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Abu Abbas
   was a   
Terrorist
D. Mar 9th 2004 -- Organized the hijacking of Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in October 1985.
Alan Bullock
   was a   
Historian
1914-2004; British; author of several works, including studies of Hitler, Bevin and Stalin.
Alex Barris
   was an   
Author
D. Jan 15th 2004 -- Biographer of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. American who wrote for The Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Globe and Mail. CBC TV and Radio personality. Covered Hollywood for the Toronto Telegram.
Alex Barris
   was a   
Broadcaster
D. Jan 15th 2004 -- Biographer of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. American who wrote for The Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Globe and Mail. CBC TV and Radio personality. Covered Hollywood for the Toronto Telegram.
Alex Barris
   was a   
Journalist
D. Jan 15th 2004 -- Biographer of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. American who wrote for The Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Globe and Mail. CBC TV and Radio personality. Covered Hollywood for the Toronto Telegram.
Alistair Cooke
   was an   
Author
Alistair Cooke
   was a   
Broadcaster
Well-known in the US as host of PBS Masterpiece Theatre
Alistair Cooke
   was a   
Journalist
British/American, age 95
Arnold Beckman
   was an   
Inventor
D. May 18th 2004 -- Lived to 104. Invented acidimeter (ph meter) in 1935 which became an indispensable tool in analytical chemistry. BS Chem Eng 1922 and MS Physical Chem 1923 University Of Illinois.
Arnold Beckman
   was a   
Scientist
D. May 18th 2004 -- Lived to 104. Invented acidimeter (ph meter) in 1935 which became an indispensable tool in analytical chemistry. BS Chem Eng 1922 and MS Physical Chem 1923 University Of Illinois.
Artie Shaw
   was a   
Musician
Band leader, 94
Brock Adams
   was a   
Politician
D. Sep 10th 2004 -- Senator from the State of Washington from 1987-1993
Captain Kangaroo
   was an   
Actor
Robert Keeshan, 76; children's program host
Carlos Kleiber
   was a   
Conductor
July 13, 74; celebrated German-born conductor
Carlos Kleiber
   was a   
Musician
July 13, 74; celebrated German-born conductor
Christopher Reeves
   was an   
Actor
Superman, 52
Cid Corman
   was a   
Poet
March 12, 2004
Czeslaw Milosz
   was an   
Author
Polish novelist and poet, 93
Czeslaw Milosz
   was a   
Poet
Polish novelist and poet, 93
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
   was an   
Author
Age 78; author of On Death and Dying
Elmer Bernstein
   was a   
Composer
D. Aug 18th 2004 -- Won 1968 Oscar For Thoroughly Modern Millie. Composer for The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Man With The Golden Arm, Psycho and The Great Escape.
Emily Morison Beck
   was an   
Editor
D. Mar 28th 2004 -- Edited Bartlett's Quotations editions in 1955, 1968 and 1980. Daughter of Pulitzer Prize winning author Samuel Eliot Morison.
Estee Lauder
   was an   
Entrepreneur
1908-2004; creator of a billion-dollar-a-year fashion and perfume business.
Francis Crick
   was a   
Scientist
Biologist 1916-2004; awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine; studied the structure of DNA.
Françoise Sagan
   was an   
Author
French author of Bonjour Tristesse; Sept 24, 69
Gaetano Badalamenti
   was a   
Criminal
D. Apr 29th 2004 -- US mob kingpin as Don Tano, the Boss of Bosses
Geoffrey Beene
   was a   
Fashion Designer
D. Sep 28th 2004 -- Winner of 8 Coty Awards. former Med Student who studied at Traphagen School of Fashion in New York and L'Academie Julian in Paris. Created eveningwear out of materials such as sweatshirt fabric and denim in 1970.
Gordon Cooper
   was an   
Astronaut
One of the first seven US Mercury astronauts, Oct 4
Harry Babbitt
   was a   
Musician
D. Apr 9th 2004 -- Sang with Kay Kiser's Band in the 1940's. Created the laugh of the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. He had hits with The White Cliffs of Dover, On A Slow Boat To China, and All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.
Jack Paar
   was a   
Talk Show Host
1918-2004; American radio and television talk show host, best known as the host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962.
Janet Frame
   was an   
Author
New Zealand novelist, poet and short story writer
Janet Leigh
   was an   
Actor
77, starred in the landmark film, Psycho
John Drew Barrymore
   was an   
Actor
D. Nov 29th 2004 -- Father of Drew Barrymore (E.T.) and nephew of Lionel Barrymore (It's A Wonderful Life)
Julia Child
   was a   
Chef
Aug 12, 3 days shy of 92
Julius Axelrod
   was a   
Scientist
D. Dec 29th 2004 -- American chemist who shared The 1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Bernard Katz and Ulf von Euler for work on catecholamine neurotransmitters.
Marlon Brando
   was an   
Actor
July 1, 80
Paul Atkinson
   was a   
Musician
D. Apr 2 2004 -- Member of The Zombies band 1961-1967
Peter Barnes
   was a   
Playwright
Author of The Ruling Class
Peter Ustinov
   was an   
Actor
1921-2004; English; also a director, playwright, TV and radio presenter, stage designer and intellectual.
Pierre Salinger
   was a   
Journalist
Press Secretary, Kennedy administration, 79
Ray Charles
   was a   
Musician
Gospel/blues pianist and singer; June 10, 73
Red Adair
   was a   
Firefighter
D. Aug 7th 2004 -- Expert in fighting oil well fires. Extinguished fires set in 1991 Gulf War in Iraq. Real name Paul Adair.
Renata Tebaldi
   was a   
Musician
Dec 19, San Marino, 82
Renata Tebaldi
   was a   
Soprano
Dec 19, San Marino, 82
Richard Avedon
   was a   
Photographer
D. Oct 1st 2004 -- Photographer for New Yorker Magazine. Covered Civil Rights Movement in 1963. Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.
Robert Merrill
   was a   
Baritone
Oct 23, 87
Robert Merrill
   was a   
Musician
Oct 23, 87
Rodney Dangerfield
   was an   
Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
   was a   
Comedian
1921-2004; starred in the hit movies 'Caddyshack' and 'Back to School'.
Ronald Reagan
   was an   
Actor
40th US President, 1981-1989
Ronald Reagan
   was a   
Politician
40th US President, 1981-1989
Sergei Averintsev
   was an   
Author
D. Feb 21st 2004 -- Russian author on culture and religion who wrote Bysantium and Rus: Two Types of Spirituality and Myth of the Peoples of the World
Spaulding Gray
   was an   
Actor
1941-2004; American known for monologues that are dark, deep and often comic.
Stieg Larsson
   was an   
Author
1954-2004; Swedish; known for his Millenium novels, including 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'.
Susan Sontag
   was an   
Author
Novelist, critic, intellectual, 71
Thea Astley
   was an   
Author
D. Aug 17th 2004 -- She wrote the novel Girl with a Monkey in 1958. She received the Patrick White Award in 1989 for her services to Australian literature.
Thom Gunn
   was a   
Poet
Anglo-American, b. 1929
Tony Randall
   was an   
Actor
1920-2004; widely known as the Felix Unger on TV's 'The Odd Couple'.
Tug McGraw
   was a   
Baseball Player
1944-2004; pitcher, notably with the Mets and Phillies, and father of country star Tim McGraw.
Victor Argo
   was an   
Actor
D. Apr 6th 2004 -- He played a thug in the films Taxi Driver and Mean Streets.
Yasser Arafat
   was a   
Politician
D. Nov 10th 2004 -- Full name was Mohammed Abdul-Rahman Abdul-Ra'ouf Qudwa Al-Husseini. Yasser means "easy going". PLO chairman 1969-2004


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