Famous Deaths in February 1979

  • Feb 1 Mort Marshall, actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60
  • Feb 2 Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide

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Feb 2 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • Feb 3 Jody Gilbert, actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies
  • Feb 5 Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
  • Feb 6 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • Feb 6 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • Feb 8 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies

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Feb 9 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), dies at 79

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • Feb 12 Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • Feb 13 Jean Renoir, actor/director (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • Feb 15 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • Feb 16 Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
  • Feb 16 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • Feb 16 William Gargan, actor (New Adventures of Martin Kane), dies at 73
  • Feb 17 William Gargan, actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • Feb 21 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • Feb 23 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician, dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Jane Hylton, English actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52
  • Feb 28 Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • Feb 28 Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)