Famous Deaths in 1941

  • Jan 2 Mischa Levitzki, composer, dies at 42
  • Jan 4 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Le Rire, Nobel 1928), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 Amy Johnson, British pilot who was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, dies during a ferry flight at 37
  • Jan 6 Franz Hessel, German writer, dies at 60
  • Jan 6 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  • Jan 8 Robert Baden-Powell, founder (Boy Scout movement), dies at 83
  • Jan 9 Ko Boezeman, Dutch resistance fighter, dies
  • Jan 10 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer (Sea), dies at 61
  • Jan 10 Joseph Schmidlin, German church historian, murdered at 67
  • Jan 10 Sir John Lavery, Northern Irish artist (b. 1856)
  • Jan 10 Joe Penner, Hungarian-born comedian and actor (b. 1904)
  • Jan 11 Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)

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Jan 13 James Joyce, novelist (Ulysses), dies in Zurich Switzerland, at 58

Novelist & Poet James Joyce
Novelist & Poet
James Joyce
  • Jan 17 Jose Leite de Vasconcelos, Portuguese scholar (Etnografia), dies at 82
  • Jan 23 Dobri Khristov, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 27 Iver Paul Fredrik Holter, composer, dies at 90
  • Jan 29 Ioannis Metaxas, Greek gen/dictator (1936-41), commits suicide at 69
  • Feb 2 Johannes Schlaf, writer, dies at 78
  • Feb 4 Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian, dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, author of "Walzing Matilda" (b. 1864)
  • Feb 6 Maximilien Luce, French painter, dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Rudolf Hilferding, Germ economist/Min of Finance (SPD), suicide at 63
  • Feb 19 Alexander Josiah Webbe, English cricket keeper (v Aus 1879), dies
  • Feb 19 Hamilton Hamilton Harty, composer/conductor, dies at 61
  • Feb 20 La Bolduc, French Canadian singer and songwriter (b. 1894)

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Feb 21 Frederick Banting, Canadian physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1891)

  • Feb 24 Oskar Loerke, German director (Longest Day-1926), dies at 56
  • Feb 26 Jan Keizer, Zaanse February striker, shot to death
  • Feb 27 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (b. 1895)
  • Feb 28 King Alfonso XIII of Spain (b. 1886)
  • Mar 3 Constant W L Scheurleer, archaeologist/banker/art expert, dies at 59
  • Mar 3 Ernst Cahn, owner of Amsterdam Koco ice cream parlor, executed
  • Mar 4 Edoardo Mascheroni, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 5 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel 1927), dies at 82
  • Mar 6 John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum, sculptor (Mount Rushmore), dies at 73
  • Mar 6 Leen Schijvenschuurder, Dutch February strike leader, executed
  • Mar 7 Arnold Schering, German musicologist, dies at 63
  • Mar 7 Gunther Prien, German commandant (U-47), dies in battle
  • Mar 8 Jose Serrano Simeon, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 8 Sherwood Anderson, US writer/publisher (Winesburg Ohio), dies at 64
  • Mar 9 Carlos Pedrell, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 11 Walford Davies, British organist/composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 12 Charles Sanford Skilton, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 13 A Coenradi, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 Bernard Ijzerdraat, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 E Hellendoorn, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 Isaak E Babel, Russian writer (Zakat, Marija), executed at 46
  • Mar 13 J Eyl, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Mar 13 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and novelist (b. 1881)
  • Mar 15 Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter (b. 1864)
  • Mar 16 John Murray, Canada oceanographer (Challenger), dies at 73
  • Mar 17 Isaak E Babel, writer, dies at 46
  • Mar 17 Isaak Emmanuilovich Babel, Rus writer (Crvena Konjica), executed at 46
  • Mar 17 Joachim Schepke, German commandant (U-100), dies in battle
  • Mar 17 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • Mar 20 D A van den Bosch, anti-nazi clergyman (Amersfoort Camp), dies
  • Mar 21 Robert Liefmann, German economist (Kartelle und Trusts), dies at 67

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Mar 28 Virginia Woolf-Stephen [Adeline], British writer (To Lighthouse), dies from suicide at 59

  • Mar 28 Kavasji Jamshedji Petigara, Indian Police Commissioner (b. 1877)
  • Apr 1 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian, dies at 81
  • Apr 2 Paul Teleki, premier Hungary, dies
  • Apr 3 Pal Teleki-von Szek, PM Hungary (1920-21, 39-41), suicide at 61

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Apr 4 Andre Michelin, French tire manufacturer, dies at 88

Industrialist André Michelin
Industrialist
André Michelin
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, writer, dies at 29
  • Apr 5 Sir Nigel Gresley, Steam locomotive engineer (b. 1876)

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Apr 13 Annie Jump Cannon, US astronomer (Henry Draper catalogues), dies at 77

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon
Astronomer
Annie Jump Cannon
  • Apr 14 Jack Edmonson, Australian corporal in Tobruk (Victoria Cross), dies
  • Apr 14 Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (b. 1871)
  • Apr 16 Josiah Charles Stamp, 1st baron/statisician, dies
  • Apr 17 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • Apr 18 ... Korysis, PM of Greece, commits suicide
  • Apr 19 Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 20 Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer, dies in Buchenwald at 49
  • Apr 22 Arthur Briscoe, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies
  • Apr 24 Karin Boye, Swedish writer (Kallocain) commits suicide at 40
  • Apr 26 Jean Demoor, Belgian physician/physiologist/educationalist, dies at 74
  • Apr 27 Penelope Delta, Greek author (b. 1874)
  • May 1 John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
  • May 5 Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  • May 7 David Wijnkoop, revolutionary socialist, dies
  • May 7 Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
  • May 8 Heinrich Zollner, composer, dies at 86
  • May 12 Ruth Stonehouse, silent film actress and director, dies at 48
  • May 23 Lord Herbert Austin, motor manufacturer, dies
  • May 23 Slavko Osterc, composer, dies at 45
  • May 24 Lancelot Holland, British vice-admiral (WW II-Hood), dies in battle
  • May 27 AH Borgesius, tutor/experimentator/amateur astronomer, dies at 76
  • May 30 Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (b. 1893)
  • Jun 1 Hugh S Walpole, British writer (Killer & the Slain), dies

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Jun 2 Lou Gehrig, 1st baseman (NY Yankee), dies of ALS in Riverdale NY at 37

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

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Jun 4 Wilhelm II von Hohenzollern, German Emperor (1888-1918), dies of a pulmonary embolus at 82

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Jun 6 Louis Chevrolet, American automotive pioneer (b. 1878)
  • Jun 10 Herschel Mayall, actor (Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 78
  • Jun 10 Marcus Garvey, US African American leader (Back to Africa Movement), dies at 52
  • Jun 11 Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Boy Scouts of America (b. 1850)
  • Jun 14 Pieter J Kromsigt, theologist/publicist (John Knox), dies at 74
  • Jun 15 Evelyn Underhill, British writer (b. 1875)
  • Jun 15 Otfrid Foerster, German neurologist (b. 1873)
  • Jun 16 Lodo of Hamel, 1st Dutch secret affiliate, dies
  • Jun 17 Johan Wagenaar, Dutch composer (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 78
  • Jun 20 [Stephanie] Hélène Swarth, Dutch poet ("Lonely flowers"), dies at 81

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Jun 29 Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish statesman and pianist, dies in NY at 80

Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Panist, Composer and Polish Prime Minister
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
  • Jul 2 Mohammad Baqa Jilani, cricketer (Test for India), dies at 29
  • Jul 4 Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (b. 1881)
  • Jul 5 Oskar Fried, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 8 Philippe Gaubert, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 8 Moses Schorr, Polish rabbi, senator, historian and orientalist (b. 1874)
  • Jul 10 Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, pioneer jazz pianist, dies in LA at 56
  • Jul 17 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), dies at 62
  • Jul 18 Dionyssios Lavrangas, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 20 Lew Fields, American vaudeville performer (b. 1867)
  • Jul 21 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet (b. 1872)
  • Jul 26 Benjamin Whorf, anthropologist, dies
  • Jul 26 Marx Dormoy, French socialist, killed by a time bomb
  • Jul 27 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist (b. 1858)
  • Jul 29 James Stephenson, actor (Sea Hawk, River's End), dies at 52
  • Aug 2 Jose Juan Tablada, Mexican poet (La Feria), dies at 70

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Aug 7 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher/poet/writer (Nobel 1913), dies at 80

  • Aug 12 Bobby Peel, cricketer (took 102 wickets for England), dies
  • Aug 14 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
  • Aug 14 Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (b. 1894)
  • Aug 23 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (four Tests for Aust 1908-09, 13 wkts), dies
  • Aug 29 Henri Louis, French officer/resistance fighter, executed at 40
  • Aug 29 Jan L G "Yvan" Doornik, Dutch resist fighter in France, executed at 36
  • Aug 30 Peder Oluf Pedersen, Danish engineer and physicist (b. 1874)
  • Aug 31 Marian Zwetajewa, writer, dies
  • Aug 31 Marina Tsvetaeva, Russian poet (b. 1892)
  • Sep 1 Benjamin Dwight, US tennis championship umpire, dies
  • Sep 6 Hugo Loudon, president-director (Royal Oil), dies at 81
  • Sep 9 Gustav Ehrismann, German germanist, dies at 85
  • Sep 29 Friedrich Angel, German mathematician (group theory), dies at 79
  • Oct 3 Wilhelm Kienzl, Austria composer (Kuhreigen), dies at 84
  • Oct 5 Louis D Brandeis, 1st Jewish Supreme Court Judge (1916-39), dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Helen Morgan, American singer/actress, dies of liver ailment at 41
  • Oct 13 GJ Berenschot, general/supreme commander Dutch East Indies army, dies
  • Oct 17 John S Plaskett, Canadian astronomer (Plaskett's twins), dies
  • Oct 18 Dirk Fock, governor-general van/of Neth-Indies 1921-6, dies at 83
  • Oct 18 Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal (b. 1860)
  • Oct 20 Ken Farnes (WWII) 15 Tests for England, cricketer (60 wickets), dies
  • Oct 26 Arkady Gaidar, Russian children's writer (b. 1904)
  • Oct 27 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist (physiology of development, fertilization, cell division), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Oct 29 Harvey Hendrick, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • Oct 31 Herwarth Walden, writer, dies at 63
  • Nov 1 Camille Melloy, [the Paepe], Belgian priest/poet (Requiem), dies at 50
  • Nov 5 Arndt Pekurinen, Finnish pacifist (b. 1905)
  • Nov 6 Maurice Leblanc, French novelist (b. 1864)
  • Nov 7 Albin Zollinger, Swiss poet/author (Das Gewitter), dies at 46
  • Nov 8 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Elite Circle), dies at 83
  • Nov 12 Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, NY gangster/police informer, killed
  • Nov 17 Earnest Udet, German general/head air pioneer, commits suicide
  • Nov 18 Walter H Nernst, German chemist (Nobel Prize 1920), dies at 77
  • Nov 18 Chris Watson, third Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1867)
  • Nov 18 Émile Nelligan, Quebec poet (b. 1879)
  • Nov 21 Juanita Spellini, first women executed in Calif
  • Nov 21 Henrietta Vinton Davis American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator, public speaker (b. 1860)
  • Nov 21 George Morren, Flemish painter/sculptor, dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Werner Mölders, German ace fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • Nov 25 Pedro Aguirre Cerda, president Chili (People's Front), dies
  • Nov 26 Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (b. 1861)
  • Nov 26 Ernest Lapointe, French-Canadian politician (b. 1876)
  • Dec 1 Horace Chapman, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa, 39 runs, 1 wkt), dies
  • Dec 3 Johann Christian August Sinding, composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 3 Pavel Filonov, Russian painter (b. 1883)
  • Dec 7 Cecil Forsyth, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 7 Iida, Japanese pilot/lt, dies in battle at 28
  • Dec 7 Mervyn S. Bennion, United States Navy Captain, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1887)
  • Dec 7 Herbert C. Jones, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1918)
  • Dec 7 Thomas J. Reeves, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1895)
  • Dec 7 Franklin Van Valkenburgh, United States Navy, Medal of Honor recipient, killed in Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (b. 1888)
  • Dec 9 Leonard "Leo" Polak, Dutch philosopher, dies in Sachsenhausen at 61
  • Dec 9 Dmitry Merezhkovsky, Russian writer and philosopher (b. 1865)
  • Dec 10 Colin Kelly, American pilot (b. 1915)
  • Dec 11 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • Dec 11 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician (b. 1856)
  • Dec 12 Cesar Basa, Philippine Air Force and World War II hero (b. 1915)
  • Dec 19 L M Dovator, Russian general, dies in battle
  • Dec 20 Igor Severyanin, Russian poet (b. 1887)
  • Dec 22 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 24 Siegfried Alkan, German composer (b. 1858)
  • Dec 30 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (b. 1890)
  • Dec 31 Sigwart Aspestrand, composer, dies at 85