Deaths in History in November 1978

  • 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

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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)