Famous Deaths in 1960

Deaths 1 - 200 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

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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

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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

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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)

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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
  • Jun 9 René Maran, Martiniques writer (Batouala, Prix Goncourt), dies
  • Jun 14 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romanian Foreign Minister (1945-52), dies at 67
  • Jun 14 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, composer, dies at 57
  • Jun 17 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), dies at 70
  • Jun 20 Mahlon Hamilton, actor (Peg O'My Heart, High School Girl), dies at 80
  • Jun 20 Walter Dehmel, German writer, dies at 57
  • Jun 25 WH Walter Baade, German/US astronomer (Andromeda), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 John Brenden Kelly, rower (Olympic-gold-1920, 24), dies at 70
  • Jun 27 Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain dies at 69
  • Jun 27 Lottie Dod, English athlete (b. 1871)
  • Jun 28 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1898)
  • Jun 30 Clarence Cameron White, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 3 Alfred Henry Ackley, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Aneurin Bevan, British politician (b. 1897)
  • Jul 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 9 Vallance Jupp, cricketer (28 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1921-28), dies
  • Jul 13 Anna Blaman, Dutch writer (Life & Death), dies at 55
  • Jul 13 Joy Gresham, American writer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 15 Lawrence Mervil Tibbett, baritone, dies after surgery at 63
  • Jul 15 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (b. 1897)
  • Jul 16 Albrecht von Kesselring, German fieldmarshal (Italy), dies at 74
  • Jul 16 John Phillips Marquand, novelist, dies at 66
  • Jul 24 Carl Deis, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Hans Albers, German actor (Blue Angel), dies at 68
  • Jul 26 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)
  • Jul 26 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • Jul 29 Richard Simon, co-founder (Simon & Shuster), dies
  • Jul 31 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77

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Aug 5 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada, dies at 86

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • Aug 7 Vaino Hannikainen, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Danton Walker, columnist (Broadway Spotlight), dies at 61
  • Aug 9 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, dies at 88
  • Aug 10 Emil Strauss, German writer (Vaterland), dies
  • Aug 10 Frank Lloyd, director (Berkeley Square, Blood on the Sun), dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Oswald Veblin, mathematician
  • Aug 16 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • Aug 20 Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 21 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (b. 1886)
  • Aug 22 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • Aug 23 Oscar Hammerstein II, Broadway librettist, dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Mark Hambourg, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Anton Lajovic, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 29 Alexander Gauge, actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 46
  • Aug 29 Hazza el-Majali, PM of Jordan is assassinated
  • Aug 29 Vicki Baum, writer, dies
  • Sep 3 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, dies at 72
  • Sep 4 Alfred E Green, director (Copacabana), dies after long illness at 71
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Savo, comedian (Through the Crystal Ball), dies at 65
  • Sep 7 Wilhelm Pieck, president of German DR (1949-60), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 9 Jussi Björling, Swedish tenor (b. 1911)
  • Sep 10 Fjodor I Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga - matushka-reka), dies at 63
  • Sep 13 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Toldi), dies at 75
  • Sep 14 M. Karagatsis, Greek author (b. 1908)
  • Sep 17 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 18 A J Evans, cricketer (only England Test v Aus 1921), dies
  • Sep 20 Lee Duncan, owner/trainer (Rin Tin Tin), dies of heart attack at 67
  • Sep 20 Michel Brusselmans, composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 22 Melanie Klein, Austria/British psycho analyst, dies at 78
  • Sep 23 Kathlyn Williams, actress (Single Man), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Sep 24 Matyas Seiber, composer, dies at 55
  • Sep 24 Melanie Klein, [Reizes], child psycho-analyst, dies
  • Sep 25 Emily Post, etiquette expert, dies at 86
  • Sep 26 William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies
  • Sep 27 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist/daughter of Emmeline, dies at 78
  • Sep 29 Franz Arnold, German writer, dies at 82
  • Sep 30 Harry St John Philby, [sheik Abdullah], British explorer, dies
  • Oct 2 Jaroslav Doubrava, composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 6 Douglas Spencer, actor (The Thing), dies at 50
  • Oct 9 Howard Glenn, NY Titan, dies of injuries sustain in this day's game
  • Oct 11 Richard Cromwell, actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), dies of cancer at 50
  • Oct 12 Inejiro Asanuma, leader Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • Oct 14 Abram F Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), dies
  • Oct 15 Clara Kimball Young, actress (Return of Chandu), dies of stroke at 70
  • Oct 15 Henny Porten, silent screen actress (Mother Love), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Maude Eburne, actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • Oct 19 Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Edgar Scauflaire, Belgian, painter/decorator, dies at 67
  • Oct 25 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • Oct 30 Alfred Hill, New Zealand Australian composer (Hinemoa), dies at 90
  • Oct 31 H L Davis, US writer (Honey in the Horn, Pulitzer prize), dies at 64
  • Nov 2 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek/US conductor/composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 3 Paul Willis, American actor (b. 1901)
  • Nov 3 Harold Spencer Jones, London, English Astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun
  • Nov 5 August Gailit, Estonian writer (Ekke Moor), dies at 69
  • Nov 5 Johnny Horton, American country and rockabilly singer (The Battle of New Orleans), dies in a car accident at 33
  • Nov 5 Mack Sennett, director/producer (Keystone Cops), dies
  • Nov 5 Ward Bond, actor (Wagon Train), dies of heart attack at 57
  • Nov 6 Erich Raeder, German grand admiral (b. 1876)
  • Nov 7 Alvin Carter, vocalist (Carter Family), dies at 69
  • Nov 10 Isadore Freed, composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 12 John Trim, cricketer (occasional WI quick 1948-52, 18 wkts), dies
  • Nov 14 Walter Catlett, actor (Climax), dies of a stroke at 71

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Nov 16 Clark Gable, actor (Gone With the Wind), dies at 59

  • Nov 19 Phyllis Haver, actress (Don Juan), commits suicide at 61
  • Nov 20 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, zionist/socialist theorist, dies at 82
  • Nov 24 Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (b. 1882)
  • Nov 27 Dirk J de Geer, Dutch premier (1926-29, 39-40), dies at 89
  • Nov 27 Frederick Fane, cricketer (682 runs in 14 Tests for Eng 1905-10), dies