Famous Deaths in January 1980

  • Jan 1 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic-gold-28, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 1 Pietro Nenni, Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
  • Jan 2 Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • Jan 3 Amos Milburn, American R&B singer and pianist, dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38
  • Jan 3 Ivan Triesault, actor (Von Ryan's Express, Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)

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Jan 3 Joy Adamson [Friederike Viktoria Gessner], Austrian naturalist and author (Born Free), murdered at 69 by her servant

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • Jan 7 Carl White, rocker, dies
  • Jan 7 Sarah Selby, actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • Jan 8 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • Jan 8 John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 10 George Meany, American labor leader ((AFL-CIO), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • Jan 11 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 12 Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • Jan 13 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian conductor, dies at 78
  • Jan 14 Robert Ardrey, American author (b. 1908)
  • Jan 16 Anna van Wageningen-Salomons, Dut author (Unspoilt Dream), dies at 94
  • Jan 17 Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • Jan 18 Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 19 Richard Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Iris Meredith, actress (Lawless Land, Gambling Terror), dies at 64
  • Jan 24 Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92
  • Jan 25 David Newell, actor (Dangerous Curves, White Heat), dies at 75
  • Jan 25 Queenie Watts, English actress (b. 1926)
  • Jan 29 Antonio Molina, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29 Jimmy Durante, comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Lil Dagover, actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • Jan 31 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies