Famous Deaths in October 1939

  • 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