Deaths in History in 1972

  • Jan 3 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • Jan 6 Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 7 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), dies at 57

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Jan 8 Kenneth Patchen, American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet/Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • Jan 10 Georg Rendl, Austriam miner/beekeeper (Satan on Earth), dies at 68
  • Jan 10 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (b. 1897)
  • Jan 12 Padraic Colum, Irish poet/writer/founder (Irish Review), dies at 90
  • Jan 14 Frederik IX, [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Daisy Ashford, English child writer (The Young Visiters) (b. 1881)
  • Jan 16 Teller Ammons, American politician (b. 1895)
  • Jan 25 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • Jan 27 Richard Courant, German/American mathematician, dies at 84
  • Jan 28 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • Jan 31 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • Feb 2 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • Feb 5 Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Feb 15 Edgar P Snow, US author/journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
  • Feb 19 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • Feb 21 Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)
  • Feb 26 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
  • Mar 1 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • Mar 8 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • Mar 11 Fredric [William] Brown, sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • Mar 15 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • Mar 20 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter/graphic artist, dies at 51
  • Mar 20 Jan Engelman, Dutch poet/art critic (At the Front), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 Maurits C Escher, Dutch lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
  • Mar 29 J Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, industrialist/film magnate
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heather, US news anchor, dies at 81
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)
  • Apr 2 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • Apr 2 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • Apr 4 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, American politician (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63
  • Apr 4 John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • Apr 5 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 64

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Apr 7 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, murdered at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • Apr 7 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered

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Apr 9 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, dies at 89

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • Apr 12 C W Ceram, [Kurt Marek], German/US writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • Apr 15 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader, dies at 64
  • Apr 16 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese author (Nobel 1968), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • Apr 26 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)

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Apr 27 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), dies at 62

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Apr 29 Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
  • Apr 30 Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered

  • May 1 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • May 2 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

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May 2 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 4 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • May 20 Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist, dies at 78
  • May 20 Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
  • May 22 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68

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May 28 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), dies at 77

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • May 29 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • May 31 Walter Freeman, American physician (developer and practitioner of psychiatric surgery transorbital lobotomy), dies
  • Jun 12 Edmund Wilson, American writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • Jun 12 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
  • Jun 13 Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • Jun 20 Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • Jun 20 Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
  • Jun 26 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61
  • Jul 2 Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
  • Jul 7 Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • Jul 7 King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • Jul 19 Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (b. 1884)
  • Jul 21 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • Jul 28 Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader (b. 1918)
  • Jul 31 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • Aug 2 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • Aug 2 Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • Aug 5 Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • Aug 9 Bill Berns, commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
  • Aug 11 Max Theiler, South African and American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), dies at 90
  • Aug 14 Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • Aug 17 Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Wampilow, writer, dies
  • Aug 26 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist, dies at 63
  • Aug 28 William HAF, Engl prince/grandson of George V, dies in accident at 29
  • Sep 5 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 7 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, American animator (b. 1883)
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Kornelis Posthumus, chemist, dies at 70
  • Sep 15 Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1887)
  • Sep 21 Henry M de Montherlant, French author (Port Royal), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • Oct 1 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87

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Oct 1 Louis Leakey, Kenyan paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge), dies at 68

Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • Oct 9 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter, dies at 72
  • Oct 16 Hale Boggs, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
  • Oct 17 Prince George of Yugoslavia (b. 1887)
  • Oct 20 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86
  • Oct 22 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudist/portraits), dies
  • Oct 25 Norman Norell [Levinson], US fashion designer, dies at 72

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Oct 26 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky

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Nov 1 Ezra Loomis Pound, US poet (Throne), dies at 87

  • Nov 14 Martin Dies, (Rep)/1st chairman of House Un-American, dies
  • Nov 25 Hans H B Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer (b. 1886)
  • Nov 30 Neil H McElroy, soap manufacturer/minister of Defense (1957-59), dies
  • Dec 1 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • Dec 7 Adrian J Zoetmulder, author (God's Hour), dies at 91
  • Dec 8 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash
  • Dec 9 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (b. 1881)
  • Dec 10 Mark A Van Doren, US literary (Our Lady Peace), dies at 78
  • Dec 11 Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • Dec 21 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Andrej Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Charles Atlas, [Angelo Siciliano], body builder, dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • Dec 24 Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69

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Dec 26 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (1945-53), dies in KC Mo at 88

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

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Dec 27 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel 1957), dies at 75

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson