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

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

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

  • Jan 5 Nell Craig, American actress (Dr. Kildare (films); The Queen of Sheba), dies at 73
  • Jan 5 Paul Arntzenius, Dutch painter, graphic artist and etcher, dies at 81
  • 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 8 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Wally Pipp, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1923; AL HR leader 1916, 17; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 12 Lorraine Hansberry, American playwright (A Raisin in the Sun), and writer (To Be Young Gifted And Black), dies in NYC, dies of pancreatic cancer at 34
  • Jan 12 Porcupine, in the National Zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent (Washington, DC)
  • Jan 14 Jeanette MacDonald, American 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

Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill (1874-1965)

Jan 24 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1940-45, 1951-55) during World War II, and writer (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1953), dies of a stroke at 90

  • Jan 25 (Gustaaf) "Staf" Nees, Flemish-Belgian carillonist, organist, composer (Maria-oratorio), and educator, dies at 63
  • Jan 26 Ali Mansoer, premier of Persia, murdered
  • Jan 27 Theo Uden Masman, Dutch big band orchestra leader (The Ramblers), dies at 63
  • Jan 28 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
  • Jan 28 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent), dies at 76
  • Jan 29 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), dies at 72
  • Jan 29 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Jan 29 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), dies at 50
  • Jan 30 Vic Jackson, cricketer (NSW/Leicerstershire off-spinner), dies in car