Famous Deaths for Year 1940

◀ May    June    Jul ▶

◀ 1939     1940    1941 ▶

Months in Year 1940: January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December

Deaths 1 - 150 of 154

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
Author and Nobel Laureate Selma LagerlöfAuthor and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf (Mar 16th) Mar 16th - Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81
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
Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian FlipperSoldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper (May 3rd) 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
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 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 (Cin 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)
Russian Revolutionary Leon TrotskyRussian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky (Aug 21st) Aug 21st - Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, icepicked by Ramón Mercader at 62
Aug 21st - Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer, dies at 68
Aug 21st - Ernest Lawrence Thayer, American poet (b. 1863)
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
Aug 30th - J. J. Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)
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
Physicist J. J. ThomsonPhysicist J. J. Thomson (Aug 30th) Sep 15th - Dick Ket, 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 y Diez, Spanish PM (1932..4)/pres (1936-39), dies at 60
British Prime Minister Neville ChamberlainBritish Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Nov 9th) Nov 9th - Arthur Neville Chamberlain, British premier (1937-40), dies of bowel cancer at 71
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, 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)

<< Year 1939

Year 1941 >>

Search Famous Deaths in History

Day  Month  Year  Type