Famous Deaths in 1971

Deaths 1 - 200 of 312

  • Jan 1 Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894)
  • Jan 2 Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • Jan 2 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Jan 4 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • Jan 5 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 5 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • Jan 7 Dick Kollmar, actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies at 60
  • Jan 7 Madame Spivy [LeVoe], actress (All Fall Down), dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Adriano Lualdi, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Giannis Christou, Greek composer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)

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Jan 10 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), dies at 87

Fashion Designer Coco Chanel
Fashion Designer
Coco Chanel
  • Jan 11 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • Jan 13 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, Germ SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • Jan 13 Robert Still, English composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 14 Ethel Glenn Hier, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • Jan 16 Kermit Maynard, cowboy actor (Saturday Roundup), dies at 68
  • Jan 16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (b. 1890)
  • Jan 18 Catherine Calvert, actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • Jan 19 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 20 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
  • Jan 21 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 24 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • Jan 27 Jacobo Arbenz, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
  • Jan 28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • Feb 1 Jim A J Christy, cricket (10 Tests for S Af, 638 runs at 34 33), dies
  • Feb 3 Jay C Flippen, actor (Ensign O'Toole), dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian premier (1952..56), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria
  • Feb 12 George Shelton, actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86

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Feb 12 James Cash Penney, US founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • Feb 15 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • Feb 17 Teddy Hart, actor (3 Men on a Horse), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Adolph Weiss, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Barry Macollum, actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Matt McHugh, actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast), dies at 77
  • Feb 22 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 23 King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73
  • Feb 25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)
  • Feb 26 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Fernandel, [Contandin], French actor (Death of Champion), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 26 Joseph Desire Fernandel, comedian, dies of cancer at 67
  • Feb 26 Tullio Carminati, actor (Roman Holiday, Moulin Rouge), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • Mar 5 Winnie Lightner, actress (Gold Dust Gertie, Sit Tight), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Raymond Herreman, Flemish writer (Don't Forget to Live), dies at 74
  • Mar 8 Harold Lloyd, US comic/actor (Why Worry), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 9 Jean-Pierre Guezek, composer, dies at 36
  • Mar 10 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 11 Philo T Farnsworth, US TV pioneer, dies at 64
  • Mar 11 Roy Glenn, dies in Los Angeles at 56
  • Mar 11 Whitney M Young Jr, leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • Mar 11 Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Mar 13 Piero Coppola, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Rockwell Kens, US artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88
  • Mar 15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 16 Bebe Daniels, actress (Silver Dollar, My Past), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, cricketer (Vict & Aust), dies

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Mar 16 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Mar 17 Ernst Bachmeister, writer, dies
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • Mar 19 Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Last Things), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Mary Dorna, Dutch author, dies at 79
  • Mar 22 Martin Bodmer, writer, dies
  • Mar 23 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 23 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Felix Wolfes, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 29 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1886)
  • Mar 30 Selmer Jackson, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Liselotte Liselot Beekmeyer, Dutch actress (Child Crying), dies at 31
  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, US gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee, [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65

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Apr 6 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps), dies of pneumonia at 88

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Composer
Igor Stravinsky
  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic-gold-1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1949)
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (b. 1921)
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • Apr 17 Roberto Lupi, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 18 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 Atomic Bomb), dies at 69
  • Apr 20 Cecil Parker, actor (Court Jester, Operation Snafu), dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), dies at 81
  • Apr 21 Francois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, dies at 64
  • Apr 23 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Max Drischner, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70
  • May 1 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), dies at 75
  • May 1 Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
  • May 4 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, US chemist (Cyanosis), dies at 88
  • May 4 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • May 4 Louis de Bree, [Louis C Davids], Dutch actor (Bluejackets), dies at 87
  • May 5 Alice Tissot, actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 5 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • May 5 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • May 6 Helene Weigel, Austrian/German actress (Metropolis), dies at 70
  • May 7 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • May 10 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Shukichi Mitsukuri, composer, dies at 75
  • May 12 J M Taylor, cricketer (20 Tests 1920-26, 997 runs), dies
  • May 12 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • May 13 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • May 15 Tyrone Guthrie, English director, producer, and writer (b. 1900)
  • May 19 Bernard Wagenaar, Neth/US composer, dies at 76
  • May 19 Ogden Nash, poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68
  • May 20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • May 21 Dennis King, actor (Devil's Brother), dies of heart ailment at 73
  • May 25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • May 25 Mark Brunswick, composer, dies at 69
  • May 25 Terence De Marney, actor (Case Thomas-Johnny Ringo), dies at 62
  • May 26 John Longden, actor (Man From Interpol), dies at 70
  • May 27 Chips Rafferty, actor (Kona Coast, Walk into Hell), dies at 62
  • May 28 Audie Murphy, American actor (Whispering Smiths), dies of plane crash at 45
  • May 28 Jean Vilar, French actor (b. 1912)
  • May 29 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 30 Audie Murphy, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
  • May 30 Rodd Redwing, actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), dies at 66
  • May 30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (b. 1886)
  • May 31 Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies
  • May 31 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter/illustrator, dies at 75

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Jun 1 Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologist (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78

Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor Reinhold Niebuhr
Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor
Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Jun 2 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye), dies at 66
  • Jun 3 Heinz Hopf, German mathematician (b. 1894)
  • Jun 4 Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher (b. 1885)
  • Jun 6 Arnold Elston, composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 9 Harold Lloyd Jr, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 40
  • Jun 10 Michael Rennie, actor (Day the Earth Stood Still), dies at 61
  • Jun 10 Virginia Eames, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 82
  • Jun 15 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Jun 16 Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • Jun 18 Thomas Gomez, American actor (b. 1905)
  • Jun 18 Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1889)
  • Jun 23 George Blagoi, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 23 Walter Schulthess, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 24 Jack Good, actor (Father Goose), dies
  • Jun 24 John Dunning, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1933-37), dies
  • Jun 25 Charles Vildrac, Paris France, poet/playwright, dies at 88
  • Jun 25 John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1880)
  • Jun 26 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 26 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • Jun 26 Juan Manen, composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 28 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Serenity), dies at 78
  • Jun 28 Joseph Colombo, mobster, shot dead at 48
  • Jun 28 Franz Stangl, Austrian commandant of concentration camps (b. 1908)
  • Jun 29 Viktor Patsayev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies at 38
  • Jun 29 Vladimir Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies at 35
  • Jun 30 Georgi T Dobrovolsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-land accident), dies at 43
  • Jun 30 Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), dies at 35
  • Jun 30 Herbert Biberman, Jewish American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • Jul 1 Lord Learie Constantine, WI cricketer (all-rounder & fielder), dies
  • Jul 2 Edward Ballantine, composer, dies at 84

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Jul 3 Jim Morrison, rock singer (Doors), dies of heart failure at 27

Rocker Jim Morrison
Rocker
Jim Morrison
  • Jul 3 Renie Riano, English-born American actress dies after long illness at 71
  • Jul 4 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient) dies of leukemia at 29
  • Jul 4 Joe Cox, cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 4 Thomas C Hart, US admiral/commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94
  • Jul 4 August Derleth, American writer and editor (b. 1909)
  • Jul 6 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), dies at 66
  • Jul 6 Thomas C Heart, US admiral/commander (Asiatic fleet), dies

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Jul 6 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of a heart attack at 69

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong
  • Jul 7 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 7 Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b1901)
  • Jul 8 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)
  • Jul 10 Harry M O'Connor, dies of pneumonia at 98
  • Jul 10 Mohamed Madbouh, Moroccan general/putschist, shot to death
  • Jul 11 Carleton Young, actor (Court of Last Resorts), dies at 64
  • Jul 11 John W Campbell, US, sci-fi writer (Space Beyond), dies at 61
  • Jul 11 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Jul 12 Yvon Robert, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1914)
  • Jul 15 Guy Wilkerson, dies of cancer at 71
  • Jul 16 H T Tsiang, dies at 65
  • Jul 17 Cliff Edwards, "Ukulele Ike", singer (54th Street Revue), dies at 76
  • Jul 23 Van Heflin, actor (Great Adventure), dies at 60
  • Jul 24 Alan Rawsthorne, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 25 Leroy Robertson, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 27 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian conductor/composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 28 Diane Arbus, [Nemerov], photographer (Vogue), commits suicide at 48
  • Jul 28 Myril Hoag, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Jul 28 Charles E. Pont, American artist (b. 1898)
  • Jul 30 Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
  • Aug 2 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher, dies at 77
  • Aug 5 Josef Stanislav, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US musician, murdered at 37
  • Aug 14 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59

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Aug 15 Paul Lukas, actor (Kim, Berlin Express), dies of heart failure at 76

Actor Paul Lukas
Actor
Paul Lukas
  • Aug 16 Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • Aug 17 Horace McMahon, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 64
  • Aug 17 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (b. 1880)
  • Aug 19 Walther Victor, writer, dies
  • Aug 20 Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • Aug 21 George Jackson, US prisoner, shot to death at 29
  • Aug 23 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 23 Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64
  • Aug 23 The original Shamu, Sea World orca