On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 1961

  • Mar 3 Paul Wittgenstein, Austrian-born left-handed pianist, dies at 72
  • Mar 6 George Formby, British singer and comedian, dies at 56
  • Mar 6 Kjeld Abell, Danish playwright and director (Tivoli), dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Englebert van Anderlecht, Belgian painter, dies at 42
  • Mar 7 Max Hymans, French WW II resistance fighter and Head of Air France, dies at 60
  • Mar 8 Thomas Beecham, English conductor (co-founded and led London Philharmonic, 1932-39; Royal Philharmonic, 1946-60), dies of heart failure at 81
  • Mar 9 Wilbur Sweatman, American ragtime and dixieland jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 79
  • Mar 10 Esperanza Baur, Mexican film actress, and John Wayne's second wife, dies of a heart attack at 40
  • Mar 12 Belinda Lee, English actress (Joseph & his Brethren), dies in car crash at 25
  • Mar 14 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theorist), dies at 78
  • Mar 16 Chen Geng, Chinese military leader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 17 Susanna Salter, 1st US female mayor/temperance leader, dies at 101
  • Mar 19 Edric Cundell, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies
  • Mar 23 James Edward Murray, (Sen-D-Montana) (1935-61), dies
  • Mar 23 Valentin Vasilyevich Bondarenko, cosmonaut, dies in accident at 24
  • Mar 27 Jack Kane, British-Canadian arrranger, composer, and orchestra leader (Steve & Eydie; Andy Williams Show), dies at 37
  • Mar 30 P J Melotte, discovered Jupiter's 8th satellite Pasiphae, dies
  • Mar 31 Seerp Anema, Dutch poet and writer (Modern Art & Degenerating), dies at 85