On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1969

  • Oct 2 Katharine Susannah Prichard, Australian novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • Oct 3 Nehemiah "Skip" James, American Delta blues singer, guitarist and piano player ("I'm So Glad"), dies at 67
  • Oct 4 Vibart Wight, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; v/c WI first touring team v England 1928), dies at 67
  • Oct 4 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)

Walter Hagen

Oct 6 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 major titles, US Open 1914, 19), dies of throat cancer at 76

  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 8 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Serge Poliakoff, Russian-French abstract painter, dies at 69

Sonja Henie

Oct 12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57

  • Oct 14 Arnie Herber, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL C'ship 1930, 31, 36, 39; First-team All-Pro 1932, 35, 36; Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Oct 15 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Abdirashid Shermake, President of Somali Republic, shot by one of his bodyguards at 50
  • Oct 16 Leonard Chess [Lejzor Czyż], Polish-American blues and R&B record company executive (Chess Records), dies at 52

Jack Kerouac

Oct 21 Jack Kerouac, American writer (Doctor Sax, On the Road), dies at 47

  • Oct 21 Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (Sierpinski triangle), dies at 87
  • Oct 21 Oscar "TV Slim" Wills, American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Flatfoot Sam"), dies in a car wreck at 53
  • Oct 23 Tommy Edwards, American R&B singer-songwriter ("It's All In The Game"), dies from complications of cirrhosis of the liver at 47
  • Oct 24 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • Oct 28 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, Australian cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies at 75
  • Oct 29 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz upright bass player, tuba player, and trumpeter, dies at 77
  • Oct 30 George "Pops" Foster, American jazz double bassist and tuba player (Louis Armstrong; Sidney Bechet; Earl Hines), dies at 77
  • Oct 31 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, dies at 55