On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1976

  • Jan 3 Michael V. Love, American test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
  • Jan 5 John A. Costello, 3rd Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, dies at 84
  • Jan 6 Albert Rice Leventhal, American publisher (Little Golden Books), dies at 68

Zhou Enlai

Jan 8 Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China, dies of bladder cancer at 77

  • Jan 8 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)

Agatha Christie

Jan 12 Agatha Christie, British crime writer (Murder on the Orient Express, Mousetrap), dies at 85

  • Jan 14 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53
  • Jan 19 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 23 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 44
  • Jan 26 João Branco Núncio, Portuguese Bullfighter (b. 1901)
  • Jan 29 Jesse Fuller, American one-man blues band ("San Francisco Bay Blues"), dies of heart disease at 80
  • Jan 31 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, stabbed to death at 34
  • Feb 1 Edgar Pangborn, American author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 George Whipple, American scientist & Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 97
  • Feb 1 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies of kidney cancer at 74
  • Feb 11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics, dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 13 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, is assassinated at 37
  • Feb 18 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 20 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • Feb 20 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Feb 23 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, dies at 88
  • Mar 3 Pierre Molinier, French painter and photographer, dies at 75
  • Mar 4 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), dies at 89
  • Mar 7 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 8 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • Mar 14 Martha Saalfeldt German writer and poet, dies at 78
  • Mar 17 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), dies at 69
  • Mar 18 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • Mar 18 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)

Bernard Montgomery

Mar 24 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

  • Mar 26 Josef Albers, German artist, dies at 88
  • Mar 26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer, dies at 80
  • Mar 31 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)
  • Apr 1 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), dies at 85
  • Apr 1 S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)
  • Apr 5 Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
  • Apr 6 Ruth Plumly Thomson, American children's writer (Oz series), dies at 84
  • Apr 6 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
  • Apr 14 José Revueltas, Mexican write and political activist, dies after a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 15 Gerald Smith, American antisemite (Nationalist Christian Crusade), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, dies at 85
  • Apr 17 Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Apr 18 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Mark Tobey, US abstract painter, (Broadway Norm), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • Apr 28 Richard Hughes, English writer (Fiction as Truth), dies at 76
  • May 1 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • May 1 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • May 3 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), dies of heart & kidney ailments at 72
  • May 4 Henri Bosco, French author and poet (Gogol), dies at 87
  • May 5 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
  • May 6 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • May 8 Ulrike Meinhof, German journalist who lead Germany Red Army Faction ("Baader-Meinhof gang"), dies in uncertain circumstances in prison at 41
  • May 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet & writer (Dikt, Jonas), dies at 55
  • May 10 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • May 10 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • May 11 Alvar Aalto, Finnish architect (Finlandia House) and designer, dies at 78
  • May 15 Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea), dies at 88
  • May 20 Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan politician, member of the Christian-Democrat party, and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz "disappeared"
  • May 24 Henk [Hendrik Johannes] Lankhorst, Dutch politician (PSP), dies at 62
  • May 24 Melle Oldeboerrigter, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 65
  • May 26 Juan Maino, Chilean leader of MAPU, "disappeared"
  • May 28 Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter (b. 1922)
  • May 31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist (1966 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine - genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis), dies at 66
  • May 31 Martha Mitchell [nee Beall], American wife of Attorney General John Mitchell (who was kidnapped so she wouldn't talk), dies of multiple myeloma at 57
  • Jun 1 Pierre Balledux, Dutch stage manager and resistance fighter, dies at 89
  • Jun 2 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer, dies at 73
  • Jun 2 Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • Jun 5 Walter Field, entertainer, dies at 101

J. Paul Getty

Jun 6 J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies at 83

  • Jun 9 James A Farley, US Postmaster General (1932-38), dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • Jun 12 Nguyễn Ngọc Thơ, Prime Minister of South Vietnam, dies at 68
  • Jun 13 Don Bolles, American journalist (against Arizona), dies
  • Jun 16 Francis E. Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed at 59
  • Jun 16 Victor Dalby Lord, fictional character on "One Life to Live", dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
  • Jun 23 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), dies at 93
  • Jun 29 Christos Papakyriakopoulos, Greek mathematician, dies at 62
  • Jul 1 Anneliese Michel, German woman said to be possessed by demons (b. 1952)
  • Jul 4 Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)
  • Jul 4 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israel commander killed freeing Israeli hostages during Operation Entebbe in Uganda, at 30 years
  • Jul 6 Zhu De, Chinese general and politician (commander-in-chief of Eighth Route Army), dies at 89
  • Jul 6 Fritz Lenz, German geneticist, dies at 89
  • Jul 7 Gustav Heinemann, President of West Germany (1969-74), dies at 76
  • Jul 13 Frederick Hawksworth, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1884)
  • Jul 13 Joachim Peiper, German military leader (SS, by assassination; b. 1915)
  • Jul 15 Paul William Gallico, writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 16 Carmelo Soria, Spanish diplomat assassinated in 1976 by the Chilean DINA
  • Jul 18 Sally Salminen, Finnish writer (Katrina), dies at 70
  • Jul 19 Sal Tas, Dutch journalist, dies at 70
  • Jul 20 Samuel Mutendi, founder of the Zimbabwean Zion Christian Church, dies
  • Jul 21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
  • Jul 23 Martin Wickramasinghe, Sri Lankan author (Gamperaliya - The Uprooted/Changing Village), dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Ray Brennan, retired US Air Force captain, American Legion bookkeeper and the 1st American to die of "Legionnaire's Disease", dies of an apparent heart attack at 61
  • Jul 28 Jacob Soetendorp, Dutch rabbi, dies at 62
  • Jul 29 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), dies at 62
  • Jul 30 Emil Solomon "Solly" Sachs, South African socialist, dies in London
  • Aug 2 Fritz Lang, Austrian-German-American director (M, Metropolis, Fury, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse), dies from a stroke at 85
  • Aug 4 Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop
  • Aug 4 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)
  • Aug 5 Adrian Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Past the Roads), dies at 88
  • Aug 8 John Roselli, hired by CIA to kill Castro, found murdered
  • Aug 9 Jose Lezama Lima, Cuban poet/novelist, dies at 65
  • Aug 12 Thomas Edward Driberg, 1st baron Bradwell, journalist, dies
  • Aug 15 Jean P J C Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Aug 22 Juscelino Kubitschek, President of Brazil (1955-60), dies at 73
  • Aug 22 Oskar Brusewitz, East German vicar, sets himself on fire in protest of repression of religion at 47
  • Aug 25 Eyvind Johnson, Swedish author (Nobel-1974), dies at 76
  • Aug 31 Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (If the Gods Keep Silent), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Stanisław Grochowiak, Polish writer (b. 1934)
  • Sep 10 Dalton Trumbo, American writer, director (Johnny Got His Gun), dies at 70
  • Sep 10 Mordecai Johnson, 1st African American president of Howard U, dies at 86
  • Sep 20 Kermit Bloomgarden, American producer (The Diary of Anne Frank, The Music Man), dies at 71
  • Sep 21 Orlando Letelier, Chilean economist and politician, dies at 44
  • Sep 26 Leopold Ružička, Croatian-Swiss chemist (Nobel 1939), dies at 89
  • Oct 5 Lars Onsager, Norwegian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Oct 6 Gilbert Ryle, British philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Oct 9 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII, dies at 82
  • Oct 11 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (b. 1897)
  • Oct 18 Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu writer (Ramayana Kalpa Vrukshamu, Veyipadagalu), dies at 81
  • Oct 25 Raymond Queneau [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73
  • Nov 10 Theodore Besterman, British bibliographer and psychical researcher, dies at 71
  • Nov 12 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
  • Nov 18 Man Ray, American artist (Dada), dies at 86
  • Nov 19 Basil Spence, Scottish architect (Coventry Cathedral), dies at 69
  • Nov 20 Trofim Lysenko, Soviet biologist and agronomist, dies at 78

André Malraux

Nov 23 André Malraux [Berger], French novelist and art historian (La Condition Humaine), dies at 75

  • Dec 4 W. F. McCoy, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Dec 6 João Goulart, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • Dec 13 Eduard Claudius, writer, dies
  • Dec 16 George, a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months, dies
  • Dec 16 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada), dies at 59
  • Dec 20 Richard J Daley, American politician (38th Mayor-Chicago-D:1955-76), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Dec 23 Paul M Frank Forest, dies at 80
  • Dec 23 Walter Bauer, German Canadian writer, dies at 72
  • Dec 24 Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza, heir to the throne of Portugal (b. 1907)
  • Dec 26 Philip Hart, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Senator (D) from Michigan, 1959-76), dies from cancer at 64
  • Dec 27 Main Rousseau Bocher, American uniform designer (Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Waves), dies at 86
  • Dec 28 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 73