Famous Deaths in January 1959

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 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 22 A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1929)
  • Jan 28 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • Jan 28 Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer, dies at 85