On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1978

  • Oct 3 Alfred Strange, English soccer right half (20 caps, 3 as captain; Sheffield Wednesday, 253 games), dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Jim Gilliam, coach (LA Dodgers), dies at 49
  • Oct 8 Karl Swenson, American actor (Lars Hanson-Little House on the Prairie), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 8 Tibor Serly, Hungarian violinist and composer (American Elegy), dies at 76
  • Oct 9 Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter, actor, director and composer (Le Far West, Pain in the A__), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 49
  • Oct 9 Pavel Antokolsky, Russian poet and theatre director (Syn), dies at 82
  • Oct 10 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • Oct 10 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Oct 10 Ralph Marterie, American big band leader (b. 1914)
  • Oct 12 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • Oct 16 Daniel "Dan" Dailey, American dancer and actor (You're My Everything, Governor & J.J.), dies of anemia at 62
  • Oct 18 Frank Woolley, English cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies at 91
  • Oct 18 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64
  • Oct 19 Gig Young [Byron Elsworth Barr], American actor (They Shoot Horses Don't They), kills his bride of 3 weeks and commits suicide at 64
  • Oct 21 Anastas I Mikojan, Russian politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 21 Anastas Mikoyan, Armenian revolutionary and member of Supreme Soviet, dies at 82
  • Oct 22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)

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Oct 23 Maybelle Carter, country singer (Johnny Cash Show), dies at 69

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
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Maybelle Carter
  • Oct 26 George "Jackie" Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies at 71