On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 1963

  • 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