/ Notable Figures
Consummate host of Sardi's, famed Broadway watering hole. Jan. 4.
Anonymous philanthropist known as Secret Santa. Jan. 12. Cancer.
E. Howard Hunt, 88
He helped organize the Watergate break-in. Jan. 23.
Eleanor McGovern, 85
George McGovern's wife; outspoken campaigner in his 1972 presidential run. Jan. 25.
Four days after becoming the world's oldest-known living person, in East Hartford, Conn. Jan. 28
Class-action lawsuit pioneer who won major cases in the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Feb. 22.
Widow of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton;philanthropist. April 19.
Former cult leader in Miami linked to nearly two dozen gruesome killings in the 1980s. May 7.
Yolanda King, 51
Actress and activist; daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King. May 15.
Mother of one of three civil-rights workers killed in 1964 "Mississippi Burning" case. May 22. Carolyn Goodman, one of the other two mothers, died Aug. 17 at 91.
Heiress to Cox media fortune; one of world's richest women. May 28
Richard Jewell, 44
Former security guard wrongly linked to 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta. Aug. 29. Heart disease.
Explorer who discovered lost Inca and pre-Inca cities in Peru. Sept. 11.
Barbara West Dainton, 96
Englishwoman believed to be one of the last two survivors from the Titanic. Oct. 16.
Attorney who won 1965 Supreme Court that established the right to contraceptives and privacy. Oct. 17.
Ruth Graham, 87
Rev. Billy Graham's closest confidante, providing a solid foundation for her husband's evangelism career. June 14.
Helped raise first American flag over Iwo Jima. June 24.
Lady Bird Johnson, 94
Former first lady who championed conservation, worked tenaciously for the political career of her husband, Lyndon B. Johnson. July 11. |
Influential Texas crusader against what she saw as anti-American errors in textbooks. July 22.
A black woman whose refusal to give up her bus seat led to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the 1940s. Aug. 10.
Brooke Astor, 105
Philanthropist who gave millions to New York City institutions, large and small. Aug. 13. |
Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, late 30s
Iraq sheik who helped American strategy of enlisting aid of Sunni tribes. Sept. 13. Bomb.
Vernon Bellecourt, 75
Fought use of Indian nicknames for teams as a leader of the American Indian Movement. Oct. 13.
Piloted the B-29 that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Nov. 1.
College professor who took a stand against segregation in 1947 by refusing to give up a bus seat to a white. Nov. 11.
Milo Radulovich, 81
Serviceman championed by Edward R. Murrow when the military threatened to decommission him during the anti-communist crackdown of the 1950s. Nov. 19.
Awarded Medal of Honor for a one-man assault on an enemy position during World War II. Nov. 26.
Oldest known surviving U.S. veteran of World War I. Dec. 20.