On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1963

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • Jan 2 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Oskar Back, Hungarian-Dutch violinist and pedagogue, dies at 83

Rogers Hornsby

Jan 5 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), dies of a heart ailment at 66

  • Jan 6 Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Arthur Edward Moore, Australian politician (Premier of Queensland 1929-32), dies at 86
  • Jan 8 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • Jan 10 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Rad Kortenhorst [Leonardus Gerardus Kortenhorst], Dutch politician (KVP), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Gustav Regler, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jan 16 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 18 Johnnie Moyes, Australian journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies at 70
  • Jan 18 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), dies at 56
  • Jan 21 Al St. John, American vaudeville and silent film comic (Young and Dumb),and talkie character actor billed as "Fuzzy" St. John (Outlaws of the Plains), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jan 21 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendants
  • Jan 26 Ole Olsen, American comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Jan 27 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Jan 28 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
  • Jan 28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), dies at 78

Robert Frost

Jan 29 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88

  • Jan 30 Francis Poulenc, French pianist and composer (Concert champêtre; Les Biches), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jan 30 Sir Pelham Warner, English cricket batsman, tour manager and administrator (15 Tests; MCC chairman of selectors), dies at 89
  • Feb 1 Fleetwood Lindley, American man & last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face, dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Herman Bouber, Dutch actor and playwright (Sailor's Wives), dies at 77
  • Feb 2 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), dies at 72
  • Feb 6 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Abd el-Krim [Mohamed ibn Abdelkrim El-Khattabi], Moroccan political and military leader (Republic of the Rif), dies at 85
  • Feb 6 Charles "Specs" Wright, American jazz drummer (Dizzy Gillespie; Cannonball Adderly; Red Garland), dies at 35
  • Feb 7 Arthur Carr, English cricket batsman and captain (11 Tests, 1 x 50; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 69
  • Feb 7 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, dies at 60
  • Feb 8 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63),, assassinated in Baghdad at 48
  • Feb 8 George Dolenz [Jure Dolenc], Italian actor (Scared Stiff, Count of Monte Cristo), dies from a heart attack at 55

Sylvia Plath

Feb 11 Sylvia Plath, American poet (The Colossus; Three Women), novelist (The Bell Jar), and posthumous Pulitzer Prize winner (Poetry, 1982), commits suicide at 30

  • Feb 13 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • Feb 16 László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, ethno-musicologist and conductor, dies at 70
  • Feb 16 Friedrich Dessauer, German physicist (radiologist), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Monte Blue, American silent film actor (Apache), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Feb 18 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • Feb 19 Bartolomé "Beny" Moré, Cuban guaracha and mambo singer, guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader, dies of liver cirrhosis at 43
  • Feb 20 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian-Austrian conductor, dies at 48
  • Feb 20 Jacob Gade, Danish violinist and composer (Jalousie ; Cinema Music), dies at 83
  • Feb 23 Algeria Junius "June" Clark, American jazz trumpeter and cornetist, dies at 62
  • Feb 26 Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), dies at 74
  • Feb 27 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), dies at 90
  • Feb 28 Theodore Newton, American actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
  • Feb 28 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader and 1st President of India (1950-62), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Bobby Jaspar, Belgian jazz saxophonist, flautist and composer dies of a heart attack at 37
  • Feb 28 Eppa Rixey Jr., American Baseball HOF pitcher (NL wins leader 1922; 266 career wins; Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 71
  • Mar 1 Irish Meusel, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1921, 22; NL RBI leader 1923; Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants), dies at 69
  • Mar 4 William Carlos Williams, American physician and poet (Pictures from Brueghel, and Other Poems), dies at 79
  • Mar 5 Cyril Smith, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 5 Harold "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, American country singer (Ozark Jubilee; "Lonesome 7-7203"), dies in a plane crash at 41

Patsy Cline

Mar 5 Patsy Cline [Virginia Henlsey], American country singer ("Crazy"; "I Fall To Pieces"; "Walkin' After Midnight"), dies in a plane crash at 30

  • Mar 5 Lloyd "Cowboy" Copas, American country singer ("Candy Kisses"; "Alabam"), dies in a plane crash at 49
  • Mar 6 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
  • Mar 8 John Hartley, cricketer (bowl avg 115 in 2 Tests for Eng 1906), dies
  • Mar 9 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, dies at 83
  • Mar 10 Irving Aaronson, American jazz pianist and big band leader, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 11 Mahomed Nissar, Indian cricketer (6 Tests for India 1932-36, 25 wkts), dies at 52
  • Mar 13 Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
  • Mar 17 William Henry Squire, British composer and cellist, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Lizzie Miles [Elizabeth Landreaux], Creole-American jazz, blues and gospel singer ("Man O'War"), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 18 Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • Mar 20 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, dies at 73
  • Mar 22 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon 1931), dies of liver failure at 54
  • Mar 25 Davey Moore, American boxer (world featherweight champion 1959-63), dies of injuries sustained in title bout against Sugar Ramos at 29
  • Mar 28 Alec Templeton, Welsh pianist and composer (Concertino Lirico), dies at 52
  • Mar 29 Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish author (Stolica), dies at 64
  • Mar 30 Alexander Gauk, Russian-Soviet composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 4 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • Apr 4 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (The Style), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 6 Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 9 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • Apr 12 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of leukemia at 43
  • Apr 12 Alfred Métraux, Swiss anthropologist, dies at 60
  • Apr 15 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian Rules Football midfielder (winner inaugural Brownlow Medal 1924), dies at 59
  • Apr 18 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician, dies at 83
  • Apr 30 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), dies at 74
  • May 1 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • May 2 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Australia, Otago), dies at 76
  • May 2 Tomás Vačkář, Czech composer, dies at 17
  • May 2 Van Wyck Brooks, American historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • May 6 Monty Wooley, American actor (The Bishop's Wife, The Man Who Came to Dinner), dies at 74
  • May 6 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  • May 6 Ted Weems [Wemyes], American jazz trombonist, violin player and big band leader, dies of emphysema at 61
  • May 7 Max Miller [Thomas Henry Sargent], English comedian known as The Cheeky Chappie, dies at 68
  • May 10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American NFL football defensive lineman, 1953-62 (Baltimore Colts, and two other teams), and professional wrestler, dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • May 11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist & Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • May 12 Stanisław Wiechowicz, Polish composer, dies at 69
  • May 12 Robert Kerr, Canadian runner (1908 Olympics), dies at 80
  • May 13 Alois Hudal, Austrian bishop who helped Nazi war criminals escape trial, dies at 77
  • May 16 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), dies at 44
  • May 17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • May 18 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23
  • May 24 Elmore James, American blues slide guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • May 26 Sharon Lynn, actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), dies at 53
  • May 27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, dies at 60
  • May 31 Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63
  • Jun 2 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), dies at 62

John XXIII

Jun 3 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli], 261st Pope (1958-63), dies at 81

  • Jun 3 Paul Maxey, American actor (The Narrow Margin, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Jun 3 Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (Tosun Pasa, The Passenger), dies at 61
  • Jun 5 Donat Raymond, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame builder (head Canadian Arena Company, Montreal Forum rebuilt in 1968) and politician, dies at 83
  • Jun 6 William Baziotes, American painter (abstract expressionist), dies at 50
  • Jun 7 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), dies at 69
  • Jun 9 Vasyl Barvinsky, Ukrainian pianist, composer, conductor, musicologist ("Béla Bartók in Lviv"), and teacher (Lysenko Higher Institute of Music, 1915-48), dies at 75
  • Jun 10 Anita King, American stunt driver (1st woman to drive across the US unaccompanied) and actress (Tender Loving Care), dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jun 10 Jack Root, Czech-American boxer (First world light heavyweight champion 1903), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • Jun 11 Thích Quảng Đức, Buddhist monk, immolates himself on a street in Saigon at the age of 65-66
  • Jun 12 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80

Medgar Evers

Jun 12 Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist, NAACP official, shot in Jackson, Mississippi at 37

  • Jun 17 John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), dies at 90
  • Jun 17 Alain F B Alanbrooke, 1st viscount of Brookeborough, dies at 79
  • Jun 17 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), dies of cancer at 45
  • Jun 18 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), commits suicide at 51
  • Jun 20 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet; Flying Tigers; Abbott & Costello), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 20 Joseph Self, American murderer, executed by hanging in Walla Walla, Washington at 32; last state execution until 1990
  • Jun 20 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
  • Jun 20 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician, dies at 64
  • Jun 22 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • Jun 26 Obe Postma, Frisian poet (Fan wjerklank en bisinnen (Of resonance and reflection)), naturalist, and historian, dies at 95
  • Jun 28 John 'Home Run' Baker, American Baseball HOF third baseman (World Series 1910, 11, 13; AL HR leader 1911–14; AL RBI leader 1912, 13; Philadelphia A's), dies at 77
  • Jul 1 Camille Chautemps, premier France, dies
  • Jul 2 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Fritz Reutter, German composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 4 Grant Richards, actor (Doug-Doorway to Danger), dies at 48
  • Jul 4 Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1889)
  • Jul 5 Daniel Ruyneman, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 9 Frank Mayo, American silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Jul 10 John Sutton, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), dies of heart attack at 54
  • Jul 10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster (BBC) and rugby union player (captain Harlequin RFC), dies at 70
  • Jul 18 A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies
  • Jul 25 Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (discovered the method of electroconvulsive therapy), dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), dies at 86
  • Jul 29 Dave Smith, Australian cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies at 78
  • Jul 29 Dorian Le Gallienne, Australian composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 1 Theodore Roethke, American poet (Praise to the end!), dies at 55
  • Aug 2 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, dies at 61
  • Aug 5 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 6 Tom Keene, American actor (Our Daily Bread), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 8 Sándor Jemnitz, Hungarian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • Aug 10 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • Aug 10 Ernst Wetter, Member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 85
  • Aug 14 Clifford Odets, American playwright (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • Aug 14 Clyde Hurley, American session and big band jazz trumpeter (Glenn Miller - "Tuxedo Junction"; "In The Mood"), dies of heart failure at 46
  • Aug 15 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist, and educator, dies at 72
  • Aug 20 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer, dies at 84
  • Aug 21 John Gunn, English cricket medium pace bowler (6 Tests, 18 wickets, BB 5/76; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies at 87
  • Aug 22 William Richard Morris, 1st viscount Nuffield motor manufacturer, dies
  • Aug 23 Glen Gray [Knoblauch], American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies of lymphoma, at 63
  • Aug 26 Larry Keating, American actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at 67

W.E.B. Du Bois

Aug 27 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the NAACP, dies at 95 in Accra, Ghana

  • Aug 27 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • Aug 30 Axel Stordahl, American arranger (Tommy Dorsey; Frank Sinatra), orchestra leader (Eddie Fisher), and composer (McHales's Navy theme), dies of cancer at 50
  • Aug 30 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
  • Aug 31 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, dies at 81
  • Sep 1 Jean Canneel, Flemish sculptor, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 Cruys Voorbergh [Ernest Pieter Coningh], Dutch actor and director (De vliegende Hollander, Flying Dutchman), dies from cardiac arrest at 64
  • Sep 3 Frico Kafenda, Slovak composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 4 Robert Schuman, Luxembourg-born French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1947-48), dies at 77
  • Sep 6 Margarita Sierra, actress (Surfside 6), dies after heart surgery at 26
  • Sep 9 Ernst Kantorowicz, German-American historian (Laudes regiae), dies at 68
  • Sep 9 Jan Schouten, Dutch founder (illegal Trouw)/chairman (ARP), dies
  • Sep 10 Eugène Baie, Belgian author (Sub rosa et sub umbra), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 Ben Sealey, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1933), dies
  • Sep 12 Mervyn A. Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), dies at 63
  • Sep 15 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane, Moon Over Manhattan), dies at 69
  • Sep 17 Eduard Spranger, German psychologist and educator, dies at 81
  • Sep 21 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (b. 1899)
  • Sep 27 Andy Coakley, American baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University, dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Arnold Foster, English composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 2 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 58
  • Oct 3 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 49
  • Oct 7 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • Oct 7 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
  • Oct 8 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist dies of a heart attack aged 54
  • Oct 9 Thurlow Lieurance, American composer (By the Waters of Minnetonka; Sad Moon on Falling Leaf), ethno-musicologist (Indigenous peoples), and educator, dies at 85

Edith Piaf

Oct 10 Édith Piaf [Édith Giovanna Gassion], French singer (No, I Don't Regret Anything; Le Vie En Rose), dies of liver failure at 47

  • Oct 10 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer, dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies at 88
  • Oct 15 Horton Smith. American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), dies of Hodgkin's disease at 55
  • Oct 17 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (proved the prime number theorem), dies at 97
  • Oct 18 Cláudio Carneyro, Portuguese violinist, composer, and educator, dies at 68
  • Oct 21 George Cressey, American geographer (Crossroads), dies at 66
  • Oct 21 Józef Franczak, Polish soldier and anti-communist resistance fighter who was the last cursed soldiers, dies in a firefight with 35 functionaries of a ZOMO (paramilitary riot police) at 45
  • Oct 22 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, dies at 73