Historical Figures Who Died in 2003

Deaths 1 - 200 of 287

  • Jan 1 F. William Free, American advertising executive (I'm Cheryl – Fly Me.), dies at 74
  • Jan 4 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 5 Jean Kerr, Irish-American novelist (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), dies at 80
  • Jan 5 Roy Jenkins, British MP (Labour, Liberal Democrats) and President of the European Commission (1977-81), dies at 82
  • Jan 12 Allan Nunn May, English physicist and Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • Jan 12 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist, dies at 90
  • Jan 12 Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director (b. 1930)

Leopoldo GaltieriLeopoldo Galtieri (1926-2003)

Jan 12 Argentine general, dictator and President of Argentina (1981-82) who invaded the Falkland Islands, dies of a heart attack at 76 [1]

  • Jan 14 Koloman Sokol, Slovak painter, dies at 100
  • Jan 16 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), dies at 84
  • Jan 18 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jan 19 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (French Minister of Culture), dies at 86
  • Jan 20 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), dies at 99
  • Jan 21 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • Jan 22 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), dies of Alzheimer's disease and a bathtub scalding at 81
  • Jan 24 (Giovanni) "Gianni"Agnelli, Italian industrialist, executive (President of Fiat Automobiles, 1966-96), and Italian Senator-for-life (1991-), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jan 24 Lucien Blackwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 71
  • Jan 25 Samuel Weems, Armerican lawyer (disbarred), Armenian genocide denier, and writer, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Jan 26 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • Jan 26 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), dies at 89
  • Jan 27 Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • Jan 27 Louis Archambault, Quebec sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jan 29 Frank Moss, American politician (Senator(D) Utah 1959-77), dies at 91
  • Jan 31 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76
  • Feb 1 David Brown, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 46
  • Feb 1 David M. Brown, American US Navy Captain and NASA astronaut, dies at 46
  • Feb 1 Ilan Ramon, Israeli astronaut & member of STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 48
  • Feb 1 Kalpana Chawla, American astronaut (STS 87) and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space, dies in Space Shuttle Columbia disaster at 40
  • Feb 1 Laurel Clark, American astronaut and member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 41
  • Feb 1 Michael P. Anderson, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 43
  • Feb 1 Rick D. Husband, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster), dies at 45
  • Feb 1 William C. McCool, American astronaut & member of the STS-107 Mission, dies in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster at 41
  • Feb 4 Benyoucef Ben Khedda, Algerian politician (b. 1920)
  • Feb 5 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • Feb 6 Peter Saunders, English theater producer (created The Mousetrap - world's longest play), dies at 91
  • Feb 7 Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
  • Feb 7 John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
  • Feb 10 Al Ruffo, Mayor of San Jose, California (b. 1908)
  • Feb 10 Bengt Edlén, Swedish Astrophysicist who specialized in spectroscopy and discovered the source of unidentified emission lines in solar spectrum, dies at 86
  • Feb 10 Clark MacGregor, American Republican politician (involved in Watergate), dies at 80
  • Feb 10 Edgar de Evia, Mexican-American photographer, dies at 92
  • Feb 10 Ron Ziegler, American White House press secretary to Richard Nixon, dies at 63
  • Feb 12 Vali Myers, Australian painter, dies at 72
  • Feb 13 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 13 Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)

Dolly the SheepDolly the Sheep (1996-2003)

Feb 14 first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, dies young from a progressive lung disease aged 6

  • Feb 16 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, dies of a stroke at 95
  • Feb 17 Frank Thistlethwaite, English academic and Vice Chancellor (University of East Anglia), dies at 87
  • Feb 18 Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
  • Feb 20 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
  • Feb 20 Orville Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 23 Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Robert K. Meston, American sociologist (functionalism), dies at 92
  • Feb 24 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • Feb 24 John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • Feb 25 Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • Feb 28 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
  • Feb 28 Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 28 Rudolf Kingslake, Lens designer, and Engineer (b. 1903)
  • Mar 3 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • Mar 3 Peter Smithson, English architect, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 6 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (b. 1946)
  • Mar 11 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • Mar 11 Ivar Hansen, speaker of the Danish Folketing (b. 1938)
  • Mar 12 Zoran Đinđić, 6th Prime Minister of Serbia (2001-03), assassinated at 50
  • Mar 14 Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (b. 1945)
  • Mar 14 Jean-Luc Lagardère, French publisher (b. 1928)
  • Mar 15 Joseph Coors, American CEO of Coors Brewing Company, dies at 83
  • Mar 15 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 Rachel Corrie, American political activist, killed while trying to block an Israeli armored bulldozer at 23
  • Mar 16 Ronald Ferguson, father of Sarah, Duchess of York, dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 17 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • Mar 18 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 19 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator, dies at 76
  • Mar 21 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Terry Lloyd, English reporter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 24 Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
  • Mar 26 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American politician and Senator (NY), dies at 72
  • Mar 27 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Mar 27 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • Mar 29 Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (SARS) (b. 1956)
  • Mar 30 Valentin Pavlov, Russian politician and Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991), dies at 65
  • Mar 31 H.S.M. Coxeter, English-born geometer (b. 1907)
  • Apr 3 Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)
  • Apr 6 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, Canadian religious figure (b. 1912)
  • Apr 7 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • Apr 7 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)
  • Apr 11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)
  • Apr 15 Reg Bundy, British performer, dies at 56
  • Apr 16 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • Apr 17 John Paul Getty Jr., American-born British oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies of a chest infection at 70
  • Apr 17 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 17 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon, dies at 92
  • Apr 18 Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist who contributed to the theory and practice of database management systems, dies at 79 [1]
  • Apr 20 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1970), dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Martha Griffiths, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 91
  • Apr 23 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, dies at 92
  • Apr 23 James H. Critchfield, American C.I.A. officer, dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist, dies at 98
  • Apr 26 Peter Stone, American writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 26 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician, dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Piet Roozenburg, Dutch World champion checker player (1948, 51, 52, 55), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
  • May 5 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • May 9 Russell B. Long, American politician (Sen-D-LA, 1948-86), dies at 84
  • May 12 Michael Richardson, British investment banker and advisor to Margaret Thatcher known as "Mr Privatisation", dies at 78
  • May 12 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)
  • May 14 William Jackson [Pepper LaBeija], American drag queen and fashion designer, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • May 15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • May 16 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • May 17 Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  • May 18 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader, dies at 42
  • May 21 Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  • May 22 Ousmane Zongo, Burkinabé shooting victim
  • May 26 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), dies at 75
  • May 26 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • May 28 Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
  • May 28 Oleg Makarov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • Jun 3 Felix de Weldon, Austrian-American sculptor (Marine Corps War Memorial), dies at 96
  • Jun 5 Jürgen Möllemann, German politician, German Vice Chancellor (1992-3), dies in a parachuting accident at 57
  • Jun 6 Ken Grimwood, American writer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 6 Tom Jackson, British union leader (Post Office), dies at 78
  • Jun 10 Bernard Williams, English moral philosopher, dies at 73
  • Jun 10 Donald Regan, US Secretary of the Treasury (1981-85) and White House Chief of Staff (1985-87), dies at 84
  • Jun 10 Phil Williams, Welsh politician and scientist (b. 1939)
  • Jun 10 Sylvius Gerald Marie Rozendal, Premier of Netherlands Antilles, dies at 74
  • Jun 13 Malik Meraj Khalid, Former caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1916)
  • Jun 13 Robin Russell, 14th Duke of Bedford, English peer (Woburn Abbey, Country House TV series), dies at 63
  • Jun 16 Georg Henrik von Wright, Finnish-Swedish philosopher (b. 1916)
  • Jun 16 Pierre Bourgault, French Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 20 Bob Stump, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, dies at 76
  • Jun 21 Jason Moran, Australian criminal (b. 1967)
  • Jun 21 Leon Uris, American novelist (Exodus, QB VII, Battle Cry), dies at 78
  • Jun 22 John Stokes, British MP (C), dies at 85
  • Jun 22 Wassil Bykau, Belarusian writer, dies at 79
  • Jun 23 Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (b. 1938)
  • Jun 25 Lester Maddox, American businessman, one-time segregationist and Governor of Georgia (1967-71), dies at 87
  • Jun 26 Denver Randleman, U.S. Army Seargent (b. 1920)
  • Jun 26 Sir Dennis Thatcher MBE, husband of Margaret Thatcher (b. 1915)

Strom ThurmondStrom Thurmond (1902-2003)

Jun 26 U.S. Senator (Sen-D/R-SC), dies at 100

  • Jun 30 Robert McCloskey, American children's book writer and illustrator (Make Way For Ducklings), dies at 88
  • Jul 2 Julia Montgomery Walsh, American businesswoman and stockbroker, dies at 80
  • Jul 2 Reinhard Baumgart, German writer and director, dies at 73
  • Jul 3 Charles Henderson Tidbury, British brewing executive (Whitbread & Co), dies at 77
  • Jul 3 Gaetano Alibrandi, Italian Catholic priest and papal diplomat, dies at 89
  • Jul 10 Bishnu Maden, Nepalese politician
  • Jul 10 Hartley Shawcross, British prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials (b. 1902)
  • Jul 10 Winston Graham, English writer (b. 1908)
  • Jul 14 Éva Janikovszky, Hungarian novelist (b. 1926)
  • Jul 14 François-Albert Angers, French Canadian economist (b. 1909)
  • Jul 15 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean writer (2066), dies at 50
  • Jul 16 Carol Shields, American-Canadian novelist (The Stone Diaries) and short story writer, dies at 68
  • Jul 17 David Kelly, Welsh UN weapons inspector (b. 1944)
  • Jul 19 Bill Bright, American evangelist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 19 Pierre Graber, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1970–1978), dies at 94
  • Jul 20 Nicolas Freeling, English writer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 21 Walter M. "Matt" Jefferies, American film art director (b. 1921)
  • Jul 22 Qusay Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein (b. 1966)
  • Jul 22 Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein (b. 1964)
  • Jul 23 James E. Davis, New York City councilman (murdered) (b. 1962)
  • Jul 25 Ludwig Bölkow, German aeronautical engineer, dies at 91
  • Jul 27 Vance Hartke, American politician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 28 Lady Valerie Goulding, Irish politician and activist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 29 Foday Sankoh, Sierra Leonean rebel leader (b. 1937)
  • Jul 31 Guido Crepax, Italian comics artist (b. 1933)
  • Aug 1 Guy Thys, Belgian football coach (b. 1922)
  • Aug 2 Charles Kerruish, Manx politician and President of Tyndwald Isle of Man, dies at 86
  • Aug 2 Peter Safar, Austrian physician (pioneered cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR), dies at 79
  • Aug 4 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist and Nobel Prize laureate 1954, dies at 86
  • Aug 11 Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (b. 1923)
  • Aug 11 Diana Mitford, English biographer, famous beauty, wife of Oswald Mosley and one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 93

Idi AminIdi Amin (c. 1925-2003)

Aug 16 Ugandan dictator (1971-79) who killed an estimated 100,000 to 500,000 people, dies of kidney failure aged between 75-80

  • Aug 19 Carlos Roberto Reina, President of Honduras (b. 1926)
  • Aug 19 Sérgio Vieira de Mello, Brazilian diplomat (b. 1948)
  • Aug 21 Kathy Wilkes, English philosopher and aid worker (b. 1946)
  • Aug 22 Arnold Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skating trainer (b. 1914)
  • Aug 22 Generosa Ammon, American widow of Ted Ammon (b. 1956)
  • Aug 23 Jack Dyer, Australian rules footballer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 23 John Geoghan, American Catholic priest, and convicted sex offender, killed in prison at 68
  • Aug 24 John Jacob Rhodes, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona), dies at 86
  • Aug 24 Sir Wilfred Thesiger, British explorer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 27 Pierre Poujade, French politician (b. 1920)
  • Aug 28 Brian Douglas Wells, American criminal (failed) (b. 1956)
  • Aug 29 Ayatollah Sayed Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim, Iraqi political leader (b. 1939)
  • Aug 29 Patrick Procktor, English artist, dies at 67
  • Aug 30 Donald Davidson, American philosopher (b. 1917)
  • Sep 1 Terry Frost, British artist, dies at 87
  • Sep 3 Paul Jennings Hill, American anti-abortion murderer (b. 1954)
  • Sep 3 Rudolf Leiding, German auto executive and 3rd postwar chairman of Volkswagen, dies at 88
  • Sep 5 C. H. Sisson, British author (Christopher Homm), dies at 89
  • Sep 5 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), dies at 87
  • Sep 6 Mohammad Oraz, Iranian mountain climber (b. 1969)
  • Sep 7 Great Antonio [Antonio Barichievich], Croatian-Canadian strongman and eccentric, dies at 77

Edward TellerEdward Teller (1908-2003)

Sep 9 Hungarian-American physicist, father of the Hydrogen bomb (Manhattan Project), dies at 95