On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1969

Deaths 1 - 200 of 318

  • Jan 1 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quarterback, I Dream of Jeannie), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 1 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver pole vault & bronze javelin 1906; bronze pole vault 1908; popularized bowling in Sweden), dies at 87
  • Jan 2 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • Jan 3 Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • Jan 3 Buzz Borries, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Navy 1932–34), dies at 57
  • Jan 4 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (Miles Davis Quintet, 1955-63; Wynton Kelly Trio, 1963-68), dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • Jan 4 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 4 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins, die at 60
  • Jan 4 Julian Myrick, American tennis promoter (West Side Tennis Club & Forest Hills Stadium), dies at 88
  • Jan 5 Franz Theodor Csokor, Austrian author (Gottes General), dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • Jan 8 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jan 9 Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10 John Brownlee, Australian operatic baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1937-57) dies at 69
  • Jan 11 Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • Jan 13 Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • Jan 13 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • Jan 15 Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Jan Palach, protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20
  • Jan 16 Vernon Duke [Vladimir Alexandrovich Dukelsky], American composer and songwriter ("Taking a Chance on Love"), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Jan 17 Grazyna Bacewicz, Polish composer and violinist, dies at 59
  • Jan 18 Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher, dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 84
  • Jan 19 Alcide "Slow Drag" Pavageau, American jazz guitarist and double-bassist, dies at 80
  • Jan 23 Jaroslav Křička, Czech composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 24 Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Washington Senators), dies at 72
  • Jan 25 Irene Castle, American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, and animal rights activist, dies at 75
  • Jan 27 Hanns Jelinek, Austrian composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 30 Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), dies of influenza complicated by pneumonia at 75
  • Jan 30 Dominique G Pire, clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 31 Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)

Boris Karloff

Feb 2 Boris Karloff [William H. Pratt], English actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), dies of pneumonia at 81

  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian operatic spinto tenor singer (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1913-45), dies at 83
  • Feb 3 Eduardo C Mondlane, president of Mozambique, murdered
  • Feb 3 C. N. Annadurai, Indian politician and 1st Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of cancer at 59
  • Feb 5 Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • Feb 7 Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 9 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 9 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • Feb 11 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • Feb 12 Johanna Tourniaire, Dutch actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Vito Genovese, Italian-American crime syndicate boss, dies at 71
  • Feb 14 Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Feb 15 Charles "Pee Wee" Russell, American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, dies at 62
  • Feb 17 (Adolphe) Paul Barbarinan American jazz drummer (King Oliver; Red Allen Sextet; Onward Brass Band), dies while playing his snare drum, marching in a Mardi Gras parade at 69
  • Feb 18 Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
  • Feb 19 Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • Feb 20 Ernest Ansermet, Swiss (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, 1918-67). and composer (Feuilles de Printemps), dies at 85
  • Feb 20 Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • Feb 21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • Feb 23 Joseph Messner, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 23 Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", dies of a heart condition at 36
  • Feb 24 Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
  • Feb 25 Jan Zajic, Czech student, who died setting himself alight to protest the Communist takeover at 18
  • Feb 26 Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Levi Eshkol [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 27 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Feb 27 Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)
  • Mar 3 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • Mar 6 Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 9 Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
  • Mar 9 Richard Crane, American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Mar 11 John Wyndham, American sci-fi author (Chrysalids), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Felix Locher, Swiss actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • Mar 14 Ben Shahn, Lithuanian-American painter (1964 Arts & Letters), dies at 70
  • Mar 15 Miles Malleson, British stage and screen actor, and writer (Kind Hearts and Coronets; Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), commits suicide at 43
  • Mar 19 Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 20 Henri Longchambon, French politician, dies at 72
  • Mar 21 Gerhard Fritsch, Austrian writer, dies at 44
  • Mar 22 Ernst Deutsch [Dorian], Jewish-Austrian actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Rudolf Pannwitz, German writer and philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • Mar 24 Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
  • Mar 25 Alan Mowbray, British actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Max Eastman, American critic/essayist (Love and Revolution), dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • Mar 25 Billy Cotton, British bandleader and entertainer, dies at 69
  • Mar 26 Günther Weisenborn, German writer and German Resistance fighter, dies at 66
  • Mar 27 B[runo] Traven, writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), writer whose identity is disputed, dies at possibly 87
  • Mar 28 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Lucien Bianchi, Italian-Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1968), dies during Le Mans testing accident at 34
  • Apr 2 Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman; Zara; Matchmaker), dies after surgery at 65
  • Apr 5 Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Rómulo Gallegos, 48th President of Venezuela (1948), dies at 84
  • Apr 5 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
  • Apr 5 Shelby Storck, American television producer, dies at 52
  • Apr 8 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 8 Haskell Karp, American heart transplant patient, who received 1st fully artificial heart, dies after 65 hours at 48
  • Apr 10 Harley Earl, American automobile designer (1st head of design at General Motors), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 Ludvig Irgens-Jensen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 15 Victoria von Battenberg, Queen of Spain, wife of King Alfonso XIII, dies at 81
  • Apr 18 Piotr F. Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor & director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • Apr 20 William "Benny" Benjamin, American session drummer (Motown's Funk Brothers), dies of a stroke at 43 [1]
  • Apr 23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • Apr 25 Margarita Xirgu, Catalan stage actress, director and political radical (Bloody Wedding, Mariana Pineda), dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist & founder of the Japanese martial art of aikido, dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Dino Terranova, American actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
  • Apr 27 René Barrientos, President of Bolivia, dies at 49
  • Apr 28 Johannes Röntgen, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • May 1 Ella Logan [Ina Allan], Scottish actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man, Top of the Town), dies from cancer at 56

Franz von Papen

May 2 Franz von Papen, German diplomat and chancellor (1932), dies at 89

  • May 3 Imre Vincze, Hungarian composer, dies at 42
  • May 3 Zakir Husain, 3rd President of India (1967-69) and scholar, dies at 72
  • May 3 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula, I love Lucy, The Mummy), dies at 79
  • May 4 Osbert Sitwell, English writer (Out of the Flame), dies at 76
  • May 8 Remington Kellogg, American naturalist and director (U.S. National Museum), dies at 76
  • May 14 Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • May 14 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

Joe Malone

May 15 Joe Malone, Canadian Hockey HOF center (only player in NHL history to score 7 goals in a single game 1920; Stanley Cup 1912, 13 Quebec Bulldogs; 1924 Montreal Canadiens), dies at 79

  • May 16 Johnny Jordan, English cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • May 17 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • May 17 Clarence "Pants" Rowland, American baseball manager (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox 1915-18) and MLB umpire (American League 1923-27), dies at 91
  • May 18 Ludwig Berger, German film director & cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • May 19 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, dies at 64
  • May 20 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 23 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 23 Jimmy McHugh, American composer ("I Can't Give You Anything But Love"; "On the Sunny Side of the Street"; "I'm In The Mood For Love"), dies at 74
  • May 23 Peter Alma, painter and graphic artist, dies at 83
  • May 24 Mitzi Green [Elizabeth Keno], American child actress (Huckleberry Finn; Little Orphan Annie), dies from cancer at 48
  • May 26 Kathryn Minner, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77
  • May 26 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26 Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)
  • May 27 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), dies of an intracranial hemorrhage at 43
  • May 28 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), dies at 71
  • May 30 Gaston Brenta, Belgian composer, dies at 66
  • May 30 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • Jun 1 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), dies at 65
  • Jun 1 Stan Brenders, Belgian jazz pianist and bandleader, dies at 65
  • Jun 1 Michiyo Tsujimura, Japanese agricultural scientist and biochemist (components of green tea), dies at 81
  • Jun 2 Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • Jun 4 Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1963), dies in an airline crash at 30
  • Jun 5 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75

Miles Dempsey

Jun 6 Miles Dempsey, British WWII general (XIII Corps, Second Army), dies of cancer at 72

  • Jun 8 Robert Taylor, American actor (Waterloo Bridge, Quo Vadis, Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), dies at 64
  • Jun 11 John L. Lewis, American labour leader, formed Congress of Industrial Organizations, dies at 89
  • Jun 12 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • Jun 13 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • Jun 13 Martita Hunt, Argentine-born English actress (Great Expectations), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16 Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • Jun 16 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • Jun 16 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53

Maureen Connolly

Jun 21 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), dies of ovarian cancer at 34

Judy Garland

Jun 22 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious overdose of prescription barbiturates

  • Jun 23 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), dies at 62
  • Jun 23 Chuck Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame promoter (Converse All Star shoes), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jun 24 Maria Delgado, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 24 Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • Jun 24 Willey Ley, US science writer, dies at 62
  • Jun 24 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), dies at 86
  • Jun 27 Richard Vance Maxfield, American instrumental, electro-acoustic, and electronic music composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 29 Moise K Tsjombe, premier Congo/Zaire, dies
  • Jun 29 (Frederick Earl "Shorty" Long, American soul singer and pianist ("Here Comes The Judge"; "Devil In A Blue Dress"), dies at 29
  • Jun 29 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), dies at 76
  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 3 Brian Jones, British blues and rock guitarist, organist and sitar player (Rolling Stones, 1962-69), drowns in his swimming pool at 27
  • Jul 3 Hermann Grabner, Austrian composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 4 Georges Ronsse, Belgian road cyclist (UCI Road World C'ship 1928, 29), dies at 63
  • Jul 5 Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), dies of natural causes at 58
  • Jul 5 Tom Mboya, Kenyian economics minister, assassinated in Narobi at 65
  • Jul 5 Walter Gropius, architect/found (Bauhaus school of design), dies at 86
  • Jul 5 Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • Jul 5 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), dies at 70
  • Jul 7 Erskine Sanford, American actor (Citizen Kane, Angel on My Shoulder), dies at 83
  • Jul 7 Gladys Swarthout, American mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies of heart disease at 68
  • Jul 8 Charmian Clift, Australian writer and essayist, dies at 45
  • Jul 9 Pierre Cardevielle, French conductor, composer (Élégie de Duino), music critic (Monde musicale), and teacher, dies at 63
  • Jul 9 Gertrude Dixon, compiler of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, dies
  • Jul 9 Rob de Vries, actor and director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • Jul 13 Madiba Thembekile, Nelson Mandela's son, dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jul 15 Peter Van Eyck [Götz von Eick], German actor (The Longest Day; The Wages of Fear), dies after long illness at 56
  • Jul 18 Barbara Pepper [Marion], American actress (Foreign Correspondent, Green Acres, Rogue Tavern), dies of coronary thrombosis at 54
  • Jul 19 Mary Jo Kopechne, American political campaign specialist and Ted Kennedy's car passenger, drowns at 28
  • Jul 19 Pavel I Apostolov, Russian military bandmaster, dies
  • Jul 20 Roy Hamilton, American singer (You'll Never Walk Alone), dies at 40
  • Jul 22 Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Jul 23 Dell Floyd, American editor, author and playwright (Little Accident), dies at 82
  • Jul 24 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Dziennik), dies at 64
  • Jul 25 Douglas Moore, American concert, stage, and film composer (The Ballad of Baby Doe), dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Raymond Walburn, American actor (Christmas in July), dies after illness at 81
  • Jul 28 Ernst Tittel, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 28 Gabriel von Wayditch, Hungarian American composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Ramón Grau, Cuban politician, 6th and 10th President of Cuba, dies at 87
  • Jul 28 Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys And Dolls, "Baby, It's Cold Outside"; Most Happy Fella), dies at 59
  • Aug 2 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 6 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 7 Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Russ Morgan, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, dies at 73
  • Aug 9 Abigail Folger, American coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered by the Manson family at 25