On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1992

Deaths 1 - 200 of 360

Grace Hopper

Jan 1 Grace Hopper, American computer scientist & US Navy admiral who invented the first compiler for a universal computer programming language and is credited with coining the phrase 'debugging’, dies at 85

  • Jan 1 Called Abma [Hetter Gerrit Abma], Dutch politician (SGP), dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Radomiro Tomic, Chilean president (1970), dies
  • Jan 4 Earl Colbert, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 6 Avon Jaeger Hill, entertainer, dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 7 Jhean Burton, American entertainer, dies at 63
  • Jan 8 Abderrahim Bouabid, Moroccan politician (Socialist Union of Popular Forces) and an opponent of French Imperialism and King Hassan II, dies at 69
  • Jan 9 Bill Naughton [William John Francis Naughton], English playwright (Alfie), dies at 81
  • Jan 12 Harry van Doorn, Dutch politician (KVP/KRO-chairman/PPR/CRM), dies at 76
  • Jan 12 Walt Morey, US children's book writer (Gentle Ben), dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist meditation master, dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Muhammad Abd al-Khaliq Hassuna, Secretary-General of Arab League (1952-72), dies
  • Jan 22 A J Antoon, director (That Championship Season), dies at 47
  • Jan 22 Ali Amini, Prime Minister of Iran (1961-62), dies
  • Jan 23 Simon Brand, South African banker and adviser to President F. W. de Klerk, dies
  • Jan 24 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (b. 1950)
  • Jan 25 Mahmoud Riad, Secretary-General of Arab League (1972-79), dies
  • Jan 26 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist, writer and poet, dies at 63
  • Jan 26 Gilroy Roberts, American sculptor (Chief Engraver of the US Mint, 1948-64), dies at 96
  • Jan 27 Francesca Primus, columnist (Back Stage), dies at 45
  • Jan 27 Gene Harris, entertainer, dies after long illness
  • Jan 28 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), dies at 86
  • Feb 1 Irving Kaufman, American federal judge (Rosenberg Case), dies at 81
  • Feb 2 Jack [John T] Aitken, British anatomist, dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Maurice J Hill, writer (Track of Thunder), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • Feb 2 Maurice L Kusell, dies
  • Feb 4 Fred Slyter, dialogue coach, dies after long illness at 56
  • Feb 5 Donald Zimmerman, editor, dies
  • Feb 5 Miguel Rolando Covian, Brazilian physiologist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 7 Jeanne Gerson, dies of cancer & pneumonia at 87

Alex Haley

Feb 10 Alex Haley, American writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), dies at 70

  • Feb 10 Florence Tarlow, dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 10 Mau Kopuit, Dutch editor-in-chief (New Israeli Weekly Newspaper), dies
  • Feb 10 Thomas Graftdijk, Dutch writer (Dr Faustus), dies
  • Feb 12 Ton Brandsteder, CEO (Sony Netherland BV), dies at 74
  • Feb 13 Bob den Uyl, Dutch journalist and writer (Restless Travel), dies at 61
  • Feb 13 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, dies at 82
  • Feb 15 María Elena Moyano, Peruvian activist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 16 Abbas al-Musawi, influential Lebanese Shia cleric, and founder and leader of Hezbollah, assassinated by Israel Defense Forces at 39
  • Feb 16 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, dies of cancer at 51
  • Feb 16 George Mann MacBeth, Scottish journalist/poet (A War Quartet), dies
  • Feb 16 Janio Quadros, president of Brazil (1961), dies
  • Feb 19 Chet Leaming, dies after brief illness at 66
  • Feb 20 Roberto D'Aubuisson, El Salvadorian founder (ARENA), dies
  • Feb 20 Eugene R. Black, American President of World Bank (1953-62), dies at 93
  • Feb 20 A. J. Casson, Canadian painter (member of Group of Seven), dies at 93
  • Feb 21 Franc Holden, British astronomer (Binary Stars), dies
  • Feb 21 William Magginetti, American producer and set designer, dies at 98
  • Feb 23 Markos Vafiades, leader (ELAS, 1943-49), dies
  • Feb 24 Kay Loring, dies after long illness
  • Feb 25 Ollie O'Toole, dies after long illness at 79
  • Feb 27 S. I. Hayakawa, Canadian-American academic, politician (U.S. Senator from California, 1977–83) and writer (Language in Action), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Feb 27 Marinus Ruppert, Dutch trade union leader (CNV), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 Emilla Sherman, choreographer/rockette, dies
  • Feb 29 Earl Scheib, CEO (Earl Scheib Auto Paint), dies at 85
  • Feb 29 Ruth Pitter, British poet and 1st woman to receive the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1955, dies at 94
  • Mar 4 C Meijer, Dutch editor in chief (Typhoon), dies
  • Mar 4 Christian K. Nelson, American inventor of Eskimo Pie (now Edy's Pie)), dies at 98
  • Mar 6 Emmy Huf, Dutch cabaret performer, and author (I Want Warm Meat), dies at 70
  • Mar 6 Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Portuguese painter (Infinite Passage), dies at 83
  • Mar 9 Jack McEdward, asst dir (Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell), dies at 94
  • Mar 9 James Brooks, American mural painter (Flight, La Guardia NY), dies at 85

Menachem Begin

Mar 9 Menachem Begin, 6th Prime Minister of Israel (1977-80, 81-83) and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies of a heart attack at 85

  • Mar 11 Manuel De Dios Unanue, US anti-drug journalist, murdered at 48
  • Mar 11 Richard Brooks, American director (Blackboard Jungle; Key Largo), dies at 79
  • Mar 12 Hans G. Kresse, Dutch cartoonist (known for the comic strip Eric de Noorman), dies at 70
  • Mar 12 Ida Oosterbaan, Dutch founder (Women Action Committee), dies
  • Mar 12 Karel Poons, father of Paul Deen, dies
  • Mar 12 Philippe Soupault, writer, dies
  • Mar 12 Salvo Lima, mayor (Palermo)/MP (chr-dem), murdered
  • Mar 13 Hans Redeker, Dutch art critic (Algemeen Handelsblad), dies
  • Mar 14 Steven Brian Pennell, 1st person to be executed in Delaware in 45 years, dies at 34
  • Mar 16 Renzhong Weangn, China politician (1934-45), dies
  • Mar 16 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), dies at 88
  • Mar 17 George Lovi, American columnist (Sky & Telescope's "Ramblings"), dies
  • Mar 18 Cornelis Bastiaan Vaandrager, Dutch writer & poet (Giant of Rotterdam), dies at 56
  • Mar 20 Lina Bo Bardi, Italian born Brazilian modernist architect (SESC Pompéia Factory), dies at 77
  • Mar 23 Friedrich A. von Hayek, British economist (Road to Serfdom), dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Barbara Frum, Canadian journalist (b. 1937)
  • Mar 27 Easley Blackwood, Sr, American expert bridge player, and writer, dies at 89
  • Mar 27 James E Webb, American government official (Administrator of NASA, 1961-68), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • Mar 27 Martin Engelman, Dutch cartoonist, painter and graphic artist, dies at 68
  • Mar 28 Wendell Mayes, writer, dies of cancer at 72
  • Mar 29 John Spencer, Earl of Spencer, British peer and father of Princess Diana, dies at 68
  • Mar 30 Luigi De Laurentiis, Italian producer (Toto, Macaroni), dies at 75
  • Mar 30 Manolis Andronikos, Greek archaeologist who discovered ancient royal Macedonian tombs in northern Greece, dies at 72
  • Apr 4 Karl Tunberg, US scriptwriter (Ben Hur), dies

Sam Walton

Apr 5 Sam Walton, American businessman (founder and CEO of Walmart and Sam's Club), dies of multiple myeloma at 74

Isaac Asimov

Apr 6 Isaac Asimov, Russian scientist and sci-fi writer (I Robot, Foundation Trilogy), dies from kidney failure at 72

  • Apr 7 Alix Talton, former Miss Georgia, dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Apr 7 Clovis Ruffin, American fashion designer (T shirt dress), dies of AIDS at 46
  • Apr 8 Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • Apr 9 Gale McGee, senator (Wyoming, 1959-77), dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Ken Ward, dies at 37
  • Apr 10 Peter D. Mitchell, English chemist, (1978 Nobel Prize for Chemistry), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Eve Merriam [Moskovitz], American writer and poet (Inner City Mother Goose), dies of liver cancer at 75
  • Apr 11 Alejandro Obregón, Colombian painter, dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • Apr 11 Robert Houben, Belgian politician (Minister of Public Health, 1958), dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Wallace Stegner, American novelist (Pulitzer 1972), dies at 84
  • Apr 14 David Miller, American film director (Billy the Kid) dies of cancer at 82
  • Apr 16 Frank Killmond, dies at 58
  • Apr 19 Alice Mary Riley, entertainer, dies of cancer at 51
  • Apr 21 Robert Harris, American criminal and murderer, executed in a gas chamber at 39 in San Quentin State Prison, California
  • Apr 21 Vladimir K Romanov, Grand Duke/Rus pretender to the throne, dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Billy Wayne White, American murderer, executed in Texas at 34
  • Apr 23 Deron Johnson, 1965 NL run leader, dies of cancer at 53
  • Apr 23 Satyajit Ray, Indian director (Distant Thunder, Agantuk), dies at 70
  • Apr 25 Dany Tuijnman, Dutch politician (Minister of Transport and Water Management), dies at 77
  • Apr 25 Panos Christi, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 54
  • Apr 26 Clyde Hartley, American entertainer, dies at 68
  • Apr 28 Francis Bacon, Irish-British abstract painter (Study for a Pope), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Iceberg Slim [Robert Beck], African-American writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 30 Daan van Driel, Dutch cartoonist/WWII resist fighter (Trouw), dies
  • May 2 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, dies of cardiac arrest at 65
  • May 2 Wilbur Mills, American congressmen (Democrat-AZ: 1939-77), famous for his involvement in a sex scandal with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82
  • May 3 Peter Bruni, dies of heart failure at 60
  • May 4 Henri Guillemin, French historian, dies at 89
  • May 4 Ismael Galeano, "Commandant Franklyn" (Contra), dies
  • May 4 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 50
  • May 4 Gregor Mackenzie, Labour Party (UK) politician (b. 1927)
  • May 5 Stefano d'Arrigo, Siciilian writer, dies at 72
  • May 6 Jilly Rizzo, restaurateur/friend of Frank Sinatra, dies in a car crash at 75
  • May 8 Addeke H. Boerma, Dutch economist and general manager (FAO), dies at 80
  • May 8 Brian Moore, Northern Irish-Canadian writer (Catholics), dies of heart failure at 59
  • May 8 Margaretha D. Ferguson-Wigerink, Dutch author (Fear on Java), dies at 71
  • May 8 Sergey Vladimirovich Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master, dies at 90
  • May 9 Mike Tyrell, British air acrobat, dies in an accident at 45
  • May 10 Liesbeth Saijers, Dutch sculptor, dies at 76
  • May 11 Carlos Herrera, American drink inventor (Margarita), dies at 90
  • May 11 Elizabeth McDonald, American inventor (Spic & Span), dies at 98
  • May 13 Gisela Elsner, German writer (Die Riesenzwerge, Rowohlt), commits suicide at 55
  • May 13 F. E. McWilliam [Frederick Edward], Northern-Irish surrealist sculptor (Four Seasons Group), dies at 83
  • May 15 Robert Morris Page, US physicist (radar), dies at 88
  • May 20 Roger Keith Coleman, American murder who protested his innocence, is executed at 33
  • May 21 Brendan Mulholland, British reporter jailed for refusing to name his sources (Daily Mail), dies at 59
  • May 21 Elizabeth David, British cookbook writer (English Bread and Yeast Cookery), dies after a series of strokes at 72
  • May 21 Mrithi, gorilla (Gorilla in the Mist), dies at 24
  • May 22 Zellig S. Harris, Russian-American linguist, dies at 82
  • May 23 Giovanni Falcone, anti-mafia judge (Palermo), murdered
  • May 25 Philip C. Habib, US diplomat (Middle-East, Asia), dies at 72
  • May 25 Viktor Grishin, Soviet communist hardliner, dies at 78
  • May 27 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Aankomen in Avignon), dies at 55
  • May 27 Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, American mobster (St Valentine's Day) and boss of the Chicago Outfit, dies of respiratory and heart conditions at 86
  • May 27 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (b. 1890)
  • May 29 Ruby Middleton Forsythe, African-American teacher (50 years in 1 room school in SC), dies at 86
  • May 30 Karl Carstens, German politician (President of the Federal Republic of Germany 1979-84), dies at 77
  • May 31 Lutz Stavenhagen, German politician, top aid to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, dies of pneumonia at 52
  • Jun 1 Louise Hoff, entertainer, dies at 69
  • Jun 3 Patrick Peyton, Irish priest 'The Rosary Priest', dies of kidney failure at 83
  • Jun 3 William Gaines, American publisher (Mad Magazine), dies at 70
  • Jun 5 Max Lerner, American writer/columnist (NY Post), dies at 88
  • Jun 8 Beverly Carter, entertainer, dies at 51
  • Jun 8 Farag Foeda, Egyptian writer/publicist, murdered
  • Jun 8 William McGowan, entrepreneur (MCI), dies at 64
  • Jun 9 Cathy Bennett, jury selection expert, dies of breast cancer at 41
  • Jun 10 Otto Frans Antoine Hubert van Nispen, Dutch mayor (Pannerden), dies at 85
  • Jun 10 Zak Hernández, American soldier (b. 1973)
  • Jun 11 Marjorie Newell Robb, oldest living survivor of Titanic, dies at 103
  • Jun 11 Marlene Hazlett, entertainer, dies of cancer
  • Jun 12 Edward Fleming, Danish director (Lille Spejl), dies
  • Jun 12 Renié [Conley], American Academy Award-winning costume designer (Cleopatra; Kitty Foyle), dies at 90
  • Jun 17 Frederick Exley, novelist (Fan's Note), dies at 63
  • Jun 18 Peter Allen, entertainer (Legs Diamond), dies of aids at 48
  • Jun 18 Mordecai Ardon, one of Israel's greatest painters (b. 1896)
  • Jun 21 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), dies at 82
  • Jun 22 Frederic I Rinaldo, writer (Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein), dies
  • Jun 22 M. F. K. Fisher, American cook book author, dies of Parkinson disease at 83
  • Jun 23 Lou Ramos, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 25 James Stirling, Scottish architect (Neue Staatsgalerie, 1981 Pritzker Prize), dies at 66
  • Jun 28 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WWI) and official war painter, dies at 88
  • Jun 29 Mohammed Boudiaf, president of Algeria, assassinated at 73
  • Jun 29 Pierre Billotte, French military officer (Battle for France WWII), dies at 86
  • Jun 30 Nico Booken, Dutch director (Jewish Labor Social), dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Francisco Mendes, Guinea-Bissauan politician (b. 1933)
  • Jul 2 Borisav Pekic, Serbian writer/politician, dies
  • Jul 3 Marc Tannenbaum, American rabbi (only Jew to attend Vatican II), dies at 66
  • Jul 6 Edgardo Pallero, Argentina producer (Los hijos de fierro), dies
  • Jul 6 Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne and Guinness brewing heir, dies at 86

Marsha P. Johnson

Jul 6 Marsha P. Johnson [born Malcolm Michaels Jr.], African-American gay liberation and AIDS activist, drag queen, and transgender pioneer (Gay Liberation Front, S.T.A.R.), dies under suspicious circumstances at 46

  • Jul 7 Ruurd Faber, Dutch politician and Mayor of Aalten (1971-75), dies at 79
  • Jul 10 Albert Pierrepoint, last and longest serving British executioner (est. 433-608 executed), dies at 87
  • Jul 11 Annette Fischer, Danish chairman Amnesty International, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Jul 11 Antoon Hubben, Dutch Mayor of Maasbree and trade union leader, dies at 73
  • Jul 15 Chingiz Mustafayev, Azerbaijan's most noted journalist (b. 1960)
  • Jul 15 Hammer DeRoburt, First President of Nauru, dies at 69
  • Jul 16 Patrick Meaney, British businessman and CEO (Rank Organization), dies at 67
  • Jul 18 Jan Pelleboer, Dutch meteorologist, dies
  • Jul 18 Mollie Parnis, American fashion designer (Mamie Eisenhower), dies in her 90s (she had long refused to disclose her exact age)
  • Jul 18 Rudolf Ising, cartoonist (Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies), dies at 88
  • Jul 18 Viktor Louis, Russian journalist, dies
  • Jul 19 Bert Brugman, Dutch puppeteer (Dutch marionette theater), dies
  • Jul 19 Heinz Galinski, President (Central council for Jews in Germany), dies at 79
  • Jul 19 Paolo Borsellino, Italian anti-mafia judge, murdered by mafia
  • Jul 22 Souleiman Franjieh, president Lebanon (1970-76), dies
  • Jul 24 Khaled Mahmoud Saeed, asst to Palestine terrorist Abu Nidal, murdered
  • Jul 24 Lillian Oppenheimer, orgamist, dies of a heart attack at 93
  • Jul 24 Sam Berger, Canadian football owner (b. 1900)
  • Jul 26 Ron Webber, dies of cancer at 60
  • Jul 27 Max Dupain, Australian photographer ("Sunbaker"), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Tavio Amorin, Togolese politician, murdered