Historical Figures Who Died in 2004

  • Jan 2 Jess Collins, American artist, dies at 80
  • Jan 3 Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • Jan 4 Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • Jan 4 Joan Aiken, English writer of children's books (The Whispering Mountain), dies at 79
  • Jan 4 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), dies at 91
  • Jan 6 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, dies at 82
  • Jan 6 Pierre Charles, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica, dies at 49
  • 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 (fluid dynamics), dies at 81
  • Jan 13 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman, dies at 66
  • 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 and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), dies at 74
  • Jan 22 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Helmut Newton, German fashion photographer, dies at 83
  • Jan 27 Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • Jan 28 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • Jan 28 Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 29 Janet Frame, New Zealand writer (An Angel at My Table, Care, Owls Do Cry), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • Feb 2 Alan Bullock, British historian and author (Hitler: A Study in Tyranny), dies at 89
  • 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 11 Ryszard Kukliński, Polish colonel and Cold War spy for NATO, dies at 73
  • Feb 12 Robert A. Bruce, American cardiologist and pioneer (exercise cardiology), dies at 87
  • 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 (1976-82), dies at 83
  • 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 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • Feb 26 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, dies at 47
  • Feb 26 Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • Feb 27 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), dies at 93
  • Feb 27 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • Feb 28 Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)
  • Feb 28 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, dies at 82
  • Feb 28 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • Feb 29 Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (Inherit the Wind), dies at 88
  • 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, dies in American 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 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), dies at 78
  • Mar 15 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • 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 Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands (1948-80), dies at 94
  • 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 24 Max Dendermonde [Hendrik Hazelhoff], Dutch literary, dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • Mar 30 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, dies at 65

Michael KingMichael King (1945-2004)

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

  • 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 8 Bruce Edwards, American golf caddie (mainly for 5 x British Open champion Tom Watson), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 49
  • Apr 17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), dies at 95
  • Apr 18 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Fijian tribal chief, first Prime Minister of Fiji (1970-92) President of Fiji (1994-2000), dies at 83
  • Apr 19 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 19 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • Apr 21 Mary McGrory, American journalist and columnist, dies at 85
  • Apr 22 Jason L. Dunham, American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 22

Estée LauderEstée Lauder (1906-2004)

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

  • Apr 24 Winson Hudson, American civil rights activist (rural Mississippi), dies at 87
  • 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 2 John MacKenzie, Scottish-Canadian bagpiper and pipe-major, dies at 83 [1]
  • 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 7 William J. "Pete" Knight, American astronaut and test pilot (X-15), dies at 74
  • May 8 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • May 9 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, dies at 52
  • May 16 June Taylor, American choreographer, dies at 86
  • May 17 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • May 17 Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  • 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 Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • May 24 Henry Ries, German-American photographer (New York Times - "The Berlin Airlift"), dies at 86
  • May 24 Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • May 25 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • May 26 Dullah Omar, South African attorney and UDF-leader, dies at 69
  • May 26 Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • May 28 Umberto Agnelli, Italian automobile executive (Fiat, 1965-2004), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • May 29 Archibald Cox, American lawyer and special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 92
  • May 29 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • May 30 Andrew Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, English aristocrat (Chatsworth) and politician, married Deborah Mitford, dies at 84
  • Jun 1 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 3 Frances Shand Kydd, English aristocrat, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, dies at 68
  • Jun 6 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), dies of cancer at 46
  • Jun 7 William Cramond, Scottish psychiatrist and vice-chancellor (Stirling University), dies at 83
  • 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, dies at 89
  • Jun 14 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide, dies at 103
  • Jun 16 Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
  • Jun 21 Leonel Brizola, Brazilian politician (b. 1922)
  • Jun 22 Bob Bemer, American computer scientist (b. 1920)
  • Jun 22 Kim Sun-il, South Korean translator (b. 1970)
  • Jun 22 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • Jun 22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe), dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
  • Jun 27 George Patton IV, American general in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, dies of Parkinson's disease at 80
  • Jun 28 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (Jennings), dies at 92
  • Jun 29 Bernard Babior, American physician and biochemist, dies at 68
  • Jun 30 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, dies at 80
  • Jul 1 Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
  • Jul 2 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist, dies at 85
  • Jul 2 Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian writer and editor (Twilight in Jakarta), dies at 82
  • Jul 2 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), dies at 84
  • Jul 3 Andrian Nikolayev, Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok 3), dies at 73
  • 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 (1992-2004), dies at 71
  • 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 CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Jul 12 Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1918)
  • Jul 12 Jean Ruth Adams, American entomologist (insect pathogens and viruses), dies at 75 or 76
  • Jul 16 George Busbee, Governor of Georgia (b. 1927)
  • Jul 17 Julian Hodge, British financier and multi-millionaire (Hodge Group), dies at 99
  • Jul 18 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist, dies at 92
  • Jul 18 Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
  • 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)

Francis CrickFrancis Crick (1916-2004)

Jul 28 English molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure, with James Watson (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1962), dies of colon cancer at 88 [1] [2]

  • Jul 28 Tiziano Terzani, Italian journalist (b. 1938)
  • Aug 1 Philip Abelson, American physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 91
  • Aug 2 François Craenhals, Belgian comic artist (Chevalier Ardent), dies at 77

Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

Aug 3 French photographer famous for 'The Decisive Moment', dies at 95

  • Aug 4 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal Board and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79
  • Aug 7 Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • Aug 7 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter, dies at 89
  • 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 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), dies at 93
  • Aug 14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • Aug 14 William David Ford, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965-95), dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 15 Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, (1982 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for identification of prostaglandins), dies at 88
  • 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, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Hawaii), dies at 97
  • Aug 21 Isaäc Arend Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer and Minister of Education, dies at 88
  • 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 25 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), dies at 81
  • Aug 30 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), dies at 97
  • Aug 30 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • Sep 1 Ahmed Kuftaro, Grand Mufti of Syria (b. 1915)
  • Sep 1 Kenneth Keith, Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker, dies at 88
  • Sep 2 Joan Oró, Catalan scientist (b. 1923)
  • Sep 4 James O. Page, American paramedic (b. 1936)
  • Sep 10 Brock Adams, American politician, dies at 77
  • Sep 11 David Mann, American graphic artist of biker culture, dies at 64
  • Sep 11 Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria, Greek Orthodox Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, dies at 55
  • Sep 13 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (b. 1925)
  • Sep 15 Walter Stewart, Canadian writer and journalist, dies at 73
  • Sep 18 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, dies at 76
  • Sep 18 Norman Cantor, Canadian historian (b. 1929)
  • Sep 19 Árpád Bogsch, Hungarian-born American civil servant (b. 1919)
  • Sep 19 Eddie Adams, American photographer (photograph of execution of a Viet Cong soldier, Pulitzer Prize 1969), dies of complications from ALS at 71
  • Sep 19 Ellis Marsalis, Sr., American businessman, hotel operator, and civil rights activist, dies at 96
  • Sep 20 Townsend Hoopes, American politician (b. 1922)
  • Sep 21 Barry Noble Wakeman, American naturalist and educator (b. 1939)
  • Sep 22 Edward Larrabee Barnes, American architect (Walker Art Center), dies at 89
  • Sep 23 Tabish Dehlvi, Pakistani poet, dies at 90
  • Sep 24 Françoise Sagan [Quoirez], French novelist (Bonjour Trieste), dies at 69
  • Sep 24 Marvin Davis, CEO (Davis Oil Company), dies at 79
  • 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 English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), dies at 87 [1] [2]
  • Oct 5 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 nominee), dies at 62
  • 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)