Deaths in History in 2008

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  • Jan 1 Salvatore Bonanno, son of Joseph Bonnano (b. 1932)
  • Jan 1 Pratap Chandra Chunder, union minister of India (b. 1919)
  • Jan 1 Harold Corsini, American photographer, dies from a stroke at 88
  • Jan 2 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • Jan 2 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet and author (Flashman at the Charge), dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 3 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 4 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
  • Jan 4 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • Jan 7 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • Jan 9 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • Jan 9 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b.1924).
  • Jan 10 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • Jan 11 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

Person of interestEdmund Hillary

Jan 11 Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 14 Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • Jan 20 Ali Sadikin, former Jakarta famous governor (b. 1927)
  • Jan 21 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 21 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • Jan 22 Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 24 J. Robert Hooper, American politician, dies at 71
  • Jan 26 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, dies at 101
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), dies at 97

Person of interestSuharto

Jan 27 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • Jan 27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • Jan 28 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • Jan 28 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist, dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • Jan 30 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • Jan 31 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)
  • Feb 2 Earl Butz, 18th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76), dies at 98
  • Feb 3 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), dies at 65
  • Feb 5 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
  • Feb 6 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 6 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • Feb 8 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)

  • Feb 9 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • Feb 9 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • Feb 9 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • Feb 10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 15 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • Feb 18 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • Feb 20 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • Feb 21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • Feb 23 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian prime minister and president (b. 1950)
  • Feb 23 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)
  • Feb 23 Denis Lazure, Canadian physician and politician, dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Roger Foulon, Belgian writer (Un été dans la Fagne), dies at 84
  • Feb 25 Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)
  • Feb 26 Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist, dies at 65
  • Feb 26 Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • Feb 27 William F. Buckley, Jr., American conservative author and commentator (b. 1925)
  • Feb 27 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • Feb 27 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Gary Gygax, American fantasy author and role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons), dies at 69
  • Mar 4 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • Mar 5 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • Mar 6 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • Mar 10 Richard Fran Biegenwald, an American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • Mar 14 Chiara Lubich, Italian Catholic activist and leader and foundress of the Focolare (b. 1920)
  • Mar 16 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • Mar 17 Roland Arnall, American businessman and U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, dies at 68
  • Mar 18 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)

Person of interestArthur C. Clarke

Mar 19 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), dies at 90

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Mar 19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • Mar 26 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 26 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • Mar 26 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • Mar 27 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • Mar 31 Bill Keightley, "Mr. Wildcat." University of Kentucky basketball equipment manger 1962-2008 (b .1926)
  • Apr 8 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • Apr 8 John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • Apr 11 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • Apr 12 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • Apr 13 John Wheeler, American physicist and educator (b. 1911)
  • Apr 13 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), dies at 96
  • Apr 15 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)
  • Apr 16 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • Apr 16 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, dies at 94
  • Apr 19 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • Apr 19 Alfonso López Trujillo, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1935)
  • Apr 20 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 23 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
  • Apr 30 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • May 1 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • May 1 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52
  • May 3 Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)
  • May 5 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • May 9 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • May 12 Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b. 1925)
  • May 12 Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (b. 1910)
  • May 13 Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait (b. 1930)
  • May 13 Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • May 15 Willis Lamb, American physicist (Nobel 1955), dies at 94
  • May 18 Joseph Pevney, American television director
  • May 19 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)
  • May 20 Hamilton Jordan, former Carter White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944)
  • May 21 Brian Keenan, Irish Provisional IRA member who played a key role in Northern Ireland's peace process (1998), dies of cancer at 66
  • May 22 Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)

  • May 23 David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
  • May 25 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • May 27 Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • May 28 David Mitton, Scottish-born director (b. 1938)
  • May 29 Dianne Odell, American medical figure (b. 1947)
  • May 30 Lorenzo Odone, American medical figure (b. 1978)
  • Jun 1 Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
  • Jun 1 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, dies at 71
  • Jun 8 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, dies at 78
  • Jun 9 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Kyrgyzstani-Soviet writer, dies of lung and kidney failure at 79
  • Jun 10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-Kyrgyz author and best-known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature (Jamila),dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Jun 11 Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
  • Jun 13 Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (Social Democratic Party of Austria), dies at 82
  • Jun 16 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • Jun 17 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • Jun 18 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), dies at 92
  • Jun 19 Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • Jun 22 Dody Goodman, American comedienne (b. 1914)
  • Jun 22 Jane McGrath, British-Australian cancer support campaigner, dies at 42
  • Jun 24 Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jun 27 Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
  • Jun 27 Sam Manekshaw, Indian Field Marshal (b. 1914)
  • Jul 4 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • Jul 4 Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Jul 4 Thomas M. Disch, American sci-fi author (b. 1940)
  • Jul 7 Bruce Conner, American artist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 9 Séamus Brennan, Irish politicain (b. 1948)
  • Jul 10 Hiroaki Aoki, founder of Benihana (b. 1938)
  • Jul 11 Michael DeBakey, American surgeon and inventor (b. 1908)
  • Jul 11 Michael DeBakey, Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, dies at 99
  • Jul 12 Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
  • Jul 13 Bronisław Geremek, Polish social historian and politician (b. 1932)
  • Jul 19 Dercy Gonçalves, Brazilian comedienne (b. 1907)
  • Jul 21 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist, dies at 94
  • Jul 23 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1924)
  • Jul 25 Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his "Last Lecture" (b. 1960)
  • Jul 25 Tracy Hall, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 25 Jeff Fehring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1955)
  • Jul 27 Isaac Saba Raffoul, Mexican Businessman (b. 1923)

  • Jul 27 Julius B. Richmond, 12th US Surgeon General (1977-81) created Head Start program, dies at 91
  • Jul 29 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain and first female counsel to the President, dies at 80
  • Aug 1 Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)
  • Aug 2 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist, dies of pneumonia at 72
Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Aug 3 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • Aug 7 Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
  • Aug 7 Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A.
  • Aug 9 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, dies at 66
  • Aug 13 Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • Aug 13 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
  • Aug 13 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
  • Aug 13 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • Aug 15 James Orthwein, American businessman
  • Aug 15 Leroy Sievers, American journalist
  • Aug 17 Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
  • Aug 19 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), dies at 59

Person of interestHua Guofeng

Aug 20 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), dies at 87

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Aug 20 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
  • Aug 22 Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • Aug 23 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • Aug 25 John Thoday, British geneticist, dies at 91
  • Aug 25 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
  • Aug 31 Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (b. 1933)
  • Sep 2 Denis Rooke, British engineer and CEO (British Gas), dies at 84
  • Sep 3 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, dies at 90
  • Sep 8 Evan Tanner, UFC Champion
  • Sep 9 Warith Deen Muhammad, American religious leader (b. 1933)
  • Sep 12 Bob Quinn, Australian rules footballer (b. 1915)
  • Sep 12 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)
  • Sep 14 Domagoj Kapeć, Croatian hockeyplayer (b. 1989)
  • Sep 22 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • Sep 23 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist (b. 1942)
  • Sep 24 Bengt Anderberg, Swedish poet and writer (Kain), dies at 88
  • Sep 29 Hayden Carruth, American poet (The Crow and the Heart), dies at 87
  • Sep 30 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singapore Opposition Leader & former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party (b. 1926)
  • Oct 2 Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 3 Karam ud Din, Pakistani Navy officer (b. 1941)
  • Oct 7 Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 George Emil Palade, Romanian cell biologist (b. 1912)
  • Oct 10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • Oct 11 Jörg Haider, Austrian far-right politician (b. 1950)
  • Oct 12 Karl Chircop, Maltese politician (b. 1965)
  • Oct 12 Marta Pan, Hungarian-French sculptor (Great spiral), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Richard Cooey, American murderer and rapist (executed) (b. 1967)
  • Oct 14 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man, dies at 82
  • Oct 15 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet (b. 1914)
  • Oct 19 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, dies at 86