On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1971

Deaths 1 - 200 of 346

  • Jan 1 Amphilochius of Pochayiv [Yakov Varnavovich Golovatyuk], Ukrainian Orthodox Christian saint, dies at 76
  • Jan 2 Willard Maas, American educator & experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • Jan 2 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Jan 2 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist & pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • Jan 5 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 5 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • Jan 7 Richard "Dick" Kollmar, American actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies from complications from a blood clotting disorder at 60
  • Jan 7 Madame Spivy [Bertha Levine], American actress (All Fall Down) and nightclub owner, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 8 Adriano Lualdi, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Giannis Christou, Greek composer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, American Baseball HOF outfielder (AL batting champion 1905; NL RBI leader 1900; 2 × AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Bronchos/Naps), dies at 94

Coco Chanel

Jan 10 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), dies at 87

  • Jan 11 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • Jan 13 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, German SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • Jan 13 Robert Still, English composer, dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Henri Tomasi, French conductor, classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), dies at 69
  • Jan 14 Ethel Glenn Hier, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • Jan 16 Kermit Maynard, American cowboy actor (Valley of Terror, Saturday Roundup), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Catherine Calvert, American actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • Jan 19 Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 20 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88
  • Jan 20 Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal, dies at 85
  • Jan 21 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 24 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • Jan 27 Jacobo Árbenz, President of Guatemala (1951-54); overthrown by CIA, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • Jan 31 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist, dies at 79
  • Feb 1 Jim Christy, South African cricket batsman (10 Tests; top score 103 1932; Transvaal, Queensland), dies at 66
  • Feb 3 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), dies at 71
  • Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian party leader and Prime Minister (1952-53), dies at 78
  • Feb 7 Morgan Lee "Dock" Boggs, American folk and blues singer and banjo player, dies on his 73rd birthday
  • Feb 11 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria
  • Feb 12 George Shelton, actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86

James Cash Penney

Feb 12 James Cash Penney, American department store founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

  • Feb 15 Marian Koval, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Teddy Hart, American actor (After the Thin Man, 3 Men on a Horse), dies at 73
  • Feb 20 Alexander Tsfasman, Soviet Russian jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies at 64
  • Feb 21 Robert Manry, American copy editor of the Cleveland newspaper editor who sailed the Atlantic (Tinkerbelle), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 21 Adolph Weiss, American bassoonist and composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Barry Macollum, actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Matt McHugh, American actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair), dies at 77
  • Feb 22 Rudolf Mauersberger, German choral conductor and composer (Dresdner Requiem), dies at 82
  • Feb 23 King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73
  • Feb 25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Feb 26 Josef Berg, Czech composer, and librettist dies at 43
  • Feb 26 Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace; Roman Holiday), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • Mar 5 Winnie Lightner [Winifred Reeves], American vaudeville stage and screen actress, and singer (Gold Diggers of Broadway; Gold Dust Gertie; Sit Tight), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), dies at 74
  • Mar 6 Thurston Dart, English harpsichordist and conductor, dies at 49
  • Mar 7 Harold McNair, British-Jamaican calypso and jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies of lung cancer at 39
  • Mar 8 Harold Lloyd sr, American silent film actor, comedian, and director (Why Worry, Safety Last!), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 9 Jean-Pierre Guézec, French composer (Colorful Architectures), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Mar 10 Mabel Wheeler Daniels, American composer (Deep Forest, The Desolate City), dies at 92
  • Mar 11 Whitney Young Jr, American leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • Mar 11 Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Mar 12 Roy Glenn, American radio and screen character actor (Rocky Jordan; The Jack Benny Show; Amos 'n' Andy; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 12 David Burns, American actor (The Music Man; Hello Dolly!), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 13 Piero Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Rockwell Kens, American artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88
  • Mar 15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 16 (Phyllis) "Bebe" Daniels, American silent film, radio, and screen actress (Silver Dollar; My Past), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, Australian cricket wrist-spin bowler (10 Tests), dies from cancer at 62

Thomas E. Dewey

Mar 16 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

  • Mar 17 Ernst Bachmeister, German writer, dies at 96
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests, 6 dismissals; Cambridge University CC, Kent CCC), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Last Things), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Mary Dorna [Mary Jeanette Tenkink-Stoppelman], Dutch author, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Nan Wynn [Masha Vatz], American radio and big-band singer (Rudy Vallée; Teddy Wilson), actress (Pardon My Sarong), and singing voice for Rita Hayworth, dies of cancer at 55 [1]
  • Mar 22 Martin Bodmer, Swiss Bibliophile and scholar (Bodmer Papyri), dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Armin Loos, German-born American composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 23 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Felix Wolfes, German-American educator, conductor and composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 29 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, tortured to death at 84
  • Mar 30 Selmer Jackson, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Liselotte Liselot Beekmeyer, Dutch actress (Child Crying), dies at 31
  • Mar 31 Alfred Desenclos, French composer, mostly of liturgical works (Messe de Requiem), and teacher, dies at 59
  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, American gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee [Ellery Queen], American detective writer, dies at 65
  • Apr 5 Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), dies at 60

Igor Stravinsky

Apr 6 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps - The Rite of Spring; The Firebird), dies of pneumonia at 88

  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), dies of epileptic seizure at 39
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 21
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, dies at 49
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland, LA Rams), dies at 58
  • Apr 17 Roberto Lupi, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 17 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • Apr 18 Masao Ohki, Japanese composer (Idea of the Night; Hiroshima Symphony), dies of cancer at 69
  • Apr 19 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • Apr 20 Cecil Parker, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), dies at 81
  • Apr 23 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Lennie Hayton, American pianist, composer, conductor and arranger (Paul Whiteman; Bing Crosby; MGM), dies at of heart attack at 63
  • Apr 25 Max Drischner, German organist, harpsichordist, kantor, and composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70
  • May 1 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), dies at 75
  • May 1 Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
  • May 4 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, American chemist (Micromanometric analysis), dies at 88
  • May 4 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • May 4 Louis de Bree [Louis Davids], actor (De man zonder hart, The Cross-Patch, Bluejackets), dies at 87
  • May 4 Seamus Elliott, Irish road bicycle racer (first English speaker to win stages in all the Grand Tours), dies at 36
  • May 5 Harry Moorman, Dutch vice-admiral (KVP), dies at 71
  • May 5 Alice Tissot, French actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 5 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • May 5 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • May 6 Helene Weigel, Austrian/German actress (Metropolis), dies at 70
  • May 7 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • May 10 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Shukichi Mitsukuri, Japanese composer (10 Haikai de Basho), dies at 75
  • May 12 Johnny Taylor, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; 1 x 100, 8 x 50) and rugby union fly-half (2 caps), dies at 75
  • May 12 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • May 12 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), dies at 67
  • May 13 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, Russian composer, dies 67
  • May 15 Sir Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, dies at 70
  • May 15 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), dies at 78
  • May 16 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), dies at 77
  • May 19 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), dies at 76

Ogden Nash

May 19 Ogden Nash, American humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Masquerade Party), dies at 68 [1]

  • May 20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • May 21 Dennis King, English actor (Devil's Brother), dies of heart ailment at 73
  • May 22 Frank Ottersen, Norwegian jazz violinist and saxophonist (Ding, Dong, Dang), dies at 50
  • May 25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew, Mississippi
  • May 25 Mark Brunswick, American composer, dies at 69
  • May 25 Terence De Marney, British actor (Lorna Doone, Doctor Who, The Immortal Gentleman), dies after accidentally falling under a subway at 63
  • May 26 John Longden, British actor (Man From Interpol), dies at 70
  • May 27 Chips Rafferty [John William Pilbean Goffage], Australian actor (Wake in Fright, Desert Rats), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • May 27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), dies at 90
  • May 28 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), killed in a plane crash at 46
  • May 28 Jean Vilar, French stage and film actor and director (Théâtre National Populaire), dies at 59
  • May 29 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 30 Rodd Redwing, American actor (Buffalo Bill In Tomahawk Territory; Son Of Geronimo), and stunt coach, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • May 30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, dies at 85
  • May 31 Bert Ironmonger, Australian cricket spin bowler (14 Tests; 74 wickets @ 17.97; Queensland, Victoria), dies at 89
  • May 31 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter and illustrator, dies at 75

Reinhold Niebuhr

Jun 1 Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologist (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78

  • Jun 2 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye), dies at 66
  • Jun 3 Heinz Hopf, German mathematician (b. 1894)
  • Jun 4 Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher and literary critic, dies at 86
  • Jun 6 Arnold Elston, American composer, and educator,, dies at 63
  • Jun 9 Harold Lloyd Jr, American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd sr (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 40
  • Jun 10 Michael Rennie, British actor (The Day the Earth Stood Still), dies at 61
  • Jun 10 Virginia Eames, American actress, dies of heart attack at 82
  • Jun 14 Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (1957-61), dies at 74
  • Jun 15 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Jun 16 John Reith, Scottish broadcast executive (General Manager of the BBC), dies at 81
  • Jun 16 Garfield Wood, American inventor, motorboat builder and racer (world water speed record x 5; first to travel over 100 mph on water), dies at 90
  • Jun 17 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • Jun 18 Thomas Gomez, American actor (Force of Evil, Key Largo, Kim, Sellout), dies after a car accident at 65
  • Jun 18 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), dies at 82
  • Jun 23 George Blagoi, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 23 Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 24 John Dunning, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1933-37), dies
  • Jun 25 Charles Vildrac, French author, poet and playwright (La Brouille, Michel Auclair, Notes sur la technique poétique), dies at 88
  • Jun 25 John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1880)
  • Jun 26 Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 26 Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, dies
  • Jun 26 Juan Manen, composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 28 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Serenity), dies at 78
  • Jun 28 Joseph Colombo, mobster, shot dead at 48
  • Jun 28 Franz Stangl, Austrian commandant of concentration camps (b. 1908)
  • Jun 29 Viktor Patsayev, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies aboard Soyuz II at 38
  • Jun 29 Vladimir Volkov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies aboard Soyuz 11 at 35
  • Jun 30 Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz at 38
  • Jun 30 Georgi T Dobrovolsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz 11 at 43
  • Jun 30 Vladislav Volkov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz 11 at 35
  • Jun 30 Herbert Biberman, Jewish American screenwriter and film director (b. 1900)
  • Jul 1 Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder, lawyer and politician (UK's first black peer), dies of a heart attack at 69 [1]
  • Jul 2 Edward Ballantine, American composer and music professor, dies at 84

Jim Morrison

Jul 3 Jim Morrison, American singer-songwriter (The Doors) and poet, dies of heart failure allegedly caused be an accidental heroin overdose at 27

  • Jul 3 Renie Riano, British-American vaudeville and screen actress (Jiggs and Maggie films; The Family Jewels) dies after long illness at 71
  • Jul 4 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies of leukemia at 29
  • Jul 4 Joe Cox, South African cricket fast medium bowler (3 Tests; Natal), dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Thomas C. Hart, U.S. admiral and commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94
  • Jul 4 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Jul 6 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), dies at 66
  • Jul 6 Thomas C Heart, US admiral/commander (Asiatic fleet), dies

Louis Armstrong

Jul 6 Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter and singer (Hello Dolly; What A Wonderful World), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Jul 7 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 7 Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b1901)
  • Jul 8 Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 50
  • Jul 10 Harry M O'Connor, dies of pneumonia at 98
  • Jul 10 Mohamed Madbouh, Moroccan general/putschist, shot to death
  • Jul 11 John W. Campbell, American sci-fi writer (Space Beyond), dies at 61
  • Jul 11 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (Le Mans, 1968), killed in crash during sports car race at Norisring in Nuremberg, West Germany at 31
  • Jul 15 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), dies of cancer at 71
  • Jul 16 H T Tsiang, dies at 65
  • Jul 17 Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", American singer (54th Street Revue; "When You Wish Upon a Star"), dies at 76
  • Jul 17 Gerald Nye, American politician and Republican US Senator from North Dakota (1925-1945), dies after mistakenly being prescribed penicillin to which he was allergic at 78
  • Jul 23 Van Heflin [Emmett Evan Heflin Jr], American actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary), dies from a heart attack at 60