On This Day

Famous People Who Died in November 1978

  • Nov 5 Denis O'Dea, Irish actor (Niagara, Esther & the King, Treasure Island), dies at 73
  • Nov 6 Flora Campbell, actress (Faraway Hill, Date With Judy), dies at 67
  • Nov 6 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, dies at 79
  • Nov 7 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1926-28), dies at 80
  • Nov 7 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Norman Rockwell, American artist and illustrator (Saturday Evening Post covers), dies at 84
  • Nov 9 Joe Wong, actor (Ken Murray Show), dies at 75
  • Nov 9 Otto Siegl, Austrian composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 10 Theo Lingen, German director and actor (M, Charm of La Boheme), dies at 75
  • Nov 11 Bennie Borgmann, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward and coach (Kingston Colonials, Original Celtics; coach Syracuse Nationals), dies at 77
  • Nov 12 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 George Hearne, South African cricket batsman (3 Tests; Western Province), dies at 90

Margaret Mead

Nov 15 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa, Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

  • Nov 15 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), dies of a stroke at 67
  • Nov 16 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75

Jim Jones

Nov 18 Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

  • Nov 18 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Nov 18 Leo Ryan, American teacher and politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California, 1973-78), assassinated at 53 in Jonestown, Guyana
  • Nov 20 Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  • Nov 20 Giorgio De Chirico, Italian painter (founded the scuola metafisica art movement), dies at 90
  • Nov 25 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • Nov 26 Frank Rosolino, American jazz trombonist (The Frank Rosolino Sextet), kills himself after shooting his sons at 52
  • Nov 27 George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco (1976-78) shot and killed by Dan White aged 49

AssassinationHarvey Milk

Nov 27 Harvey Milk, first openly gay person to be elected to public office, assassinated by Dan White at 48

  • Nov 28 AndrĂ© Morell [Cecil AndrĂ© Mesritz], British actor (Ben-Hur, The Message, Hound of the Baskervilles), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Nov 28 Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Argentine football executive (b. 1902)
  • Nov 29 Alan Richardson, Scottish pianist and composer, dies at 74