Deaths in History in 2004

Deaths 1 - 200 of 239

  • Jan 2 Jess Collins, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 3 Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • Jan 4 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Joan Aiken, English writer of children's books (The Whispering Mountain), dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • Jan 6 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, dies at 82
  • Jan 6 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
  • Jan 7 Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., American Engineer (over-the-horizon radar), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • Jan 8 John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)
  • Jan 9 Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b. 1909)
  • Jan 10 Alexandra Ripley, American author (b. 1934)
  • Jan 11 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], British politician (C), dies at 85
  • Jan 12 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Jan 13 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • Jan 13 Harold Shipman, British general practitioner and prolific serial killer, commits suicide at 57
  • Jan 16 Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)
  • Jan 19 Harry E. Claiborne, American judge (suicide) (b. 1917)
  • Jan 21 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (b. 1929)
  • Jan 22 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Helmut Newton, German photographer, dies at 83
  • Jan 27 Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
  • Jan 27 Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • Jan 28 Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 28 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • Jan 29 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • Jan 29 Janet Frame, New Zealand novelist (Intensive Care, Owls Do Cry), dies at 79
  • Feb 5 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • Feb 5 Harry West, Irish politician, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (1974-79), dies at 86
  • Feb 8 Julius Schwartz, American comic book and sci-fi editor (b. 1915)
  • Feb 9 Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Margaret Stacey, English sociologist who helped shape the distinctively British genre of empirical sociology, dies at 81
  • Feb 13 Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Chechen leader (b. 1952)
  • Feb 15 Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 17 José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
  • Feb 21 Guido Molinari, Canadian painter, dies at 70
  • Feb 23 Sikander Bakht, Indian politician, Governor of Kerala, dies at 85
  • Feb 25 Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)
  • Feb 26 Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • Feb 26 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • Feb 26 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, dies at 47
  • Feb 27 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), dies at 93
  • Feb 27 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • Feb 28 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, dies at 82
  • Feb 28 Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)
  • Feb 29 Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (b. 1915)
  • Mar 4 George Pake, American physicist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer (b. 1953)
  • Mar 8 Abu Abbas [Muhammad Zaidan], Palestinian founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLO), dies in US custody of allegedly natural causes at 55
  • Mar 9 Dr. Gerald Deskin, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 13 Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)

  • Mar 15 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • Mar 15 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), dies at 78
  • Mar 18 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (McCain Foods Limited), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Mar 19 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (b. 1911)
  • Mar 20 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
  • Mar 20 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician, dies at 86
  • Mar 22 Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas (b. ca. 1937)
  • Mar 23 Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
  • Mar 28 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • Mar 30 Alistair Cooke, English-born journalist (b. 1908)

Person of interestMichael King

Mar 30 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), dies in a car crash at 58

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • Mar 30 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, dies at 65
  • Apr 1 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • Apr 2 John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)
  • Apr 5 Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
  • Apr 5 Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)
  • Apr 6 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
  • Apr 17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), dies at 95
  • Apr 18 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
  • Apr 19 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • Apr 19 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 21 Mary McGrory, American journalist and columnist, dies at 85
  • Apr 22 Jason L. Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1981)

Person of interestEstée Lauder

Apr 24 Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 97

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • Apr 25 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), dies at 74
  • Apr 26 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • May 6 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), dies at 91
  • May 7 Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • May 8 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • May 9 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, dies at 52
  • May 17 Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  • May 17 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • May 20 Lord Murray of Epping Forest, British labour politician and union leader, dies of emphysema and pneumonia at 82
  • May 23 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (b. 1919)
  • May 24 Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • May 24 Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • May 24 Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • May 25 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • May 26 Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • May 26 Dullah Omar, South African lawyer (b. 1934)
  • May 28 Umberto Agnelli, Swiss-born automobile executive (b. 1934)
  • May 29 Archibald Cox, Watergate special prosecutor (b. 1912)
  • May 29 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • Jun 1 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 2 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcaster (b. 1909)
  • Jun 3 Frances Shand Kydd, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales (b. 1936)
  • Jun 9 Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
  • Jun 11 Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer, dies at 57
  • Jun 11 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek politician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 13 Dick Durrance, American skier (b. 1914)
  • Jun 13 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer, dies at 52
  • Jun 14 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide (b. 1900)
  • Jun 16 Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
  • Jun 21 Leonel Brizola, Brazilian politician (b. 1922)
  • Jun 22 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • Jun 22 Bob Bemer, American computer scientist (b. 1920)
  • Jun 22 Kim Sun-il, South Korean translator (b. 1970)
  • Jun 22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist, dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
  • Jun 27 George Patton IV, American general (b. 1923)
  • Jun 28 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (b. 1912)
  • Jun 29 Bernard Babior, American biochemist (b. 1935)
  • Jun 30 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, dies at 80
  • Jul 1 Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
  • Jul 2 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese writer (b. 1919)
  • Jul 2 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist, dies at 85
  • Jul 3 Andrian Nikolayev, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1929)
  • Jul 4 Frank Robinson (Xylophone Man), an eccentric street entertainer in Nottingham, England (b. 1932)
  • Jul 5 Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1923)
  • Jul 6 Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (b. 1932)
  • Jul 8 Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)
  • Jul 9 Chuck Cadman, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • Jul 9 Paul Klebnikov, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • Jul 11 Laurance Rockefeller, American conservationist and philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • Jul 12 Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1918)
  • Jul 16 George Busbee, Governor of Georgia (b. 1927)
  • Jul 18 Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 18 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist, dies at 92
  • Jul 19 Reverend Francis Marzen, American Catholic prelate (b. 1924)
  • Jul 19 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1911)
  • Jul 20 Adi Lady Lala Mara, Fiji chieftainess, wife of Kamisese Mara (b. 1931)
  • Jul 21 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  • Jul 21 Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), Member of Parliament for Harwich (1954-92), dies at 89
  • Jul 22 George Kidd, Canadian diplomat (b. 1917)

Person of interestFrancis Crick

Jul 28 Francis Crick, English molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (1962), dies of colon cancer at 88

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • Jul 28 Tiziano Terzani, Italian journalist (b. 1938)
  • Aug 1 Philip Abelson American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1913)
  • Aug 1 Philip Hauge Abelson, American physicist, dies at 91
  • Aug 2 François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)

Person of interestHenri Cartier-Bresson

Aug 3 Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer, dies at 95

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photographer
Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Aug 4 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • Aug 7 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter (b. 1915)
  • Aug 7 Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • Aug 9 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • Aug 12 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • Aug 14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • Aug 14 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-born writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1911)
  • Aug 15 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 15 Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  • Aug 16 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 17 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 18 Hiram Fong, former U.S. Senator from Hawaii (b. 1906)
  • Aug 21 Isaäc Arend Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer and Minister of Education, dies at 88
  • Aug 22 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer (b. 1922)
  • Aug 24 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 24 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), dies at 60
  • Aug 30 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (b. 1906)
  • Aug 30 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • Sep 1 Ahmed Kuftaro, Grand Mufti of Syria (b. 1915)
  • Sep 2 Joan Oró, Catalan scientist (b. 1923)
  • Sep 4 James O. Page, American paramedic (b. 1936)
  • Sep 8 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • Sep 10 Brock Adams, American politician (b. 1927)
  • Sep 11 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, dies at 55
  • Sep 11 David Mann, U.S. artist (b. 1939)
  • Sep 13 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (b. 1925)
  • Sep 15 Walter Stewart, Canadian journalist (b. 1931)
  • Sep 18 Norman Cantor, Canadian historian (b. 1929)
  • Sep 18 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, dies at 76
  • Sep 19 Eddie Adams, American photographer (photograph of execution of a Viet Cong soldier, Pulitzer Prize 1969), dies at 71
  • Sep 19 Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born American civil servant (b. 1919)
  • Sep 20 Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  • Sep 21 Barry Noble Wakeman, American naturalist and educator (b. 1939)
  • Sep 24 Françoise Sagan, French writer and playwright (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69
  • Sep 27 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • Sep 28 Geoffrey Beene, American fashion designer (8 Coty Awards), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Scott Muni, American disc jockey (b. 1930)
  • Sep 28 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, dies at 91
  • Oct 1 Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • Oct 4 Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  • Oct 5 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • Oct 5 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine nominee (b. 1941)
  • Oct 7 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • Oct 8 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • Oct 8 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • Oct 10 Arthur H. Robinson, American cartographer (b. 1915)
  • Oct 10 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (b. 1932)
  • Oct 13 Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, dies at 89
  • Oct 16 Pierre Salinger, John F. Kennedy's White House Press Secretary (b. 1925)
  • Oct 18 Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Oct 20 Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • Oct 22 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., American naval officer, First African American fleet commander, dies at 82
  • Oct 22 Alastair Down, CEO (Burmah Oil), dies at 90
  • Oct 24 Randy Dorton, American race car crew member (b. 1954)
  • Oct 24 James Cardinal Hickey, American Catholic archbishop (b. 1920)
  • Oct 29 Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician (b. 1923)
  • Oct 29 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)

Person of interestZayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Nov 2 Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1st President of the United Arab Emirates, dies at 85

President of the United Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
President of the United Arab Emirates
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
  • Nov 8 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)