Famous Deaths in 1970

Deaths 1 - 200 of 280

  • Jan 2 Piotr Rytel, Polish composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 3 Gladys Aylward, British missionary in China; portrayed by Ingrid Bergman in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (b. 1902)
  • Jan 4 Jean-Étienne Valluy, French general (b. 1899)
  • Jan 5 Joseph A Yablonski, candidate for United Mine Workers pres, murdered
  • Jan 5 Max Born, German/British physicist (Nobel 1954), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Roberto Gerhard, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 5 Cyril Fagan, Irish astrologer (b. 1896)
  • Jan 7 Robert [Harriot] Barrat, actor (Bad Lands, Go West), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Georges Guibourg, French performer (b. 1891)
  • Jan 10 Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II), dies at 44
  • Jan 12 Blanche Stuart Scott, US pilot, dies at 84
  • Jan 14 John J "Johnny" Murphy, US baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • Jan 14 William Feller, Croatian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 16 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Djinak-djinak merpati), dies at 61
  • Jan 17 Billy Stewart, singer (I Do Love You), dies in auto-accident at 32
  • Jan 17 Simon Kovar, Russian-American bassoonist (b. 1890)
  • Jan 18 David O McKay, 9th Mormon president, dies at 96
  • Jan 19 Hal March, actor (Atomic Kit, Outrage, Yankee Pasha), dies at 49
  • Jan 24 James "Shep" Shepherd, rocker (Shep & Limelites), beaten to death
  • Jan 24 Caresse Crosby, American poet (b. 1891)
  • Jan 25 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female DA in NY, dies at 70
  • Jan 25 Marie Benavente, actress (Paradise), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Eiji Tsuburaya, Japanese television writer and producer (Ultraman) (b. 1901)
  • Jan 27 Probir Sen, cricket (20 catch & 11 stumpings, 14 Tests for Ind), dies
  • Jan 27 Rita Angus, New Zealand painter (b. 1908)
  • Jan 28 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies
  • Jan 29 Basil H Liddell Hart, English military historian, dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Malcolm Keen, English actor (Uncle Chris-Mama), dies at 82
  • Jan 31 Slim Harpo, [James Moore], rocker, dies at 28
  • Feb 1 Blaz Arnic, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 1 Alfréd Rényi, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Feb 2 Bertrand Russell, philosopher, British MP, dies in Merioneth at 97
  • Feb 2 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • Feb 2 Lawrence Gray, American actor (b.1898)
  • Feb 5 Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 6 Roscoe Karns, actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Emil Abranyi, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Andre Souris, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (28 Tests for England, ct 60 stp 12), dies
  • Feb 15 Sir Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (b. 1882)
  • Feb 17 Alfred Newman, US composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Jewish novelist (Nobel 1966), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian, dies at 94
  • Feb 19 Ralph Edward Flanders, (Sen-VT), dies at 89
  • Feb 20 Albert Louis Wolff, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 20 Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (b. 1885)
  • Feb 20 Café Filho, 18th Brazilian President (1954-1955) dies aged 71
  • Feb 23 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • Feb 24 Conrad Nagel, actor (Celebrity Time), dies at 73
  • Feb 25 Mark Rothko, abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), dies at 66
  • Feb 26 Ethel Leginska, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Robert Bruce Lockhart, diplomat/writer, dies
  • Feb 27 Marie Dionne, one of the French Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • Mar 1 Ed[uard] Hoornik, Dutch writer/poet (Na jaren), dies at 59
  • Mar 1 Lucille Hegamin, American singer and entertainer (b. 1894)
  • Mar 2 Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Quebec painter (b. 1888)
  • Mar 6 William Hopper, actor (Paul Drake-Perry Mason), dies at 55
  • Mar 10 Vasilis Avlonitis, Greek actor (b. 1904)

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Mar 11 Erle Stanley Gardner, US writer (Perry Mason), dies at 80

Detective Writer Erle Stanley Gardner
Detective Writer
Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Mar 13 Rick Besoyan, composer, dies at 45
  • Mar 15 Josef Martin Bauer, writer, dies at 68
  • Mar 15 Tarjei Vesaas, Nowegian author/novelist/writer (Isslottet), dies at 72
  • Mar 16 Arthur Adamov, Russian/French playwright, dies at 61
  • Mar 16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • Mar 16 Mary Ann Ganser, pop singer (The Shangri-Las), dies at 22
  • Mar 17 Fernand Crommelynck, Belgian playwright (Chaud et Frois), dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Manolis Chiotis, Greek bouzouki virtuoso and song writer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 21 Marlen Haushofer, writer, dies at 49
  • Mar 21 Manolis Chiotis, Greek songwriter and musician (b. 1920)
  • Mar 23 Del Lord, Canadian director (b. 1894)
  • Mar 26 Fritz Ascher, German Expressionist artist
  • Mar 29 Anna Louise Strong, American communist journalist (b. 1885)
  • Mar 30 Heinrich Brüning, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1885)
  • Mar 31 Semjon Timoshenko, Russ marshal/inspector-general (WW II), dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Byron Foulger, actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • Apr 5 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, oboist/conductor, dies at 78
  • Apr 5 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist (b. 1891)
  • Apr 6 Sam Sheppard, American accused murderer (b. 1923)
  • Apr 6 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 7 Josina Machel, wife of Mozambique's 1st pres Samora Machel, dies
  • Apr 8 Marie V Felix, Prince of Luxemburg, dies
  • Apr 9 Gustaf Tenggren, Swedish illustrator (b. 1896)
  • Apr 10 Charles Paton, dies at 96
  • Apr 11 Cathy O'Donnell, dies at 66
  • Apr 11 John H O'Hara, US journalist (Pal Joey, Rage to Live), dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)
  • Apr 16 Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • Apr 17 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • Apr 23 Herb Shriner, humorist/TV host (Herb Shriner Show), dies at 51
  • Apr 25 Anita Louise, actress (Gorilla, Anthony Adverse), dies at about 55
  • Apr 26 Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper/actress (Pruitts of S Hampton), dies at 56
  • Apr 26 John Knittel, Swiss writer, dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Paul Celan, writer, dies at 49 [or May 5]
  • Apr 26 Erik Bergman, Lutheran pastor (b. 1886)
  • Apr 27 Arthur Shields, actor (Your Show Time), dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Ed Begley, actor (Mr Koppel-Leave it to Larry), dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Hall Johnson, American composer (Hall Johnson Choir), dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Inger Stevens, actress (Katy-Farmer's Daughter), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 30 Jacob Presser, historian/writer (Doom, Ondergang), dies at 71
  • May 1 Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince Korea (b. 1897)
  • May 3 Candelario Huizar, composer, dies at 82
  • May 4 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
  • May 4 William Schroeder (b. 1950)
  • May 7 Carlos Estrada, composer, dies at 60
  • May 9 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • May 9 Walter P Reuther, US worker's union leader/president (CIO), dies
  • May 9 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • May 11 Johnny Hodges, American musician (b. 1906)

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May 12 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German/Swedish poet (Nobel 1966), dies at 78

  • May 12 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78
  • May 14 Billie Burke, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 85
  • May 17 Nigel M Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
  • May 19 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
  • May 21 Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63
  • May 21 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • May 22 Joseph W Krutch, US writer (Measure of Man), dies at 76
  • May 23 Nydia Westman, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), dies at 68
  • May 27 Emmy van Lokhorst, author, dies at 78
  • May 29 John Gunther, author/host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68
  • May 29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumour aged 34

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May 31 Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, dies from injuries suffered during an off-ice scuffle with a teammate at 40

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • Jun 1 Giuseppe Ungaretti, Italian poet (Hermeticism) and journalist, dies at 82
  • Jun 2 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer, designer, and founder of eponymous race team (b. 1937)
  • Jun 2 Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • Jun 3 Douwe Hermans Kiestra, [Harm Harmstra], Fries boer/writer, dies at 70
  • Jun 3 H G Hjalmar Schacht, pres Germany Kingdom bank/minister of Eco, dies
  • Jun 4 Hjalmar Schcacht, [Horace Greeley], Nazi minister, dies
  • Jun 4 Jopie [Johan A] Pengel, premier Suriname, dies
  • Jun 4 Menasha Skulnik, comedian (Menasha the Magnificent), dies at 78
  • Jun 4 Sonny Tufts, actor (Atomic Blonde, 7 Year Itch), dies at 58
  • Jun 5 "Jopie" Pengel, [Johan A], premier Suriname (1963-69), dies at 54
  • Jun 5 Jay Irving, cartoonist (Draw Me a Laugh), dies at 69

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Jun 7 E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist (Maurice, Passage to India), dies at 91

Writer and Novelist E. M. Forster
Writer and Novelist
E. M. Forster
  • Jun 8 Abraham Maslow, American psychologist (b. 1908)
  • Jun 11 Aleksandr F Kerenski, Russian premier (1917), dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • Jun 11 Frank Laubach, Benton Pa, taught reading through phonetics, dies
  • Jun 11 Frank Silvera, Jamaican actor (High Chaparral), dies at 55
  • Jun 11 Earl Grant, American musician and singer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 11 William 'Billy Batts' Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)
  • Jun 16 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 16 Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • Jun 17 Matthew Henderson, cricketer (one Test for NZ 1930), dies

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Jun 21 Sukarno, 1st President of Indonesia (1945-67), dies from kidney failure while under house arrest at 68

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • Jun 23 Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (b. 1895)
  • Jun 27 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • Jun 29 Roman Ingarden, Polish philosopher (Studia philosophica), dies at 77
  • Jun 29 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), dies at 64
  • Jul 2 Jessie Street, Australian civil rights activist, dies
  • Jul 3 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Harold Vanderbilt, America Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Barnett Newman, American artist (b. 1905)
  • Jul 6 Marjorie Rambeau, dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Allen Lane [Williams], English publisher (Penguin Books), dies at 67
  • Jul 7 Louise Harrison, mother of Beatle George, dies
  • Jul 7 Marjorie Rambeau, actress (Primrose Path, Torch Song), dies at 80
  • Jul 7 Sylvester Wiere, comedian (Wiere Brothers-Ford Festival), dies at 60
  • Jul 7 Dame Laura Knight, British impressionist artist
  • Jul 14 Preston S Foster, actor (Waterfront, Gunslinger), dies at 69
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • Jul 18 Lucien H d'Azambuja, Fren astronomer (chromosphere of Sun), dies at 86
  • Jul 19 Barry Wood, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies at 61
  • Jul 20 Iain Macleod, Conservative Party Politician and Chancellor of Exchequer at time of his death (b. 1913)
  • Jul 21 Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
  • Jul 21 Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  • Jul 22 George Johnston, Australian journalist and novelist (b. 1912)
  • Jul 24 Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman (b. 1897)
  • Jul 26 Claud Allister, actor (Kiss Me Kate, Quartet), dies at 81
  • Jul 26 Robert Taschereau, French Canadian lawyer and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1896)
  • Jul 27 Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, dictator of Portugal (1932-68), dies
  • Jul 29 John G B Barbirolli, English conductor/composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Jonel Perlea, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 30 George Szell, Hungarian/US conductor (Cleveland Orch), dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, dies in a car accident 47
  • Jul 31 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (b. 1912)
  • Aug 1 Frances Farmer, American actress ("The Toast of New York", "Come & Get It"), dies at 56
  • Aug 1 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German Biochemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 86
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Harold Haley, US judge, shot dead in courthouse shootout in San Rafael at 67
  • Aug 7 James McClain, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 7 Jonathan Jackson, US African American activist, shot dead in a shootout at 17
  • Aug 7 William Christmas, US African American activist, shot dead
  • Aug 10 Bernd-Alois Zimmermann, Germ composer (Requiem), commits suicide at 52
  • Aug 13 Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 14 Vano Il'ich Muradeli, composer, dies at 62
  • Aug 15 Karl August Andersen, composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 17 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (b. 1908)
  • Aug 19 Paweł Jasienica, Polish historian (b. 1909)
  • Aug 20 Hildo Krop, modernistic sculptor, dies at 86
  • Aug 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Richard Frank Donovan, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 22 Vladimir Propp, Russian structuralist scholar (b. 1895)
  • Aug 23 Nel Rose, dancer, dies at 55
  • Aug 29 Mary Clare, dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Anna Casati, Italian marchesa, murdered at 41
  • Aug 30 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53
  • Sep 1 Francois Mauriac, writer, dies
  • Sep 2 Allan Walker, actor/writer (Red Buttons Show), dies at 64
  • Sep 2 Cornelis L "Kees" van Baaren, Dutch composer (Hollow Men), dies at 63