On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1984

  • Jan 1 Alexis Korner, British blues revivalist, guitar player (Blues Incorporated - "Please Please Please Please"), and radio broadcaster, dies of lung cancer at 55
  • Jan 1 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 7 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), dies at 81
  • Jan 9 Wolfgang Staudte, German director (Ciske de Rat), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), dies at 82
  • Jan 11 Fritz Geissler, German composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 11 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch sexuologist (NVSH), dies at 55
  • Jan 14 Paul Ben Haim [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, dies at 86

Ray Kroc

Jan 14 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

Brooks Atkinson

Jan 14 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), dies at 89

  • Jan 17 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Malcolm H. Kerr, 9th President of American University of Beirut, shot dead at 52
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer, rebetiko and laïkó songwriter, and bouzouki player, dies on his 69th birthday
  • Jan 19 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946; Chicago Blackhawks), dies at 63

Johnny Weissmuller

Jan 20 (Johann) Johnny Weissmuller, Romanian-American actor (Tarzan) and swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

  • Jan 21 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer ("Lonely Teardrops"; "Higher And Higher": "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"), dies from stroke complications at 49
  • Jan 21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • Jan 22 Mikiel Gonzi, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malta (1944-76), dies at 98
  • Jan 23 Samuel Gardner, American composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 23 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • Jan 23 Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 27 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • Jan 29 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer