Famous Deaths in December 1939

  • 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