Famous Deaths in August 1940

  • 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 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
  • Aug 18 Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)

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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
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)