Deaths in History in 1998

  • Jan 2 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Jan 9 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981) dies at 79
  • Jan 13 Andrew Rutherford, Scottish scholar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London (1994-97), dies at 68
  • Jan 15 Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist. temporary Prime Minster of India (1964, 1966), dies at 99
  • Jan 16 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Zevulun Hammer, Vice PM of Israel, dies
  • Jan 23 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies
  • Jan 24 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • Jan 25 Mohammad Yusuf Khan, prime minister of Afganistan in (1963-65), dies
  • Jan 26 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • Jan 29 Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
  • Jan 30 Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38
  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38

  • Feb 6 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • Feb 6 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • Feb 8 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), dies at 95
  • Feb 8 William Lambert, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 8 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member infamous for his "Rivers of Blood" speech, dies at 85
  • Feb 9 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • Feb 10 Buddy the Wonder Dog, dog (Air Bud), dies of cancer at 9
  • Feb 10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • Feb 15 Martha Gelhorn, female war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89
  • Feb 17 Ernst Juenger, German writer, dies at 102
  • Feb 17 Ernst Jünger, German author and entomologist (Storm of Steel), dies at 102
  • Feb 18 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • Feb 22 Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
  • Feb 22 Sandy Hume, American correspondent (Fox News), commits suicide at 28
  • Feb 22 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 24 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
  • Feb 28 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • Mar 2 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Fred Friendly, American broadcast executive (b. 1915)
  • Mar 6 Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed

  • Mar 12 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 13 Hans von Ohain, German-American aerospace engineer, dies at 86

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

Mar 15 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • Mar 15 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), dies at 91
  • Mar 16 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate, dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • Mar 23 Gerald Stano, American serial killer (confessed to killing 41 people), dies at 46
  • Mar 25 Max Green, Australian lawyer (b. 1952)
  • Mar 25 Steve Schiff, United States Congressman (b. 1947)
  • Mar 27 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), dies at 88
  • Mar 27 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 31 Bella Abzug "Battling Bella", American politician, feminist and activist (Rep-D-NY, 1970-74), dies at 77
  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 7 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, dies at 55
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90

Person of interestPol Pot

Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) and revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), dies at 72

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot
Dictator and Revolutionary
Pol Pot
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 23 Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (1980-85), dies at 91
  • Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer and mystic, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • May 1 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • May 7 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • May 8 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • May 12 Hermann Lenz, German writer Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75
  • May 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • May 19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • May 22 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • May 26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73
  • May 29 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • Jun 5 Sam Yorty, American politician, Mayor of Los Angeles (1961-73), dies at 88
  • Jun 5 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), dies at 83
  • Jun 7 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), dies at 89

Person of interestSani Abacha

Jun 8 Sani Abacha, de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), dies at 54

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • Jun 8 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • Jun 10 Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
  • Jun 11 Catherine Cookson, English novelist (Bannaman Legacy), dies at 91
  • Jun 20 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard, committed suicide at 56
  • Jun 23 Paul O'Dwyer, Irish-American politician and President of City Council (D-NYC), dies at 90
  • Jun 27 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • Jun 27 Boris Nikolayevich Belousov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 67
  • Jul 3 Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 7 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • Jul 7 Moshood Abiola, 1993 Nigerian presidential election candidate and presumed winner of the inconclusive election, dies in detention at 60
  • Jul 12 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 14 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 14 Robert A. W. Lowndes, American sci-fi author (Puzzle Planet), dies at 81
  • Jul 16 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • Jul 21 Alan Shepard, American astronaut and 1st American in space, dies of leukemia at 74
  • Jul 25 Sal Santen, Dutch writer (You Are Jewish People), dies at 82
  • Jul 28 Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • Aug 4 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • Aug 5 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • Aug 5 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)
  • Aug 5 Todor Zjivkov, Bulgaria communist leader of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (PRB), dies at 86
  • Aug 6 Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 8 Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • Aug 13 Julien Green, American-French writer (Frere Francois), dies at 97
  • Aug 25 Lewis F. Powell Jr., American Supreme Court justice (1972-87), dies at 90
  • Aug 26 Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Sep 1 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (Marsz żałobny), dies at 67
  • Sep 1 Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, English press magnate (The Mail on Sunday), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Sep 2 Jonathan Mann, American physician and AIDS activist, in the 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111 at 51

  • Sep 2 Allen Drury, American author (b. 1918)
  • Sep 4 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • Sep 5 Verner Panton, Danish designer (b. 1926)
  • Sep 7 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, dies at 85

Person of interestGeorge Wallace

Sep 13 George Wallace, American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, dies of septic shock at 79

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • Sep 17 Ted Binion, Las Vegas casino heir (b. 1943)

Person of interestTom Bradley

Sep 29 Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (D-1973-93), dies at 80

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • Sep 29 Jared High, victim of bullying and suicide (b. 1985)
  • Oct 10 Clark Clifford, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1906)
  • Oct 10 Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
  • Oct 12 Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Oct 12 Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
  • Oct 14 Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)
  • Oct 16 Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 17 Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
  • Oct 21 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
  • Oct 21 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, British business executive, dies at 96
  • Oct 22 Eric Ambler, English novelist (b. 1909)
  • Oct 23 Barnett Slepian, American physician (b. 1946)

Person of interestTed Hughes

Oct 28 Ted Hughes, Poet and British Poet Laureate (1984-98), dies aged 68

  • Oct 31 Bernard J. Dwyer, American politician (Rep-D-NJ 1981-93), dies at 77
  • Nov 8 Rumer Godden, English author (Thursday's Children), dies at 90
  • Nov 13 Michel Trudeau, Canadian outdoorsman, son of Pierre Trudeau (b. 1975)
  • Nov 15 Stokely Carmichael, American civil rights activist (b. 1941)
  • Nov 16 David Lane, British Conservative politician and CEO (Commission for Racial Equality), dies at 76
  • Nov 19 Ted Fujita, Japanese-born American meteorologist (b. 1920)
  • Nov 20 Galina Starovoitova, Russian politician (b. 1946)
  • Nov 22 Stu Unger, American poker player (b. 1953)
  • Nov 25 Nelson Goodman, American philosopher (b. 1906)
  • Nov 26 Jonathan Kwitny, American reporter (b. 1941)
  • Nov 28 Kerry Wendell Thornley, co-founder of Discordianism (b. 1938)
  • Dec 5 Al Gore, Sr., American politician (b. 1907)
  • Dec 9 Shaughnessy Cohen, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • Dec 11 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • Dec 12 Marco Denevi, Argentine writer (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Mo Udall, American politician (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Lawton Chiles, U.S. Senator from Florida (1971-89) and Governor of Florida (1991-98), dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Annette Strauss, American philanthropist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 14 Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., American civil rights activist and author (b. 1928)
  • Dec 16 William Gaddis, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Dec 18 Lev Demin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1926)
  • Dec 19 Antonio Ordóñez, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1932)
  • Dec 19 Mel Fisher, American treasure hunter (b. 1922)
  • Dec 20 Chester P. Lyons, Canadian naturalist and author (b. 1915)
  • Dec 20 Alan Lloyd Hodgkin, British biophysicist (Nobel 1963), dies at 84
  • Dec 21 Ernst Gunther Schenck, German doctor who joined the Sturmabteilung in 1933 {b. 1904)

Person of interestRaemer Schreiber

Dec 24 Raemer Schreiber, American Physicist (Manhattan Project) who helped develop the first atomic bomb during World War II and prepared the Fat Man bomb that was used in the bombing of Nagasaki, dies at 88

Physicist Raemer Schreiber
Physicist
Raemer Schreiber
  • Dec 29 Jean-Claude Forest, writer and illustrator of comics (Barbarella) (b. 1930)