What Happened in 1956

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 574

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

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Music releaseMusic Recording

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

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30th Martin Luther King Jr.s home bombed

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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Conference meetingConference of Interest

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

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin
Soviet Union Premier
Joseph Stalin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26th 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 27th Female suffrage in Egypt
  • Feb 28th 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott Mass
  • Feb 28th Jay Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
  • Feb 29th Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29th 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 1st The International Air Transport Association finalizes a draft of the Radiotelephony spelling alphabet for the International Civil Aviation Organization.
  • Mar 2nd Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France
  • Mar 3rd Elvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10: "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • Mar 3rd Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m freestyle (1:04.2)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 706

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1st Actor Gene Hackman (25) weds Fay Maltese

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28th 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 14th 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 3rd 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 19th Author Aldous Huxley (62) weds musician and author Laura Archera (45)

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Vera Miles
Vera Miles

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Actress Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 23rd 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 12th 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 22nd Actress Anita Ekberg (24) weds actor and singer Anthony Steel (36) in Florence, Italy

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14th Actor Ted Cassidy (23) weds Margaret Helen

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 16th 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 29th 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 6th Journalist Ben Bradlee (34) weds Antoinette Pinchot

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6th 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 13th 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 9th NBA player Bill Russell (22) weds college sweetheart Rose Swisher

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 9th 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 28th Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (23) weds actor Gig Young (43)

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Singer Patti Page
Patti Page

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 195

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 29th 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 30th Gerrit Mannoury, mathematician/philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jan 30th Jane Seymour, actress (Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 56

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29th 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 2nd Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
  • Mar 3rd Willem H Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79
  • Mar 5th Erich Itor Kahn, composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 11th Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 16th Joseph John Richards, composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 17th Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 17th 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 18th Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • Mar 18th Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
  • Mar 22nd George A L Sarton, Belgian/US historian, dies at 71
  • Mar 24th Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), dies at 82
  • Mar 25th George Luther Foote, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 25th Robert Newton, actor (Henry V, Odd Man Out), dies at 50
  • Mar 26th Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 27th Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • Mar 29th Infante Alfonso of Spain (b. 1941)
  • Mar 31st Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)
  • Apr 2nd Albert MLA de Bassompierre, Belgium ambassador to Tokyo, dies at 82
  • Apr 2nd Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • Apr 2nd Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter, dies at 59
  • Apr 3rd T Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
  • Apr 10th Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 10th Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
  • Apr 10th Jozef Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 15th Emile Nolde [Hansen], German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
  • Apr 19th Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • Apr 19th Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47
  • Apr 19th Leon N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies, dies at 52
  • Apr 20th Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies
  • Apr 20th Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • Apr 21st Charles MacArthur, American writer (b. 1895)
  • Apr 24th Albrecht G Alt, German theologist (Small Schriften), dies at 72
  • Apr 24th Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • Apr 26th Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • Apr 29th Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 30th Alben W Barkley, (VP-D-1949-53), dies at 78
  • May 5th Charles R Gallas, lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
  • May 11th Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79
  • May 12th Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87
  • May 12th Louis Calhern, dies at 61
  • May 12th Vladimir Ambros, composer, dies at 65
  • May 13th Aleksandr A Fadejev, Russ author (Young Guard), commits suicide at 54
  • May 15th Austin Osman Spare, English magician (b. 1886)
  • May 16th H. B. Reese, American founder of Reese's (b. 1876)
  • May 18th Maurice Tate, cricketer (39 Tests for England, 155 wickets), dies
  • May 20th Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • May 20th Max Beerbohm, caricturist/writer (Yet Again), dies
  • May 24th Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74
  • May 26th Al Simmons, outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • May 29th Albert H Edelkoort, theologist (Christusverwachting), dies at 65
  • May 29th Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • Jun 2nd Jean Hersholt, actress (Emma, Grand Hotel, Greed), dies at 69
  • Jun 4th Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 4th Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • Jun 6th Margaret Wycherly, actress (Claudia), dies at 74

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

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