Famous Deaths in February 1981

  • Feb 1 Donald W Douglas, US aviation pionieer/builder, dies at 88
  • Feb 1 Ernst Pepping, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 1 Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • Feb 2 Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
  • Feb 2 Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • Feb 5 Barend Barendse, Dutch sportscaster, dies at 73
  • Feb 5 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
  • Feb 6 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 6 Frederika of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece (b. 1917)
  • Feb 7 Frederika of Hanover, Queen of Greece (b. 1917)
  • Feb 9 Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • Feb 12 Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once), dies
  • Feb 15 Jack Crapp, cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies
  • Feb 15 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • Feb 15 Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 15 Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • Feb 18 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1895)
  • Feb 19 Frank Merrik, composer, dies at 94
  • Feb 26 FC Terborgh, [Reijnier Flaes], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79

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Feb 26 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Feb 26 Munabi, assistant to Uganda president Obote, murdered
  • Feb 26 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 27 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)