On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1972 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 298 of 298

  • Aug 29 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Rene Leibowitz, composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 1 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer (Dusty Rag), dies at 84
  • Sep 4 Alan Kippax, Australian cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies at 75
  • Sep 5 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 7 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, dies at 81
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Kornelis Posthumus, chemist, dies at 70
  • Sep 15 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Turkish composer, one of "The Turkish Five" (Köçekçe - Dance Rhapsody for Orchestra), dies from a stroke at 66
  • Sep 15 Geoffrey Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-61), dies at 85
  • Sep 17 Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-Russian actor (Touch of Evil, For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 72
  • Sep 18 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), dies at 58
  • Sep 19 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)

  • Sep 21 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary, dies at 53
  • Sep 23 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Charles J Correll, American actor (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82
  • Sep 27 Rory Storm, lead singer (Rory Storm & Hurricane), commits suicide
  • Sep 27 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • Sep 28 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 1 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87

Person of interestLouis Leakey

Oct 1 Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge), dies at 68

Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and Paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • Oct 4 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), dies at 61
  • Oct 5 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), dies at 64
  • Oct 6 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter, dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Miriam Hopkins, actress (Carrie, Barbary Coast), dies at 69
  • Oct 14 Joseph Kaminski, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 16 Leo G Carroll, actor (Topper, Man From Uncle), dies at 80
  • Oct 16 Hale Boggs, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
  • Oct 17 Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Oct 17 George, Crown Prince of Serbia, eldest son of King Peter I, dies at 85
  • Oct 17 Billy Williams, American singer (b. 1910)

  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies
  • Oct 18 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), dies at 66
  • Oct 20 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86
  • Oct 22 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudist/portraits), dies at 82

Person of interestJackie Robinson

Oct 24 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), dies at 53

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 25 Norman Norell [Levinson], US fashion designer, dies at 72

Person of interestIgor Sikorsky

Oct 26 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky
  • Oct 27 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), dies from cancer at 64
  • Oct 30 Alan Roth, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 68
  • Oct 30 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), dies at 84
  • Oct 31 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)

Person of interestEzra Pound

Nov 1 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Throne), dies at 87

  • Nov 5 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 85
  • Nov 6 Billy Murcia, rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • Nov 7 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Nov 10 Charlie Hallows, English cricketer who scored 1000 runs in a single month in May 1928, dies at 77
  • Nov 11 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in motorcycle crash at 24
  • Nov 12 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American composer (Bohemian suite), dies at 92
  • Nov 14 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 71
  • Nov 16 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer, dies at 87
  • Nov 18 Danny Whitten, rocker, dies of a drug overdose
  • Nov 18 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 21 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • Nov 23 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 24 Hall Overton, American composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies at 52
  • Nov 25 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, dies at 86
  • Nov 26 R. P. Keigwin, English academic, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer, dies at 91
  • Nov 28 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), dies at 96
  • Nov 29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • Nov 30 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Kubiniana, Requiem), dies at 71
  • Nov 30 Neil H McElroy, soap manufacturer/minister of Defense (1957-59), dies
  • Nov 30 Valentin Ruiz Azner, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 1 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • Dec 2 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • Dec 2 Ip Man, Chinese martial artist, and a master teacher of Wing Chun, dies at 79
  • Dec 3 Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • Dec 3 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), dies at 85
  • Dec 5 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • Dec 6 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • Dec 8 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash
  • Dec 9 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Mark van Doren, American poet and author (Happy Critic, Transients), dies at 78
  • Dec 11 John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies at 67
  • Dec 11 Semjon I. Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Edward Earle, Canadian actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
  • Dec 15 Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Erwin Dressel, German composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72
  • Dec 21 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Andrej Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • Dec 24 Charles Atlas [Angelo Siciliano], Italian-American bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), dies at 74
  • Dec 25 C. Rajagopalachari, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India, dies at 94

Person of interestHarry Truman

Dec 26 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (1945-53), dies in KC Mo at 88

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Person of interestLester B. Pearson

Dec 27 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel Peace Prize 1957), dies at 75

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Dec 29 Fritz Behrend, composer, dies at 83

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

Dec 31 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente