On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1965

  • Oct 1 Edward E "Doc" Smith, American sci-fi writer (Subspace encounter), dies at 75
  • Oct 1 Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), dies at 71
  • Oct 3 Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), dies from a malignant brain tumor at 51
  • Oct 5 Gustaf Adolf Tiburtius Bengtsson, Swedish composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 6 Georges Vandertongerloo, Flemish sculptor/painter, dies at 78
  • Oct 11 Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, dies at 70
  • Oct 11 Walther Stampfli, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 80
  • Oct 13 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948), dies at 66
  • Oct 15 Carl Hoff, orchestra leader (Music Hall), dies at 60
  • Oct 17 Barton King, cricketer (America's greatest cricket all-rounder), dies
  • Oct 18 Frank Hutchens, composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 18 Henry Travers [Travers John Heagerty], British actor (Bells of St Mary, High Sierra), dies at 91
  • Oct 21 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumour at 39
  • Oct 21 Marie McDonald, American singer and actress known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), dies of an accidental drug overdose at 42
  • Oct 22 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian communist leader of PKI (1951-65), murdered at 42
  • Oct 22 Paul Tillich, German-American theologist (Courage To Be), dies at 79
  • Oct 22 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), dies at 78
  • Oct 26 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (b. 1949)
  • Oct 26 Hans Knappertsbusch, German conductor (Bavarian State Opera, 1922-36), dies at 77
  • Oct 27 French Luitjes, Dutch athlete, dies at 21
  • Oct 28 Ben Barka, Moroccan opposition leader, kidnapped & murdered in Paris
  • Oct 28 Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist (Flamingo, Temptation), dies at 52
  • Oct 29 Mehdi Am Barka, Moroccan socialist leader, murdered in Paris
  • Oct 31 Rita Johnson, American actress (Honolulu, All Mine to Give), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 53