On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 1973

  • Mar 2 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • Mar 4 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • Mar 5 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (b. 1933)
  • Mar 5 Rupert Crosse, American actor, 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (The Reivers), dies of lung cancer at 45
  • Mar 6 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Mar 6 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki), dies at 67
  • Mar 7 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgium WW I pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78
  • Mar 8 [John] Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (open batsman in 9 Tests 1953-56), dies at 46
  • Mar 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • Mar 10 Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
  • Mar 10 Eugene 'Bull' Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
  • Mar 12 Esther Williamson Ballou, American organist, composer and educator, dies at 57
  • Mar 12 Frankie "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
  • Mar 12 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Stacy Harris, Canadian born actor (NOPD, Doorway to Danger), dies at 54

  • Mar 14 Murat B "Chic" Young, US comic strip artist (Blondie), dies at 72
  • Mar 14 Rafael Godoy, Colombian composer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 14 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), dies at 73
  • Mar 16 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), dies at 79
  • Mar 17 Geertruida Magdelena Wilhelmina Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Lauritz Melchior, Danish-American baritone tenor (National Symphony), dies at 82
  • Mar 21 Antoni Szałowski, Polish-French composer (The Resurrection of Lazarus; 2 Pieces for Ondes Martenot), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 23 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), dies of stomach cancer at 77
  • Mar 25 Edward Steichen, American photographer, dies at 93
  • Mar 26 George Sisler, American MLB Hall of Fame 1st baseman, 1915-30; MLB record 257 hits in 1920, 2x AL batting champ, 4x AL Stolen Base leader (St. Louis Browns, and 2 other teams), dies at 80

Person of interestNoël Coward

Mar 26 Noël Coward, English playwright (Hay Fever; Private Lives), director (In Which We Serve -1942 Academy Award), actor and singer, dies of heart failure at 73

Playwright, Director and Singer Noël Coward
Playwright, Director and Singer
Noël Coward
  • Mar 26 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • Mar 26 Johnny Drake, American NFL football running back, 1937-41 (Cleveland Rams), dies at 56
  • Mar 26 Don Messer, Canadian folk fiddler, and television host (Jubilee, 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Mar 27 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
  • Mar 29 Melville Cooper, English actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Father of the Bride), dies of cancer at 76 [1]
  • Mar 31 Kurt Thomas, German composer, dies at 68