On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 1979

  • Feb 1 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), dies of coronary arrest at 60
  • Feb 2 Jim Burke, Australian cricket batsman (24 Tests; record for most innings in a complete career without scoring a duck [44]) and broadcaster (ABC), dies of self inflicted gunshot wounds at 48

Person of interestSid Vicious

Feb 2 Sid Vicious [John Simon Ritchie], English musician and bassist (Sex Pistols), dies of a heroin overdose at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • Feb 3 Jody Gilbert, American actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies at 62
  • Feb 5 Eddie Paynter, English cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • Feb 6 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • Feb 7 Warren Giles, American baseball National League president, dies at 82
  • Feb 7 Herbert "Peanuts" Holland, American swing jazz trumpeter, dies at 68
  • Feb 8 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet and writer (against Pasternak), dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Jim Smith, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), dies at 72
  • Feb 9 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies

Person of interestDennis Gabor

Feb 9 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), dies at 79

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • Feb 9 Allen Tate, American poet (Mr Pope & Other Poems), dies at 79
  • Feb 12 Jean Renoir, French film director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion) and actor (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, American gospel composer and singer (Your Arms Too Short to Box with God), dies of a stroke at 51
  • Feb 15 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • Feb 16 Louise Allbritton, American actress (The Egg and I, Stage Door, Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 58
  • Feb 16 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • Feb 17 "Bill" William Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's, You Only Live Once), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 21 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • Feb 21 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • Feb 23 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician, dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Jane Hylton [Audrey Gwendolene Clark], British actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot, Daybreak), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 28 Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • Feb 28 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube), dies at 81