Famous Deaths in 1969

Deaths 1 - 200 of 291

  • Jan 1st Barton Maclane, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 68
  • Jan 1st Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • Jan 2nd Georges Renevant, actor (Cornered), dies after long illness at 74
  • Jan 3rd Howard McNear, actor (Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • Jan 3rd Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • Jan 4th Montague Fawcett Phillips, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 4th Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5th Franz T Csokor, Austria author (Gottes General), dies at 83
  • Jan 5th Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • Jan 8th Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jan 9th Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10th John Brownlee, Australian tenor (b. 1900)
  • Jan 11th Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • Jan 13th Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • Jan 13th Wilton Graff, actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • Jan 15th Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82
  • Jan 16th Jan Palach, protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20
  • Jan 16th Vernon Duke, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 17th Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 18th Hans Freyer, German sociologist (b. 1887)
  • Jan 19th Charles Winninger, actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island), dies at 84
  • Jan 23rd Jaroslav Kricka, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 24th Pauline Hall, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 24th Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72
  • Jan 25th Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1887)
  • Jan 27th Charles Winninger, actor (Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 82
  • Jan 27th Hanns Jelinek, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 30th Allan Welsh Dulles, US diplomat/director (CIA 1953-61), dies at 75
  • Jan 30th Dominique G Pire, clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58
  • Jan 31st Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 31st Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)
  • Feb 2nd Boris Karloff, [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • Feb 2nd Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 3rd Eduardo C Mondlane, president of Mozambique, murdered
  • Feb 5th Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • Feb 7th Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 9th Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Oly-gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 9th [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • Feb 11th James Lanphier, actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • Feb 12th Johanna EFG Tourniaire, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14th Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71
  • Feb 14th Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Feb 18th Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
  • Feb 19th Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • Feb 20th Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 20th Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • Feb 21st Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • Feb 23rd Abd al-Aziz Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud, King Saudia, dies at 67
  • Feb 23rd Joseph Messner, composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 24th Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
  • Feb 25th Jan Zajic, Czech student, self incinerates
  • Feb 26th Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • Feb 26th Levi Eshkol, [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 27th John Boles, actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Feb 27th Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)
  • Mar 4th Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • Mar 6th Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 9th Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
  • Mar 9th Richard Crane, actor (Surfside 6), dies at 50
  • Mar 11th John Wyndham, [Parkes Lucas B Harris], author (Chrysalids), dies at 65
  • Mar 13th Felix Locher, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • Mar 14th Ben Shahn, US painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 15th Miles Malleson, actor/writer (Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 18th Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), dies at 43
  • Mar 19th Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 20th Henri Longchambon, French politician (b. 1896)
  • Mar 21st Gerhart Fritsch, writer, dies at 44
  • Mar 22nd Ernst Deutsch, [Dorian], Czech actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • Mar 23rd Rudolf Pannwitz, German author/philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • Mar 24th Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
  • Mar 25th Alan Mowbray, actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), dies at 72
  • Mar 25th Max Eastman, American critic/essayist (Love and Revolution), dies at 86
  • Mar 25th Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • Mar 25th Billy Cotton, British bandleader & entertainer (b. 1889)
  • Mar 26th Gunther Weisenborn, German/Argentine writer (Illegals), dies at 66
  • Mar 27th B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 28th Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, dies of a congestive heart failure at 78

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 28th Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • Mar 30th Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer, dies at 34
  • Apr 2nd Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
  • Apr 3rd Rex Evans, actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara), dies at 65
  • Apr 5th Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
  • Apr 5th Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84
  • Apr 5th Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
  • Apr 5th Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 8th Arthur Walter Kramer, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 8th Denton Cooley, got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
  • Apr 10th Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (b. 1893)
  • Apr 11th Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 15th Victoria von Battenberg, wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
  • Apr 18th Piotr F Scharoff, Russ/Italian actor/director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • Apr 23rd Krzystzof Komeda, composer, dies at 37
  • Apr 25th Margarita Xirgu, actress (Bloody Wedding), dies at 80
  • Apr 26th Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
  • Apr 27th Dino Terranova, actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
  • Apr 27th René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
  • Apr 28th Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70
  • May 1st Ella Logan, actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man), dies at 56
  • May 1st George Parker, cricketer (2 Tests for S Afr 1924), dies
  • May 2nd Franz JHMM von Papen, German chancellor (1932), dies at 89
  • May 3rd Imre Vincze, composer, dies at 42
  • May 3rd Zakir Hussain, 3rd President of India, (b. 1897)
  • May 4th Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
  • May 5th Ben Alexander, actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
  • May 8th Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (b. 1892)
  • May 14th Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • May 14th Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15th Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • May 16th Johnny Jordan, cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • May 17th Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • May 19th Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • May 20th Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20th Royal Beal, actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer, at 69
  • May 23rd Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 23rd Jimmy McHugh, composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • May 23rd Peter Alma, painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • May 24th Mitzi Green, actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
  • May 26th Kathryn Minner, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77
  • May 26th Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26th Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)
  • May 27th Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43
  • May 28th Rhys Williams, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Corn is Green), dies at 71
  • May 30th Gaston Brenta, composer, dies at 66
  • May 30th John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • Jun 1st Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • Jun 7th Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • Jun 8th Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10th Frank Lawton, actor (David Copperfield, Skin Game), dies at 64
  • Jun 11th John L Lewis, formed (Congress of Industrial Org), dies at 89
  • Jun 12th Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • Jun 13th Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • Jun 14th Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16th Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Brit field marshal, dies at 78
  • Jun 16th John BMR "John" Hanlo, poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • Jun 16th Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 21st Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, 1st woman grand slam (1953), dies at 34

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 22nd Judy Garland, American singer and actress (Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Jun 23rd Stanley Andrews, actor (Old Ranger-Death Valley Days), dies at 78
  • Jun 23rd Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (b. 1907)
  • Jun 24th Maria Belgado, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 24th Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • Jun 24th Willey Ley, US science writer, dies at 62
  • Jun 27th Richard Vance Maxfield, composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 29th Moise K Tsjombe, premier Congo/Zaire, dies
  • Jun 29th Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), dies at 29
  • Jun 29th Vesselin Stoyanov, composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 30th Jan Evangelista Zelinka, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 2nd Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 3rd Brian Jones, guitarist (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 25
  • Jul 3rd Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 5th Ben Alexander, dies at 58
  • Jul 5th Tom Mboya, Kenyian economics minister, assassinated in Narobi at 65
  • Jul 5th Walter Gropius, architect/found (Bauhaus school of design), dies at 86
  • Jul 5th Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • Jul 5th Leo McCarey, American film director (b. 1898)
  • Jul 7th Erskine Sanford, dies at 83
  • Jul 7th Gladys Swarthout, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • Jul 9th Gertrude Dixon, compiler of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, dies
  • Jul 9th Pierre Capdevielle, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 9th Rob de Vries, actor/director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • Jul 13th Madiba Thembekile, Nelson Mandela's son, dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jul 15th Peter Van Eyck, dies after long illness at 56
  • Jul 18th Barbara Pepper, actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 57
  • Jul 19th Mary Jo Kopechne, in Ted Kennedy's car, drowns at 28
  • Jul 19th Pavel I Apostolov, Russian military bandmaster, dies
  • Jul 20th Roy Hamilton, American rocker, dies at 40 (b. 1929)
  • Jul 22nd Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Jul 23rd Deli Floyd, writer, dies
  • Jul 24th Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Dziennik), dies at 64
  • Jul 25th Douglas Stuart Moore, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 26th Raymond Walburn, actor (Spoilers, Dixie), dies after illness at 81
  • Jul 28th Ernst Tittel, composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 28th Frank H Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Guys & Dolls), dies at 59
  • Jul 28th Gabriel von Wayditch, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 28th Ramón Grau, Cuban president (b. 1882)
  • Aug 2nd Clarence Dickinson, composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 6th Theodor Adorno, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 7th Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7th Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 8th Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German eugenicist and Nazi physician (b. 1896)
  • Aug 9th Abigail Folger, US, coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered
  • Aug 9th George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • Aug 9th Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 9th Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Aug 9th Voyteck Freykowski, US director, murdered
  • Aug 9th Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • Aug 9th Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)
  • Aug 9th Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 9th Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • Aug 10th Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10th Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)
  • Aug 12th Dick Ryan, actor (For Heaven's Sake), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14th Leonard Sidney Woolf, English publisher/writer, dies at 88
  • Aug 14th Sigrid Gurie, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies at 58
  • Aug 15th Stijn Streuvels, [F Lateur], Flemish writer (Vlaschard), dies at 97
  • Aug 16th Russ Bender, actor/writer (Air Patrol, Strangler), dies at 59
  • Aug 17th Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • Aug 17th Philip Blaiberg, after 19 days with artificial heart, dies
  • Aug 18th Laci Boldemann, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 18th Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68