On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1965

  • Jan 1 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 3 Betty Harte, entertainer, dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Julius Tannen, comedian, dies at 84

Person of interestT. S. Eliot

Jan 4 T. S. Eliot, American-born British poet (The Waste Land) and Nobel laureate (1948), dies in London at 76

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • Jan 5 Neil Craig, actor (Calling Dr Kildare), dies at 73
  • Jan 5 Paul Arntzenius, Dutch painter, graphic artist and etcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 8 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), dies at 85
  • Jan 12 Lorraine Hansberry, US playwright, dies in NYC, dies at 34
  • Jan 12 Porcupine, in Washington, D.C. zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent
  • Jan 14 Jeanette MacDonald, soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • Jan 15 Pierre Ngendandumwe, premier of Burundi, murdered
  • Jan 17 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, dies at 75
  • Jan 19 Frank Reicher, German-American actor (King Kong, Son of Kong), dies at 89
  • Jan 20 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", dies at 42
  • Jan 21 Harvey Zorbaugh, doctor/TV host (Play the Game), dies at 68

Person of interestWinston Churchill

Jan 24 Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Britain (C) (1940-45, 51-55) British leader during WWII dies at 90

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jan 25 Staf Nees, Flemish composer (Maria-oratorio), dies at 63
  • Jan 26 Ali Mansoer, premier of Persia, murdered
  • Jan 27 Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader, dies at 63
  • Jan 28 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spinner (3776 FC wickets leg-spin, 304 in 1928), dies at 76
  • Jan 28 Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
  • Jan 29 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), dies of heart attack at 52
  • Jan 29 Michael Spisak, Polish composer, dies at 50
  • Jan 29 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), dies at 72
  • Jan 30 Vic Jackson, cricketer (NSW/Leicerstershire off-spinner), dies in car