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Deaths in History 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 (b. 1909)
  • 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, American radio broadcaster (b.1942)
  • Feb 11 Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviator, dies at 82

Person of interestCharles M. Schulz

Feb 12 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (Peanuts), dies at 77

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • 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, 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 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

Person of interestHafez al-Assad

Jun 10 Hafez al-Assad, General and President of Syria (1971-2000), dies of a heart attack at 69

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • 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 of Japan (b. 1903)
  • 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 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-born economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1920)
  • 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 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 scientist (b. 1939)
  • 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 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 journalist (b. 1925)
  • Sep 25 R. S. Thomas, Welsh poet, dies at 87

Person of interestPierre Trudeau

Sep 28 Pierre Trudeau, 15th Canadian Prime Minister (Liberal: 1968-79, 1980-84), dies of Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer at 80

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 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)

Person of interestSirimavo Bandaranaike

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

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • 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)

Person of interestAlfred J. Gross

Dec 21 Alfred J. Gross, American inventor (invented the walkie-talkie), dies at 82

Inventor Alfred J. Gross
Inventor
Alfred J. Gross
  • 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 (b. 1914)