What Happened in 1955

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 542

  • Jan 1st Bhutan issues its 1st postage stamps
  • Jan 1st WEAT (now WPEC) TV channel 12 in West Palm Beach, FL (CBS) begins
  • Jan 1st 41st Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #17 Southern California, 20-7
  • Jan 1st 21st Sugar Bowl: #5 Navy beats #6 Mississippi, 21-0
  • Jan 1st 21st Orange Bowl: #14 Duke beats Nebraska, 34-7
  • Jan 2nd 1st "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC (later on CBS)
  • Jan 2nd Panamanian president Jose Antonio Remon is assassinated.
  • Jan 3rd Jose Ramon Guizado becomes president of Panama
  • Jan 5th KMSP TV channel 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 7th Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at Met (NYC)
  • Jan 7th WCIQ TV channel 7 in Mt Cheaha, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 8th Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • Jan 8th Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
  • Jan 8th Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open
  • Jan 8th WUNC TV channel 4 in Chapel Hill, NC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14th Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres in Phila
  • Jan 15th 1st official act of Princess Beatrice, launches tanker Vasum
  • Jan 15th Dmitri Shostakovitch's "From Jewish Folk Poetry" premieres in Leningrad
  • Jan 15th USSR ends state of war with German Federal Republic
  • Jan 16th Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • Jan 16th NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
  • Jan 17th Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage
  • Jan 18th Battle of Yijiangshan Islands between Chinese National Revolutionary Army and the People's Liberation Army
  • Jan 18th 5th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 100-91 at New York City
  • Jan 19th "Millionaire" TV program premieres on CBS
  • Jan 19th "Scrabble" debuts on board game market

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Jan 19th 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 20th The first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton, Connecticut
  • Jan 22nd Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
  • Jan 23rd Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 23rd KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 23rd Express train travelling from York to Bristol derails, killing 14 and injuring many other passengers
  • Jan 25th Jill Kinmont hits a tree & breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race
  • Jan 25th Russia ends state of war with Germany
  • Jan 25th US & Panama sign canal treaty
  • Jan 25th Columbia University scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
  • Jan 27th "Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances
  • Jan 27th 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 29th John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)
  • Jan 31st RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
  • Jan 31st 43rd Women's Australian Championships: Beryl Penrose beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-4, 6-3)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31st 43rd Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Lew Hoad (9-7, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • Feb 1st HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
  • Feb 2nd 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
  • Feb 8th Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him
  • Feb 8th The Government of Sindh abolished Jagirdari system in the province. One million acres (4000 km²) of land thus acquired is to be distributed among the landless peasants.
  • Feb 9th Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law
  • Feb 9th US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
  • Feb 10th The US Navy evacuate 1000s from Tachen Islands in the Pacific
  • Feb 12th McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Feb 12th President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
  • Feb 12th Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
  • Feb 12th WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 13th Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
  • Feb 13th KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 13th Patty Berg wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 14th WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (NBC) begins
  • Feb 15th 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
  • Feb 17th Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • Feb 17th Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe & Bowden of CAN
  • Feb 17th KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17th Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
  • Feb 17th Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
  • Feb 18th Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
  • Feb 19th South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
  • Feb 20th Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 22nd British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail
  • Feb 23rd Edgar Faure forms French government
  • Feb 24th "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances
  • Feb 24th Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 24th 12th Golden Globes: On The Waterfront, Marlon Brando, & Judy Garland win

  • Feb 26th "Peter Pan" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 149 performances
  • Feb 26th 1st aviator to bail out at supersonic speed-GF Smith
  • Feb 27th Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 1st Israeli assault on Gaza, kills 48
  • Mar 1st KFAR (now KATN) TV channel 2 in Fairbanks, AK (ABC/NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Mar 1st Pakistan v India 5 Test Cricket series ends in a 0-0 draw
  • Mar 2nd King Norodom Sihanukh of Cambodia succeeded by his father
  • Mar 2nd William Inge's "Bus Stop" premieres in NYC

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Mar 3rd Elvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance on a broadcast of radio show "Louisiana Hayride"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Mar 4th 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
  • Mar 5th WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 5th 2nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 87-77

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Mar 6th Dutch premiere of Samuel Becketts' "Waiting for Godot"

Playwright, novelist, and poet Samuel Beckett
Playwright, novelist, and poet
Samuel Beckett
  • Mar 6th Jackie Pung wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 7th 7th Emmy Awards: Make Room for Daddy, Danny Thomas & Loretta Young win
  • Mar 7th Baseball Commish Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter

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Mar 7th Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • Mar 13th Bir BSD Mahendra succeeds Tribhubana as king of Nepal
  • Mar 13th Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 14th Prince Mahemdra becomes king of Nepal
  • Mar 15th Dutch 2nd Chamber requires TV licenses
  • Mar 15th US Air Force unveils self-guided missile
  • Mar 15th WLEX TV channel 18 in Lexington, KY (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 16th Josephine Kroesen appointed as 1st Dutch female judge
  • Mar 16th President Eisenhower upheld the use of atomic weapons in case of war

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17th After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Mar 18th I Hatojama recognized as premier of Japan
  • Mar 19th 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats La Salle 77-63
  • Mar 20th KXTV TV channel 10 in Sacramento, CA (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 696

  • Jan 1st Michael James Sullivan, PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 2nd Tex Brashear, American voice actor
  • Jan 3rd Cynthia Sykes, Coffeyville Ky, actress (Flamingo Road, St Elsewhere)
  • Jan 3rd Palmolive, English musician (The Slits, The Raincoats)
  • Jan 4th Kathy Forester, Lookout Mt Ga, country singer (Forester Sister-Men)
  • Jan 4th Mark Hollis, English pop musician (Talk Talk, Dum Dum Girl)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 6th Rowan Atkinson, England, comedian/actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder)

Actor and Comedian Rowan Atkinson
Actor and Comedian
Rowan Atkinson
  • Jan 7th Sandra Bernhard, Arizona (Follow That Bird, King of Comedy)
  • Jan 8th Mike Reno, rock vocalist (Loverboy), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 8th Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer
  • Jan 9th Michiko Kakutani, American literary critic
  • Jan 9th J. K. Simmons, American actor
  • Jan 10th Luci Martin, rocker vocalist (Chic)
  • Jan 10th Michael Schenker, heavy metal rocker (MSG-Coming on Strong, Scorpions)
  • Jan 12th Patty Hayes, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 12th Rockne S. O'Bannon, American screenwriter
  • Jan 13th Fred White, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
  • Jan 13th Jay McInerney, author (Bright Lights, Big City)
  • Jan 13th Titus M Mafolo, S Afr journalist/ANC-leader
  • Jan 13th Trevor Rabin, rocker (Yes)
  • Jan 13th Paul Kelly, Australian singer
  • Jan 15th Enrico Mentana, Milan Italy, Italian newscaster (RAI)
  • Jan 16th Jerry M Linenger, PhD/Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 81/84), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • Jan 17th Steve Earle, country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 18th Johannes AM "Hans" van Tongeren, Dutch actor (Hunk)

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Jan 18th Kevin Costner, American actor (Fandango, Silverado, Bull Durham), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Jan 18th Mable Fergerson, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 19th Simon Rattle, England, orchestra conductor (Birmingham Symph Orch)
  • Jan 19th Paul Rodriguez, Mexican-born actor and comedian
  • Jan 20th Joe Doherty, Ireland, IRA activist (jailed in US)
  • Jan 20th Wyatt Knight, American actor
  • Jan 20th Hiromi Ōta, Japanese singer
  • Jan 21st Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • Jan 21st Jeff Koons, American artist
  • Jan 22nd Thomas David Jones, Balt Md, PhD/Astronaut (STS 59, 68, 80, sk: 98)
  • Jan 22nd Timothy R. Ferguson, American politician
  • Jan 22nd John Wesley Shipp, Norfolk, Virginia, American actor (Dawson's Creek, One Life to Live)
  • Jan 23rd Reginald Calloway, trumpet player (Midnight Star-No Parking)
  • Jan 23rd Robin Zander, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police)
  • Jan 24th James Montgomery, US 100m swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1976)
  • Jan 24th Julian Holland, rocker (Squeeze)
  • Jan 26th Lucia Mendez, Mexico, spanish singer (Lucia es Luna Moreno)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 26th Eddie Van Halen, Nijmegan Neth, rock guitarist (Van Halen-Jump, 1984)

Hall of Fame rocker Eddie Van Halen
Hall of Fame rocker
Eddie Van Halen
  • Jan 27th Richard Young, Glasgow Ky, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
  • Jan 27th Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 27th John G. Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States
  • Jan 27th Alexander Stuart, British author
  • Jan 27th Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 28th Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France (2007-), born in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
President of France
Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Jan 29th John Tate, US, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • Jan 30th Curtis Strange, Norfolk VA, PGA golfer (1989 US Open)
  • Jan 30th Judith Tarr, US, sci-fi author (Isle of Glass, Ars Magica)
  • Jan 30th Michael Thompson, guitarist (Afterburn, Fresh, Sahara, Gridlock'd)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 31st Virginia Ruzici, Campia Turzii Romania, tennis star (1978 French Open champion)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
  • Feb 1st Kate Ashbrook, general secretary (Open Spaces Society)
  • Feb 1st Virginia "Ginny" Leng [Elliott], British eventer (1986 World Champion)
  • Feb 1st Ernie Camacho, baseball player
  • Feb 2nd Michael Talbott, Waverly Iowa, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)
  • Feb 3rd Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • Feb 3rd Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • Feb 4th Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister
  • Feb 5th Debra Jo Fondren, Los Angeles Cal, playmate of year (September, 1977)
  • Feb 5th Mike Heath, baseball player
  • Feb 6th Eric Money, NBAer
  • Feb 7th Charlie Puleo, baseball player
  • Feb 7th Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 7th Mario Coutinho, Brazilian physician
  • Feb 8th Ethan Phillips, actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager)
  • Feb 8th Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8th John Grisham, writer (Client, Firm, Pelican Brief)

Writer John Grisham
Writer
John Grisham
  • Feb 8th Nancy Oliver, American playwright and television writer
  • Feb 9th Charles Shaughnessy, actor (Shane-Days of our Lives, Nanny), born in London, England
  • Feb 9th Jm J Bullock, Casper Wyoming, actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 10th Greg Norman, Queensland, Australia, PGA golfer (1984 Kemper)

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Feb 10th Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Oly-silver-76)
  • Feb 10th Chris Adams, British pro wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • Feb 10th Jim Cramer, American television personality
  • Feb 12th Arsenio Hall, comedian (Alan Thicke, Arsenio, Coming to America)
  • Feb 12th Daniele Masala, Italy, pentathelete (Olympics-1976)
  • Feb 12th Bill Laswell, American bassist and record producer
  • Feb 12th Chet Lemon, American baseball player
  • Feb 13th Jan de Ligt, Dutch saxophonist (I've Got the Bullets)
  • Feb 13th Scott Smith, rock bassist (Loverboy-Get Lucky)
  • Feb 13th Joe Birkett, American lawyer
  • Feb 14th R Jeremy H Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • Feb 14th Ronald Desruelles, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 14th James Eckhouse, American actor
  • Feb 14th Carol Kalish, American publishing executive (d. 1991)
  • Feb 14th Rip Rogers, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 15th Bev Francis, Australia, world women's power-lifting champion
  • Feb 15th Clive Aslet, British editor (Country Life)
  • Feb 15th Christopher McDonald, American actor
  • Feb 15th Janice Dickinson, American Ex-Supermodel
  • Feb 16th George Martin, NFL defensive back (NY Giants)
  • Feb 16th Guy Gallo, writer (Under the Volcano), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 16th Jeff Clayton, US jazz saxophonist/composer (Groove Shop)
  • Feb 16th Hunt Block, American actor

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 17th Mo Yan, Chinese novelist

Novelist Mo Yan
Novelist
Mo Yan
  • Feb 18th Miles Tredinnick, English playwright
  • Feb 18th Raymond Rougeau, Canadian professional wrestler

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 15th Film director Stanley Kubrick (26) weds theatrical designer Ruth Sobotka (29)

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 17th Murderer Charles Manson (20) weds waitress Rosalie Jean Willis (17)

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16th Playwright Brendan Behan (32) weds Beatrice Salkeld at Donnybrook Church in Dublin, Ireland

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 17th Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger
  • Mar 17th Erotic writer Anaïs Nin marries actor Rupert Pole at Quartzsite, Arizona, while still married to her first husband

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 5th Musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 18th Former World No. 1 tennis player Lew Hoad (20) weds tennis player Jenny Staley (21) at St Mary's Church in Wimbledon, England

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • Jun 26th Actor Geoffrey Holder marries Carmen de Lavallade
  • Jul 2nd Desmond Tutu marries Leah Nomalizo Shinxani

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 2nd NFL placekicker Pat Summerall (25) weds Kathy Jacobs

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11th "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (54) weds former fashion model and actress Kay Spreckles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 29th Mexican artist Diego Rivera (68) marries 4th wife art dealer Emma Hurtado

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 25th "Dracula" actor Bela Lugosi (72) weds Hope Lininger (36)

  • Aug 29th "Untamed Youth" actress Mamie Van Doren (24) weds trumpeter and actor Ray Anthony (33)
  • Sep 18th Actress-singer Debbie Reynolds (23) weds singer Eddie Fisher (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 18th Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara (27) weds Peruvian economist Hilda Gadea (34) in Mexico

Argentine Revolutionary Che Guevara
Argentine Revolutionary
Che Guevara
  • Oct 2nd Actress Joyce Randolph marries publisher Richard Charles

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 23rd Physicist William Shockley (45) weds psychiatric nurse Emmy Lanning

Physicist William Shockley
Physicist
William Shockley

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17th Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (47) weds Cecilia Suyat

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31st Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 9th Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (22) divorces socialite Frederick Gallatin Cammann after more than a year of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 30th Actor Gregory Peck (39) divorces real estate broker Greta Kukkonen (44) after 13 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 173

  • Jan 2nd Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
  • Jan 4th Dominicus Johner, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 4th Francois Rasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 4th Jan D Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard, Dutch preacher, dies at 84
  • Jan 7th Gerald Hartigan, cricketer (S Afr batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies
  • Jan 7th Arthur Keith, Scottish Anthropologist, dies at 88
  • Jan 11th Rodolfo Graziani, Italian East-Africa Minister of Defense, dies at 72
  • Jan 15th Yves Tanguy, French/American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • Jan 17th Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch minister (1908-13), dies at 94
  • Jan 17th J A Veraart, economist, dies at 68
  • Jan 17th Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
  • Jan 21st Maarten P Vrij, Dutch lawyer/criminologist/High Council, dies at 59
  • Jan 21st Archie Hahn, American athlete (b. 1880)
  • Jan 24th Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • Jan 27th Ernst Penzoldt, writer, dies
  • Jan 29th Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51
  • Jan 31st John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89
  • Feb 12th Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • Feb 14th Charles Cuvillier, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 15th S Z Sakall, actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 71
  • Feb 17th Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • Feb 18th Sadako Sasaki, School student(b. 1944)
  • Feb 23rd Paul Claudel, French poet/playwright (L'otage), dies at 86
  • Feb 25th Marij Kogoj, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 27th Tom Howard, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 66
  • Mar 5th Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania (b. 1888)
  • Mar 7th Tom Dugan, actor (Pick a Star), dies at 66
  • Mar 8th Clementine, Princess of Belg, wife of V Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 82
  • Mar 9th Matthew A Henson, met Peary on 6/4/1909 at North Pole, dies at 88

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Mar 11th Alexander Fleming, English bacteriologist (penicillin), dies at 73

  • Mar 11th Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)
  • Mar 12th Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • Mar 12th Theodor Plievier, writer, dies
  • Mar 13th Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvana Bir Bikram Yung Bahadur Shum Shere, dies
  • Mar 13th Yung Deva, king of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
  • Mar 16th Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 16th Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • Mar 21st Muriel Aked, dies at 67
  • Mar 22nd Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
  • Mar 23rd Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (b. 1875)
  • Mar 29th Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81
  • Apr 1st Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Il Teatro Italian), dies at 68
  • Apr 7th Theda Bara, actress (Camille, Cleopatra, 2 Orphans), dies at 62
  • Apr 10th Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 10th Teilhard de Chardin, French paleontologist and theologian (b. 1881)
  • Apr 16th Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded
  • Apr 18th Don Blackie, cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1928-29), dies at 46
  • Apr 18th Eugen Herrigel, Zen philosopher/scholar, dies in Germany at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 18th Albert Einstein, Nobel laureate (b. 1879)

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Apr 23rd Robert H Woltjer, classical/AR-First-Member of parliament, dies at 76
  • Apr 24th Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer/theater critic, dies at 79
  • Apr 25th Constance Collier, actress (Perils of Pauline), dies at 77
  • Apr 25th Paulus B Barth, Swiss painter/lithographer, dies at 73
  • Apr 28th Lode Cantens, Flemish playwrite (Gnomes of the City), dies at 43
  • May 2nd Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66
  • May 3rd Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • May 4th Georges Enescu, Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
  • May 4th Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
  • May 9th Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)

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May 10th Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • May 10th John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (b. 1865)
  • May 11th G L Jessop, cricketer (match-winning batsman, brilliant field), dies
  • May 14th Betty Ann Davies, dies at 44
  • May 16th James Agee, US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in NY
  • May 17th Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • May 17th Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75
  • May 17th Leslie Hylton, cricketer (West Indies quickie 1939), hung for murder
  • May 18th Mary McLeod Bethune, educator & civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • May 29th Daniel G van Beuningen, art collector, dies at 78
  • May 31st "Wild Bill" Vukovich, killed in Indy 500
  • May 31st Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95
  • Jun 1st F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 1st Theo Frenkel, actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy), dies
  • Jun 3rd Barbara Graham, American murderer (b. 1923)
  • Jun 6th Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (b. 1875)
  • Jun 11th Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered
  • Jun 11th Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 11th Walter Hampden, actor (Sabrina, 5 Fingers, Vagabond King), dies at 75
  • Jun 16th Ozias Leduc, Quebec painter (b. 1864)
  • Jun 18th Walter Rein, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 18th Willy Burkhard, composer, dies at 55
  • Jun 22nd Sadashiv Garpatrao Shinde, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies at 31
  • Jun 22nd Wyllis Cooper, TV narrator (Volume One), dies at 56
  • Jun 29th Max Pechstein, German painter/graphic artist (Oceania), dies at 73
  • Jul 2nd Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1873)
  • Jul 6th Paolo Gallico, composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 7th Franco Casavola, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 9th Don Beauman, British racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Jul 10th Henry W Methorst, Dutch director (Central Bureau of Statistic), dies
  • Jul 13th Beulah Ecton Woodard, US sculptor, dies at 59
  • Jul 13th Ruth Ellis, last English woman (murderess), executed by hanging
  • Jul 16th Jean de Merode, [Marie-Louise Courtenay], Belgian princess, dies at 81
  • Jul 17th Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 19th Koos [Jacobus J] Vorrink, Dutch soc-democrat (SDAP/AJC/PvdA), dies at 64
  • Jul 22nd Joseph Foley, actor (Mr Peepers), dies at 45
  • Jul 23rd Betsy van Es, Flemish actress (Un soir de joie), dies at 55
  • Jul 23rd Cordell Hull, statesman, dies
  • Jul 23rd Harry Haden, actor (Harry-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 73
  • Jul 25th Ilmari Hannikainen, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 25th Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, composer, dies at 55