer, developer of the Mini (b. 1906)
  • 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, developer of Wankel rotary engine, dies
  • 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/Neth theologist/economist, dies at 77
  • Oct 20 Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (b. 1922)
  • Oct 27 S B Fuller, founder (Fuller products), dies at 83
  • Oct 30 T. Hee, American animator (b. 1911)
  • 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 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 Christine Onassis, heiress, dies of heart failure at 37
  • Nov 22 Erich Fried, writer, dies at 67
  • Nov 22 Janet Ertel, crooner, dies
  • Nov 22 Luis Barragán, Mexican architect (b. 1908)
  • Nov 22 Paul Vario, U.S. Italian Mafia of the Lucchese Family (b. 1914)
  • Nov 22 Erich Freid, Austrian and British writer, dies at 67
  • Nov 27 [John] Hein Donner, chess grand master, dies at 61
  • Dec 4 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (b. 1899)
  • Dec 7 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Dec 7 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • Dec 10 Richard Castellano, aqctor (Honor thy Father), dies at 55
  • Dec 12 John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
  • Dec 12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • Dec 20 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer (b. 1908)
  • Dec 21 Nicholas Tinbergen, Dutch/British biologist, dies at 81

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

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Environmentalist
Chico Mendes
  • 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, US 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)