Famous Deaths in 1978

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  • Jan 4th Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber/lumber/wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • Jan 6th John D MacArthur, US insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • Jan 6th Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 8th Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • Jan 9th Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • Jan 10th John D. Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10th Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, of La Prensa, assassinated in Managua
  • Jan 10th Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • Jan 10th Don Gillis, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 11th Michael Bates, actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • Jan 11th Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • Jan 13th Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn, VP), dies at 66 in Waverly, Minn
  • Jan 13th Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees), dies at 96
  • Jan 14th Blossom Rock, actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 14th Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 14th Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • Jan 14th Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15th Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • Jan 18th Carl Betz, actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show), dies at 56
  • Jan 18th Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 18th Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 18th Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)
  • Jan 21st Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • Jan 22nd Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (54 Tests for England 4555 runs), dies
  • Jan 22nd Oliver Leese, British World War II general (b. 1894)
  • Jan 23rd Jack Oakie, actor (Great Dictator, Gang Buster), dies at 74
  • Jan 23rd Terry Kath, rock guitarist (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • Jan 23rd Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers) (b. 1925)
  • Jan 24th Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • Jan 25th Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • Jan 26th Leo Genn, actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, Henry V), dies at 72
  • Jan 27th Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87
  • Jan 27th Oscar Homolka, actor (7 Year Itch, Ball of Fire), dies at 79
  • Jan 29th Tim McCoy, actor (Arizona Bound), dies at 86
  • Feb 2nd Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • Feb 4th Bergen Evans, English professor ($64,000 Question), dies at 73
  • Feb 5th Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • Feb 5th Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • Feb 9th Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • Feb 9th Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • Feb 9th Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 11th James B Conant, headmaster (Harvard University), dies at 84
  • Feb 11th Harry Martinson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1904)
  • Feb 14th Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • Feb 15th Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party), dies at 72
  • Feb 16th E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  • Feb 18th Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • Feb 18th Derrick De Marney, actor (Inheritance, Projected Man), dies at 71
  • Feb 18th Maggie McNamara, actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies at 49
  • Feb 21st Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (b. 1901)
  • Feb 22nd Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 74
  • Feb 22nd Phyllis McGinley, US poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • Feb 25th Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
  • Feb 27th Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 28th Eric Frank Russell, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73
  • Feb 28th Philip Ahn, Los Angeles California, actor (Master Kan-Kung Fu), dies at 66
  • Feb 28th Philip Ahn, American actor (b. 1905)
  • Mar 4th Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • Mar 7th Steve Bilko, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Mar 11th Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 12th John Cazale, actor (Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), dies at 41
  • Mar 12th Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • Mar 12th Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • Mar 13th David McKinley Williams, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 13th Ghulam Mustafa Guard, cricketer (3 wkts in 2 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 17th George Dickinson, cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies
  • Mar 18th Faith Baldwin, US author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • Mar 18th Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • Mar 19th Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 22nd Karl Wallenda, falls to death walking high-wire in PR at 73
  • Mar 23rd Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • Mar 24th Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • Mar 25th Jack Hulbert, actor (Bulldog Jack), dies at 85
  • Mar 27th Wilfred Pickles, actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
  • Mar 28th Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • Mar 29th Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, cricketer (8 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 30th George Paine, lefty cricket spinner (for England in WI 1935), dies
  • Mar 30th Harold Gimblett, cricketer (Batted in 3 Tests for England), suicide
  • Mar 31st Astrid Allwyn, actress (Love Affair, Girl for Calgary), dies at 68
  • Mar 31st Charles Herbert Best, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin), dies at 79
  • Apr 3rd Ray Noble, English bandleader and composer (b. 1903)
  • Apr 4th Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6th Nicolas Nabokov, composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 6th Reinoud Anders, Dutch actor (Unrest of Grave), dies at 65
  • Apr 7th Ernest Kanitz, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 8th Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • Apr 9th Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
  • Apr 13th Paul McGrath, actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • Apr 13th Jack Chambers, Canadian artist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 16th Lucius D Clay, gen/gov US zone W-Germany (airlift), dies at 80
  • Apr 19th Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 21st Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • Apr 22nd Will Geer, actor (Grandpa Walton-Waltons), dies at 75
  • Apr 25th Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27th Mohammed Daud, premier/president of Afghanistan, murdered
  • May 1st Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • May 3rd Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71
  • May 5th Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • May 6th Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • May 6th Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

May 9th Aldo Moro, 5 times PM of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 11th John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93
  • May 13th Albert Roberts, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 7 wickets), dies

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

May 15th Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • May 17th John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • May 19th George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • May 21st Joseph EA "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter, dies at 77
  • May 22nd Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
  • May 26th Cybele, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • May 28th Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • May 31st József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  • Jun 5th John Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 71
  • Jun 7th Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  • Jun 12th Guo Moruo, Chinese writer (b. 1892)
  • Jun 14th Theodore Karyotakis, composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 15th Anton Roosjen, politician/NCRV-chairman, dies at 83
  • Jun 17th Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
  • Jun 18th Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • Jun 20th Karel G Bakker, actor (Coffee House), dies at 66
  • Jun 24th Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 25th Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered
  • Jun 26th Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • Jun 28th Clifford Dupont, First President of Rhodesia (b. 1905)
  • Jun 29th Bob Crane, actor (Donna Reed Show, Hogan-Hogan's Heroes), murdered at 49
  • Jul 1st Kurt Student, German Luftwaffe general (b. 1890)
  • Jul 2nd Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • Jul 3rd James Daly, actor (Medical Center), dies at 59
  • Jul 9th Abdul Razak al-Naif, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • Jul 9th Aladar Zoltan, composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 10th Michel Gusikoff, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 10th Joe Davis, English snooker player (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13th Antonio Veretti, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 17th Thayer David, actor (Rocky, Roots, Savages), dies at 51
  • Jul 27th Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 27th [John] Willem van Otterloo, conductor/composer (Symphonic), dies at 70
  • Jul 28th Jan Willem van Otterloo, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 29th Wesley La Violette, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 31st Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • Jul 31st Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • Aug 2nd Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 2nd Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • Aug 2nd Totie Fields, [Sophie Feldman], comedienne, dies at about 48
  • Aug 3rd Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • Aug 5th Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • Aug 6th Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
  • Aug 6th Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
  • Aug 7th Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 9th James G Cozzens, US writer (Guard of Honor, Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • Aug 9th Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • Aug 14th Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 15th Harrison Kerr, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 16th Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • Aug 20th Ivan Jirko, composer, dies at 51
  • Aug 20th Petros John Petridis, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 21st Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
  • Aug 21st Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies
  • Aug 22nd Ignazio Silone, Italian author (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Aug 22nd Jomo Kenyatta, 1st premier of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83

Kenyan Prime Minister and President Jomo Kenyatta
Kenyan Prime Minister and President
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 24th Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26th Charles Boyer, actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • Aug 26th Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 26th José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
  • Aug 27th Robert Shaw, actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Aug 28th Bruce Catton, US historian/writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • Aug 31st John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)
  • Sep 1st Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies at 33
  • Sep 6th Jan Berger, Dutch politician, dies at 59
  • Sep 6th Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Sep 7th Keith Moon, rock drummer (Who), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • Sep 8th Pancho Vladigerov, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 9th Jack L Warner, US movie production (Warner Bros), dies at 86)
  • Sep 9th Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
  • Sep 10th Ronnie Peterson, Swedish race car driver (b. 1944)
  • Sep 11th Mike Gazella, American baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Sep 11th Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (b. 1929)
  • Sep 11th Janet Parker, medical photographer (b. c. 1938)
  • Sep 11th Ronnie Peterson, Swedish F1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Sep 12th Frank Ferguson, actor (Wagons West, Dynamite, My Gal Sal), dies at 69
  • Sep 15th Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
  • Sep 15th Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19th Rolf Gunther, East German priest, self imolation
  • Sep 19th Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian (b. 1884)
  • Sep 22nd Lina Carstens, actress (Homeland, Broken Jug), dies at 85
  • Sep 23rd Jay Adler, actor (Macon County Line, Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • Sep 23rd Lyman Bostock, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed at 27
  • Sep 24th Ruth Etting, US dancer/singer (Ziegfeld Follies), dies at 80
  • Sep 25th Claire Adams, actress (Legally Dead, End of the Road), dies at 80
  • Sep 26th Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • Sep 28th Pope John Paul I [Albino Luciani], 263rd Roman Catholic Pope, dies after 33 days as pope at 65
  • Sep 30th Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75
  • Oct 8th Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • Oct 8th Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 8th Tibor Serly, Hungarian violist/composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • Oct 9th Jacques Brel, Belgian chansonnier, buried on Atuama, dies at 49
  • Oct 10th Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • Oct 10th Ralph H Metcalfe, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 68
  • Oct 10th Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • Oct 12th Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • Oct 16th Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Governor & JJ), dies of anemia at 62
  • Oct 18th Frank Woolley, cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies