Famous Deaths in December 1976

  • 2nd Danny Murtaugh, baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • 2nd William Tannen, actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), dies at 65
  • 3rd Mary Nash, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies at 91
  • 4th Benjamin Britten, British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
  • 4th Tommy Bolin, rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose
  • 4th W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • 6th João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • 9th Nino Martini, actor (Here's to Romance), dies at 71
  • 12th Jack Cassidy, actor (Oscar/Jetman-He & She), dies at 49
  • 12th Vinko Zganec, Croatian ethnomusicologist (b. 1890)
  • 13th Eduard Claudius, writer, dies
  • 16th George, a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months, dies
  • 16th Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada) (b. 1917)
  • 18th George Emmett, cricketer (England opener v Aust Old Trafford 1948), dies
  • 20th Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies at 74
  • 20th Walter Fitzgerald, actor (Adv of Sadie, Fallen Idol), dies at 80
  • 21st Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • 23rd Frank Forest, actor (Big Broadcast of 1937, Champagne Waltz), dies
  • 23rd Paul M Frank Forest, dies at 80
  • 23rd Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
  • 24th Victor Stanitsin, actor (War & Peace, Jubilee), dies at 79
  • 24th Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907)
  • 25th Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
  • 25th Frankie Darro, actor (Radio Ranch, Valley of Wanted Men), dies at 58
  • 26th Philip A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • 28th Freddie King, rocker, dies at 42
  • 28th Katharine Byron, American politician (b. 1903)
  • 29th Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Oly-silver-76), dies at 22