What Happened in 1949

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 414

  • Jan 1 KPRC TV channel 2 in Houston, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KTTV TV channel 11 in Los Angeles, CA (MET) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Tokelau (Union) Islands declared part of New Zealand
  • Jan 1 35th Rose Bowl: #7 Northwestern beats #4 California, 20-14
  • Jan 1 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • Jan 1 15th Orange Bowl: Texas beats #8 Georgia, 41-28
  • Jan 2 KDKA TV channel 2 in Pittsburgh, PA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 2 Luis Muñoz Marín becomes the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico.
  • Jan 3 "Colgate Theater" dramatic anthology series premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 3 The central bank of the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, is founded
  • Jan 5 General Spoor orders cease-fire on Sumatra

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Jan 5 US President Harry Truman labels his administration the "Fair Deal"

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Jan 7 1st photo of genes taken at U of S California by Pease & Baker
  • Jan 8 "Make Mine Manhattan" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 429 performances
  • Jan 8 "My Romance" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 95 performances
  • Jan 8 "Small Wonder" closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 134 performances
  • Jan 10 1st Jewish family show "Goldbergs" premieres on CBS
  • Jan 10 RCA introduces 45 RPM record
  • Jan 11 Snowfall 1st recorded in Los Angeles
  • Jan 12 "Arthur Godfrey & His Friends" premieres on CBS TV
  • Jan 12 Dutch court affirms death sentence against SS chief Hanns Rauter
  • Jan 13 "Along 5th Avenue" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances
  • Jan 14 Black/Indian race rebellion in Durban, South Africa; 142 die
  • Jan 15 Mao's Red army conquers Ten-tsin
  • Jan 16 "Rape of Lucretia" closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 23 performances
  • Jan 16 KNBH (now KNBC) TV channel 4 in Los Angeles, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 16 WTOP (now WUSA) TV channel 9 in Washington, D.C. (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 17 The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs.
  • Jan 18 "They Stand Accused" courtroom drama premieres on CBS (later DuMont)
  • Jan 18 1st US Congressional standing committee headed by Negro (W Dawson)
  • Jan 19 Cuba recognises Israel.

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Jan 20 J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Jan 20 US President Harry Truman announces his four point program
  • Jan 21 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)
  • Jan 22 "All for Love" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 121 performances
  • Jan 22 Chinatown telephone exchange closed
  • Jan 25 1st Emmy Awards: Shirley Dinsdale & Pantomime Quiz (KTLA) win
  • Jan 25 1st Israeli election - Ben-Gurion's Mapai party wins
  • Jan 26 WHIO TV channel 7 in Dayton, OH (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 27 Chinese liner "Taiping" collides with a collier off south China
  • Jan 28 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • Jan 28 UN Security council convicts Dutch aggression in Indonesia
  • Jan 29 Great Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand & Switzerland recognize Israel
  • Jan 31 1st daytime soap on TV "These Are My Children" (NBC in Chicago)
  • Jan 31 37th Women's Australian Championships: Doris Hart beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-3, 6-4)
  • Jan 31 37th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats John Bromwich (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)
  • Feb 1 200" (5.08-m) Hale telescope 1st used [See June 3, 1948]
  • Feb 1 RCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)

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Feb 2 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Feb 4 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia
  • Feb 5 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic

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Feb 7 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (NY Yankees)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Feb 8 Hungarian cardinal József Mindszenty sentenced to life in prison

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Feb 10 Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller
  • Feb 11 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title
  • Feb 12 "Annie Get Your Gun" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 1147 performances
  • Feb 12 Panic in Quito, Ecuador, after "War of the Worlds" played on radio
  • Feb 12 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
  • Feb 12 Unidentified aircraft bomb Jerusalem
  • Feb 14 1st session of Knesset (Jerusalem Israel)
  • Feb 14 Dutch Drees government presents plan for the building of 30,000 houses
  • Feb 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch' "Song of the Woods" premieres in Leningrad
  • Feb 17 Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN
  • Feb 17 Ladies' Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
  • Feb 17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
  • Feb 17 Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris
  • Feb 19 "Inside USA" closes at Century Theater NYC after 339 performances

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Feb 19 1st Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Ezra Pound

  • Feb 19 Mass arrests of communists in India
  • Feb 20 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
  • Feb 24 Israel & Egypt sign an armistice agreement
  • Feb 24 V-2/WAC-Corporal rocket 1st object to reach 5x the speed of sound at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
  • Feb 25 WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
  • Feb 26 USAF plane began 1st nonstop around-the-world flight
  • Feb 27 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st President of Israel

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Mar 1 Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Mar 1 The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals
  • Mar 1 Indonesia seizes Yogyakarta from the Dutch.
  • Mar 2 1st automatic street light (New Milford, Ct)
  • Mar 2 Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Tx, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs
  • Mar 4 Andrei Vishinsky succeeds Molotov as Soviet Foreign minister
  • Mar 4 Piet Van de Pol (Neth) becomes world champion billiard player
  • Mar 4 Security Council of UN recommends membership for Israel

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Mar 5 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Mar 5 The Jharkhand Party is founded in India.
  • Mar 8 WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 8 WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • Mar 9 Brigadier Gen Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Mar 9 England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes
  • Mar 10 Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
  • Mar 13 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 13 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 15 WICU TV channel 12 in Erie, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 15 WLWD (now WDTN) TV channel 2 in Dayton, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 KFMB TV channel 8 in San Diego, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16 6th Golden Globes: Johnny Belinda, Laurence Olivier, & Jane Wyman win
  • Mar 18 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Org) ratified
  • Mar 18 WGAL TV channel 8 in Lancaster, PA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 19 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tn

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 793

  • Jan 1 Nikolai Tikhonovich Moskalenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Peter Dormer, arts writer
  • Jan 1 Daniel E Gawthrop, American composer
  • Jan 2 Chick Churchill, Wales, keyboardist (Ten Years After-I'm Going Home)
  • Jan 2 Christopher Durang, playwright/actor (Sister Mary), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Jan 3 Sylvia Likens, American torture victim (d. 1965)
  • Jan 4 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • Jan 5 George Brown, rock drummer (Kool & the Gang-Celebration)
  • Jan 6 Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • Jan 6 Richard Horowitz, composer
  • Jan 7 John Christopher Parry, rocker (Cure)
  • Jan 7 Marshall Chapman, Spartanburg SC, country singer
  • Jan 7 Anne Schedeen, American actress
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Rowe, cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 10 George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 10 Teresa Graves, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 10 Walter S Browne, US chess champion (1974-78, 1980-84)
  • Jan 10 James Lapine, American stage director
  • Jan 11 Tom Netherton, Munich Germany, singer (Lawrence Welk Show)
  • Jan 11 [Frederick] Dennis Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na), born in New York, (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 Daryl Braithwaite, Australian rock singer
  • Jan 12 James Dietz I, American rower, born in new York City
  • Jan 12 Wayne Wang, director (Chan is Missing, Slamdance)
  • Jan 12 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer (d. 2007)
  • Jan 12 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager
  • Jan 12 Michael W. Vannier, American radiologist

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Jan 12 Haruki Murakami, Japanese writer (Norwegian Wood), born in Kyoto

  • Jan 13 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC)
  • Jan 13 Rakesh Sharma, India, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-11)
  • Jan 14 Christine Belford, actress (Banacek, Empire, 90210), born in Amityville, New York
  • Jan 14 Lawrence Kasdan, director/writer (Accidental Tourist), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 14 Paul Chubb, Australian actor (d. 2002)
  • Jan 14 Mary Robison, American writer
  • Jan 15 Howard Allen Twitty, Phoenix AZ, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open)
  • Jan 15 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 1987)
  • Jan 15 Panos Mihalopoulos, Greek actor
  • Jan 16 Caroline Munro, Windsor, Berkshire, English actress, model (The Spy Who Loved Me, Maniac) [or 12/16]
  • Jan 17 Andy Kaufman, comedian/actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 17 Debbie Watson, La Mirada California, actress (Karen, Tammy)
  • Jan 18 Philippe Starck, French designer
  • Jan 18 Bill Keller, American newspaper editor
  • Jan 19 Robert Palmer, Batley England, singer (Power Station)
  • Jan 20 Kieron Walsh, academic
  • Jan 22 James P Pennington, rocker (Exile)
  • Jan 22 Rein P Hummel, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • Jan 22 Steve Perry, Hanford California, vocalist (Journey-Open Arms, Oh Sherry)
  • Jan 22 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player
  • Jan 23 Robert Cabana, Mjr USMC/astronaut (STS 41, 53, 68, sk:88), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 24 Bart Gordon, (Rep-D-TN, 1985- )
  • Jan 24 John Belushi, comedian/actor (SNL, Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 25 John Cooper Clarke, English punk-poet
  • Jan 26 Derek Holt, rocker (Climax Blues Band)
  • Jan 26 Paul Nurse, dr/director-general elect (Imperial Cancer Research Fund)
  • Jan 26 David Strathairn, American actor (LA Confidential, The Bourne Ultimatum), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 26 Jonathan Carroll, American author
  • Jan 27 Ethan Mordden, American author
  • Jan 28 Thomas J Downey, (Rep-D-NY, 1975- )
  • Jan 28 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • Jan 30 William King, Alabama, soul trumpeteer (Commodores-Easy)

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Jan 30 Peter Agre, American biologist, Nobel laureate

Molecular biologist Peter Agre
Molecular biologist
Peter Agre
  • Jan 31 Carol Hawkins, actress (Dialing for Dingbats)
  • Jan 31 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist
  • Jan 31 Ken Wilber, American philosopher
  • Feb 1 Jimmy Lee Thorpe, Roxboro NC, PGA golfer (1985 Greater Milwaukee Open)
  • Feb 2 Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch vocalist (Mai Tai)
  • Feb 2 Ross Valory, SF, rock bassist (Journey - Who's Crying Now, Open Arms)
  • Feb 2 Sherry Mathis, actress (Search for Tomorrow)
  • Feb 2 Tom Tripplehorn, rocker (Gary Lewis & Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • Feb 2 Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 2 Francisco Maturana, Colombian football manager
  • Feb 3 Oscar Benton, Dutch blues vocalist/guitarist (Ze is Zoals Jij)
  • Feb 3 Arthur Kane, American musician
  • Feb 3 Hennie Kuiper, Dutch cyclist
  • Feb 4 Michael Beck, actor (Hans Helms-Holocaust), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 5 David Sullivan, English softporno/newspaper publisher (Sunday Sport)
  • Feb 5 Maidarjabyn Ganzorig, Mongolia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 39 backup)
  • Feb 5 Nigel Olsson, rock guitarist/drummer (Elton John Band)
  • Feb 6 Frank Rich, US politician (?)
  • Feb 6 Manuel Orantes, tennis champ (US Open-1975)
  • Feb 6 Richie Zisk, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Alan Lancaster, bassist (Status Quo-Down Down, On the Level)
  • Feb 7 Sunil Wettimuny, cricket (Sri Lanka open batsman 1975-79 World Cups)
  • Feb 7 Paulo César Carpegiani, Brazilian footballer and coach
  • Feb 8 Brooke Adams, actress (Cynthia-OK Crackerby, Body Snatchers), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 8 Julia Barr, Ft Wayne Ind, actress (Brooke-All My Children)
  • Feb 8 Scott Allen, USA, skater (Olympic-bronze-1964)
  • Feb 9 Bernard Gallacher, British golfer
  • Feb 9 Janet Issaca Ashford, writer
  • Feb 9 Judith Light, (Angela-Who's the Boss, 1 Life to Live), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Feb 10 Joe Lavender, NFL cornerback, born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Feb 10 Maxime Le Forestier, French singer
  • Feb 10 Harold Sylvester, American actor
  • Feb 11 Charlie Hargrett, rock guitarist (Blackfoot)
  • Feb 12 Gundappa Viswanath, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 70s)
  • Feb 12 Len Randle, baseball player (NY Mets)
  • Feb 12 Stanley Knight, country artist (Black Oak Arkansas-High on the Hog)
  • Feb 14 Ewa Aulin, actress (Candy, Fiorina LeVacca), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Feb 14 Jimmy Randell, rocker
  • Feb 14 Richard E Neal, (Rep-D-Massachusetts)
  • Feb 15 Christopher Rouse, composer

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 18 South African Rev Andries P Treurnicht marries Engela Dreyer

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 6 Diplomat Henry Kissinger (25) weds Ann Fleisher (23) in Washington Heights, Manhattan

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 11 CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (30) weds actress Buff Cobb (21) in Cook County, Illinois

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante

HeartWedding of Interest

May 21 Film director David Lean (41) weds actress and producer Ann Todd (40) in London

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz wed for the second time

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 11 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (23) weds artist Jane Coupe

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 11 Actress Hattie McDaniel (54) weds interior decorator Larry Williams in Yuma, Arizona

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 12 Religious leader Jim Jones (18) weds nurse Marceline Baldwin

Founder of the Peoples Temple cult Jim Jones
Founder of the Peoples Temple cult
Jim Jones

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 30 Filmmaker Billy Wilder (43) weds former singer Audrey Young

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Jul 13 Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones (30) weds "Rebecca" film producer David O. Selznick (47) in Beverly Hills, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 9 Film and stage actor Jimmy Stewart (41) weds former model Gloria Hatrick McLean (31) at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 11 Molecular biologist Francis Crick (33) weds artist Odile Speed (29)

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 12 Multi-Tony award-winning actress Angela Lansbury (23) weds actor and producer Peter Shaw (31) at St. Columba's Presbyterian Church of Scotland in London, England

  • Sep 15 Figure skater and actress Sonja Henie (36) weds Winthrop Gardner Jr
  • Sep 29 George Lascelles marries Maria Stein
  • Oct 1 Television host and comedian Johnny Carson (23) weds Joan Morrill Wolcott (23) at the North Platte Episcopalian Church

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 20 Constitutional lawyer Phyllis Schlafly (25) weds attorney John Fred Schlafly, Jr.

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 20 "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (48) weds socialite Sylvia Ashley (45)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Linguist Noam Chomsky (21) weds Carol Doris Schatz (19)

Linguist & Author Noam Chomsky
Linguist & Author
Noam Chomsky
  • Dec 25 British born actor "Notorious" Cary Grant (45) weds actress Betsy Drake (26)

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 31 Actress Doris Day (25) divorces saxophonist George Weidler (23) after 3 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 8 Actor Burgess Meredith (41) divorces actress Paulette Goddard (39) after 5 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 7 Actress Janet Leigh (22) divorces Stanley Reames after 4 years of marriage

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 129

  • Jan 1 Malcolm Campbell, English cyclist (world speed-record), dies at 63

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Jan 6 Victor Fleming, American film director ("Wizard of Oz", "Gone With Wind"), dies at 65

Director Victor Fleming
Director
Victor Fleming
  • Jan 9 Amilcare Zanella, composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 14 Joaquín Turina, Spanish pianist/conductor/composer (Rima), dies at 66
  • Jan 15 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron/diplomat/senator, dies at 63
  • Jan 20 Josephus T J Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 William Thomas Walsh, American author (b. 1891)
  • Jan 25 Emil Axman, Czech composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 25 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)
  • Jan 27 Boris Asafiev, composer, dies at 64
  • Jan 28 Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 31 Henri de Vries, [Hendricus Walterop], actor (Cleopatra), dies at 84
  • Feb 1 Herbert Stothart, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 5 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer, dies at 50
  • Feb 8 Franco Leoni, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 8 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 9 Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck, composer, dies at 60
  • Feb 12 Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)
  • Feb 14 Yusuf Salman Yusuf, Iraqi-Assyrian communist leader (b. 1901)
  • Feb 18 Niceto A Zamora y Torres, premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
  • Feb 19 Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx, composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 21 Ernest Walker, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 22 Russell Porter, actor (Betsy, Hanna's War, British Empire), dies
  • Feb 28 Stanley Marchant, English composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 7 Francis Dodd, English artist (b. 1874)
  • Mar 10 James Rector, American athlete (b. 1884)
  • Mar 11 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 12 Maria "Beppie" Bakker, Dutch actress/wife of Piet Vink Sr, dies at 95
  • Mar 13 Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
  • Mar 14 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (b. 1873)
  • Mar 17 Felix Bressart, actor (Escape, Ninotchka, Iceland), dies at 54
  • Mar 17 Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • Mar 25 Hanns A Rauter, German SS-commandant in Netherland, executed at 54
  • Mar 28 Grigoras Dinicu, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 30 Dattaram Dharmaji Hindlekar, cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies
  • Mar 30 Friedrich C R Bergius, chemist (brown coal, Nobel 1931), dies at 64
  • Apr 3 Basil Harwood, composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 6 Stanley Christopherson, cricketer (1884, MCC Pres during WWII), dies
  • Apr 13 C V France, dies at 80
  • Apr 14 Joseph A Cushman, US paleontologist, dies at 68
  • Apr 15 Wallace Beery, US actor (The Champ), dies at 64
  • Apr 16 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
  • Apr 18 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • Apr 18 Will Hay, English comedian and actor (b. 1888)
  • Apr 19 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • Apr 28 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)
  • May 6 A L Ochse, cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies

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May 6 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian philosopher (Nobel 1911), dies at 86

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • May 9 Louis II, Prince of Monaco, dies
  • May 11 Adrianus PHA de Kleyn, throat/nose/otologist (ear doctor), dies at 65
  • May 16 William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • May 18 James T Adams, US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
  • May 20 Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)
  • May 21 Klaus Mann, German writer, dies at 42
  • May 22 Hans Erich Pfitzner, Russian/German composer, dies at 80
  • May 22 Klaus H T Mann, German/US writer (Turning Point), dies
  • May 24 Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)
  • May 25 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WW II), dies at 47
  • May 27 Ropert L Ripley, cartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY
  • Jun 2 Dynam-Victor Fumet, composer, dies at 82
  • Jun 3 Amedos Peter Giannine, founder of Bank of America dies at 79
  • Jun 10 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • Jun 11 Koci Xoxe, Albanian vice-premier, executed
  • Jun 11 Oton Zupanic, Slavs poet (Zimzelen pod snegom), dies at 71
  • Jun 19 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Prominent Muslim philosopher (b. 1885)
  • Jun 25 Buck Freeman, baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Jun 26 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (b. 1876)
  • Jun 29 Walter Giffen, cricketer (brother of George, 3 Tests), dies
  • Jul 1 Louis Davids, [Simon David], cabaret artist, dies at 65
  • Jul 2 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49), dies at 67
  • Jul 7 Bunk Johnson, American musician (b. 1879 or 1889)
  • Jul 8 Antun Sa'ada, Syrian rightwing politician, executed in Lebanon
  • Jul 8 Riccadro Pick-Mangiagalli, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 9 Fritz Bennicke Hart, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 12 Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland (b. 1860)
  • Jul 14 Frank Hearne, cricketer (2 Tests for England, 4 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 16 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Russian poet (b. 1866)
  • Jul 18 Vítězslav Novák, Czech composer (b. 1870)
  • Aug 9 Harry Davenport, actor (Cowboy & Lady, Enchanted Forest), dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), dies at 74
  • Aug 11 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 14 Husni al-Barazi, premier of Syria, shot to death
  • Aug 14 Husni el-Zaim, president/dictator of Syria, shot to death

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Aug 16 Margaret Mitchell, US writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48

  • Aug 17 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (b. 1891)
  • Aug 18 Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
  • Aug 21 Gerhard von Keussler, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 26 Nico van Suchtelen, publisher, dies at 70
  • Aug 27 Arthur Chesney, actor (Lodger, Chelsea Life), dies at 67
  • Aug 30 Arthur Fielder, England cricket fast bowler (6 Tests 1903-08), dies
  • Aug 31 Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (actinium), dies
  • Aug 31 Paul Hoffer, German composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 7 José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (b. 1883)
  • Sep 8 Richard Strauss, German composer (Also sprach Zarathustra), dies at 85
  • Sep 11 Henri Rabaud, French composer/conductor (L'ete), dies at 75

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 13 August Krogh, Danish zoophysiologist, dies at 75

Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August Krogh
Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate
August Krogh
  • Sep 18 Frank Morgan, actor (Wizard of Oz), dies at 59
  • Sep 19 Will Cuppy, American humorist (b. 1884)
  • Sep 19 George Shiels, Irish dramatist (b. 1886)