Deaths in History in 1980

  • Jan 1 Pietro Nenni, Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
  • Jan 3 Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38

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Jan 3 Joy Adamson [Friederike Viktoria Gessner], Austrian naturalist and author (Born Free), murdered at 69 by her servant

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • Jan 8 Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • Jan 8 John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 10 George Meany, American labor leader ((AFL-CIO), dies at 86
  • Jan 11 Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 14 Robert Ardrey, American author (b. 1908)
  • Jan 16 Anna van Wageningen-Salomons, Dut author (Unspoilt Dream), dies at 94
  • Jan 18 Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 19 William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • Feb 2 William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer, dies at 75
  • Feb 9 Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • Feb 9 Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 12 Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 16 Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
  • Feb 17 Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • Feb 20 Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • Feb 22 Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • Feb 22 Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter/graphic artist, dies at 93
  • Feb 23 Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician, dies at 62
  • Feb 29 Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
  • Feb 29 Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 5 Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
  • Mar 10 Herman Tarnower, doctor (Scarsdale Diet), killed by Jean Harris
  • Mar 14 Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • Mar 16 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
  • Mar 18 Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 23 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 24 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman Catholic priest, murdered during mass at 62
  • Mar 25 Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • Mar 25 Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (b. 1901)
  • Mar 25 James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • Mar 31 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 11 Charlotte Henry, dies
  • Apr 12 William R Tolbert Jr, Liberian President & 27 others killed in coup
  • Apr 12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)

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Apr 15 Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • Apr 21 Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 21 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)
  • Apr 24 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • Apr 30 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • May 4 Josip Broz Tito, leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), dies at 87
  • May 5 Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
  • May 18 Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)
  • May 18 Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)
  • May 18 David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)
  • May 28 Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
  • Jun 1 Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)

  • Jun 5 Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
  • Jun 7 Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88
  • Jun 7 Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)
  • Jun 9 Leonard Huizinga, journalist/writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • Jun 12 Billy Butlin, Founder of the brand of holiday venues known as Butlins (b. 1899)
  • Jun 23 Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • Jun 23 Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • Jun 23 Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23 V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), dies at 85
  • Jun 28 Heal Gahagan Douglas, (Rep-D-Ca), lost to Nixon, dies at 79
  • Jul 1 Charles Percy Snow, British writer (Friends & Associates), dies at 75
  • Jul 4 Maurice Grevisse, Belgian grammarian (b. 1895)
  • Jul 12 John W Davis, President (WV State college), dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Seretse Khama, 1st President of Botswana (1966-80), dies of pancreatic cancer at 59
  • Jul 17 Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 22 Fred Kaps [Abram PA Bongers], magician (world champ 1955), dies at 54
  • Jul 23 Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • Jul 23 Mollie Steimer, anarchist agitator and American political prisoner (b. 1897)
  • Jul 26 Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (b. 1928)

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Jul 27 Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Aug 5 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 8 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 8 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break sound barrier, dies at 74
  • Aug 8 Paul Triquet, French Canadian army officer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • Aug 11 Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • Aug 20 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91
  • Aug 22 James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer, dies of a stroke at 81 (b. 1899)
  • Aug 22 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (b. 1891)
  • Aug 26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
  • Sep 3 Fabian von Schlabendorff, German resistance fighter/judge, dies at 73
  • Sep 4 Wolfgang Gentner, German nuclear physicist, dies at 74
  • Sep 8 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, dies at 84

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Sep 8 Willard Libby, American chemist (radiocarbon dating), dies of pneumonia at 71

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • Sep 9 John Howard Griffin, American writer (b. 1920)
  • Sep 17 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • Sep 17 Katherine A Porter, US author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 K A Porter, writer, dies at 90
  • Sep 25 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet (b. 1883)
  • Sep 25 Earl Curry, American religious author (b. 1890)
  • Oct 2 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • Oct 15 Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian physicist and mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Oct 16 Carl PM Romme, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (KVP), dies at 83
  • Oct 21 Hans Asperger, Austrian psychologist (b. 1906)
  • Oct 24 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 33), dies at 30
  • Oct 26 Marcello J tie Neves Alves Caetano, premier of Portugal, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 John Van Vleck, American Physicist, Mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, dies at 81

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Nov 2 Willie Sutton, American bank robber, dies at 79

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Nov 3 Ludwig Hohl, writer, dies
  • Nov 4 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (b. 1905)
  • Nov 7 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, dies at 73
  • Nov 12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident, dies at 42
  • Nov 12 Haya Victoria van Someren-Downer [Gerarda Victoria Downer], Dutch politician, dies at 54
  • Nov 22 Norah McGuinness, Northern Irish painter (b. 1901)
  • Nov 23 Thien-an Thich, Zen teacher/Vietnamese Rinzai line, dies in LA at 54
  • Nov 24 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
  • Nov 27 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)

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Nov 29 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, dies of a heart attack at 83

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day
  • Dec 2 Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  • Dec 3 Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of British Union of Fascists, dies at 84
  • Dec 12 Jean Lesage, politician, premier of Quebec (b. 1912)
  • Dec 13 Harm van Riel, Dutch Liberal Party politician, dies at 73

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Dec 16 Colonel Harland Sanders, American founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90

Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Businessman and Restaurateur
Colonel Sanders
  • Dec 16 Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)
  • Dec 18 Alexei N Kosygin, Soviet PM (1964-80), suffers heart attack at 76
  • Dec 21 Marc Connelly, playwright (One Minute Please), dies at 90

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Dec 24 Karl Dönitz, German admiral and last leader of Nazi Germany, dies of heart attack at 89

Naval commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • Dec 26 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • Dec 28 Jersey calf, lived 222 days with an artificial heart
  • Dec 29 Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)

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Dec 31 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian cultural philosopher, dies at 69

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • Dec 31 Raoul Walsh, US director (High Sierra), dies at about 88