Deaths in History in 1979

  • Jan 3 Conrad Hilton, US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)
  • Jan 14 Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)
  • Jan 16 August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (b. 1897)

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Jan 26 Nelson Rockefeller, American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), dies of a heart attack at 70

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
  • Jan 27 Qalander Ba Ba Auliya, Sufi master (b. 1898)
  • Jan 28 Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (b. 1901)
  • Feb 6 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • Feb 6 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • Feb 8 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82

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Feb 9 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), dies at 79

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • Feb 12 Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • Feb 15 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • Feb 16 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • Feb 23 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician, dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • Feb 28 Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
  • Mar 1 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Mollah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Christy Ring, Irish hurler, dies at 58
  • Mar 4 Willi Unsoeld, American mountain climber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 16 Jean Monnet, French political economist and diplomat, dies at 90
  • Mar 20 Mino Pecorelli, Italian journalist, shot dead in Rome at 50
  • Mar 22 Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland
  • Mar 24 Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
  • Mar 26 Jean Stafford, US author (Boston Adventure), dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
  • Mar 29 Melville Cooper, TV panelist (I Got a Secret), dies at 82
  • Mar 30 Airey Neave, British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
  • Apr 4 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • Apr 5 Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • Apr 7 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Staats Cotsworth, dies at 71
  • Apr 20 Peter Donald, host (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (b. 1907)
  • May 2 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • May 8 Talcott Parsons, US sociologist, dies at 76

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May 9 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • May 10 John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
  • May 10 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • May 11 Joan Chandler, dies at 55
  • May 14 Paul van 't Veeer, Dutch journalist/writer (Vrije Volk), dies at 57
  • May 16 Asa Philip Randolph, American labor leader & civil rights pioneer, dies at 90
  • May 23 Hubert van Doorne, auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 79
  • May 25 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • May 29 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)
  • Jun 1 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 74
  • Jun 3 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65

  • Jun 5 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53
  • Jun 7 Forrest Carter, American author (b. 1925)
  • Jun 8 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • Jun 15 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • Jun 16 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
  • Jun 19 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 22 Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
  • Jun 25 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (b. 1906)
  • Jun 26 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • Jun 30 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72
  • Jul 8 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • Jul 8 Robert B. Woodward, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jul 9 Cornelia Otis Skinner, dies at 78
  • Jul 11 Claude Wagner, French Canadian judge and politician (b. 1925)
  • Jul 13 Corine Griffith, dies at 84
  • Jul 15 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • Jul 16 James F Mcintyre, archbishop of Los Angeles, dies at 93
  • Jul 21 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • Jul 22 Soschtschenko, writer, dies at 83
  • Jul 23 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • Jul 29 Herbert Marcuse, philosopher (Eros & Civilization), dies at 81
  • Aug 3 Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • Aug 8 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • Aug 10 Walther Gerlach, German Physicist (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90

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Aug 16 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Aug 22 Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • Aug 22 James T Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • Aug 24 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • Aug 24 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • Aug 26 Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • Aug 27 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland
  • Aug 27 Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered at 14
  • Aug 28 Simonow, writer, dies
  • Sep 2 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • Sep 4 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician, dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • Sep 5 Alberto di Jorio, former head of the Vatican Bank and secretary of the 1958 conclave (b. 1884)
  • Sep 10 Agostinho Neto, poet/1st President of Angola, dies at 56
  • Sep 16 Nur Mohammed Taraki, president of Afghanistan (1978-79), killed
  • Sep 20 Ludvik Svoboda, Czech general and politician, dies at 83
  • Oct 3 Charles White, artist, dies at 61 in Los Angeles
  • Oct 5 Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies
  • Oct 6 Elizabeth Bishop, poetess (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Oct 16 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • Oct 22 Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber
  • Oct 26 Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
  • Oct 30 Sir Barnes Wallis, British scientist, engineer and inventor (b. 1887)
  • Oct 30 Donna Rachele Mussolini, Italian, wife of Benito Mussolini (b. 1890)
  • Nov 1 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (1953-61), dies of a stroke at 82
  • Nov 2 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • Nov 5 Al Capp, US cartoonist (Li'l Abner), dies at 70
  • Nov 8 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (b. 1900)
  • Nov 10 Friedrich Thorberg, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Dimitris Psathas, Greek playwright (b. 1907)
  • Nov 17 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • Nov 22 Anne Vondeling, Male Dutch soc democratic party-minister, dies at 63
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), dies at 78
  • Dec 5 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), dies at 94
  • Dec 7 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed that stars are composed largely of hydrogen and are not glowing balls of molten rock, dies at 79
  • Dec 7 Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • Dec 7 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • Dec 10 Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
  • Dec 11 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • Dec 23 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector, dies at 81
  • Dec 24 Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
  • Dec 25 Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • Dec 27 Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered