Deaths in History in 2011

  • Jan 1 Reynaldo Dagsa, Filipino politician
  • Jan 2 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician and educationalist (b. 1931)
  • Jan 2 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer (b.1918)
  • Jan 4 Dick King-Smith English Author (b. 1922)
  • Jan 7 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • Jan 8 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • Jan 8 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Sargent Shriver, American politician and activist (Peace Corps), dies at 95
  • Jan 19 Ernest McCulloch, stem cell research pioneer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 21 Dennis Oppenheim, American conceptual artist (b.1938)
  • Jan 23 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert (b. 1914)
  • Feb 5 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • Feb 12 Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)
  • Feb 16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • Feb 21 Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 24 Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)
  • Feb 26 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 26 James A. McClure, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • Feb 28 Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)
  • Mar 3 May Cutler, Canadian politician and publisher (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Indian politician and former Nepali Prime Minister (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • Mar 4 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Arjun Singh, Indian politician (b. 1930)
  • Mar 4 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist and Nobel laureate (b. 1925)
  • Mar 9 David Broder, American journalist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 16 Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan, dies at 80
  • Mar 26 Geraldine Ferraro, Congresswoman and VP nominee (b. 1935)
  • Mar 26 Diana Wynne Jones, British fantasy writer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 26 Paul Baran, internet pioneer who helped create the technical underpinnings of Arpanet, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Ângelo de Sousa, Portuguese painter and sculptor (b. 1938)
  • Apr 7 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92
  • Apr 8 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, dies at 100
  • Apr 14 Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • Apr 15 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist (b. 1975)
  • Apr 20 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • Apr 23 Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill (b. 1921)
  • Apr 24 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)
  • Apr 30 Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)
  • May 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (b. 1920)

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May 2 Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, shot and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by navy seals during Operation Neptune Spear at 54

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • May 5 Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • May 11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • May 16 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • May 16 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)
  • May 19 Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)

  • May 24 Huguette Clark, Heiress of the Clark Copper fortune, life-long reclusion from society. (b. 1906)
  • May 25 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • May 26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)
  • May 26 Ben Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), dies at 93
  • May 29 Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian politician, President of Hungary (b. 1931)
  • May 29 Bill Clements, Governor of Texas (b. 1917)
  • May 29 Sergei Bagapsh, Abkhazian president (b. 1949)
  • Jun 3 Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist, right-to-die activist (b. 1928)
  • Jun 4 Juan Francisco Luis, U.S. Virgin Islander governor (b. 1940)
  • Jun 6 Shrek the sheep, New Zealand sheep that held world record for biggest shorn fleece, dies at 16
  • Jun 9 M. F. Husain, Indian artist, painter (b. 1915)
  • Jun 10 Brian Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister dies of cancer at 52
  • Jun 10 Jeanne Bice, American entrepreneur (Quacker Factory clothes), dies of cancer at 71
  • Jun 15 Bill Haast, American Herpetologist (b. 1910)
  • Jun 21 Robert Kroetsch, Canadian author (b. 1927)
  • Jun 22 Harley Hotchkiss, Canadian businessman (b. 1927)
  • Jul 2 Itamar Franco, Brazilian politician (b. 1930)
  • Jul 4 Otto von Habsburg, last crown prince of Austria-Hungary and MEP (1979-1999) (b. 1912)
  • Jul 5 Cy Twombly, American artist (b. 1928)
  • Jul 8 Mary Fenech Adami, First Lady of Malta (b. 1933)

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Jul 8 Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States (1974-77) and founder of the Betty Ford Center clinic, dies at 93

US First Lady Betty Ford
US First Lady
Betty Ford
  • Jul 20 Lucian Freud, German-British artist (Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, Boy With a Rat), dies at 88
  • Jul 24 Frank Dietrich, German politician (b. 1966)
  • Jul 26 Margaret Olley, Australian artist (b.1923)
  • Jul 27 Bejaratana Rajasuda, Princess of Thailand (b. 1925)
  • Jul 28 Abdul Fatah Younis, Former Libyan Interior Minister, assassinated for pro-Gadaffi ties (b. 1944)
  • Aug 5 Andrzej Lepper, former Polish Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1954)
  • Aug 6 Fe del Mundo, Filipino pediatrician and National Scientist (b. 1911)
  • Aug 7 Nancy Wake, New Zealand-born World War II secret agent (Special Operations Executive), dies at 98
  • Aug 7 Hugh Carey, American politician and attorney (Gov-D-NY), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Gun Hägglund, Swedish news presenter (b. 1932)
  • Aug 22 Jack Layton, Canadian politician (b. 1950)
  • Aug 26 George Band, British mountaineer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 26 John McAleese, British SAS Trooper, Team leader during 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege (b. 1949)
  • Aug 31 Valery Rozhdestvensky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 23), dies at 72
  • Sep 2 Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean character animator, Chile (b. 1966)
  • Sep 2 Roberto Bruce, Chilean journalist (b. 1979)
  • Sep 11 Anjali Gupta, Indian Air Force officer (b. 1975)
  • Sep 13 Walter Bonatti, Italian climber (b. 1930)
  • Sep 17 Colin Madigan, Australian architect (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19 Thomas Capano, attorney, criminal (b. 1949)
  • Sep 20 Burhanuddin Rabbani, President of Afghanistan from 1992 to 1996. (b. 1940)
  • Sep 21 Pamela Ann Rymer, American federal appellate judge (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Troy Anthony Davis, American high-profile death row inmate and human rights activist (executed) (b. 1968)
  • Sep 21 Jun Henmi, Japanese writer and poet (b. 1939)
  • Sep 25 Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, dies from ovarian cancer at 71
  • Sep 26 Bob Cassilly, American Artist and Founder of the St. Louis City Museum (b. 1949)
  • Sep 30 Anwar al-Awlaki, American-born terrorist and islamist militant (b. 1971)

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Oct 5 Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist, dies at 89

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Oct 5 Derrick Bell, American legal scholar and civil rights advocate (b. 1930)

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Oct 5 Steve Jobs, American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple, dies of respiratory arrest related to cancer at 56

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • Oct 7 Ramiz Alia, the former communist leader and first president of the Albanian pluralist (b. 1925)
  • Oct 12 Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist (created C programming language, helped developed Unix), dies at 70
  • Oct 14 Reg Alcock, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • Oct 17 Carl Lindner, Jr., Cincinnati businessman and one of the world's richest people (b. 1919)

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Oct 20 Muammar Gaddafi, Libyan revolutionary, political theorist and dictator (1969-2011), beaten to death in captivity by a Misratan militia at between 68–71

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
  • Oct 20 Moatassem Gaddafi, Son of Moammar Gaddafi and National Security Adviser of Libya (b. 1977)
  • Oct 20 Tone Pavček, Slovenian poet and translator (b. 1928)
  • Oct 22 Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Crown Prince (2005-11), dies at 82 or 83
  • Oct 24 John McCarthy, American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of Artificial Intelligence, inventor of the Lisp programming language.(b. 1927)
  • Oct 27 James Hillman, founder of Archetypal Psychology (b. 1926)
  • Oct 29 Jimmy Savile, British entertainer and suspected sexual predator, dies at 84
  • Nov 1 Dorothy Howell Rodham, Mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (b. 1919)
  • Nov 8 Bil Keane, American cartoonist (b. 1922)
  • Nov 9 Joel J. Tyler, judge who pronounced 'Deep Throat' obscene, dies of a heart attack at 90
  • Nov 10 Ivan Martin Jirous, Czech poet (b. 1944)
  • Nov 10 Peter J. Biondi, American state legislator (New Jersey) and former mayor (b. 1942)
  • Nov 17 Olin Branstetter, American businessman and politician (b. 1929)
  • Nov 19 Michael Hastings, British playwright, dies at 74

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Nov 21 Anne McCaffrey, sci-fi author, dies at 85

Sci-Fi Author Anne McCaffrey
Sci-Fi Author
Anne McCaffrey
  • Nov 22 Lynn Margulis, American biologist (serial endosymbiotic theory), dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Lana Peters [Svetlana Stalina], Stalin's daughter, dies at 85
  • Nov 23 Oscar Griffin Jr, American journalist and 1963 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 78
  • Nov 25 Tom Wicker, American journalist and author, dies at 85
  • Nov 28 Ante Markovic, last Premier of Yugoslavia, dies at 87
  • Nov 30 Leka, Crown Prince of Albania, referred to as King Leka I by Albanian monarchists (b. 1939)
  • Nov 30 William L. Waller, American politician and ex-Governor of Mississippi, dies at 85
  • Dec 1 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 13 Russell Hoban, American author (creator of 'Frances' series), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Park Tae-joon, South Korean general and founder of steel giant Posco, dies at 84
  • Dec 14 Boris Chertok, prominent Soviet and Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • Dec 15 Christopher Hitchens, English author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62

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Dec 17 Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il

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Dec 18 Václav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), dies at 75

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • Dec 22 James Ramseur, one of Bernhard Goetz's assailants in 1984, overdoses on drugs at 45
  • Dec 30 Eva Zeisel, Hungarian-born ceramic designer, dies at 105
  • Dec 30 Mirko Tremaglia, fiercely nationalist Italian politician, dies at 85