Deaths in History in 1997

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  • Jan 4 Harry B Helmsley, owner (Empire State Building), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Andre Franquin, cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Ian Peter Leslie Smith, journalist, dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Litz Pisk, movement teacher, dies at 87
  • Jan 7 Desmond Flower, English publisher, dies at 89
  • Jan 8 Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • Jan 8 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • Jan 8 Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
  • Jan 9 Edward Osobka-Morawski, prime minister of Poland (1945-47), dies
  • Jan 9 Junaidu ibn Buhari, scholar, dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Elspeth Josceline Huxley, writer, dies at 96
  • Jan 10 Hilary Grover Barratt Brown, conservationist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier, dies
  • Jan 10 Alexander R. Todd, British chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Helen Foster Snow, writer, dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Joshua William Steward, polymath, dies at 83
  • Jan 12 Charles Huggins, American-Canadian physician and cancer researcher (1966 Nobel Prize), dies at 95
  • Jan 12 Jean Writer-Edern Hallier, dies at 60
  • Jan 13 William Mills, painter, dies at 74
  • Jan 14 Dollard Ménard, French Canadian general (b. 1913)
  • Jan 15 Jose Ignacio Domecq, Spanish wine maker, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Kenneth Thimann, botanist, dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Ennis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby, murdered on LA highway at 29
  • Jan 16 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Andrea Fisher, American artist, dies at 41
  • Jan 17 Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
  • Jan 17 Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jan 18 Myfanwy Piper, librettist, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass), dies at 55
  • Jan 19 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jan 19 James Dickey, american poet and novelist, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Curt Flood, centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • Jan 20 Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of Titanic, dies at 100
  • Jan 20 Vladimir Yamnikov, owner (Kristall vodka), dies of cirrhosis at 56
  • Jan 21 Colonel Tom Parker, manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jan 21 Dennis Main Wilson, TV/radio producer, dies at 72
  • Jan 21 Michael Duane, educationalist, dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Col. Tom Parker [Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk], Dutch-born talent manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Ian Arthur Hoyle Munro, medical journalist, dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), dies at 90
  • Jan 23 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • Jan 23 Roger John Tayler, British astrophysicist (author of The Origin of the Chemical Elements), dies at 67
  • Jan 24 Callum Alexander MacDonald, historian, dies at 49
  • Jan 25 Jean Dixon, psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • Jan 26 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53
  • Jan 26 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • Jan 27 Cecil Lewis, airman/writer, dies at 98
  • Jan 27 Matthew Coady, journalist, dies at 73

  • Jan 28 James Colin Ross Welch, journalist, dies at 72
  • Jan 28 Pietro Cavallero, bandit, dies at 68
  • Jan 28 Vivien Signy, nurse, dies at 80
  • Jan 29 Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35
  • Jan 29 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor, dies at 76
  • Jan 29 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • Jan 31 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  • Feb 1 Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), dies of lung cancer, at 80
  • Feb 1 Mitchell Goodman, writer, dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Peter Morris, historian of France, dies at 50
  • Feb 1 Thelma Moss, psychologist, dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, dies at 92
  • Feb 2 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 3 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, writer/curator, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Bohumil Hrabal, writer, dies at 82
  • Feb 3 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert, dies at 79
  • Feb 4 James Friell, political cartoonist, dies at 84
  • Feb 5 John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51
  • Feb 5 Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • Feb 10 Milton Cato, 1st Prime Minister of San Vincent and the Grenadines (1979-84), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Matthew Eappen of Newton Massachusetts (b. 1996)
  • Feb 12 Nora Beloff, journalist, dies at 78
  • Feb 12 Walter Ritchie, British sculptor (Man's Struggle), dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American experimental physicist (conduced the Wu experiment) dies at 84
  • Feb 17 Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honor killing of his daughter
  • Feb 18 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • Feb 18 Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Colonel and military President of Guatemala (1963-66), dies at 88

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Feb 19 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), dies at 92

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Feb 21 Kenneth Rowntree, painter, dies at 81
  • Feb 21 Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, dies at 75
  • Feb 22 Austin Andrew Wright, sculptor, dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
  • Feb 23 Oscar Lewenstein, impressario, dies at 80
  • Feb 25 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Giuseppe 'Nuccio' Bertone, car Designer, dies at 82
  • Mar 3 Stanislav Shatalin, Russian economist (500 Days), dies
  • Mar 4 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 5 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Anthony Hopkins, clinical Neurologist, dies at 59
  • Mar 6 Cheddi B Jagan, dentist/founder PPP/Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies
  • Mar 6 Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • Mar 7 E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
  • Mar 8 Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75
  • Mar 9 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7) at 66
  • Mar 14 Fred Zinnemann (director), dies of heart attack at 89
  • Mar 14 John Curtis Jr, pres/CEO (Luby's Cafe), commits suicide at 58
  • Mar 14 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), dies at 59
  • Mar 15 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian painter (b. 1906)
  • Mar 18 Willem de Kooning (abstract artist), dead Alzheimer's at 92
  • Mar 19 Willem De Kooning, artists (Abstract), dies of Alzheimer at 92
  • Mar 20 Carlo Fassi, figure skating coach (Fleming, Hamill), dies at 67
  • Mar 20 Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101
  • Mar 21 W. V. Awdry, English children's writer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer (b. 1927)
  • Mar 25 Roberto Sanchez Vilella, governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69), dies
  • Mar 26 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • Mar 31 Edwin Alberian, TV celebrity (Clarabell), dies at 76
  • Mar 31 Laxmishankar Pathak, food retailer, dies at 62
  • Apr 1 Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97
  • Apr 1 Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 2 Tomoyuki Tanaka, producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • Apr 3 Judy Flannery, master triathelete, killed by a car at 56
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72

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Apr 5 Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Apr 5 Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP), dies
  • Apr 7 Georgy Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 9 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52

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Apr 12 George Wald, scientist, (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina) dies at 90

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • Apr 13 Ann Craft, researcher/writer, dies at 53
  • Apr 13 Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
  • Apr 15 Sam Moskowitz, SF fandom historian, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies
  • Apr 16 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, media tycoon, dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • Apr 17 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • Apr 18 Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • Apr 21 Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • Apr 21 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Joey Faye, comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies
  • Apr 26 Yegorov, Russian leader (1994-95), dies
  • Apr 28 Susan Seddon Boulet, artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 29 Mike Royko, columnist, dies of stroke at 64
  • Apr 29 Peter Tali Coleman, gov of Americ Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies
  • May 1 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • May 2 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator (b. 1921)
  • May 4 Vijayananda Dahanayake, PM of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies
  • May 8 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies
  • May 10 Joan [Joanie] Weston, American roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • May 13 Laurie Lee, English writer ('Cider with Rosie'), dies at 82
  • May 14 Harry Blackstone Jr, magician, dies of cancer at 62
  • May 14 Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco, descendant of Dracula, dies at 76
  • May 16 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • May 19 Millie, dog of US President George H. W. Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12
  • May 20 Virgilio Boat, president of Colombia (1986-90), dies
  • May 22 Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • May 25 Muhammad Fadhel, PM of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • May 26 Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90
  • May 29 John Sengstacke, publisher (Defender), dies at 84
  • May 31 Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • May 31 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)
  • Jun 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85), dies at 92
  • Jun 4 Kurt Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • Jun 5 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • Jun 8 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • Jun 9 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (b. 1908)
  • Jun 11 Thalassa Cruso, gardening expert (PBS), dies of Alzheimer's at 87
  • Jun 14 Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71
  • Jun 14 Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)
  • Jun 18 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • Jun 21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese entertainer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 21 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labour leader (b. 1900)
  • Jun 23 "Wino" Willie Forkner, American biker (Wild One), dies of heart attack at 77

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Jun 23 Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, dies from burns suffered in a fire started by her young grandson at 63

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz

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Jun 25 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jun 25 William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz at 51
  • Jul 1 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), dies at 81
  • Jul 8 Charles Drake, geologist, dies of heart attack at 92
  • Jul 13 Alexandra Danilova, ballet great, dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (b. 1968)

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Jul 15 Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (Versace), shot and murdered by Andrew Cunanan at 50

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • Jul 18 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69
  • Jul 24 Andrew Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versage), commits suicide
  • Jul 24 Saw Maung, general/president of Myanmar (Burma) (1988-92), dies
  • Jul 24 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91
  • Jul 25 Margaret Farrer, midwife, dies at 83
  • Jul 28 Louis Cohen, physicist, dies at 71
  • Jul 28 Seni Pramoj, PM of Thailand (1945-46, 75, 76), dies

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Jul 30 Bảo Đại, last Emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and Chief of State of South Vietnam (1949-55), dies at 85

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại
  • Jul 31 Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • Jul 31 Ulrich Ernst Simon, theologian, dies at 63
  • Aug 1 Ngiratkel Etpison, president of Palau (1989-92), dies
  • Aug 2 William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Pietro Rizzuto, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Aug 4 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (Feb 21 1875), dies at 122
  • Aug 5 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 7 Douglas Gray, archivist, dies at 74
  • Aug 7 Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • Aug 20 Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 21 Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • Aug 22 Mary Louise Smith, chairman (Rep), dies at 82
  • Aug 23 Eric Gairy, first PM of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • Aug 24 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • Aug 25 Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • Aug 25 Robert Pinget, novelist/Playwright, dies at 78

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Aug 31 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer