Famous Deaths in 1940

  • Jan 1st Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 4th Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
  • Jan 5th Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
  • Jan 5th Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
  • Jan 12th Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
  • Jan 18th Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
  • Jan 20th Omar Bundy, U.S. army general (b. 1861)
  • Jan 24th Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
  • Jan 25th Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)
  • Jan 31st René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
  • Feb 1st Philip Francis Nowlan, science fiction writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • Feb 4th Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • Feb 7th Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • Feb 9th Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
  • Feb 11th John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • Feb 27th Peter Behrens, German architect, dies
  • Feb 28th Johan C Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
  • Feb 29th Edward Frederic Benson, novelist, dies
  • Mar 1st Josef Swickard, actor (Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Mar 1st Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (b. 1878)
  • Mar 4th Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 5th Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • Mar 10th Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
  • Mar 10th Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)
  • Mar 15th Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies

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Mar 16th Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Mar 19th Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • Mar 20th Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 25th Ion Nonna Otescu, composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 26th Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • Mar 27th Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • Mar 29th Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)
  • Apr 6th Andres Isasi, composer, dies at 49
  • Apr 9th Mrs Patrick Campbell, English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide), dies
  • Apr 18th Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
  • Apr 18th Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, historian, dies
  • Apr 26th Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65

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May 3rd Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • May 7th George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
  • May 10th Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • May 14th Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • May 14th Emma Goldman, US anarchists/feminist/author (Living My Life), dies
  • May 14th Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • May 14th Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • May 15th Joseph Limburg, liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
  • May 15th Willem A Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • May 20th Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies
  • May 20th Joris [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies
  • May 23rd Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai, dies
  • May 23rd Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • May 25th Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
  • May 28th Randle Ayrton, actor (Manx Man), dies at 70
  • May 28th Theodor Streicher, composer, dies at 65
  • May 28th Walter Connolly, actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies at 53
  • May 28th Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • May 30th Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104
  • Jun 2nd Willem E Roelofs, painter/cartoonist, dies
  • Jun 6th E E Clive, actor (Bulldog Drummond, Night Muss Fall), dies at 56
  • Jun 7th James Hall, writer/actor (Millie, Hell's Angels), dies at 39
  • Jun 8th Frederick Shepherd Converse, US composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 16th DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
  • Jun 16th Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
  • Jun 19th Maurice Jaubert, composer, dies at 40
  • Jun 20th Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
  • Jun 21st Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist, dies
  • Jun 21st Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic, drowns at 40
  • Jun 21st W Hasenclever, writer, dies at 49
  • Jun 21st Smedley Butler, American Marine general (b. 1881)
  • Jun 22nd M A Noble, cricketer (giant of NSW/Australian cricket), dies
  • Jun 22nd Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who developed the Köppen climate classification system for the regions of the world, dies at 93
  • Jun 22nd Walter Hasenvlever, German writer commits suicide at 49
  • Jun 28th Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya, dies at 44
  • Jun 29th Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60
  • Jul 2nd Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies
  • Jul 2nd Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 3rd George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • Jul 10th Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 14th Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies
  • Jul 15th Donald Calthrop, dies at 52
  • Jul 15th Robert Wadlow, world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
  • Jul 19th Samuel H Chang, US newspaper magnate, murdered in Shanghai
  • Jul 20th Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
  • Jul 28th Johann Richard Ohlsson, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 31st Whitney Krakower, US gangster, murderrd by "Bugsy" Siegel
  • Aug 3rd Willard Hershberger, catcher (Cincinnati Reds), commits suicide
  • Aug 4th Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
  • Aug 5th Frederick A Cook, US, explorer (North Pole), dies at 75
  • Aug 8th Johnny Dodds, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Aug 13th George C Pearce, actor (Hold tat Lion, British Agent), dies at 75
  • Aug 16th Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
  • Aug 17th Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29
  • Aug 18th Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)

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Aug 21st Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, icepicked by Ramón Mercader at 62

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Aug 21st Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 21st Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", dies at 77
  • Aug 21st Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
  • Aug 22nd Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
  • Aug 24th Paul G Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80
  • Aug 29th Arthur De Greef, composer, dies at 77

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Aug 30th J. J. Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)

Physicist J. J. Thomson
J. J. Thomson
  • Aug 31st Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58
  • Aug 31st Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871)
  • Sep 3rd Otto V Ekelund, Swedish poet/writer (Hafvets Stjorna), dies at 59
  • Sep 7th Edmund Rumpler, Austria auto/airplane builder, dies
  • Sep 15th Dick Ket, Dutch painter/cartoonist, dies at 37
  • Sep 25th Marguerite Clark, American silent film actress (Snow White), dies at 57
  • Sep 26th Walter Benjamin, writer, dies at 48
  • Sep 27th Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • Sep 27th Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • Sep 30th Walter Kollo, composer, dies at 62
  • Oct 5th Silvestre Revueltas, Mexican composer: Cuauhnahuac/Planos, dies at 40
  • Oct 5th Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher (b. 1859)
  • Oct 5th Ballington Booth, English Officer in The Salvation Army and co-founder of Volunteers of America
  • Oct 6th Ferdinando Liuzzi, composer, dies at 55
  • Oct 8th Robert Emden, Swiss geo/astro physics (Gaskugeln), dies at 78
  • Oct 9th Wilfred Grenfell, English medical missionary to Newfoundland and Labrador (b. 1865).
  • Oct 10th Berton Churchill, Canadian actor (b. 1876)
  • Oct 11th Lluís Companys, President of Generalitat of Catalonia (shot) (b. 1882)
  • Oct 11th Vito Volterra, Italian mathematician and physicist (b. 1860)
  • Oct 12th Tom Mix, American actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60
  • Oct 18th Suze Groeneweg, 1st woman in Dutch 2nd Chamber (1918-37), dies at 65
  • Oct 20th Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (b. 1885)
  • Oct 21st William G. Conley, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1866)
  • Oct 24th Victor Hollaender, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 24th Pierre Weiss, French physicist (theory of ferromagnetism) dies at 75
  • Oct 27th Fini Valdemar Henriques, composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 28th Andrea d' Angeli, composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 4th Manuel Azaña, Prime Minister of Spain (1931-33) and 2nd President of the Spanish Republic (1936-39), dies of a heart attack at 60 while in exile in France

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Nov 9th Arthur Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (1937-40), dies of bowel cancer at 71

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • Nov 9th Stephen Peter Alencastre, Portuguese Catholic prelate (b. 1876)
  • Nov 12th Alejandro Garcia Caturla, composer, dies at 34
  • Nov 17th Eric Gill, British sculptor (b. 1882)
  • Nov 17th Raymond Pearl, American biologist (b. 1879)
  • Nov 21st Geoffrey Legge, cricketer (WWII 196 Eng v NZ Auckland 1930), dies
  • Nov 22nd Waclaw Berent, Polish novelist, dies at 67
  • Nov 23rd Catherina van Rennes, composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 28th Nicolae Iorga, author/president of Romania, murdered by fascist
  • Nov 30th Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 5th Jan Kubelik, Czech composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 5th Mordechai Frizis, Jewish Greek military officer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 6th Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies
  • Dec 8th George Exton Lloyd, Anglican Bishop and theologian (b. 1861)
  • Dec 9th Maletti, Italian general, dies in battle
  • Dec 13th Dusty Tapscott, cricket (bro of Doodles, 4&1 in only S Af Test), dies
  • Dec 13th George Macaulay, cricketer (took 24 wkts in 8 Tests, Eng 22-33), dies
  • Dec 13th Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist (b. 1851)
  • Dec 13th George Regas, Greek actor (b. 1890)
  • Dec 16th M Eugene F T Dubois, geologist/paleontologist (Wadjakmens), dies
  • Dec 16th William Wallace, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 16th Billy Hamilton, American baseball player (b. 1866)
  • Dec 17th Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (b. 1860)

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Dec 21st F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author (Great Gatsby, Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44

  • Dec 22nd Nathanael West, [Weinstein], US writer (Cool Million), dies at 37
  • Dec 25th Agnes Ayres, actress (Johnny Belinda, Sheik), dies at 42
  • Dec 30th Fritz Volbach, composer, dies at 79