Famous Deaths in 1978

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  • Jan 4 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber/lumber/wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • Jan 6 John D MacArthur, US insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • Jan 6 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 8 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • Jan 9 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • Jan 10 John D. Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, of La Prensa, assassinated in Managua
  • Jan 10 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • Jan 10 Don Gillis, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Jan 11 Michael Bates, actor (Clockwork Orange, Salt & Pepper), dies at 57
  • Jan 11 Ibn-e-Insha, Pakistani humorist and Urdu poet (b. 1927)
  • Jan 13 Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn, VP), dies at 66 in Waverly, Minn
  • Jan 13 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees), dies at 96
  • Jan 14 Blossom Rock, actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Robert Heger, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 14 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (b. 1899)
  • Jan 14 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • Jan 18 Carl Betz, actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show), dies at 56
  • Jan 18 Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 18 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 18 Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)
  • Jan 21 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • Jan 22 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (54 Tests for England 4555 runs), dies
  • Jan 22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general (b. 1894)
  • Jan 23 Jack Oakie, American actor (Great Dictator, Gang Buster), dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Terry Kath, rock guitarist (Chicago), accidentally shot in head at 31
  • Jan 23 Vic Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies in a car accident at 52
  • Jan 24 Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • Jan 25 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • Jan 26 Leo Genn, actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, Henry V), dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Marguerite Canal, composer, dies at 87
  • Jan 27 Oscar Homolka, actor (7 Year Itch, Ball of Fire), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Tim McCoy, American actor (Arizona Bound) and soldier, dies at 86
  • Feb 2 Wendy Barrie, TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • Feb 4 Bergen Evans, English professor ($64,000 Question), dies at 73
  • Feb 5 Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • Feb 5 Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • Feb 9 Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • Feb 9 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist (b. 1893)
  • Feb 9 Julio Jaramillo, Ecuadorian singer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 11 James B Conant, headmaster (Harvard University), dies at 84
  • Feb 11 Harry Martinson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1904)
  • Feb 14 Paul Governali, American professional football player (b. 1921)
  • Feb 15 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party), dies at 72
  • Feb 16 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Greenwood, actress (Oklahoma, Moon over Miami), dies at 84
  • Feb 18 Derrick De Marney, actor (Inheritance, Projected Man), dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Maggie McNamara, actress (3 Coins in a Fountain, Cardinal), dies at 49
  • Feb 21 Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (b. 1901)
  • Feb 22 Ilka Chase, actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 74
  • Feb 22 Phyllis McGinley, US poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
  • Feb 27 Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 28 Eric Frank Russell, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73
  • Feb 28 Philip Ahn, Los Angeles California, actor (Master Kan-Kung Fu), dies at 66
  • Feb 28 Philip Ahn, American actor (b. 1905)
  • Mar 4 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • Mar 7 Steve Bilko, American baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Mar 11 Claude François, French singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 12 John Cazale, actor (Dog Day Afternoon, The Deer Hunter), dies at 41
  • Mar 12 Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies
  • Mar 12 Theresa Weld Blanchard, American figure skating champion (1914, 1920-24), dies at 84
  • Mar 13 David McKinley Williams, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 13 Ghulam Mustafa Guard, cricketer (3 wkts in 2 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 17 George Dickinson, cricketer (8 wickets in 3 Tests for NZ), dies
  • Mar 18 Faith Baldwin, US author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Peggy Wood, actress (One Life to Live, Mama), dies at 86
  • Mar 19 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 22 Karl Wallenda, falls to death walking high-wire in PR at 73
  • Mar 23 Bill Kenny, American singer, dies at 63
  • Mar 24 Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • Mar 25 Jack Hulbert, actor (Bulldog Jack), dies at 85
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Pickles, actor (Billy Liar, Gay Dog), dies at 73
  • Mar 28 Dino Ciani, Italian pianist (d. 1941)
  • Mar 29 Jayasinghrao Mansinghrao Ghorpade, cricketer (8 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 30 George Paine, lefty cricket spinner (for England in WI 1935), dies
  • Mar 30 Harold Gimblett, cricketer (Batted in 3 Tests for England), suicide
  • Mar 31 Astrid Allwyn, actress (Love Affair, Girl for Calgary), dies at 68
  • Mar 31 Charles Herbert Best, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin), dies at 79
  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader and composer (b. 1903)
  • Apr 4 Gino Contilli, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Nicolas Nabokov, composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 6 Reinoud Anders, Dutch actor (Unrest of Grave), dies at 65
  • Apr 7 Ernest Kanitz, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 8 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • Apr 9 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
  • Apr 13 Paul McGrath, actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 16 Lucius D Clay, gen/gov US zone W-Germany (airlift), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 21 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • Apr 22 Will Geer, actor (Grandpa Walton-Waltons), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Daud, premier/president of Afghanistan, murdered
  • May 1 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • May 3 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71
  • May 5 Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • May 6 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • May 6 Ko van Dijk Jr, Dutch actor (Zaak M P), dies at 61

MurderAssassination

May 9 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

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

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May 15 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 16 William Steinberg, German-American conductor (Boston Symphony 1969-71), dies at 78
  • May 17 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • May 19 George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • May 21 Joseph EA "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter, dies at 77
  • May 22 Bjarne Brustad, composer, dies at 83
  • May 26 Cybele, Greek actress (b. 1887)
  • May 28 Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • May 31 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  • Jun 5 John Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1897)
  • Jun 12 Guo Moruo, Chinese writer (b. 1892)
  • Jun 14 Theodore Karyotakis, composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 15 Anton Roosjen, politician/NCRV-chairman, dies at 83
  • Jun 17 Cully Richards, actor (Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 68
  • Jun 18 Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • Jun 20 Karel G Bakker, actor (Coffee House), dies at 66
  • Jun 24 Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 25 Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered
  • Jun 26 Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • Jun 28 Clifford Dupont, First President of Rhodesia (b. 1905)
  • Jun 29 Bob Crane, actor (Donna Reed Show, Hogan-Hogan's Heroes), murdered at 49
  • Jul 1 Kurt Student, German Luftwaffe general (b. 1890)
  • Jul 2 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • Jul 3 James Daly, actor (Medical Center), dies at 59
  • Jul 9 Abdul Razak al-Naif, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • Jul 9 Aladar Zoltan, composer, dies at 49
  • Jul 10 Michel Gusikoff, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 10 Joe Davis, English snooker player (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Antonio Veretti, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 17 Thayer David, actor (Rocky, Roots, Savages), dies at 51
  • Jul 27 Aasan Ferit Alnar, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 27 [John] Willem van Otterloo, conductor/composer (Symphonic), dies at 70
  • Jul 28 Jan Willem van Otterloo, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Wesley La Violette, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 31 Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • Jul 31 Enoch Light, orchestra leader (Gulf Road Show with Bob Smith), dies at 70
  • Aug 2 Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 2 Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • Aug 2 Totie Fields, [Sophie Feldman], comedienne, dies at about 48
  • Aug 3 Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • Aug 5 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • Aug 6 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
  • Aug 6 Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
  • Aug 7 Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 9 James G Cozzens, US writer (Guard of Honor, Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 15 Harrison Kerr, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 16 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • Aug 20 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • Aug 20 Petros John Petridis, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 21 Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
  • Aug 21 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies
  • Aug 22 Ignazio Silone, Italian author (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 24 Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Charles Boyer, actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 26 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
  • Aug 27 Robert Shaw, actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Aug 28 Bruce Catton, US historian/writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • Aug 31 John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)
  • Sep 1 Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies at 33
  • Sep 5 Joe Negroni, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 37
  • Sep 6 Jan Berger, Dutch politician, dies at 59
  • Sep 6 Tom Wilson, American record producer (b. 1931)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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