Deaths in History in 1978

  • Jan 4 Willem Bruynzeel, Dutch timber/lumber/wood manufacturer, dies at 76
  • Jan 6 John D MacArthur, US insurance billionaire, dies at 80
  • Jan 8 Walter Keirnan, TV panelist (I've Got a Secret), dies at 75
  • Jan 10 John D. Rockefeller III, US billionaire/philanthropist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Pedro Joaquín Chamorro, of La Prensa, assassinated in Managua
  • Jan 10 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag), dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn, VP), dies at 66 in Waverly, Minn
  • Jan 14 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 15 Margaret Bowman & Janet Levy, Chi Omega, FSU, killed by Ted Bundy
  • Jan 18 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 18 Walter H. Thompson, English Scotland Yard detective, bodyguard of Winston Churchill (b. 1890)
  • Jan 21 Freda Utley, British scholar and author. (b. 1898)
  • Jan 22 Oliver Leese, British World War II general, dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Herta Oberheuser, German doctor (b. 1911)
  • Jan 25 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • Feb 4 Bergen Evans, English professor ($64,000 Question), dies at 73
  • Feb 5 Annie [Anna HM] Romein-Verschoor, Dutch historian (Omzien), dies at 83
  • Feb 5 Frans van Immerseel, Belgian graphic artist, dies at 68
  • Feb 9 Kimberly Leach, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City Fla at 12
  • Feb 9 Herbert Kappler, German head of Nazi police and security services (SS) in Rome during WWII, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 James B Conant, headmaster (Harvard University), dies at 84
  • Feb 11 Harry Martinson, Swedish writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1904)
  • Feb 16 E. Roland Harriman, American financier (b. 1895)
  • Feb 21 Mieczysław Żywczyński, Polish historian and priest (b. 1901)
  • Feb 22 Phyllis McGinley, US poetess (Pulitzer 1961), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
  • Feb 28 Eric Frank Russell, sci-fi author (Hugo, Deep Space), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Wesley Bolin, former Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona (b. 1909)
  • Mar 18 Faith Baldwin, US author (They Who Love), dies at 84
  • Mar 19 Gaston Julia, French mathematician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 22 Karl Wallenda, falls to death walking high-wire in PR at 73
  • Mar 24 Brackett Hamilton Leigh, [Douglass], author (Ginger Star), dies at 62
  • Mar 31 Charles Herbert Best, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin), dies at 79
  • Apr 9 Clough Williams-Ellis, Welsh architect (b.1883)
  • Apr 13 Jack Chambers, Canadian artist (b. 1931)
  • Apr 16 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Emile de Strijker, Belgian philosopher, dies at 70
  • Apr 25 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 27 Mohammed Daud, premier/president of Afghanistan, murdered
  • May 3 Wim van Doorne, Dutch auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 71

MurderAssassination

May 9 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • May 11 John Clinge Doorenbos, Dutch journalist/poet, dies at 93

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May 15 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • May 17 John Selwyn Brooke Selwyn Lloyd, speaker of house of commons, dies
  • May 21 Jo Spier [Joseph Spier], Dutch cartoonist and water color painter, dies at 77
  • Jun 5 John Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish, British chemist, Nobel Prize laureate 1967, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Guo Moruo, Chinese writer (b. 1892)
  • Jun 15 Anton Roosjen, politician/NCRV-chairman, dies at 83
  • Jun 18 Walter C. Alvarez, American physician (b. 1884)
  • Jun 24 Robert Charroux, French writer (b. 1909)

  • Jun 25 Hussein al-Ghasjmi, president of North-Yemen, murdered
  • Jun 26 Rabbaji, president of South-Yemen, executed
  • Jun 28 Clifford Dupont, First President of Rhodesia (b. 1905)
  • Jul 1 Kurt Student, German Luftwaffe general (b. 1890)
  • Jul 2 Aris Alexandrou, Greek novelist, poet and translator (b. 1922)
  • Jul 9 Abdul Razak al-Naif, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • Jul 10 Joe Davis, English snooker player (b. 1901)
  • Aug 2 Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • Aug 2 Totie Fields, [Sophie Feldman], comedienne, dies at about 48
  • Aug 3 Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • Aug 6 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
  • Aug 6 Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 16 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • Aug 21 Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
  • Aug 22 Ignazio Silone, Italian author (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78

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Aug 22 Jomo Kenyatta, 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 28 Bruce Catton, American historian and writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • Aug 31 John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)
  • Sep 1 Olga de Haas, Dutch ballerina, dies at 33
  • Sep 9 Jack L Warner [Jacob Warner], Canadian-American film executive and president of the Warner Bros. Studios, dies at 86
  • Sep 9 Hugh MacDiarmid, Scottish poet (b. 1892)
  • Sep 11 Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (b. 1929)
  • Sep 11 Janet Parker, medical photographer (b. c. 1938)
  • Sep 15 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft builder, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Robert Cliche, French Canadian politician and judge (b. 1921)
  • Sep 19 Rolf Gunther, East German priest, self imolation
  • Sep 19 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian (b. 1884)
  • Sep 26 Manne Siegbahn, Swedish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • Sep 28 Pope John Paul I [Albino Luciani], 263rd Roman Catholic Pope, dies after 33 days as pope at 65
  • Oct 9 Jacques Brel, Belgian chansonnier, buried on Atuama, dies at 49
  • Oct 10 Gesina Van der Molen, Dutch WWII resistance fighter/lawyer, dies at 86
  • Oct 10 Ralph H Metcalfe, (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 68
  • Oct 12 Nancy Spungen, killed by boyfriend Sid Vicious in NYC
  • Oct 18 Jacques Mornard, [Ramon Mercader], murderer of Trotsky, dies at 64
  • Oct 21 Anastas I Mikojan, Russian politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 22 John Riley, English poet (murdered) (b. 1937)
  • Nov 7 Janet Flanner, writer, dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Norman Rockwell, artist (Saturday Evening Post covers), dies at 84

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Nov 15 Margaret Mead, American anthropologist (Thoughts & Female), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

Cultural Anthropologist Margaret Mead
Cultural Anthropologist
Margaret Mead

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Nov 18 Jim Jones, US pastor, leader of Jonestown Cult, commits suicide at 47

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones
  • Nov 18 Leo J Ryan, (Rep-Cal) & 4 killed in Jonestown, Guyana by members of Peoples Temple, followed by ritual mass suicide of 914 members
  • Nov 20 Vasilisk Gnedov, Russian poet (b. 1890)
  • Nov 25 Elaine Esposito, American woman who held record for longest coma (37 years), dies in a coma at 43
  • Nov 27 George Moscone, Mayor of San Francisco (1976-78) shot and killed by Dan White aged 49

MurderAssassination

Nov 27 Harvey Milk, first openly gay person to be elected to public office, assassinated by Dan White at 48

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • Nov 28 Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Argentine football executive (b. 1902)
  • Dec 4 Samuel Abraham Goldsmith, Neth/US phycists, dies at 76
  • Dec 7 Alexander Wetmore, American ornithologist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 8 Golda Meir, Israel's PM (1969-74), dies in Jerusalem at 80
  • Dec 10 Miura Isshu, Zen teacher, Hakuin Rinzai line, dies at 75
  • Dec 11 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • Dec 14 Salvador de Madariaga, Spanish diplomat, writer, historian and pacifist (b. 1886)
  • Dec 27 Houari Boumédienne, President of Algeria (b. 1932)
  • Dec 28 Harry Winston, US jeweler for the "rich & famous", dies at 82