Historical Figures Who Died in 1973

  • Jan 5 Cor of Dis sr. [Cornelis Nicolas of Dis sr.], Dutch politician (SGP), dies at 79
  • Jan 15 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 20 Amilcar Cabral, Bissau-Guinean nationalist leader, fought for Guinea Bissau independence, murdered at 51
  • Jan 20 Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (b. 1885)

Lyndon B. Johnson

Jan 22 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64

  • Jan 23 Alexander Onassis, Greek heir of the Onassis family (b. 1948)
  • Jan 26 Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
  • Jan 31 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Hendrik Elias, Flemish historian and Mayor of Ghent (1941-44), dies at 70
  • Feb 5 George Morrison, dies at 82
  • Feb 5 L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
  • Feb 6 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
  • Feb 9 Max Yasgur, American dairy farmer, and owner Woodstock Festival site in Bethel, New York, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • Feb 11 Elisabeth Achelis, American heiress, writer, and proponent of the 13-month World Calendar, dies at 93
  • Feb 11 J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65

Frank Costello

Feb 18 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), dies of a heart attack at 82

  • Feb 20 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), dies of cancer at 39
  • Feb 20 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), dies at 80
  • Feb 22 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (The Death of the Heart, Cat Jumps), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, 21st Premier of Quebec (1968-70), dies at 56
  • Feb 22 Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
  • Feb 23 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician (Nobel 1956 - development of cardiac catheterization and the characterisation of a number of cardiac diseases), dies at 77
  • Mar 2 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • Mar 4 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • Mar 6 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki), dies at 67
  • Mar 7 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgium WW I pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78
  • Mar 10 Eugene 'Bull' Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
  • Mar 10 Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
  • Mar 12 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), dies at 73
  • Mar 14 Murat B. "Chic" Young, US comic strip artist (Blondie), dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Edward Steichen, American photographer (Family of Man), dies at 93
  • Mar 28 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
  • Apr 5 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)

Pablo Picasso

Apr 8 Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter (The Young Ladies of Avignon, Guernica), dies at 91

  • Apr 13 A. A. M. Stols, Dutch publisher (Schoone Book), dies at 73
  • Apr 20 Hans Kelsen, Austrian legal philosopher and political philosopher, dies at 91
  • Apr 21 Arthur Fadden, 13th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 79
  • Apr 23 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Jacques Maritain, French Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas), dies at 90
  • Apr 30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator, dies at 61
  • May 4 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • May 11 Grigory Kozintsev, Russian director, dies at 68
  • May 14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet, dies at 67
  • May 15 Willem Huibert Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Pandji), dies at 95
  • May 17 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, dies at 91

Jeannette Rankin

May 18 Jeannette Rankin, American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, dies at 92

  • May 21 Carlo E. Gadda, Italian engineer and writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • May 26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • May 31 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89
  • Jun 1 Harvey S Firestone Jr, American tire manufacturer, dies at 75

Arna Bontemps

Jun 4 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • Jun 4 Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, American ultra-light hiking pioneer and 1st woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, dies of an apparent heart attack at 85
  • Jun 4 Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • Jun 7 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), dies at 57
  • Jun 8 Christine Bakker-van Bosse, Dutch feminist and pacifist, dies at 88
  • Jun 8 Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I & II, dies at 78
  • Jun 9 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)
  • Jun 10 William M. Inge, American playwright (Come Back Little Sheba), dies at 60
  • Jun 18 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84
  • Jun 27 Earl Browder, leader US Communist Party (1930-45), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 30 Vasyl Velychkovsky, Ukrainian Bishop and Catholic Martyr, dies under Soviet imprisonment at 70
  • Jul 2 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal, dies at 81
  • Jul 7 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher and sociologist (Studies in prejudice), dies at 78
  • Jul 16 Nine van de Schaaf, Dutch author (Fries dorpsleven), dies at 91
  • Jul 19 Vasily Dmitriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 33
  • Jul 20 Robert Smithson, American land artist (b. 1938)
  • Jul 23 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), dies at 82
  • Jul 29 Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • Aug 1 Walter Ulbricht, German politician (Head Of State, German Democratic Republic), dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
  • Aug 3 Richard Marshall, U.S. Army general (b. 1895)
  • Aug 8 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author (The Emigrants) and historian, dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Dean Corll, American serial killer (Houston mass murders), fatally shot by an accomplice at 33
  • Aug 12 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1949), dies of heart failure at 92
  • Aug 13 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Conrad Aiken, American poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • Sep 7 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72
  • Sep 11 Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru

Salvador Allende

Sep 11 Salvador Allende, President of Chile (1970-73) and the 1st Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through an open election, commits suspected suicide by shooting himself during a military coup at 65

  • Sep 12 Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86
  • Sep 15 Gustav VI Adolf, King of Sweden (1950-73), dies at 90
  • Sep 16 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-64), dies at 74

Pablo Neruda

Sep 23 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth - Nobel Prize, 1971), dies at 69

  • Sep 26 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, dies at 81
  • Sep 28 Wystan H Auden, British/American writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • Sep 29 W. H. Auden, Anglo-American poet (The Age of Anxiety), dies at 66
  • Sep 30 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
  • Oct 7 Habib Rajab, South African trader and collector of oriental art who fought against a takeover of the Grey Street complex by White traders, dies at 58
  • Oct 8 Gabriel Marcel, French philosopher and writer, dies at 83
  • Oct 10 Albe [Renaut A. Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
  • Oct 10 Ludwig von Mises, Austrian-American Economist (The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality), dies at 92
  • Oct 17 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
  • Oct 18 Crane Wilbur, American director and writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
  • Oct 18 Leo Strauss, German-American political philosopher, dies at 74
  • Oct 18 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • Oct 21 Arabi El Goni, VP/Chad parliament, murdered
  • Oct 25 G Paul H Schuitema, graphically designer/photographer, dies
  • Oct 28 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • Nov 4 Karl H. Waggerl, Austria author (Green Friends), dies at 75
  • Nov 11 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish Chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 78
  • Nov 16 Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif
  • Nov 17 Mirra Alfassa, French-Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), known as "The Mother", dies at 95
  • Nov 21 Thomas Pelly, American politician, dies at 71
  • Nov 23 Constance Talmadge, US comedienne (Her Primitive Lover), dies at 75
  • Nov 24 John Neihardt, American writer (b. 1881)
  • Nov 25 Albert DeSalvo, American criminal (The Boston Strangler), stabbed to death in prison at 42
  • Nov 28 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (b. 1886)

Robert Watson-Watt

Dec 5 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, dies at 81

  • Dec 13 Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
  • Dec 17 Charles Greeley Abbot, American astronomer (Solar Constant), dies at 101
  • Dec 18 Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher, dies at 65
  • Dec 20 Luis Carrero Blanco, Prime Minister of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA
  • Dec 23 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68
  • Dec 24 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social social activist and reformer, dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • Dec 25 İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  • Dec 26 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74