Famous Deaths in 1978 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 256 of 256

  • Oct 10 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • Oct 10 Ralph H Metcalfe, (Rep-D-Ill), dies 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, cricketer (58,969 1st-class runs), dies
  • 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 22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)

Person of interestMaybelle Carter

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

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • Oct 26 George "Jackie" Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain 1930-35), dies at 71
  • 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, heavyweight boxing champion (1926-28), dies at 80

  • Nov 7 Janet Flanner, American journalist (New Yorker), dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Norman Rockwell, artist (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 Linda Scott, actress (Escape from Hell Island), dies at 28
  • Nov 10 Theo Lingen, German director and actor (M, Charm of La Boheme), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Howard Swanson, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 George Hearne, South African cricketer (open bat in 3 Tests 1922-24), dies

Person of interestMargaret Mead

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

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead
  • Nov 16 Claude Dauphin, French actor (Barbarella, April in Paris, Deported), dies at 75

Person of interestJim Jones

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

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • Nov 18 Leo J Ryan, (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members
  • Nov 18 Lennie Tristano, American jazz pianist (The New Tristano), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 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

Person of interestHarvey Milk

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

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Nov 28 André Morell [Cecil André 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, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 3 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), dies at 83
  • Dec 4 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists, dies at 76
  • Dec 7 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)

Person of interestGolda Meir

Dec 8 Golda Meir [Mabovitch], Israeli teacher, stateswoman and 4th Prime Minister of Israel (1969-74) "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics, dies in of lymphatic cancer at 80

4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • Dec 10 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • Dec 10 Miura Isshu, Zen teacher, Hakuin Rinzai line, dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • Dec 11 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Dec 12 Clifton Chenier, American blues singer (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
  • Dec 12 Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo, Spanish writer (Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards) and diplomat, dies at 92
  • Dec 15 Chill Wills, American actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Blanche Calloway, US singer/dancer/radio hostess, dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Don Ellis, American jazz band leader (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27 Bob de Lange [Jacob Bernard de Lange], Dutch actor and director (Daniel), dies at 62
  • Dec 27 Chris Bell, American rock guitarist (Big Star), dies in a car crash at 27
  • Dec 27 Houari Boumédiènne, President of Algeria (1965-78), dies at 51
  • Dec 28 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82