On This Day

Famous People Who Died in November 1981

  • Nov 2 Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70
  • Nov 3 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, dies at 85

Person of interestWill Durant

Nov 7 Will Durant, American author and historian (The Story of Philosophy, The Story of Civilization), dies at 96

Historian Will Durant
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Will Durant
  • Nov 10 Abel Gance, French movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92

Person of interestWilliam Holden

Nov 12 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • Nov 14 Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • Nov 15 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), dies at 78
  • Nov 17 Bob Eberly, American singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • Nov 19 Griffiths Mxenge, South Afr's anti-apartheid advocate, murdered
  • Nov 20 Rolf Bongs, German writer, dies at 74
  • Nov 21 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • Nov 22 Andreina Pagnani, actress (Il Commandante), dies at 74
  • Nov 22 Jack Fingleton, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests, 1,189 runs @ 42.46, 5 x 100s), dies at 73
  • Nov 25 Jack Albertson, American actor (Chico and the Man, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from colon cancerr at 74
  • Nov 25 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 86
  • Nov 26 Max Euwe, Dutch world chess champion (1935-37), dies at 80
  • Nov 27 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • Nov 29 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • Nov 29 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)
  • Nov 30 Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72