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Alan MacDiarmid
   was a   
Scientist
April 14, 1927 - February 7, 2007. O.N.Z. (Order of New Zealand. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2000, along with Alan Heeger & Hideki Shirakawa, for discovering a way to make plastics conduct electricity.
Al Oerter
   was an   
Athlete
October 1st. Aged 71. American discus thrower who won the Olympic Gold Medal in the Discus in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, 1960 Rome Olympics, 1964 Tokyo Olympics and 1968 Mexico City Olympics. First Olympian to win a Gold Medal in the same event in 4 different Olympics.
Art Buchwald
   was a   
Humorist
Art Buchwald
   was a   
Journalist
Long running column in Washington Post. had to have leg amputated below knee because of poor circulation
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr
   was a   
Historian
Author of A Thousand Days, on the Presidency of John F Kennedy
Barbara McNair
   was an   
Actor
February 4th. Television, film and stage actress. "Change of Habit" "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs" "If He Hollers Let Him Go" and guest star on TV on "McMillan and Wife" "Mission Impossible". age 72
Barbara McNair
   was a   
Musician
February 4th. Television, film and stage actress. "Change of Habit" "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs" "If He Hollers Let Him Go" and guest star on TV on "McMillan and Wife" "Mission Impossible". age 72
Benazir Bhutto
   was a   
Politician
Pakistan leader assassinated -- First woman to lead a Muslim state, having been elected twice as Prime Minister.
Bernard Weatherhill
   was a   
Politician
May 6th, Speaker of the House of Commons, 1983-92. age 86
Betty Hutton
   was an   
Actor
The Greatest Show on Earth
Beverly Sills
   was a   
Musician
July 2nd. The most famous opera singer of the 50's, 60's and 70's in New York. Starred in "Die Fledermaus" "Ballad of Baby Doe" "Manon" "Giulo Cesare" at The New York City Opera. age 78
Bill Walsh
   was a   
NFL Coach
July 30th. San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 1979-1988. Winning Coach in the Super Bowl in 1982 and 1985. age 75
Boots Randolph
   was a   
Musician
July 3rd. Saxophonist. His full given name was Homer Louis Randolph III. Session musician and saxophonist for Elvis Presley, Al Hirt, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. He had a hit in 1963 with "Yakety Sax", which was used as the closing music on "The Benny Hill Show". Age 80.
Boris Yeltsin
   was a   
Politician
April 23rd. First President of post-Soviet Russia. age 76
Brad Delp
   was a   
Musician
Born in 1951; guitarist and lead singer for hard rock band Boston.
Carlo Ponti
   was a   
Film Producer
January 10th 2007. Aged 94 Husband of actress Sophia Loren. Film producer of "Dr. Zhivago" "Blowup" "Michelangelo Antonio" "La Strada".
Carlo Ponti
   was a   
Television Producer
January 10th 2007. Aged 94. Husband of actress Sophia Loren. Film producer of "Dr. Zhivago" "Blowup" "Michelangelo Antonio" "La Strada".
Christie Hennessy
   was a   
Musician
D. Dec 11th 2007. Aged 62, Irish singer and songwriter.
Colin McRae
   was a   
Race Driver
39, British World Rally champion, helicopter crash. Sept 15th
David Halberstam
   was an   
Author
Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Vietnam War
David Halberstam
   was a   
Journalist
Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Vietnam War
Deborah Kerr
   was an   
Actor
86, British actor (From Here to Eternity, Black Narcissus, The King and I), complications of Parkinson's disease. Oct 16th
Denny Doherty
   was a   
Musician
Born in 1940; original member of the 1960s harmonizing rock group The Mamas and the Papas.
Dan Fogelberg
   was a   
Musician
D. 16th Dec 2007. Aged 56, American singer-songwriter ("Same Old Lang Syne"), prostate cancer.
Don Ho
   was a   
Musician
Born in 1930; one of Hawaii's biggest entertainers for more than four decades with legions of fans worldwide.
E. Howard Hunt
   was a   
Spy
Born in 1918; CIA agent and PR consultant before he teamed up with G. Gordon Liddy to organize the infamous Watergate break-in.
Ernest Gallo
   was an   
Entrepreneur
Born in 1909; American winegrower Ernest Gallo and his brother Julio founded E. & J. Gallo Winery and built an empire by shaping American drinking tastes with non-vintage wines.
Evel Knievel
   was a   
Daredevil
Born in 1938; American daredevil who became an icon in the 1970s for his incredible motorcycle stunts.
Gian Carlo Menotti
   was a   
Composer
Amahl and the Night Visitors; founder, the Spoleto Felstivals on two continents
Gian Carlo Menotti
   was a   
Musician
Composed Amahl and the Night Visitors; founder, the Spoleto Felstivals on two continents.
Herbert Saffir
   was an   
Engineer
Developed the 5 category scale for measuring hurricane winds in 1969, known as the Saffir/Simpson Scale. As an engineer, he designed more storm resistant buildings. Died 21 November, aged 90.
Ike Turner
   was a   
Musician
D. Dec 12th 2007. Aged 76, American R&B musician and record producer, ex-husband of Tina Turner, cocaine overdose.
Ike Turner
   was a   
Songwriter
D. Dec 12th 2007. Aged 76, American R&B musician and record producer, ex-husband of Tina Turner, cocaine overdose.
Ingmar Bergman
   was a   
Film Director
D. July 30, 2007. A nine-time Academy Award-nominated Swedish film, stage, and opera director. He directed 62 films, most of which he wrote, and directed over 170 plays.
Ingmar Bergman
   was a   
Theatre Director
D. July 30, 2007. A nine-time Academy Award-nominated Swedish film, stage, and opera director. He directed 62 films, most of which he wrote, and directed over 170 plays.
Ira Levin
   was an   
Author
Born in 1929; wrote some of the gripping novels of the 1960s and 1970s, including Rosemary's Baby and The Boys from Brazil.
Jack Valenti
   was an   
Author
D. April 26th 2007. Aged 85. Head of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association Of America) 1966-2004.
Jane Wyman
   was an   
Actor
September 10th. First wife of Ronald Reagan and film and television actress in "The Yearling" "Magnificent Obsession" "The Glass Menagerie" "Lost Weekend" "Johnny Belinda" "Pollyanna" "Here Comes the Groom" and TV's "Falcon Crest". age 90
Jim Clark
   was a   
Policeman
Sheriff of Dallas County. One of the officials in charge of the violent reaction against civil rights marchers in the Selma to Montgomery marches
Joe Dolan
   was a   
Musician
Dec 26th 2007. Aged 68, Irish singer and entertainer, brain haemorrhage.
Karlheinz Stockhausen
   was a   
Composer
Influential German 20th century composer and pioneer of electronic music
Kevin Greening
   was a   
Disc Jockey
44, British former BBC Radio 1 disc jockey, Dec 29th
Kurt Vonnegut
   was an   
Author
April 11th. Wrote "Player Piano" "Cat's Cradle" "Slaughterhouse Five" "Breakfast of Champions". age 84
Kurt Waldheim
   was a   
Politician
Austrian head of state. June 14th. Former President of Austria and UN Secretary General from 1972-1982. age 88
Lady Bird Johnson
   was an   
American First Lady
Wife of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the US; advocate for the beautification of the nation's cities and highways
Liz Clairborne
   was a   
Fashion Designer
Born in 1929; icon who created a clothing empire.
Lois Maxwell
   was an   
Actor
Born in 1927; actress best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond series of films.
Luciano Pavarotti
   was a   
Musician
Tenor.
Lucie Aubrac
   was a   
Resistance Fighter
French resistance fighter. Subject of movie, "Lucie Aubrac"
Marcel Marceau
   was an   
Actor
September 22nd. French performance artist who created Bip the Clown and was a world renowed "art of silence" (L'art du silence) promoter who studied Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and The Marx Brothers to learn and perfect his craft. age 87
Marcel Marceau
   was a   
Mime
September 22nd. French performance artist who created Bip the Clown and was a world renowed "art of silence" (L'art du silence) promoter who studied Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and The Marx Brothers to learn and perfect his craft. age 87
Merv Griffin
   was an   
Actor
Born in 1925; American television host, singer and business magnate; created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune and Click.
Michael Kidd
   was a   
Ballet Dancer
Born in 1919; Tony Award-winning dancer, choreographer and director known for his work on Broadway's Guys and Dolls and the film Hello, Dolly!.
Mstislav Rostropovich
   was a   
Conductor
April 27th 2007. Aged 80. Russian born musician who worked for freedom in the USSR and led America's National Symphony Orchestra for 17 yrs as its conductor. Considered the world's finest cellist after Pablo Casals.
Mstislav Rostropovich
   was a   
Musician
April 27th 2007. Aged 80. Cellist and conductor. Russian born musician who worked for freedom in the USSR and led America's National Symphony Orchestra for 17 yrs as its conductor. Considered the world's finest cellist after Pablo Casals.
Norman Mailer
   was an   
Author
Oscar Peterson
   was a   
Musician
82, Canadian jazz pianist, kidney failure and complications from a stroke, 23rd Dec
Patricia Kirkwood
   was an   
Actor
Dec 25th 2007. Aged 86.
Pat Walsh
   was a   
Rugby Union Player
Nov 21st 2007. Aged 71, New Zealand rugby union player and selector, All Black (1955–1964).
Paul Tibbets
   was a   
Pilot
November 1st 2007. US Army Air Force pilot 1937-1966. Pilot of the "Enola Gay" that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. age 91
Philip Mayne
   was a   
WWI Veteran
D. April 9th 2007. Aged 107, last surviving British officer of World War I.
Phil O'Donnell
   was a   
Football Player
Scottish. December 29, 2007 age 35.
Phil Rizzuto
   was a   
Baseball Player
D. August 14th 2007. NY Yankee shortstop in the 40's and 50's and MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 1950. Yankees broadcaster from 1957-1996. age 90
Régine Crespin
   was a   
Musician
Began as dramatic soprana, later a mezzo-soprano
Robert Anton Wilson
   was an   
Author
D. January 11th 2007. Wrote science fiction "Schrodinger's Cat", "The Illuminatus!", "Cosmic Trigger", "Prometheus Rising", and "The New Inquisition". age 74
Robert Goulet
   was an   
Actor
Robert Goulet
   was a   
Musician
Ronnie Hazlehurst
   was a   
Composer
D. Oct 1st 2007. Aged 79, British theme song composer (Are You Being Served?) and jazz musician, stroke.
Ronnie Hazlehurst
   was a   
Musician
Steve Fossett
   was an   
Aviator
Born in 1944; American businessman, aviator, sailor, and adventurer and the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon.
Tose Proeski
   was a   
Musician
Macedonian pop singer. Proeski was known for his trademark quote "Ve Sakam Site" (I Love You All), and was called "Elvis Presley of the Balkans" by BBC News. He died in a car crash in Croatia on October 16, 2007. Born January 25, 1981.
Walter Schirra
   was an   
Astronaut
D. May 3rd 2007. US Navy pilot 1948-1959 Only. American to fly in Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions. age 84
Yvonne DeCarlo
   was an   
Actor
Born in 1922; Moses' wife in DeMille's The Ten Commandments; better known for playing the matriarch on TV's The Munsters.


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