What Happened in 1940

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 548

  • Jan 1st 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • Jan 1st 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13
  • Jan 1st 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7
  • Jan 3rd WPG-AM in Atlantic City NJ consolidates with WBIL & WOV as "new" WOV
  • Jan 5th FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
  • Jan 5th Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
  • Jan 6th Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
  • Jan 7th Winter War: The Finish 9th Division defeats the Soviet forces on the Raate-Suomussalmi road despite being significantly outnumbered
  • Jan 8th Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
  • Jan 9th 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
  • Jan 9th J Thurber & E Nugent's "Male Animal" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 11th Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad
  • Jan 12th World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
  • Jan 14th Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • Jan 14th NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
  • Jan 15th German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch merchant ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
  • Jan 21st Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship
  • Jan 22nd 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
  • Jan 23rd Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
  • Jan 25th Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
  • Jan 26th Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
  • Jan 27th -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
  • Jan 29th 33rd Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Thelma Coyne (5-7, 6-4, 6-0)
  • Jan 29th 33rd Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Jan 30th Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
  • Jan 30th Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
  • Jan 30th Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
  • Jan 31st 40 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
  • Jan 31st C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 1st Soviet Union begins new offensive against Finland
  • Feb 1st NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.

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Feb 2nd Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)

Singer/Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer/Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Feb 5th Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
  • Feb 5th Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
  • Feb 7th British railways nationalized

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Feb 7th Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio", premieres (NYC)

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 8th Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 8th Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 9th Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 10th "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • Feb 10th Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM
  • Feb 10th US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
  • Feb 10th US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner

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Feb 13th Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 14th British merchant vessel fleet is armed
  • Feb 16th British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
  • Feb 17th Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
  • Feb 17th Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.
  • Feb 20th Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
  • Feb 22nd Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
  • Feb 22nd German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
  • Feb 23rd Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
  • Feb 23rd Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
  • Feb 24th Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
  • Feb 25th 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
  • Feb 26th US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
  • Feb 27th Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
  • Feb 28th 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • Feb 28th Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
  • Feb 28th US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))
  • Feb 29th 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
  • Feb 29th Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate

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Feb 29th Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar

  • Feb 29th 12th Academy Awards - "Gone with the Wind" wins eight Oscars, Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh also win
  • Feb 29th Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
  • Mar 1st Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
  • Mar 2nd 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 2nd Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
  • Mar 3rd Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
  • Mar 6th 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
  • Mar 7th Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home

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Mar 7th Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Mar 10th 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
  • Mar 12th Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
  • Mar 13th Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
  • Mar 14th 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas

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Mar 15th Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Mar 16th German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow

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Mar 18th Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Mar 19th Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
  • Mar 19th French government of Daladier falls
  • Mar 20th Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
  • Mar 23rd 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
  • Mar 23rd All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
  • Mar 23rd The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.

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Mar 26th Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 27th "Rebecca" based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1941)

  • Mar 28th Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.
  • Mar 29th Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 30th 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
  • Mar 31st Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)

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Apr 1st Filipino President Quezon officially authorizes the printing and publication of the grammar and dictionary prepared by the Institute of the National Language.

2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon
2nd President of the Philippines
Manuel L. Quezon
  • Apr 4th R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC
  • Apr 5th 99th Grand National: Sgt. Mervyn A. Jones aboard Bogskar wins

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Apr 7th 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T. Washington)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Apr 7th 7th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 8th German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
  • Apr 9th German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
  • Apr 9th Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
  • Apr 10th Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 721

  • Jan 1st Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • Jan 1st Laszlo Sary, composer
  • Jan 1st Richard Henry Orton, composer
  • Jan 2nd S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
  • Jan 3rd Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
  • Jan 4th Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • Jan 4th Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
  • Jan 4th Helmut Jahn, German architect
  • Jan 4th Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
  • Jan 5th Dany Saval, actress (Boeing Boeing, Moon Pilot), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 5th Michael O'Donoghue, Sauquoit, New York, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged)
  • Jan 5th Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician
  • Jan 5th Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
  • Jan 5th General Sir Michael Rose, UK military officer, prominent in Bosnia
  • Jan 6th Ed Zschau, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
  • Jan 6th Van McCoy, American musician (d. 1979)
  • Jan 6th Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)
  • Jan 7th William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
  • Jan 8th Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
  • Jan 8th Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
  • Jan 8th Little Anthony [Gourdine], rocker (& Imperials)
  • Jan 9th Barbara Buczek, composer
  • Jan 9th Jimmy Boyd, McComb Mo, singer/actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
  • Jan 9th Al Downing, American singer (d. 2005)
  • Jan 9th Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician
  • Jan 10th Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
  • Jan 10th Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
  • Jan 10th Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician
  • Jan 11th Mark DeVoto, composer
  • Jan 12th Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
  • Jan 13th Edmund White, American author
  • Jan 14th Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • Jan 17th H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • Jan 17th Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
  • Jan 18th Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
  • Jan 19th Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )

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Jan 19th Mary Mills, Laurel Mississippi, LPGA golfer

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 19th Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • Jan 19th Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 20th Carol Heiss Jenkins, figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20th Jorge Peixinho, composer
  • Jan 20th Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician

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Jan 21st Jack Nicklaus, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 21st Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 22nd Addie "Micki" Harris, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Jan 22nd John Hurt, England, actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express)
  • Jan 22nd Tilo Medek, German composer
  • Jan 22nd George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 23rd Johnny Russell, country singer
  • Jan 24th Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 27th Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 27th James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 28th Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman
  • Jan 29th Katharine Ross, American actress
  • Jan 29th Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • Jan 30th David Johnson, composer
  • Jan 31st Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
  • Feb 1st Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 1st Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 2nd Alan "Tea" Caddy, rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
  • Feb 2nd Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
  • Feb 2nd David Jason, English actor
  • Feb 2nd Wayne Fontes, American football coach

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Feb 3rd Fran Tarkenton, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings), born in Richmond, Virginia

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • Feb 3rd Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
  • Feb 4th John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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Feb 4th George A Romero, actor/director (Creepshow, Martin, 2 Evil Eyes)

Actor & Director George Romero
Actor & Director
George Romero
  • Feb 5th H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 6th Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
  • Feb 6th Tom Brokaw, Yankton SD, news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982- )
  • Feb 7th Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
  • Feb 8th Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
  • Feb 8th Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
  • Feb 8th Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
  • Feb 9th Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
  • Feb 10th Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
  • Feb 10th Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Feb 10th Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
  • Feb 10th Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 11th Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Feb 12th Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
  • Feb 12th Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 14th Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
  • Feb 15th John Hadl, American football player
  • Feb 15th Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
  • Feb 16th Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
  • Feb 17th Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
  • Feb 19th Smokey Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles-Tears of a Clown)
  • Feb 19th Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 19th Carlin Glynn, US actress (Continental Divide)
  • Feb 19th William "Smokey" Robinson, Det, vocalist (& Miracles-Being With You)
  • Feb 19th Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
  • Feb 20th Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
  • Feb 20th Christoph Eschenbach, Breslau, Germany, pianist/conductor
  • Feb 20th Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
  • Feb 20th RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
  • Feb 20th V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
  • Feb 21st John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • Feb 21st Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
  • Feb 21st Peter Gethin, British racing driver

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 2nd Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.
  • Jan 26th Actor Ronald Raegan (28) weds Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman (23) at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18th Molecular biologist Francis Crick (23) weds Ruth Doreen Dodd

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 30th Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 7th Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

HeartWedding of Interest

May 5th Actress Mary Martin (26) weds producer Richard Halliday (35)

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin

HeartWedding of Interest

May 25th MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 4th Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 21st 37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4th Actress Gertrude Lawrence (42) weds theater owner Richard Aldrich

Actress and Musical Performer Gertrude Lawrence
Actress and Musical Performer
Gertrude Lawrence
  • Jul 31st Actress Loretta Young (27) weds advertising executive Tom Lewis at the chapel of St. Paul's Church in Westwood

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 12th PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30th CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (22) weds Norma Kaphan in Brookline, Massachusetts

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace
  • Aug 31st "Wuthering Heights" actor Laurence Olivier (33) weds "Gone With The Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (26)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 31st Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 1st Actor Harry Morgan (25) weds Eileen Detchon

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 22nd "Adventures of Superman" actor George Reeves (26) weds Ellanora Needles at the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California

  • Sep 25th "Sullivan's Travels" actress Veronica Lake (18) weds American motion picture art director and set designer John S. Detlie (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 1st Theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer (36) weds biologist Katherine Harrison Puening

Father of the Atomic Bomb Robert Oppenheimer
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Robert Oppenheimer

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 5th American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23rd RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23rd Film director David Lean (32) weds actress Kay Walsh (29)

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 30th "I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds actor Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
Comedienne/Actress
Lucille Ball
Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 3rd Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 7th Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31st Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 22nd Jacqueline Kennedy's parents John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III and Janet (Norton Lee) divorce

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 4th American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 154

  • Jan 1st Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 4th Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • Jan 5th Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • Jan 5th Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • Jan 12th Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
  • Jan 18th Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • Jan 20th Omar Bundy, U.S. army general (b. 1861)
  • Jan 24th Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • Jan 25th Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 31st René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
  • Feb 1st Philip Francis Nowlan, science fiction writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • Feb 4th Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • Feb 7th Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • Feb 9th Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • Feb 11th John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • Feb 27th Peter Behrens, German architect, dies
  • Feb 28th Johan C Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
  • Feb 29th Edward Frederic Benson, novelist, dies
  • Mar 1st Josef Swickard, actor (Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Mar 1st Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (b. 1878)
  • Mar 4th Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 5th Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • Mar 10th Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
  • Mar 10th Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)
  • Mar 15th Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies

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Mar 16th Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Mar 19th Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • Mar 20th Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 25th Ion Nonna Otescu, composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 26th Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • Mar 27th Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • Mar 29th Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)
  • Apr 6th Andres Isasi, composer, dies at 49
  • Apr 9th Mrs Patrick Campbell, English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide), dies
  • Apr 18th Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • Apr 18th Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, historian, dies
  • Apr 26th Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65

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May 3rd Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • May 7th George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
  • May 10th Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • May 14th Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • May 14th Emma Goldman, US anarchists/feminist/author (Living My Life), dies
  • May 14th Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • May 14th Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • May 15th Joseph Limburg, liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
  • May 15th Willem A Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • May 20th Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies
  • May 20th Joris [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies
  • May 23rd Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai, dies
  • May 23rd Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • May 25th Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
  • May 28th Randle Ayrton, actor (Manx Man), dies at 70
  • May 28th Theodor Streicher, composer, dies at 65
  • May 28th Walter Connolly, actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies at 53
  • May 28th Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • May 30th Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104
  • Jun 2nd Willem E Roelofs, painter/cartoonist, dies
  • Jun 6th E E Clive, actor (Bulldog Drummond, Night Muss Fall), dies at 56
  • Jun 7th James Hall, writer/actor (Millie, Hell's Angels), dies at 39
  • Jun 8th Frederick Shepherd Converse, US composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 16th DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • Jun 16th Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • Jun 19th Maurice Jaubert, composer, dies at 40
  • Jun 20th Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • Jun 21st Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist, dies
  • Jun 21st Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic, drowns at 40
  • Jun 21st W Hasenclever, writer, dies at 49
  • Jun 21st Smedley Butler, American Marine general (b. 1881)
  • Jun 22nd M A Noble, cricketer (giant of NSW/Australian cricket), dies
  • Jun 22nd Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who developed the Köppen climate classification system for the regions of the world, dies at 93
  • Jun 28th Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya, dies at 44
  • Jun 29th Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60
  • Jul 2nd Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies
  • Jul 2nd Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 3rd George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • Jul 10th Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 14th Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies
  • Jul 15th Donald Calthrop, dies at 52
  • Jul 15th Robert Wadlow, world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
  • Jul 19th Samuel H Chang, US newspaper magnate, murdered in Shanghai
  • Jul 20th Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
  • Jul 28th Johann Richard Ohlsson, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 31st Whitney Krakower, US gangster, murderrd by "Bugsy" Siegel
  • Aug 3rd Willard Hershberger, catcher (Cin Reds), commits suicide
  • Aug 4th Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
  • Aug 5th Frederick A Cook, US, explorer (North Pole), dies at 75
  • Aug 8th Johnny Dodds, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Aug 13th George C Pearce, actor (Hold tat Lion, British Agent), dies at 75
  • Aug 16th Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
  • Aug 17th Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
  • Aug 18th Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)

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Aug 21st Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, icepicked by Ramón Mercader at 62

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Aug 21st Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 21st Ernest Lawrence Thayer, American poet (b. 1863)
  • Aug 21st Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
  • Aug 22nd Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
  • Aug 24th Paul G Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80
  • Aug 29th Arthur De Greef, composer, dies at 77

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Aug 30th J. J. Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)

Physicist J. J. Thomson
Physicist
J. J. Thomson
  • Aug 31st Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58