Famous Deaths for Year 1972

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Deaths 1 - 150 of 269

Jan 1st - Jane Morgan, actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
Jan 1st - Maurice A Chevalier, French actor (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
Jan 3rd - Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
Jan 4th - Carl-Olof Anderberg, composer, dies at 57
Jan 6th - Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
Jan 7th - Clarence Passailaigue, cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies
Jan 7th - John Berryman, US poet (Imaginary Jew), dies
Jan 7th - Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist
Jan 8th - Kenneth Patchen, US writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60
Jan 9th - Ted Shawn, US dancer, dies at 80
Jan 10th - Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
Poet/Novelist Kenneth PatchenPoet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen (Jan 8th) Jan 10th - Georg Rendl, Austriam miner/beekeeper (Satan on Earth), dies at 68
Jan 10th - Sverre Jordan, composer, dies at 82
Jan 10th - Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (b. 1897)
Jan 12th - Padraic Colum, Irish poet/writer/founder (Irish Review), dies at 90
Jan 14th - Frederik IX, [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72
Jan 15th - Daisy Ashford, English child writer (The Young Visiters) (b. 1881)
Jan 16th - David Seville, singer (Alvin & Chipmunks), dies at 52
Jan 16th - Teller Ammons, American politician (b. 1895)
Jan 17th - Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), dies at 55
Jan 17th - Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
Jan 18th - Rudolf Wittelsbach, composer, dies at 69
Jan 19th - Michael Rabin, American violinist (b. 1936)
Jan 24th - Jerome Cowan, actor (Mr Dithers-Blondie), dies at 74
Jan 25th - Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)
Gospel Singer Mahalia JacksonGospel Singer Mahalia Jackson (Jan 27th) Jan 27th - Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60
Jan 27th - Richard Courant, German/US mathematician, dies at 84
Jan 28th - Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
Jan 30th - Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer, dies at 81
Jan 31st - Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
Jan 31st - Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
Jan 31st - Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
Feb 2nd - Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
Feb 2nd - Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
Feb 3rd - John Litel, actor (Big Boss, Crime Doctor, My Buddy), dies at 79
Feb 5th - Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
Feb 6th - Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
Feb 8th - Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
Feb 11th - Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
Feb 14th - Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Dike), dies at 65
Feb 15th - Edgar P Snow, US author/journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
Feb 15th - Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
Feb 17th - Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, composer, dies at 67
Feb 19th - John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)
Feb 19th - Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
Feb 20th - Herbert Menges, composer, dies at 69
Feb 20th - Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
Feb 21st - Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
Feb 21st - Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)
Feb 22nd - Walter Sande, actor (Adventures of Tugboat Annie), dies at 65
Feb 23rd - Michael Taube, composer, dies at 81
Feb 26th - Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
Feb 27th - Pat Brady, American actor and singer (b. 1914)
Feb 28th - Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
Mar 1st - Victor Babin, composer, dies at 63
Mar 2nd - Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
Mar 5th - Nils Bjorkander, composer, dies at 78
Mar 8th - Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
Mar 11th - Fredric [William] Brown, sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
Mar 13th - Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (b. 1941)
Mar 15th - Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
Mar 16th - Harold "Pie" Traynor, hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
Mar 17th - Manny Martindale, cricketer (10 Tests for WI, 34 wickets), dies
Mar 20th - Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter/graphic artist, dies at 51
Mar 20th - Jan Engelman, Dutch poet/art critic (At the Front), dies at 71
Mar 20th - Marilyn Maxwell, actress (Grace-Bus Stop), dies at 50
Mar 27th - Maurits C Escher, Dutch lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
Mar 27th - Sharkey Bonano, American musician (b. 1904)
Mar 29th - J Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, industrialist/film magnate
Mar 30th - Gabriel Heather, US news anchor, dies at 81
Mar 30th - Peter Whitney, actor (Rough Riders), dies at 55
Mar 30th - Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)
Mar 31st - Meena Kumari, Indian actress (b. 1932)
Apr 2nd - Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57
Apr 2nd - Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
Apr 2nd - Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
Apr 3rd - Ferde Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofe, composer, dies at 80
Apr 3rd - Ferde Grofe, US composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
Apr 4th - Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63
Apr 4th - John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
Apr 4th - Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
Apr 5th - Brian Donlevy, actor (Steve-Dangerous Assignment), dies at 73
Apr 5th - Isabel Jewell, dies at 62
Apr 7th - "Crazy" Joe Gallo, mobster, killed at his 43rd birthday party
Apr 7th - Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered
Apr 7th - Victor Wong, actor (Mission to Moscow, King Kong) dies at 65
Apr 12th - C W Ceram, [Kurt Marek], German/US writer (1st American), dies at 57
Apr 12th - Henri Potiron, composer, dies at 89
Apr 15th - Otto Brenner, German trade union leader, dies at 64
Apr 16th - Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese author (Nobel 1968), dies at 72
Apr 19th - Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
Apr 25th - George Sanders, actor (Mr Freeze-Batman, Ivanhoe), dies at 65
Apr 26th - Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
Apr 26th - Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)
First President of Ghana Kwame NkrumahFirst President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah (Apr 27th) Apr 27th - Kwame Nkrumah, president of Ghana, dies at 62
Apr 27th - Phil King, rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
Apr 29th - Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
Apr 30th - Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
Apr 30th - Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered
May 1st - Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
May 2nd - Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69
May 2nd - J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77
May 3rd - Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
First Director of the FBI J. Edgar HooverFirst Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover (May 2nd) May 3rd - Les Harvey, rocker, dies
May 4th - Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
May 5th - Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
May 6th - Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
May 13th - Dan Blocker, American actor (Hoss-Bonanza), dies at 43
May 15th - Nigel Green, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies at 47
May 16th - Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
May 18th - Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53
May 20th - Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist, dies at 78
May 20th - Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
May 22nd - Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
May 24th - Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
May 24th - Gavin Muir, actor (Hollister-Betty Hutton Show), dies at 64
May 24th - Ismail Yasin, Egyptian comedian and actor (b. 1915)
King of Great Britain Edward VIIIKing of Great Britain Edward VIII (May 28th) May 28th - Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies at 77
May 29th - Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
May 29th - Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
May 30th - Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104
May 31st - Walter Freeman, American physician (b. 1895)
Jun 2nd - Franz Philipp, composer, dies at 81
Jun 4th - Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
Jun 8th - Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
Jun 12th - Edmund Wilson, US writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
Jun 12th - Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
Jun 13th - Clyde L Mcphatter, US singer (Drifters-Without Love), dies at 39
Jun 13th - Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
Jun 20th - Horst Salomon, writer, dies
Jun 20th - Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
Jun 21st - Seth Bingham, composer, dies at 90
Jun 23rd - Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
Jun 26th - David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61
Jul 2nd - Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
Jul 3rd - Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
Jul 6th - Brandon De Wilde, actor (Jamie), dies at 30 in a car crash
Jul 6th - Sam de Grasse, dies at 97
Jul 6th - Vincent Valentine, WI cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
Jul 7th - Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
Jul 7th - King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
Jul 9th - Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
Jul 10th - Lovie Austin, American jazz pianist (b. 1887)
Jul 16th - Giorgio Nataletti, composer, dies at 65
Jul 16th - Max Zehnder, composer, dies at 70
Jul 19th - Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (b. 1884)
Jul 21st - Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
Jul 21st - Ralph Craig, American athlete (b. 1889)
Jul 22nd - Hugo Kauder, composer, dies at 84
Jul 22nd - Pavel Borkovek, composer, dies at 78

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