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Gonna open the bidding up with August 2004:

 

Rick James

Julia Child

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Laura Branigan

Red Adair

Fay Wray

Bernard Levin

Fred Whipple

The guy who invented the CAT scan

 

What you got to beat it?

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October 1946

 

Hermann Goring

Hans Frick

Albert Jodl

Wilhelm Keitel

Joachim von Ribbentrop

Julius Stretcher

Alfred Rosenberg

Joseph Stillwell

 

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August 2018: 

Mary Carlisle

Charlotte Rae

Stan Mikita

VS Naipaul 

Aretha Franklin

Atal Vajpayee 

Kofi Annan

Stefan Karl Stefansson 

Robin Leach

John McCain 

Neil Simon

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Also September 2003: 

Warren Zevon

Lefi Riefenstahl 

Edward Teller

John Ritter

Johnny Cash

Robert Palmer

Donald O’Connor

Elia Kazan

Robert Kardashian

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April 1946 gave us Alf Common, John Maynard Keynes and Lionel Atwill, which is some big duty bang-for-your-buck.

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January 2016 comes to mind:

 

Pat Harrington, Jr.
David Bowie
Brian Bedford
Alan Rickman
Sheila Sim
Abe Vigoda
Terry Wogan

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January 2016 (at least in France) 

• Michel Delpech 

• Pierre Boulez 

• Yves Vincent 

• Roland Peugeot 

• André Courrèges 

• David Bowie 

• Alan Rickman 

• René Angelil 

• Michel Tournier 

• Ettore Scola 

• Edmonde Charles-Roux

• Abe Vigoda 

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December 1969

 

Kliment Voroshilov

Ruth White

Fred Hampton

Eric Portman

Hugh Williams

Arturo de Costa Silva

Ilse Steppat

Josef von Sternberg

Salvatore Baccaloni

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December 2016.

 

John Glenn

Alan Thicke

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Richard Adams

Liz Smith

George Michael

Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds

 

 

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10 hours ago, markb4 said:

January 2016 comes to mind:

 

Pat Harrington, Jr.
David Bowie
Brian Bedford
Alan Rickman
Sheila Sim
Abe Vigoda
Terry Wogan

 

First thing I thought of as well.  Did Glenn Frey croak too or was he slipping into Feb?  

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Just now, Sir Creep said:

 

First thing I thought of as well.  Did Glenn Frey croak too or was he slipping into Feb?  

 

Had to check, but you're right, he was a January one too.

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Interesting question. One that stands out is December 2006.  Maybe not so much in terms of quantity, but definitely quality

 

Augusto Pinochet

Peter Boyle

Joe Barbera

James Brown

Gerald Ford

Saddam Hussein

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12 hours ago, Joey Russ said:

Also September 2003: 

Warren Zevon

Lefi Riefenstahl 

Edward Teller

John Ritter

Johnny Cash

Robert Palmer

Donald O’Connor

Elia Kazan

Robert Kardashian

 

2003, in general, does not get talked about enough in terms of blockbuster names we lost that year. So many in terms of quantity and quality. In my opinion, it might be the biggest celebrity death year of all time

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April 2018:

 

Thanos kills half the universe

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March 2016:

 

Nancy Reagan

George Martin

Keith Emerson

Hilary Putnam

Peter Maxwell Davies

Rob Ford

Johann Cruyff

Garry Shandling

Patty Duke

Zaha Hadid

Ronnie Corbett

 

I thought November 1963 could be a contender, given JFK , CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley all died on the same day, but it looks like the only other really notable death that month was the Birdman of Alcatraz the day before.

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Well, there's obviously February 1958, shedload of footballers in the Munich Air Disaster, ha!

 

Though I'm sure there's worse, I'll make a pitch for October 1985, which included:

 

EB White

George Savalas

Rock Hudson

Charles Collingwood

Maurice Copeland

Brian Keenan

Nelson Riddle

Malcolm Ross

Emilio Garrastazu Medici

Orson Welles

Yul Brynner

Tex Williams

Johnny Olson

Ricky Wilson

Ted Steele
Laszlo Biro

Morton Downey

John Davis Lodge

Kirby Grant

Anton Christoforidis

 

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Ah history!

 

October 1849? One Edgar Allan Poe and one Chopin after all... A year later, Robert Peel (British PM) and Zachary Taylor (US President) died in the same week. Of course there was much less celebrities in the 19th Century, which therefore brings notice to 3 dying in April 1882: Darwin, Emerson and Jesse James! Did Verdi hear of Queen Victoria's death, or William McKinley mourn Toulouse-Lautrec - the former died 5 days after the latter in 1901. Leo Tolstoy and Dr Crippen within the same three days in 1910 - there's two folk who surely never heard of each other!

 

But yeah, not many before WW2, unless you count April 1912 - a bit of a cheat, given the Titanic, but Bram Stoker died 5 days later, so that is a number of famous folk in one week, even if 6 of them were on the same boat.

 

 

Oh well, a modern one then:

 

 

July 2007

Boots Randolph

Bill Pinkney

George Melly

Jack Sowards (Wrath of Khan writer)

Peter Tuddenham

Charles Lane

Lady Bird Johnson

Nigel Dempster

Kelly Johnson (Girlschool)

Kronus

Ivor Emmanuel

Kai Seigbahn

Doon Arden

Jesus de Polanco

Tammy Faye Messner

Danny Bergara

John Normington

Tom Snyder

Mike Reid

Phil Drabble

Bill Walsh

Tam McGraw (gangster)

Ingmar Bergman

Michelangelo Antonioni

 

 

Bar the stock wrestler, all of them got BBC/Guardian obits, and the last 8 were all announced on the same day practically.

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March 1999

Dusty Springfield

Stanley Kubrick 

Joe DiMaggio

Rod Hull

Ernie Wise

 

Something for everyone there I'd imagine.

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2 minutes ago, Handrejka said:

March 1999

Dusty Springfield

Stanley Kubrick 

Joe DiMaggio

Rod Hull

Ernie Wise

 

Something for everyone there I'd imagine.

 

 

 

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On 15/12/2018 at 23:33, LB93 said:

I thought November 1963 could be a contender, given JFK , CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley all died on the same day

 

That surely has to be the day with the most significant and biggest deaths ever. All three still well known over 50 years later.

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April 1945 saw the deaths of three prominent world leaders - FDR, the Italian chap, and the one who stole Chaplin’s moustache. 

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