Famous Deaths in 1940

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

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

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

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

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Aug 18 Walter Chrysler, American founder of car company Chrysler, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler

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

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

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

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

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Nov 4 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

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña

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

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

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