On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1963

  • Dec 2 Sabu [Dastagir], Indian actor (The Thief of Bagdad, Elephant Boy, Drum), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Dec 5 Herbert H Lehman, (Gov-D-NY), dies
  • Dec 5 Karl Amadeus Hartmann, German composer, dies at 58
  • Dec 5 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
  • Dec 6 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flem philologist (Language Boundary), dies at 81
  • Dec 8 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • Dec 12 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • Dec 13 Hubert ME Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45), dies at 79
  • Dec 13 Stan Jones, American singer-songwriter ( "Ghost Riders in the Sky"), and actor (Rio Grande; Ten Who Dared), dies of cancer at 49
  • Dec 14 Dinah Washington [Ruth Lee Jones], American jazz, blues, pop, and R&B singer ("What a Diff'rence a Day Makes": "September In The Rain"), dies of sleeping pill overdose at 39
  • Dec 14 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (1952-63), dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Winfried Zillig, German opera composer, and conductor (Fantasia Irica), dies at 58
  • Dec 20 Paul Constantinescu, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 21 Sir Jack Hobbs, English cricket batsman (61 Tests, 5,410 runs @ 56.94, 15 x 100s; leading 1st-class run-scorer [61,760] and century-maker [199]; Surry), dies at 81
  • Dec 24 RaphaĆ«l Verwilghen, Belgian architect, and urban planner, dies at 78
  • Dec 25 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), dies at 67
  • Dec 26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • Dec 28 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies

Paul Hindemith

Dec 28 Paul Hindemith, German composer (Composer's World), dies at 68