Politics

Ian Smith

November 20, 2007: Ian Smith, 88, former prime minister of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. Smith defied the world to declare independence and led the country for 14 years, but that gave way to black majority rule under Robert Mugabe.
Links: BBC; Telegraph.

Earl Dodge

November 7, 2007: Earl Dodge, 74, US politician and businessman who ran for President on the Prohibition ticket.
Links: NY Times

Peter Andren

November 2, 2007: Peter Andren, 63, independent Australian Member of Parliament, of cancer. A former television and radio journalist, he was a vocal critic of many government policies.
Links: ABC

Bob Denard

October 14, 2007: Bob Denard, 76, French former mercenary, born Gilbert Bourgeaud, who operated in Africa in the 1960s and 70s and once controlled the former colony of Comoros.
Links: IHT

Kim Beazley Sr

October 12, 2007: Kim Beazley Sr, 90, Australian politician who was Education Minister in the Whitlam Government (1972-75). He was also the father of the former ALP leader Kim Beazley.
Links: Courier-Mail, SMH

Milan Jelic

September 30, 2007: Milan Jelic, 51, president of Bosnia's Serb Republic, of a heart attack.
Links: MSNBC

Zahir Shah

July 22, 2007: Zahir Shah, 92, former king of Afghanistan who was deposed in 1973 but returned after the fall of the Taleban.
Links: BBC

Lady Bird Johnson

July 11, 2006: Lady Bird Johnson, 94, widow of former US president Lyndon Baines Johnson, born Claudia Alta Taylor. She not only supported her husband's political ambitions, but built up a media empire in Texas.
Links: CNN

Kurt Waldheim

June 14, 2007: Kurt Waldheim, 88, former United Nations Secretary General and Austrian president. Waldheim's reputation was tarnished when it was revealed that he had hidden his involvement with a Nazi military unit in the Balkans during World War II.
Links: New York Times

Tom Burns

June 4, 2007: Tom Burns, 75, iconic figure in the Queensland branch of the Australian Labor Party and onetime deputy premier of Queensland.
Links: Courier-Mail

Jerry Falwell

May 15, 2007: Jerry Falwell, 73, US evangelical Christian and leader of the conservative political force the Moral Majority. A controversial figure, he first came to prominence as host of The Old Time Gospel Hour on radio and television.
Links: CNN; BBC

Boris Yeltsin

April 23, 2007: Boris Yeltsin, 76, the man who "brought democracy to Russia" after the dismantling of the Soviet Union. He was the first democratically elected head of state in Russia, and the first Kremlin leader to step down voluntarily.
Links: CNN; BBC; ABC

Maurice Papon

February 13, 2007: Maurice Papon, 96, French civil servant who became a Nazi collaborator during World War II. Evidence against him did not come to light until the 1980s and he was jailed in 1998 for complicity in crimes against humanity.
Links: ABC; BBC

James Killen

January 12, 2007: Sir (Denis) James Killen, 81, Australian member of parliament for the Liberal Party and onetime Defence Minister. Born in Dalby, Queensland, held the federal seat of Moreton for 28 years.
Links: ABC; Courier-Mail

Marais Viljoen

January 4, 2007: Marais Viljoen, 91, South African president from 1979-1984. He was regarded as a moderate in the ruling National Party under the country's apartheid regime.
Links: Mail and Guardian; SABC

Saddam Hussein

December 30, 2006: Saddam Hussein, 69, former Iraqi leader, executed by hanging after being found guilty of the 1982 killings of 148 people in the town of Dujail.
Links: CNN; BBC; Al Jazeera

Gerald Ford

December 26, 2006: Gerald Ford, 93, the 38th president of the United States of America. He was the longest living and only unelected president, having assumed the office on the resignation of Richard Nixon over the Watergate scandal in 1974. A Republican, he lost the 1976 election to the Democrats' Jimmy Carter.
Links: BBC; CNN; Wikipedia

Augusto Pinochet

December 10, 2006: Augusto Pinochet, 91, former Chilean military dictator.
Links: BBC; Wikipedia

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