Famous People Who Died In 1972

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Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1972. This list includes people like Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, Harry S. Truman, Jackie Robinson, J. Edgar Hoover, C. Rajagopalachari and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, emperors & kings and military leaders who died in 1972. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & India and many more countries.
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 1 
Jackie Robinson
(First African-American to Play in Major League Baseball)
Jackie Robinson
35
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Georgia, United States
Died: October 24
 2 
Harry S. Truman
(33rd President of the United States)
Harry S. Truman
37
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lamar, Missouri, United States
Died: December 26
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 3 
Yip Man
(Martial artist)
Yip Man
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Foshan, China
Died: December 2
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 4 
Roberto Clemente
(Puerto Rican Professional Baseball Right Fielder)
Roberto Clemente
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31
 5 
M. C. Escher
(Dutch Graphic Artist Best Known for His Works: ‘Hand with Reflecting Sphere’, ‘Relativity’ and ‘Waterfall’)
M. C. Escher
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: March 27
 6 
Kwame Nkrumah
(First President of Ghana)
Kwame Nkrumah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkroful
Died: April 27
 7 
Dan Blocker
5
Birthdate: December 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: De Kalb, Texas, USA
Died: May 13
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 8 
Mahalia Jackson
(Singer, Television Personality)
Mahalia Jackson
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died: January 27
 9 
George Sanders
(Actor Known for His Films: 'Rebecca', 'Foreign Correspondent' and 'All About Eve')
George Sanders
7
Birthdate: July 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 25
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 10 
Ezra Pound
(American Poet and Critic Known for His Works: ‘Ripostes’, ‘Hugh Selwyn Mauberley’ and the Epic Poem, ‘The Cantos’)
Ezra Pound
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 30, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Idaho, United States
Died: November 1
 11 
Joe Gallo
(Mobster)
Joe Gallo
14
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: April 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 7
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 12 
C. Rajagopalachari
(Governor-General of India (1948-50))
C. Rajagopalachari
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 9, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thorapalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 25
 13 
Prithviraj Kapoor
(Actor Who Is Also Considered to Be One of the Founding Figures of Hindi Cinema)
Prithviraj Kapoor
2
Birthdate: November 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Samundri, Pakistan
Died: May 29
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 14 
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: June 28
 15 
Lester B. Pearson
(14th Prime Minister of Canada (1963 - 1968))
Lester B. Pearson
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newtonbrook, Toronto, Canada
Died: December 27
 16 
Margaret Rutherford
(Best Known for Her Role as the ‘Duchess of Brighton’ in the Film ‘The V.I.P.s’)
Margaret Rutherford
3
Birthdate: May 11, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Balham, London, United Kingdom
Died: May 22
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 17 
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
(Politician & Civil Rights Activist)
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 4
 18 
Maurice Chevalier
(French Singer Best Known for His Signature Songs: "Livin' In The Sunlight", "Valentine", "Louise" and "Mimi")
Maurice Chevalier
2
Birthdate: September 12, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 19 
Gustav Schwarzenegger
(Father of Arnold Schwarzenegger.)
Gustav Schwarzenegger
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 17, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Austria-Hungary
Died: December 13
 20 
Frederick IX of Denmark
(King of Denmark (1947 - 1972))
Frederick IX of Denmark
1
Birthdate: March 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sorgenfri Palace, Lyngby, Denmark
Died: January 14
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 21 
Walter Winchell
(Journalist, Radio Personality)
Walter Winchell
2
Birthdate: April 7, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 20
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 22 
Meena Kumari
(Legendary Indian Actress Best Known as 'The Tragedy Queen' )
Meena Kumari
6
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: March 31
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 23 
Barbara Daly Baekeland
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Boston
Died: November 17
 24 
Igor Sikorsky
(Aviator)
Igor Sikorsky
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 25, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: October 26
 25 
Cristóbal Balenciaga
(Fashion Designer)
Cristóbal Balenciaga
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 21, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Getaria, Spain
Died: March 24
 26 
C. Day Lewis
(British poet and Poet Laureate from 1968 until his death in 1972.)
C. Day Lewis
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 27, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ballintubber, Ireland
Died: May 22
 27 
Miriam Hopkins
1
Birthdate: October 18, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died: October 9
 28 
William Boyd
(Film Actor)
William Boyd
1
Birthdate: June 5, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hendrysburg, Ohio, United States
Died: September 12
 29 
Lee Morgan
(Jazz trumpeter)
Lee Morgan
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 19
 30 
Charles Atlas
(American Bodybuilder Best Remembered as the Developer of a Bodybuilding Method and Its Associated Exercise Program)
Charles Atlas
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Acri, Cosenza, Italy
Died: December 24
 31 
Joi Lansing
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: August 7
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 32 
Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
(Former King of Nepal)
Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
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Birthdate: June 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: January 31
 33 
Gil Hodges
(Baseball player)
Gil Hodges
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, Indiana, United States
Died: April 2
 34 
Jamini Roy
(Indian painter)
Jamini Roy
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Birthdate: April 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bankura, West Bengal, India
Died: April 24
 35 
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
(Third King of Bhutan)
Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
8
Birthdate: May 2, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trongsa
Died: July 21
 36 
Marilyn Maxwell
2
Birthdate: August 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, United States
Died: March 20
 37 
Max Fleischer
(Animator)
Max Fleischer
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: September 25
 38 
Neville Lancelot Goddard
(Barbadian author who wrote on the Bible, mysticism, and self-help.)
Neville Lancelot Goddard
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 19, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Michael, Barbados
Died: October 1
 39 
Berry Oakley
(Musician)
Berry Oakley
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 11
 40 
Bruce Cabot
5
Birthdate: April 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States
Died: May 3
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 41 
Lillian Moller Gilbreth
5
Birthdate: May 24, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: January 2
 42 
Talal of Jordan
(King of Jordan Who Was Forced to Abdicate due to His Mental Illness)
Talal of Jordan
2
Birthdate: February 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 7
 43 
Moe Berg
(Baseball coach)
Moe Berg
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 29
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 44 
Joseph Cornell
(Film director, Sculptor, Painter)
Joseph Cornell
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nyack
Died: December 29
 45 
Oscar Levant
(American pianist)
Oscar Levant
4
Birthdate: December 27, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: August 14
 46 
Franz Halder
(Former general, chief of staff of the Army High Command (OKH) in Nazi Germany from 1938 until September 1942)
Franz Halder
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 30, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany
Died: April 2
 47 
Paul Hausser
(Military Leader)
Paul Hausser
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 7, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brandenburg, Germany
Died: December 21
 48 
S. R. Ranganathan
(Indian Mathematician and Librarian Known for His Development of 'Colon Classification')
S. R. Ranganathan
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sirkazhi, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: September 27
 49 
Yasunari Kawabata
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Osaka
Died: April 16
 50 
Akim Tamiroff
(Academy Award Nominated Actor Known for His Films: 'The General Died at Dawn', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls')
Akim Tamiroff
0
Birthdate: October 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tiflis or Baku, Russian Empire
Died: September 17
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)