Famous Deaths in 1955

  • Jan 2nd Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
  • Jan 4th Dominicus Johner, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 4th Francois Rasse, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 4th Jan D Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard, Dutch preacher, dies at 84
  • Jan 7th Gerald Hartigan, cricketer (S Afr batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies
  • Jan 7th Arthur Keith, Scottish Anthropologist, dies at 88
  • Jan 11th Rodolfo Graziani, Italian East-Africa Minister of Defense, dies at 72
  • Jan 15th Yves Tanguy, French/American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • Jan 17th Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch minister (1908-13), dies at 94
  • Jan 17th J A Veraart, economist, dies at 68
  • Jan 17th Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
  • Jan 21st Maarten P Vrij, Dutch lawyer/criminologist/High Council, dies at 59
  • Jan 21st Archie Hahn, American athlete (b. 1880)
  • Jan 24th Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • Jan 27th Ernst Penzoldt, writer, dies
  • Jan 29th Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51
  • Jan 31st John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89
  • Feb 12th Tom Moore, actor (Ladies be Seated, Majority Rules), dies at 71
  • Feb 14th Charles Cuvillier, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 15th S Z Sakall, actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 71
  • Feb 17th Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian/US musicologist, dies at 52
  • Feb 18th Sadako Sasaki, School student(b. 1944)
  • Feb 23rd Paul Claudel, French poet/playwright (L'otage), dies at 86
  • Feb 25th Marij Kogoj, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 27th Tom Howard, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 66
  • Mar 5th Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania (b. 1888)
  • Mar 7th Tom Dugan, actor (Pick a Star), dies at 66
  • Mar 8th Clementine, Princess of Belg, wife of V Napoleon Bonaparte, dies at 82
  • Mar 9th Matthew A Henson, met Peary on 6/4/1909 at North Pole, dies at 88

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Mar 11th Alexander Fleming, English bacteriologist (penicillin), dies at 73

  • Mar 11th Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)
  • Mar 12th Charlie "Bird" Parker, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 34 in NYC
  • Mar 12th Theodor Plievier, writer, dies
  • Mar 13th Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvana Bir Bikram Yung Bahadur Shum Shere, dies
  • Mar 13th Yung Deva, king of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
  • Mar 16th Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 16th Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • Mar 21st Muriel Aked, dies at 67
  • Mar 22nd Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
  • Mar 23rd Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (b. 1875)
  • Mar 29th Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81
  • Apr 1st Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Il Teatro Italian), dies at 68
  • Apr 7th Theda Bara, actress (Camille, Cleopatra, 2 Orphans), dies at 62
  • Apr 10th Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 10th Teilhard de Chardin, French paleontologist and theologian (b. 1881)
  • Apr 16th Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded
  • Apr 18th Don Blackie, cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1928-29), dies at 46
  • Apr 18th Eugen Herrigel, Zen philosopher/scholar, dies in Germany at 70

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Apr 18th Albert Einstein, Nobel laureate (b. 1879)

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Apr 23rd Robert H Woltjer, classical/AR-First-Member of parliament, dies at 76
  • Apr 24th Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer/theater critic, dies at 79
  • Apr 25th Constance Collier, actress (Perils of Pauline), dies at 77
  • Apr 25th Paulus B Barth, Swiss painter/lithographer, dies at 73
  • Apr 28th Lode Cantens, Flemish playwrite (Gnomes of the City), dies at 43
  • May 2nd Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66
  • May 3rd Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • May 4th Georges Enescu, Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
  • May 4th Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
  • May 9th Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)

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May 10th Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • May 10th John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist (b. 1865)
  • May 11th G L Jessop, cricketer (match-winning batsman, brilliant field), dies
  • May 14th Betty Ann Davies, dies at 44
  • May 16th James Agee, US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in NY
  • May 17th Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • May 17th Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75
  • May 17th Leslie Hylton, cricketer (West Indies quickie 1939), hung for murder
  • May 18th Mary McLeod Bethune, educator & civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • May 29th Daniel G van Beuningen, art collector, dies at 78
  • May 31st "Wild Bill" Vukovich, killed in Indy 500
  • May 31st Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95
  • Jun 1st F Melius Christiansen, composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 1st Theo Frenkel, actor (Footlights, Hague's Comedy), dies
  • Jun 3rd Barbara Graham, American murderer (b. 1923)
  • Jun 6th Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (b. 1875)
  • Jun 11th Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered
  • Jun 11th Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 11th Walter Hampden, actor (Sabrina, 5 Fingers, Vagabond King), dies at 75
  • Jun 16th Ozias Leduc, Quebec painter (b. 1864)
  • Jun 18th Walter Rein, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 18th Willy Burkhard, composer, dies at 55
  • Jun 22nd Sadashiv Garpatrao Shinde, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies at 31
  • Jun 22nd Wyllis Cooper, TV narrator (Volume One), dies at 56
  • Jun 29th Max Pechstein, German painter/graphic artist (Oceania), dies at 73
  • Jul 2nd Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1873)
  • Jul 6th Paolo Gallico, composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 7th Franco Casavola, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 9th Don Beauman, British racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Jul 10th Henry W Methorst, Dutch director (Central Bureau of Statistic), dies
  • Jul 13th Beulah Ecton Woodard, US sculptor, dies at 59
  • Jul 13th Ruth Ellis, last English woman (murderess), executed by hanging
  • Jul 16th Jean de Merode, [Marie-Louise Courtenay], Belgian princess, dies at 81
  • Jul 17th Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 19th Koos [Jacobus J] Vorrink, Dutch soc-democrat (SDAP/AJC/PvdA), dies at 64
  • Jul 22nd Joseph Foley, actor (Mr Peepers), dies at 45
  • Jul 23rd Betsy van Es, Flemish actress (Un soir de joie), dies at 55
  • Jul 23rd Cordell Hull, statesman, dies
  • Jul 23rd Harry Haden, actor (Harry-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 73
  • Jul 25th Ilmari Hannikainen, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 25th Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 2nd Ruprecht, crown prince of Bayern/general-fieldmarshal, dies
  • Aug 2nd Wallace Stevens, US poet/writer (Owl's Clover), dies at 75
  • Aug 2nd Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1901)
  • Aug 5th Carmen Miranda, singer/actress (Down Argentine Way), dies at 42
  • Aug 5th Suzan (Susan) Ball, American actress, of cancer aged 21
  • Aug 9th Marion Eugene Bauer, composer, dies at 57

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Aug 12th Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • Aug 12th James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • Aug 14th Fiske Kimball, US architect/art historian, dies at 66
  • Aug 14th Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress (b. 1861)
  • Aug 23rd Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • Aug 27th Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies

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Aug 28th Emmett Till, kidnapped & lynched at 14, in Money Mississippi

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • Sep 1st Philip Loeb, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 61
  • Sep 2nd Rudolf Kattnigg, composer, dies at 60
  • Sep 7th Earnest Rabel, Austrian/US civil rights activist, dies at 81
  • Sep 7th Ham Fisher, American cartoonist (b. 1900)
  • Sep 8th John de Young, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 69
  • Sep 10th Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer, dies at 70
  • Sep 12th Gustave Vanzype, Belgian literary (La Gazette), dies at 86
  • Sep 14th F C Weiskopf, writer, dies
  • Sep 16th Leopold C M S Amery, Brit minister of Colonies (India), dies at 81
  • Sep 19th John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)
  • Sep 27th Henri Liebrecht, Belgian stagewriter/journalist, dies at 71
  • Sep 28th Arthur Donaldson, dies

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Sep 30th James Dean, actor (Rebel Without a Cause), dies in a car crash at age 24

Actor James Dean
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James Dean
  • Sep 30th Michael Chekhov, actor (Rhapsody, Abie's Irish Rose), dies at 64
  • Oct 1st Charles Christie, American film studio owner (b. 1880)
  • Oct 2nd O B Clarence, actor (Penn of Pensnsylvania), dies
  • Oct 4th Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal, dies
  • Oct 9th Alice Joyce, actress (Song O' My Heart), dies at 65
  • Oct 13th Manuel Ávila Camacho, President of Mexico (b. 1897)
  • Oct 15th Fumio Hayasaka, composer, dies at 41
  • Oct 18th Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, dies at 72
  • Oct 19th John Hodiak, actress (Lifeboat, Battleground), dies at 41
  • Oct 20th Eino Roiha, composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 21st Roy Minnett, cricketer (Australian all-rounder prior to WW I), dies
  • Oct 24th Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, British Anthropologist (Structural Functionalism and studies of Andaman Islanders and Australian Aborigines), dies at 74
  • Oct 26th Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27th Clark Griffith, baseball player/manager (NY Yankees), dies at 85
  • Oct 27th Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, composer, dies at 66
  • Nov 1st W H van Eemlandt, [Haasse], author (Treasure Hunter of Amstel), dies
  • Nov 1st Dale Carnegie, American writer (b. 1888)

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Nov 4th Cy Young, American baseball pitcher and MLB all-time wins leader, dies at 88

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Nov 5th Maurice Utrillo, French artist (b. 1883)
  • Nov 6th Charley Toorop, [Annie CP Fernhout-Toorop], Dutch painter, dies at 64
  • Nov 6th Cornelis GN de Vooys, translator, dies at 82
  • Nov 9th Tom Powers, actor (Station West, Destination Moon), dies at 65
  • Nov 11th John Loudon, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1913-18), dies at 87
  • Nov 12th Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (b. 1878)
  • Nov 14th Robert E Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), dies at 59
  • Nov 15th Lloyd Bacon, director (Fuller Brush Girl, 42nd Street), dies at 65
  • Nov 16th Tomasz Arciszewski, Polish premier (1944-47), dies at 88
  • Nov 17th James Price Johnson, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 22nd Joseph Guy Marie Ropartz, composer, dies at 91
  • Nov 22nd Shemp Howard, actor (3 Stooges), dies at 60
  • Nov 27th Arthur Honegger, Swiss composer (Cantate Noel), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Nov 27th Luis de Freitas Branco, composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 27th William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), dies at 74
  • Nov 30th Josip Slavenski, composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 3rd Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (b. 1894)
  • Dec 5th Paul Harvey, actor (Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73

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Dec 6th Honus Wagner, baseball player, dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Dec 8th Jacques Handschin, Swiss musicologist, dies at 69
  • Dec 9th Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (b. 1885)
  • Dec 11th Franz Adolf Syberg, composer, dies at 51
  • Dec 11th Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3 Monument), dies at 79
  • Dec 13th Egas Moniz, Portuguese psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
  • Dec 21st Dorothy Bernard, actress (Margaret-Life With Father), dies at 65
  • Dec 22nd Len Braund, cricketer (23 Tests for England 987 runs 47 wkts), dies
  • Dec 24th Nana Bryant, actress (Mrs Nestor - Our Miss Brooks), dies at 67
  • Dec 27th Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (b. 1881)
  • Dec 30th Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (b. 1913)