What Happened in 1961

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 675

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


Jan 17th 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 17th 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 17th 11th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-131 at Syracuse, New York
  • Jan 18th Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi party wins 1 seat by a single vote & parliament by a single seat
  • Jan 19th 1st episode of "Dick Van Dyke Show" is filmed
  • Jan 20th Francis Poulenc's "Gloria" premieres in Boston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

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

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

Conference meetingConference of Interest

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

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

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Jan 25th Walt Disney's "101 Dalmations" released

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • Jan 25th 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 26th "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" by Elvis Presley hits #1

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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27th 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 28th Republic of Rwanda proclaimed
  • Jan 29th US female Figure Skating championship won by Laurence Owen
  • Jan 29th US male Figure Skating championship won by Bradley Lord
  • Jan 30th Bobby Darin is youngest performer to headline a TV special on NBC
  • Jan 30th JFK asks for an Alliance for Progress & Peace Corps
  • Jan 30th KAET TV channel 8 in Phoenix, AZ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30th Lance Gibbs takes hat-trick (Mackay, Grout, Misson) at Adelaide

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

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

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Music releaseMusic Recording

Feb 13th Frank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Bros Records

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 832

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

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

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

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Painter Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 25th 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 1st Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30th Lee Harvey Oswald marries Marina Prusakova in Minsk USSR

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 1st 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 10th 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 10th Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Author Anne Rice
Anne Rice

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 25th 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 10th Dr Ruth marries Fred Westheimer

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23rd Actor Martin Sheen (21) weds Janet Templeton

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 227

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

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Psychiatrist Carl Jung
Carl Jung
  • Jun 7th Robert Griffith, producer of Pajama Game, dies