Historical Figures Who Died in 2006

Deaths 1 - 200 of 334

  • Jan 1 Dawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne, dies at 78
  • Jan 1 Harry Magdoff, American magazine editor, dies at 92
  • Jan 1 Hugh McLaughlin, Irish publisher & inventor, dies at 77
  • Jan 2 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice, dies at 92
  • Jan 3 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • Jan 4 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • Jan 4 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (1971-79) and Ruler of Dubai (1990-2006), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Jan 4 Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • Jan 5 Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 6 Hugh Thompson Jr., American Vietnam War veteran who played a major role in ending the 1968 My Lai massacre, dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 7 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer and author (Seven Years in Tibet), dies at 93
  • Jan 8 Tony Banks, British politician (Labour), dies after a stroke at 63
  • Jan 11 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • Jan 11 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim, dies from extreme abuse
  • Jan 14 Jim Gary, American sculptor known for whimsical monumental art and sculptors of large, colorful dinosaurs made from discarded automobile parts, dies of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • Jan 15 Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, dies at 79
  • Jan 16 Stanley Biber, American physician, pioneer of transgender surgery, (b. 1923)
  • Jan 17 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (b. 1930)
  • Jan 17 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)
  • Jan 21 Bedanand Jha, Nepalese politician
  • Jan 21 Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovar nationalist writer and President of Kosovo (1992-2006), dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Chris McKinstry, Canadian scientist (b. 1967)
  • Jan 23 Virginia D. Smith, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska), dies at 94
  • Jan 24 Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician
  • Jan 26 Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
  • Jan 26 Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani opposition leader and Pashtun nationalist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 27 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer best known for his solo self-rescue on Annapurna with a broken arm, presumed dead at 40
  • Jan 27 Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • Jan 28 Yitzchak Kaduri, rabbi (b. around 1900)
  • Jan 30 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., dies of ovarian cancer at 78
  • Jan 30 Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (The Heidi Chronicles), dies of cancer at 55
  • Feb 1 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat, dies at 74

Betty Friedan

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist (The Feminine Mystique), dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • Feb 7 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • Feb 9 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13 Peter Strawson, British philosopher (Oxford University), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and author (Ford C. Frick Award; Pete Rozelle Award; lifetime achievement Emmy, 1992), dies of leukemia at 86
  • Feb 20 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • Feb 22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • Feb 24 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • Feb 24 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • Feb 27 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • Feb 27 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American General and Air Force pilot, dies at 97
  • Feb 28 Owen Chamberlain, American physicist (antiproton, Nobel-1959), dies at 85
  • Mar 1 Harry Browne, American politician and author, dies at 72
  • Mar 3 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • Mar 3 William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 4 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 6 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Ansen [Nancy Ann] Dibble, Dutch sci-fi author (Summerfair), dies at 63
  • Mar 7 Gordon Parks, American photographer, dies at 83
  • Mar 8 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)
  • Mar 9 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), dies at 91
  • Mar 11 Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English army officer (NATO Commander) and military historian, dies at 81

Slobodan Milošević

Mar 11 Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), dies at 64

  • Mar 12 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
  • Mar 13 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • Mar 13 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • Mar 14 Ann Calvello, American roller derby queen, dies at 76
  • Mar 14 Lennart Meri, Estonian politician, writer and director (President of Estonia 1992-2001), dies at 76
  • Mar 15 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • Mar 15 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • Mar 16 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • Mar 17 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (for Jackie Kennedy), dies at 92
  • Mar 18 Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 22 Kurt von Trojan, Australian sci-fi author (b. 1937)
  • Mar 22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • Mar 23 David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • Mar 26 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, dies at 80
  • Mar 27 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, dies of cancer at 81
  • Mar 27 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • Mar 27 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 28 Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • Mar 28 Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 28 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 29 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)
  • Apr 1 In Tam, Cambodian politician (b. 1916)
  • Apr 2 Nina Schenk von Stauffenberg, German wife of Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Philip Attenborough, English publisher (Hodder & Stoughton), dies at 69
  • Apr 6 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite, dies at 89
  • Apr 8 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys), dies at 82
  • Apr 12 Puggy Pearson, American poker player (World Series of Poker Main Event 1973; 4 x World Series of Poker bracelets), dies from heart failure at 77

Muriel Spark

Apr 13 Muriel Spark, Scottish author (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), dies at 88

  • Apr 14 Mahmut Bakalli, Kosovo politician (b. 1936)
  • Apr 16 Dan Schaefer, American politician (Rep-R-CO, 1983-99), dies of cancer at 70
  • Apr 17 Jean Bernard, French physician and haematologist, dies at 98
  • Apr 19 Ellen Kuzwayo, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman"), dies at 91
  • Apr 19 Ian Morrow, British company director, best known for saving Rolls Royce, dies at 93
  • Apr 19 Scott Crossfield, American pilot, first man to fly at Mach 2 (b. 1921)
  • Apr 19 Zola Levitt, Messianic Jewish preacher (b. 1938)
  • Apr 20 Anna Svidersky (b. 1988)
  • Apr 21 T.K. Ramakrishnan, Indian politician (b. 1922)
  • Apr 23 Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter pilot, dies at 94
  • Apr 24 Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • Apr 25 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), dies at 89
  • Apr 27 Julia Thorne, American writer & ex-wife of John Kerry, dies at 61

John Kenneth Galbraith

Apr 29 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist and writer (Affluent Society - Sidney Hillman Award, 1958), dies of natural causes at 97

  • Apr 30 Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject
  • Apr 30 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa), dies of complications from diabetes and heart disease at 81
  • May 1 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • May 2 Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)
  • May 3 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (Vragende Children), dies at 85
  • May 3 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • May 5 Joep de Boer, Dutch naval officer and politician (CDA), dies at 81
  • May 6 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • May 6 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • May 6 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • May 6 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • May 7 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • May 7 Richard Carleton, Australian television news journalist, dies of a heart attack, while covering press conference of Beaconsfield Mine collapse, at 62
  • May 8 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • May 10 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • May 10 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • May 12 Sonny Montgomery, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi 1967-97), dies at 85
  • May 13 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • May 14 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • May 17 Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)
  • May 17 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • May 17 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • May 18 Andrew Martinez, American activist (U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy"), dies at 33
  • May 22 Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • May 22 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, dies of stroke at 61
  • May 23 Clifford Antone, American businessman, dies at 56
  • May 23 Frits Bernard, American clinical psychologist and pedophile activist, dies at 85
  • May 23 Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • May 24 Henry Bumstead, American art director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • May 26 Édouard Michelin, CEO of tire manufacturer Michelin (b. 1963)
  • May 27 Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • May 27 Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • May 29 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian French language advertising executive, dies of cancer at 75
  • May 29 Steve Mizerak, American pool player, dies of complications from gall bladder surgery at 61
  • May 30 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Marius van Amelsvoort, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 75
  • May 31 Miguel Ortiz Berrocal, Spanish abstract and figurative sculptor, dies at 72
  • May 31 Raymond Davis Jr., American chemist and physicist (2002 Nobel Prize for Physics - detection of neutrinos), dies at 91
  • May 31 Ryan Bennett, American sports journalist (MMA), dies after a car crash at 36
  • Jun 4 Eric Molobi, South African activist (ANC, Kagiso Trust), dies at 58
  • Jun 5 Frederick Franck, American artist and writer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 6 Arnold Newman, American photographer (b. 1918)
  • Jun 7 Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Jordanian-born Mujahid (b. 1966)
  • Jun 8 Abouna Matta El Meskeen, Coptic Orthodox monk (b. 1919)
  • Jun 11 Bruce Shand, father of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (b. 1917)
  • Jun 11 George Washington, American boxing trainer (Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland), dies of heart failure at 79
  • Jun 11 Michael Bartosh, computer expert and author (b. 1977)
  • Jun 12 Kenneth Roy Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian businessman and art collector (b. 1923)
  • Jun 13 Charles Haughey, Irish Taoiseach (1979-81, 82, 87-92), dies at 80
  • Jun 14 Jean Roba, Belgian comics author (Boule et Bill), dies at 75
  • Jun 15 Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, Iranian archaeologist and a world expert on Achaemenid archeology, dies of cancer at 63
  • Jun 23 Harriet, Galápagos tortoise (b. 1830)
  • Jun 24 Patsy Ramsey, American mother of JonBenét Ramsey (b. 1956)
  • Jun 25 Jaap Penraat, Dutch architect and WWII resistance fighter, dies at 88
  • Jun 27 Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, Mexican serial killer, known as "The Railway Killer" (b. 1959)
  • Jun 28 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • Jun 28 Jim Baen, American sci-fi publisher and editor (b. 1943)
  • Jun 28 Peter Rawlinson, Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, English barrister, politician and author (b. 1919)
  • Jun 29 Lloyd Richards, Canadian-American theaterical director (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), dies at 87
  • Jun 30 Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 1 Ryutaro Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1996-98), dies at 68
  • Jul 3 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (professor of Computer Science at the University of California and University of Oxford), dies at 65
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Lay, American CEO and Chairman of Enron, dies at 64
  • Jul 7 John Money, Sexologist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 7 Juan de Ávalos, Spanish sculptor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 10 Shamil Basayev, Chechen rebel (b. 1965)
  • Jul 15 Robert H. Brooks, founder of Hooters of America (b. 1937)
  • Jul 16 Winthrop Paul Rockefeller, Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas (b. 1948)
  • Jul 17 (Frank) "Mickey" Spillane, American mystery writer (I, The Jury), dies of pancreatic cancer at 88
  • Jul 20 Ted Grant, British Trotskyist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 21 Ta Mok, "The Khmer Rouge Butcher", war criminal in Democratic Kampuchea (b. 1926)
  • Jul 22 James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington (b. 1950)
  • Jul 22 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (b. 1965)
  • Jul 22 Thomas J. Manton, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1985-99), dies at 73
  • Jul 23 Jean-Paul Desbiens, Quebec writer and journalist (b. 1927)
  • Jul 25 Carl Brashear, first African-American U.S Navy Master Diver (b. 1931)
  • Jul 27 Maryann Mahaffey, American politician (b. 1925)
  • Jul 28 David Gemmell, British writer (b. 1948)
  • Jul 29 Jim Olin, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1983-93), dies at 86
  • Jul 30 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (b. 1921)
  • Aug 1 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (Frank and Ernest), dies at 81
  • Aug 1 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • Aug 1 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)
  • Aug 5 Hugo Schiltz, Flemish lawyer and politician, dies at 78
  • Aug 5 Susan Butcher, American sled dog champion (b. 1954)
  • Aug 7 Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (b. 1911)
  • Aug 9 James van Allen, American physicist (discovered Van Allen radiation belts), dies at 91
  • Aug 9 Philip E. High, English sci-fi author, dies at 92
  • Aug 15 Doug White, American news anchor, dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 15 Te Atairangikaahu, New Zealand Māori Queen for 40 years, dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)

Alfredo Stroessner

Aug 16 Alfredo Stroessner, Paraguayan army officer, Dictator and 42nd President of Paraguay (1954-89), dies of a stroke at 93

  • Aug 16 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)