Famous Deaths in 1944

Deaths 1 - 200 of 262

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Oct 15th Philip Mechanicus, journalist, executed in Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Oct 16th Eric Westberg, composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 16th John Eigenhuis, writer (The Dike), dies at 78
  • Oct 17th Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer, murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp at 45