Deaths in History in 2006

Deaths 1 - 200 of 316

  • Jan 1 Harry Magdoff, American magazine editor (b. 1913)
  • Jan 1 Hugh McLaughlin, Irish publisher and inventor (b. 1918)
  • Jan 1 Dawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne (b. 1927)
  • Jan 2 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice (b. 1913)
  • Jan 3 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • Jan 4 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • Jan 4 Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • Jan 4 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai (b. 1946)
  • 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 (b. 1912)
  • Jan 8 Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
  • Jan 11 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • Jan 11 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim, dies from extreme abuse 7
  • Jan 14 Jim Gary, American sculptor (b. 1939)
  • 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 Ibrahim Rugova, President of Kosovo (b. 1944)
  • Jan 21 Bedanand Jha, Nepalese politician
  • Jan 23 Chris McKinstry, Canadian scientist (b. 1967)
  • Jan 24 Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician
  • Jan 26 Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani opposition leader and Pashtun nationalist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 26 Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
  • Jan 27 Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • 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 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
  • Feb 1 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat (b. 1931)

Person of interestBetty Friedan

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist, dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • Feb 4 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), dies at 97
  • Feb 7 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • Feb 9 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)

Person of interestPeter Benchley

Feb 11 Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • Feb 13 Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)
  • 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 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • 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 (b. 1933)
  • Mar 3 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • Mar 3 William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 4 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)

Person of interestRichard Kuklinski

Mar 5 Richard Kuklinski, American Mafia hit man, dies at 70

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Mar 6 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Gordon Parks, photographer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 8 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)

Person of interestSlobodan Milosevic

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

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milosevic
  • Mar 12 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
  • Mar 13 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • Mar 13 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • Mar 14 Ann Calvello, American roller derby queen, dies at 76
  • Mar 14 Lennart Meri, former president of Estonia (b. 1929)
  • Mar 15 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (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 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • Mar 22 Kurt von Trojan, Australian sci-fi author (b. 1937)
  • Mar 23 David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • Mar 23 Desmond Doss, American soldier and first conscientious objector Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1919)
  • Mar 26 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener (b. 1925)
  • Mar 27 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • Mar 27 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, dies of cancer at 81
  • 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 6 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (b. 1917)
  • Apr 8 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Puggy Pearson, American poker player (b. 1929)

Person of interestMuriel Spark

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

Author Muriel Spark
Author
Muriel Spark
  • Apr 14 Mahmut Bakalli, Kosovo politician (b. 1936)
  • 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 19 Ian Morrow, British company director, best known for saving Rolls Royce, dies at 93
  • Apr 19 Ellen Kuzwayo, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman"), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Anna Svidersky (b. 1988)
  • Apr 21 T.K. Ramakrishnan, Indian politician (b. 1922)
  • Apr 23 Johnnie Checketts, New Zealand fighter pilot (b. 1912)
  • 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, ex-wife of John Kerry (b. 1944)

Person of interestJohn Kenneth Galbraith

Apr 29 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award), dies of natural causes at 97

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • Apr 30 Lawrence Patrick, Biomechanics Professor, crash test subject
  • Apr 30 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Indonesian novelist
  • 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 6 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • May 6 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • May 6 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • May 6 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • May 7 Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
  • May 7 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • May 8 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • May 10 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • May 10 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • May 12 Gillespie V. Montgomery, former U.S. representative from Mississippi (b. 1920)
  • May 13 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • May 14 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • May 17 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • May 17 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)
  • May 18 Andrew Martinez, U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy" (b. 1972)
  • May 22 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, dies of stroke at 61
  • May 22 Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • May 23 Clifford Antone, American businessman, dies at 56
  • May 23 Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • May 23 Frits Bernard, American activist (b. 1920)
  • 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 Steve Mizerak, American pool player (b. 1944)
  • May 29 Jacques Bouchard, Quebec advertising executive (b. 1930)
  • May 30 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Marius van Amelsvoort, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 75
  • May 31 Ryan Bennett, broadcast commentator (b. 1970)
  • May 31 Miguel Berrocal, sculptor (b. 1933)
  • May 31 Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • 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 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, Taoiseach (b. 1925)
  • 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, mother of JonBenét Ramsey (b. 1956)
  • Jun 25 Jaap Penraat, Dutch architect (b. 1918)
  • Jun 27 Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, Mexican serial killer, known as "The Railway Killer" (b. 1959)
  • 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 28 George Unwin, British WWII fighter ace (b. 1913)
  • Jun 30 Robert Gernhardt, German satirist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 3 Joseph Goguen, American computer scientist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 5 Kenneth Lay, American businessman (b. 1942)
  • Jul 7 Juan de Ávalos, Spanish sculptor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 7 John Money, Sexologist (b. 1921)
  • 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 Mickey Spillane [Frank Morrison Spillane], American mystery writer (I the Jury), dies 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 José Antonio Delgado, Venezuelan mountain climber (b. 1965)
  • Jul 22 James E. West, mayor of Spokane, Washington (b. 1950)
  • 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 30 Anthony Galla-Rini, American accordionist (b. 1904)
  • Jul 30 Murray Bookchin, American libertarian socialist (b. 1921)
  • Aug 1 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (b. 1965)
  • Aug 1 Bob Thaves, American cartoonist (b. 1924)
  • Aug 1 Iris Marion Young, American feminist and political scientist (b. 1949)
  • Aug 5 Susan Butcher, American sled dog champion (b. 1954)
  • Aug 5 Edward "Ed" Thrasher, American art director and photographer (Come & Gone), dies of cancer at 74
  • Aug 7 Mary Anderson Bain, American New Deal politician (b. 1911)
  • Aug 9 James van Allen, American physicist (b. 1914)
  • Aug 9 Philip E. High, sci-fi author (b. 1914)
  • Aug 15 Te Atairangikaahu, Māori Queen for 40 years, dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Doug White, American news anchor
  • Aug 16 Alex Buzo, Australian playwright and author (b. 1944)
  • Aug 16 Herschel Green, American pilot (b. 1920)
  • Aug 16 Alfredo Stroessner, President of Paraguay (b. 1912)
  • Aug 18 Jamie Astaphan, Caribbean-born physician (b. 1946)
  • Aug 20 Joe Rosenthal, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • Aug 20 Bryan Budd, British soldier (Afghanistan), dies at 29
  • Aug 20 Richard Arthur de Yarburgh-Bateson, 6th Lord Deramore, British architect, dies at 95
  • Aug 21 Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Dutch businessman and philanthropist (b. 1941)

Person of interestEd Warren

Aug 23 Ed Warren, American paranormal investigator, dies at 79

Paranormal Investigator Ed Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Ed Warren
  • Aug 26 Rainer Barzel, German politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 27 Maria Capovilla, oldest woman alive from 2004-2006 (b. 1889)
  • Aug 28 Benoît Sauvageau, French Canadian politician (b. 1963)
  • Aug 28 Melvin Schwartz, American Physicist and Nobel Laureate (neutrinos - subatomic particles with no electric charge and virtually no mass), dies at 73
  • Aug 30 Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian novelist (Palace Walk, Sugar Street) and first Arabic writer to win a Nobel Prize (1988), dies at 94
  • Aug 30 Robin Cooke, Baron Cooke of Thorndon, New Zealand jurist and member of the British House of Lords (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (b. 1977)
  • Sep 1 Sir Kyffin Williams, Welsh landscape painter (b. 1918)