Famous Deaths in March 1980

  • Mar 1 John Jacob Niles, American composer and singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 1 Dixie Dean, English footballer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 1 Wilhelmina, high-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)
  • 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 12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 13 Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 14 Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • 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, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies
  • Mar 21 Gideon Fagan, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 21 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 23 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
  • 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 (b. 1901)
  • Mar 25 Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
  • Mar 25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • Mar 26 Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • Mar 28 Dick Haymes, actor (Real Life, Betrayal), dies
  • Mar 29 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74

Person of interestJesse Owens

Mar 31 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Mar 31 VladimĂ­r Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)