What Happened in 1955

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 540

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

CommunicationHistoric Communication

Jan 19 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 20 The first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus, launched at Groton, Connecticut
  • Jan 22 Norwegian government of Einar Gerhardsen forms
  • Jan 23 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 23 KORK (now KVBC) TV channel 3 in Las Vegas, NV (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 23 Express train travelling from York to Bristol derails, killing 14 and injuring many other passengers
  • Jan 25 Jill Kinmont hits a tree & breaks her back in Snow Cup Ski Race
  • Jan 25 Russia ends state of war with Germany
  • Jan 25 US & Panama sign canal treaty
  • Jan 25 Columbia University scientists develope an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years
  • Jan 27 "Plain & Fancy" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances
  • Jan 27 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 29 John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)
  • Jan 31 RCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
  • Jan 31 43rd Women's Australian Championships: Beryl Penrose beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-4, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 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 1 HC Hansen appointed premier of Denmark
  • Feb 2 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
  • Feb 8 Malenkov resigns as USSR premier, Bulganin replaces him
  • Feb 8 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 9 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law
  • Feb 9 US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
  • Feb 10 The US Navy evacuate 1000s from Tachen Islands in the Pacific
  • Feb 12 McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
  • Feb 12 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
  • Feb 12 Soviets decides space center built in Baikonur, Kazachstan
  • Feb 12 WTVY TV channel 4 in Dothan, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 13 Israel acquires 4 of 7 Dead Sea scrolls
  • Feb 13 KRCG TV channel 13 in Jefferson City, MO (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 13 Patty Berg wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 14 WFLA (now WXFL) TV channel 8 in Tampa-St Petersburg, FL (NBC) begins
  • Feb 15 1st pilot plant to produce man-made diamonds announced
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Canada
  • Feb 17 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 17 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright US
  • Feb 17 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
  • Feb 18 Baghdad Pact signed, making Turkey & Iraq a defense alliance
  • Feb 19 South East Asia Collective Defense Treaty goes into effect
  • Feb 20 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 22 British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sets sail
  • Feb 23 Edgar Faure forms French government
  • Feb 24 "Silk Stockings" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 461 performances
  • Feb 24 Pact of Baghdad between Iraq & Turkey signed

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Mar 3 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 4 1st radio facsimile transmission sent across the continent
  • Mar 5 WBBJ TV channel 7 in Jackson, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 5 2nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 87-77

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 7 Mary Martin as "Peter Pan" televised

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 694

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 6 Rowan Atkinson, English comedian and actor (Mr Bean, Blackadder), born in Consett, County Durham, England

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 26 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 27 Richard Young, Glasgow Ky, singer (Kentucky Headhunters-Davy Crockett)
  • Jan 27 Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 27 John G. Roberts, 17th Chief Justice of the United States
  • Jan 27 Alexander Stuart, British author
  • Jan 27 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 28 Nicolas Sarkozy, 23rd President of France (2007-12), born in Paris, France

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 31 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 1 Kate Ashbrook, general secretary (Open Spaces Society)
  • Feb 1 Virginia "Ginny" Leng [Elliott], British eventer (1986 World Champion)
  • Feb 1 Ernie Camacho, baseball player
  • Feb 2 Michael Talbott, Waverly Iowa, actor (Stan-Miami Vice)
  • Feb 3 Stephen Euin Cobb, American novelist
  • Feb 3 Kirsty Wark, British broadcast journalist
  • Feb 4 Mikuláš Dzurinda, Slovak Prime minister
  • Feb 5 Debra Jo Fondren, Los Angeles Cal, playmate of year (September, 1977)
  • Feb 5 Mike Heath, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Eric Money, American NBA player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 7 Charlie Puleo, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Rolf Benirschke, NFL place kicker/TV host (Wheel of Fortune), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 7 Mario Coutinho, Brazilian physician
  • Feb 8 Ethan Phillips, actor (Neelix-Star Trek Voyager)
  • Feb 8 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 17 Mo Yan, Chinese novelist

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16 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 17 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Musician Ray Charles
Ray Charles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 18 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 26 Actor Geoffrey Holder marries Carmen de Lavallade
  • Jul 2 Desmond Tutu marries Leah Nomalizo Shinxani

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 2 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 11 "Gone with the Wind" actor Clark Gable (54) weds former fashion model and actress Kay Spreckles

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Painter Diego Rivera
Diego Rivera

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Physicist William Shockley
William Shockley

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 17 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 31 Actor Gregory Peck (39) weds philanthropist Veronique Passani (23)

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 174

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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