On This Day

Famous People Who Died in September 1980

  • Sep 2 William Douglas Denny, American composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 3 Barbara O'Neil, American actress (Tower of London, Stella Dallas), dies at 70
  • Sep 3 Duncan Renaldo, Spanish actor (Cisco Kid, Guns of Fury), dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Sep 3 Fabian von Schlabendorff, German resistance fighter/judge, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 Dirch Passer, prolific Danish actor (Going for Broke, Mig og mafiaen), dies of a myocardial infarction at 54
  • Sep 4 Wolfgang Gentner, German nuclear physicist, dies at 74
  • Sep 5 Barbara Loden, actress (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 48
  • Sep 5 Don Banks, Australian orchestral, jazz, and film score composer, dies of leukemia at 56
  • Sep 8 Bruce Dooland, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; Nottinghamshire; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955), dies at 56
  • Sep 8 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, dies at 84

Willard Libby

Sep 8 Willard Libby, American chemist who developed radiocarbon dating (Nobel 1960), dies of pneumonia at 71

  • Sep 8 Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), dies at 101
  • Sep 9 John Howard Griffin, American photographer, journalist and author (Black Like Me), dies from complications of diabetes at 60
  • Sep 9 Harold Clurman, American theatrical producer and director (Deadline at Dawn), dies at 78
  • Sep 11 Jose Antonio Calcano, Venezuelan composer, teacher, and choral director, dies at 80
  • Sep 12 Lillian Randolph, actress (Roots, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
  • Sep 15 Bill Evans, American jazz pianist ("Peace Piece"; "Waltz For Debbie"), dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • Sep 17 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • Sep 17 Katherine A Porter, American author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 Katherine Anne Porter, American writer (Ship of Fools), dies at 90
  • Sep 20 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • Sep 21 Ernest White, Canadian organist, organ designer, and composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 21 Willem Ravelli, Dutch baritone singer (St Matthew Passion), dies at 88

John Bonham

Sep 25 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

  • Sep 25 Lewis Milestone, Moldovan film director (b. 1895)
  • Sep 25 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet, dies at 97
  • Sep 25 Earl Roy Curry, religious thinker and Kirtland Temple overseer, dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Bindo Maserati, Italian auto engineer and businessman (manager Maserati Racing; founder O.S.C.A. Racing), dies at 97