On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 2004 (Part 2)

  • Oct 14 Conrad Russell, 5th Earl Russell, British historian, dies at 67
  • Oct 18 Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Oct 20 Anthony Hecht, American poet, dies at 81
  • 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 James Cardinal Hickey, American Catholic archbishop (b. 1920)
  • Oct 29 Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician, dies at 81
  • Oct 29 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)
  • Nov 8 Peter Mathers, English-born Australian novelist (b. 1931)
  • Nov 9 Iris Chang, American author and journalist, committed suicide at 36

Stieg Larsson

Nov 9 Stieg Larsson, Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), dies of a heart attack at 50

Yasser Arafat

Nov 11 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, dies in Paris at 75

  • Nov 13 Thomas Foglietta, American politician and diplomat (US Representative for Pennsylvania, 1981-97; Ambassador to Italy, 1997-2001), dies from surgery complications at 75
  • Nov 15 Elmer L. Andersen, 30th Governor of Minnesota (1961-63), dies at 95
  • Nov 15 Ben Cami, Flemish writer and poet (Rose from Mud), dies at 84
  • Nov 16 Margaret Hassan, Irish aid worker in Iraq, abducted at 59 (presumed dead)
  • Nov 19 Piet Esser, Dutch sculptor (b. 1914)
  • Nov 19 John R. Vane, English pharmacologist (Nobel 1982), dies at 77
  • Nov 20 David Grierson, Canadian radio host (b. 1955)
  • Nov 23 Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • Nov 24 Arthur Hailey, English novelist (Hotel, Airport), dies at 84
  • Nov 29 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (b. 1891)
  • Dec 1 Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands dies of lung cancer at 93
  • Dec 2 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • Dec 3 Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • Dec 6 Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
  • Dec 7 Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)
  • Dec 8 Nathan Gale, American murderer (Heavy metal Pantera's concert murder), dies at 25
  • Dec 9 David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • Dec 11 Margaret Fay Shaw, American photographer and folklorist known for her work in the Scottish Hebrides, dies at 101
  • Dec 13 David Wheeler, English computer scientist (b. 1927)
  • Dec 15 Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
  • Dec 16 Peter Coker, English painter, dies at 78
  • Dec 16 Agnes Martin, Canadian American abstract painter dies aged 92
  • Dec 17 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
  • Dec 18 Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 19 Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Dec 21 Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist, dies at 79
  • Dec 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao, Indian politician, 9th Prime Minister of India (1991-96), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Dec 23 Anne Truitt, American artist dies aged 83
  • Dec 23 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), dies at 82
  • Dec 25 Gennadi Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-3, T-8, T-11, TM-21), dies at 64
  • Dec 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman and husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent, dies at 76
  • Dec 26 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • Dec 26 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • Dec 26 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • Dec 26 Simon Atlee, British fashion photographer, drowned by tsunami in Thailand at 33

Susan Sontag

Dec 28 Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

  • Dec 29 Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • Dec 31 Gérard Debreu, French-American economist (Nobel 1983), dies at 83