Famous Deaths in October 1978

  • 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
  • Oct 16 Dan Dailey, American dancer and actor (Governor & JJ), dies of anemia at 62
  • Oct 18 Frank Woolley, cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies
  • Oct 18 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64
  • Oct 19 Gig Young, American actor, kills his bride of 3 weeks and commits suicide at 64
  • Oct 21 Anastas I Mikojan, Russian politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)

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Oct 23 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

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  • Oct 26 George Grant, cricketer (WI Test captain through early 1930's), dies