On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 1966

  • Feb 1 Hedda Hopper [Elda Furry], American gossip columnist, dies at 75
  • Feb 1 Nicholas Piantanida, sets balloon flight record & dies in descent
  • Feb 1 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Buster Keaton, American actor and comedian (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), dies at 70
  • 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 composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Narcisa de León, Filipino film mogul, dies at 88
  • Feb 9 Sophie Tucker [Kalish] "last of the red hot mammas", Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), 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 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, actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 Gail Kane, 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)

Person of interestChester Nimitz

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

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 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, actress (Peter Gunn, Adv of Tugboat Annie), dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Indian independence activist and writer (The Indian War of Independence), dies at 82
  • Feb 27 Minerva Urecal, actress (Apache Rose, Ghost Crazy), dies at 81
  • 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