Famous Deaths in October 1987

  • Oct 2 Madeleine Carroll, actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), dies at 81
  • Oct 2 Peter Brian Medawar, medical scientist, dies
  • Oct 3 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Ball of the Voleurs), dies at 77 (b. 1910)
  • Oct 9 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer (b. 1908)
  • Oct 9 Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, dies at 84
  • Oct 12 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • Oct 12 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77

Person of interestWalter Houser Brattain

Oct 13 Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist (transistors, Nobel 1956), dies at 85

  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • Oct 14 Rodolfo Halffter, composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 15 Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, dies
  • Oct 16 Dana Suesse, songwriter (You Ought to be in Pictures), dies at 75
  • Oct 17 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)
  • Oct 17 Ruby Dandridge [Ruby Jean Butler], American actress (Father of the Bride), dies at 87
  • Oct 18 Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • Oct 19 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • Oct 20 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (theory of probability), dies at 84
  • Oct 21 Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwan government official, dies at 88
  • Oct 22 Angiolino "Lino" Ventura, Italian actor (Happy New Year, Pain in the A--), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Oct 24 Constantin Alajalov, Russian artist, dies at 86
  • Oct 25 Cecil Brown, American war correspondent (worked closely with Edward R. Murrow during WW II), dies at 80
  • Oct 27 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), dies at 76
  • Oct 28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • Oct 29 Kamal El Mallakh, dies at 57
  • Oct 29 Woody Herman, American bandleader/composer (Thundering Herds), dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Joseph Campbell, mythologist (Mythic Image), dies at 83