On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1978

  • Apr 3 Ray Noble, English bandleader, comedian and actor (The Very Thought of You), dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Gino Contilli, Italian composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Nicolas Nabokov, Russian composer (Holy Devil), dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 8 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • Apr 9 Clough Williams-Ellis, British architect known chiefly as the creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales, dies at 94
  • Apr 9 Vivian McGrath, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1937), dies at 62
  • Apr 13 Paul McGrath, American actor (Witness, No Time for Love), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist, dies at 47
  • Apr 16 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 21 Sandy Denny, country singer, dies at 37
  • Apr 22 Will Geer [William Aughe Ghere], American actor (Salt of the Earth, The Waltons), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Daoud Khan, Afghan politician, murdered at 68
  • Apr 27 John Doeg, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), dies at 69
  • Apr 28 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) & Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), dies at 68