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Deaths in History in 1999

  • Jan 2 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist & author, dies at 91
  • Jan 10 John Hervey, 7th marquess of Bristol, English flamboyant peer who lost his fortune to drug addiction, dies at 44
  • Jan 10 Sir Edward Williams, Australian judge (b. 1921)
  • Jan 11 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (The Corn King and the Spring Queen ), dies at 101
  • Jan 11 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), dies at 77
  • Jan 12 Leo Cherne, American economist and commentator (All Star News), dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b. 1933)
  • Jan 16 Jim McClelland, Australian solicitor, politician, Minister, Royal Commissioner, judge (b. 1915)
  • Jan 17 Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)
  • Jan 22 Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b. 1941)
  • Jan 22 William M. Batten, American businessman and CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84), dies at 89
  • Jan 23 Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)
  • Jan 23 Thomas C. Mann, American diplomat (U.S. Ambassador to Mexico), dies at 86
  • Jan 25 Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany, American author and teacher, dies at 109
  • Jan 27 Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Spanish writer associated with the Generation of '36 movement, dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)

  • Jan 28 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • Feb 1 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (Washington National Gallery of Art), dies at 91
  • Feb 5 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)
  • Feb 5 Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • Feb 7 José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Hussein ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952-99), dies at 63
  • Feb 8 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • Feb 14 John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 15 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist (Nobel 1990-pioneering investigations concerning deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons, which have been of essential importance for the development of the quark model in particle physics), dies at 72
  • Feb 16 Michael Larson, American "Press Your Luck" scandal big-winning contestant, dies of cancer at 49
  • Feb 19 Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)
  • Feb 20 Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)

Person of interestGertrude B. Elion

Feb 21 Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist and drug researcher who developed groundbreaking leukemia and herpes drug treatments (Nobel 1988), dies at 81

Biochemist and Drug Researcher Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist and Drug Researcher
Gertrude B. Elion
  • Feb 23 Carlos Hathcock, USMC Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills (b. 1942)
  • Feb 24 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 24 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader, dies at 82
  • Feb 25 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951), dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)
  • Mar 3 Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)

  • Mar 4 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 6 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 7 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official, dies at 80
  • Mar 8 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • Mar 10 Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuadorian paintor and sculptor (b. 1919)
  • Mar 11 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (Parti Québécois), dies at 76
  • Mar 11 Herbert Jasper, Canadian physiologist and neurologist, dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), dies at 87
  • Mar 18 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator, dies at 93
  • Mar 19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • Mar 20 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant, dies at 89
  • Mar 23 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • Mar 24 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • Mar 31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)
  • Apr 5 Paul David, French-Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, Niger politician and general, assassinated at 49
  • Apr 10 Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, German-born biochemist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 13 Willi Stoph, German politician (Prime Minister of German Democratic Republic, 1964-73), dies at 84
  • Apr 15 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer & racing car designer, dies at 55
  • Apr 18 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician & philosopher, dies at 66
  • Apr 19 David Sanes, US Navy employee
  • Apr 19 Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal and female camp guard at Ravensbrück and Majdanek concentration camps, dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
  • Apr 20 Eric Harris, American mass murderer (Columbine High School shooter), dies at 18
  • Apr 22 Chan Canasta, Polish-born magician & mindreader, dies at 79

Person of interestArthur Leonard Schawlow

Apr 28 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, dies of leukemia at 77

  • May 4 Brinsley Ford, British art historian and CEO (National Art Collections Fund), dies at 90
  • May 9 Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician, dies at 83
  • May 10 Shel Silverstein, American writer (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities), dies at 68
  • May 12 Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1993-1999 (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist and illustrator (The New Yorker), dies at 84
  • May 19 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • May 20 Robert Rhodes James, British politician historian (Gallipoli), dies at 66
  • May 22 Alfred Kubel, German politician, dies at 89
  • May 26 Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)
  • May 27 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), dies at 72
  • Jun 1 Christopher Cockerell, English engineer and inventor (Hovercraft), dies at 88
  • Jun 7 Paco Stanley, Mexican TV entertainer, dies at 56
  • Jun 15 Ernst van Altena, Dutch author and interpreter (Chansons van Earnest), dies at 65
  • Jun 20 Clifton Fadiman, American author (b. 1902)
  • Jun 21 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
  • Jun 27 Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (head of the military coup d'état that took place in Greece on 21 April 1967), dies at 80
  • Jun 30 Édouard Boubat, French photographer, dies at 75
  • Jul 1 Forrest Mars Sr., American candy magnate (Mars, Inc.) dies at 95

Person of interestMario Puzo

Jul 2 Mario Puzo, American author, dies at 78

Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • Jul 4 Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b.1917)
  • Jul 6 Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
  • Jul 6 Barry Winchell, American soldier (b. 1977)
  • Jul 7 Captain Vikram Batra, Indian Army officer, awarded Param Vir Chakra (September 9,1974)
  • Jul 8 Pete Conrad, American astronaut (b. 1930)
  • Jul 9 Robert de Cotret, Canadian politician (b. 1944)
  • Jul 16 Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. (b. 1966)

Person of interestJohn F. Kennedy Jr.

Jul 16 John F. Kennedy Jr, American magazine publisher (George), lawyer and son of JFK, dies in a plane crash at 38

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Jul 23 Hassan II [Mawlāy al-Ḥasan Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf], King of Morocco (1961-99), dies of natural causes at 70
  • Jul 27 Aleksandr Danilovich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and mountaineer, dies at 86
  • Jul 28 Trygve Haavelmo, Norwegian economist and 1989 Nobel laureate for his contributions to econometrics, dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian-born writer (b. 1897)
  • Aug 3 Rodney William "Rod" Ansell, Australian bushman and inspiration for "Crocodile Dundee", dies following a shootout with police officers at 44
  • Aug 4 Carl Toms, British stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two), dies at 72
  • Aug 5 D. W. Brooks, American farmer and businessman, dies at 97
  • Aug 10 Padma Bhushan Acharya Baldev Upadhyaya, Eminent Sanskrit Scholar in India (b. 1899)
  • Aug 12 Jean Drapeau, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (b. 1916)
  • Aug 12 John Rigby Hale, British linguist and historian, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Sir Hugh Casson, British architect and artist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 21 Leo Castelli, Italian-American art dealer, dies at 91
  • Aug 23 James White, Northern Irish writer (b. 1928)
  • Aug 26 Lilo Hardel, German writer, dies at 85
  • Aug 27 Hélder Câmara, Brazilian Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1909)
  • Aug 30 Raymond Poïvet, French comics artist (b. 1910)
  • Sep 1 W. Richard Stevens, Zambian computer scientist (b. 1951)
  • Sep 5 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician, dies at 78
  • Sep 5 Albert Oram, Baron Oram, British Labour politician, dies at 86
  • Sep 5 Alan Clark, English politician (Minister for Defence Procurement), dies at 71
  • Sep 7 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist (b. 1949)
  • Sep 9 Chan Parker, American author; wife of Charlie Parker and Phil Woods (b. 1925)
  • Sep 9 David Stafford-Clark, English psychiatrist, dies at 83
  • Sep 11 Belkis Ayón, Cuban printmaker (collography), commits suicide of at 32
  • Sep 13 Benjamin Bloom, American educational theorist (b. 1913)
  • Sep 20 Raisa Gorbachyova, wife of Mikhail Gorbachev (b. 1932)
  • Sep 22 Wyndraeth Morris-Jones, British political scientist, dies at 81
  • Sep 25 Marion Zimmer Bradley, American writer, dies at 69
  • Sep 26 Oseola McCarty, American philanthropist (b. 1908)

  • Oct 2 Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 3 Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • Oct 4 Bernard Buffet, French painter (Expressionism), dies at 71
  • Oct 6 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), dies at 90
  • Oct 7 David A. Huffman, American computer scientist, creator of Huffman coding, dies at 74
  • Oct 7 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • Oct 9 Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (b. 1914)
  • Oct 9 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), dies at 83

Person of interestJames Franklin Hyde

Oct 11 James Franklin Hyde, American inventor who created silica, dies at 96

  • Oct 12 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner, dies at 80
  • Oct 14 Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician and 1st President of Tanzania (1964-1985), dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, dies at 84
  • Oct 17 Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Naunton, Governor of Northern Ireland (1968-73), dies at 89
  • Oct 18 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 19 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood, Portrait of a Man Unknown, The Golden Fruits), dies at 99
  • Oct 19 James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Oct 21 Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Turkish politician, journalist, and educator, assassinated at 60
  • Oct 27 Robert Mills, American physicist (quantum field theory), dies at 72
  • Oct 27 Charlotte Perriand, French architect and designer (b. 1903)
  • Oct 29 Greg [Michel Régnier], Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon), dies at 68
  • Nov 1 Theodore Hall, American physicist and Atomic Spy for the Soviet Union, dies at 74
  • Nov 4 Charles Wintour, English editor (The Evening Standard), dies at 82
  • Nov 4 Daisy Bates, American civil rights activist and publisher, dies at 84
  • Nov 8 Francis D. Foley, American Rear Admiral (WW II, Guadalcanal), dies at 89
  • Nov 11 Jacobo Timmerman, Argentine writer and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Nov 16 Daniel Nathans, American microbiologist (Nobel 1978 - discovery of restriction enzymes and their application in restriction mapping), dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Patrick Bowles, American writer and translator, dies at 88
  • Nov 18 Paul Bowles, American novelist (The Sheltering Sky ), dies at 88
  • Nov 19 Alexander Liberman, Russian-American magazine editor, painter and photographer (639), dies at 87
  • Nov 20 Amintore Fanfani, Italian politician and prime minister (b. 1908)

  • Nov 27 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and author (b. 1925)
  • Nov 28 Bethel Leslie, American entertainer (Capt Newman MD, Rabbit Trap), dies at 70
  • Nov 29 Gene Rayburn, American game show host (b. 1917)
  • Dec 3 Jarl Wahlström, 12th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1918)
  • Dec 4 Rose Elizabeth Bird, California Supreme Court Justice (1977-87), dies at 63
  • Dec 8 Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)

Person of interestFranjo Tuđman

Dec 10 Franjo Tuđman, Croatian politician and President of Croatia (1990-1999), dies of stomach cancer at 77

President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman
President of Croatia
Franjo Tuđman
  • Dec 12 Paul Cadmus, American artist (b. 1904)
  • Dec 12 Joseph Heller, American author (Catch-22), dies at 76
  • Dec 13 Allen Breed, American inventor of the first automotive airbag sensor, dies of a heart attack while suffering from lung cancer, at 72
  • Dec 24 João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • Dec 24 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach
  • Dec 24 Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician, Prime minister of France (b. 1907)
  • Dec 26 Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian politician, ninth President of India (1992-97), dies at 81
  • Dec 27 Bernard Chacksfield, British Air Vice-Marshal, dies at 86
  • Dec 29 Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • Dec 30 Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer, dies at 90
  • Dec 30 Sarah Knauss, American, once considered the world's oldest living person (b. 1880)
  • Dec 31 Elliot Richardson, American politician (b. 1920)