On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1981

  • Dec 2 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • Dec 2 Cola, Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86

Person of interestWalter Knott

Dec 3 Walter Knott, American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California and introduced the boysenberry to America, dies at 91

Farmer and Creator of Knott's Berry Farm Walter Knott
Farmer and Creator of Knott's Berry Farm
Walter Knott
  • Dec 8 Big Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player (Everybody's Fishin'), dies of heart failure at 64
  • Dec 9 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • Dec 9 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • Dec 10 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), dies at 89
  • Dec 11 I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • Dec 13 Pigmeat [Dewey] Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Edwin Erich Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov), dies at 83
  • Dec 18 Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide
  • Dec 20 Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)
  • Dec 21 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • Dec 26 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • Dec 26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • Dec 27 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), dies at 82
  • Dec 28 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • Dec 29 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krle┼ża, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
  • Dec 31 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60