Famous People Who Died In 1979

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John Wayne
(A Popular Icon During Hollywood's Golden Age)
John Wayne
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Birthdate: May 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States
Died: June 11
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Josef Mengele
(German Physician Known for His Atrocities at the Auschwitz II Concentration Camp)
Josef Mengele
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: March 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Died: February 7
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Sid Vicious
(Musician)
Sid Vicious
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London
Died: February 2
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Nelson Rockefeller
(41st Vice President of the United States (1974 - 1977))
Nelson Rockefeller
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Died: January 26
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Minnie Riperton
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Minnie Riperton
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: July 12
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Ted Cassidy
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Lurch’ in the TV Series ‘The Addams Family’)
Ted Cassidy
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Birthdate: July 31, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 16
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Conrad Hilton
(American Businessman and Founder of the ‘Hilton Hotels’ Chain)
Conrad Hilton
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Antonio, New Mexico, United States
Died: January 3
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Vivian Vance
(Actress)
Vivian Vance
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Birthdate: July 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cherryvale, Kansas
Died: August 17
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Jean Seberg
(Known for Her Performance in the French Film ‘Breathless’)
Jean Seberg
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Birthdate: November 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Died: August 30
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Dhyan Chand
(One of the Greatest Field Hockey Players in History)
Dhyan Chand
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: December 3
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Lord Mountbatten
(Last Viceroy of British India)
Lord Mountbatten
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England
Died: August 27
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Donny Hathaway
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer)
Donny Hathaway
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 13
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Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(Prime Minister of Pakistan (1973-77))
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Larkana, Pakistan
Died: April 4
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Mary Pickford
(One of the Most Popular Actresses of the 1910s and 1920s)
Mary Pickford
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Birthdate: April 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: May 29
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Joan Blondell
(American Actress Best Known for Her Film 'The Blue Veil')
Joan Blondell
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Birthdate: August 30, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: December 25
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Charles Mingus
(One of The Greatest Jazz Musicians & Composers in History)
Charles Mingus
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States
Died: January 5
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Mamie Eisenhower
(First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Mamie Eisenhower
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boone, Iowa, United States
Died: November 1
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Jack Haley
(Vaudevillian)
Jack Haley
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Birthdate: August 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 6
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Jayaprakash Narayan
(Political Leader)
Jayaprakash Narayan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bihar, India
Died: October 8
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Merle Oberon
(Actress)
Merle Oberon
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Birthdate: February 19, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died: November 23
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Barbara Hutton
(Socialites)
Barbara Hutton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 11
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Thomas DeSimone
(Gangster)
Thomas DeSimone
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: May 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 14
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Edgar Buchanan
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Birthdate: March 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Humansville, Missouri, United States
Died: April 4
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Carmine Galante
(Gangster)
Carmine Galante
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 12
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Zeppo Marx
(Actor, Comedian)
Zeppo Marx
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Birthdate: February 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 30
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Jack Soo
(Actor)
Jack Soo
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Birthdate: October 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA
Died: January 11
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Richard Rodgers
(Composer – First Person To Win EGOT)
Richard Rodgers
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arverne, New York, United States
Died: December 30
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Thurman Munson
(Baseball Player)
Thurman Munson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: August 2
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Fulton J. Sheen
(Archbishop)
Fulton J. Sheen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: El Paso, Illinois
Died: December 9
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A. Philip Randolph
(Leader of the African-American civil-rights movement,)
A. Philip Randolph
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crescent City
Died: May 16
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Alvin Karpis
(Depression-Era Gangster and Leader of the 'Barker–Karpis' Gang )
Alvin Karpis
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: August 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: August 26
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Herbert Marcuse
(Philosopher and Sociologist His Best-Known Works are "Eros and Civilization" (1955) and "One-Dimensional Man.")
Herbert Marcuse
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Birthdate: July 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 29
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Peggy Guggenheim
(Art Collector)
Peggy Guggenheim
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 23
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Darla Hood
(Actress)
Darla Hood
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Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leedey, Oklahoma, United States
Died: June 13
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Elizabeth Bishop
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6
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Nicholas Ray
(Director)
Nicholas Ray
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Birthdate: August 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galesville, Wisconsin, USA
Died: June 16
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Lowell George
(Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer)
Lowell George
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hollywood
Died: June 29
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George Brent
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Birthdate: March 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ballinasloe, Ireland
Died: May 26
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Park-Chung-hee
(Former President of South Korea)
Park-Chung-hee
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gumi, South Korea
Died: October 26
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Barnes Wallis
(Scientist)
Barnes Wallis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ripley, Derbyshire, England
Died: October 30
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Abul A'la Maududi
(Philosopher)
Abul A'la Maududi
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aurangabad, India
Died: September 22
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Hafizullah Amin
(Former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan)
Hafizullah Amin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paghman
Died: December 27
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Peter Butterworth
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Birthdate: February 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bramhall, Cheshire, England, UK
Died: January 16
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Nadia Boulanger
(One of the Most Influential Teachers of Musical Composition of the 20th Century)
Nadia Boulanger
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22
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Jean Renoir
(French Film Director & Screenwriter Known for His Films 'La Grande Illusion' and 'The Rules of the Game')
Jean Renoir
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Birthdate: September 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montmartre, Paris, France
Died: February 12
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Nino Rota
(Composer)
Nino Rota
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: April 10
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Sara Carter
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Sara Carter
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copper Creek, Virginia
Died: January 8
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(Astronomer, Astrophysicist)
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: December 7
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Richard Beckinsale
(TV & Film Actor)
Richard Beckinsale
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Birthdate: July 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Carlton, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: March 19
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Agostinho Neto
(Former President of Angola)
Agostinho Neto
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ícolo e Bengo
Died: September 10
Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1979. This list includes people like John Wayne, Josef Mengele, Dhyan Chand, Sid Vicious, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, poets and physicists who died in 1979. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.