Famous Deaths in February 1959

  • Feb 1 Madame Sul-To-Wan, [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85
  • Feb 2 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • Feb 3 Big Bopper, rocker, dies in plane crash at 28

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Feb 3 Buddy Holly, rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

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  • Feb 3 Richie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • Feb 4 Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
  • Feb 7 Daniel Fran├žois Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • Feb 7 Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • Feb 8 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
  • Feb 11 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13 William L Axt, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 14 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • Feb 15 Owen W Richardson, English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • Feb 17 Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • Feb 18 Alfred Alessandrescu, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, dies at 53
  • Feb 18 Jaroslav Kvapil, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
  • Feb 22 Helen Parrish, actress (Hour Glass), dies of cancer at 36
  • Feb 28 Maxwell Anderson, US dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70