Famous Deaths in 1959

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  • Jan 6th Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 9th Paul Malengreau, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 11th Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
  • Jan 17th Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • Jan 20th Carl Switzer, actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang), shot to death at 31
  • Jan 21st Lamar Stringfield, composer, dies at 61

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Jan 21st Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Jan 22nd A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73
  • Jan 22nd Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1929)
  • Jan 28th Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • Jan 28th Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1st Madame Sul-To-Wan, [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85
  • Feb 2nd Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • Feb 3rd Big Bopper, rocker, dies in plane crash at 28

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Feb 3rd Buddy Holly, rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 3rd Richie Valens, rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • Feb 4th Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • Feb 5th Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
  • Feb 7th Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • Feb 7th Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • Feb 7th Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • Feb 8th William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
  • Feb 11th Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13th William L Axt, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 14th Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • Feb 15th Owen W Richardson, English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • Feb 17th Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • Feb 17th Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • Feb 18th Alfred Alessandrescu, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 18th Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, dies at 53
  • Feb 18th Jaroslav Kvapil, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 20th Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
  • Feb 22nd Helen Parrish, actress (Hour Glass), dies of cancer at 36
  • Feb 28th Maxwell Anderson, US dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70
  • Mar 2nd Eric Blore, actor (Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70

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Mar 3rd Lou Costello, comedian/actor (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • Mar 4th Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • Mar 6th Fred Stone, actor (Hideaway, Westerner), dies at 85
  • Mar 7th Arthur C Pigou, English economist (Economics of Welfare), dies
  • Mar 7th Hinsdale Smith, developer of roll-down auto windows, dies at 88
  • Mar 8th Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • Mar 11th Haydn Wood, English composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 15th Lester Young, American musician (b. 1909)
  • Mar 16th John Sailling, last documented Civil War vet, dies at 111
  • Mar 17th Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer, dies on 48th birthday
  • Mar 25th Billy Mayerl, composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 26th Raymond T Chandler, US detective writer (Long Goodbye), dies at 71
  • Mar 27th Grant Withers, actor (Oklahoma Annie), suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • Mar 28th James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • Mar 29th Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st president, dies
  • Mar 29th Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 30th Daniil Andreev, Russian writer and mystic (b. 1906)
  • Mar 30th Riccardo Zanella, president of Free State of Fiume (b. 1875)
  • Mar 31st Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), dies at 68
  • Apr 2nd Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery), dies at 79
  • Apr 4th Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
  • Apr 8th Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies

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Apr 9th Frank Lloyd Wright, US architect (Guggenheim Museum NY), dies at 89

  • Apr 12th Ernest Willem Mulder, composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 12th James Gleason, dies at 76
  • Apr 13th Eduard A van Beinum, Dutch musician/conductor, dies at 57
  • Apr 13th Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • Apr 16th Charles Halton, dies at 83
  • Apr 18th Irving Cummings Sr, actor/director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70
  • Apr 24th Jef van Hoof, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 27th Gordon Armstrong, inventor (baby incubator), dies
  • Apr 30th Armand Louis Joseph Marsick, composer, dies at 81
  • May 1st Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies

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May 5th Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, dies at 80

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
  • May 8th Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55
  • May 14th Sidney Bechet, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62
  • May 15th Berend van den Amstel, [Bernard CED Hattink], Dutch actor, dies at 56
  • May 16th Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69
  • May 16th Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • May 20th Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher, dies at 60
  • May 24th John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71
  • May 26th Ed Walsh, baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78
  • May 26th Joe Kelly, TV host (Quiz Kids), dies at 57
  • May 28th Bert Collins, cricketer (19 Tests for Aust 1920-26), dies
  • May 30th Thomas Carl Whitmer, composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 1st Sax Rohmer, English author (b. 1883)
  • Jun 3rd Ole Windingstad, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 4th Charles Vidor, director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • Jun 10th Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi (b. 1883)

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Jun 16th George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at 45

  • Jun 17th Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • Jun 18th Ethel Barrymore, [Blythe], actress (None but the lonely), dies at 79
  • Jun 20th Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • Jun 22nd Hermann Brill, German politician (b. 1895)
  • Jun 23rd Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 23rd Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • Jun 24th Lou Bandy, Dutch revue-artist (Life Ain't Bad), commits suicide at 69
  • Jun 25th Charles Starkweather, spree killer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 26th Audley Miller, cricketer (Test for England 1896), dies
  • Jun 29th A Cecil Snyder, Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, dies at 51
  • Jun 30th Lazare Saminsky, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 30th José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)
  • Jul 6th George Grosz, German cartoonist/painter (Ecce Homo), dies at 65
  • Jul 8th Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand, 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
  • Jul 11th C W L Parker, cricketer (3,776 1st-class wickets, 2nd best ever), dies
  • Jul 14th Grock, [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown/circus director, dies at 79
  • Jul 15th Ernest Bloch, Swiss/US composer (Macbeth), dies at 78
  • Jul 15th Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • Jul 15th Vance Palmer, Australian author (b. 1885)

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Jul 17th Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Jul 17th Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies
  • Jul 17th Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • Jul 20th Harry Fox II, dies at 77
  • Jul 25th Isaac Halevi Herzog, chief rabbi of Israel (1936-59), dies at 71
  • Jul 26th Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet/publisher (Amor), dies at 54
  • Aug 2nd Prospero Bisquertt, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 5th Edgar Guest, US poet/newspaperman, dies at 77
  • Aug 6th Preston Sturges, [Edmund Biden], US director/screenwriter, dies at 60
  • Aug 7th Armas Emmanuel Launis, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 9th Emil Frantisek Burian, composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 12th Mike O'Neill, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • Aug 13th Henry Garat, actor (Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • Aug 15th Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)
  • Aug 16th Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • Aug 16th William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • Aug 16th Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist (b. 1879)
  • Aug 19th Jacob Epstein, US/English sculptor/painter, dies at 78
  • Aug 20th Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, dies at 82
  • Aug 28th Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Czech composer (Hry o Marti), dies at 68
  • Aug 31st Charles Delaney, dies at 67
  • Sep 6th Edmund Gwenn, actor (Them, Java Head, Miracle on 34th St), dies at 83
  • Sep 6th Kay Kendall, British actress (Genevieve), dies of leukemia at 32
  • Sep 7th Maurice Duplessis, Québec Prime Minister (b. 1890)
  • Sep 9th Max d' Ollone, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 9th O'Neil Gordon Collie Smith, WI cricket all-rounder, dies in car crash
  • Sep 11th Paul Douglas, actor (Adventure Theater), dies at 52
  • Sep 13th Gilbert Adrian, costume designer, dies of heart attack at 56
  • Sep 14th Wayne Morris, actor (Kid Galahad), dies of heart attack at 45
  • Sep 17th Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director, dies at 39
  • Sep 20th Olin Howlin, actor (Swifty-Circus Boy), dies at 63
  • Sep 22nd Benjamin Peret, French writer/poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • Sep 22nd Jane Winton, actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), dies at 53
  • Sep 22nd Josef Matthias Hauer, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 25th Ennio Porrino, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 25th Helen Broderick, comedienne/actress (Swing Time, Top Hat), dies
  • Sep 25th S W R D Bandaranaike, Ceylon's PM, assassinated by a Buddhist monk
  • Sep 26th Solomon Bandaranaike, PM of Ceylon (1956-59), assassinated at 60
  • Sep 28th Gerard Hoffnung, German-born British artist/humorist/musician, dies at 34
  • Sep 28th Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • Sep 29th Bruce Bairnsfather, cartoonist, dies
  • Sep 29th Harold Huber, actor (I Cover Times Square), dies at 49
  • Sep 30th John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89
  • Sep 30th Taylor Holmes, actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81
  • Sep 30th Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89
  • Oct 3rd William Bishop, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life), dies at 42
  • Oct 6th Bernard Berenson, American art historian (b. 1865)
  • Oct 7th Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
  • Oct 7th PM Kassem of Iraq, assassinated
  • Oct 10th Friedrich, Prince of Liechtenstein, dies
  • Oct 11th Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • Oct 12th Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
  • Oct 13th K Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer (Concert Amsterdam), dies at 67
  • Oct 14th Errol Flynn, Australian-born US actor (Captain Blood), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Oct 15th Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1880)

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Oct 16th George Marshall, US army general, dies at 78

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Oct 18th Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • Oct 19th Boughera El Quafi, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1928), shot to death at 60
  • Oct 19th Stanley Bate, composer, dies at 45
  • Oct 20th Werner Krauss, actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75
  • Oct 23rd Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (b. 1871)
  • Oct 25th Bob Murphy, TV host (RFD America), dies at 42
  • Oct 28th Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies
  • Oct 28th Egon Kornauth, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 28th Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)
  • Oct 30th Blonde Dolly, [Sybille A J Niemans], society prostitute, dies at 33
  • Oct 31st Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)
  • Nov 1st Gershon Agron, mayor of Jerusalem, dies at 66
  • Nov 3rd Friedrich Niggli, composer, dies at 83

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Nov 6th Jose P. Laurel, Philippine president, dies of heart attack at 68

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • Nov 7th Victor McLaglen, actor (Gunga Din), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Nov 8th Frank Sherman Land, founder of DeMolay International (b. 1890)
  • Nov 9th Frederick Preston Search, composer, dies at 70
  • Nov 10th Lupino Lane, English actor (Deputy Drummer), dies at 67
  • Nov 14th Thomas Ross, actor (Without Limit), dies at 84
  • Nov 15th Alex Kennedy, cricketer (31 wkts in 5 Tests for England 1922-23), dies
  • Nov 17th Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • Nov 19th Edward C Tolman, US psychologist (behaviorism), dies
  • Nov 19th Gerard J Arbous, actor/publicist (Bohemian Amsterdam), dies at 83
  • Nov 19th Joseph Charbonneau, archbishop of Montreal (b. 1892)
  • Nov 21st Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50

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Nov 22nd Molla Mallory, eight-time U.S. Open tennis champion, dies at 75

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory
  • Nov 24th Lyman Bryson, educator (UN Casebook), dies at 71
  • Nov 24th Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • Nov 24th Dally Messenger, Australian rugby player (b. 1883)
  • Nov 26th Albert William Ketelby, composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 26th Albert Ketèlbey, British composer (b. 1875)
  • Nov 27th Gerard Philipe, actor/dir (La Ronde, Gambler), dies of cancer at 36
  • Nov 28th Lester Vail, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies on 59th birthday
  • Nov 29th Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Nov 29th Hans Henny Jahnn, writer, dies at 64
  • Dec 4th Rosetta Duncan, (Duncan Sisters), dies in an auto accident at 58
  • Dec 5th K S Duleepsinhji, cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies
  • Dec 6th Len Doyle, actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66
  • Dec 9th Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • Dec 10th Charles Jones, cricket batsman (WI in 4 Tests 1930-35, 63 runs), dies