On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 2000

  • Jan 1 Colin Vaughan, Australian political journalist, dies at 68
  • Jan 2 Patrick O'Brian, British novelist, dies at 85
  • Jan 2 Elmo Zumwalt, American admiral, dies at 79
  • Jan 6 Don Martin, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  • Jan 9 Nigel Tranter, Scottish historian and author, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Arnold Hall, British aeronautical engineer, dies at 84
  • Jan 11 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), dies at 88
  • Jan 13 Alfred Nzo, South African General Secretary of the ANC (1969-91), dies at 75
  • Jan 14 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 15 Arkan [Željko Ražnatović], Serbian paramilitary leader, dies at 47
  • Jan 18 Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (b. 1897)
  • Jan 19 Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)
  • Jan 22 Craig Claiborne, American food columnist (NY Times Cookbook), dies at 79
  • Jan 22 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska), dies at 83
  • Jan 26 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer and illustrator (Orlando), dies at 101
  • Jan 26 A. E. van Vogt, Canadian sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn), dies at 87
  • Jan 31 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 3 Richard Kleindienst, American politician (b. 1923)
  • Feb 4 Carl Albert, American politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1971-77) dies at 91
  • Feb 7 Doug Henning, Canadian magician, dies at 52
  • Feb 8 Bob Collins [Harold Lee], American radio broadcaster (WGN- 720AM, Chicago, 1986-2000), die in mid-air plane collision at 57
  • Feb 11 Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviator, dies at 82
  • Feb 13 James Cooke Brown, American author and inventor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 14 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American nuclear physicist (invented the breeder reactor), dies at 93
  • Feb 16 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)
  • Feb 18 Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927
  • Feb 19 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian-born New Zealand artist, dies at 71
  • Feb 20 Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
  • Feb 22 Fernando Buesa, Spanish politician (b. 1946)
  • Feb 23 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, dies at 91
  • Feb 26 George L. Street III, American Navy Submariner and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 86
  • Feb 29 Dennis Danell, American artist (b. 1961)
  • Mar 7 Edward H. Levi, American law professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning), dies at 88
  • Mar 10 John Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs), dies at 62
  • Mar 15 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Thomas Ferebee, Enola Gay bombardier over Hiroshima, dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • Mar 26 Alex Comfort, English author (The Joy of Sex), dies at 80
  • Mar 28 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • Apr 1 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist, dies at 75
  • Apr 2 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • Apr 3 Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • Apr 6 Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian statesman, 1st President of Tunisia (1957-87), dies at 96
  • Apr 8 Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Apr 13 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer, dies at 84
  • Apr 14 Phil Katz, American computer programmer (Zip file format), dies from the effects of alcoholism at 37
  • Apr 15 Edward Gorey, American illustrator, dies at 75
  • Apr 22 Alexander H. Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe), dies at 79
  • Apr 24 Alma Heflin, American commercial airplane test pilot and child psychologist, dies at 89
  • Apr 25 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (Hello Dolly), dies at 88
  • Apr 25 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 28 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer, dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician, dies at 74
  • May 3 John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of New York (b. 1920)
  • May 8 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • May 8 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • May 8 Henry Nicols, American AIDS activist, dies as the result of a car accident at 26
  • May 10 Jules Deschênes, Canadian Quebec Superior Court judge, dies at 76
  • May 14 Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)
  • May 16 Bodacious the Bull Famous rodeo bull (b. 1988)
  • May 17 Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (1974-80), dies at 90
  • May 18 Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar, dies at 68
  • May 19 Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 66
  • May 21 Barbara Cartland, English romance author (Camfield #69), dies at 98
  • May 21 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)
  • May 24 Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
  • May 27 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)
  • May 27 Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
  • Jun 2 Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • Jun 2 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 3 William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Jeff MacNelly, American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist (Shoe), dies at 52
  • Jun 9 Jacob Lawrence, African-American artist (Sanitarium), dies at 82
  • Jun 9 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • Jun 9 George Segal, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver), dies at 75
  • Jun 12 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, dies at 80
  • Jun 14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • Jun 16 Empress Kōjun, Empress consort of Japan, dies at 97
  • Jun 17 Ismail Mahomed, South African and Namibian Chief Justice, 1st permanent black judge on South African Supreme Court, dies at 68
  • Jun 19 Noboru Takeshita, Japanese PM (1987-89), dies at 76
  • Jun 20 Karl Mickel, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jun 21 Johanna Moosdorf, German writer (Next Door), dies at 88
  • Jun 24 Vera Atkins, Romanian-born British intelligence officer (b. 1908)
  • Jun 24 Sadiq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani politician (8th Chief Minister of Punjab, Pakistan), dies at 72
  • Jun 28 Jane Birdwood, British anti-Semitic activist (b. 1913)
  • Jun 29 John Aspinall, English zoo owner (Howletts; Port Lympne), and gambling club host, dies of cancer at 74
  • Jul 1 Sarah Payne, British murder victim (b. 1992)
  • Jul 4 Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, Polish writer (b. 1919)
  • Jul 6 Rederic Coote, British Anglican Bishop (Colchester), dies at 85
  • Jul 7 Mary Armour, Scottish painter, dies at 80
  • Jul 8 FM-2030 [Fereidoun M. Esfandiary], Iranian-American author and transhumanist (Are You a Transhuman?), dies at 69
  • Jul 10 Vakkom Majeed, Indian Freedom fighter, Travancore-Cochin Legislative member (b. 1909)
  • Jul 11 Pedro Mir, Dominican poet (b. 1913)
  • Jul 11 Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, dies at 78
  • Jul 12 Charles Merritt, Canadian Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War II, dies at 98
  • Jul 14 William Roscoe Estep, American Baptist historian (b. 1920)
  • Jul 14 René Ríos Boettiger, Chilean cartoonist (b. 1911)
  • Jul 18 José Ángel Valente, Spanish poet (A modo the esperanza), dies at 71
  • Jul 20 Gregory Hill (also known as Malaclypse the Younger,) American writer (Principia Discordia), dies at 59
  • Jul 22 Raymond Urgel Lemieux, Canadian scientist (first chemical synthesis of sucrose), dies at 80
  • Jul 22 Carmen Martín Gaite, Spanish author, dies at 74
  • Jul 24 Ahmad Shamlou, Iranian poet (The Book of Alley), dies at 74
  • Jul 26 John Tukey, American statistician (b. 1915)
  • Jul 28 Abraham Pais, Dutch-born American physicist and historian (b. 1918)
  • Jul 29 Kobie Coetsee, South African Minister of Defense (1993-94) and Minister of Justice (1980-93), dies at 69
  • Jul 31 Hendrik Christoffel Van de Hulst, Dutch astronomer (correctly predicted the existence of the 21 cm hyper-fine line of neutral atomic hydrogen in interstellar space), dies at 81
  • Aug 1 Hugh Hood, Canadian author (White Figure, White Ground), dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Michael Meyer, English novelist and translator, dies at 79
  • Aug 5 Otto Buchsbaum, Austrian writer and ecological activist, dies at 80
  • Aug 5 Dudley Randall, African-American poet who founded the pioneering publishing house "Broadside Press", dies at 84
  • Aug 9 Fouad Serageddin, Egyptian politician and leader of Egypt's Wafd Party, dies at 88
  • Aug 9 John Harsanyi, Hungarian-American economist (Nobel Prize in Economics, 1994, for game theory), and educator (University of California, Berkeley, 1964-90), dies of a heart attack at 80 [1]
  • Aug 13 Antony Duff, British diplomat, Head of MI5, advocate for the homeless, dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Alain Fournier, French-born computer graphics researcher (b. 1943)
  • Aug 17 Robert Gilruth, American aviation and space pioneer (NASA Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center, 1961-74), dies at 86
  • Aug 19 Bineshwar Brahma, Bodo littérateur and religious figure (birth date unknown)
  • Aug 21 Daniel Lisulo, Prime Minister of Zambia (b. 1930)
  • Aug 23 John Anthony Kaiser, Roman Catholic priest (b. 1932)
  • Aug 25 Carl Barks, American cartoonist (creator of Scrooge McDuck), dies at 99
  • Aug 26 Lynden Pindling, Bahamas 'Father of the Nation' Prime Minister of Bahamas (1967-92), dies at 70
  • Aug 26 Akbar Adibi, Iranian engineer and professor (electronics and VLSI technology), dies at 61
  • Sep 2 Curt Siodmak, German-born author (b. 1907)
  • Sep 6 Breanna Lynn Bartlett-Stewart, first Kleihauer-Betke stillbirth (b. 2000)
  • Sep 6 Abdul Haris Nasution, Indonesian army general, dies at 81
  • Sep 9 Julian Critchley, British journalist and politician, dies at 69
  • Sep 10 Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist and writer. (b. 1921)
  • Sep 14 Jerzy Giedroyc, Polish writer and political activist, dies at 94
  • Sep 14 Frederick Erroll, 1st Baron Erroll of Hale, British Conservative politician, dies at 86
  • Sep 16 Georgiy Gongadze, Ukrainian journalist (b. 1969)
  • Sep 19 Anthony Robert Klitz, British artist (b. 1917)
  • Sep 20 Gherman Titov, cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • Sep 20 Dorothy Emmet, English philosopher, dies at 95
  • Sep 21 Bryan Smith, Man who ran over Stephen King (b. 1957)
  • Sep 22 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, dies at 84
  • Sep 22 Yehuda Amichai, Israeli poet (Now and in Other Days), dies at 76
  • Sep 23 Carl Rowan, American syndicated journalist (Chicago Sun-Times, Washington bureau), and diplomat, dies of diabetes related heart and kidney issues at 75
  • Sep 25 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet, dies at 87
  • Oct 1 Reginald Kray "Reggie", British gangster, one of the Kray Twins, dies of cancer at 66
  • Oct 3 John Grant, British politician (b. 1932)
  • Oct 4 Michael Smith, English-Canadian biochemist (Nobel 1993- Site-directed mutagenesis), dies at 68
  • Oct 4 Yu Kuo-hwa, former Premier of Taiwan (b. 1914)
  • Oct 5 Sidney R. Yates, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), dies at 91
  • Oct 5 Keith Roberts, English writer (Irish Encounter, Ladies from Hell), dies at 65
  • Oct 6 William Putnam Bundy, American attorney and intelligence expert (9th Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs), dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1918)

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Oct 10 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000) and 1st female head of state, dies of a heart attack at 84

  • Oct 11 Donald Campbell Dewar, Scottish politician (1st minister of Scotland's first Parliament in almost 300yrs), dies from health complications at 63
  • Oct 13 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party, dies at 90
  • Oct 15 Konrad Emil Bloch, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • Oct 16 Mel Carnahan, American politician (b. 1934)
  • Oct 25 Don Brooks, American session and touring harmonica player (Waylon Jennings; Ken Burns' "The Civil War"), dies of leukemia at 53
  • Nov 2 Sue Ryder, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw & Cavendish, British volunteer with Special Operations Executive in the Second World War, dies at 76
  • Nov 5 Roger Peyrefitte, French writer (Special Friendships), dies at 93
  • Nov 5 Victor Grinich, American businessman (b. 1924)
  • Nov 5 Bibi Titi Mohammed, Tanzanian politician (b.1926)
  • Nov 6 David Brower, American environmentalist and president (Sierra Club), dies at 88
  • Nov 6 L. Sprague de Camp, American sci-fi author (Goblin Tower, Hand of Zei), dies at 92
  • Nov 7 Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian politician (b. 1910)
  • Nov 7 Ingrid, Queen Mother of Denmark, Wife of King Frederik IX, ruler of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 90
  • Nov 10 Jacques Chaban-Delmas, French politician, Prime Minister of France, President of the National Assembly, dies at 85
  • Nov 11 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, dies at 86
  • Nov 12 Leah Rabin, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, (b. 1928)
  • Nov 12 John Bury, British stage designer who worked with Peter Hall, dies at 75
  • Nov 16 DJ Screw, American hiphop DJ (b. 1971)
  • Nov 17 Louis Eugène Félix Néel, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Nov 20 Mike Muuss, American computer programmer (Ping), dies in a car accident at 42
  • Nov 20 Kalle Päätalo, Finnish novelist (Iijoki), dies at 81
  • Nov 25 Florizel Glasspole, 3rd Governor-General of Jamaica (1973-91), dies at 91
  • Nov 27 Dorothy Woolfolk, American comic book editor (Kryptonite), dies at 87
  • Nov 28 Henry B. González, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1961-99), dies at 84
  • Dec 3 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • Dec 4 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, dies at 79
  • Dec 7 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 8 Marvin Leath, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th district), dies at 69
  • Dec 11 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • Dec 14 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, dies at 89
  • Dec 18 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • Dec 19 John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 20 Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920)
  • Dec 21 Edward Miller, British historian and Master (Fitzwilliam College Cambridge), dies at 85
  • Dec 24 John Cooper, English race car designer (b. 1923)
  • Dec 25 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, dies at 92
  • Dec 26 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), dies at 92
  • Dec 31 Alan Cranston, American politician (US Senator from California, 1969-93), dies at 86