On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 1980

  • Mar 1 John Jacob Niles, American composer & singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 1 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Mar 1 Wilhelmina Cooper, Dutch-American model and founder of Wilhelmina Models, dies at 40
  • Mar 1 Emmett Ashford, American MLB umpire (first certified black umpire in organised baseball), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 5 Jay Silverheels [Harold J. Smith], Canadian actor (The Lone Ranger, Key Largo), dies from a stroke at 67
  • Mar 5 Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • Mar 10 Herman Tarnower, doctor (Scarsdale Diet), killed by Jean Harris
  • Mar 10 Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer and poet (Making a Poem), dies at 100
  • Mar 12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 13 Tauno Pylkkänen, Finnish composer dies at 61
  • Mar 14 Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • Mar 15 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), dies at 72
  • Mar 16 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
  • Mar 17 Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • Mar 18 Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79

  • Mar 18 Herman Griffith, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests; 44 wickets; best 6-103), dies at 86
  • Mar 18 "Grishata" Grigor Vachkov, Bulgarian actor (At Each Kilometer), dies at 47
  • Mar 21 Gideon Fagan, South African conductor and composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 21 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 23 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (Misery Index), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Mar 24 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman Catholic priest, murdered during mass at 62
  • Mar 25 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • Mar 25 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist and psychologist, dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor and pianist, dies at 66
  • Mar 25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • Mar 26 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • Mar 28 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (Sate Fair, Real Life, Betrayal), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • Mar 29 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74

Person of interestJesse Owens

Mar 31 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Mar 31 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet, dies at 74