Deaths in History in 1963

  • Jan 3 Oscar Backing, Austria/Neth viola player, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Arthur Moore, Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
  • Jan 8 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • Jan 11 Arthur D Nock, English-Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Rad Kortenhorst [Leonardus Gerardus Kortenhorst], Dutch politician (KVP), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Gustav Regler, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jan 18 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), dies at 56
  • Jan 21 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • Jan 28 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday

Person of interestRobert Frost

Jan 29 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88

  • Feb 1 Fleetwood Lindley, the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face (b. 1888)
  • Feb 6 Mohammed ibn al-Chattabi Abd el-Krim, Morocco opposition leader, dies
  • Feb 6 Abd el-Krim, Moroccan politician
  • Feb 8 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63),, assassinated in Baghdad at 48

Person of interestSylvia Plath

Feb 11 Sylvia Plath, American poet/novelist (Ariel), commits suicide at 30

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • Feb 13 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • Feb 16 Friedrich Dessauer, German physicist (radiologist), dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • Feb 26 Artturi A Leinonen, Fin journalist/politician (Prophet), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader, First President of India (1950-62), dies at 78
  • Mar 4 William Carlos Williams, US physician/poet, dies at 79
  • Mar 6 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, dies at 73
  • Mar 29 Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish author (Stolica), dies at 64
  • Apr 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (The Style), dies at 73
  • Apr 6 Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 15 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
  • Apr 18 Henrietta Kreis, 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death
  • Apr 18 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician (b. 1880)
  • May 1 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • May 2 Van Wyck Brooks, US historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • May 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • May 6 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)

Person of interestCharles Vyner Brooke

May 9 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • May 11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  • May 13 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazi war criminals escape (b. 1885)
  • May 16 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), dies at 44
  • May 17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)

  • May 27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • May 31 Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63

Person of interestJohn XXIII

Jun 3 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli], 261st Pope (1958-63), dies at 81

  • Jun 3 Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (Tosun Pasa, The Passenger), dies at 61
  • Jun 6 William Baziotes, American painter (abstract expressionist), dies at 50
  • Jun 11 Thích Quảng Đức, Buddhist monk, immolates himself on a street in Saigon at the age of 65-66
  • Jun 12 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Medgar Evers, NAACP official, shot in Jackson Miss at 37
  • Jun 17 John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), dies at 90
  • Jun 17 Alain F B Alanbrooke, 1st viscount of Brookeborough, dies at 79
  • Jun 20 Joseph Self, murderer, executed; last Wash state execution in 25 yrs
  • Jun 20 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician, dies at 64
  • Jun 26 Obe Postma, Fries, poet/geography/historian (Own Cart), dies
  • Jul 1 Camille Chautemps, premier France, dies
  • Jul 2 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1889)
  • Jul 25 Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (discovered the method of electroconvulsive therapy), dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), dies at 86
  • Aug 1 Theodore Roethke, US poet (Praise to the end!), dies
  • Aug 2 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, dies at 61
  • Aug 10 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • Aug 10 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • Aug 10 Ernst Wetter, Member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 85
  • Aug 14 Clifford Odets, American playwright (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • Aug 20 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer, dies at 84
  • Aug 22 William Richard Morris, 1st viscount Nuffield motor manufacturer, dies

Person of interestW.E.B. Du Bois

Aug 27 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the NAACP, dies at 95 in Accra, Ghana

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Aug 27 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • Aug 30 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
  • Aug 31 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, dies at 81
  • Sep 1 Jean Canneel, Flemish sculptor, dies at 73
  • Sep 4 Robert Schuman, Luxembourg-born French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1947-48), dies at 77
  • Sep 9 Ernst Kantorowicz, German-American historian (Laudes regiae), dies at 68
  • Sep 9 Jan Schouten, Dutch founder (illegal Trouw)/chairman (ARP), dies
  • Sep 10 Eugène Baie, Belgian author (Sub rosa et sub umbra), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), dies at 63
  • Sep 17 Eduard Spranger, German psychologist and educator, dies at 81
  • Sep 21 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (b. 1899)
  • Oct 8 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist dies of a heart attack aged 54
  • Oct 10 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer, dies at 70
  • Oct 11 Jean Cocteau, French poet and writer (Les Enfants Terribles), dies at 73
  • Oct 15 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss/French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies
  • Oct 17 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (Prime Numbers), dies at 97
  • Oct 21 George B Cressey, US geographer (Crossroads), dies at 66
  • Oct 21 Józef Franczak, last cursed soldier - anticommunist underground in Poland(b. 1918)
  • Oct 22 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, dies at 73
  • Oct 23 Raphael HLAJM Verwilghen, architect/urban developer, dies at 78
  • Nov 1 Elsa Maxwell, American author (Jack Paar Show), dies at 80

Person of interestNgô Đình Diệm

Nov 2 Ngô Đình Diệm, President and authoritarian leader of South Vietnam (1954-63), assassinated in a coup at 62

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • Nov 6 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, 11th and final Prime Minister of Indonesia, dies at 52
  • Nov 10 Otto Flake, writer, dies
  • Nov 13 Margaret Murray, English anthropologist and Egyptologist (b. 1863)
  • Nov 21 Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (Perfil del Aire), dies at 61
  • Nov 21 Robert Stroud, American convict "Birdman of Alcatraz", dies at 73

Person of interestAldous Huxley

Nov 22 Aldous Huxley, English author (Brave New World), dies at 69

  • Nov 22 Bikram Singh, Indies Lt-General (Kashmir), dies

Person of interestC. S. Lewis

Nov 22 C. S. Lewis [Clive Staples], Irish author (Silver Chair), dies at 64

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • Nov 22 Daulet Singh, Indies Lt-General, dies

Person of interestJohn F. Kennedy

Nov 22 John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States (1961-63), assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas at 46

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Nov 22 NKD Nanavati, Indies general-major (WWII), dies
  • Nov 22 William R Titterton, English author (Candle of the Stars), dies at 87
  • Nov 22 Wilhelm Beiglböck, Nazi physician (b. 1905)
  • Nov 22 J. D. Tippit, American police officer, murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald at 39 shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy

Person of interestLee Harvey Oswald

Nov 24 Lee Harvey Oswald, American assassin of JFK, 2 days earlier, shot dead two days after he killed JFK by nightclub owner Jack Ruby live on TV at 24

Former Soldier and Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald
Former Soldier and Assassin
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Dec 5 Herbert H Lehman, (Gov-D-NY), dies
  • Dec 5 Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Prime Minister of Pakistan (b. 1892)
  • Dec 6 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flem philologist (Language Boundary), dies at 81
  • Dec 8 Field Marshal Sarit Dhanarajata, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1908)
  • Dec 13 Hubert ME Pierlot, Belgian advocate/premier (1939-45), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Erich Ollenhauer, German politician, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (1952-63), dies at 62
  • Dec 25 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Abbott Joseph Liebling, American journalist/writer, dies