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, American doctor (Scarsdale Diet), shot and killed by girlfriend Jean Harris at 69
  • 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 18 Ludwig Guttmann, German-British neurologist, founder of the Stoke Mandeville Games (now the Paralympics), dies at 80
  • Mar 21 Gideon Fagan, South African conductor and composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 21 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist, dies at 92
  • 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, American drummer (Buckinghams), dies at 32
  • Mar 28 Richard "Dick" Haymes, Argentine-American actor and singer (Sate Fair, Real Life, Betrayal), dies of lung cancer at 61
  • Mar 28 John Poulos, American drummer (The Buckinghams - "Kind Of A Drag"), dies of heart failure at 32
  • Mar 29 Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74

Jesse Owens

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

  • Mar 31 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet, dies at 74