Famous Deaths in 1944

Deaths 1 - 200 of 263

  • Jan 1 C T B Turner, cricket (17 Tests 1886-95, 101 wkt All time great), dies
  • Jan 1 Sir Edward Lutyens, British architect who designed New Delhi (b. 1869)
  • Jan 1 Charles Turner, Australian cricketer (b. 1862)
  • Jan 3 Jurgis Baltrušaitis, Lithuanian poet (b. 1873)
  • Jan 4 Henri "Hans" Flu, Indonesian/Dutch family doctor/antifascist, murder
  • Jan 4 Kaj Munk, [Harald Leininger], anti-fascist writer (Kaj Munk), dies
  • Jan 5 Adolph Goldschmidt, German/Swiss art historian, dies at 80
  • Jan 6 Ida Tarbell, American journalist (b. 1857)
  • Jan 7 J Verleun, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Jan 7 Lou Hoover, U.S. First Lady (b. 1874)
  • Jan 7 Napoleon Lapathiotis, Greek poet (b. 1888)
  • Jan 8 William Kissam Vanderbilt II, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1878)
  • Jan 11 Galeazzo count of Cortellazzo Ciano, Italian politician, dies
  • Jan 12 Lance C. Wade, American pilot (b. 1915)
  • Jan 14 Mohammed Emin Yurdakul, Turkish poet, dies at about 74
  • Jan 19 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 20 James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist (b. 1860)
  • Jan 21 Gustaaf DFL Schamelhout, Flemish physician/writer, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, German major/pilot, shot down

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Jan 23 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter (The Scream), dies at 80, bequeathing all of his work to the city of Oslo

Painter and Print Maker Edvard Munch
Painter and Print Maker
Edvard Munch
  • Jan 23 Viktor Gusev, Russian poet (b. 1909)
  • Jan 29 William Allen White, US journalist (Emporia Gazette), dies at 75
  • Jan 31 Jean Giraudoux, French writer (b. 1882)
  • Feb 1 Martin Lunssens, composer, dies at 72

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Feb 1 Piet Mondrian, abstract painter (Composition in Blue), dies at 71

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • Feb 4 Yvette Guilbert, French singer and actress (b. 1867)
  • Feb 4 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (b. 1872)
  • Feb 5 Robert E Park, sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • Feb 7 Lina Cavalieri, Italian soprano (b. 1874)
  • Feb 8 Clem Wilson, cricketer (bro of Rockley, 2 Tests for England 1896), dies
  • Feb 10 Eugène Michel Antoniadi, Greek astronomer, a crater on Mars and the Antoniadi crater on the Moon were named in his honor (b. 1870)
  • Feb 11 Ivan Sollertinski, friend of Russian composer D Sjostakovitsj, dies
  • Feb 16 Edmund von Borck, composer, dies at 37
  • Feb 17 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, dies at 64
  • Feb 19 Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 21 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (b. 1873)
  • Feb 22 Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Gandhi (b. 1869)
  • Feb 23 Leo Hendrick Baekeland, inventor (Bakelite), dies
  • Feb 24 Leo H A Baekeland, Belgian/US chemist (bakeliet), dies at 80
  • Feb 29 Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)
  • Mar 1 ... Formans, director Milos Formans mother, dies in Auschwitz
  • Mar 4 Louis Capone, New York organized crime figure (b. 1896) (executed)
  • Mar 4 Emanuel Weiss, American hitman (b. 1906) (executed)
  • Mar 4 Fannie Barrier Williams, American educator and political activist (b. 1855)

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Mar 4 Louis Buchalter, American mobster (Murder, Inc.), executed at 47

  • Mar 5 Max Jacob, French writer, dies in nazi concentration camp at 67
  • Mar 10 David Vogel, Ukrainian author, dies in Auschwitz at 52
  • Mar 11 Hendrik W van Loon, Neth/US radio commentator/writer, dies at 62
  • Mar 12 Artur Gavazzi, Croatian geographer (b. 1861)
  • Mar 14 Pavel Grigor'yevich, composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 15 Otto von Below, German commandant (WW I), dies at 86
  • Mar 18 Benjamin Delmonte, theater director/actor, dies at 79
  • Mar 19 William Hale Thompson, American mayor of Chicago (b. 1869)
  • Mar 20 Felix Woyrsch, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 22 ... Pucheu, French Internal minister to Vichy, executed
  • Mar 23 O C Wingate, British general-major (Burma), dies in air crash
  • Mar 28 Chayyim Most, Rabbi/Maggid of Kovono, killed by nazis
  • Mar 28 Stephen Butler Leacock, writer/economist (Literary Lapses), dies at 75
  • Mar 31 Mineichi Koga, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies
  • Apr 2 Mikulas Moyzes, composer, dies at 71
  • Apr 4 John Peale Bishop, US poet (Undertaker's Garland), dies at 51
  • Apr 4 Karel Weis, Czech composer and folk song collector, dies at 82
  • Apr 5 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter), dies at 90
  • Apr 5 Willy Derby, [Dieben], singer (Hello Bandoeng), dies
  • Apr 9 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 9 Evgeniya Rudneva, Russian World War II heroine (b. 1920)
  • Apr 13 Cecile Chaminade, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Paul Hazard, French literature historian, dies at 65
  • Apr 17 J T Hearne, cricketer (took 49 wkts in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • Apr 18 Cécile Chamindale, composer, dies
  • Apr 19 Tommy Hitchcock, polo player (Westchester Cup 1924, 27), dies at 44
  • Apr 22 Mezio Agostini, composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 24 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (b. 1859)
  • Apr 25 Tony Mullane, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1859)
  • Apr 26 Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
  • Apr 28 Frank Knox, U.S. Vice-Presidential candidate (b. 1874)
  • Apr 29 Bernardino Machado, President of Portugal (b. 1851)
  • May 9 Ethel Mary Smyth, composer, dies at 86
  • May 11 Henk Hos, resistance fighter, executed at 37
  • May 12 Arthur T Quiller-Couch [Q], British author/critic, dies at 80
  • May 16 George Ade, US novelist/playwright (Counsel Widow), dies at 78
  • May 16 Leone Sinigaglia, composer, dies at 75
  • May 16 Max Brand, [Frederick Schiller Faust], western author, dies
  • May 16 George Ade, American author (b. 1866)
  • May 19 Godfrey Wilson, British Anthropologist of social change and colonial problems in Africa, commits suicide as a conscientious objector in WW II
  • May 26 C M Francois, cricketer (WWII, 252 runs in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • May 28 Katri Vala, Finnish poet, dies at 42
  • May 30 Jessie Ralph, actress (Good Earth, San Francisco), dies at 79
  • Jun 5 Riccardo Zandonai, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 6 Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day landing WWII
  • Jun 6 Gerrit John van de Peat, artist/resistance fighter, executed at 41
  • Jun 9 99 inhabitants of Tulle, hanged by SS
  • Jun 10 French Duwaer, Dutch printer/resistance fighter, executed
  • Jun 10 Gerrit Jan van der Veen, [Wolffensperger], resister, executed at 41
  • Jun 10 Johan Limpers, sculptor/resistance fighter, executed at 28
  • Jun 10 Willem Jacob van Stockum, Dutch physicist (b. 1910)
  • Jun 13 Christopher Heseltine, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1895-96), dies
  • Jun 14 Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist/slavist, dies at 78
  • Jun 14 Robert H Iseley, US pilot/lt-comdr (Saipan), dies in battle
  • Jun 16 Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
  • Jun 19 Bill Bradley, cricketer (bowled for England in two Tests 1899), dies
  • Jun 19 Han Yong-woon, Zen teacher, dies in Seoul County, Korea at 65
  • Jun 21 Jan Bonekamp, Dutch resistance fighter/friend of Hannie Schaft, dies
  • Jun 24 Rio Gebhardt, German composer, dies at 36
  • Jun 25 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)
  • Jun 26 Billy Newham, cricketer (England Test 1887), dies
  • Jun 27 Werner Wehrli, composer, dies at 52
  • Jun 27 Milan Hodža, Slovak politician (b. 1878)
  • Jun 27 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • Jul 1 Carl Mayer, actor (Dreaming Lips, Ariane, Sunrise), dies at 49
  • Jul 5 William Gillies Whittaker, composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 7 Erich Salomon, German photographer, dies
  • Jul 7 Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader (-1940), is executed by the Milice at 59
  • Jul 11 Wolfgang Redlich, German major/pilot, dies in battle
  • Jul 16 John Post, Dutch farmer/resistance fighter (passage fight), executed
  • Jul 17 Hugh Rigby, English portrait painter (King George V 1928-32), dies
  • Jul 17 William James Sidis, gifted mathematician and child prodigy (b. 1898)
  • Jul 18 George A Hartland, English MP (Norwich 1931-35), dies at 60
  • Jul 18 Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet (Centaurs' Booty), dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Carl Bock, Danish Gestapo agent, liquidated
  • Jul 19 Harry CA Eyres, British diplomat (Constantinople, Albania), dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Will Marion Cook, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 20 Arthur J Treadwell, English mayor of Stoke Newington, dies at about 71
  • Jul 20 Brandt, col/German staff chief, dies in bombing
  • Jul 20 Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, count/German antifascist colonel, dies
  • Jul 20 Friedrich Olbricht, German general (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Jul 20 Heinz Burns, German (Olympic-gold-1936), dies in bombing
  • Jul 20 Korten, chef gen of Germany Luftwaffe, dies in bomb explosion
  • Jul 20 Ludwig Beck, gen/chief Germany general staff (July 20th plot), dies
  • Jul 20 Mertz, German colonel (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Jul 20 Rudolf Schmundt, gen/Hitler's Army adjunct, dies from wounds
  • Jul 20 Werner von Haeffen, German lieutenant (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Jul 20 Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  • Jul 21 Gerrit van den Bosch, led illegal Dutch CPN party, dies in Dachau
  • Jul 21 Henning von Tresckow, Gen-Maj, "July 20th plotter", commits suicide
  • Jul 23 Bernard M Cohen, attorney, killed at Belsen concentration camp
  • Jul 23 Helmuth J von Moltke, German earl (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Jul 23 Max HHR Nettlau, Austrian historian (Der Anarchismus), dies at 79
  • Jul 24 Jan Postma, leader of illegal Dutch party (CPN), executed at 49
  • Jul 25 Lesley J McNair, US Lieutenant General killed by friendly fire at St-Lo
  • Jul 26 Rezā Shāh Pahlavi [Rezā Khan], Shah of Iran (1925-41), dies at 66 of a heart ailment
  • Jul 27 Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer, dies at 68

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Aug 1 Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina, Second President of Philippines (1935-42), dies of tuberculosis at 65

2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon
2nd President of the Philippines
Manuel L. Quezon
  • Aug 3 Felix Nussbaum, German painter (Widerstandskunst), dies in Auschwitz
  • Aug 3 Felka Platek, wife of painter Felix Nussbaum, dies in Auschwitz
  • Aug 5 Maurice Turnbull, cricketer (England)/rugby (Wales), dies
  • Aug 8 Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal, hanged at 62
  • Aug 10 Berthold Schenk von Stauffenberg, attempt Hitler assassination, dies
  • Aug 12 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., brother of President John F. Kennedy (b. 1915)
  • Aug 16 Roman Padlewski, composer, dies at 28
  • Aug 17 John Trumble, cricketer (brother of Hugh 7 Tests 1885-86), dies
  • Aug 18 Ernst "Teddy" Thalmann, leader of German KPD, dies
  • Aug 19 Gunther von Kluge, German field marshal, commits suicide, dies at 62
  • Aug 19 Henry J Wood, English conductor (My Life of Music, Proms), dies at 75
  • Aug 22 Raymond Aimos, actor (Golem, Mayerling, La Bandera), dies at 55
  • Aug 23 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 25 Krijn van den Helm, resistance fighter (KP Leeuwarden), shot to death
  • Aug 25 Mussa Dshalil, writer, dies
  • Aug 26 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (b. 1909)
  • Aug 27 Georg von Boeselager, German nobleman (b. 1915)
  • Aug 28 Ernst Thalmann, German communist, dies in Buchenwald
  • Aug 30 Morten Nielsen, Danish resistance fighter, dies
  • Sep 2 Manfred Freiherr von Killinger, German ambassador to Romania, commits suicide after Romanian coup
  • Sep 2 George W. Norris, US senator (R-Nebraska 1913-43), lame duck-amendment, dies at 83
  • Sep 2 Bella Rosenfeld, Jewish Belarrusian writer, subject of Marc Chagall's paintings and his 1st wife, dies at 48
  • Sep 3 Frantisek Alois Drdla, composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 4 Izaak van der Horst, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Sep 5 Willem M Groenewegen, resistance fighter, executed
  • Sep 6 Robert Lejour, Belgian lawyer/resistance fighter, murdered
  • Sep 7 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Jan van Gilse, composer/Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 63
  • Sep 10 Jaap P Musch, Dutch resistance fighter, murdered by Nazis
  • Sep 16 Gustav Bauer, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1870)
  • Sep 17 Friedrich Kussin, German Major-General and commander in Arnhem during Operation Market Garden, dies in battle at 49
  • Sep 18 Anthony Stefanich, British boxer/captain, killed in Arnhem
  • Sep 18 Hendrikus Colijn, Dutch premier (1933-39), dies at 75
  • Sep 18 Hubert Ahaus, chaplin (Godsrijk), dies at 67
  • Sep 18 Peter Waddy, British major 1st Para Brigade, dies in battle in Arnhem
  • Sep 18 Robert Cole, US lt-colonel, dies in battle at Best
  • Sep 19 David Lord, British lieutenant/Dakota-pilot DFC/VC, dies in battle
  • Sep 19 Hilary Barlow, British colonel, dies
  • Sep 19 John AC Fitch, British lt-colonel, dies in battle in Arnhem

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Sep 19 Guy Gibson, British wing commander, dies in a plane crash at 26

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson
RAF Pilot
Guy Gibson
  • Sep 20 John Grayburn, English (Victoria Cross), dies in battle in Arnhem
  • Sep 22 "Cab" Calloway, British scout, dies in battle of Oosterbeek
  • Sep 23 Colijn, Neth PM, buried
  • Sep 25 Jakob Schaffner, Swiss writer (Irrfahrten), dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Leo Justinus Kauffmann, composer, dies at 43
  • Sep 26 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist ad critic, dies at 64
  • Sep 26 Julien Cahn, cricketer (private cricket promoter during 30's), dies
  • Sep 27 Aimee Semple McPherson, Canada/US evangelist/faith healer, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Aristide Maillol, Fr sculptor/graphic artist, dies in car crash at 82
  • Oct 2 Rudolf Schmundt, German gen/Hitlers army adjunct, dies from injuries
  • Oct 4 Al Smith, American politician (b. 1873)
  • Oct 5 Joseph B "Aristide" Maillol, French sculptor/graphic artist, dies
  • Oct 8 Wendell Lewis Wilkie, Republican politician, dies at 52

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Oct 14 Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal (WW II-Africa), suicide at 52

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Oct 15 Philip Mechanicus, journalist, executed in Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Oct 16 Eric Westberg, composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 16 John Eigenhuis, writer (The Dike), dies at 78