Famous Deaths in 1947

  • Jan 4 Forrest Reid, Irish author/critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
  • Jan 9 Karl Mannheim, sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • Jan 9 Lambertus Zijl, sculptor (Merchant Exchange-Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Jan 11 Eva Tanguay, Canadian-born singer and entertainer (b. 1879)
  • Jan 12 Jonas Cohn, German/English philosopher (Wertwissenschaft), dies at 77
  • Jan 13 Veit Valentin, German/US historian (German People), dies at 61

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Jan 15 Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia (b. 1924)

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • Jan 17 Pyotr Krasnov, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • Jan 17 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French Archbishop of Quebec (b. 1883)
  • Jan 20 Josh Gibson, Negro League slugger, dies of a brain tumor at age 35
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bonnard, French painter/illustrator, dies at 79
  • Jan 23 Roy Park, cricketer (prolific Victorian bat & official), dies
  • Jan 24 Felix Timmermans, writer/painter (Gift from St Nicholas), dies at 60

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Jan 25 Al Capone, Chicago gangster, dies of neurosyphilis at 48

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • Jan 26 Grace Moore, American soprano/actress (One Night of Love), dies at 48
  • Jan 26 Gustav Adolf, crown prince of Sweden, dies in air crash
  • Jan 28 Reynaldo Hahn, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 29 Fred Barratt, cricket (5 wkts at 47 in 5 Tests for Eng 1929-30), dies
  • Jan 30 Frederick F Blackman, English botanist, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director, dies at 74
  • Feb 3 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-adm (WW II-Task Force 58), dies at 60
  • Feb 5 Ganzefles, Dutch nazi spy/Jews hunter, executed
  • Feb 5 Hans Fallada, German writer (Little Man, What Now?), dies at 53
  • Feb 6 Albert JM Bakker, Dutch actor (Teun the night watch), dies at 82
  • Feb 6 Luigi Russolo, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 8 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Sidney Toler, actor (Charlie Chan, Dark Alibi), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Ben Webster, actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council (b. 1868)
  • Feb 27 Mackinnon of Mackinnon, cricketer (Tests Eng v Aust 1879), dies at 89
  • Mar 1 J Boogaard, nazi collaborator, executed
  • Mar 5 Alfredo Casella, Italian composer/conductor (La Giara), dies at 63
  • Mar 6 Ludwig Weber, composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 9 Stanley Jackson, cricketer (20 Tests for England 1893-1905), dies
  • Mar 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • Mar 11 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, composer, dies at 45
  • Mar 12 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • Mar 18 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Willem F J Pijper, Dutch composer/critic, dies at 52
  • Mar 20 Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and film director (b. 1884)
  • Mar 23 Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
  • Mar 27 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • Mar 28 Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)
  • Apr 1 George II, king of Greece, dies at 56
  • Apr 2 Joseph Hardstaff, cricket (311 runs in 5 Tests for Eng 1907-08), dies
  • Apr 4 William O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. ?)
  • Apr 6 Vaclav Kapral, composer, dies at 58
  • Apr 6 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (b. 1896)

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Apr 7 Henry Ford, American industrialist and auto maker (Ford Model T), dies at 83

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Apr 9 Konrad Friedrich Noetel, composer, dies at 43
  • Apr 11 Louise Peete, American murderess (b. 1880)
  • Apr 12 Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • Apr 15 Wolstenholme, rocker, dies
  • Apr 16 Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)
  • Apr 18 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • Apr 20 Christian X, king of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873)
  • Apr 29 Irving Fisher, US economist, dies at 80
  • May 1 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • May 2 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • May 5 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • May 8 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • May 11 Ture Rangstrom, composer, dies at 62
  • May 14 John Ray Sinnock, US chief engraver (1925-47), dies at 59
  • May 16 Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1861)
  • May 17 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862)
  • May 23 C F Ramuz, writer, dies at 68
  • May 27 Ed Konetchy, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • May 28 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (b. 1907)
  • May 30 Sidney Nicholson, English composer, dies at 72
  • May 30 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WW I submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, dies at 67
  • May 31 Adrienne Ames, actress (Black Sheep, 24 Hours), dies at 39
  • May 31 Henri Casadesus, French violist/composer (viola d'amour), dies at 67
  • Jun 2 Hermann Darewsky, composer, dies at 64
  • Jun 6 Norman Reid, cricketer (Test S Af v Aust 1921-22, 11 & 6, 2-63), dies
  • Jun 8 Tom O'Brien, actor (Flying Fool), dies at 56
  • Jun 9 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, president of Poland (1939-40), dies at 62
  • Jun 10 Alexander Bethune, Canadian politician (b. 1852)
  • Jun 12 Jazeps Medins, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 16 Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86

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Jun 17 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, dies at 62

  • Jun 18 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (b. 1898)
  • Jun 19 Willem H Fly, typographer/co-founder (SDAP), dies at 84

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Jun 20 Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, gangster, shot dead in Beverly Hills Cal

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • Jun 24 Emil Seidel, Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (b. 1864)

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Jun 26 Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a heart attack at 76

11th Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bedford Bennett
11th Prime Minister of Canada
Richard Bedford Bennett
  • Jun 28 Stanislav K Neumann, Czech poet (Anti-Guide), dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Clarence Lucas, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 9 Lucjan Żeligowski, Polish general (b. 1865)
  • Jul 12 Jimmie Lunceford, American saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1902)
  • Jul 13 Warwick Armstrong, cricketer (50 Tests 1901-21, 2863 runs), dies
  • Jul 15 Henry Kolker, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Walter Donaldson, American songwriter (b. 1893)
  • Jul 16 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77
  • Jul 17 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved thousands of Jews), dies at 34
  • Jul 19 Aung San, Burmese nationalist (assassinated) (b. 1915)
  • Jul 19 U Razak, Burmese politician (b. 1898)
  • Jul 24 Ernest Austin, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 30 George Challenor, cricketer (played in 1st WI Test side 1928), dies
  • Jul 30 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1860)
  • Aug 5 Joannes D M Cornelissen, historian (Johann de White), dies
  • Aug 8 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (b. 1872)
  • Aug 13 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist, dies
  • Aug 19 Ernst Laqueur, Dut chemist/psychologist (sexual hormones), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Franz VM Cumont, Belgian religious historian, dies at 79
  • Aug 21 Ettore Bugatti, Italian/French car manufacturer, dies
  • Aug 25 Clark Wissler, US cultural anthropologist, dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1917)
  • Sep 1 Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international Scouting movement (b. 1861)
  • Sep 6 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer, dies at 76
  • Sep 12 Harry Rowe Shelley, composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 20 Fiorello H La Guardia, (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45), dies
  • Sep 21 Harry Carey Sr, actor/director (Red River, Sundown), dies at 69
  • Sep 23 Nikola Petkov, leader of Bulgaria Boer party, hanged
  • Sep 26 Hugh Lofting, writer (Gub Gub Book), dies at 61
  • Sep 28 Francisco Santiago, composer, dies at 58
  • Sep 28 William B Davidson, dies
  • Oct 2 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • Oct 4 Max Planck, German physicist (constantly of P, Nobel 1918), dies at 89
  • Oct 6 Leevi Antti Madetoya, composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 12 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicketkeeper (WI Test 1930), dies at 42
  • Oct 13 Sydney Webb, England, writer/husband of Beatrice Potter, dies
  • Oct 26 Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)
  • Oct 29 Frances Cleveland Preston, former 1st lady (1885-89 93-97), dies at 83
  • Oct 29 Theodore Samuel Holland, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 1 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1917)
  • Nov 6 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Paradisets Have), dies at 66
  • Nov 11 Martin Dibelius, German theologist (That Drawer Jahwes), dies at 64
  • Nov 12 Emmuska Orczy, British author (Scarlet Pimpernel), dies at 82
  • Nov 14 Joseph Allard, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1873)
  • Nov 17 Ricarda Huch, German writer and historian "First Lady of German humanism", dies at 83
  • Nov 17 Victor Serge, Russian anarchist, novelist, and historian (b. 1890)
  • Nov 20 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, dies at 26
  • Nov 25 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (b. 1876)
  • Nov 28 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, WW II hero (liberator of Paris), dies at 44
  • Nov 30 Earnest Lubitsch, actor/director (Anna Boleyn, Ninotchka), dies
  • Dec 1 Aleister Edward S Crowley, British occultist, dies at 72
  • Dec 1 Hardy, mathematician, dies
  • Dec 7 Nicholas M. Butler, American university president, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1862)
  • Dec 7 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866)
  • Dec 13 Nicholas Roerich, Russian-born painter (b. 1874)
  • Dec 14 Franz Zorell, German RC lexicographer, dies at 84

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Dec 14 Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), dies at 80

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • Dec 14 Edward Higgins, General of The Salvation Army (b. 1864)
  • Dec 15 Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • Dec 22 Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (b. 1902)
  • Dec 25 Gaspar G. Bacon, was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
  • Dec 28 Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 29 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian/general, dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Han [Henricus A] van Meegeren, Dutch painter/art forger, dies at 58
  • Dec 31 Franz X Ritter von Epp, German General (SW Africa), dies at 79