Hank Williams died New Year’s Day in 1953 at the young age of 29. He became a country music legend with his songs about heartbreak. We remember Williams’ life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.
|Hank Williams died New Year’s Day in 1953 at the young age of 29. He became a country music legend with his songs about heartbreak. It’s hard to forget such Williams classics as “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Long Gone Lonesome Blues.” We remember Williams’ life today as well as the lives of other notable people who died this day in history.
2019, Pegi Young, was the co-founder of the Bridge School for children with disabilities, along with her former husband, singer Neil Young.
2016: Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian cinematographer who won an Academy Award for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” dies at 85.
2015: Donna Douglas, U.S. actress known best for her role as Elly May Clampett on the sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies,” dies at 82.
Starring as Elly May on “The Beverly Hillbillies” from 1962 to 1971, she seemed blissfully unaware of her status as a country blond bombshell. Usually clad in a snug flannel shirt and tight jeans cinched with a rope belt, she seemed to prefer her critters to any beau. Read more
2015: Mario Cuomo, U.S. politician who was the governor of New York from 1983 to 1994, dies at 82.
2013: Patti Page, U.S. pop singer who was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s with such hits as “Tennessee Waltz,” dies at 85.
2012: Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer who worked on such movies as “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Mask of Zorro,” dies at 89.
2012: Fred Milano, U.S. doo-wop singer who was a member of Dion and the Belmonts, dies of lung cancer at 72.
2009: Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator from Rhode Island who served six terms, dies at 90.
2007: A.I. Bezzerides, U.S. novelist and screenwriter known for such film noir classics as “Kiss Me Deadly,” dies at 98.
2007: Tillie Olsen, U.S. writer associated with the political turmoil of the 1930s and the first generation of American feminists, dies at 94.
2007: Del Reeves, U.S. country singer who had a No. 1 hit with “Girl on the Billboard,” dies at 74.
2007: Darrent Williams, U.S. pro football cornerback who played with the NFL’s Denver Broncos, dies at 24 in a drive-by shooting.
2005: Shirley Chisholm, U.S. politician and first African-American congresswoman, who represented New York for seven terms, dies at 80.
2005: Bob Matsui, Democratic U.S. representative from California who served 26 years in Congress, dies at 63 of complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare stem cell disorder.
2003: Joe Foss, U.S. World War II fighter pilot who became governor of South Dakota and the first commissioner of the American Football League, dies at 87.
2002: Julia Phillips, U.S. producer of movies including “Taxi Driver” and “The Sting,” dies of cancer at 57.
2001: Ray Walston, U.S. actor who starred in many film and television productions including “My Favorite Martian” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” dies at 86.
1998: Helen Wills Moody, U.S. tennis player who won 31 grand slam titles during her career, dies at 92.
1997: Townes Van Zandt, U.S. singer-songwriter who had critical acclaim but not mainstream success as a musician, dies of long-term drug and alcohol abuse at 52.
1995: Ted Hawkins, U.S. blues singer, dies at 58.
1995: Jess Stacy, U.S. jazz pianist who played with Benny Goodman, dies at 90.
1994: Cesar Romero, U.S. actor known best as the Joker on the “Batman” TV series, dies at 86.
1992: Grace Hopper, pioneering U.S. computer scientist and a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, dies at 85.
1972: Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer known best for his roles in the films “Can Can” and “Gigi” and his signature song, “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” dies at 83.
1969: Barton MacLane, U.S. actor in film and television series known best as General Martin Peterson in TV’s “I Dream of Jeannie,” dies at 66.
1958: Edward Weston, innovative and influential U.S. photographer who has been called one of the masters of 20th-century photography, dies at 71.
1953: Hank Williams, U.S. singer considered one of the most significant country music artists, dies of alcohol and prescription drug abuse at 29.
1782: Johann Christian Bach, German composer and youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach known for his influence on Mozart’s concerto style, dies at 46.