Deaths in History in 1976

  • Jan 3 Michael V Love, US test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
  • Jan 5 John A. Costello, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1891)

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

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
  • Jan 8 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)

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Jan 12 Agatha Christie, British crime writer ("10 Little Indians"), dies at 85

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • 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 30 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, SF Blues Great, dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant (b. 1941)
  • Feb 1 Edgar Pangborn, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 Werner C Heisenberg, physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
  • Feb 1 George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  • Feb 11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics, dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Frank Arnau, German writer (b. 1894)
  • 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 22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Feb 23 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (b. 1886)
  • Mar 7 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 8 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • Mar 14 Busby Berkeley, US choreographer/dir (Strike Up the Band), dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Martha Saalfeldt, writer, dies
  • 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)

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

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • Mar 26 Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 31 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)
  • Apr 1 Max Ernst, German/French surrealist painter/sculptor, 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 P Thomson, writer, dies
  • Apr 6 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
  • Apr 14 José Revueltas, Mexican writer (b. 1914)
  • Apr 15 Gerald Smith, antisemite/catholic (National 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 (b. 1911)
  • Apr 24 Mark Tobey, US abstract painter, (Broadway Norm), dies at 85
  • Apr 28 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 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 David Bruce, dies at 62
  • May 3 Ernie Nevers, college fullback (Stanford), dies at 72
  • 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 Alan Baxter, dies at 67
  • May 8 Ulrike Meinhof, lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies
  • May 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • May 10 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • May 10 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • May 11 Alvar Aalto, architect (Finlandia House), dies at 78
  • May 11 J Anaya, Bolivian military/ambassador to France, murdered
  • May 15 Samuel Eliot Morison, US historian (Admiral of 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 Lankhorst [Hendrik Johannes Lankhorst], Dutch politician (PSP), dies at 62
  • May 24 Melle J Oldeboerrigter ("Melle"), painter/cartoonist, dies at 65
  • May 26 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Holzweg), dies at 86
  • May 26 Juan Maino, Chilean leader of MAPU, "disappeared"
  • May 28 Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter (b. 1922)
  • May 31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist, dies
  • May 31 Martha Mitchell wife of former Att Gen John Mitchell, dies in NY at 57
  • Jun 2 Bartoes, [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer/comic, 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

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

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • Jun 9 James A Farley, US Postmaster General (1932-38), dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Paul T B Rodenko, Dutch poet/writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • Jun 13 Don Bolles, US journalist (against Arizona), dies
  • Jun 16 Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
  • 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 29 Leonora Summers, entertainer, dies
  • 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 Fritz Lenz, German geneticist (b. 1887)
  • Jul 7 Gustav Heinemann, German president, dies at 76
  • Jul 7 Norman Foster, American actor (Skyscraper Souls), dies at 75
  • 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 19 Sal Tas, Dutch journalist, dies at 70
  • Jul 21 Christopher Ewart-Biggs, British ambassador to Ireland, assassinated
  • 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, rabbi, dies at 62
  • Jul 29 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (b. 1913)
  • Jul 30 Emil Solomon "Solly" Sachs, South African socialist, dies in London
  • Aug 2 Fritz Lang, German-Austrian director (Cloak & Dagger, Metropolis), dies at 85
  • Aug 4 Enrique Angelelli, Argentine bishop
  • Aug 4 Roy Herbert Thomson, Canadian publisher (b. 1894)
  • Aug 5 Adrian Roland Holst, 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 10 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, cowboy (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), dies at 74
  • 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 self on fire
  • 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)

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Sep 9 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), dies of a heart attack at 82

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • Sep 10 Dalton Trumbo, US writer, director (Johnny Got His Gun), dies at 70
  • Sep 10 Mordecai Johnson, 1st African American president of Howard U, dies at 86
  • Sep 21 Orlando Letelier, minister Chile, dies
  • Sep 26 Lavoslav Ružička, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • 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 (b. 1894)
  • Oct 11 Alfredo Bracchi, Italian author (b. 1897)

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Oct 15 Carlo Gambino, Italian-American gangster, dies of a heart attack at 74

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino
  • Oct 18 Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Telugu writer (b. 1895)
  • Oct 25 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73
  • Nov 11 Alexander Calder, American sculptor (mobiles), dies at 78
  • Nov 12 Mikhail Iosifovich Gurevich, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1893)
  • Nov 18 Man Ray, US artist (Dada), dies at 86
  • Nov 19 Sir Basil Spence, British architect (b. 1907)
  • Nov 20 Trofim Lysenko, Soviet biologist and agronomist, dies at 78

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

Novelist André Malraux
Novelist
André Malraux
  • 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) (b. 1917)
  • Dec 20 Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chicago), dies 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 A Heart, (Sen-D-Mich), dies at 64
  • Dec 28 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, dies at 73