List of Famous people who died in 1966

Walt Disney

Walter Elias Disney
First Name Walt
Last Name Disney
Born on December 5, 1901
Died on December 15, 1966 (aged 65)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

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Ken Miles

First Name Ken
Last Name Miles
Born on November 1, 1918
Died on August 17, 1966 (aged 47)

Kenneth Henry Miles was a British sports car racing engineer and driver best known for his motorsport career in the US and with American teams on the international scene. He is an inductee to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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Lenny Bruce

First Name Lenny
Last Name Bruce
Born on October 13, 1925
Died on August 3, 1966 (aged 40)

Leonard Alfred Schneider, better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist. He was renowned for his open, freestyle and critical form of comedy which contained satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in the history of New York state, by Governor George Pataki in 2003.

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Lal Bahadur Shastri

First Name Lal
Last Name Shastri
Born on October 2, 1904
Died on January 11, 1966 (aged 61)
Born in India

Lal Bahadur Shastri was an Indian politician who served as the second Prime Minister of India. He promoted the White Revolution – a national campaign to increase the production and supply of milk – by supporting the Amul milk co-operative of Anand, Gujarat and creating the National Dairy Development Board. Underlining the need to boost India's food production, Shastri also promoted the Green Revolution in India in 1965. This led to an increase in food grain production, especially in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

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Margaret Sanger

Margaret Louise Higgins
First Name Margaret
Last Name Sanger
Born on September 14, 1879
Died on September 6, 1966 (aged 86)

Margaret Higgins Sanger was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term "birth control", opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

First Name Vinayak
Last Name Savarkar
Born on May 28, 1883
Died on February 26, 1966 (aged 82)
Born in India

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, commonly known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar or simply Veer Savarkar in Marathi language, was an Indian independence activist and politician who formulated the Hindu nationalist philosophy of Hindutva. He was a leading figure in the Hindu Mahasabha.

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Charles Whitman

Charles Joseph Whitman
First Name Charles
Last Name Whitman
Born on June 24, 1941
Died on August 1, 1966 (aged 25)

Charles Joseph Whitman was an American mass murderer who became infamous as the "Texas Tower Sniper". On August 1, 1966, he used knives to kill his mother and his wife in their respective homes, then went to the University of Texas in Austin with multiple firearms and began indiscriminately shooting at people. He fatally shot three people inside the university tower. He then went to the tower's 28th-floor observation deck, where he fired at random people for some 96 minutes, killing an additional 11 people and wounding 31 others, including a woman whose injuries prevented her pregnancy from coming to term, before he was shot dead by Austin police officers. Whitman killed a total of 16 people; the 16th victim died 35 years later from injuries sustained in the attack.

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Georges Lemaître

Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître
First Name Georges
Last Name Lemaître
Born on July 17, 1894
Died on June 20, 1966 (aged 71)
Born in Belgium, Wallonia

Georges Henri Joseph Édouard Lemaître was a Belgian Catholic priest, mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Louvain. He was the first to theorize that the recession of nearby galaxies can be explained by an expanding universe, which was observationally confirmed soon afterwards by Edwin Hubble. He first derived "Hubble's law", now called the Hubble–Lemaître law by the IAU, and published the first estimation of the Hubble constant in 1927, two years before Hubble's article. Lemaître also proposed the "Big Bang theory" of the origin of the universe, calling it the "hypothesis of the primeval atom", and later calling it "the beginning of the world".

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Elizabeth Christ

First Name Elizabeth
Last Name Christ
Born on October 10, 1880
Died on June 6, 1966 (aged 85)

Elizabeth Christ Trump was a German businesswoman and is considered the matriarch of the Trump family. She married Frederick Trump in 1902. While raising their three children, the early death of her husband in 1918 required the 37-year-old widow to manage their properties. She founded the real estate development company E. Trump & Son with her son Fred Trump, the father of Donald Trump.

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Montgomery Clift

First Name Montgomery
Last Name Clift
Born on October 17, 1920
Died on July 23, 1966 (aged 45)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Edward Montgomery Clift was an American actor. A four-time Academy Award nominee, The New York Times said he was known for his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men".

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Helen Kane

Helen Clare Schroeder
First Name Helen
Last Name Kane
Born on August 4, 1904
Died on September 26, 1966 (aged 62)

Helen Kane was an American singer and actress. Her signature song was "I Wanna Be Loved by You" (1928), featured in the 1928 stage musical Good Boy. The song was written for Good Boy by songwriters Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Kane's voice and appearance were a source for Fleischer Studios animator Grim Natwick when creating Betty Boop. Kane attempted to sue the studio for claims of stealing her signature "boop-a-doop" style. However, the judge decided that there was not sufficient proof of this, thus dismissing the case.

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Buster Keaton

First Name Buster
Last Name Keaton
Born on October 4, 1895
Died on February 1, 1966 (aged 70)
Height 165 cm | 5'5

Joseph Frank Keaton, known professionally as Buster Keaton, was an American actor, comedian, film director, producer, screenwriter, and stunt performer. He is best known for his silent films, in which his trademark was physical comedy with a consistently stoic, deadpan expression that earned him the nickname "The Great Stone Face". Critic Roger Ebert wrote of Keaton's "extraordinary period from 1920 to 1929" when he "worked without interruption" on a series of films that make him "the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies". His career declined afterward with a loss of artistic independence when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, his wife divorced him, and he descended into alcoholism. He recovered in the 1940s, remarried, and revived his career as an honored comic performer for the rest of his life, earning an Academy Honorary Award in 1959.

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George de Hevesy

First Name George
Last Name Hevesy
Born on August 1, 1885
Died on July 5, 1966 (aged 80)
Born in Hungary

George Charles de Hevesy was a Hungarian radiochemist and Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate, recognized in 1943 for his key role in the development of radioactive tracers to study chemical processes such as in the metabolism of animals. He also co-discovered the element hafnium.

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Frank Lentini

First Name Frank
Last Name Lentini
Born on May 18, 1889
Died on September 22, 1966 (aged 77)
Born in Italy, Sicily

Francesco "Frank" Lentini was a Sicilian-American sideshow performer who toured with numerous circuses. Born with a parasitic twin, Lentini had three legs.

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Nandalal Bose

First Name Nandalal
Born on December 3, 1882
Died on April 16, 1966 (aged 83)
Born in India

Nandalal Bose was one of the pioneers of modern Indian art and a key figure of Contextual Modernism.

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Albert Göring

Albert Günther Göring
First Name Albert
Last Name Göring
Born on March 9, 1895
Died on December 20, 1966 (aged 71)
Born in Germany, Berlin

Albert Günther Göring was a German engineer and businessman and the younger brother of Hermann Göring. In contrast to his brother, Albert was opposed to Nazism, and he helped Jews and others who were persecuted in Nazi Germany. He was shunned in post-war Germany because of his family name, and he died without any public recognition and received very little attention for his humanitarian efforts until decades after his death.

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Dietrich von Choltitz

Dietrich Hugo Hermann von Choltitz
First Name Dietrich
Last Name Choltitz
Born on November 9, 1894
Died on November 5, 1966 (aged 71)

Dietrich Hugo Hermann von Choltitz was a German general. Popularly known as the Saviour of Paris, he served in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II, as well as serving in the Reichswehr of the Weimar Republic, and the Royal Saxon Army during World War I.

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Nick Piantanida

First Name Nick
Last Name Piantanida
Born on August 15, 1932
Died on August 29, 1966 (aged 34)

Nicholas John Piantanida was an American amateur parachute jumper who reached 123,500 feet with his Strato Jump II balloon on February 2, 1966, flying a crewed balloon higher than anyone before, a record that stood until Felix Baumgartner's flight on October 14, 2012.

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Evelyn Waugh

First Name Evelyn
Last Name Waugh
Born on October 28, 1903
Died on April 10, 1966 (aged 62)

Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh was an English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books; he was also a prolific journalist and book reviewer. His most famous works include the early satires Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934), the novel Brideshead Revisited (1945), and the Second World War trilogy Sword of Honour (1952–1961). He is recognised as one of the great prose stylists of the English language in the 20th century.

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Homi Jehangir Bhabha

First Name Homi
Born on October 30, 1909
Died on January 24, 1966 (aged 56)
Born in India

Homi Jehangir Bhabha was an Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Colloquially known as "father of the Indian nuclear programme", Bhabha was also the founding director of the Atomic Energy Establishment, Trombay (AEET) which is now named the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in his honour. TIFR and AEET were the cornerstone of Indian development of nuclear weapons which Bhabha also supervised as director.

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