On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1971

  • Jan 1 Amphilochius of Pochayiv [Yakov Varnavovich Golovatyuk], Ukrainian Orthodox Christian saint, dies at 76
  • Jan 2 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Jan 2 Lloyd Hall, African-American chemist & pioneer in food chemistry (science of food preservation), dies at 76
  • Jan 4 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • Jan 5 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66

Coco Chanel

Jan 10 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer (Chanel), dies at 87

  • Jan 11 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • Jan 13 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, German SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • Jan 20 Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal, dies at 85
  • Jan 21 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 24 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • Jan 27 Jacobo Árbenz, President of Guatemala (1951-54); overthrown by CIA, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)
  • Jan 31 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian party leader and Prime Minister (1952-53), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria

James Cash Penney

Feb 12 James Cash Penney, American department store founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

  • Feb 21 Robert Manry, American copy editor of the Cleveland newspaper editor who sailed the Atlantic (Tinkerbelle), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 23 King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73
  • Feb 25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 Charles W Engelhard, US silver multi-millionaire, dies at 54
  • Mar 6 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), dies at 74
  • Mar 11 Whitney Young Jr, American leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • Mar 13 Rockwell Kens, American artist/painter/illustrator, dies at 88

Thomas E. Dewey

Mar 16 Thomas E. Dewey, Governor of NY and Republican presidential candidate (1944, 1948), dies of a heart attack at 68

  • Mar 17 Ernst Bachmeister, German writer, dies at 96
  • Mar 19 Jan Greshoff, Dutch poet/author/journalist (Last Things), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Mary Dorna [Mary Jeanette Tenkink-Stoppelman], Dutch author, dies at 79
  • Mar 22 Martin Bodmer, Swiss Bibliophile and scholar (Bodmer Papyri), dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Simon Vestdijk, Dutch author/poet (Brass Garden), dies at 72
  • Mar 29 Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, tortured to death at 84
  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, American gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee [Ellery Queen], American detective writer, dies at 65
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, dies at 49
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • Apr 23 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70
  • May 4 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, American chemist (Micromanometric analysis), dies at 88
  • May 4 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • May 5 Harry Moorman, Dutch vice-admiral (KVP), dies at 71
  • May 5 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • May 5 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • May 7 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • May 15 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), dies at 78

Ogden Nash

May 19 Ogden Nash, American humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Masquerade Party), dies at 68 [1]

  • May 20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • May 25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew, Mississippi
  • May 31 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter and illustrator, dies at 75

Reinhold Niebuhr

Jun 1 Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologist (Nature & Destiny of Man), dies at 78

  • Jun 2 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye), dies at 66
  • Jun 3 Heinz Hopf, German mathematician (b. 1894)
  • Jun 4 Georg Lukács, Hungarian philosopher and literary critic, dies at 86
  • Jun 14 Carlos P. Garcia, 8th President of the Philippines (1957-61), dies at 74
  • Jun 15 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Jun 16 Garfield Wood, American inventor, motorboat builder and racer (world water speed record x 5; first to travel over 100 mph on water), dies at 90
  • Jun 18 Paul Karrer, Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1937), dies at 82
  • Jun 23 George Blagoi, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 25 Charles Vildrac, French author, poet and playwright (La Brouille, Michel Auclair, Notes sur la technique poétique), dies at 88
  • Jun 25 John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1880)
  • Jun 28 Henri Puvrez, Belgian sculptor (Serenity), dies at 78
  • Jun 28 Joseph Colombo, mobster, shot dead at 48
  • Jun 28 Franz Stangl, Austrian commandant of concentration camps (b. 1908)
  • Jun 29 Viktor Patsayev, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies aboard Soyuz II at 38
  • Jun 29 Vladimir Volkov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11-landing accident), dies aboard Soyuz 11 at 35
  • Jun 30 Viktor Ivanovich Patsayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz at 38
  • Jun 30 Georgi T Dobrovolsky, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz 11 at 43
  • Jun 30 Vladislav Volkov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11), dies in outer space aboard Soyuz 11 at 35
  • Jul 4 Thomas C. Hart, U.S. admiral and commander (Pacific Fleet), dies at 94
  • Jul 4 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Jul 6 Horst Lange, German writer (The Long Lament), dies at 66
  • Jul 6 Thomas C Heart, US admiral/commander (Asiatic fleet), dies
  • Jul 7 Claude Gauvreau, Canadian writer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 7 Ub Iwerks, American artist, director, and cartoonist (b1901)
  • Jul 10 Harry M O'Connor, dies of pneumonia at 98
  • Jul 10 Mohamed Madbouh, Moroccan general/putschist, shot to death
  • Jul 11 John W. Campbell, American sci-fi writer (Space Beyond), dies at 61
  • Jul 16 H T Tsiang, dies at 65
  • Jul 17 Gerald Nye, American politician and Republican US Senator from North Dakota (1925-1945), dies after mistakenly being prescribed penicillin to which he was allergic at 78
  • Jul 26 Diane Arbus [Nemerov], American photographer (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar), commits suicide at 48 [1]
  • Jul 28 Charles E. Pont, American artist, dies at 73
  • Jul 30 Kenneth Slessor, Australian poet (b. 1901)
  • Aug 2 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher, dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59
  • Aug 17 Wilhelm List, German field marshal during WWII, convicted of war crimes, dies at 91
  • Aug 19 Walther Victor, German writer, dies at 76
  • Aug 20 Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • Aug 21 George Jackson, US prisoner, shot to death at 29
  • Aug 23 The original Shamu, Sea World orca
  • Aug 27 Bennett Cerf, American publisher (Random House) and panelist (What's My Line), dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, 1st female LIFE staff photographer, dies at 67
  • Aug 28 Nathan Leopold, US kidnapper and murderer of Bobby Franks (1924), dies at 66
  • Sep 13 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, dies in a plane crash at 63, possibly while fleeing from a botched coup against Mao
  • Sep 16 Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher and director, dies at 77
  • Sep 20 Giorgos Seferis [Giōrgios Stylianou Seferiadēs], Greek writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1963) and diplomat, dies at 71
  • Sep 20 William F. Albright, American old testament scholar and archaeologist, dies at 80
  • Sep 21 Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947), dies at 84
  • Sep 23 James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist, dies at 83
  • Sep 25 T. C. Jones, American female impersonator, dies of cancer at 50
  • Oct 3 Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • Oct 10 John Cawte Beaglehole, New Zealand historian (b. 1901)
  • Oct 11 Chesty Puller, US Marine Corps lieutenant general and the most decorated Marine in history, dies at 73
  • Oct 12 Dean Acheson, American statesman and U.S. Secretary of State (1949-53), dies at 78
  • Oct 14 Norman Steenrod, American mathematician (algebraic topology), dies at 61
  • Oct 15 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130
  • Oct 19 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrialist, dies at 89
  • Oct 31 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert, dies at 70
  • Nov 1 Gertrud von Le Fort, German writer (The Eternal Woman), dies at 95
  • Nov 10 Walter Van Tilburg Clark, American author (Ox-Bow Incident), dies at 62
  • Nov 11 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, dies at 86
  • Nov 11 A. P. Herbert, English journalist and writer (Punch, Helen), dies at 81
  • Nov 15 Rudolf Abel, Soviet spy (b. 1903)
  • Nov 26 Joe Adonis, US crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, dies at 68
  • Nov 27 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literary figure and art historian, dies at 70
  • Nov 28 Wasfi Tal, Jordan's PM, assassinated by Black Sept in Cairo
  • Nov 28 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), dies at 73
  • Dec 1 Arthur B. Spingarn, American lawyer and civil rights activist (NAACP chairman 1940-65), dies at 93
  • Dec 4 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, dies
  • Dec 6 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Plough), dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Milton Rosmer, British director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90

Ralph Bunche

Dec 9 Ralph Bunche, American UN delegate, first person of color to win Nobel Peace Prize winner (1950), dies at 67

  • Dec 9 Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor, dies at 97
  • Dec 10 Jo [Jozef Maria Laurens Theo] Cals, Prime Minister of Netherlands (1965-66) and Minister of Education, Arts and Sciences, dies at 57
  • Dec 11 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • Dec 12 Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated
  • Dec 12 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Dog of Pavlov), dies at 47
  • Dec 13 Max Mell, Austria artillery officer and literary (Donauweibchen), dies at 88
  • Dec 15 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • Dec 18 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), dies at 61
  • Dec 22 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans, Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58
  • Dec 22 Renee Evans, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 63
  • Dec 24 Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 31 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)