On This Day

Deaths in History in January 1988

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

Person of interestGaston Eyskens

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

Prime Minister of Belgium Gaston Eyskens
Prime Minister of Belgium
Gaston Eyskens
  • 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

Person of interestGeorgy 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

Soviet Leader Georgy Malenkov
Soviet Leader
Georgy Malenkov

Person of interestSeán MacBride

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 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, 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