On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1969

  • Jan 1 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quaterback, 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, dies at 33
  • Jan 4 Montague Fawcett Phillips, British composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 4 Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (b. 1908)
  • 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 tenor (b. 1900)
  • 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 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, English dancer (b. 1887)
  • 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)