What Happened in 1954

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 578

  • Jan 1 KSLA TV channel 12 in Shreveport, LA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • Jan 1 WWTV TV channel 9 in Cadillac-Traverse City, MI (CBS) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 1 Yugoslav parliament chairman/VP Milovan Djilas criticize communism
  • Jan 1 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • Jan 1 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • Jan 1 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • Jan 2 Herman Wouks "Caine Mutiny," premieres in NYC

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 4 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 4 Soap Opera "The Brighter Day" premieres
  • Jan 7 Georgetown-IBM experiment, the first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM.
  • Jan 8 Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
  • Jan 9 -87°F (-66°C), Northice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
  • Jan 9 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game
  • Jan 9 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Louise Bogan & Leonie Adams
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to W H Auden
  • Jan 10 A Comet jet airliner crashes in the Mediterranea; 35 people are missing
  • Jan 11 2 ton locomotive swept into ravine by avalanche 10 die (Austria)
  • Jan 12 Austria's worst avalanche-kills 200; 9hrs later 2nd one-kills 115

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Queen Elizabeth II opens NZ parliament

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Jan 13 Military rule in Egypt; 318 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested
  • Jan 13 WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 Sandy Wilson's musical "Boyfriend" premieres in London
  • Jan 14 The Hudson Motor Car Company merges with Nash-Kelvinator Corporation forming the American Motors Corporation.
  • Jan 16 "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 1928 performances

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Jan 17 Jacques Cousteau's 1st network telecast airs on "Omnibus" (CBS)

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9
  • Jan 17 Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister)
  • Jan 18 Fanfani forms Italian government
  • Jan 20 -70°F (-57°C), Rogers Pass, Montana (US 48 state record)
  • Jan 20 Dmitri Shostakovitch's' "Concertino opus 94" premieres
  • Jan 20 The National Negro Network is established with 40 charter member radio stations.
  • Jan 21 1st gas turbine automobile exhibited (NYC)
  • Jan 21 USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, launched on the Thames, Connecticut.
  • Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 98-93 (OT) at New York City

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 22 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, & Audrey Hepburn win

  • Jan 23 Harry van Thorn chosen chairman of Dutch KVP
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • Jan 24 BPAA All-Star Tournament won by Don Carter
  • Jan 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 26 Ground breaking begins on Disneyland
  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Arnold Schoenberg's "De Profundis" premieres in Cologne

Composer and Painter Arnold Schoenberg
Composer and Painter
Arnold Schoenberg
  • Jan 30 Belgium ends trade agreement with USSR
  • Jan 30 Fanfani government of Italy resigns
  • Feb 1 1st TV soap opera "Secret Storm" premieres
  • Feb 1 Scapino Ballet Studio in Amsterdam destroyed by fire
  • Feb 1 The County soccer team forms in Doetinchem
  • Feb 1 42nd Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley (6-3, 6-4)
  • Feb 1 42nd Men's Australian Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Rex Hartwig (6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2)
  • Feb 2 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 President Eisenhower reports detonation of 1st H-bomb (done in 1952)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Feb 2 Snow falls on Gibraltar
  • Feb 3 Jeen van den Berg wins Dutch Eleven Cities Skating race (7:32)
  • Feb 5 WCDC TV channel 19 in Adams, MA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 9 Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy
  • Feb 10 Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
  • Feb 10 Ice Pairs Championship at Oslo won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • Feb 10 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Gundi Busch GER
  • Feb 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Hayes Alan Jenkins US
  • Feb 11 6th Emmy Awards: I Love Lucy, Donald O'Connor & Eve Arden win
  • Feb 12 The UK government establishes an organisation to control atomic energy in the country under The Atomic Energy Authority Bill
  • Feb 13 Frank Selvey scores 100 points for Furman beating Newberry 149-95
  • Feb 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Sen John F. Kennedy appears on "Meet the Press"

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • Feb 14 WTOC TV channel 11 in Savannah, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 15 1st Bevatron particle accelerator in operation-Berkeley, California
  • Feb 15 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 16 WNEM TV channel 5 in Bay City, MI (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 WAST (now WNYT) TV channel 13 in Albany-Troy, NY (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 18 The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California.
  • Feb 20 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 20 General Zahedi wins election in Persia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 1st mass inoculation against polio with Salk vaccine (Pittsburgh)

Medical Researcher and Virologist Jonas Salk
Medical Researcher and Virologist
Jonas Salk
  • Feb 23 Syrian army drives out president Adib el-Shishakli
  • Feb 25 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
  • Feb 26 1st typesetting machine (photo engraving) used, Quincy Mass
  • Feb 26 Michigan rep Ruth Thompson (R) introduces legislation to ban mailing "obscene, lewd, lascivious or filthy" phonograph (rock & roll) records
  • Feb 28 Patty Berg/Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament
  • Feb 28 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
  • Mar 1 4 Puerto Ricans open fire in US House of Representatives injuring 5 members

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 In spring training, baseballer Ted Williams breaks his collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 1 Rebellion during visit of pres Naguib in Khartoum Sudan, 30 die
  • Mar 1 US explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US
  • Mar 4 James E. Wilkins appointed 1st black US sub-cabinet member
  • Mar 4 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant.
  • Mar 5 "Girl in Pink Tights" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 115 performances
  • Mar 6 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 7 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 7 Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • Mar 8 Herb McKinley sets quarter mile record of 0:46.8 in Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 9 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy (See it Now)

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Mar 9 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 11 US Army charges Senator Joseph McCarthy used undue pressure tactics
  • Mar 12 1st performance of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aaron"
  • Mar 13 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
  • Mar 13 Viet Minh General Giap opens assault on That Bien Phu
  • Mar 14 Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 668

  • Jan 1 Fr David, rocker, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 1 Bob Menendez, American politician
  • Jan 2 Ludmila Borozna, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jan 2 Henry Bonilla, American politician
  • Jan 2 Dawn Silva, American singer (The Brides of Funkenstein, P-Funk)
  • Jan 3 Ross The Boss [Ross Friedman], American guitarist (The Dictators), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jan 3 Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 3 Ned Lamont, American businessman
  • Jan 4 Eugene Chadbourne, American composer and musician
  • Jan 5 Bryan Hitt, rocker (REO Speedwagon-Keep on Loving You)
  • Jan 6 Anthony Minghella, director and screenwriter (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), born in London (d. 2008)
  • Jan 6 Norbert Hahn, German DR, 2 man luge (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Jan 6 Hans Robert Hiegel, German architect
  • Jan 6 Yuji Horii, Japanese video game designer
  • Jan 6 Trudie Styler, English actress
  • Jan 7 Alan Butcher, cricketer (one Test England v India, scored 14 & 20)
  • Jan 9 Lance Hoppens, rocker (Orleans-Still the One, Dance With Me)
  • Jan 11 Saskia ten Batenburg, Dutch actress (Factory, Hunk)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 12 Howard Stern, Roosevelt NY, "Radio's Bad Boy" (WKRK, WYSP, WJFK)

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • Jan 13 Vicki McCarty, playmate (Sep, 1979), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler
  • Jan 15 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 15 Jose Dalisay, Jr., Filipino writer
  • Jan 17 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 17 Robert F Kennedy Jr, attorney (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • Jan 17 Susan Kiefel, Australian lawyer and judge
  • Jan 18 Ted DiBiase, Retired Professional Wrestler
  • Jan 19 Katey Sagal, singer/actress (Peggy Bundy-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19 Steve DeBerg, NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers)
  • Jan 19 Cindy Sherman, American artist
  • Jan 19 Katharina Thalbach, German actress and film director
  • Jan 22 Chris Lemmon, actor (Brothers & Sisters, Duet) [or Jun 22], born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 22 Tully Blanchard, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 22 Peter Pilz, Austrian politician
  • Jan 23 Edward Ka-spel, English singer/songwriter (Legendary Pink Dots)
  • Jan 23 Franco De Vita, Venezuelan spanish singer (Extranjero), born in Caracas
  • Jan 23 Rick Finch, rocker (KC & Sunshine Band-Give It)
  • Jan 23 Trevor Hohns, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989)
  • Jan 24 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • Jan 25 Condredge Holloway, Alabama, CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto)
  • Jan 25 Richard Finch, rock bassist (KC & Sunshine-That's the Way I Like It)
  • Jan 25 Ricardo Bochini, Argentinian footballer
  • Jan 25 Kim Gandy, American feminist
  • Jan 26 Kim Hughes, cricketer (brilliant Australian batsman 1977-84)
  • Jan 26 Martin Dunn, British editor (Today)
  • Jan 27 Kimberly J "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • Jan 27 Peter Laird, American comic-book artist
  • Jan 27 Joko Ninomiya, Japanese martial artist
  • Jan 28 Anicee Alvina, actress (Friends), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 28 Shawn Murray, rock drummer (Mink Deville)
  • Jan 28 Rick Warren, American pastor and author
  • Jan 29 Dick Manitoba, vocalist (Dictators)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 29 Oprah Winfrey, Kosciusko Mississippi, Talk show host and actress ('The Oprah Winfrey Show' 'Colour Purple')

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • Jan 29 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • Jan 30 Alides Hidding, singer/guitarist (Time Bandits)
  • Jan 31 Adrian Vandenberg, Amsterdam Neth, rock guitarist (Whitesnake)
  • Jan 31 Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)
  • Feb 1 Billy Mumy, California, actor (Will Robinson-Lost in Space, Dear Brigitte)
  • Feb 1 Mike Campbell, guitarist (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers-Breakdown)
  • Feb 1 Chuck Dukowski, American musician (Black Flag)
  • Feb 2 Christie Brinkley, [Ex-Mrs Billy Joel], model/actress (SI, Vacation)
  • Feb 2 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 2 Ina Garten, American author and TV personality (Barefoot Contessa), born in Brooklyn, New York

Host of Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten
Host of Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten
  • Feb 2 Hansi Hinterseer, Austrian singer, actor, former skier
  • Feb 3 Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 5 Roseanne Katan, Jamacia, playmate (Sep, 1978)
  • Feb 5 Cliff Martinez, American musician
  • Feb 6 Scott Kempner, "Top Ten" rocker (Del Lords)
  • Feb 7 Miguel Ferrer, actor (Robocop), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 7 Dieter Bohlen German composer
  • Feb 7 Brian Morton, Scottish writer
  • Feb 9 Ulrich Walter, German FR, cosmonaut
  • Feb 9 Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • Feb 9 Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
  • Feb 9 Kevin Warwick, Cyborg Scientist
  • Feb 9 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb 10 Larry McWilliams, baseball player
  • Feb 11 Catherine Hickland, actress (Capitol, Star Trek IV), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Feb 11 Noriyuki Asakura, Japanese composer
  • Feb 11 Wesley Strick, American screenwriter
  • Feb 12 Tzimis Panousis, Greek musician and stand-up comedian
  • Feb 12 Philip Zimmermann, American cryptographer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 15 Matt Groening, cartoonist (Life in Hell, Simpsons)

Cartoonist Matt Groening
Cartoonist
Matt Groening
  • Feb 15 Armand Parmentier, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 16 Iain [Menzies] Banks, UK, sci-fi author (Wasp Factory), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 16 Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
  • Feb 16 Margaux Hemingway, Portland Or, actress (Lipstick, They Call Me Bruce)
  • Feb 17 Rene Russo, actress (Ransom)
  • Feb 18 John Travolta, actor (Welcome Back Kotter, Pulp Fiction), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Feb 19 Frances Bucholz, rocker (Scorpions-Wind of Change)
  • Feb 19 Jamie West-Oram, rock guitarist (Fixx)
  • Feb 19 Socrates, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 20 Anthony Stewart Head, actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Feb 20 Jon Brant, rock bassist (Cheap Trick)
  • Feb 20 Patty Hearst Shaw, SF, famous kidnap hostage (Tanya)
  • Feb 20 Vasili Vasilyevich Tsibliyev, Rus col/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-17, TM-25)
  • Feb 21 Ivo van Damme, Belgium, 800/1500m dash (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • Feb 23 Viktor Yushchenko, President of Ukraine
  • Feb 24 Constantine Phipps, 5th Marquess of Normanby
  • Feb 25 Steve Rixon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1977-85)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio weds actress Marilyn Monroe (27) in her 2nd marraige at San Francisco City Hall

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 16 Painter Marcel Duchamp (66) weds Alexina Duchamp (48) in New York City

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 Actor Leonard Nimoy (22) weds actress Sandra Zober

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 27 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (20) weds socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos (36) weds Imelda Romualdez (24) in a Catholic church

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos

HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 "The Bad and the Beautiful" actor Kirk Douglas (37) weds producer Ann Buydens (24) at Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 23 Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg (21) weds taxation law expert Martin D. Ginsburg

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Football coach Al Davis (25) weds Carol Segal

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 17 Master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era Groucho Marx (63) weds actress Eden Hartford (24)

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 31 "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" guest host Steve Allen (32) weds actress Jayne Meadows (33)

TV Personality, Comedian and Composer Steve Allen
TV Personality, Comedian and Composer
Steve Allen

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Musician Johnny Cash (22) marries 1st wife Vivian Liberto (20)

Country Singer Johnny Cash
Country Singer
Johnny Cash

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Comedians Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara marry

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 17 Film and theater actress Shirley MacLaine (20) weds Steve Parker in New York City

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 25 "Roman Holiday" actress Audrey Hepburn (25) weds actor Mel Ferrer (37) in Burgenstock

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 11 Philippine president Corazon Aquino (21) weds Tarlac governor Benigno Aquino Jr (22) in Pasay City, Philippines

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 1 Actor John Wayne (47) weds actress Pilar Pallete in Kona, Hawaii

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Actress Vera-Ellen (33) weds millionaire Victor Rothschild at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Los Angeles

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 20 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (21) weds his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 29 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (24) weds Joan Archer

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Astronaut
Buzz Aldrin

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 1 Actor John Wayne (47) divorces actress Esperanza Baur due to drunken violence after 7 years of marriage

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 163

  • Jan 1 Duff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (b. 1890)
  • Jan 5 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • Jan 10 Fred Raymond, composer, dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Edgar Tytgat, Flemish painter/etcher/drawer, dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Emmy Arbous, Dutch actress/cabaret performer (Boefje), dies at 56
  • Jan 11 Oscar Straus, Austrian composer (Brave Soldier), dies at 83
  • Jan 13 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Michail M Prishvin, Russian writer, dies
  • Jan 18 Sydney Greenstreet, actor (Conflict, Maltese Falcon), dies at 74
  • Jan 19 Theodor Kaluza, German scientist (b. 1885)
  • Jan 20 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • Jan 20 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies
  • Jan 21 Billy Jenkins, dies at 69
  • Jan 26 Carl J Eldh, Swedish sculptor, dies at 80
  • Jan 27 Paul-Marie Masson, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 31 Edwin H Armstrong, US radio inventor (FM), commits suicide at 63
  • Jan 31 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), dies at 65
  • Feb 1 Julius P Hoste, Belgium minister/newspaper publisher, dies at 69
  • Feb 2 Theodor Rogalski, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 4 Vaclav Vackar, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Vittorio Gnecchi, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 8 Mabel Paige, actress (Lucky Jordan), dies at 73
  • Feb 11 Adolph M. Christianson, justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court (b. 1877)
  • Feb 12 Dziga Vertov, [Kaufman], Russian dir (3 Songs of Lenin), dies at 58
  • Feb 17 Evert Gorter, children artist (Kindergeneeskunde), dies at 72
  • Feb 26 William R Inge, English theologist/philosopher, dies at 93
  • Mar 4 Georg Gohler, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Noel Gay, [Richard Moxon Armitage], composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 5 Julian Lowell Coolidge, mathematician (Study-Segre school), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Louis Zimmermann, violinist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 Otto Diels, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1876)
  • Mar 8 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 9 Eva Ahnert-Rohlfs, German astronomer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 9 V. Walfrid Ekman, Swedish oceanographer (b. 1874)
  • Mar 14 Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 15 Arthur Fickenscher, composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 17 Victor Rousseau, Belgian sculptor, dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • Mar 19 Walter Braunfels, composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 21 Harry Lawrence Freeman, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Francis B Young, British physician/writer (In South Africa), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 9 Philip Greeley Clapp, composer, dies at 65
  • Apr 10 Auguste Lumière, French photograph/movie pioneer, dies at 81
  • Apr 10 Ludwig Curtius, German archaeologist (Die antike Kunst), dies at 79
  • Apr 10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
  • Apr 12 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • Apr 13 Angus Lewis Macdonald, Canadian politician (b. 1890)
  • Apr 15 Juan Vicente Lecuna, composer, dies at 54
  • Apr 17 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • Apr 25 Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • Apr 28 Léon Jouhaux, French labor leader, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1879)
  • Apr 29 Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier, dies at 82
  • May 1 Tom Tyler, actor (Lost Ranch, Coyote Trails), dies at 50
  • May 2 Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • May 10 George Hirst, cricketer (36,323 1st-class runs, 2739 wickets), dies
  • May 14 Heinz Guderian, German General (b. 1888)
  • May 15 William March, American writer (b. 1893)
  • May 16 Clemens Krauss, Austrian conductor (Vienna State Opera), dies at 61
  • May 16 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer, dies accidentally at 38
  • May 19 Aart A van Schelven, church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73
  • May 19 Charles Edward Ives, US composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79
  • May 21 Janos Hammerschlag, composer, dies at 68
  • May 23 H R Bromley-Davenport, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 25 Robert Capa, Hungarian-born photojournalist (b. 1913)

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • May 26 Franz Pfemfert, writer, dies at 74
  • May 26 Lionel Conacher, Canadian athlete (b. 1900)
  • May 27 Herzmanovsky-Orlando, writer, dies
  • May 28 Achille Longo, composer, dies at 54
  • May 30 Ahmad Amin, Egyptian historian/author, dies at 67
  • Jun 1 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (b. 1869)
  • Jun 4 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), dies at 58
  • Jun 7 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), commits suicide at 41
  • Jun 10 Will Rossiter, composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 13 Nikolai Obouhov, composer, dies at 62
  • Jun 21 Gideon Sundback, Swedish-American inventor, perfected the zipper (b. 1880)
  • Jun 22 Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 49
  • Jun 25 Eduard M Meijers, Dutch lawyer (Civil Code), dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Francis L Casadesus, French violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 83
  • Jun 28 Red deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26
  • Jul 3 Siegfried Handloser, German physician (b. 1895)
  • Jul 6 Dirk Verbeek, actor/director (Hofstad Stage), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Calogero Vizzini, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1877)
  • Jul 13 Irving Pichel, dies at 63
  • Jul 13 M C Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter/wife of Diego Rivera, dies at 47
  • Jul 14 Jacinto Benavente y Martinez, Spanish playwright, dies at 87
  • Jul 14 Jackie Saunders, American silent screen actress (b. 1892)
  • Jul 17 Dirk B Nanninga, painter, dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 18 George Machine Gun Kelly, American gangster, dies at 59

American Gangster George
American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • Jul 19 Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 20 Blair Moody, (Sen-Mich), dies at 52
  • Jul 24 Mary Church Terrell, educator/civil rights leader, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 Hans Lodeizen, [Johan Frederik], poet (Travel to Congo), dies at 26
  • Jul 29 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • Jul 31 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Aug 1 Charles-A Cingria, writer, dies
  • Aug 2 Rene Amengual, composer, dies at 42

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Colette, [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist (Vagabonde), dies at 81

Novelist and Performer Colette
Novelist and Performer
Colette