What Happened in 1956

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 574

  • Jan 1 KHAS TV channel 5 in Hastings, NB (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 KOSA TV channel 7 in Odessa, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt & UK
  • Jan 1 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 A new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.
  • Jan 2 Poujadists/communists win French parliamentary elections
  • Jan 2 42nd Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan State beats #4 UCLA, 17-14
  • Jan 2 22nd Sugar Bowl: #7 Georgia Tech beats #11 Pittsburgh, 7-0
  • Jan 2 22nd Orange Bowl: #1 Oklahoma beats #3 Maryland, 20-6
  • Jan 3 A fire damages the top part of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Jan 6 KGNS TV channel 8 in Laredo, TX (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 Federal court bars former Little League Commissioner Carl Stotz from forming a rival group
  • Jan 7 Vinoo Mankad scores 231 v NZ, 413 opening stand with Roy
  • Jan 8 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Conrad Aiken

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jan 8 Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" single goes #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Jan 8 Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries are killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them.
  • Jan 9 Abigail Van Buren's "Dear Abby" column 1st appears in newspapers
  • Jan 9 Samir el-Rifai forms government in Jordan
  • Jan 10 Elvis records "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jan 14 Jordan government refuses to join Pact of Baghdad
  • Jan 14 Little Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
  • Jan 15 Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • Jan 15 Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed honorary member of Academia Santa Cecilia
  • Jan 15 KWAB TV channel 4 in Big Spring, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
  • Jan 16 Egyptian pres Nasser pledges to reconquer Palestine
  • Jan 18 German Democratic Republic (East Germany) forms own army (National People's Army)
  • Jan 19 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jan 20 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • Jan 21 "Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances
  • Jan 21 William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of New Yorker
  • Jan 22 30 people die in a train crash in Los Angeles
  • Jan 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 22 Canadian Football Council forms
  • Jan 24 96.5 cm precipitation at Kilauea Plantation, Hawaii (state record)
  • Jan 24 An inquiry considers building homes in a war devastated area in London
  • Jan 24 6th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-94 at Rochester, New York
  • Jan 25 96.5 cm (38.0") of rainfall, Kilauea Plantation, HI (state record)
  • Jan 26 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 26 Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 26 Porkkala military base returned to Finland by USSR
  • Jan 27 NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
  • Jan 27 Elvis Presley's releases the single "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Jan 28 Elvis Presley's 1st appearance on National TV (Dorsey Bros Stage Show)
  • Jan 29 F Durrenmatt's "Der Besuch der Alten Dame" premieres in Zurich
  • Jan 30 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
  • Jan 30 KRMA TV channel 6 in Denver, CO (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 30 KTXS TV channel 12 in Sweetwater-Abilene, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Martin Luther King Jr.s home bombed

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Jan 30 44th Women's Australian Championships: Mary Carter Reitano beats Thelma Coyne Long (3-6, 6-2, 9-7)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 44th Men's Australian Championships: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jan 31 French government of Mollet forms
  • Jan 31 Juscelino Kubitschek becomes president of Brazil
  • Jan 31 Guy Mollet becomes Prime Minister of France.
  • Feb 1 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • Feb 1 WSAV TV channel 3 in Savannah, GA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 2 Coasters sign with Atlantic Records
  • Feb 3 Autherine Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot
  • Feb 3 Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
  • Feb 4 AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
  • Feb 5 7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • Feb 5 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
  • Feb 5 NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro Pres Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
  • Feb 6 Chicago's Daily Defender, begins publishing
  • Feb 6 French premier Guy Mollet pelted with tomatoes in Algiers
  • Feb 6 University of Alabama suspends African-American student Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety
  • Feb 8 Mine disaster in Quaregnon Belgium, 8 die
  • Feb 9 -5°F (-20.6°C) in Sicily
  • Feb 9 KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 9 R Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria
  • Feb 10 "My Friend Flicka" premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • Feb 11 British diplomats Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean deny working as spies for Soviet Russia after reappearing in the Soviet Union after going missing 5 years earlier
  • Feb 12 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
  • Feb 13 KYW-AM in Philadelphia Penn gives calls to WTAM (now WWWE) Cleveland
  • Feb 14 20th Congress of CPSU opens in Moscow
  • Feb 14 Indonesia withdraws from Neth Indonesian Union
  • Feb 14 Verhoeven/Nauta/De King/Wijnhout win Dutch 11 city skate
  • Feb 15 Urho Kekkonen appointed president of Finland
  • Feb 15 Pirates & KC As cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • Feb 17 Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz & Oppelt of AUT
  • Feb 17 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
  • Feb 17 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
  • Feb 19 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 20 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Feb 22 1st English soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
  • Feb 23 20th Congress of CPSU closes in Moscow
  • Feb 23 13th Golden Globes: East of Eden, Ernest Borgnine, & Anna Magnani win

Conference meetingConference of Interest

Feb 25 Nikita Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Writers and poets Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes meet at a party in Cambridge

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
Poet Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
  • Feb 27 Female suffrage in Egypt
  • Feb 28 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott Mass
  • Feb 28 American engineer Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
  • Feb 29 Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 President Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 1 The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Mar 2 Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France
  • Mar 3 Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Mar 3 Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m freestyle (1:04.2)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 708

  • Jan 1 Anatoli Borisovich Polonsky, Russia, lt-colonel/cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Sergei Vasiliyevich Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-15, SK:TM-28)
  • Jan 1 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Jan 1 Kôji Yakusho, Japanese actor
  • Jan 2 Lynda Barry, American cartoonist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 3 Mel Gibson, Peekskill NY, actor (Mad Max, Mrs Soffel, Lethal Weapon)

Actor and Film Director Mel Gibson
Actor and Film Director
Mel Gibson
  • Jan 3 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, San Jose California
  • Jan 4 Ann Magnuson, Charleston WV, actress (Anything But Love, Hunger)
  • Jan 4 Barney Sumner, rock guitarist/vocalist (New Order-Blue Monday)
  • Jan 4 Bernard Albrecht, English pop guitarist (Joy Division)
  • Jan 4 Nels Cline, American guitarist and composer
  • Jan 5 Chen Kenichi, Japanese-born chef
  • Jan 7 Robin Walton, Boise ID, LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th)
  • Jan 7 Rosalyn Bryant, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 7 David Caruso, American actor (NYPD Blue, Michael Hayes), born in Forest Hills, New York
  • Jan 9 David Smith, cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986)
  • Jan 9 Kimberly Beck Hilton, actress (Kim-Peyton Place), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 9 Imelda Staunton, British actress
  • Jan 9 Mike Walczewski, American Public Address Announcer at Madison Square Garden
  • Jan 10 Shawn Colvin, American singer
  • Jan 10 Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish writer
  • Jan 11 Kuniaki Kobayashi, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • Jan 11 Robert Earl Keen, American singer
  • Jan 13 Janet Hubert-Whitten, actress (Vivian Banks-Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • Jan 13 Jay McInerney, writer (Bright Lights, Big City)
  • Jan 13 Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders-Mystery Achievement)
  • Jan 14 Étienne Daho, French singer and songwriter
  • Jan 14 Ben Heppner, Canadian singer
  • Jan 15 Paul Parker, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981)
  • Jan 15 Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • Jan 15 Mayawati, Indian politician
  • Jan 16 Wayne Daniel, cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84)
  • Jan 16 Jennifer Dale, Canadian actress
  • Jan 16 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
  • Jan 16 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (d. 2007)
  • Jan 17 Mitch Vogel, American actor (Jamie-Bonanza), born in Alhambra, California
  • Jan 17 Paul Young, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Every Time You Go Away)
  • Jan 18 Mark Collie, Waynesboro Tn, country singer (Another Old Soldier)
  • Jan 19 Carman Licciardello, American Christian singer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 20 Bill Maher, New York New York, American comedian and political commentator (Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect)

Political Commentator and Comedian Bill Maher
Political Commentator and Comedian
Bill Maher
  • Jan 20 John McNally, Naha Okinawa, US rapid fire pistol (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 20 John Phillips Naber, Evanston Ill, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76)
  • Jan 20 Maria Larsson, Swedish politician
  • Jan 21 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 21 Bob Brill, drummer (Berlin-You Take My Breath Away), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 22 Becky Pearson, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 22 Steve Riley, American drummer
  • Jan 24 Hanne Krogh, Norwegian singer (Bobbysocks)
  • Jan 24 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (d. 1998)
  • Jan 25 Andy Cox, rock guitarist (Fine Young Cannibals-She Drives Me Crazy)
  • Jan 26 Lisa Boray, [Schulte Nordholt], Dutch singer (Lovers Until the End)
  • Jan 26 Simon Howard, English large landowner (Castle Howard)
  • Jan 27 Mimi Rogers, actress (Paper Dolls, The Rousters), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Jan 27 Fred Quillan, Portland Oregon, WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 28 Peter Schilling, Stuttgart Germany, rocker
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Gittins, English actor
  • Jan 30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver
  • Jan 31 Johnny Rotten, [John Lydon], rocker (Sex Pistols-God Save the Queen)
  • Jan 31 Lloyd Cole, English rocker (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • Jan 31 Trevor A Manuel, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • Feb 1 Brahmanandam, Indian film actor
  • Feb 1 Exene Cervenka, American musician
  • Feb 1 Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • Feb 3 Nathan Lane, Jersey NJ, actor (One of the Boys, Frankie & Johnnie)
  • Feb 3 Pamela Cossey, England, model/sister of transsexual Tula
  • Feb 3 John Jefferson, American football player
  • Feb 3 Lee Ranaldo, American musician (Sonic Youth)
  • Feb 5 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver
  • Feb 5 Betty Ong, flight attendant that died on September 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 11
  • Feb 6 Jon Walmsley, Lancashire England, actor (Jason-Waltons)
  • Feb 6 Linda Grovenor, actress (Die Laughing, Wheels of Fire), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 7 Emo Philips, American comedian
  • Feb 7 Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss) (d. 2007)
  • Feb 8 Dave Meros, American bassist (Spock's Beard)
  • Feb 9 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • Feb 11 Kathleen Beller, actress (Ft Apache the Bronx, Touched), born in Queens, New York
  • Feb 11 H.R. [Paul D. Hudson], singer (Bad Brains), born in London, England
  • Feb 11 Didier Lockwood, French violinist
  • Feb 12 Ad P Melkert, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (1994- )
  • Feb 13 Liam Brady, British soccer player
  • Feb 13 Peter Hook, English rock bassist (New Order-Round & Round, Run)
  • Feb 13 Richard Eden, actor (Brick-Santa Barbara, Solar Crisis, Robocop)
  • Feb 13 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner
  • Feb 13 Princess Alia bint Al Hussein, Jordanian Royal Family member
  • Feb 14 Dave Dravecky, pitcher (SF Giants), had arm amputated
  • Feb 14 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 14 Ken Wahl, actor (Wanderers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 15 Desmond Haynes, cricket (WI opener-greatest batsman in 1-day history)
  • Feb 15 Hilda Beatriz "Hildita" Guevara, Cuba, daughter of "Che" Guevara
  • Feb 15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Feb 17 Richard Karn, American actor
  • Feb 18 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (d. 1997)
  • Feb 19 Dave Wakeling, rock singer/guitarist
  • Feb 19 George David Low, astronaut (STS 32, STS 43), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Peter Holsapple, rocker (Continental Drifters)
  • Feb 19 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • Feb 19 Roderick MacKinnon, American biologist, Nobel laureate
  • Feb 20 Charles Cummins, Clintwood Va, 3rd of 5 siblings born on 2/20
  • Feb 20 Charlie Adler, American voice actor
  • Feb 21 Woody Brown, actor (Cliff-Facts of Life), born in Dayton, Ohio

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 Science student later astronaut Neil Armstrong marries fellow student Janet Elizabeth Shearon in Wilmette, Illinois

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 14 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 3 Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke (26) weds first wife Hazel Masterson (26) at Perth Trinity Church in Australia

23rd Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke
23rd Australian Prime Minister
Bob Hawke

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 19 Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Actress Vera Miles (25) weds actor Gordon Scott (29)

Actress Vera Miles
Vera Miles

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 18 Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier III of Monaco (civil ceremony)

Actress Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 23 Novelist C. S. Lewis (57) weds poet Joy Davidman (41) at the register office in Oxford, England

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis

HeartWedding of Interest

May 12 NY Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner (25) weds Elizabeth Joan Zieg

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner

HeartWedding of Interest

May 22 Actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy

Actress Anita Ekberg
Anita Ekberg
  • Jun 6 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 Actor Ted Cassidy (23) weds Margaret Helen

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 16 British Poet and Poet Laureate Ted Hughes marries American writer and poet (The Bell Jar) Sylvia Plath at St George the Martyr Holborn, London.

Poet Ted Hughes
Ted Hughes
Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 29 Actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (30) weds for 3rd time playwright Arthur Miller (40) at White Plains Court House in White Plains, New York

Actress Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Playwright Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 6 Journalist Ben Bradlee (34) weds Antoinette Pinchot

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Ben Bradlee
  • Aug 5 Actress-singer Shirley Jones (22) weds film and stage actor Jack Cassidy (29)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 12 Canadain actor William Shatner (Star Trek) marries Gloria Rand

  • Aug 14 Writer Iris Murdoch (37) marries academic John Bayley (31)

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 19 Actor Christopher Plummer (26) weds actress Tammy Grimes (22) at Cherokee Castle in Sedalia, Colorado

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 21 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Aug 27 Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt (32) weds "12 Angry Men" director Sidney Lumet (32)
  • Sep 14 British playwright (Nobel prize for literature 2005) Harold Pinter (26) marries 1st wife actress Vivien Merchant (27)

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 28 Russian President Boris Yeltsin (25) weds Naina Girina (24)

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • Oct 6 South African politician "Kobie" Coetsee marries Helena E Malan

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 Tennis player champ Ken Rosewall (21) weds Wilma McIver at St John's Church of England Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 13 MLB player Roger Maris (22) weds high school sweetheart Pat Carvell at St. Anthony Padua Church

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 9 NBA player Bill Russell (22) weds college sweetheart Rose Swisher

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 9 Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser (26) weds Tamie Beggs (20)

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (23) weds actor Gig Young (43)

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Singer Patti Page (29) weds choreographer Charles O'Curran in Las Vegas, Nevada

Singer Patti Page
Patti Page

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 194

  • Jan 3 Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/US composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 3 Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic (Germany) (b. 1876)
  • Jan 4 Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Jeanne F Bourgeois, French head mistress (Moulin Rouge), dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
  • Jan 8 Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary (b. 1928)
  • Jan 10 Henricus P Bremmer, Dutch art historian (Beeldende Kunst), dies at 84
  • Jan 10 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum), dies at 64
  • Jan 12 John Raedecker, Dutch sculptor (WW II Monument Amsterdam), dies at 70
  • Jan 12 Norman Kerry, actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 14 Siegfried F Nadel, Aust/British anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52
  • Jan 19 Charles Dingle, American actor (The Little Foxes), dies at 68
  • Jan 21 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • Jan 22 P A M Speet, Dutch broadcast CEO (KRO), dies
  • Jan 23 Alexander Korda, English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62
  • Jan 27 Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 29 H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken, US essayist/critic (Smart Set), dies at 75

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • Jan 30 Gerrit Mannoury, mathematician/philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jan 30 Jane Seymour, actress (Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 56

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 31 A. A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, dies at 74

Author A. A. Milne
A. A. Milne
  • Feb 2 Charley Grapewin, actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 86
  • Feb 2 Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
  • Feb 3 Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • Feb 3 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Leendert A Donker, Dutch soc dem party-minister of Justice, dies at 56
  • Feb 4 Peder Gram, Danish composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 Connie Mack, baseball manager (Philadelphia A's, 1901-50), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Feb 18 Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • Feb 21 Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Herman Courtens, Belgian baron/painter, dies at 72
  • Feb 27 Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 Gunther Ramin, German organist/composer/choir conductor, dies at 57
  • Feb 28 Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29 Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino
  • Mar 2 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
  • Mar 3 Willem H Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79
  • Mar 5 Erich Itor Kahn, composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 11 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 16 Joseph John Richards, composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 17 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 17 Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel laureate 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies at 58

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • Mar 18 Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • Mar 18 Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
  • Mar 22 George A L Sarton, Belgian/US historian, dies at 71
  • Mar 24 Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 George Luther Foote, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 25 Robert Newton, actor (Henry V, Odd Man Out), dies at 50
  • Mar 26 Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 27 Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Infante Alfonso of Spain (b. 1941)
  • Mar 31 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)
  • Apr 2 Albert MLA de Bassompierre, Belgium ambassador to Tokyo, dies at 82
  • Apr 2 Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • Apr 2 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter, dies at 59
  • Apr 3 T Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
  • Apr 10 Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Emile Nolde [Hansen], German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
  • Apr 19 Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • Apr 19 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47
  • Apr 19 Leon N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies, dies at 52
  • Apr 20 Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies
  • Apr 20 Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • Apr 21 Charles MacArthur, American writer (b. 1895)
  • Apr 24 Albrecht G Alt, German theologist (Small Schriften), dies at 72
  • Apr 24 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • Apr 29 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 30 Alben W Barkley, (VP-D-1949-53), dies at 78
  • May 5 Charles R Gallas, lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
  • May 11 Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79
  • May 12 Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87
  • May 12 Louis Calhern, dies at 61
  • May 12 Vladimir Ambros, composer, dies at 65
  • May 13 Aleksandr A Fadejev, Russ author (Young Guard), commits suicide at 54
  • May 15 Austin Osman Spare, English magician (b. 1886)
  • May 16 H. B. Reese, American founder of Reese's (b. 1876)
  • May 18 Maurice Tate, cricketer (39 Tests for England, 155 wickets), dies
  • May 20 Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • May 20 Max Beerbohm, caricturist/writer (Yet Again), dies
  • May 24 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74
  • May 26 Al Simmons, outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • May 29 Albert H Edelkoort, theologist (Christusverwachting), dies at 65
  • May 29 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • Jun 2 Jean Hersholt, actress (Emma, Grand Hotel, Greed), dies at 69
  • Jun 4 Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 4 Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • Jun 6 Margaret Wycherly, actress (Claudia), dies at 74

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 6 Hiram Bingham, American Archaeologist (Incan site of Machu Picchu), dies at 80

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • Jun 7 Julien Benda, Fren philosopher/writer (La trahison des clercs), dies
  • Jun 8 Marie Laurencin, French painter (b. 1883)
  • Jun 11 Corrado Alvaro, Italian writer (Poesie grigio-verdi), dies at 61
  • Jun 11 Ralph Morgan, actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), dies at 73
  • Jun 17 Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • Jun 17 Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • Jun 19 Lulu [Luise] Strauss und Torney, German poet/writer, dies at 82
  • Jun 19 Thomas J. Watson, American businessman (IBM) (b. 1874)
  • Jun 23 Reyngol'd Moritsevich Glier, composer, dies at 81