List of Famous people who died in 1964

Jawaharlal Nehru

First Name Jawaharlal
Born on November 14, 1889
Died on May 27, 1964 (aged 74)
Born in India

Jawaharlal Nehru was an Indian independence activist and, subsequently, the first Prime Minister of India, as well as a central figure in Indian politics both before and after independence. He emerged as an eminent leader of the Indian independence movement, serving India as Prime Minister from its establishment in 1947 as an independent nation, until his death in 1964. He was also known as Pandit Nehru due to his roots with the Kashmiri Pandit community, while Indian children knew him better as Chacha Nehru.

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Ian Fleming

First Name Ian
Last Name Fleming
Born on May 28, 1908
Died on August 12, 1964 (aged 56)

Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British writer, journalist and naval intelligence officer who is best known for his James Bond series of spy novels. Fleming came from a wealthy family connected to the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co., and his father was the Member of Parliament for Henley from 1910 until his death on the Western Front in 1917. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst and, briefly, the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming moved through several jobs before he started writing.

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Lucy Wills

First Name Lucy
Last Name Wills
Born on May 10, 1888
Died on April 16, 1964 (aged 75)

Lucy Wills, LRCP was an English haematologist and physician researcher. She conducted research in India in the late 1920s and early 1930s on macrocytic anaemia of pregnancy, a disease which is characterized by enlarged red blood cells and is life-threatening.

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Hedwig Kohn

First Name Hedwig
Last Name Kohn
Born on April 5, 1887
Died on March 26, 1964 (aged 76)

Hedwig Kohn was a physicist who was one of only three women to obtain habilitation in physics in Germany before World War II. Born in Breslau in the German Empire, she was forced to leave Germany during the Nazi regime because she was Jewish. She continued her academic career in the United States, where she settled for the rest of her life.

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Sam Cooke

Samuel Cooke
First Name Sam
Last Name Cooke
Born on January 22, 1931
Died on December 11, 1964 (aged 33)

Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He was also influential as a composer and producer, and is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and significance in popular music.

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Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck

First Name Paul
Last Name Lettow-Vorbeck
Born on March 20, 1870
Died on March 9, 1964 (aged 93)
Born in Germany, Saarland

Paul Emil von Lettow-Vorbeck, also called the Lion of Africa, was a general in the Imperial German Army and the commander of its forces in the German East Africa campaign. For four years, with a force of about 14,000, he held in check a much larger force of 300,000 British, Indian, Belgian, and Portuguese troops.

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Herbert Hoover

Herbert Clark Hoover
First Name Herbert
Last Name Hoover
Born on August 10, 1874
Died on October 20, 1964 (aged 90)
Height 180 cm | 5'11

Herbert Clark Hoover was an American politician, businessman, and engineer, who was the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. A member of the Republican Party, he held office during the onset of the Great Depression. Before serving as president, Hoover led the Commission for Relief in Belgium, served as the director of the U.S. Food Administration, and served as the third U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

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Alvin York

Alvin Cullum York
First Name Alvin
Last Name York
Born on December 13, 1887
Died on September 2, 1964 (aged 76)

Alvin Cullum York, also known as Sergeant York, was one of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I. He received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking at least one machine gun, killing at least 25 enemy soldiers and capturing 132. York's Medal of Honor action occurred during the United States-led portion of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France, which was intended to breach the Hindenburg line and force the Germans to surrender. He earned decorations from several allied countries during WWI, including France, Italy and Montenegro.

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Guru Dutt

First Name Guru
Last Name Dutt
Born on July 9, 1925
Died on October 10, 1964 (aged 39)
Born in India

Vasanth Kumar Shivashankar Padukone, better known as Guru Dutt, was an Indian film director, producer and actor. He made 1950s and 1960s classics such as Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam and Chaudhvin Ka Chand. In particular, Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool have been included among the greatest films of all time, Pyaasa by Time magazine's "All-TIME" 100 best movies list and by the 2002 Sight & Sound critics' and directors' poll, where Dutt himself is included among the greatest film directors of all time.

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Alan Ladd

Alan Walbridge Ladd
First Name Alan
Last Name Ladd
Born on September 3, 1913
Died on January 29, 1964 (aged 50)
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Alan Walbridge Ladd was an American actor and film and television producer. Ladd found success in film in the 1940s and early 1950s, particularly in Westerns, such as Shane (1953) and in films noir. He was often paired with Veronica Lake in noirish films, such as This Gun for Hire (1942), The Glass Key (1942), and The Blue Dahlia (1946).

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Cole Porter

Cole Albert Porter
First Name Cole
Last Name Porter
Born on June 9, 1891
Died on October 15, 1964 (aged 73)
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film.

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Rachel Carson

First Name Rachel
Last Name Carson
Born on May 27, 1907
Died on April 14, 1964 (aged 56)

Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

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Douglas MacArthur

First Name Douglas
Last Name MacArthur
Born on January 26, 1880
Died on April 5, 1964 (aged 84)

General of the Army Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur Jr. the first father and son to be awarded the medal. He was one of only five to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the US Army, and the only one conferred the rank of field marshal in the Philippine Army.

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Mary Pinchot Meyer

First Name Mary
Last Name Meyer
Died on October 12, 1964

Mary Eno Pinchot Meyer was an American painter who lived in Washington D.C. She was married to Central Intelligence Agency official Cord Meyer from 1945–1958, and became involved romantically with President John F. Kennedy after her divorce from Meyer.

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Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor

Nancy Witcher Astor
First Name Nancy
Last Name Astor
Born on May 19, 1879
Died on May 2, 1964 (aged 84)

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor, was an American-born British politician who was the second elected female Member of Parliament (MP) but the first to take her seat, serving from 1919 to 1945. Sinn Féin's Constance Markievicz had become the first elected female MP in 1918, but refused to take her seat in line with party policy, instead joining the First Dáil of the revolutionary Irish Republic.

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Peter Lorre

First Name Peter
Last Name Lorre
Born on June 26, 1904
Died on March 23, 1964 (aged 59)
Height 160 cm | 5'3

Peter Lorre was a Hungarian-American actor. Lorre began his stage career in Vienna before moving to Germany where he worked first on the stage, then in film in Berlin in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Lorre caused an international sensation in the German film M (1931), directed by Fritz Lang, in which he portrayed a serial killer who preys on little girls.

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Harpo Marx

Adolph Marx
First Name Harpo
Born on November 23, 1888
Died on September 28, 1964 (aged 75)

Arthur "Harpo" Marx was an American comedian, actor, mime artist, and musician, and the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers. In contrast to the mainly verbal comedy of his brothers Groucho Marx and Chico Marx, Harpo's comic style was visual, being an example of both clown and pantomime traditions. He wore a curly reddish blond wig and was silent in all his movie appearances, instead blowing a horn or whistling to communicate. Marx frequently employed props such as a horn cane, constructed from a lead pipe, tape, and a bulbhorn.

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Dr. Atl

Gerardo Francisco Esposo De Odette
First Name Dr.
Born on October 3, 1875
Died on August 15, 1964 (aged 88)
Born in Mexico, Jalisco

Gerardo Murillo Cornado, also known by his signature "Dr. Atl", was a Mexican painter and writer.

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Louisa Durrell

First Name Louisa
Born on January 16, 1886
Died on January 24, 1964 (aged 78)
Born in India

Louisa Florence Durrell, was an Anglo-Irish woman born in India during the British Raj. She was the mother of Lawrence and Gerald Durrell. She was featured in Gerald Durrell's autobiographical Corfu trilogy, which tells about the Durrells' years in Corfu from 1935 to 1939 in a somewhat fictionalized way.

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Amrit Kaur

First Name Amrit
Born on February 2, 1889
Died on February 6, 1964 (aged 75)
Born in India
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Rajkumari Bibiji Amrit Kaur Ahluwalia, DStJ was an Indian activist and politician. Following her long-lasting association with the Indian independence movement, she was appointed the first Health Minister of India in 1947 and remained in office until 1957. She also held the charge of Sports Minister and Urban Development Minister and was instrumental in setting up the National Institute of Sports,Patiala.During her tenure, Kaur ushered in several healthcare reforms in India and is widely remembered for her contributions to the sector and her advocacy of women's rights. Kaur was also a member of the Indian Constituent Assembly, the body that framed the Constitution of India.

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