Historical Figures Who Died in 2007

Deaths 1 - 200 of 396

  • Jan 1 Leon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs, dies at 84
  • Jan 1 Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer, dies of heart attack at 55
  • Jan 1 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist, dies at 63
  • Jan 1 Tillie Olsen, American writer (Tell Me a Riddle), dies at 94
  • Jan 2 A. Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer & professor, dies at 55
  • Jan 2 David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist, dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian, dies at 65
  • Jan 2 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink, dies at 49
  • Jan 2 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor & World War II researcher, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister, dies at 77
  • Jan 2 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy, dies at 64
  • Jan 2 Teddy Kollek, Israeli politician (Mayor of Jerusalem), dies at 95
  • Jan 3 Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • Jan 3 Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
  • Jan 3 William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • Jan 4 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
  • Jan 4 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • Jan 4 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • Jan 4 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • Jan 4 Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • Jan 5 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet. dies of kidney and lung cancer at 83 [1]

Momofuku Ando

Jan 5 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, dies of heart failure at 96

  • Jan 6 Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)
  • Jan 8 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 8 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge, dies at 98
  • Jan 10 Bradford Washburn, American explorer and cartographer, dies at 96
  • Jan 11 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • Jan 12 Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 15 Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • Jan 15 Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 15 James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), dies at 91
  • Jan 15 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • Jan 17 Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jan 19 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian journalist and newspaper editor (Agos), shot by an assassin at 52
  • Jan 20 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), dies at 95
  • Jan 21 U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
  • Jan 22 Abbé Pierre, French priest (b. 1912)
  • Jan 22 Doug Blasdell, American personal trainer
  • Jan 22 Ngô Quang Trưởng, South Vietnamese general (b. 1929)
  • Jan 23 E. Howard Hunt, American intelligence officer involved in Watergate break-in, dies at 88
  • Jan 23 Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • Jan 23 Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
  • Jan 24 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, dies at 115
  • Jan 24 Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • Jan 26 Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
  • Jan 28 Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
  • Jan 28 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 28 Sterling Lanier, American writer (Hiero's Journey), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • Jan 31 Adelaide Tambo, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and wife of Oliver Tambo, dies at 77
  • Jan 31 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, dies at 62
  • Feb 1 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader, dies at 60
  • Feb 2 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (b. 1967)
  • Feb 3 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • Feb 3 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • Feb 4 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • Feb 5 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • Feb 5 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American parapsychologist and reincarnation expert, dies at 88
  • Feb 10 Charles Rudolph Walgreen Jr., American businessman (President of Walgreens), dies at 100
  • Feb 11 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (Simon and the Oaks), dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • Feb 13 Elizabeth Jolley, British-born Australian writer (Palomino), dies at 83
  • Feb 13 Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
  • Feb 15 Robert Adler, Austrian-American inventor (remote control for television), dies at 93
  • Feb 16 Gene Snyder, American politician (Rep-R-KY, 1963-65, 67-87), dies at 79
  • Feb 17 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • Feb 17 Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator, dies at 92
  • Feb 20 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist, dies at 76
  • Feb 22 George Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords & Special Boat Service veteran, dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)
  • Feb 22 Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)
  • Feb 25 William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
  • Feb 27 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson), dies at 89
  • Feb 28 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), dies at 98
  • Feb 28 John Smith, English landowner, financier and Philanthropist (National Trust, Landmark Trust), dies at 83 [1]
  • Mar 2 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95
  • Mar 2 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • Mar 2 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • Mar 4 Bob Hattoy, American gay rights, AIDS, and environmental activist, dies from AIDS-related causes at 56
  • Mar 4 Jorge Kolle Cueto, Bolivian Commmunist Party politician
  • Mar 4 Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian, assassinated by Communist rebels at 41
  • Mar 4 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (38th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri), dies at 77
  • Mar 6 Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Jean Baudrillard, French cultural theorist, philosopher, political commentator and photographer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 9 Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, North Carolina politician (b. unknown)
  • Mar 14 Lucie Aubrac, French history teacher and member of the French Resistance (b. 1912)
  • Mar 15 Charles Harrelson, American hitman and father of Woody Harrelson (b. 1938)
  • Mar 15 Stuart Rosenberg, American film and television director (b. 1927)
  • Mar 17 Jim Cronin, Animal welfare campaigner and founder of Monkey World in Dorset, England. (b. 1951)
  • Mar 17 John Backus, American computer scientist and inventor (FORTRAN computer language), dies at 82
  • Mar 20 Gilbert E. Patterson, presiding bishop of COGIC (b. 1939)
  • Mar 20 Hawa Yakubu, Ghanaian politician (b. 1948)
  • Mar 20 Raynald Fréchette, Quebec politician and judge, dies at 73
  • Mar 20 Taha Yassin Ramadan, Iraqi politician (b. 1938)
  • Mar 21 Drew Hayes, American writer & graphic artist (b. 1969)
  • Mar 21 Kevin Whitrick, first British man to commit suicide on a live chatroom (b. 1964)
  • Mar 21 Sven O. Høiby, the father of Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway (b. 1936)
  • Mar 22 Uppaluri Gopala Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (b. 1918)
  • Mar 23 Paul J. Cohen, American mathematician, Fields Medal winner (b. 1934)
  • Mar 23 Paul Joseph Cohen, American mathematician (Cohen forcing, Continuum hypothesis), dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Andranik Margaryan, 14th Prime Minister of Armenia (2000-07), dies at 57
  • Mar 27 Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1929)
  • Mar 31 Paul Watzlawick, Communications & Constructivism Theorist (b. 1921)
  • Apr 1 Hans Filbinger, German politician (CDU), dies at 93
  • Apr 3 Marion Eames, Welsh novelist, dies at 86
  • Apr 3 Nina Wang, Chinese widow of businessman Teddy Wang (Asia's richest woman), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (b. 1908)
  • Apr 5 Maria Gripe, Swedish writer (Josephine), dies at 83
  • Apr 5 Poornachandra Tejaswi, Kannada writer (b. 1938)
  • Apr 7 Johnny Hart, American cartoonist (B.C., Wizard of Id), dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Carey W. Barber, a member of Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1905)
  • Apr 8 Sol LeWitt, American artist (b. 1928)
  • Apr 9 Egon Bondy, Czech philosopher and writer (b. 1930)
  • Apr 11 Janet McDonald, American novelist (b. 1954)

Kurt Vonnegut

Apr 11 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author, dies from head trauma at 84

  • Apr 11 Ronald Speirs, American Army officer (CO of Easy Company), dies at 86
  • Apr 12 Kevin Crease, Australian TV anchor (b. 1936)
  • Apr 14 June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 15 Brant Parker, American cartoonist, dies at 86
  • Apr 16 Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)
  • Apr 16 G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, American instructor of French (b. 1958)
  • Apr 16 Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)
  • Apr 16 Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)
  • Apr 16 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • Apr 18 Iccho Itoh, mayor of Nagasaki, dies at 61
  • Apr 19 Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton (b. 1919)
  • Apr 20 Michael Fu Tieshan, Chinese bishop (b. 1931).
  • Apr 22 (Raymond) "Bill" Hoffenberg, South African-British endocrinologist and college president (Wolfson at Oxford, 1985-93), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Juanita Millender-McDonald, American congresswoman from southern California, dies at 68

Boris Yeltsin

Apr 23 Boris Yeltsin, Russian politician & 1st President of Russian Federation (1991-99), dies of congestive heart failure at 76

  • Apr 23 David Halberstam, American journalist, historian and author (Pulitzer 1964), dies at 73
  • Apr 23 Paul Erdman, Canadian-born American economist & author, dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Bertha Wilson, Canadian lawyer & the 1st woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist & philosopher, dies at 94
  • Apr 29 Ivica Račan, former Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)
  • Apr 29 Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931)
  • Apr 30 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, dies at 94
  • May 3 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • May 3 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • May 5 Theodore Harold Maiman, American Inventor and engineer (created 1st working laser), dies at 79
  • May 6 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • May 7 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • May 7 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • May 9 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran, dies at 106
  • May 10 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • May 10 Oliver Millar, British art historian (served in the Royal Household for 41 years), dies at 84
  • May 11 Bernard Gordon, American writer & producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), dies at 88
  • May 11 Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa, dies at 94
  • May 12 Mullah Dadullah Akhund, Taliban military leader (b. 1966?)
  • May 14 Colin St John Wilson, English architect (The British Library), dies at 85
  • May 14 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)
  • May 14 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (b. 1921)
  • May 15 Jerry Falwell, American TV evangelist, founder of Liberty University, dies at 73
  • May 17 Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist & Nobel Prize laureate (1991), dies at 74
  • May 19 Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • May 20 Stanley Miller, American chemist (created 'primordial soup' experiment to show how life might have originated on earth), dies at 77
  • May 27 Ed Yost, American inventor of the modern hot air balloon and known as "Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon.", dies at 87
  • May 28 Parren Mitchell, American politician (Rep-D-MD, 1971-87), dies at 85
  • May 28 Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • May 29 Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian Politician (stroke) (b. 1927)
  • May 29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler, dies of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • Jun 2 Huang Ju, Chinese Vice-Premier
  • Jun 4 Craig L. Thomas, American politician (Senator-R-Wyoming 1995-2007, Rep-R-Wyoming 1989-95), dies of Leukemia at 74
  • Jun 4 Jim Clark, American sheriff and segregationist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 5 Povel Ramel, Swedish entertainer, dies at 85
  • Jun 8 Kenny Olsson, Swedish speedway racer (b. 1977)
  • Jun 8 Richard Rorty, American postanalytic, pragmatic philosopher (b. 1931)
  • Jun 9 Frankie Abernathy, Former The Real World: San Diego castmate (b. 1981)
  • Jun 10 Charley Harper, American modernist artist, dies of pneumonia at 84
  • Jun 11 Imre Friedmann, American scientist (b. 1921)
  • Jun 12 Colin Fletcher, Welsh author and pioneering backpacker (Walking Through Time), dies of complications from an old head injury at 85
  • Jun 13 Walid Eido, Lebanese MP (b. 1942)
  • Jun 14 Robin Olds, American fighter pilot (b. 1922)
  • Jun 14 Ruth Graham [Bell], American Christian author and wife of evangelist Billy Graham, dies at 87
  • Jun 15 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950)
  • Jun 16 Grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani, Iranian cleric (b. 1931)
  • Jun 17 Gianfranco Ferrè, Italian fashion designer (b. 1944)
  • Jun 17 Paul Hodder-Williams, British publisher (Hodder & Stoughton), dies at 97
  • Jun 19 Ze'ev Schiff, Israeli journalist and military correspondent for Haaretz, dies at 74
  • Jun 20 Trevor Henry, New Zealand Justice (b. 1902)
  • Jun 21 Bob Evans, American restaurateur (b. 1918)
  • Jun 22 Bernhard "Bernd" Becher, German artist, worked collaboratively with Hilla Becher his wife, dies at 75
  • Jun 22 Guy Vander Jagt, American politician (Rep-R-MI, 1966-93), dies at 75

Liz Claiborne

Jun 26 Liz Claiborne, American fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of Liz Claiborne Inc, dies of cancer at 78

  • Jun 27 Dragutin Tadijanović, Croatian poet (b. 1905)
  • Jun 28 Eugene B. Fluckey, American Navy submariner, dies at 93
  • Jun 28 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), dies at 87
  • Jun 30 Sahib Singh Verma, Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Delhi (b. 1943)
  • Jul 3 Alice Timander, Swedish dentist and red carpet queen, dies at 91
  • Jul 7 Dame Anne McLaren, British biologist and leading researcher on human in vitro fertilisation (IVF), dies at 80