Famous Deaths in 1938

  • Jan 3 Arthur Boon, Flemish priest/philologist, dies at 54
  • Jan 8 Johnny Gruelle, American cartoonist, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy (b. 1880)
  • Jan 10 Willem de Vreese, Flemish linguist, dies at 68
  • Jan 12 Gösta Ekman (senior), Swedish actor (b. 1890)
  • Jan 17 William Pickering, American astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 George Melies, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • Jan 28 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • Jan 28 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies
  • Feb 5 Hans Litten, German jurist (b. 1903)
  • Feb 6 Marianne V von Werefkin, Russ/German/Swiss house painter, dies at 77

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Feb 7 Harvey Firestone, American manufacturer and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, dies at 69

Tire Industrialist Harvey Firestone
Tire Industrialist
Harvey Firestone
  • Feb 9 Truby King, pioneer of mothercraft, dies
  • Feb 16 Otto zur Linde, German author (Lieder of the Leids), dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Alida JM Tartaud-Little, actress (Rotterdam Stage), dies at 64
  • Feb 18 Edward Anseele, Belgian minister of Rail, dies at 81
  • Feb 18 David King Udall, American politician (b. 1851)
  • Feb 21 Albert Huybrechts, composer, dies at 39
  • Feb 21 George Ellery Hale, astronomer, dies
  • Mar 1 G D'Annunzio, writer, dies at 74
  • Mar 1 Gabrielle d'Annunzio, Italian poet/fascist (Il fuoco), dies at 74
  • Mar 2 Ben Harney, American composer and pianist (b. 1871)
  • Mar 4 George Foster Peabody, American politician (b. 1852)
  • Mar 4 Jack Taylor, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • Mar 7 Andreas Michalakopoulos, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1876)
  • Mar 9 Sydney Baynes, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 13 Clarence S Darrow, Scopes Monkey Trial attorney, dies in Chicago at 80
  • Mar 13 Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin, Russian politician and intellectual (b. 1888)
  • Mar 15 Edmund Tylecote, cricketer (England keeper in 6 Tests 1882-86), dies
  • Mar 16 Egon Friedell, writer, dies
  • Mar 18 Cyril Rootham, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 21 Oscar Apfel, actor (Inspiration), dies at 60
  • Mar 27 Louis William Stern, German/US philosopher/psychologist, dies at 66
  • Mar 31 Willem J T Kloos, Dutch poet/critic (New Guide), dies at 78
  • Apr 2 Alice Berend, writer, dies
  • Apr 4 Cyril Christiani, cricket wicket keep (WI 1935), dies of malaria at 24
  • Apr 8 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for S Af), dies
  • Apr 10 Nana Annor Adjaye, Pan-Africanist, dies in W Nzima Ghana
  • Apr 10 Joe "King" Oliver, American musician (b. 1885)
  • Apr 12 Feodor Chaliapine, Russian author (Man & Mark), dies at 65
  • Apr 13 Archibald Belaney, Canadian conservationist (b. 1888)
  • Apr 15 Caesar Vallejo, Peru/French poet (Trilce, Russia & 1931), dies at 46
  • Apr 16 Bertram Wagstaff Mills, circus proprietor, dies
  • Apr 16 Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • Apr 18 Richard Runciman Terry, musicologist, dies
  • Apr 19 Henry John Newbolt, poet/author (Studies Green & Gray), dies at 75
  • Apr 21 Muhammad Iqbal, Brt E Indies lawyer/Pakistan national hero, dies at 65
  • Apr 21 Allama Iqbal, Indian philosopher and poet (b. 1877)
  • Apr 24 George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (b. 1863)
  • Apr 26 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (study of phenomenon), dies at 79
  • Apr 27 Edmond Rubbens, Belgian minister to Colonies, dies at 44
  • May 4 Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist/writer (Nobel 1935), dies at 48
  • May 9 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
  • May 10 Percy McAlister, cricketer (8 Tests, punches Clem Hill in 1912), dies
  • May 11 Arnold Sauwen, Flemish poet (Hours of Solitude), dies at 81
  • May 13 Charles Edouard Guillaume, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1861)
  • May 14 Jacobus C J "Jacques" Hermans, actor (Ghetto), dies at 81
  • May 16 Stephen Fairbairn, oarsman/coach, dies
  • May 17 Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and zionist (b. 1877)
  • May 23 Philip Kleintjes, republic leader, dies at 70
  • May 26 John Jacob Abel, American Pharmacologist (endocrine glands), dies at 81
  • May 30 Raden Sutomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, dies at 49
  • Jun 7 Norbert Fonteyne, Flemish writer (How Flemings Came Late), dies
  • Jun 14 William W Campbell, US astronomer (Stellar Motions), dies at 76
  • Jun 15 Ernst L Kirchner, German painter, dies at 58
  • Jun 17 H V "Ranji" Hordern, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia 1910-12, dies
  • Jun 17 Peter Michael, CEO (Cray Electronics), dies
  • Jun 22 C.J. Dennis, Australian writer and poet (b. 1876)
  • Jun 24 "Digger" Robertson, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies

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Jun 26 James Weldon Johnson, African American leader (NAACP), dies in a car crash at 67

Writer and Civil Rights Activist James Weldon Johnson
Writer and Civil Rights Activist
James Weldon Johnson
  • Jun 30 Milan Rakic, Serbian poet (Nove Pesme), dies at 61
  • Jul 4 Otto Bauer, Austrian social democrat, dies at 56
  • Jul 4 Suzanne Lenglen, 6 time Wimbledon champ, dies at 39 of anemia
  • Jul 5 John McIlwraith, cricketer (Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 9 Benjamin Cardozo, American jurist (b. 1870)
  • Jul 14 Robert Poore, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in 1895-96 series), dies
  • Jul 18 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright, executed at 35
  • Jul 21 Owen Wister, American author (b. 1860)
  • Jul 29 Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (b. 1885)
  • Aug 2 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 3 Alexander Malyschkin, writer, dies
  • Aug 4 L H Perquin, Dutch radio announcer, dies at 73
  • Aug 4 Pearl White, US actress/stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), dies at 49
  • Aug 4 Rudolf G Binding, German poet/writer, dies at 70
  • Aug 6 Warner Oland, actor (Werewolf of London, Jazz Singer), dies at 57
  • Aug 7 Konstantin S Stanislavski, Russian director (S Method), dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), dies at 65
  • Aug 10 Joseph Moorat, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 12 Ludwig Borchardt, German egyptologist, dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Hugh Trumble, cricketer (32 Tests for Australia, 141 wickets), dies
  • Aug 14 J J Kelly, cricketer (36 Tests for Aust 1896-1905, stumped 20), dies
  • Aug 14 Landon Ronald, composer/pianist, dies at 65

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Aug 16 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • Aug 16 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and priest (b. 1864)
  • Aug 25 Aleksander Kuprin, Russian author (Jama), dies at 67
  • Aug 30 Max Factor, make-up artist and cosmetic manufacturer (b. 1877)
  • Sep 3 Bart de Ligt, anti military theologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 4 Clifford Dempsey, actor (Salute), dies at 73
  • Sep 6 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (b. 1907)
  • Sep 13 Samuel Alexander, Engl philosopher (Space, time & deity), dies at 79

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Sep 15 Thomas Wolfe, US writer (Enigma), dies at 37

Novelist Thomas Wolfe
Novelist
Thomas Wolfe
  • Sep 17 Bruno Jasieński, Polish poet (b. 1901)
  • Sep 19 Pauline Frederick, American actress (b. 1883)
  • Sep 21 Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic Croatian writer (b. 1874)
  • Sep 24 Lev Schnirelmann, Russian mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Sep 28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, dies at 48
  • Sep 28 Charles Duryea, American inventor (first American car), dies at 76
  • Sep 28 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, born in New York City (d. 1938)
  • Oct 2 Alexandru Averescu, Romanian soldier and politician (b. 1859)
  • Oct 5 Saint Faustina, Polish saint (b. 1905)
  • Oct 10 Martin Bladen, cricketer (the 7th Lord Hawke), dies
  • Oct 12 Hugh Massie, cricketer (9 Tests for Australia 1881-85, capt), dies
  • Oct 13 E.C. Segar, American cartoonist (Popeye) (b. 1894)
  • Oct 18 Karl J Kautsky, Austrian marxist/socialist, dies
  • Oct 24 Ernst Barlach, German writer and artist, dies at 68
  • Oct 27 Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet/critic, dies at 57
  • Nov 7 Earnest von Rath, German antifascist/diplomat, murdered
  • Nov 9 Vasily Blyukher, Soviet military commander (b.1889)
  • Nov 9 Edward Murray East, American Botanist and Geneticist who developed hybrid corn, dies at 59

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Nov 10 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder and the first President of Republic of Turkey (b. 1881)

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

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Nov 11 Mary Mallon, Irish-American patient best known as 'Typhoid Mary' and the first person in the United States known to be immune to typhoid, dies at 69

  • Nov 15 George Glover, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • Nov 17 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (b. 1864)
  • Nov 19 Lev Shestov, Russian philosopher (b. 1866)
  • Nov 20 Enzo Matsunaga, Japanese writer (b. 1895)
  • Nov 21 Leopold Godowsky, pianist/composer, dies at 68
  • Nov 23 August TC Kiehl, actor (Hope of Blessing), dies at 84
  • Nov 26 Henry Schultz, US farm commune, dies
  • Nov 30 Corneliu Codreanu, Romania fascist/putschist (Iron Guard), dies
  • Dec 4 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist/composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 5 Christina "Dina" Koudijs-van Appeldoorn, pianist/composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 7 Harry Moses, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies
  • Dec 8 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • Dec 10 Mario Pilati, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 14 Marie FM Emmanuel, French composer/musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • Dec 19 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, U.S. Congressman (b. 1873)
  • Dec 20 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader (b. 1850)
  • Dec 23 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Chimes), dies at 70
  • Dec 24 Bruno Taut, German architect (b. 1880)
  • Dec 25 Karel Čapek, Czech author (b. 1890)
  • Dec 27 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments dies at 72
  • Dec 27 O Mandelstam, writer, dies
  • Dec 27 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (b. 1889)
  • Dec 28 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), dies at 48
  • Dec 31 Richard N Roland Holst, Dutch artist/painter, dies at 70