Deaths in History in 1991

Deaths 1 - 200 of 292

  • Jan 1 Charles B Timmer, Dutch writer (Russia Black on White), dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish author (Gnome Patjoepelke), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 Vasko Popa, Serbian WW II-partisan/poet (Sporedno Nebo), dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Ada Moore, entertainer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 10 Dimitris Myrat, dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 11 Jason Christmas, dies of gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49

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Jan 11 Carl David Anderson, American physicist, Nobel laureate, dies at 85

Nobel Laureat Physicist Carl David Anderson
Nobel Laureat Physicist
Carl David Anderson
  • Jan 12 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Ragazze di San Frediano), dies at 77
  • Jan 14 Sallah Kharaf, [Abu Iyad], co-founder (Al-Fatah), assassinated
  • Jan 14 Gordon Bryant, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 17 Olav AFEC van Sleeswijk-Holstein-S-G V, king of Norway (1957), dies
  • Jan 18 Hamilton Fish, congressman (NY), dies at 102
  • Jan 19 Marcel Chaput, Quebec politician (b. 1918)
  • Jan 22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • Jan 23 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • Jan 26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • Jan 28 Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66
  • Jan 29 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies

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Jan 30 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), dies of heart disease at 82

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen
  • Jan 30 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)
  • Feb 1 Annie van Ommeren-Averink [Hanna Jacoba of Ommeren-Averink], Dutch politician (CPN), dies
  • Feb 3 Harry Ackerman, American TV executive producer (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5 Pedro Arrupe, Spanish priest/Jesuit, dies at 83
  • Feb 6 Marten Levendig, Dutch TV correspondent to Moscow, dies
  • Feb 6 Salvador Luria, Italian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Feb 7 Gladys LaVerne, dies of heart problems at 87
  • Feb 7 Amos Yarkoni, legendary Israeli soldier (b. 1920)
  • Feb 7 Jean-Paul Mousseau, Quebec painter, member of Les Automatistes (b. 1927)
  • Feb 7 John Steinbeck IV, American author and journalist
  • Feb 11 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building, Centre Pompidou), dies at 90
  • Feb 11 Robert W. Holley, American biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1922)
  • Feb 12 Edward A Blatt, director (Between 2 Worlds), dies at 88
  • Feb 12 Robert F. Wagner Jr., Mayor of New York City (Democrat: 1954-65), dies at 80
  • Feb 12 Roger Patterson, American death metal bass player (b. 1968)
  • Feb 14 Arno Breker, German sculptor (Third Reich), dies at 90
  • Feb 14 John A McCone, Head of CIA (1961-65), dies
  • Feb 16 Enrique B Varela, commandant Nicaragua contra's, dies
  • Feb 17 Enrique Bermudez, commandant (Contra), dies
  • Feb 21 Margot Fonteyn, ballerina (1st lady of British Ballet), dies at 71
  • Feb 24 Marcella Markham, dies of breast cancer at 68
  • Feb 27 H J of Royen, manager Dutch (Concertgebouw Orch), dies at 52
  • Feb 27 Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered
  • Feb 28 Guillermo Ungo, member of El Salvador junta (1979-80), dies
  • Feb 28 Wassily Hoeffding, American statistician (b. 1914)

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Mar 1 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, dies at 81

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • Mar 2 Clark Mollenhoff, US journalist (Pulitzer Prize), dies
  • Mar 2 Freek Zoetmulder, publisher (Austrian Encyclopedia)/neo-nazi, dies
  • Mar 3 Clara Eggink, [Ebbele], Dutch poet (Life with J C Bloem), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 August de Schryver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP), dies at 92
  • Mar 5 Trijntje Jansma-Boskma, oldest person in Netherland, dies at 109

  • Mar 7 Greta Schoon, German poet, dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Etienne Decroux, French mime (Voyage, Surprise), dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Ragnar Granit, Finnish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Mar 14 Jef Houthuys, Belgian union leader (ACV, 1968-87), dies at 68
  • Mar 14 Robert Maroff, dies at 57
  • Mar 14 Margery Sharp, children's author (b. 1905)
  • Mar 16 7 members of Reba McIntire's band, killed in a plane crash
  • Mar 16 Jan H van Roijen, Dutch diplomat/Foreign Minister, dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Ron Pagano, dies after lengthy illness at 37
  • Mar 20 Conor Clapton, Eric Clapton's son, falls out of 53rd floor window at 5
  • Mar 21 Leo Fender, American inventor (Fender guitar), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Léon Balcer, French Canadian politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 23 Dominic Bellissimo, created buffalo chicken wings, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 Fons Jansen, Dutch news reader and cabaretier, dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Parkash Singh, Indian soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1913)
  • Mar 24 Sir John Kerr, Australian politician and the Governor General who dismissed the Whitlam Government (b. 1914)
  • Mar 25 Marcel Lefebvre, French Catholic prelate (b. 1905)
  • Mar 26 Frans Dohmen, union leader (Neth Catholic Mine Workers), dies at 81
  • Mar 29 Lee Atwater, political strategists (R), dies of brain tumor at 40
  • Apr 1 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • Apr 1 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • Apr 1 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (b.1946)

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Apr 3 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • Apr 4 John Heinz, (Sen-R-Pa), dies in a plane crash, dies at 52
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • Apr 5 John Tower, (Sen-R-Tx), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • Apr 5 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, USN/astro (STS 33), dies at 43
  • Apr 11 Tom Rosqui, dies at 62
  • Apr 12 James Schuyler, US poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • Apr 15 Marjorie Warfield, dies at 88
  • Apr 17 Jack Yellen, US poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • Apr 20 Don Siegel, American film director (Coogan's Bluff, Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Jumjaagiyn Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician, dies
  • Apr 20 Sean O'Faolain, [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Yumzhagin Tsendenbal, PM of Mongolia (1952-74), dies
  • Apr 21 Richard Bolling, American politician (Rep-D-Missouri 1949-83), dies at 74
  • Apr 23 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies
  • Apr 24 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • Apr 26 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • Apr 27 Marcus Heeresma, writer/poet (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies
  • Apr 28 Floyd B McKissick, US founder (CORE), dies
  • Apr 28 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive (b. 1905)
  • Apr 29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • Apr 30 George Sperti Sperti, inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91
  • May 1 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • May 2 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • May 2 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • May 2 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), dies at 81
  • May 3 Gerrit Mik, Dutch psychiatrist and politician (D66), dies
  • May 3 Jersy Kosinski, Polish-American author (Being There), dies at 57
  • May 4 Dennis Crosby, son of Bing, commits suicide at 54
  • May 5 William De Acutis, dies at 33
  • May 6 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • May 6 Thomas A Carlin, dies at 62
  • May 8 Lloyd Ford, stuntman, dies at 79
  • May 9 James L Reinsch, media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy), dies
  • May 10 Armand HF Boni, [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • May 11 Filip J Field, dies at 67
  • May 11 Ho Dam, foreign minister North-Korea (1970-83), dies
  • May 14 Ast Fonteyne, Flemish lecture artist, dies
  • May 14 Herman Niels, Flemish radio director, dies

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May 14 Jiang Qing, widow of Chinese leader Mao Zedong, commits suicide

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • May 14 John Edward Craven, dies
  • May 14 Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies
  • May 15 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (b. 1956)
  • May 19 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch), dies
  • May 21 Bobby Dale, dies at 92
  • May 21 Jean Van Joutte, PM of Belgium (1952-54), dies
  • May 21 Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minster (1984-89), assassinated at 46
  • May 23 Jean van Houte, Belgian premier, dies
  • May 23 Peter T Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money), dies at 74
  • May 25 Dorothy Davis Bostwick, entertainer, dies
  • May 26 Tom Eyen, playwright (Dreamgirls), dies of cardiac arrest at 50
  • May 27 Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88
  • May 28 Brigitte B Fischer, writer, dies
  • May 28 Ethel Lois Payne, American journalist (Chic Defender), dies at 79
  • May 31 Angus Wilson, [Johnstone-W], British writer (Wrong Set), dies
  • May 31 H N "Swanie" Swanson, literary agent, dies at 91 of a stroke
  • Jun 3 Harry Glicken, volcanologist, killed by Mt Unzen Volcano in Japan
  • Jun 3 Takeshi Nagata, Japanese geophysicist (b. 1913)
  • Jun 6 Sylvia Porter, economist/author (Money Book), dies at 77
  • Jun 9 Charles Loloma, painter/sculptor, dies
  • Jun 10 Vercors, [Jean Bruller], French writer (Silence of Mer), dies
  • Jun 14 Joy Finzi, [Joyce A Black], British painter, dies at 84
  • Jun 23 Antonio Jacinto, Angolan poet, dies at 66
  • Jun 24 Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter, dies at 91
  • Jun 24 Sumner Locke Elliott, Australian-born American novelist (b. 1917)
  • Jun 27 Klas Bruinsma, leader criminal organization, murdered
  • Jun 27 Willem J [Molly] Geertsema, liberal/foreign minister), dies
  • Jun 28 Klas Bruinsma, clergyman, dies
  • Jul 1 Joost Baljeu, painter/founder-editor Structure, dies
  • Jul 4 Victor Chang, Australian physician (b. 1936)
  • Jul 5 Howard Nemerow, US poet laureate (Pulitzer), dies
  • Jul 5 Mildred Dunnock, dies at 87
  • Jul 10 Gerome Ragal, author (Hair), dies of cancer at 48
  • Jul 11 Hitoshi Igarashi, Japanese interpreter (Satanic Verses), murdered
  • Jul 13 Cor Ria Leeman, Flemish (youth)writer, dies
  • Jul 14 Nic van Bridges, Flemish poet, dies
  • Jul 16 Cornelis Z Forster, [Da Kuneisi], Suriname granman/gaanman, dies
  • Jul 16 Frank Rizzo, (Mayor-D-Philadelphia, 1972-80), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jul 16 Robert Motherwell, US painter (Elegies to Spanish Rep), dies at 76
  • Jul 18 Andre Cools, Belgian budget minister, murdered at 63
  • Jul 21 Theodore Wilson, dies at 47
  • Jul 24 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American writer (Yentl, Nobel 1978), dies at 87
  • Jul 24 Karl Ellis, dies at 41
  • Jul 25 Kaganovitch, Russian minister of Transport for Stalin, dies
  • Jul 30 Leonardus S van Egerat, travel expert, dies at 68
  • Aug 4 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Soichiro Hondo, CEO & founder (Honda), dies of liver cancer at 84
  • Aug 6 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • Aug 6 Roland Michener, Canadian politician and governor general (b. 1900)
  • Aug 7 Shapur Bahktiar, PM of Iran (1979), assassinated
  • Aug 8 James B Irwin, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 15), dies at 61
  • Aug 8 John Brasser, Zaans resistance fighter (White Ko), dies
  • Aug 8 Magdalena G Schenk, historical (Vorstenhuizen of our time), dies
  • Aug 10 Josef Lipski, Polish politician, dies
  • Aug 11 Jef Contryn, Flemish pioneer puppet theatre, dies at 89
  • Aug 13 Jack Ryan, inventor (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65
  • Aug 15 Marietta Tree, ambassador (UN Comm of Human Rights), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 Shamu the Whale, dies of respiratory failure at 16
  • Aug 16 Stuart Karl, CEO (Karl Home Video), dies at 38 of skin cancer
  • Aug 17 Leo Geerts, [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • Aug 17 Mervyn Nelson, director (Some of My Best Friends Are...), dies at 76
  • Aug 18 Vaughn Shoemaker, US cartoonist (John Q Public, Pulitzer), dies
  • Aug 20 Lenore Strunsky Gershwin, widow of Ira Gershwin, dies at 90
  • Aug 21 Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist/philosopher, dies at 101
  • Aug 21 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German/Swiss architect, dies
  • Aug 22 Boris Pugo, USSR minister of Interior (1990), commits suicide
  • Aug 23 Florence B Seibert, bio-chemist (TB), dies at 93
  • Aug 24 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • Aug 24 Bernard Castro, patented convertible couch, dies at 87
  • Aug 25 Don Nute, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 56
  • Aug 25 Niven Busch, American writer (Duel in the Sun), dies
  • Aug 25 Sergei Ajromeiev, soviet general, commits suicide
  • Aug 29 Daniel Ocko, dies of respiratory condition at 78
  • Aug 29 Dixie Dunbar, [Charlotte King], dies of heart attack at 72
  • Aug 29 Kathryn Cravens, news correspondent, dies at 92
  • Aug 29 Libero Grassi, Italian underwear manufacturer/anti mafia, dies
  • Aug 30 Hans Koetsier, sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), dies
  • Aug 30 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (moving objects), dies
  • Aug 31 Leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93
  • Sep 1 Steve Kemp, British light enterpeneur, dies
  • Sep 2 Alfonso Garcia Robles, Mexican foreign minister (Nobel 1982), dies
  • Sep 3 Henri de Lubac, French theologist/antifascist, dies
  • Sep 6 Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins, American serial killer (claimed to have murdered over 100 people), executed in the electric chair at 58
  • Sep 7 John Crosby, US columnist/detective writer dies at 79
  • Sep 7 John Lawrence, examined effect of neutron radiation on fabric, dies
  • Sep 8 Jan J Lipski, chairman (Polish Socialist Party)/writer, dies
  • Sep 9 Edwin M McMillan, American chemist (neptunium, plutonium, Nobel 1951), dies