Famous Deaths in 1948

  • Jan 1st Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • Jan 1st Willem Louis Frederic Landre, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 7th Raoul Auernheimer, writer, dies
  • Jan 8th Kurt Schwitters, writer, dies at 60
  • Jan 8th Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • Jan 14th Anna "Ans" van Dike, Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
  • Jan 19th Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • Jan 21st Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 24th Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24th Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1901)
  • Jan 26th Ignaz Friedman, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 29th Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)


Jan 30th Mahatma Gandhi, India's political and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 30th Herb Pennock, pitcher (NY Yankees)/GM (Phillies), dies

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Jan 30th Orville Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies at 76

  • Feb 2nd Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • Feb 2nd Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (b. 1894)
  • Feb 5th Johann Blaskowitz, German gen (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • Feb 6th Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • Feb 7th "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
  • Feb 9th Karl Valentin, German comic/writer, dies at 65
  • Feb 10th Ewart Astill, cricket all-rounder (9 Tests for England 1927-30), dies
  • Feb 11th Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • Feb 14th Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Feb 21st Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 23rd John Robert Gregg, Irish-born publisher and inventor (b. 1866)
  • Mar 3rd Antonin Artaud, writer, dies at 51
  • Mar 4th Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • Mar 5th Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 6th Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 10th Jan Masaryk, Czech Foreign minister, commits suicide or is murdered
  • Mar 10th Zelda Fitzgerald, American artist, wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1900)
  • Mar 24th Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (b. 1885)
  • Mar 25th Warren Hymer, actor (Show Them No Mercy), dies at 42
  • Mar 26th Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • Mar 27th Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 29th Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (b. 1881)
  • Mar 31st Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62
  • Apr 8th Josef B Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • Apr 9th George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
  • Apr 9th Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (b. 1903)
  • Apr 14th Walter P Reuther, Pres (United Auto Workers), shot at his home
  • Apr 15th Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician (d. 1892)

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Apr 15th Philippine president Manuel Roxas, dies of heart attack at 56

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • Apr 17th Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
  • Apr 17th Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • Apr 21st Carlos Lopez Buchardo, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24th Joseph Wihtol, composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 24th Manuel Marua Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • Apr 24th Rosita Marstini, actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • May 1st Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • May 6th 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens
  • May 8th Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • May 8th U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • May 12th Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • May 15th Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • May 22nd Claude McKaye, Jamaican/US author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57
  • May 24th Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • May 24th Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • May 26th Theodore Morell, Hitler's personal physician (b. 1886)
  • May 28th Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer (b. 1914)
  • May 29th May Whitty, actress (Gaslight, Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), dies at 82
  • May 31st Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 1st Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • Jun 1st Alex Gard, Russian-born caricaturist (b. 1900)
  • Jun 2nd Viktor Brack, Nazi physician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 2nd Karl Brandt, personal physician of Adolf Hitler (b. 1904)
  • Jun 2nd Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (b. 1897)
  • Jun 2nd Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • Jun 2nd Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician (b. 1905)
  • Jun 6th Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)
  • Jun 7th Georges Adolphe Hue, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 8th Franz Carl Bornschein, composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 8th Hanson Carter, cricket (28 Tests for Aust, caught 44 stumped 21), dies
  • Jun 14th Ernst Henrik Ellberg, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14th John Blackwood McEwen, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 20th George Frederick Boyle, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 25th William C. Lee, U.S. general (b. 1895)
  • Jun 26th Lilian Velez, Filipino actress (b. 1924)
  • Jun 27th George Templeton Strong, composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 30th Karl Wolfskehl, writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 3rd Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch SDAP-politician, dies at 90
  • Jul 3rd Quintin McMillan, cricketer (13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 4th Monteiro Lobato, Brazilian writer (b. 1882)
  • Jul 5th Carole Landis, US actress (1 Million BC, Topper Returns), dies at 29
  • Jul 5th G Bernanos, writer, dies at 60
  • Jul 5th Peter JM Aalberse, Dutch minister of Labor, dies at 77
  • Jul 8th Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • Jul 9th James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44
  • Jul 11th Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semite theologist, dies
  • Jul 11th King Baggot, actor (Tish, San Francisco), dies at 68
  • Jul 14th Palmiro Togliatti, Italy's CPI chairman, assassinated

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Jul 15th John J. Pershing [Blackjack], American general and WWI commander, dies of coronary artery disease at 87

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Jul 18th Herman Gummerus, Finnish historian and politician (b. 1877)
  • Jul 21st Arshile Gorky, abstract expressionist, dies at 43
  • Jul 21st Donald Nichols Tweedy, composer, dies at 58

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Jul 23rd D.W. Griffith, American director/producer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

Film director D. W. Griffith
Film director
D. W. Griffith
  • Jul 26th Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • Jul 27th Francesco Spetrino, composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 27th Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (b. 1898)
  • Jul 31st Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70
  • Aug 3rd Albert F Pollard, British historian (Evolution of parliament), dies at 78
  • Aug 10th E Ball-Hennings, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 10th Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(b. 1873)
  • Aug 10th Andrew Brown, Scottish football coach (b. 1870)
  • Aug 10th Montague Summers, English writer (b. 1880)
  • Aug 12th Harry Brearley, English inventor (b. 1871)
  • Aug 13th Edwin Maxwell, actor (Taming of the Shrew), dies at 62
  • Aug 13th Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (b. 1897)

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Aug 16th Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 17th Nico J Polak, Dutch economist, dies at 60
  • Aug 20th David John de Lloyd, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 26th Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • Aug 27th Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), dies at 74
  • Aug 27th Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
  • Aug 27th Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • Aug 31st Andrei A Zjdanov, Rus politician (against kosmopolitism), dies at 52
  • Aug 31st Billy Laughlin, American actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 2nd Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy (b. 1883)
  • Sep 3rd Eduard Benesj, president Czechoslovakia (1921-22, 35-48), dies
  • Sep 5th Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (b. 1881)
  • Sep 6th Gerrit H Kersten, vicar/founder (Calvinist Party), dies at 66
  • Sep 7th Henricus A Poels, Dutch RC theologist/social foreman, dies at 80
  • Sep 8th Thomas Mofolo, Lesotho writer (b. 1876)
  • Sep 11th Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), dies
  • Sep 11th Mohammed Ali Jinnah, 1st governor of Pakistan (1947-48), dies at 71
  • Sep 13th Paul Wegener, German actor/director (Golem, Svengali), dies at 73
  • Sep 16th Ferdinand I MKLM, prince of Saxony-Coburg/tsar of Bulgaria, dies
  • Sep 17th Count Folke Bernadotte, UN mediator for Palestine, assassinated
  • Sep 17th Lillian Brainthwaite, British actress (Man About the House), dies at 75
  • Sep 17th Ruth Benedict, anthropoligst, dies
  • Sep 24th Warren William, actor (Fear, Wolf Man, Madame X), dies at 53
  • Sep 27th Frank Cellier, actor (Spider, Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade), dies at 64
  • Sep 28th E. J. Ratcliffe, English stage and screen actor, dies at 85
  • Sep 28th Gregg Toland, cinematographer, dies at 44

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Sep 30th Edith Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, dies at 87

First Lady of the United States Edith Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Edith Roosevelt
  • Oct 12th Alfred Kerr, German-British writer, dies at 80
  • Oct 12th Susan Sutherland Isaacs, educational psychologist and psychoanalyst (b. 1885).
  • Oct 13th Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), dies at 73
  • Oct 15th Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • Oct 16th Henry Foley, cricketer (one Test for NZ, scored 2 & 2), dies
  • Oct 18th [Heinrich A H] Walther von Brauchitsch, German fieldmarshal, dies
  • Oct 22nd Augustyn Hlond, Polish cardinal, dies
  • Oct 23rd Eugeniusz Morawsky-Dabrowa, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 24th Franz Lehar, Austrian/Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78
  • Oct 31st Cissy van Marxfield, [Setske Beek-de Han], writer, dies
  • Nov 9th Edgar Kennedy, actor (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 58
  • Nov 10th Julius Curtius, German foreign minister (1929- ), dies at 71
  • Nov 12th Umberto Giordano, composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 16th Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American Inventor (elecrostatic precipitator), dies at 71
  • Nov 23rd Stanner E V Taylor, US director/writer (Lucky Jim, Ramona), dies at 71
  • Nov 23rd Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer, dies at 63
  • Nov 23rd Hack Wilson, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • Nov 24th Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 25th Charles D Brown, actor (Eve Knew Her Apples), dies at 61
  • Nov 25th Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)
  • Nov 30th Franco Vittadini, composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 4th Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies
  • Dec 7th Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 9th Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • Dec 14th Reginald Owen Morris, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 17th Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 18th Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers
  • Dec 20th C Aubrey Smith, actor (Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85
  • Dec 20th Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • Dec 21st Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged
  • Dec 23rd Hideki Tojo, Japan PM (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64
  • Dec 28th Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • Dec 31st Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63