Deaths in History in 1971

  • Jan 1 Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894)
  • Jan 2 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Jan 4 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • Jan 5 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • Jan 10 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer, dies at 87
  • Jan 11 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • Jan 13 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, Germ SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • Jan 21 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 24 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • Jan 27 Jacobo Arbenz, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
  • Jan 28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian premier (1952..56), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria

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Feb 12 James Cash Penney, US founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • Feb 23 King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73
  • Feb 25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)
  • Mar 2 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • Mar 6 Raymond Herreman, Flemish writer (Don't Forget to Live), dies at 74
  • Mar 11 Philo T Farnsworth, US TV pioneer, dies at 64
  • Mar 11 Roy Glenn, dies in Los Angeles at 56
  • Mar 11 Whitney M Young Jr, leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • Mar 13 Rockwell Kens, US artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88

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Mar 16 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
  • Mar 17 Ernst Bachmeister, writer, dies
  • Mar 19 Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Last Things), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Mary Dorna, Dutch author, dies at 79
  • Mar 22 Martin Bodmer, writer, dies
  • Mar 23 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • Mar 29 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1886)
  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, US gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee, [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author (b. 1921)
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • Apr 21 Francois "Doc" Duvalier, dictator of Haiti, dies at 64
  • Apr 23 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70
  • May 4 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, US chemist (Cyanosis), dies at 88
  • May 4 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • May 5 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • May 5 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • May 7 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • May 15 Tyrone Guthrie, English director, producer, and writer (b. 1900)
  • May 19 Ogden Nash, poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68
  • May 20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • May 25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • May 31 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter/illustrator, dies at 75

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Jun 1 Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologist (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78

Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor Reinhold Niebuhr
Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor
Reinhold Niebuhr
  • Jun 2 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye), dies at 66
  • Jun 3 Heinz Hopf, German mathematician (b. 1894)
  • Jun 4 Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher (b. 1885)
  • Jun 10 Virginia Eames, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 82
  • Jun 15 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Jun 16 Lord Reith, British broadcast executive (b. 1889)
  • Jun 18 Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1889)
  • Jun 23 George Blagoi, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 25 Charles Vildrac, Paris France, poet/playwright, dies at 88
  • Jun 25 John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1880)
  • Jun 28 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Serenity), dies at 78
  • Jun 28 Joseph Colombo, mobster, shot dead at 48
  • Jun 28 Franz Stangl, Austrian commandant of concentration camps (b. 1908)
  • Jun 29 Viktor Patsayev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies at 38
  • Jun 29 Vladimir Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies at 35
  • Jun 30 Georgi T Dobrovolsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-land accident), dies at 43
  • Jun 30 Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), dies at 35
  • Jul 4 Thomas C Hart, US admiral/commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94
  • Jul 4 August Derleth, American writer and editor (b. 1909)
  • Jul 6 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), dies at 66
  • Jul 6 Thomas C Heart, US admiral/commander (Asiatic fleet), dies
  • Jul 7 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 7 Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b1901)
  • Jul 10 Harry M O'Connor, dies of pneumonia at 98
  • Jul 10 Mohamed Madbouh, Moroccan general/putschist, shot to death
  • Jul 11 John W Campbell, US, sci-fi writer (Space Beyond), dies at 61
  • Jul 15 Guy Wilkerson, dies of cancer at 71
  • Jul 16 H T Tsiang, dies at 65
  • Jul 28 Diane Arbus, [Nemerov], photographer (Vogue), commits suicide at 48
  • Jul 28 Charles E. Pont, American artist (b. 1898)
  • Jul 30 Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
  • Aug 2 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher, dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59
  • Aug 17 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (b. 1880)
  • Aug 19 Walther Victor, writer, dies
  • Aug 20 Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • Aug 21 George Jackson, US prisoner, shot to death at 29
  • Aug 23 The original Shamu, Sea World orca
  • Aug 27 Bennett Cerf, (Random House)/panelist (What's My Line), dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Margaret Bourke-White, US photographer, 1st female LIFE staff photographer, dies at 67
  • Aug 28 Nathan Leopold, US kidnapper/murderer of Bobby Franks (1924), dies

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Sep 11 Nikita Khrushchev, dies of a heart attack at 77

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Sep 13 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, dies in a plane crash at 63, possibly while fleeing from a botched coup against Mao
  • Sep 16 Ferdinand LR Sassen, priest/philosopher (Descartes), dies at 77
  • Sep 20 William F Albright, US archaeologist, dies at 80
  • Sep 21 Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • Sep 22 Joseph Ford McGuinn, director, dies of heart attack at 67
  • Sep 23 J. W. Alexander, American mathematician (b. 1888)
  • Sep 25 TC Jones, female impersonator, dies of cancer at 50
  • Oct 3 Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • Oct 10 John Cawte Beaglehole, New Zealand historian (b. 1901)
  • Oct 11 Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (b. 1898)
  • Oct 12 Dean G Acheson, US foreign minister (1949-53), dies at 78
  • Oct 15 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130
  • Oct 19 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrial, dies at 89
  • Oct 31 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert, dies at 70
  • Nov 1 G von Le Fort, writer, dies at 95
  • Nov 9 Maude Fealy, drama coach, dies at 90
  • Nov 10 Walter Van Tilburg Clark, US author (Ox-Bow Incident), dies at 62
  • Nov 11 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, dies at 86
  • Nov 15 Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)
  • Nov 16 Edward Sedgwick, director, dies of barbiturate overdose at 28
  • Nov 26 Joe Adonis, US crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, dies at 68
  • Nov 27 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literary/art historian, dies at 70
  • Nov 28 Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated by Black Sept in Cairo
  • Dec 1 Arthur B Springarn, US NAACP chairman (1940-65), dies at 93
  • Dec 4 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of SF Zen Center, dies
  • Dec 6 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Plough), dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Milton Rosmer, director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90

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Dec 9 Ralph Bunche, UN delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 67

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • Dec 9 Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor (b. 1874)
  • Dec 10 Jozef MLT Cals, Dutch min of Education/premier (1965-66), dies at 57
  • Dec 11 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • Dec 12 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), dies at 80
  • Dec 12 Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated
  • Dec 12 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Dog of Pavlov), dies at 47
  • Dec 13 Max Mell, Austria artillery officer/literary, dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • Dec 18 Aleksandr T Tvardovski, Russ editor in chief (Novyj Mir), dies at 61
  • Dec 20 Roy O Disney, brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78
  • Dec 22 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans, Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58
  • Dec 22 Renee Evans, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 63
  • Dec 24 Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 29 Stuart Holmes, dies of stomach ailment at 87
  • Dec 31 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)