On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1966 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 287 of 287

  • Sep 9 Antonio Massana, Catalan composer, and Jesuit priest, dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Leon de Smet, Flemish painter, dies at 85
  • Sep 9 Nestor Paiva, American-Portuguese actor (Zorro, The Creature from the Black Lagoon), dies of cancer at 61
  • Sep 10 James Langridge, cricketer (242 runs & 19 wkts for England), dies
  • Sep 10 Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • Sep 11 Charlie Cantor, American radio and television actor (The Fred Allen Show - "Socrates Mulligan"; The Jack Benny Program -"Logan Jerkfinkel"), dies at 68
  • Sep 11 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), dies at 76
  • Sep 14 Gertrude Berg, American actress (Molly Goldberg-Goldbergs), dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Nikolai Cherkasov, Russian actor (Ivan the Terrible), dies at 63
  • Sep 14 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan, dies at 84
  • Sep 17 Fritz Wunderlich, German tenor (Stuttgart 1955-58), dies at 35
  • Sep 18 Fernand Lamy, French composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 18 Jeno Vecsey, Hungarian composer, dies at 57
  • Sep 21 Paul Reynaud, Premier of France (May-June 1940), dies at 87
  • Sep 26 Helen Kane, actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), dies of cancer at 62
  • Sep 28 Eric Fleming, American actor (Gil-Rawhide), drowns at 41
  • Sep 28 Lucky Millinder, American R&B bandleader and singer, dies at 56

André Breton

Sep 28 André Breton, French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, dies at 70

  • Sep 28 (Lucius) "Lucky" Millinder, American swing and rhythm-and-blues bandleader (Rosetta Tharpe; Who Threw The Whiskey in the Well), dies of a liver ailment at 56
  • Sep 29 Maurits Uyldert, Dutch poet and writer (Motion), dies at 75
  • Oct 4 Sherman Billingsley, talk show host (Stork Club), dies at 66
  • Oct 4 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago White Sox), dies from cancer at 52
  • Oct 6 Sydney Chatton, English actress (Once Upon a Horse), dies of heart attack at 48
  • Oct 7 Johnny Kidd [Frederick Heath], British rock singer-songwriter (Johnny Kidd & Pirates - "Shakin' All Over"), dies in a car crash at 26
  • Oct 7 Smiley Lewis [Overton Amos Lemons], American R&B singer, and guitarist ("The Bells Are Ringing"; "One Night (Of Sin)"; "I Hear You Knocking"), dies of stomach cancer at 46
  • Oct 8 Célestin Freinet, French pedagogue & educational reformer, dies at 69

Charlotte Cooper

Oct 10 Charlotte Cooper, British tennis player (1st female Olympic champion 1900; Wimbledon 1895-96, 98, 1901, 08), dies at 96

  • Oct 12 Arthur Lourié, Russian-American composer (Concerto spirituale; The Feast in a Time of Plague), dies at 74
  • Oct 13 Clifton Webb [Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck], American actor (Razor's Edge, Laura), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 13 'Father' Charles Marriott, English cricketer (one Test for England, 11 wickets), dies at 71
  • Oct 14 Arcady Dubensky, Russian composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 16 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), dies at 67
  • Oct 17 Soledad Jiménez, Spanish actress (Kid Galahad, The Phantom of the Range), dies at 92
  • Oct 17 Wieland Wagner, German opera director, dies
  • Oct 18 Bill Nestell, American actor (Dangerous Venture, Buckskin Frontier), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Oct 18 Sebastian S. Kresge, American merchant and philanthropist (Kmart), dies at 99
  • Oct 19 Elizabeth Arden, US cosmetic manufacturer, dies
  • Oct 21 Gertrude Hoffman, actress (Mrs Odetts-My Little Margie), dies at 95
  • Oct 22 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, dies at 92
  • Oct 23 Claire McDowell, American silent film actress (Big Parade), dies after long illness at 88
  • Oct 24 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1896)
  • Oct 26 Alma Cogan, British pop singer ("Dreamboat"; "I Can't Tell a Waltz from a Tango"), dies of ovarian cancer at 34
  • Oct 27 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), dies at 78
  • Oct 30 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (Leonís), dies at 60
  • Nov 2 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • Nov 2 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), dies at 89
  • Nov 2 Peter Debye, Dutch-American Physical Chemist (Nobel 1936), dies at 82
  • Nov 3 Eric Spear, British film and TV composer (Coronation Street theme), dies at 58
  • Nov 7 Rube Bressler, Baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Nov 8 Bernhard Zondek, German-Israeli gynaecologist, dies at 75
  • Nov 10 Evelyn Sears, American tennis player (US National 1907), dies at 91
  • Nov 10 Steven Nagy, American bowler (first televised perfect game [300}, 1954; ABC Hall of Fame 1963), dies at 53
  • Nov 12 Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher, and Pulitzer Prize winner (1954), dies at 69
  • Nov 15 Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)

Cluny MacPherson

Nov 16 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian inventor of the gas mask, dies at 87

  • Nov 18 Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, dies at 56
  • Nov 18 Jean-Pierre Peugeot III, French auto manufacturer (Peugeot), dies at 70
  • Nov 22 Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez, 1st Prime Minister of Dutch Antilles, dies at 59
  • Nov 23 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician and President of Ireland (1945-59), dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Harold Burrage, American R&B singer, pianist, and songwriter ("Got to Find a Way"), dies of heart failure at 35
  • Nov 26 Siegfried Kracauer, writer, dies at 77
  • Nov 28 Vittorio Giannini, American violinist, composer (The Medead), and educator (Curtis Institute, 1956-64), dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician, dies at 85
  • Dec 5 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • Dec 6 Hermann Heiss, German composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 8 Ward Morehouse, American theater critic and newspaper columnist (b. 1899)
  • Dec 9 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Boris Koutzen, Russian violinist, composer & educator, dies at 65
  • Dec 13 Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
  • Dec 14 Emma Dunn, British-American stage, silent and sound film actress (Dr. Monica; Dr. Kildare (films); Hideaway), dies at 91
  • Dec 14 Richard Whorf, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Keeper of Flame), and director (It Happened In Brooklyn), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • Dec 14 Verna Felton, American actress (Hilda-December Bride), dies at 76

Walt Disney

Dec 15 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator and producer (co-founder of Walt Disney Co), dies of lung cancer at 65

  • Dec 17 Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist and composer (The Resurrection Symphony), dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Gene Gauntier, dies in Cuernavaca Mexico
  • Dec 19 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, dies at 82

Lucy Burns

Dec 22 Lucy Burns, American suffragist (National Woman's Party) and women's rights advocate, dies at 87

  • Dec 23 Heimito von Doderer, Austrian writer, dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Robert Keith [Rolland Keith Richey], American actor (Guys and Dolls, The Wild One, Battle Circus, Branded, Wild One), dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 26 Klaziena "Ina" Boudier-Bakker, Dutch playwright and author (Poverty), dies at 91
  • Dec 26 Noel Gallon, French composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
  • Dec 27 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), dies at 65
  • Dec 30 Christian Herter, American Republican politician, 59th Governor of Massachusetts (1953-57) and US Secretary of State (1959-61), dies at 71
  • Dec 31 Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75
  • Dec 31 Pieter Geyl, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch Race), dies at 79