On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 1969

  • 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, composer, dies at 83
  • 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, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • 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 Pierre Capdevielle, composer, dies at 63
  • 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 Stuart Moore, composer, 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 Frank H. Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys & Dolls), 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 (Most Happy Fella), dies at 59