On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1981

  • Oct 2 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), dies at 75
  • Oct 5 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Crossfire, Sudden Fear, Rich Man Poor Man), dies of peritonitis and breast cancer at 55
  • Oct 5 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48

MurderAnwar Sadat

Oct 6 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86
  • Oct 13 Nils Asther, actor (Son of Lassie, Wild Orchids), dies at 84
  • Oct 14 Ingemar Liljefors, Swedish composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 15 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)

Person of interestMoshe Dayan

Oct 16 Moshe Dayan, Israel's general/minister of Defense, dies at 66

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • Oct 16 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • Oct 17 David Guion, composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Karel Srom, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 22 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • Oct 24 Deborah Baltzell, actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
  • Oct 25 Ariel Durant, American author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), dies at 82
  • Oct 29 William O Walker, publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85
  • Oct 30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies
  • Oct 30 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), dies at 64