Famous People Who Died in December 1970

  • Dec 1 Frank Smailes, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; 8 County C'ships, Yorkshire), dies at 60
  • Dec 6 Thomas S Power, American USAF-gen (Raid on Tokyo-March 1945), dies at 65
  • Dec 7 Romaine Brooks [Beatrice Romaine Goddard], American painter, dies at 96

Rube GoldbergRube Goldberg (1883-1970)

Dec 7 American cartoonist whose carttoons inspired the Rube Goldberg contests (Pulitzer Prize 1948), dies of cancer at 87

  • Dec 8 Christopher Kelk Ingold, English chemist (Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority rules), dies at 77
  • Dec 9 Artem Mikoyan, Russian aircraft designer (MIG), dies at 65
  • Dec 9 Sir Feroz Khan Noon, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1893)
  • Dec 12 Doris Blackburn, Australian politician (Member of the Australian Parliament for Bourke), dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Louis Zimmer, Flemish astronomer and clock maker (Jubelklok, Wonder Clock), dies at 82
  • Dec 14 Elmer Schoebel, American jazz pianist, arranger (New Orleans Rhythm Kings; Isham Jones), and composer ("Farewell Blues"; "Prince Of Wails"), dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Franz Schlegelberger, German Nazi politician, dies at 94
  • Dec 23 Bessie Abramowitz Hillman, Russian-American labor leader and founder of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, dies at 71
  • Dec 23 Charlie Ruggles, American actor (Bringing Up Baby, The Patchwork Girl of Oz), dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Mimi Benzell, American operatic soprano (Gilda-Rigoletto), dies at 52
  • Dec 24 Gideon Nxumalo, South African jazz pianist, marimba player, and composer (Jazz Fantasia), dies at 41
  • Dec 26 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 22
  • Dec 28 L. Mendel Rivers, American politician (Rep-D-SC), dies at 65
  • Dec 29 John de Mol, Dutch accordionist, dies at 58
  • Dec 29 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite, dies at 61
  • Dec 29 William King Gregory, American palaeontologist (mammalian teeth, evolutionary theory), dies at 94

Sonny ListonSonny Liston (1930-1970)

Dec 30 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), dies of lung congestion and heart failure at 40; foul play suspected

  • Dec 31 Cyril Scott, English composer and author (Alchemist), dies at 91