Deaths in History 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)

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

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 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 Henry J Elias, Flemish historian/mayor of Gent, dies at 70
  • Feb 2 Hendrik Elias, Belgian politician (b. 1902)
  • 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, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53
  • Feb 11 Hans D Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65

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

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello
  • Feb 20 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), dies of cancer at 39
  • Feb 22 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (Cat Jumps), dies in Lond at 73
  • Feb 22 Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
  • Feb 22 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Quebec politician, Premier of Quebec (b. 1916)
  • Feb 23 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
  • 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[ydenstricker] 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 Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
  • Mar 10 Eugene 'Bull' Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
  • Mar 12 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Murat B "Chic" Young, US comic strip artist (Blondie), dies at 72
  • Mar 14 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), dies at 73
  • Mar 16 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman), author (People that Mutiny), dies at 68
  • Mar 25 Edward Steichen, pioneer of US photography, dies at 93
  • Mar 26 Noel Coward, English playwright (Private Letters), dies at 73
  • Mar 26 Don Messer, Canadian fiddler (b. 1909)
  • Mar 28 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
  • Apr 5 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)

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

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Apr 13 Alexandre A M Stols, publisher/typographer (Schoone Book), dies at 73
  • Apr 14 Minna Gombell, dies in Santa Monica CA
  • Apr 21 Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • Apr 23 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Libbe de Wal, founder of Humanistic Covenant, dies at 72
  • Apr 30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
  • May 4 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • May 10 Loren Tindall, dies of heart attack at 51
  • May 11 Grigory M Kosinzev, Russian director, dies
  • May 14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (b. 1905)
  • May 15 Willem H Rassers, Dutch cult anthropologist (Pandji-Novel), dies at 95
  • May 17 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, dies at 91

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May 18 Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43) and pacifist, dies at 92

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin

  • May 21 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • May 26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • May 29 Eric Applewhite, entertainer, dies
  • May 31 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89
  • Jun 1 Harvey S Firestone Jr, US tire manufacturer, dies at 75

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

  • Jun 4 Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • Jun 9 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)
  • Jun 10 William M Inge, US playwright (Come Back Little Sheba), dies at 60
  • Jun 18 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84
  • Jun 21 Frank Leahy, football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • Jun 27 Earl Browder, leader US Communist Party (1930-45), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Elmer Layden, one of Notre Dame's legendary 4-horsemen, died
  • Jun 30 Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R Bishop and Martyr (b. 1903)
  • Jun 30 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jul 2 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • Jul 4 Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
  • Jul 7 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 78
  • Jul 16 Trijntje "Nine" van de Schaaf, author (Fries dorpsleven), dies at 91
  • Jul 19 Vasily Dmiotriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 33
  • Jul 20 Robert Smithson, American land artist (b. 1938)
  • Jul 21 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), dies after long illness at 69
  • Jul 23 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), dies at 82

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Jul 25 Louis St. Laurent, 12th Prime Minister of Canada, dies of natural causes at 91

12th Prime Minister of Canada Louis St. Laurent
12th Prime Minister of Canada
Louis St. Laurent
  • Jul 29 Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • Aug 1 Walter Ulbricht, pres German DR, 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)

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Aug 6 Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, Cuban Dictator (1940-58), dies at 72

Cuban President and Dictator Fulgencio Batista
Cuban President and Dictator
Fulgencio Batista
  • Aug 8 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author and historian (b. 1898)
  • Aug 9 Dean Corll, shot, he raped & killed 26 boys
  • Aug 12 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1881)

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Aug 12 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • Aug 13 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Selman A Waksman, Russian/US microbiology (Nobel 1952), dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Conrad Aiken, US poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • Aug 31 Raymond Keane, American actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), dies at 66
  • Sep 7 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72

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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

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • Sep 11 Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru
  • Sep 12 Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86
  • Sep 15 Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden (b. 1882)
  • Sep 16 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-64), dies at 74
  • Sep 21 William CF Plomer, South African libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
  • Sep 23 A S Neill, British headmaster, dies at 89

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

  • Sep 26 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, dies at 81
  • Sep 28 Wystan H Auden, British/US writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • Sep 29 W H Auden, Vienna poet, dies
  • Sep 30 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
  • Oct 8 Gabriel Marcel, writer, dies
  • Oct 10 Albe, [Renaut A Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
  • Oct 17 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian 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 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), dies at 60
  • 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

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Nov 13 Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian fashion designer, dies at 77

Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Fashion Designer
Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Nov 16 Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif
  • Nov 17 Mirra Richard [The Mother], French-born Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), dies at 95
  • Nov 20 Allan Sherman, American parody singer and songwriter (Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah), dies from emphysema at 48
  • 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, Boston strangler, stabbed to death in prison
  • Nov 28 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (b. 1886)

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Dec 1 David Ben-Gurion, founding father of Israel, dies in Tel Aviv at 87

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion

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Dec 5 Robert Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist (pioneered radar and radio direction finding), dies at 81

Physicist and Radar Pioneer Robert Watson-Watt
Physicist and Radar Pioneer
Robert Watson-Watt
  • Dec 5 Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, Scottish physicist and developer of the radar in WWII, dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
  • Dec 17 Charles G Abbot, US astronomer (Sun Constant), dies at 101
  • Dec 18 Allama Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • Dec 20 Luis Carrero Blanco, PM of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA
  • Dec 24 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch/US astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68
  • Dec 25 İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  • Dec 25 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • Dec 26 Harold B Lee, US head of Mormon Church, dies at 74