Famous People Who Died in February 1966

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton (1895-1966)

Feb 1 American actor and comedian (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), dies at 70

  • Feb 1 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • Feb 1 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • Feb 3 June Walker, actress (War Nurses), dies at 65
  • Feb 4 Gilbert H. Grosvenor, American geographer and 1st full-time editor of National Geographic Society (1899-1954), dies at 90
  • Feb 6 Algot Haquinius, Swedish pianist, and composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, dies at 88
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish], Russian-born American singer and actress (My Yiddish Mama) known as "last of the red hot mammas", dies at 79
  • Feb 10 Billy Rose [William Samuel Rosenberg], American theatrical producer (Diamond Horse Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 13 Elio Vittorini, writer, dies
  • Feb 13 Marguerite Long, French concert pianist (Ravel) and teacher (Paris Conservatoire, 1906-40), dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Camillo Torres, Colombian priest/guerrilla fighter, dies
  • Feb 15 Gerard Ciołek, Polish architect, dies at 56
  • Feb 16 Hendrik Tilanus, Dutch artillery officer and political leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Frank Pettingell, English actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 Gail Kane, American actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • Feb 17 Hans Hofmann, German American painter (Search for the Real), dies at 85
  • Feb 18 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP), dies at 94
  • Feb 18 Casimir von Paszthory, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Grigori Grigoyevich Nelyubov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 31
  • Feb 18 Robert Rossen, American screenwriter, producer, and director (b. 1908)

Chester NimitzChester Nimitz (1885-1966)

Feb 20 American admiral who commanded the US Pacific fleet in World War II, dies at 80

  • Feb 21 Paul Comtois, French Canadian politician, dies at 70
  • Feb 22 Paul de Keyser, Flemish philologist and folklorist, dies at 74
  • Feb 25 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
  • Feb 26 Minerva Urecal [Dunnock], American stage, radio, and screen character actress (Accent on Love; The Adventures of Tugboat Annie; Peter Gunn; The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Feb 26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), dies at 82
  • Feb 28 Charles A Bassett II, astronaut, dies at 34, in a crash of T-38 jet
  • Feb 28 Elliot McKay See Jr., American engineer and NASA astronaut, dies at 38 in T-38 jet crash
  • Feb 28 Jonathan Hale [Hatley], Canadian-American, actor (Blondie films; The Saint films), shoots himself at 74