On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 2016

  • Jan 1 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • Jan 1 Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), dies at 71
  • Jan 1 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90
  • Jan 2 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader & non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57
  • Jan 7 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, dies at 92
  • Jan 18 Michel Tournier, French writer (Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • Jan 20 George Weidenfeld, British publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), dies at 96
  • Jan 20 David G. Hartwell, American editor and anthologist, dies at 74
  • Jan 22 Cecil Parkinson, British politician (C), dies at 84
  • Jan 24 Marvin Minsky, American artificial intelligence computer scientist (MIT), dies at 88
  • Jan 25 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, dies at 96
  • Feb 2 Intizar Hussain, Pakistani and Urdu writer and columnist, dies in his early 90s
  • Feb 4 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), dies at 98
  • Feb 4 Edgar Mitchell, American NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), dies at 85
  • Feb 5 Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer (The Price of Water in Finistère), dies at 71
  • Feb 9 Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), dies at 84

Harper Lee

Feb 19 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

  • Feb 20 Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug - Napa Valley), dies at 101
  • Feb 22 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), dies at 88
  • Feb 29 Edward M. Lawson, Canadian trade unionist and politician, dies at 86
  • Mar 1 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
  • Mar 4 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • Mar 5 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), dies at 74

Nancy Reagan

Mar 6 Nancy Reagan [Anne Frances Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), dies at 94

  • Mar 7 Michael White, British theater/film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 80

John Gutfreund

Mar 9 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86

  • Mar 10 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87
  • Mar 12 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • Mar 17 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), dies at 77
  • Mar 20 Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (1972-3, 75-82), dies at 93

Andrew Grove

Mar 21 Andrew Grove [András Gróf], Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry, one of the founders and CEO of Intel, and philanthropist, , dies at 79

  • Mar 21 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Rob Ford, Canadian politician (Toronto mayor caught with cocaine), dies at 46
  • Mar 23 Peter Moores, British businessman and director (Littlewoods), dies at 83
  • Mar 24 Earl Hamner Jr., American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78
  • Mar 27 Mother Angelica, Catholic American Franciscan nun, dies at 92
  • Mar 28 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • Mar 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65

Imre Kertész

Mar 31 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, dies at 86

  • Mar 31 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, dies at 89
  • Apr 3 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, dies at 102
  • Apr 10 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), dies at 83
  • Apr 13 Ray Thornton, American politician (Democratic U.S. Representative for Arkansas), dies at 87
  • Apr 19 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer, politician and President of Chile (1990-94), dies at 97
  • Apr 19 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), dies at 93
  • Apr 20 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), dies at 93
  • Apr 21 Peter Ruckman, American Baptist minister and founder of Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, dies at 94
  • Apr 22 Isabelle Dinoire, French recipient of world's 1st partial face transplant, dies from surgical complications at 49
  • Apr 23 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 28 Conrad Burns, American politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), dies at 81
  • Apr 30 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), dies at 94
  • Apr 30 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, dies at 85
  • May 2 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, dies at 69
  • May 3 Thomas W. Libous, American politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, dies of cancer at 63
  • May 3 Carl Fredrik Reutersward, Swedish artist (knotted-gun sculpture), dies at 81
  • May 4 Robert "Bob" Bennett, American politician (U.S. Senator fromfrom Utah, 1993-2011), dies at 82
  • May 6 Reg Grundy, Australian media and television mogul (Neighbours, Prisoner), dies at 92
  • May 7 Harold Kroto, English chemist, (Nobel Prize laureate 1996), dies at 76
  • May 8 John Bradshaw, American theologian, dies at 82
  • May 9 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • May 11 David King, British graphic designer (album covers for Jimi Hendrix and The Who), photographer (I Am King), and historian (The Commissar Vanishes), dies at 73
  • May 12 Delbert L. Latta, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1959-89), dies at 96
  • May 21 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, dies at 86
  • May 25 Yang Jiang, Chinese writer (Six Chapters From My Life ‘Downunder’), dies at 104
  • May 28 Harambe, Western lowland gorilla resident at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, shot and killed at 17, by a zoo worker to protect a 3 year old boy who had climbed into its enclosure (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Jun 6 Kimbo Slice [Kevin Ferguson], American mixed martial artist, dies at 42
  • Jun 8 Michael Manser, English architect, dies at 87
  • Jun 10 Margaret Heldt, American hairdresser who created the Beehive, dies at 98
  • Jun 12 George V. Voinovich, US politician (R), Senator and Governor of Ohio, dies at 79
  • Jun 15 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82
  • Jun 18 Paul Cox, Dutch-born Australian director (Lonely Hearts), dies at 76
  • Jun 25 Bill Cunningham, American fashion photographer (The New York Times), dies at 87
  • Jun 26 Barbara Goldsmith, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), dies at 85
  • Jun 27 Alvin Toffler, American author (Future Shock, Power Shift, The Third Wave), dies at 87
  • Jun 29 Elechi Amadi, Nigerian novelist (The Concubine), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Geoffrey Hill, English poet, dies at 84

Elie Wiesel

Jul 2 Elie Wiesel, Jewish Auschwitz survivor and author (Night), Nobel Prize winner 1986, dies at 87

  • Jul 2 Michael Cimino, American director (The Deer Hunter), dies at 77
  • Jul 2 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), dies at 85
  • Jul 2 Patrick Manning, Trinidad and Tobago politician, Prime Minister (1991-95, 2001-10), dies at 69
  • Jul 5 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, dies at 102
  • Jul 8 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philanthropist (Edhi Foundation), dies at 88
  • Jul 8 William H. McNeill, Canadian-born historian (Rise of the West), dies at 98
  • Jul 9 Robert Nye, British novelist and poet (Falstaff), dies at 77
  • Jul 13 Bernardo Provenzano, Mafia Boss (Cosa Nostra), dies in a prison hospital at 83
  • Jul 18 Billy Name [William Linich Jr], photographer (Andy Warhol's factory), dies at 76
  • Jul 19 Betsy Bloomingdale, American socialite and fashion leader, dies at 93
  • Jul 22 Thomas Sutherland, American hostage (Lebanon) and academic, dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 Forrest E. Mars Jr., American Candy Manufacturer (Mars, Inc.), dies at 84
  • Jul 26 Miss Cleo [Youree Dell Harris], American psychic (Psychic Readers Network), dies of colon cancer at 53
  • Jul 27 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Mahasweta Devi, Indian Bengali writer and activist, dies at 90
  • Jul 29 Marta Marzotto, Italian countess and designer, dies at 85
  • Jul 29 Zelda Fichandler, American theater director and producer (Raisin, K2), dies at 91
  • Jul 31 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, dies at 88
  • Aug 1 Franciszek Macharski, Polish Cardinal, Archbishop of Krakow (1978-2005), dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Queen Anne of Romania [Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma], wife of Michael I King of Romania, dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Ahmed Zewail, Egyptian-American chemist, (Nobel Prize 1999), dies at 70
  • Aug 6 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-950), dies at 92
  • Aug 8 Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, dies at 82
  • Aug 8 Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, dies at 93
  • Aug 9 Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, British peer and its 3rd richest Britain, dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist (New York, London), dies at 80
  • Aug 13 Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu spiritual leader (BAPS), dies at 94
  • Aug 13 Françoise Mallet-Joris, Belgian writer (Signs & Wonders), dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Hermann Kant, German writer, dies at 90
  • Aug 14 Neil Black, British oboist, and educator, dies at 84
  • Aug 16 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, dies at 100
  • Aug 16 John McLaughlin, American TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, dies at 89
  • Aug 17 Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), dies at 92
  • Aug 19 Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, dies at 82
  • Aug 22 S. R. [Sellapan Ramanathan] Nathan, 6th President of Singapore (1999-2011), dies at 92
  • Aug 23 Reinhard Selten, German economist (Nobel Prize 1994), dies at 85
  • Aug 24 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, dies at 97
  • Aug 24 Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 64
  • Aug 24 Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), dies at 89
  • Aug 25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, dies at 86
  • Aug 25 James Cronin, American nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize, 1980), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Joe Sutter, American engineer and head of the Boeing 747 program, dies at 95
  • Sep 2 Islam Karimov, President of Uzbekistan (1991-2016), dies at 78

Phyllis Schlafly

Sep 5 Phyllis Schlafly, American right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum President, dies at 92

  • Sep 5 Duane Graveline, American doctor and astronaut, dies at 85
  • Sep 8 The Lady Chablis [Benjamin Knox], American transgender entertainer (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil), dies at 59
  • Sep 10 Eddie Antar, founder and CEO (Crazy Eddie Electronics Store), dies at 68
  • Sep 11 Alexis Arquette, American transgender performer (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 47
  • Sep 15 Rose Mofford, American politician, 1st female Governor of Arizona (1988-1991), dies at 94
  • Sep 16 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Italian President (1999-2006) and Prime Minister (1993-94), dies at 95

Edward Albee

Sep 16 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), dies at 88

Shimon Peres

Sep 28 Shimon Peres [Szymon Perski], Polish-Israeli Labor Party politician (President. 2007-14; Prime Minister, 1984-86 and 1995-96; Foreign Minister, 1986-88, 1992-95, and 2001-02), and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (1994), dies of a stroke at 93

  • Sep 28 Gloria Naylor, American author (Women of Brewster Place), dies at 66
  • Oct 4 Hso Khan Pha, 1st President of the democratic and newly independent Union of Burma from 1948-52, dies at 78
  • Oct 5 Michal Kováč, ist President of Slovakia (1993-98), dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Anthony Grant, British MP (C), dies at 91

Bhumibol Adulyadej

Oct 13 Bhumibol Adulyadej [Rama IX], King of Thailand (1946-2016), was world's longest reigning monarch, dies at 88

  • Oct 13 Dario Fo, Italian playwright and performer (Nobel Prize Literature 1997), dies at 90
  • Oct 13 John Gilmore, American true crime author (Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder), dies at 81
  • Oct 13 Jim Prentice, Canadian politician, Premier of Alberta (2014-15), dies in a plane crash at 60
  • Oct 16 Kigeli V, last King of Rwanda (1959-61), dies at 80
  • Oct 20 Junko Tabei, Japanese mountain-climber, 1st woman to climb Mount Everest, dies at 77
  • Oct 22 Steve Dillon, English comic book artist (Preacher), dies at 54
  • Oct 23 Tom Hayden, American civil rights and antiwar activist and politician (Rep-D-Ca), dies at 76
  • Oct 23 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar (1972-95), dies at 84
  • Oct 24 Jorge Batlle Ibáñez, Uruguayan politician, President of Uruguay (2000-2005), dies at 88
  • Oct 29 Pen Sovann, 1st post-Khmer Rouge Cambodian Prime Minister (1981), dies at 80
  • Oct 29 John D. Roberts, American chemist, received American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2013), dies at 98
  • Oct 31 James Galanos, American fashion designer (Coty Hall of Fame 1959), dies at 92
  • Oct 31 Natalie Babbitt, American children's writer (Tuck Everlasting), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Nov 7 Janet Reno, first female US Attorney General (1993-2001), dies at 78
  • Nov 11 Ilse Aichinger, Austrian writer (Die größere Hoffnung), dies at 95
  • Nov 14 Gwen Ifill, journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, dies of cancer at 61
  • Nov 15 Sixto Durán Ballén, Ecuadorian politician, President of Ecuador (1992-96), dies at 95
  • Nov 16 Melvin Laird, politician (Rep-R-Mich), US Secretary of Defense (1969-73), dies at 94
  • Nov 16 Jay Forrester, American engineer, invented random-access magnetic core memory, dies at 98
  • Nov 18 Denton Cooley, American heart surgeon (1st artificial heart transplant), dies at 96
  • Nov 20 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), dies at 90
  • Nov 20 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), dies at 88
  • Nov 23 Joe Esposito, American author and friend of Elvis, dies at 78

Fidel Castro

Nov 25 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), dies at 90

  • Nov 28 William A. Christenberry, American photographer and artist, dies at 80
  • Dec 1 Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor, dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Paul de Wispelaere, Flemish writer and critic, dies at 88
  • Dec 3 S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, dies at 88
  • Dec 5 E. R. Braithwaite, Guyanese diplomat and writer (To Sir with Love), dies at 104
  • Dec 5 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), dies at 85
  • Dec 5 Mogens Camre, Danish politician (Folketing (Danish Parliament), 1968-1987, 3 days in 2007; European Parliament, 1999-2009, dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Robert Sumner, American evangelist and author, dies at 94
  • Dec 7 Hildegard Hamm-Brücher, German politician, dies at 95

John Glenn

Dec 8 John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), dies at 95

  • Dec 8 Florence Finch, Filipino-American war hero who fought against the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II, dies at 101 [1]
  • Dec 8 Sheila Quinn, British nurse and adviser (British Red Cross), dies at 96
  • Dec 10 A. A. [Adrian Anthony] Gill, British critic (The Sunday Times), dies of cancer at 62
  • Dec 12 Jim Lowe, American DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", dies at 93
  • Dec 13 Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 - game-theory analysis), dies at 95
  • Dec 17 Henry Heimlich, American surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, dies at 96
  • Dec 22 Margaret Pereira, English forensic scientist (Nicholls and Pereira method), dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Piers J Sellers, English astronaut and climate scientist, dies of cancer at 61
  • Dec 24 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), dies at 96
  • Dec 24 Vera Rubin, American astronomer who discovered dark matter, dies at 88

Gregorio Álvarez

Dec 28 Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan dictator and President of Uruguay (1981-85), dies in prison at 91 [1]