What Happened in 1961

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 674

  • Jan 1 Briggs Stadium is renamed Tigers Stadium
  • Jan 1 Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
  • Jan 1 Largest check issued, National Bank of Chicago to Sears ($960.242 billion)
  • Jan 1 Russia introduces a new ruble worth $1.11
  • Jan 2 1st AFL Championship Game, Houston Oilers beat LA Chargers 24-16
  • Jan 2 Hawaii's, then all time low temperature, 14°F recorded atop Haleakale
  • Jan 2 47th Rose Bowl: #6 Washington beats #1 Minnesota, 17-7
  • Jan 2 27th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats Rice, 14-6
  • Jan 2 27th Orange Bowl: #5 Missouri beats #4 Navy, 21-14
  • Jan 3 Adam Clayton Powell elected Chairman of House Education & Labor
  • Jan 3 US breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • Jan 4 Longest recorded strike ends-33 yrs-Danish barbers' assistants
  • Jan 7 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
  • Jan 7 Trucial States (now UAE) issue their 1st postage stamps
  • Jan 8 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Yvor Winters
  • Jan 8 The French vote for Algerian independence from French rule in the wake of seven years of guerrilla war
  • Jan 9 Twins agree on $500,000 payment to AA for Minn/St Paul territory
  • Jan 11 Racial riot at University of Georgia
  • Jan 12 "Show Girl" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 100 performances
  • Jan 12 UN genocide pact goes into effect
  • Jan 14 Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
  • Jan 15 Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open
  • Jan 15 Supremes signed with Motown Records
  • Jan 16 "Conquering Hero" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Jan 16 Russian espionage ring detected in Great Britain

MurderAssassination

Jan 17 Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Lumumba

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 17 President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".
  • Jan 17 11th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-131 at Syracuse, New York
  • Jan 18 Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat
  • Jan 19 1st episode of "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
  • Jan 20 Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" premieres in Boston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Robert Frost recites "Gift Outright" at JFK's inauguration

Poet Robert Frost
Poet
Robert Frost
35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Jan 20 Yugoslav ex-vice-president Milovan Djilas flees
  • Jan 20 The Democrat J.F. Kennedy is inaugurated as President of the United States, the youngest ever sworn in
  • Jan 21 "Conquering Hero" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Jan 21 KIFI TV channel 8 in Idaho Falls, ID (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 21 Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria
  • Jan 23 Supreme Court rules cities & states have right to censor films
  • Jan 23 Venezuela adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 24 Edward Albee's "American Dream" premieres in NYC

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Jan 24 Lazard Brothers Ltd draw a check for $334,867,807.68

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Jan 25 1st live, nationally televised presidential news conference (JFK)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Jan 25 Walt Disney's animated film "101 Dalmatians", based on the novel by Dodie Smith and directed by Clyde Geronimi and Hamilton Luske is released in the US

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 26 "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 26 1st woman "personal physician to president"-JG Travell
  • Jan 27 "Sing Along with Mitch" [Miller] premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 27 49th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-1, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 49th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Jan 28 Republic of Rwanda proclaimed
  • Jan 29 US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen
  • Jan 29 US male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord
  • Jan 30 Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
  • Jan 30 JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps
  • Jan 30 KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30 Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 David Ben-Gurion resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • Jan 31 Ham the chimpanzee is 1st primate in space (158 miles) aboard Mercury/Redstone 2
  • Jan 31 Houston voters approve bond to finance luxury domed stadium
  • Jan 31 Kanhai completes twin tons (117 & 115) v Aust at Adelaide
  • Jan 31 NATO secretary-general Paul-Henri Spaak says he'll resign
  • Jan 31 USAF launches Samos spy satellite to replace U-2 flights
  • Feb 1 1st full-scale test of US Minuteman ICBM is successful
  • Feb 1 British minister Enoch Powell makes medical insurance more expensive
  • Feb 1 Mackay & Kline hang on for 100 mins for cricket draw vs West Indies
  • Feb 2 Prince Bernhard opens new RAI building in Amsterdam
  • Feb 3 6th largest snowfall in NYC history (17.4" (44.2cm))
  • Feb 4 Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
  • Feb 6 "Jail, No Bail" Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill SC
  • Feb 6 KOAP TV channel 10 in Portland, OR (PBS) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • Feb 9 Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo
  • Feb 10 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
  • Feb 10 Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power
  • Feb 10 Walter Piston's 7th Symphony premieres
  • Feb 11 Robert Weaver sworn in with then highest federal post by a black

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 12 Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 yrs 82 days
  • Feb 12 USSR launches Venera 1 toward Venus

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 13 Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Feb 13 Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus
  • Feb 14 Element 103, Lawrencium, 1st produced in Berkeley Calif
  • Feb 14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational
  • Feb 15 Australia beat West Indies 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever
  • Feb 15 Entire US figure skating team of 18, dies in Belgian Sabena 707 crash
  • Feb 16 1st all-solid-propellant rocket put in orbit, Wallops Island, Va
  • Feb 16 China uses its 1st nuclear reactor
  • Feb 16 US satellite Explorer 9 is launched
  • Feb 18 Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
  • Feb 19 Albania disavows Chinese "Revisionism"
  • Feb 19 Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater
  • Feb 21 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Physiker" premieres in Zurich
  • Feb 21 Gabon adopts constitution
  • Feb 21 Mercury-Atlas 2 reentry Test reaches 172 km
  • Feb 24 Explorer (10) fails to reach Earth orbit
  • Feb 25 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 830

  • Jan 1 Irv Eatman, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • Jan 1 Fiona Phillips, British television presenter
  • Jan 1 Mark Wingett, British actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 2 Gabrielle Carteris, Phoenix Az, actress (Andrea-Beverly Hills 90210)

  • Jan 2 Todd Haynes, American film director
  • Jan 3 Erwin Blom, Dutch singer/guitarist (Eton Crop)
  • Jan 4 Lee Curreri, actor (Bruno Martelli-Fame), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 5 Curt Bader, Bloomfield Iowa, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 6 Dirk de Vries, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • Jan 6 Howie Long, former NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow)
  • Jan 7 Andrew Thomson, Australian politician
  • Jan 7 Supriya Pathak, Indian actress
  • Jan 7 John Thune, American politician
  • Jan 8 Shoaib Mohammad, cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
  • Jan 8 Kazuki Takahashi, Japanese creator of Yu-Gi-Oh
  • Jan 8 Calvin Smith, American athlete
  • Jan 9 Oliver Goldstick, American screenwriter
  • Jan 10 Evan Handler, actor (Dear Mr Wonderful), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Janet Jones, Bridgeton MO, actress (American Anthem, Flamingo Kid)
  • Jan 10 Nadja Salerni-Sonnenberg, concert violinist, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 11 Paul Skansi, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
  • Jan 11 Jasper Fforde, British author
  • Jan 12 Andrea Carnevale, soccer player (Napoli)
  • Jan 13 Graham "Suggs" McPherson, Sussex, rock vocalist (Madness-Our House)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 13 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, comedienne (SNL, Seinfeld, Soul Man, Troll), born in NYC, New York

Seinfeld Comedienne Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Seinfeld Comedienne
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Jan 13 Kelly Hrudey, Edmonton, NHL goalie (LA Kings)
  • Jan 13 Kent Hull, NFL center (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 13 Suggs [Graham McPherson], English singer-songwriter (Madness), born in Hastings
  • Jan 14 Robert Edwin Hall, mountaineer/businessman
  • Jan 14 Mike Tramp (Trempenau), Denmark, Copenhagen Denmark, heavy metal rocker (White Lion-Mane Attraction)
  • Jan 15 Iris DeMent, American country singer (Our Town), born in Paragould, Ar
  • Jan 15 Yves P. Pelletier, Canadian comedian and film director
  • Jan 16 Paul Raven, English musician (Killing Joke) (d. 2007)
  • Jan 16 Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter
  • Jan 17 Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ
  • Jan 17 Brian Helgeland, American writer and film director

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 18 Mark Messier, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jan 18 Peter Beardsley, English footballer
  • Jan 18 Jeff Yagher, American actor
  • Jan 19 Paul McCrane, actor (Hotel New Hampshire, We're Fighting Back)
  • Jan 19 William Ragsdale, AK, actor (Fright Night, Mannequin 2, Smooth Talk)
  • Jan 21 Sherry Ramsay, Stauton Va, actress (Trish Mason-As the World Turns)
  • Jan 22 Barb Thomas Whitehead, Sibley IA, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian Open)
  • Jan 22 Daniel Johnston, American musician and artist ("Hi, How Are You"), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 23 Trey Junkin, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jan 23 Mas Selamat bin Kastari, Singapore's most-wanted terror fugitive
  • Jan 24 Nastassja Kinski, actress (Tess, Cat People), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Jan 24 Krasimir Mikhailov Stoyanov, Bulgaria, cosmonaut
  • Jan 24 Vince Russo, American writer
  • Jan 24 William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete
  • Jan 25 Michele Tobin, actress (Fitzpatricks), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 25 Vivian Balakrishnan, Singaporean politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 26 Wayne Gretzky, Brantford Ont, NHL great scorer (Oiler, King, Rangers)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jan 27 Charlotte Kemp, playmate (Dec, 1982), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 27 Gillian Gilbert, rocker (New Order-Round & Round), born in Manchester, England
  • Jan 27 Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Oly-9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 27 Karen Velez, Rockville Ctr NY, playmate (December, 1984)
  • Jan 27 Margo Timmins, singer (Cowboy Junkies)
  • Jan 27 Martin Degville, rocker (Sigue Sigue Sputnik-Love Missile F-111)
  • Jan 27 Rudi Mauger, rocker (Crew Cuts)
  • Jan 27 Dina Bonnevie, Filipino actress
  • Jan 27 Narciso Rodriguez, American fashion designer
  • Jan 28 Luann L Lee, playmate (Jan, 1987), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 29 Mike Aldrete, US baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • Jan 30 Ranjit Madurasinghe, cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92)
  • Jan 31 Lloyd Cole, guitar/vocals (& the Commotions-Rattlesnakes)
  • Feb 1 Daniel M Tani, Ridley Park MD, astronaut
  • Feb 1 Gina Hull, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 2 Joey Benjamin, cricket pace bowler (in St Kitts England in 1994)
  • Feb 2 Lauren Lane, American actress
  • Feb 3 Keith Gordon, actor (Dressed to Kill, Legend of Billie Jean), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 3 Jay Adams, American skateboarder
  • Feb 3 Linda Eder, American singer
  • Feb 4 Denis Savard, Pointe Gatineau Ca, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Feb 4 Vern Fleming, LIC NY, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • Feb 4 Stewart O'Nan, American author
  • Feb 5 Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer and manager
  • Feb 5 Tim Meadows, American actor and comedian
  • Feb 6 Yuri Ivanovich Onufriyenko, Russian major/cosmonaut (Mir, Soyuz TM-23)
  • Feb 6 Bill Lester, American racecar driver
  • Feb 8 Sammy Llanas, rocker (Bodeans)
  • Feb 8 Vince Neil, American singer (Mötley Crüe)
  • Feb 8 Bruce Timm, TV Producer (DC Animated Universe)
  • Feb 9 John Kruk, US baseball 1st baseman (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Feb 9 Jussi Lampi, Finnish musician and actor
  • Feb 10 David Ward, cricketer (prolific Surrey batsman)
  • Feb 10 Eva Pfaff, West Germany, tennis star
  • Feb 10 George Stephanopoulos, presidential adviser (Clinton)
  • Feb 10 Alexander Payne, American film director (Sideways), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Feb 11 Becky LeBeau, vocalist (Mischief), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 11 Carey Lowell, actress (Me & Him, Guardian, Dangerously Close), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11 Mary Docter, US, 3000m speed skater (Olympics-1980, 84, 88, 92)
  • Feb 12 Chris Heyne, Offenbach Germ, WLAF General Manager (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Feb 12 Jim Harris, Canadian politician
  • Feb 13 Henry Rollins, US vocalist/poet (Big Ugly Mouth, Talking From the Box)
  • Feb 13 Kyi Hla Han, Burmese golfer, born in Yangon
  • Feb 13 Les Warner, rocker (Cult-Fire Woman)
  • Feb 14 Phillip Hamilton, American author
  • Feb 14 Latifa, Tunisian singer
  • Feb 16 Andy Taylor, England, rock guitarist (Duran Duran-Hungry Like the Wolf)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 13 Pablo Picasso (79) marries his model Jacqueline Rocque (37)

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 17 Actor Christopher Lee (38) weds actress Gitte Lee (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Playwright Samuel Beckett (54) weds Suzanne Dechevaux-Dumesnil on a secret civil ceremony in England

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Apr 1 Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk USSR

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • May 25 King Hussein of Jordan marries Princess Muna al-Hussein (Antoinette Gardiner).
  • Jun 8 English prince Edward, Duke of Kent, weds Katharine Worsley

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 26 NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1 Business magnate Martha Stewart (19) weds Andrew Stewart

Business Magnate and TV Personality Martha Stewart
Business Magnate and TV Personality
Martha Stewart

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli

Novelist and Poet Chinua Achebe
Novelist and Poet
Chinua Achebe

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Oct 14 Howard Allen Frances (Anne) O'Brien (20) best-selling author (The Vampire Chronicles) marries poet and painter Stan Rice (21)

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Author Anne Rice (20) weds poet/artist Stan Rice (18) in Denton, Texas

Author Anne Rice
Author
Anne Rice

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 14 Author Upton Sinclair (83) weds Mary Elizabeth Willis

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 25 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Dec 10 Dr Ruth marries Fred Westheimer

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 226

  • Jan 2 Bob Catterall, cricketer (1555 runs/24 Tests for South Africa 1922-31), dies
  • Jan 4 Barry Fitzgerald, actor (Going My Way), dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 4 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 73

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • Jan 6 Regina Ullmann, writer, dies at 76
  • Jan 7 Clarice Baright, 1st woman admitted to American Bar Association, dies at 74
  • Jan 9 Emily Greene Balch, American writer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1867)
  • Jan 10 Dashiell Hammett, US detective writer (Thin Man, Maltese Falcon), dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Elena Gerhardt, German mezzo-soprano singer (b. 1883)
  • Jan 14 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Brass Monkey, Ghoul), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Henry Geehl, English composer, dies at 79
  • Jan 15 Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer, dies at 49
  • Jan 16 Janos Viski, Hungarian composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 17 Patrice Lumumba, African revolutionary, murdered at 36
  • Jan 21 John Joseph Becker, composer, dies a day before 75th birthday
  • Jan 24 Willem J M van Eysinga, people rights scholar, dies at 82
  • Jan 24 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American swimmer and inventor (b. 1884)
  • Jan 26 Morris Nichols, cricketer (41 wkts in 14 Tests for Eng 1930-39), dies
  • Feb 2 Adolf Vogl, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 3 Anna May Wong, American actress, 1st Chinese American movie star (Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), dies at 56
  • Feb 3 Viscount Dunrossil, Gov-Gen of Australia (1959-61), dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Anthony G de Rothschild, British philanthropist, dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Archibald T Davison, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 8 William Duncan, actor (Hopalong Rides Again), dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Grigory Levenfish, Russian International chess grandmaster, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Eduard R Verkade, Dutch actor/director (Pygmalion), dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Patrice Lumumba, 1st premier Congo, murdered at 34
  • Feb 14 Wallis Clark, actress (Easy Money), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Jack Whiting, actor (Top Speed, Life of the Party), dies at 59
  • Feb 15 Marubel Vinaon Owen, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1932), dies
  • Feb 15 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9x US National Champion), dies at 49
  • Feb 17 Nita Naldi, actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
  • Feb 20 Otto E Huiswoud, [Frank Billings], editor (Negro Worker), dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Percy Aldridge Grainger, Australian/US composer/pianist, dies at 78
  • Feb 21 Blaise Cendrars, [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Switz, poet, dies at 73
  • Feb 22 George de Cuevas, Chilean-born ballet impresario and choreographer (Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas), dies at 75 or 76
  • Feb 22 Nick LaRocca, American jazz musician (b. 1889)
  • Feb 23 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies
  • Feb 26 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (Problem of the Plastic), dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Mohammed V, ibn Yusuf, sultan/King of Morocco, dies at 51
  • Feb 27 Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1912), dies
  • Feb 28 Joris Vriamont, Flemish writer/music publisher, dies at 64
  • Mar 3 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • Mar 6 George Formby, British singer/comedian, dies at 56
  • Mar 6 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright/director of Tivoli, dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter, dies at 42
  • Mar 7 Max Hymans, WW II resistance fighter/Head of Air France, dies at 60
  • Mar 8 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (Last Night of the Prom), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Belinda Lee, actress (Joseph & his Brethren), dies in car crash at 25
  • Mar 14 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (opening theorist), dies at 78
  • Mar 16 Chen Geng, Chinese military leader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 17 Susanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101
  • Mar 19 Edric Cundell, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies
  • Mar 23 James Edward Murray, (Sen-D-Montana) (1935-61), dies
  • Mar 23 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut, dies in accident at 24
  • Mar 27 Jack Kane, orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie, Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • Mar 30 P J Melotte, discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies
  • Mar 31 Seerp Anema, Dutch poet/writer (Modern Art & Degenerating), dies at 85
  • Apr 2 August Defresne, Dutch director (Anno Christi 969), dies at 67
  • Apr 2 Wallingford Riegger, US composer (Bacchangle), dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Simion Stoilow, Romanian mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Apr 6 Jules J B V Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (Nobel 1919), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Jesus Guridi, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Marian Jordan, radio comedienne (Fibber McGee & Molly), dies at 62
  • Apr 7 Yusef Greiss, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 9 Zog I, [Ahmed Zogu], King of Albania (1925-39), dies at 65
  • Apr 10 Irene Warfield, silent screen actress (Satan Sanderson), dies at 65
  • Apr 11 Francis de Bourguignon, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 12 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 12 Philippine "Pine" Belder, [Mary de Klerk], actress, dies at 93
  • Apr 13 John A. Bennett, American convicted rapist (b. 1935)
  • Apr 21 James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57
  • Apr 22 Maria Radulphus, [Adrian Hermus], Curacao school inspector, dies at 91
  • Apr 24 Lee Moran, actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72
  • Apr 25 Hans F Blunck, writer, dies
  • Apr 26 Gail Russell, actress (Calcutta, Moonrise, El Paso), dies at 36
  • Apr 27 Roy Del Ruth, director (About Face, Folies Bergere), dies at 67
  • Apr 29 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • May 2 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies
  • May 3 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher, dies at 53
  • May 4 Anita Stewart, dies of heart attack at 66
  • May 6 Lucian Blaga, philosopher/poet (Transcendental censor), dies at 65
  • May 8 James Fairfax, actor (Gale Storm Show), dies at 63
  • May 13 Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60
  • May 16 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (b. 1881)
  • May 17 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
  • May 17 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • May 18 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • May 19 Joe Howard, singer (Gay Nineties Revue), dies at 94
  • May 20 Josef "Pips" Priller, German fighter ace (b. 1915)
  • May 22 Joan Davis, actress (I Married Joan), dies of heart attack at 53
  • May 23 Joan Davis, comedic actress (I Married Joan), dies at 53
  • May 29 Uuno Kalervo Klami, composer, dies at 60
  • May 30 Rafael L Trujillo Molina, dictator Dom Rep (1930-61), murdered at 69
  • May 31 Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)
  • Jun 2 George S Kaufman, playwright/dir/pulitzer prize winner, dies at 72
  • Jun 2 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor/director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 6 Carl Jung, Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology), dies at 85

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Psychiatrist
Carl Jung
  • Jun 7 Robert Griffith, producer of Pajama Game, dies
  • Jun 9 Camille Guérin, French scientist (b. 1872)