Famous Deaths in 1939

  • Jan 2 Roman Dmowski, Polish politician (b. 1864)

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Jan 5 Amelia Earhart, American aviator and 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, declared dead at 41 after her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937

  • Jan 6 Albert Ward, cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1893-95), dies
  • Jan 9 Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor/Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Jameson Thomas, actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), dies at 50
  • Jan 10 Julius Bittner, Austria composer (Missa Austriaca), dies at 64
  • Jan 13 Jacob Ruppert, CEO (NY Yankees, 1915-39), dies
  • Jan 19 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 23 Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • Jan 24 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (b. 1867)
  • Jan 26 Armand Calinescu, Romania's PM, assassinated by the iron guard
  • Jan 28 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • Jan 31 George Thornton, cricketer (1 Test for South Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies
  • Feb 4 Edward Sapir, US linguist/cultural antropologist (indian), dies at 55
  • Feb 4 Henri W A Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), dies at 72
  • Feb 7 Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10 Pius XI, [Ambrogio D A Ratti], Italian Pope (1922-39), dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Franz Schmidt, Austrian composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 15 Foppe G Scheltema, Dutch lawyer, dies at 47
  • Feb 15 Henri Jaspar, premier of Belgium (1926-31), dies at 68
  • Feb 15 Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • Feb 16 Jura Soyfer, Jewish political and cabaret writer, dies at Buchenwald concentration camp at 26
  • Feb 17 Willy Hess, German violinist (b. 1859)
  • Feb 18 Ludwig Bonvin, composer, dies at 89
  • Feb 22 Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (b. 1875)
  • Feb 27 Nadezjda K Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin, dies at 70

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Mar 2 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • Mar 6 [Carl L] Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician, dies at 86
  • Mar 7 Amadeo Roldan, composer, dies at 38
  • Mar 7 John Jules Barrish, Irish writer (b. 1885)
  • Mar 18 Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader (b. 1859)
  • Mar 19 Lloyd L. Gaines, American civil rights activist
  • Mar 21 Evald Aav, Estonian composer, dies at 39
  • Mar 27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
  • Apr 5 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • Apr 6 Robert Courtneidge, British theater producer, dies
  • Apr 7 Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
  • Apr 9 Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 10 Alfredo Panzini, Italian author (Il Bacio de Lesba), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 SS Van Dine, [William Huntingdon Wright], detective writer, dies at 50
  • Apr 18 Theo Mann, actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), dies at 88
  • Apr 21 Herman Finck, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 John Foulds, English composer, dies at 58
  • May 3 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, German general, dies at 71
  • May 11 Evgenii Miller, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1867)
  • May 20 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • May 22 Ernst Toller, German playwright, commits suicide at 45
  • May 22 Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • May 26 Charles H Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74
  • May 26 Cornelis J Cutters, supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies
  • May 27 Joseph Roth, Austria journalist (Fluctuate ohne Ende), dies at 44
  • May 29 Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (b. 1865)
  • May 30 Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)
  • Jun 4 Tommy Ladnier, American musician (b. 1900)
  • Jun 5 Elijah Beardsworth, world quick shaving champion, dies
  • Jun 5 Frank Van de Goes, writer/marxist theorist, dies
  • Jun 6 Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 9 Owen Moore, actor (She Done Him Wrong), commits suicide at 52
  • Jun 13 Arthur Coningham, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1894), dies
  • Jun 13 Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Suljetuilla Porteilla), dies at 64
  • Jun 16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (b. 1905)
  • Jun 17 Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France
  • Jun 17 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • Jun 18 French LM "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish actor, dies at 73
  • Jun 19 Grace Abbott, social worker (US Children Bureau), dies at 60
  • Jun 26 Ford M Ford, [Hueffer], British writer, (Tietjens Saga) dies at 65
  • Jul 1 Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret performer/chorus performer, dies
  • Jul 2 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor of Rotterdam (1906-22), dies
  • Jul 7 James Deacon White, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi), dies at 91
  • Jul 8 [Henry] Havelock Ellis, English sexologist (Man & Woman), dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Alphonse Mucha, Czech painter, decorative artist (b. 1860)
  • Jul 15 Johon Mellanby, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 15 Percy Scott Worthington, architect, dies
  • Jul 16 Beatrice Erskine Lane Suzuki, Zen student, dies
  • Jul 18 Witold Maliszewski, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 19 Tom Hayward, cricketer (35 Tests for England, 1999 runs), dies
  • Jul 19 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (b. 1850)
  • Jul 20 Joseph Mendes da Costa, sculptor, dies
  • Jul 28 William J Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder Mayo Clinic, dies at 78
  • Aug 2 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian mystic (b. 1883)
  • Aug 3 Eugust Enna, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 11 Jean Bugatti, Italian automobile designer (b. 1909)
  • Aug 16 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia, 14 wickets), dies
  • Aug 23 Sidney Coe Howard, American playwright (Silver Cord, Pulitzer 1925), dies at 48
  • Aug 24 W H Moule, cricketer (Australia v England 1880)/High Court judge, dies
  • Aug 25 Babe Siebert, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1904)
  • Sep 5 Cornelis J "Cor" van Ast, Dutch actor/director (Two Boys), dies at 67
  • Sep 6 Arthur Rackham, artist/illustrator (Grimm's Fairy Tales), dies at 71
  • Sep 7 Kyoka Izumi, Japanese novelist (b. 1873)
  • Sep 18 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer (b. 1885)
  • Sep 18 Gwen John, Welsh painter, dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • Sep 21 Armand Calinescu, premier of Romania, murdered

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Sep 23 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and creator of psychoanalysis, dies at 83

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • Sep 24 Carl Laenmie, film producer, dies
  • Sep 28 Felicjan Szopski, composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 29 Dickstein, mathematician, dies
  • Oct 7 Harvey (William) Cushing, US neurologist, dies at 70
  • Oct 10 Eleanor Rigby, a real person whose name may have suggested the title to The Beatles song (b. 1895)
  • Oct 16 Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen, composer, dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Nummy Deane, cricketer (628 runs in 17 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Oct 23 Zane Grey, US western writer (Spirit of the Border), dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Cornelis JK van Aalst, president Dutch Business Society, dies at 73
  • Oct 28 Alice Brady, American actress (My Man Godfrey, Gay Divorcee), dies at 46
  • Oct 29 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator and historian (b. 1864)
  • Oct 31 Otto Rank, [Rosenfeld], Austria psychoanalyst (Trauma of Geburt), dies
  • Nov 3 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), dies at 79
  • Nov 4 Charles Arnold Tournemire, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 6 Adolphe Max, Belgian liberal MP, dies at 69
  • Nov 9 Dirk Klop, Dutch intelligence lt, shot by German Abwehr
  • Nov 11 Jan Opletal, Czech student, victim of Nazi violence in Prague
  • Nov 12 (Ernest YY) Oscar Tourniaire, actor (Bluejackets), dies at 59
  • Nov 12 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor and humanitarian (b. 1890)
  • Nov 13 George Nicholls Jr, actor (Finishing School), dies at 42
  • Nov 16 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • Nov 20 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 25 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67

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Nov 28 James Naismith, creator of basketball, dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • Nov 29 Philipp Scheidemann, German MP (SPD)/mayor of Kassel, dies at 74
  • Dec 1 Max Fiedler, German composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 8 Ernest Schelling, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 10 Wilhelm Grosz, composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 12 Douglas Fairbanks, actor (The Mark of Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), dies at 56
  • Dec 15 Tom McKibbin, cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies
  • Dec 18 Matthew Brown, Journalist, dies at 51
  • Dec 19 Eric Fogg, English composer, dies under a train at 36
  • Dec 19 Karl Wagenfeld, Low German writer (Lucifer, Death & Devil), dies at 70
  • Dec 19 Willem Benoy, Flemish actor/director (The White), dies at 57
  • Dec 20 Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide
  • Dec 22 Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
  • Dec 23 Anthony H G Fokker, Dutch airplane builder (Spider), dies at 49