Famous Deaths in 1966

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  • Jan 1 Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Rex Lease, actor (Perils of Pauline, Dakota, California), dies at 62
  • Jan 5 George Duckworth, cricketer (24 Tests for England, ct 45 stp 15), dies
  • Jan 9 Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer, dies at 68

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Jan 9 Albert Stevens, an American patient in secret medical trials who survived the highest known radiation dose in a human, dies of heart disease at 79

Human Medical Subject Albert Stevens
Human Medical Subject
Albert Stevens
  • Jan 10 George Cresswell, cricketer (Took 13 wkts in 3 Tests for NZ), suicide
  • Jan 10 Hermann Kasack, writer, dies at 69
  • Jan 11 Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter/sculptor, dies at 64
  • Jan 11 Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian premier (1964-66), dies at 61
  • Jan 11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
  • Jan 14 Sergei Korolev, Russian space station constructor, dies
  • Jan 14 Bill Carr, American athlete (b. 1909)
  • Jan 16 Margarete Susman, writer, dies at 91
  • Jan 17 Vincent J Donehue, director (Lonelyhearts), dies of Hodgkin's at 50
  • Jan 18 Kathleen Norris, US author, dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Herbert Marshall, actor (Dark Angel, Duel in the Sun), dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Homi J. Bhabha, Indian physicist (b. 1909)
  • Jan 29 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Tolle Bomberg), dies at 84
  • Jan 29 Pierre Mercure, composer, dies at 38
  • Jan 31 Elizabeth Patterson, actress (Tall Story), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Buster Keaton, [Joseph Francis], US comic (General), dies at 69
  • Feb 1 Hedda Hopper, [Elda Furry], US gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • Feb 1 Nicholas Piantanida, sets balloon flight record & dies in descent
  • Feb 1 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • Feb 3 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • Feb 4 Gilbert H Grosvenor, president National Geographic Society, dies at 90
  • Feb 6 Johan Algot Haquinius, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Narcisa de Leon, Filipino film mogul (b. 1877)
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
  • Feb 10 Billy Rose, US theater producer (Diamond Horse Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 13 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • Feb 15 Camillo Torres, Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
  • Feb 15 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect (b. 1909)
  • Feb 16 Hendrik W Tilanus, artillery officer/leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Frank Pettingell, actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Hans Hofmann, German/US painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • Feb 18 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
  • Feb 18 Casimir von Paszthory, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31
  • Feb 18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)

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Feb 20 Chester W Nimitz, US admiral (WW II), dies at 80

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • Feb 21 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician (b. 1895)
  • Feb 22 Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist/folklorist, dies at 74
  • Feb 25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (b. 1906)
  • Feb 26 Minerva Urecal, actress (Peter Gunn, Adv of Tugboat Annie), dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian freedom fighter and writer (b. 1883)
  • Feb 27 Minerva Urecal, actress (Apache Rose, Ghost Crazy), dies at 81
  • Feb 28 Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet
  • Feb 28 Elliot McKay See Jr, astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash
  • Mar 1 Fritz Houtermans, German physicist (b. 1903)
  • Mar 3 Alice Pearce, comedienne (Gladys Kravitz-Bewitched), dies at 52
  • Mar 3 William Frawley, American actor (Fred Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • Mar 4 Janis Medins, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 5 Anna Achmatova, Ukrainian poet, dies at 76
  • Mar 5 Enrique E Ecker, Curacaos/US bacteriologist, dies at 79
  • Mar 6 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Mike Millward, English musician (The Fourmost), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • Mar 9 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (b. 1924)
  • Mar 10 Frederik "Frits" Zernike, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1953), dies at 77
  • Mar 10 Mari Sandoz, US author (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 64
  • Mar 12 Estelita Rodriguez, Cuban actress (Golden Stallion, Susanna Pass), dies at 37
  • Mar 15 Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
  • Mar 15 Heinrich Lemacher, composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 17 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 23 Johannes W Elsensohn, Dutch actor/writer (Arie), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Colin Campbell, actor (Leather Boys), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Mien Labberton, Dutch poet, dies at 82
  • Mar 29 Harry Daugherty, trombonist (Spike Jones & City Slickers), dies at 50
  • Mar 30 Erwin Piscator, German director (Plebeians test rebellion), dies at 72
  • Mar 30 Maxfield Parrish, US painter, dies at 95
  • Mar 30 Newbold Morris, American politician (b. 1902)
  • Apr 1 Karl B Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
  • Apr 1 Flann O'Brien, Irish humorist (b. 1911)
  • Apr 2 Cecil Scott Forester, English author (Horatio Hornblower), dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Russel Crouse, US stagewriter (Life with Father), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, dies at 91
  • Apr 6 Julia Faye, actress (10 Commandments. Samson & Delilah), dies at 73
  • Apr 8 George Creten, Belgian sculptor/painter, dies at 79
  • Apr 9 Sutan Sjahrir, premier of Indonesia (1945-47), dies at 57
  • Apr 10 Christian J Modeste, Dutch king of gypsies, dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Evelyn Waugh, British writer (Black Mischief), dies at 62
  • Apr 12 Sumokil, president of Republic South Moluccas, executed
  • Apr 13 Abdul Salam Arif, Iraqi politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 13 Georges Duhamel, French writer (b. 1884)
  • Apr 15 Joseph Crehan, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 25 Maurice Roelants, Belgian author (Prayer for a Good End), dies at 70
  • Apr 28 Ralph Bunker, actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
  • Apr 29 Eugene O'Brien, actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • Apr 30 Richard Farina, American writer and folk rocker, dies on his birthday in a motorcycle accident
  • May 3 Wylie Watson, dies at 77
  • May 4 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer, dies at 69
  • May 9 Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, dies at 56
  • May 9 Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Dukeenbosch, dies
  • May 12 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (b. 1896)
  • May 13 Henk [Hendrik M] of Randwijk, poet/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • May 14 Georgia BD Camp Johnson, US poet/playwright, dies at 88
  • May 14 Megan Lloyd George, English politician, dies at 64
  • May 16 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • May 18 Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78
  • May 19 Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga's King by Captain Cook (1773), dies
  • May 21 Pat O'Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
  • May 22 Tom Goddard, cricketer (22 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1930-39), dies
  • May 23 Ruth Gates, Denton TX, actress (Aunt Jenny-Mama), dies at 79
  • May 23 Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b. 1902)

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May 24 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • May 26 Don Castle, actor (Motor Patrol, Born to Speed), dies at 47
  • May 26 Neal Dodd, actor (Only Women, You Belong to Me), dies at 86
  • Jun 1 Papa Jack Laine, American musician (b. 1873)
  • Jun 3 Alice Calhoun, actress (Flowing Gold, Between Friends), dies at 65
  • Jun 5 Natacha Rambova, costume designer, dies at 69
  • Jun 6 Claudette Orbison, wife of singer Roy, dies in a motorcyle crash
  • Jun 7 Hans/Jean Arp, French/Swiss painter/poet/sculptor, dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Anton Melik, Slovenian geographer (b. 1890)
  • Jun 8 Joseph A. Walker, WWII and NASA test pilot (1st spaceplane flights to edge of outerspace), dies in an aircraft collison at 45
  • Jun 11 Ethel Clayton, actress (Warning Shadows), dies at 82
  • Jun 11 Wallace Ford, actor (Deputy), dies of heart attack at 68
  • Jun 12 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor/music publisher, dies at 74
  • Jun 12 Thomas Chalmers, actor (Blind Alleys, Outrage), dies at 81
  • Jun 19 Ed Wynn, comedian (Ed Wynn Show), dies at 79
  • Jun 19 Marjan Kozina, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 22 Roger Blunt, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 330 runs, 12 wickets), dies
  • Jun 27 Arthur D Waley, [Schloss], British sinology/poet (Monkey), dies
  • Jun 29 Arthur Meulemans, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • Jun 29 Isabel Dawn, writer, dies
  • Jun 29 Ronald Shiner, actor (Aunt Clara, Forbidden, Girls at Sea), dies at 63
  • Jul 1 Pauline Boty, English artist, dies of cancer at 29
  • Jul 2 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (b. 1900)
  • Jul 3 Andre Gailhard, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Cornelis "Kees" Boeke, theorist, dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Joseph Deems Taylor, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 4 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 5 George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)
  • Jul 6 Anne Nagel, dies of cancer at 50
  • Jul 6 Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (b. 1892)
  • Jul 7 Carmelita Geraghty, dies of heart attack at 65
  • Jul 11 Delmore Schwartz, US poet/critic (Shenandoah), dies at 52
  • Jul 12 D T Suzuki, Zen Buddhism scholar, dies in Tokyo Japan at 96
  • Jul 14 Julie Manet, French painter (b. 1878)
  • Jul 17 August Baeyens, Flemish composer (Piranesi-suite), dies at 71
  • Jul 18 Bobby Fuller, American rock singer and guitarist (I Fought the Law), found dead at 23
  • Jul 18 German Germanovich Galinin, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 20 Julien Carette, dies of burns at 68
  • Jul 21 Eugeen Calleen, Flemish sculptor, dies at 83
  • Jul 22 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic-silver-1924) and jurist, dies at 68
  • Jul 23 Donald Novis, singer/actor (Pajama Game), dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Douglass Montgomery, actor (Forbidden, Daybreak), dies at 56
  • Jul 23 [Edward] Montgomery Clift, actor (From Here to Eternity), dies at 45
  • Jul 24 Tony Lema, US golfer, dies at 32
  • Jul 25 Frank O'Hara, American writer and poet, dies after being hit by a car at 40
  • Jul 25 Montgomery Clift, movie actor (From Here to Eternity), dies
  • Jul 29 Pal Jardanyi, composer, dies at 44
  • Jul 30 Edward G Craig, English actor/dir (On Art of Theatre), dies at 94
  • Jul 31 Alex E von Falkenhausen, German general, dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Bud Powell, US jazz pianist/composer, dies
  • Aug 1 Charles Whitman, former marine, kills 16 at U of Texas, shot by cops
  • Aug 3 Lenny Bruce, comedian, dies of a morphine overdose at 39
  • Aug 5 Austin Diamond, cricketer (Australian capt to America 1913), dies
  • Aug 6 Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger, sci-fi author (Space Lords), dies at 53
  • Aug 6 Cordwainer Smith, American writer (b. 1913)
  • Aug 8 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer, dies at 63
  • Aug 9 Gosta Nystroem, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 10 Felix A Vening Meinesz, geophysicist (black force), dies at 79
  • Aug 10 Jacobus C Bloem, poet (Cinders), dies
  • Aug 14 S J "Tip" Snooke, South African cricket all-rounder (26 Tests 1905-23), dies
  • Aug 15 Gerhard/Gerhart Pohl, German writer (Battle of Kolbenau), dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Jan Kiepura, actor (Give Us this Night), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Aug 15 Seena Owen, actress/writer (Queen Kelly), dies at 71
  • Aug 16 Jack Mather, actor (Cisco Kid), dies of heart attack at 58
  • Aug 17 Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
  • Aug 17 Michael Garrison, producer (Crowded Sky), dies after a fall at 43
  • Aug 18 Isaac Keesing, Dutch founder (System Keesing), dies at 80
  • Aug 18 Watze Cuperus, Frisian author (Struggle & Blessing), dies at 75
  • Aug 22 Apolinary Szeluto, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 23 Francis Xavier Bushman, actor (Ben-Hur), dies at 83
  • Aug 26 Art Baker, TV host (You Asked For It), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian theoretician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 31 Kasimir Edschmid, [Karl E Schmidt], German writer, dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian athlete (b. 1879)
  • Sep 6 Hendrik Verwoerd, South African Prime Minister (1958-66), assassinated at 64 by Dimitri Tsafendas
  • Sep 6 Luigi Perrachio, composer, dies at 83

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Sep 6 Margaret Sanger, US feminist/birth control pioneer, dies at 86

  • Sep 7 Al Kelly, double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Antonio Massana, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Leon de Smet, Flemish painter, dies at 85
  • Sep 9 Nestor Paiva, actor (3 Stooges in Orbit), dies of cancer at 61
  • Sep 10 James Langridge, cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies
  • Sep 10 Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • Sep 11 Charlie Cantor, actor (Artie-Ray Bolger Show), dies at 68
  • Sep 11 C. E. Woolman, American airline magnate (b. 1889)
  • Sep 14 Gertrude Berg, actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Nikolai Cherkasov, actor (Ivan the Terrible), dies at 63
  • Sep 17 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • Sep 18 Fernand Lamy, composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 18 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 21 Paul Reynaud, premier France (1940), dies
  • Sep 26 Helen Kane, actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), dies of cancer at 62
  • Sep 28 Eric Fleming, actor (Gil-Rawhide), dies at 41
  • Sep 28 Lucky Millinder, bandleader/singer, dies
  • Sep 29 Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Motion), dies at 75