On This Day

Deaths in History in January 2020

  • Jan 3 Qasem Soleimani, Iranian major general of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, killed at 62 in a US drone strike outside Baghdad airport, Iraq
  • Jan 7 Elizabeth Wurtzel, American author (Prozac Nation), dies of metastatic breast cancer at 52
  • Jan 8 Peter T. Kirstein, British computer scientist 'European father of the internet' (Internet Protocol), dies at 86
  • Jan 9 Roscoe Nance, American sportswriter (USA Today; Mississippi’s first African American sportswriter at mainstream newspaper), dies at 71
  • Jan 12 Paulo Gonçalves, Portuguese rally racing motorcycle rider (FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship 2013), dies in motorcycle crash during Dakar Rally at 40
  • Jan 16 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, dies at 95
  • Jan 16 Peter Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral who served on and designed submarines, dies at 91
  • Jan 24 Pete Stark, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1973-2013), dies at 88