Famous Deaths in 1956

  • Jan 3rd Alexander Tikhonovich Gretshaninov, Russian/US composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 3rd Joseph Wirth, 5th Chancellor of the Weimar Republic (Germany) (b. 1876)
  • Jan 4th Alexandr Tikhonovich Grechaninov, composer, dies at 91
  • Jan 5th Jeanne F Bourgeois, French head mistress (Moulin Rouge), dies at 84
  • Jan 5th Mistinguett, French singer (b. 1875)
  • Jan 8th Jim Elliot, American Christian missionary (b. 1928)
  • Jan 10th Henricus P Bremmer, Dutch art historian (Beeldende Kunst), dies at 84
  • Jan 10th Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum), dies at 64
  • Jan 12th John Raedecker, Dutch sculptor (WW II Monument Amsterdam), dies at 70
  • Jan 12th Norman Kerry, actor (Air Eagles, Phantom of Opera), dies at 61
  • Jan 14th Siegfried F Nadel, Aust/Brit anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52
  • Jan 21st Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • Jan 22nd P A M Speet, Dutch broadcast CEO (KRO), dies
  • Jan 23rd Alexander Korda, English movie producer (Henry VIII), dies at 62
  • Jan 27th Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor, dies

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Jan 29th H[enry] L[ouis] Mencken, US essayist/critic (Smart Set), dies at 75

Journalist and Critic H. L. Mencken
Journalist and Critic
H. L. Mencken
  • Jan 30th Gerrit Mannoury, mathematician/philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jan 30th Jane Seymour, actress (Young Mr Bobbin), dies at 56

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Jan 31st A.A. Milne, English author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, dies at 74

Author A.A. Milne
Author
A.A. Milne
  • Feb 2nd Charley Grapewin, actor (Ellery Queen), dies at 86
  • Feb 2nd Pyotr Konchalovsky, Russian painter (b. 1876)
  • Feb 3rd Émile Borel, French mathematician (b. 1871)
  • Feb 3rd Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4th Leendert A Donker, Dutch soc dem party-minister of Justice, dies at 56
  • Feb 4th Peder Gram, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 5th Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74

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Feb 8th Connie Mack, baseball manager (Phila A's, 1901-50), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Feb 18th Gustave Charpentier, French opera composer (Louise), dies at 95
  • Feb 21st Edwin Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 26th Herman Courtens, Belgian baron/painter, dies at 72
  • Feb 27th Frank Dailey, orchestra leader (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 54
  • Feb 27th Gunther Ramin, German organist/composer/choir conductor, dies at 57
  • Feb 28th Emile Buisson, French murderer executed (b. 1902)

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Feb 29th Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65

6th President of the Philippines Elpidio Quirino
6th President of the Philippines
Elpidio Quirino
  • Mar 2nd Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (b. 1888)
  • Mar 3rd Willem H Keesom, Dutch physicist (Helium I/II), dies at 79
  • Mar 5th Erich Itor Kahn, composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 11th Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 16th Joseph John Richards, composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 17th Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61

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Mar 17th Irene Joliot-Curie, French physicist (Nobel laureate 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies at 58

Physicist/Chemist Irene Joliot-Curie
Physicist/Chemist
Irene Joliot-Curie
  • Mar 18th Friedrich Panzer, German germanist (Hilde-Gudrun), dies at 85
  • Mar 18th Louis Bromfield, writer, dies at 59
  • Mar 22nd George A L Sarton, Belgian/US historian, dies at 71
  • Mar 24th Edmund Taylor Whittaker, British mathematician (applied mathematics and the theory of special functions), dies at 82
  • Mar 25th George Luther Foote, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 25th Robert Newton, actor (Henry V, Odd Man Out), dies at 50
  • Mar 26th Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 27th Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 84
  • Mar 29th Infante Alfonso of Spain (b. 1941)
  • Mar 31st Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (b. 1884)
  • Apr 2nd Albert MLA de Bassompierre, Belgium ambassador to Tokyo, dies at 82
  • Apr 2nd Chester Clute, actor (Niagara Falls), dies at 65
  • Apr 2nd Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter, dies at 59
  • Apr 3rd T Kostov, Bulgarian vice-premier, executed
  • Apr 10th Bozidar Sirola, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 10th Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
  • Apr 10th Jozef Szulc, composer, dies at 81
  • Apr 15th Emile Nolde [Hansen], German painter (Grablegung Christi), dies at 88
  • Apr 19th Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • Apr 19th Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II), dies at 47
  • Apr 19th Leon N H Jungschlaeger, head milt intelligence Neth-Indies, dies at 52
  • Apr 20th Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies
  • Apr 20th Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78
  • Apr 21st Charles MacArthur, American writer (b. 1895)
  • Apr 24th Albrecht G Alt, German theologist (Small Schriften), dies at 72
  • Apr 24th Henry Stephenson, actor (Conquest, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • Apr 26th Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • Apr 29th Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 30th Alben W Barkley, (VP-D-1949-53), dies at 78
  • May 5th Charles R Gallas, lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
  • May 11th Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79
  • May 12th Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87
  • May 12th Louis Calhern, dies at 61
  • May 12th Vladimir Ambros, composer, dies at 65
  • May 13th Aleksandr A Fadejev, Russ author (Young Guard), commits suicide at 54
  • May 15th Austin Osman Spare, English magician (b. 1886)
  • May 16th H. B. Reese, American founder of Reese's (b. 1876)
  • May 18th Maurice Tate, cricketer (39 Tests for England, 155 wickets), dies
  • May 20th Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • May 20th Max Beerbohm, caricturist/writer (Yet Again), dies
  • May 24th Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74
  • May 26th Al Simmons, outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • May 29th Albert H Edelkoort, theologist (Christusverwachting), dies at 65
  • May 29th Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73
  • Jun 2nd Jean Hersholt, actress (Emma, Grand Hotel, Greed), dies at 69
  • Jun 4th Max Kowalski, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 4th Katherine MacDonald, American actress (b. 1881)
  • Jun 6th Margaret Wycherly, actress (Claudia), dies at 74

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Jun 6th Hiram Bingham, American Archaeologist (Incan site of Machu Picchu), dies at 80

Archaeologist and Explorer Hiram Bingham
Archaeologist and Explorer
Hiram Bingham
  • Jun 7th Julien Benda, Fren philosopher/writer (La trahison des clercs), dies
  • Jun 8th Marie Laurencin, French painter (b. 1883)
  • Jun 11th Corrado Alvaro, Italian writer (Poesie grigio-verdi), dies at 61
  • Jun 11th Ralph Morgan, actor (Creeper, Imposter, Jack London), dies at 73
  • Jun 17th Paul Rostock, German doctor (b. 1892)
  • Jun 17th Bob Sweikert, American racing driver (b. 1926)
  • Jun 19th Lulu [Luise] Strauss und Torney, German poet/writer, dies at 82
  • Jun 19th Thomas J. Watson, American businessman (IBM) (b. 1874)
  • Jun 23rd Reyngol'd Moritsevich Glier, composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 23rd Reinhold Glière, Russian composer (b. 1875)
  • Jun 25th Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations, dies at 77
  • Jun 26th Clifford Brown, US jazz trumpeter (Joyspring, Jordu), dies at 25
  • Jun 29th Johan[nes F] Bakker Jr, actor, dies at 62
  • Jul 7th Gottfried Benn, writer, dies at 70
  • Jul 8th Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart, dutch min of Justice (Nobel 54), dies
  • Jul 8th Giovanni Papini, Italian author/poet (Un Uomo Finito), dies at 75
  • Jul 10th Joe Giard, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jul 12th Maurice Lippens, Belgian governor of Congo (1921-23), dies at 80
  • Jul 13th Vladimir Grigor'yevich Zakharov, composer, dies at 54
  • Jul 14th Jaroslav Ridky, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 18th Willem J A Kerncamp, Dut overseas minister (Islam & Woman), dies at 57
  • Jul 20th Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
  • Jul 20th James Alexander Calder, Canadian politician (b. 1868)
  • Jul 26th Miguel Bernal Jiminez, composer, dies at 46
  • Jul 27th J M M Commaille, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa 1910-28), dies
  • Jul 28th Ludwig Klages, German philosopher/graphologist, dies at 83
  • Jul 29th Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (Study of Graves), dies at 83
  • Aug 2nd Albert Woolson, last veteran US Union army, dies at 109

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Aug 11th Jackson Pollock, abstract artist, dies in auto accident (East Hampton)

  • Aug 13th Harry Donnan, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1891-96), dies
  • Aug 14th Bertold Brecht, German poet and playwright (Mother Courage), dies at 58
  • Aug 14th Freiherr Constantine von Neurath, German foreign min (1932-38), dies
  • Aug 15th Constantine Freiherr von Neurath, German foreign minister, dies at 83

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Aug 16th Bela Lugosi, actor (Dracula), dies of heart attack at 73

  • Aug 23rd ... Kennedy, daughter of future Pres Kennedy, dies same day
  • Aug 24th Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director (b. 1898)
  • Aug 25th Alfred C Kinsey, American biologist, zoologist and sexologist ("The Kinsey Reports"), dies at 62 from a heart ailment and pneumonia
  • Aug 26th Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist (b. 1881)
  • Aug 30th Jose Antonio de Donostia, composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 6th Felix Borowski, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 7th Charles Burgess Fry, English athlete/cricketer/journalist, dies at 84
  • Sep 8th Gerrit Bolkestein, Dutch minister of Education (1939-4.), dies at 84
  • Sep 8th Vital Celen, Flemish writer ('t Pastoorke van Vossendonck), dies at 69

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Sep 11th Billy Bishop, Canadian pilot in World War I (b. 1894)

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • Sep 12th Hans Carossa, German writer (b. 1878)
  • Sep 12th Sándor Graf Festetics, Hungarian politician (b. 1882)
  • Sep 15th Henry Clough-Leiter, composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 17th Mildred E "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, (Olympic-gold-1932), dies at 42
  • Sep 18th Adélard Godbout, premier of Quebec (b. 1892)
  • Sep 21st Anastasio Somoza, Nicaraguan dictator, assassinated by Roliberto Lopez
  • Sep 21st Robert Mills Delaney, composer, dies at 53

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Sep 22nd Frederick Soddy, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 79

Nobel Laureate Chemist Frederick Soddy
Nobel Laureate Chemist
Frederick Soddy
  • Sep 23rd Earl Godwin, newscaster (Meet the Veep), dies at 75
  • Sep 26th Lucien Febvre, French historian (Un Destin, Martin Luther), dies at 78
  • Sep 27th Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis
  • Sep 27th Milburn Apt, in X-2 rocket plane reaches 3370 kph, but, dies in crash
  • Sep 27th Babe Didrikson-Zaharias, American Hall of Fame athlete, dies of colon cancer at 45
  • Oct 1st Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36
  • Oct 2nd George Bancroft, actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
  • Oct 2nd Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
  • Oct 6th Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42
  • Oct 7th Clarence Birdseye, American inventor (b. 1886)
  • Oct 8th Dirk Koster, literary (New noises), dies at 69
  • Oct 9th Marie Doro, American actress (b. 1882)
  • Oct 16th Jules Rimet, president of FIFA (b. 1873)
  • Oct 17th Anne Crawford, British film actor (b. 1920)
  • Oct 19th Isham Jones, American musician (b. 1894)
  • Oct 24th Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
  • Oct 25th Risto Ryti, Finnish minister/premier/president, dies at 67
  • Oct 26th Walter Gieseking, German pianist/composer, dies at 60

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Oct 30th Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), dies at 83

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja
  • Nov 1st Lajos Asztalos, International Chess Master (1950), dies at 67
  • Nov 1st Pietro Badoglio, 41st Prime Minister of Italy (1943-44) and Italian General (1922-43), dies at 85
  • Nov 2nd Jacob Weinberg, composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 2nd Leo Baeck, Pres of World Union for Progressive Judaism, dies at 83
  • Nov 4th Art[hur] Tatum, US jazz pianist/composer, dies at 46
  • Nov 5th Art Tatum, African American pianist, dies at 46 in Los Angeles
  • Nov 5th Art Tatum, American musician (b. 1909)
  • Nov 7th Una Mae Carlisle, US pianist/singer, dies at 40

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Nov 10th Harry Ford Sinclair, founder of Sinclair Oil, dies at 80

Founder of Sinclair Oil Harry Ford Sinclair
Founder of Sinclair Oil
Harry Ford Sinclair
  • Nov 11th Victor Young, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 56
  • Nov 12th Gerhard Alexander, actor (One Zomerzotheid), dies at 49
  • Nov 19th Francis L Sullivan, actor (Joan of Arc, Winslow Boy), dies at 53
  • Nov 22nd Vincent (Moro-)Giafferi, French criminal (Caillaux/Landru), dies
  • Nov 22nd Theodore Kosloff, Russian-born choreographer (b. 1882)
  • Nov 23rd Jeanne Cappe, Belgian author (Tres Grand Cardinal), dies at about 61
  • Nov 24th Guido Cantelli, Italian conductor (b. 1920)
  • Nov 26th Tommy Dorsey, big bandleader, dies at 51
  • Dec 4th Alexandr Rodchenko, Russian painter and photographer (b. 1891)
  • Dec 6th Dr. Bhimji Ramji Ambedkar, Indian Minister of Law and architect of The Constitution of India (b. 1891)
  • Dec 7th Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor (b. 1887)
  • Dec 8th Edgar Leslie Bainton, composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 9th Hans Barth, composer, dies at 59
  • Dec 12th Lorenzo Perosi, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 14th Juho Kusti Paasikivi, president of Finland (b. 1870)
  • Dec 16th Nina Hamnett, Welsh artist (b. 1890)
  • Dec 17th Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of Pecos), dies at 48
  • Dec 20th Ramon Carrillo, Argentine neuroscientist and Public Health minister (b. 1906)
  • Dec 21st Lewis M Terman, psychologist (Genetic studies of genius), dies at 79
  • Dec 25th Robert Walser, writer, dies at 78
  • Dec 26th Holmes Herbert, actor (The Kiss), dies at 74
  • Dec 27th Lambert McKenna, Irish editor and lexicographer. (b. 1870)
  • Dec 28th Roelof Kranenburg, Dutch social democratic party-chairman, dies at 76
  • Dec 29th Martin Albertz, German theologist (Jesus Christ's Church), dies at 73