Famous Deaths in 1968

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  • Jan 2 Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • Jan 4 Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Jean Murat, actor (On the Riviera), dies at 79
  • Jan 6 Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • Jan 9 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Jap marathoner (Oly-bronze-1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 9 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Basil Sydney, actor (Hamlet, Simba), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • Jan 10 Howard Smith, actor (Harvey Griffin-Hazel), dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (La Momie), dies at 90
  • Jan 13 Bill Masterson, NHL player for the Minnesota Northstars checked into the boards, dies two days later
  • Jan 14 Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies
  • Jan 15 John Davidson, actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc), dies at 80
  • Jan 15 Leopold Infeld, Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 16 Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • Jan 17 Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • Jan 18 Bert Wheeler, actor (Rainmakers, High Flyers, Dixiana), dies at 72
  • Jan 18 John Ridgely, actor (Air Force, Possessed, Big Sleep), dies at 58
  • Jan 18 Lee Tracy, actor (Martin Kane-Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • Jan 21 Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 22 Duke Kahanamoku, 100m swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-12, 20, 24), dies at 77
  • Jan 25 Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • Jan 26 Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • Jan 26 Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • Jan 29 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • Jan 30 Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japanese/French painter, dies at 81
  • Feb 1 Lawson Little, amateur golfer (US/British Opens 1934,35), dies at 57
  • Feb 4 Ed Baker, actor (Keystone Kops), dies of emphysema at 70
  • Feb 4 Gerard den Brabander, [Jan G Jofriet], poet (Nothing New), dies at 67
  • Feb 4 Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 5 Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 C Montague Shaw, actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • Feb 7 Nick Adams, actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), ODs at 36
  • Feb 7 Stuart Foster, singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • Feb 8 J Borremans, Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
  • Feb 9 Barbara Everest, actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • Feb 9 Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • Feb 10 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 11 Howard Lindsay, US playwright (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • Feb 13 Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 13 Mae Marsh, actress (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • Feb 16 Healey Willan, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Donald Wolfit, actor (Lawrence of Arabia), dies of heart ailment at 65
  • Feb 18 Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas "ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Ralph Dunn, actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 65
  • Feb 19 Georg Hackenschmidt, Estonian professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • Feb 20 Anthony Asquith, British director (Court Martial), dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), dies at 69

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • Feb 22 Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
  • Feb 23 Fannie Hurst, US author (Anatomy of Me), dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
  • Feb 26 Eric Feldary, actor (16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
  • Feb 27 Johannes Tralow, writer, dies at 85
  • Feb 27 Ludvik Podest, composer, dies at 46
  • Feb 27 Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
  • Feb 28 Doretta Morrow, actress (Because You're Mine), dies at 41
  • Feb 28 Juanita Hall, actress (Capt Billy), dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  • Mar 1 G v d Vring, writer, dies
  • Mar 1 Georg von der Vring, German painter (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • Mar 4 Alexandre Cellier, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 6 Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Joseph Martin Jr, Speaker of the House, dies at 83
  • Mar 7 Yuri Aleksayevich Gagarin, USSR cosmonaut (Vostok I), dies at 31
  • Mar 10 Helen Walker, actress (Brewster's Million), dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 14 Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian/iconologist, dies
  • Mar 16 June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 16 Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 18 Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Carl T Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'Arc), dies
  • Mar 23 Edwin O'Connor, US writer, dies at 49
  • Mar 24 Howard Petrie, actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • Mar 24 Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70
  • Mar 24 Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (b. 1873)
  • Mar 25 Douglas Evans, actor (South Pacific Trail), dies in Hollywood

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27 Yuri Gagarin, 1st man to orbit Earth, & Seryogin, in plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Cosmonaut
Yuri Gagarin
  • Mar 30 Bobby Driscoll, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 31 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • Apr 1 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59

MurderAssassination

Apr 4 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5 Lois Andrews, dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 6 Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot to death
  • Apr 7 Jim Clark, Scottish F1 World Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, dies in an accident during a race at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 10 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • Apr 12 Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • Apr 14 Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 15 Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 16 Edna Ferber, American author (American Beauty), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • Apr 17 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • Apr 19 Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 20 Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 21 Norman Demuth, composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 21 Toby Halicki, car-crash film producer 48, killed shooting stunt
  • Apr 22 Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (b. 1911)
  • Apr 24 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • Apr 24 Tommy Noonan, actor (Gentlemen Perfer Blondes), dies at 45
  • Apr 25 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • May 1 Harold G Nicolson, English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
  • May 1 Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and general manager (b.1895)
  • May 2 Donald L Hall, airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • May 3 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer, dies at 86
  • May 5 Albert Dekker, dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • May 7 Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • May 9 Finlay Currie, dies at 90
  • May 9 Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • May 9 Marion Lorne, actress (Aunt Clara-Bewitched), dies at 81
  • May 9 Phil Arnold, actor (Skidoo, Errand Boy, Damn Yankees), dies at 58
  • May 9 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • May 10 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 10 Philippa Bevans, dies at 55
  • May 10 Scotty Beckett, dies at 38
  • May 14 Husband Edward Kimmel, commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, dies at 86
  • May 20 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • May 20 Kees van Dongen, Dutch/French painter, dies at 91
  • May 21 Doris Lloyd, actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • May 23 James Burke, actor (Ellery Queen, Army Surgeon), dies at 81
  • May 23 Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • May 24 Bernard Rogers, composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75
  • May 25 Charles K Feldman, [Gould], producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • May 26 William E "Little Willie" John, US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
  • May 27 Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • May 28 Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1 Helen Keller, American blind & deaf author (Let us Have Faith) and lecturer, dies at 87

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • Jun 1 [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/interpreter, dies at 57
  • Jun 2 André Mathieu, Quebec pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • Jun 4 Dorothy Gish, [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • Jun 6 Franklin C Fry, US minister (World Rad of Church), dies

MurderAssassination

Jun 6 Robert F. Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Jun 6 Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill (b. 1911)
  • Jun 7 Dan Duryea, actor (Pride of the Yankees), dies of cancer at 60
  • Jun 9 Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)
  • Jun 10 Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 12 Fidelio Friedrich Finke, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 14 Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Aniara), dies at 51

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 14 Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet/essayist (Nobel 1959), dies at 66

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Author/Poet
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • Jun 15 Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • Jun 15 Wes Montgomery, jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Jun 17 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
  • Jun 19 James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate (b. 1898)
  • Jun 21 Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25 Tony Hancock, actor/writer (Call Me Genius, Rebel), dies at 43

Comedian Tony Hancock
Comedian
Tony Hancock
  • Jun 27 Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for S Af), dies
  • Jun 29 Kitty Kelly, actress (Ladies of Jury, Behind Office Doors), dies at 66
  • Jun 30 John Gough, actor (Circus Kid, 2 for Tonight), dies at 73
  • Jul 1 Dick Young, cricketer (England wicketkeeper v Aust 1907-08), dies
  • Jul 1 Virginia Weidler, actress (All This & Heaven Too), dies at 42
  • Jul 2 Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
  • Jul 7 Leo Sowerby, composer (Pulitzer Prize), dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Allyn Edwards, host (One Minute Please, Mr Citizen), dies at 53
  • Jul 9 John Indrisano, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 62
  • Jul 9 Vardis A Fisher, US writer (Passion Spin the Plot), dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian sailor/author, dies at 76
  • Jul 14 Westbrook Van Voorhis, announcer (March of Time), dies at 64
  • Jul 14 Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (b. 1892)
  • Jul 15 Lura Anson, dies in Woodland at 76
  • Jul 18 Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • Jul 20 Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies
  • Jul 21 Ruth St Denis, US choreography, dies at about 90
  • Jul 22 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian author: Don Camillo/Peppone, dies at 60
  • Jul 23 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • Jul 23 Henry Hallett Dale, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 26 Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • Jul 27 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem J M A Asselbergs], literary, dies
  • Jul 27 Lillian Harvey, actress (Invitation to the Waltz), dies at 61
  • Jul 27 Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)
  • Jul 28 Charles W Mayo, US surgeon, dies at 70
  • Jul 28 Otto Hahn, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1944), dies at 89
  • Jul 30 Jon Leifs, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 31 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66
  • Aug 3 Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • Aug 6 Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher (b. 1893)
  • Aug 11 Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian biblical scholar, dies
  • Aug 12 Pieter J Auld, mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Esther Forbes, American novelist (b. 1891)
  • Aug 15 Edward Kilenyi, composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), dies at 52
  • Aug 19 Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • Aug 19 George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • Aug 20 Earl Sande, US jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • Aug 21 Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
  • Aug 24 Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • Aug 25 John George, actor (Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu), dies at 70
  • Aug 25 Stan McCabe, cricketer (39 Tests for Australia 1930-38), dies
  • Aug 26 Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 27 Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • Aug 28 John Gordon Mein, US ambassador in Guatemala, dies
  • Aug 28 Nick Castle, choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • Aug 29 Victor Sutherland, dies at 79
  • Aug 29 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner (b. 1881)
  • Aug 30 William Talman, actor (Hamilton-Perry Mason), dies at 53