Deaths in History in 1989

  • Jan 3 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • Jan 3 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60

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Jan 6 Hirohito, Japan`s emperor (1922-89), dies at 87 after 62-year reign

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Jan 10 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • Jan 17 Sterling A Brown, US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49

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Jan 23 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), dies of heart failure at 84

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali

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Jan 24 Ted Bundy, American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Jan 26 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • Jan 27 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • Feb 1 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • Feb 6 Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
  • Feb 8 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (b. 1928)
  • Feb 12 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • Feb 12 Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 14 James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 19 Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • Feb 27 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • Feb 27 Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist and ethologist (Man & His Ideas, Nobel Prize 1973), dies at 85
  • Feb 27 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28 Hermann Burger, writer, dies at 46
  • Mar 1 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch radio host, dies at 64
  • Mar 9 Robert Mapplethorpe, US photographer, dies at 42
  • Mar 11 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • Mar 11 James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 11 John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • Mar 14 Edward Abbey (environmental author), dies after surgery at 62
  • Mar 14 Zita, Empress of Austria/Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
  • Mar 15 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • Mar 19 Alan Civil, English French horn player (b. 1929)
  • Apr 1 Henk Gortzak [Hendricus Gortzak], Dutch carpenter and politician (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • Apr 5 María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • Apr 7 Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • Apr 10 Joan Barry, dies at 85
  • Apr 11 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • Apr 12 Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52
  • Apr 15 Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • Apr 15 Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • Apr 17 Charles Lampkin, dies
  • Apr 19 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Princess Dukhye of Korea (b. 1912)
  • Apr 22 Huey Newton, American Black Panther leader, shot dead at 47

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Apr 22 Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist and Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Apr 27 Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 28 Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • Apr 30 Sergio Leone, Italian director (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 60

  • Apr 30 Yi, Bang-ja, Crown Princess of Korea (b. 1901)
  • May 1 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • May 1 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • May 2 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • May 2 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • May 3 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • May 3 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • May 12 Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • May 16 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • May 19 Able J Herzberg, Russ/Neth lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies
  • May 19 E Galgoczi, writer, dies
  • May 19 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • May 20 Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42
  • May 20 John R Hicks, English economist (Nobel 1972), dies
  • May 23 Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • May 27 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • May 31 Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72

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Jun 3 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jun 4 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • Jun 9 Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • Jun 9 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • Jun 9 George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • Jun 15 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 17 Stanley David Griggs, astronaut (STS 51-D), dies in plane crash at 59 (b. 1939)
  • Jun 18 I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • Jun 19 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • Jun 19 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • Jun 22 Lucien Saulnier, Canadian politician (b. 1916)
  • Jun 23 Werner Best, German jurist and nazi leader (b. 1903)
  • Jun 27 Alfred J Ayer, English philosopher (Logical Positivism), dies
  • Jun 28 Joris Ivens, director (Indonesia), dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet diplomat, dies just short of his 80th birthday
  • Jul 6 Janos Kádár, premier of Hungary (1956-58), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Thomas E "Tommy" Trinder, English comic (Bitter Springs), dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Abdul Rahman Qassemlu, Iran Kurds leader, murdered
  • Jul 13 Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez, Cubans general, executed
  • Jul 14 Frank Bell, British educator (b. 1916)
  • Jul 17 Heinz Risse, German writer, dies at 91
  • Jul 19 Kazimierz Sabbat, Polish president (b. 1913)
  • Jul 20 Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, commander (French resistance), dies
  • Jul 22 Martti Talvela, Finnish bass (b. 1935)
  • Jul 23 Donald Barthelme, American author (b. 1931)
  • Jul 25 Steve Rubell, American night club owner (b. 1943)
  • Jul 30 Lane Frost, American bull rider, dies from injuries sustained by being gored by a bull at 25
  • Aug 7 Mickey Leland, (Rep-D-Tx), & 15 others dies in plane crash in Ethiopia

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Aug 12 William Shockley, American physicist and 1956 Nobel laureate, dies of prostate cancer at 79

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley
  • Aug 13 Larkin Smith, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (b. 1944)
  • Aug 18 Bert Oosterbosch, cyclist, dies
  • Aug 18 Luis Carlos Galan, Colombian presidential candidate, murdered
  • Aug 20 George Adamson [Baba ya Simba - "Father of Lions"], British conservationist (Born Free), murdered in Kenya at 82
  • Aug 22 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), dies at 85
  • Aug 23 R. D. Laing, Scottish psychiatrist (anti-psychiatry), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Aug 23 Yusef Hawkins, shot by 30 whites in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY in a racially motivated attack
  • Aug 23 Mohammed Abed Elhai, Sudanese writer and academic (b. 1944)
  • Aug 26 Henk Heidweiller, ambassador of Suriname, dies
  • Aug 26 Irving Stone, American writer (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life), dies
  • Aug 29 Peter Scott, English explorer, naturalist, and painter (b. 1909)
  • Aug 30 Joe De Santis, dies at 80
  • Aug 30 Seymour Krim, American journalist, essayist, and literary critic (b. 1922)
  • Sep 1 Tadeusz Sendzimir, American inventor (b. 1894)
  • Sep 4 Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director (Maigret), dies at 86
  • Sep 4 Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian, dies at 86
  • Sep 12 Anton Lubowski, Namibian attorney/SWAPO, murdered at 37
  • Sep 13 Yamada Koun, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies at 82
  • Sep 15 Robert Penn Warren, American writer (b. 1905)
  • Sep 17 Jay Stewart, annoucer on Lets Make a Deal, commits suicide
  • Sep 21 F Fischer, German war criminal (4, Two of Breda), dies
  • Sep 26 Pavlos Bakoyannis, Greek parliament leader, murdered in Rome

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Sep 28 Ferdinand Marcos, President of Philippines (1965-86), dies in Honolulu at 72

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 29 Gussie Busch, American brewing magnate (b. 1899)
  • Oct 2 Liesbeth Ribbius Peletier, Neth's 1st female advisor of State, dies
  • Oct 3 Joseph Wybran, Belgian physician/Jews foreman, murdered
  • Oct 9 Penny Lernoux, American journalist and author (b. 1940)
  • Oct 11 M. King Hubbert, American geophysicist (b. 1904)
  • Oct 12 Jay Ward, American cartoonist (Rocky & His Friends), dies at 69 of kidney cancer
  • Oct 21 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • Oct 25 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies
  • Oct 25 Mary McCarthy, author (Group), dies, at 77
  • Oct 26 Charles J. Pedersen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1904)
  • Nov 6 Dickie Goodman, creator of "break-in" records (b. 1934)
  • Nov 8 Andre Kloos, Dut trade union leader (NVV)/chairman (VARA), dies at 67
  • Nov 16 Jean-Claude Malépart, Quebec politician (b. 1938)
  • Nov 17 Gus Farace, American gangster (b. 1960)
  • Nov 18 Henry de Vries, painter/poet (Toovertuin), dies
  • Nov 22 Rene Muawad, assassinated 17 days after elected president of Lebanon
  • Nov 22 C. C. Beck, American cartoonist (b. 1910)
  • Nov 24 Guus Weitzel, Dutch radio host, dies at 85
  • Nov 25 Alva R. Fitch, American World War II and Korean soldier (b. 1907)
  • Nov 26 Ahmed Abdallah, president of Comores, dies
  • Nov 30 Alfred Herrhausen, German CEO (Deutsche Bank), murdered at 59
  • Dec 8 Hans Hartung, German/French painter, dies
  • Dec 11 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)

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Dec 14 Andrei Sakharov, Russian physicist/dissident (Nobel 1975), dies at 68

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • Dec 19 Dorothea "Stella" Gibbons, English journalist and author (Cold Comfort Farm), dies at 87

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Dec 22 Samuel Beckett, Irish French writer (Molloy, Nobel 1969), dies at 83

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Dec 25 Barrel Regtien, student leader, dies
  • Dec 25 Elena Ceausescu, wife of Romania's Communist dictator Nicolae, executed at 73

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Dec 25 Nicolae Ceausescu, Communist dictator of Romania, executed at 71

Dictator of Romania Nicolae Ceausescu
Dictator of Romania
Nicolae Ceausescu
  • Dec 25 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader, dies at 51
  • Dec 28 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (b. 1894)
  • Dec 30 Lenore Lemmon, wife of George Reeves (b. 1923)