On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1967

  • Dec 2 Francis J "Cardinal" Spellman, archbishop of NY, dies at 78
  • Dec 2 Francis Spellman, American Bishop and Cardinal of Roman Catholic Church, dies at 78
  • Dec 3 Annette Kolb, German writer and pacifist, dies at 97
  • Dec 4 Bert Lahr [Irving Lahrheim], American comic and actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 72
  • Dec 4 Harry Wismer, American sports broadcaster and AFL team owner (New York Titans), dies after a fall at 54
  • Dec 7 House Peters, British silent film actor (This Is the Life, Kansas Territory), dies at 87

Person of interestRobert Henry Lawrence, Jr.

Dec 8 Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., 1st African-American astronaut and U.S. Air Force major, dies in a crash of an F-104 Starfighter while training at 32

  • Dec 8 John Mills, Sr., American singer (Mills Brothers) (b. 1889)
  • Dec 9 Charles Léon Hammes, Luxembourgian lawyer and President of the European Court of Justice (b. 1898)
  • Dec 10 Brasílio Itiberê da Cunha Luz, Brazilian composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 10 Carl Cunningham, American drummer (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), killed in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 19
  • Dec 10 Jimmy King, American guitarist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin crash at 18

Person of interestOtis Redding

Dec 10 Otis Redding, American soul singer-songwriter ("Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay"; "Respect"), dies in a plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 26

Singer-Songwriter and Producer Otis Redding
Singer-Songwriter and Producer
Otis Redding
  • Dec 10 Phalin Jones, American soul and R&B saxophonist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 19
  • Dec 10 Ron Caldwell, American soul and R&B keyboardist (The Bar-kays - "Soul Finger"), dies in Otis Redding plane crash in Lake Monona, Wisconsin at 18
  • Dec 11 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), dies after illness at 68

  • Dec 11 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Victor De Sabata, Italian conductor and composer (II Macigno), dies at 75
  • Dec 14 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer & film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Dec 17 Harold Holt, Australian prime minister (Liberal, 1966-67), presumed to have drowned at 59
  • Dec 17 [Francis] Barry Byrne, American architect, dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Jack Perrin, American actor, dies of heart attack at 71
  • Dec 19 Alfred Courtens, Belgian sculptor, dies at 78
  • Dec 21 Louis Washkansky, 18 days after 1st heart transplant, dies at 55
  • Dec 21 Stuart "Stu" Erwin, American actor (The Stu Erwin Show), dies of heart attack at 64
  • Dec 22 Lee Krieger, American actor (Clambake, One Way Wahini), dies at 48
  • Dec 23 Karen Verne [Ingeborg Klinkerfuss], German actress (Sky Murder, All Through the Night, Madame X), dies from a heart ailment at 49
  • Dec 23 Richard Flury, Swiss composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 23 Ruth Fuller Sasaki, American Zen teacher (1st Zen Institute of America), dies at 75
  • Dec 24 Karl Ristenpart, German conductor, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Dec 26 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, dies at 94
  • Dec 28 Béla Schick, Hungarian-American paediatrician (Schick test), dies at 90
  • Dec 28 Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, dies at 92
  • Dec 29 Paul Whiteman "The King of Jazz", American orchestra leader (Fabulous Dorseys), dies at 77
  • Dec 30 Bert Berns, American songwriter ("Twist And Shout"; "Piece Of My Heart"; "Hang On Sloopy") and producer ("Under The Boardwalk"; "Brown-Eyed Girl"), dies of heart failure at 38

Person of interestVincent Massey

Dec 30 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, 1st Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), dies at 80

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • Dec 31 Arthur Mailey, Australian cricket spin bowler (21 Tests, 99 wickets; 10/66 v Gloucestershire 1921), dies at 81