On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1979 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 328 of 328

  • Aug 8 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • Aug 10 John Nicholas "Dick" Foran, American actor (OK Crackerby, Fort Apache, Winners of the West), dies at 69
  • Aug 10 Walther Gerlach, German physicist who, with Otto Stern, co-discovered spin quantization in a magnetic field (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90
  • Aug 12 Ernst B. Chain, German-British chemist and bacteriologist (penicillin, Nobel 1945), dies at 73

Person of interestJohn Diefenbaker

Aug 16 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 70
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, dies at 68
  • Aug 22 Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • Aug 22 James T Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • Aug 23 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Aug 23 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), dies at 71
  • Aug 24 Hanna Reitsch, German aviator and test pilot, dies at 67

  • Aug 24 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk, priest and wonder-worker, dies at 79
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, American musician, jazz pianist, arranger and bandleader (Artistry In Rhythm), dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Mika Waltari, Finnish novelist (Egyptian), dies at 70
  • Aug 27 Bolesław Szabelski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 82

MurderLord Mountbatten

Aug 27 Louis Mountbatten, British naval officer and statesman, last Viceroy of India (1947), is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland at 79

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • Aug 27 Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered by the IRA at 14
  • Aug 28 Simonow, writer, dies
  • Aug 29 Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Samuel I Newhouse Sr., American businessman and publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • Aug 31 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper, umpire (11 Tests), dies at 93
  • Aug 31 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75
  • Sep 1 Doris Kenyon, American silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), dies at 90
  • Sep 2 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • Sep 4 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician, dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • Sep 5 Alberto di Jorio, Italian Cardinal and former head of the Vatican Bank, dies at 95
  • Sep 6 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), dies at 69
  • Sep 7 Ivor Armstrong Richards, English literary critic (The Meaning of Meaning), dies at 86

  • Sep 7 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), dies at 76
  • Sep 9 Solon Michaelides, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Agostinho Neto, 1st President of Angola (1975-79), dies at 56
  • Sep 10 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer, dies at 99
  • Sep 12 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • Sep 14 Raymond Loucheur, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • Sep 15 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), dies at 63
  • Sep 16 Nur Mohammed Taraki, president of Afghanistan (1978-79), killed
  • Sep 17 Miloslav Kabeláč, Czech composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 20 Ludvík Svoboda, Czech general and politician (8th President of Czechoslovakia, 1968-75), dies at 83
  • Sep 21 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • Sep 26 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies from mouth cancer at 69
  • Sep 26 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
  • Sep 26 Seymour Shifrin, American composer (Satires of Circumstance), dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Sep 27 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • Oct 1 Roy Harris, American composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 3 Charles White, American artist (The Contribution of the Negro to American Democracy), dies at 61
  • Oct 3 Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton],, American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov, 1969, Playmate of the Year 1970), dies in car crash at 29
  • Oct 4 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 5 Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies
  • Oct 6 Elizabeth Bishop, American poet (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • Oct 8 June Nash, actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Paul Paray, French conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • Oct 10 Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Oct 12 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • Oct 13 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), dies at 89
  • Oct 13 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, dies at 93
  • Oct 16 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (Lillelord), dies at 77
  • Oct 17 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), dies at 81
  • Oct 17 Karel Reiner, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 17 S J Perelman, American author, humorist and screenwriter (The New Yorker, Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • Oct 22 Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber
  • Oct 22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • Oct 26 Park Chung-hee, South Korean general and President (1963-79), assassinated by the director of the Korean Intelligence Agency at 61
  • Oct 27 Father Charles Coughlin, Canadian-American Roman Catholic priest and pro-Fascist radio broadcaster, dies at 88
  • Oct 30 Barnes Wallis, English scientist, engineer and inventor (bouncing bomb), dies at 92
  • Oct 30 Donna Rachele Mussolini, wife of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, dies at 89
  • Nov 1 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (1953-61), dies of a stroke at 82
  • Nov 2 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • Nov 5 Al Capp, US cartoonist (Li'l Abner), dies at 70
  • Nov 6 Chick Evans, American golfer (US Open 1916), dies at 89
  • Nov 7 Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
  • Nov 7 Paolo Carlini, Italian actor (It Started in Naples), dies at 53
  • Nov 8 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • Nov 8 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle, dies at 79
  • Nov 9 Lewis Charles [Cholost], American actor (Topaz, Feather & Father Gang), dies of cancer at 59
  • Nov 10 Friedrich Thorberg, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • Nov 13 Dimitris Psathas, Greek playwright (b. 1907)
  • Nov 14 Bill Farrimond, England cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests 1930-35), dies
  • Nov 16 Bert Baston, American College Football Hall of Fame end (University of Minnesota), dies at 84

  • Nov 17 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • Nov 17 Immanuel Velikovsky, Russian writer (Worlds in Collision), dies at 84
  • Nov 18 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies ), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Nov 22 Anne Vondeling, Male Dutch soc democratic party-minister, dies at 63
  • Nov 23 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), dies from a stroke at 68
  • Nov 23 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Nov 23 Richard Rovere, American political journalist (Goldwater Caper), dies at 64
  • Nov 26 Marcel L'Herbier, French director and screenwriter (El Dorado), dies at 91
  • Nov 30 Joyce Grenfell (Adventure for Two), actress, dies at 69
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), dies at 78
  • Dec 2 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, Russian composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), dies at 74
  • Dec 4 Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
  • Dec 5 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), dies at 94
  • Dec 7 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed that stars are composed largely of hydrogen and are not glowing balls of molten rock, dies at 79
  • Dec 7 Mari Andriessen, Dutch sculptor (Docker), dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • Dec 7 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • Dec 9 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • Dec 10 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • Dec 10 Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
  • Dec 11 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • Dec 11 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • Dec 13 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • Dec 14 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, Indian cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies at 56
  • Dec 15 Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • Dec 21 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies at 60
  • Dec 22 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector, dies at 81
  • Dec 24 Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
  • Dec 25 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • Dec 25 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Dec 25 Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • Dec 27 Hafizullah Amin, Afghan politician (President of Afghanistan, 1979), killed by Russian forces in a coup during Soviet invasion at 50
  • Dec 29 Branimir Sakač, Croatian composer (Matrix Symphony), dies at 61
  • Dec 30 Richard Rodgers, American composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77