What Happened in 1960

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 654

  • Jan 1 Bank of France issues new franc, worth 100 times the value of existing francs
  • Jan 1 Cameroon (French Cameroon) gains independence from France

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 1 Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash
  • Jan 1 Montserrat adopts constitution
  • Jan 1 A photograph of a South African boy in a torn vest is published in the Daily Herald; it was illegal to employ a 'native' under 18 in the mines under the Native Labour Regulation Act
  • Jan 1 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • Jan 1 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 1 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
  • Jan 2 1st redshank old world shore bird reported in North America (Halifax)
  • Jan 2 John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years
  • Jan 2 Roger Sessions' 4th Symphony, premieres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Senator John F. Kennedy, announces his candidacy for the US Presidency

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jan 4 European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
  • Jan 5 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
  • Jan 7 The Polaris missile is tested
  • Jan 9 Building of Aswan dam in Egypt, begins
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Delmore Schwartz
  • Jan 11 Lamar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
  • Jan 12 Sobers & Worrell complete 399 stand for 4th wkt v England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Jan 14 Tuindorp-Oostzaan in Northern Amsterdam, flooded

CommunicationElvis Presley in the Army

Jan 14 US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant

  • Jan 14 The Reserve Bank of Australia is established
  • Jan 17 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21
  • Jan 18 US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
  • Jan 18 Capital Airlines Flight 20 crashes in Virginia, killing all 50 people on-board

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Jan 19 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 20 Patrice Lumumba sentenced to 6 months in Belgian Congo
  • Jan 21 Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km
  • Jan 21 Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook, South Africa; 417 die of methane poisoning
  • Jan 22 10th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 125-115 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title
  • Jan 23 Bathosphere "Trieste", crewed by Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, reaches bottom of Pacific (10,900 m)
  • Jan 24 Algeria uprises against French president De Gaulle
  • Jan 26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • Jan 26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jan 26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Jan 28 1st photograph bounced off Moon, Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 28 Goon Show's final episode on BBC
  • Jan 28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • Jan 30 CIA OKs Lockheed to produce a new U-2 aircraft (Oxcart)
  • Jan 30 Dutch communist trade union EVC'58 disbands
  • Jan 30 Riot curtails third days play at Port-Of-Spain WI v England
  • Jan 30 US female Figure Skating championship won by Carol Heiss
  • Jan 30 US male Figure Skating championship won by David Jenkins
  • Jan 30 African National Party is founded in Chad
  • Feb 1 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, NC
  • Feb 1 Extreme right-wing rebels in Algiers surrender
  • Feb 1 48th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane (7-5, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 48th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Neale Fraser (5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6, 8-6)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Feb 2 Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss
  • Feb 3 UK prime minister Harold Macmillan makes his famous "wind of change" speech in Africa, against the apartheid regime, angering South African politicians

Film release premierFilm Premier

Feb 3 "La Dolce Vita" directed by Federico Fellini and starring Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg has its film premiere in Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • Feb 4 BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
  • Feb 4 Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
  • Feb 4 Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be" premieres
  • Feb 7 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 8 Congress opens hearings looking into payola

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom issued an Order-in-Council, stating that she and her family would be known as the House of Windsor, and that her descendants will take the name "Mountbatten-Windsor".

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Feb 9 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • Feb 10 "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 532 performances
  • Feb 10 Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner" premieres
  • Feb 11 Jack Paar walks off his TV show
  • Feb 12 Chinese army kills 12 Indian soldiers
  • Feb 13 "Beg, Borrow or Steal" opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Feb 13 "Saratoga" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 80 performances
  • Feb 13 France performs 1st nuclear test at Reggane Proving Grounds Algeria
  • Feb 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 14 Marshal Ayub Khan elected president of Pakistan
  • Feb 16 US nuclear submarine USS Triton set off on underwater round-world trip
  • Feb 18 8th Winter Olympic games open in Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 18 Walter O'Malley, LA Dodger owner, purchases Chavez Ravine for $494,000
  • Feb 19 Bil Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
  • Feb 19 Protest strike in Poznan, Poland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Jimi Hendrix, rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig.

Rock Guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Rock Guitarist
Jimi Hendrix
  • Feb 21 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • Feb 23 Demolition begins on Brooklyn's Ebbets Field (opened in 1913)
  • Feb 24 Italian government of Segni falls
  • Feb 24 US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
  • Feb 24 2nd Daytona 500: Junior Johnson wins (124.74 MPH)
  • Feb 25 John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos" premieres
  • Feb 25 Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic" premieres in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev voices support for Indonesia

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Feb 26 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • Feb 26 Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Vera Miles stars in the famous "Mirror Image" episode of the classic CBS television series "The Twilight Zone"

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles
  • Feb 27 Oil pipe line from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
  • Feb 27 US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal
  • Feb 28 8th Winter Olympic games close at Squaw Valley, California
  • Feb 28 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Feb 28 US wins Olympic hockey gold medal by defeating Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 1st playboy club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Feb 29 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)
  • Feb 29 JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue
  • Feb 29 KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 3 9th largest snowfall in NYC history (14.5")
  • Mar 4 French freighter "La Coubre" explodes in Havana Cuba, killing 100

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 776

  • Jan 1 Michael David Morrison, actor (Caleb Snyder-As the World Turns)
  • Jan 2 Raman Lamba, Indian cricketer (opening batsman 1986-87)
  • Jan 2 Naoki Urasawa, Japanese manga author
  • Jan 3 Joan Chen, [Chen Chung], Shanghai China, actress (Last Emperor)
  • Jan 3 Sandeep Marwah Founder of Film City, Noida, India
  • Jan 4 Cory Everson, American body builder (6X Ms Olympia), born in Racine Wisconsin
  • Jan 4 Michael Stipe, US rock vocalist (REM-Losing My Religion, Stand)
  • Jan 4 April Winchell, American actress
  • Jan 5 Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • Jan 5 Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer
  • Jan 6 Paul William Azinger, American PGA golfer (1987 Phoenix Open), born in Holyoke MA
  • Jan 6 Paul Azinger, American PGA golfer, born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Jan 6 Nigella Lawson, English chef and writer
  • Jan 7 David Marciano, American actor (Det Ray Vecchio-Due South), born in Newark New Jersey
  • Jan 7 Tierre Turner, American actor (Waverly Wonders, Cop & the Kid), born in Detroit Michigan
  • Jan 7 Loretta Sanchez, American politician
  • Jan 7 Mohammed Javad Zarif, Iranian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Broujerd
  • Jan 8 Jolanda Egger, Luzean Switz, playmate (June, 1983)
  • Jan 9 David Peoples, Augusta ME, Nike golfer (1991 Buick Southern Open)
  • Jan 9 Lisa Walters, Canadian LPGA golfer (Itoki Hawaiian-1992, 93), born in Prince Rupert British Columbia
  • Jan 10 Benoît Pelletier, Canadian politician
  • Jan 10 Samira Said, Moroccan singer
  • Jan 12 Dominique Wilkins, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Jan 12 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 12 Oliver Platt, Canadian actor
  • Jan 13 Kevin Anderson, American actor (Hoffa, Sleeping with the Enemy), born in Gurnee Illinois
  • Jan 13 Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
  • Jan 15 Tim Curtis, cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89)
  • Jan 15 Kelly Asbury, American director and actor
  • Jan 15 Aaron Jay Kernis, American composer
  • Jan 17 Chili Davis, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (California Angels)
  • Jan 17 John Crawford, Palo Alto Ca, bass (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away)
  • Jan 17 Chatchai Plengpanich, Thai actor
  • Jan 18 Mark Rylance [David Mark Rylance Waters], English actor (Bridge of Spies) and theatre director, born in Ashford, Kent
  • Jan 19 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic-gold-1984), Eastern St Louis

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 22 Michael Hutchence, Australian rock vocalist/actor (INXS, Dogs in Space), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1997)

INXS rocker Michael Hutchence
INXS rocker
Michael Hutchence
  • Jan 23 Greg Ritchie, cricketer (Qld & Aust batsman Fat Cat Mahatma Cote)
  • Jan 23 Misha Mck, American actress (Gerri-Me & Mrs C), born in East Orange New Jersey
  • Jan 23 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfing pioneer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 26 Gary Plummer, NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 26 Jeanette Bolden, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 26 Road Warrior Animal, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 26 Charlie Gillingham, American musician (Counting Crows)
  • Jan 28 John Caliri, American actor (Vinnie-Square Pegs, Double Trouble), born in Providence Rhode Island
  • Jan 28 Robert von Dassanowsky, American cultural historian, writer, and producer
  • Jan 29 Cho-Liang Lin, Taiwan, violinist (Queen Sophia 1st prize)
  • Jan 29 Eddie Jackson, bassist (Queensryche-Breaking the Silence)
  • Jan 29 Gregory Efthimos Louganis, diver (Olympic-gold-1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 29 Matthew Ashford, American actor (Jack Devaraux-Days of Our Lives), born in Davenport Iowa
  • Jan 29 Sean Kerly, hockey player
  • Jan 29 Steve Sax, 2nd baseman (LA Dodgers, NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox)
  • Jan 29 Gia Carangi, American model (d. 1986)
  • Jan 29 J. G. Thirlwell, Australian-born musician
  • Jan 30 Tony O'Dell, American actor (Alan Pinkard-Head of the Class), born in Pasadena California
  • Jan 31 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Santa Monica California
  • Jan 31 Grant Morrison, British comic book author
  • Feb 2 Eric Shea, actor (Castaway Cowboy)
  • Feb 2 Lee Chill, Canadian Tour golfer (1977 Ohio Jr), born in Cleveland Ohio
  • Feb 3 B J Jefferson, American actress (Ronnie Laurance-Another World), born in Dallas Texas
  • Feb 3 Kerry Von Erich, American wrestler (d. 1993)
  • Feb 3 Marty Jannetty, American Wrestler
  • Feb 4 Pamelyn Ferdin, actress (Happy Birthday Wanda June, Tool Box Murders)
  • Feb 4 Tim Booth, British singer (James)
  • Feb 4 Siobhan Dowd, British/Irish author (d. 2007)
  • Feb 4 Jenette Goldstein, American actress
  • Feb 4 Jonathan Larson, American composer (d. 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 5 Jane Geddes, American LPGA golfer (1987 Women's Kemper Open), born in Huntington New York

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Feb 5 William John Readings, literary theorist
  • Feb 5 Aris Christofellis, Greek countertenor
  • Feb 6 Megan Gallagher, actress (Slap Maxwell, Millennium), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 7 James Spader, actor (Endless Love, Wall St, Mannequin), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 7 Steve Bronski, rock synthesizer (Bronski Beat-Smalltown Boy)
  • Feb 8 Alex Scott, British horse trainer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 Dino Ciccarelli, Canadian NHL right wing (Minnesota North Stars, Washington Capitals), Sarnia Ontario

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Feb 8 Linda Fratianne, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1980), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 9 Peggy A Whitson, Mt Ayr Iowa, PhD/astronaut
  • Feb 9 Holly Johnson, rock vocalist (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 10 Lionel Cartwright, Ohio, country vocalist (I Watched it on the Radio)
  • Feb 10 Robert Addie, British actor (d. 2003)
  • Feb 11 Richard A Mastracchio, Waterbury Ct, astronaut
  • Feb 13 Kelly McCormick, Anaheim California, diver (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • Feb 13 Matt Salinger, Windsor VT, actor (Capt America, Deadly Deception)
  • Feb 13 Michael Craig, rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Want to Hurt Me)
  • Feb 13 Pierluigi Collina, Italian football referee
  • Feb 13 Gary Patterson, American football coach
  • Feb 13 Artur Yusupov, Russian-German chess player
  • Feb 14 Jim Kelly, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 14 Meg Tilly, Canadian–American actress (Big Chill, Impulse), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Darrell Green, NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 15 Jeanne Goldsmith, WPVA volleyballer (National-5th-1987), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 15 Mikey Craig, rock bassist (Culture Club-Do You Really Want to Hurt Me)
  • Feb 15 Jock Hobbs [Michael], chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union and 21 test All Black, (d. 2012)
  • Feb 16 Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
  • Feb 18 Andy Moog, NHL goalie (Oilers, Bruins, Olympics-Canada-1988)
  • Feb 18 Greta Scacchi, Milan Italy, actress (Coca-Cola Kid, White Mischief)
  • Feb 18 Roger Wijesuriya, cricketer (bowling avg 294 in 4 Tests for Sri Lanka)
  • Feb 18 Carol McGiffin, British TV and radio presenter
  • Feb 19 Keith Musa[kawukhathi] Zondi, South African head of Inkatha Youth Brigade
  • Feb 19 Prince Andrew, Albert Christian Edward, of Britain/Duke of York
  • Feb 19 Vicki Lynn Lasseter Iola Kansas, playmate (Feb, 1981)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 22 Comedic actor Bob Denver (25) weds Maggie Ryan in California

Actor Bob Denver
Actor
Bob Denver
  • Jan 31 Songwriter Adolph Green marries actress/singer Phyllis Newman in NYC

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 10 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • May 6 English princess Margaret marries Antony Armstrong-Jones (Lord Snowdon) at Westminster Abbey

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4 "Last Tango In Paris" actor Marlon Brando (36) weds Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda (42)

  • Jun 6 Singer-actress Eartha Kitt (33) weds Bill McDonald

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 25 NBA player Oscar Robertson (21) weds teacher Yvonne Crittenden in Cincinnati, Ohio

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Jul 3 Vernon Presley (father of Elvis) weds Dee Alliot

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Film director David Lean (52) weds fourth wife Leila Matkar

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Actress Gene Tierney (39) weds oil baron W. Howard Lee in Aspen, Colorado

Actress Gene Tierney
Actress
Gene Tierney

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 16 Actress Vera Miles (30) weds actor Keith Larsen (36)

Actress Vera Miles
Actress
Vera Miles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 23 Professional golfer Jack Nicklaus (20) weds Barbara Bash

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 18 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (20) weds sophomore Treva Geib

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • Nov 13 US Entertainer Sammy Davis Jr marries Swedish actress May Britt (divorced 1968)
  • Dec 15 King Boudouin of Belgium marries dona Fabiola de Mora y Aragon

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 22 NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 4 Lucille Ball files divorce from Desi Arnaz

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 14 Actress Laraine Day (39) divorces manager Leo Durocher (53) due to incompatibility after 12 years of marriage

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 6 Actress Bette Davis (52) divorces actor Gary Merrill (46) after almost 10 years of marriage

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 2 Actress Tammy Grimes (26) divorces actor Christopher Plummer (30) after 4 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 212

  • Jan 1 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 48
  • Jan 2 Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor/dir (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • Jan 2 Chris van Abkoude, author (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • Jan 2 Fausto Coppi, Italian, ran world record 45,798 km, dies at 40
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Adler, Austria soc-dem, murdered PM Storgkh, dies at 80
  • Jan 2 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • Jan 3 Victor Seastrom, entertainer, dies at 80

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 4 Albert Camus, French author (Stranger), dies in an auto accident at 46

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus
  • Jan 5 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
  • Jan 5 Pavel P Parenago, Russia, cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • Jan 6 Edith Barstow, choreographer (Frankie Laine Time), dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Scope & Means), dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Luis da Costa, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 7 Dorothea Douglass Chambers (aka Katharine Lambert Chambers), UK tennis player (b. 1878)
  • Jan 9 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (b. 1880)
  • Jan 10 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1879)
  • Jan 11 Johan E Elias, Dutch historian (Elias Family), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Nevil Shute [Norway], Eng/Aust author (Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Sibilla Aleramo, [Rina Faccio], Italian poet (Una Donna), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Matt Moore, actor (Deluge, Coquette), dies at 72
  • Jan 24 John Miljan, actor (Charlie Chan in Paris, Yankee Clipper), dies at 66
  • Jan 25 Diana Barrymore, actress (Ladies Courageous), dies at 38
  • Jan 25 Rutland Boughton, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 28 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 28 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • Jan 29 Louis Jean Heydt, actor (Joe-Waterfront), dies at 54
  • Jan 31 Lowell Gilmore, actor (Calcutta, Roadblock), dies at 53
  • Feb 2 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Johannes G Geelkerken, Dutch reformed vicar, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 5 Louis Stricker, cricketer (South African open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
  • Feb 5 Rudolf Nelson, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 6 Jesse Belvin, rocker, dies at 26 in a car crash
  • Feb 7 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 8 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • Feb 9 Ernst von Dohnanyi, US composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist (b. 1870)
  • Feb 10 Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
  • Feb 12 Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown), dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Leonard Woolley, archaeologist, dies
  • Feb 22 Hubert Cuypers, composer/choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • Feb 22 Paul-Émile Borduas, Quebec painter (b. 1905)
  • Feb 23 Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (b. 1898)
  • Feb 24 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 25 Everhardus J van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Aleksandar Belic, Swedish linguist, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer/manufacturer, dies at 58
  • Feb 28 F S Flint, British translator/poet (imagist movement), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Jonathan Hale, actor (Blondie), shoots himself at 68

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 Melvin Purvis, American FBI Agent, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • Mar 2 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising (b. 1874)
  • Mar 3 Sammy White, actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off), dies at 65
  • Mar 4 Leonard Warren, American baritone (Met-1939-60), dies on stage at 48
  • Mar 4 Herbert O'Conor, 51st Governor of the US State of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • Mar 9 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Mar 11 Roy Chapman Andrews, US biologist/explorer, dies at 76
  • Mar 22 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • Mar 23 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 26 Ian Keith, actor (Identity Unknown, Queen Christina), dies at 61
  • Mar 27 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • Mar 28 Ian Keith, US actor (Ramses I-10 Commandments), dies at 61
  • Mar 30 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter, dies at 90
  • Mar 30 Joseph Haas, German opera composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • Mar 31 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
  • Apr 3 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • Apr 5 Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other), dies at 88
  • Apr 10 Arthur Benjamin, Austral composer/pianist (Devil Take Her), dies at 66
  • Apr 14 Archibald McIndoe, plastic surgeon, dies
  • Apr 17 Eddie Cochran, rocker, dies at 21 in a car crash
  • Apr 18 Emory Johnson, director (Phantom Express, Shield of Honor), dies at 66
  • Apr 23 Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist, dies
  • Apr 23 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian-social reformer/writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 24 John P "John" Musch, actor/founder (JM), dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • Apr 25 Hope Emerson, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), dies at 62
  • Apr 25 Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn, composer, dies at 92
  • Apr 26 Wander J de Haas, Dut physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Anton Pancake, astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • May 2 Caryl Chessman, rapist executed after 12 years of appeals at 39
  • May 5 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • May 6 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • May 8 Hugo Alfven, Swedish composer (Midsommarvaka), dies at 88
  • May 8 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (b. 1904)
  • May 10 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, dies at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 11 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, dies of pneumonia at 86

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • May 12 Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies at 70
  • May 23 Georges Claude, engineer/inventor, dies
  • May 27 Edward Brophy, actor (Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy), dies at 65
  • May 27 George Zucco, actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Desire Me), dies at 74
  • May 27 James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator (b. 1877)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 30 Boris Pasternak, Russian poet and novelist (Doctor Zhivago) (Nobel Prize 1958), dies at 70

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak
  • May 31 Willem Elsschot, [Alfons de Ridder], Flemish writer (Kas), dies at 78
  • May 31 Walther Funk, Nazi leader (b. 1890)
  • Jun 1 Lester Patrick, NHL coach/star, dies at 76
  • Jun 1 Paula Hitler, sister of Adolf Hitler. (b. 1896)
  • Jun 4 Lucien Littlefield, actor (Mr Beasley-Blondie), dies at 64