1928 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 173

  • Jan 1 1st US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio
  • Jan 1 Algemeene Vereeniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) begins broadcasting (Neth)
  • Jan 6 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Mortalium animos (against oecumene)
  • Jan 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Marco Millions" premieres in NYC

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Jan 10 Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Jan 12 Philip Barry & Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 17 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
  • Jan 23 "The Adventure of the Good Soldier Schweik" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 28 Christopher Hornsrud chosen PM of Norway
  • Jan 30 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US
  • Jan 30 Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 31 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company

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Feb 3 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Davidson Black
  • Feb 7 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
  • Feb 8 1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale, NY
  • Feb 8 Scottish inventor Joh Logie Baird demonstrates colourTV
  • Feb 19 Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
  • Feb 22 1st solo England to Australia flight lands (Bert Hinkler)
  • Mar 4 "Bunion Run" race from LA to NYC begins; It is won by Andy Payne
  • Mar 5 Karl Zuckmayer's "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 10 Christine Collins' son, Walter Collins, disappears in Los Angeles
  • Mar 12 In California, the St. Francis Dam fails, killing over 600 people.

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Mar 15 Benito Mussolini modifies Italy electoral system (abolishes right to choose)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Mar 27 KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 27 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 27 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 29 Yeshiva College (now University) chartered (NYC)

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Apr 1 Chiang Kai-shek's army crosses Yang-tse

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed" premieres in Pasadena
  • Apr 9 Turkey passes separation of church & state
  • Apr 13 1st trans atlantic flight Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hunefeld-Köhl)
  • Apr 14 Maddus Airlines starts 1st regular passenger flights between SF & LA
  • Apr 15 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (SF) forms
  • Apr 19 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • Apr 19 Yanks are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
  • Apr 19 The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  • Apr 24 Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented
  • Apr 25 Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank
  • Apr 26 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition opens in London
  • Apr 30 Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)
  • May 1 6 children die & 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • May 1 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • May 1 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
  • May 1 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
  • May 2 KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • May 3 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • May 7 The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21
  • May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for "Bridge of San Luis Rey"
  • May 11 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
  • May 12 Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy
  • May 12 Second Opium Law introduced - international law to control drugs
  • May 14 John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab & suffers a broken leg
  • May 19 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather Pa coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners
  • May 19 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, Cal)
  • May 22 US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
  • May 23 Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die
  • May 24 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A's 9-7
  • May 24 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again
  • May 26 A's commit 7 errors & lose to Yanks 7-4
  • May 28 Dodge Brothers Inc & Chrysler Corp merged
  • May 29 Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car
  • May 31 1st aerial crossing of Pacific takes off from Oakland
  • Jun 2 Velveeta Cheese created by Kraft
  • Jun 4 President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents.
  • Jun 8 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)
  • Jun 9 Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 14 Republican National Convention, meeting in KC, nominates Herbert Hoover for President

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

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Jun 17 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • Jun 18 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales
  • Jun 24 With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada.
  • Jun 25 NY Giant Fred Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader
  • Jun 28 Alfred E Smith (NY-Gov) nominated for US president at Democratic Convention
  • Jun 28 Friedrich Schmiedl attempted rocket mail in Austria (unsuccessful)
  • Jun 29 The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened.
  • Jun 30 Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards
  • Jul 2 British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 - the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)
  • Jul 3 1st colour TV broadcast in London (John Logie Baird)
  • Jul 6 1st all-talking motion picture shown in NY (Lights of NY)
  • Jul 6 Worlds largest record hailstone 1.5 lbs (7 inchs in diameter) at the time falls in Potter, Nebraska
  • Jul 7 Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.
  • Jul 10 Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
  • Jul 19 King Fuad of Egypt siezes power and disbands parliament
  • Jul 20 The government of Hungary issues a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, and subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians.
  • Jul 26 Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
  • Jul 27 AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms
  • Jul 27 Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July.

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Jul 29 Test footage first created for Walt Disney's "Steamboat Willie" with Mickey Mouse

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney

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Jul 30 George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US)

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
  • Aug 2 Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • Aug 13 Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins
  • Aug 14 Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur's "Front Page," premieres in NYC
  • Aug 27 16 die in a NYC subway's 2nd worst accident

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Aug 27 Kellogg-Briand Pact, 60 nations agree to condemn 'recourse to war for the solution of international controversies'.

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
  • Aug 30 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India
  • Sep 1 Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as king
  • Sep 6 USSR signs Briand-Kellogg-pact
  • Sep 7 Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 12 -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000
  • Sep 12 Katharine Hepburn's NY stage debut in "Night Hostess"
  • Sep 13 KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 324

  • Jan 1 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philanthropist (Edhi Foundation), born in Bantva, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • Jan 2 Dan Rostenkowski, (Rep-D-Il, -94)
  • Jan 2 Gerhard Amanshauser, writer
  • Jan 2 Harry Hyams, English immovable goods owner (Center Point)
  • Jan 2 Vaughn Beals, CEO (Harley Davidson motorcycle), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 2 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • Jan 2 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • Jan 3 Frank Ross Anderson, Canada, International Chess Master (1954)
  • Jan 5 Walter Fritz Mondale, (Sen-D-Minn)/42nd VP (1977-81)
  • Jan 5 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, 4th President and 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Jan 6 George H. Ross, American businessman
  • Jan 8 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet and editor (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Fernand J St Germain, (Rep-D-RI, 1961- )
  • Jan 9 Judith Krantz, author (Scruples, Princess Daisy, Dazzle), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Donald Brooks, fashion designer (Emmy 1983)
  • Jan 10 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 11 David L Wolper, producer (Devil's Brigade)
  • Jan 14 Gerald Arpino, choreographer, born in Staten Island, New York
  • Jan 14 Garry Winogrand, American photographer (d. 1984)
  • Jan 16 John William Fozard, aircraft designer
  • Jan 16 William Kennedy, US writer

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Jan 17 Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist/CEO (Vidal Sasson), born in London, England (d. 2012)

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon
  • Jan 19 Dainin Katagiri, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jan 20 Peter Donat, Kentville Nova Scotia, (Flamingo Road, Different Story)
  • Jan 22 Birch Bayh, American politician, Senator (D) Indiana (1963-81), wrote 2 amendments to US constitution born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Jan 22 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian (d. 2004)
  • Jan 24 Desmond Morris, English zoologist (Human Ape, Body Language)
  • Jan 25 Eduard Shevardnadze, Soviet Georgia, foreign minister of USSR (-91)
  • Jan 25 Jérôme Choquette, Quebec lawyer and politician
  • Jan 26 Gene Snyder, (Rep-R-KY, 1963-65, 67- )
  • Jan 26 Roger Vadim, France, director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)
  • Jan 27 Hans Modrow, a German politician, premier of East Germany
  • Jan 28 MG Falcon, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Jan 28 Martin Sinnatt, Major-General/secretary (Kennel Club)
  • Jan 28 Slade Gorton, (Sen-R-WA, 1981- )
  • Jan 29 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician
  • Jan 31 Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
  • Jan 31 Richard Buckley, royal equerry
  • Jan 31 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, born in Bridgwater, Somerset
  • Feb 1 Eric Evans, Dean (St Paul's)
  • Feb 1 Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist/photographer
  • Feb 1 Sam Edwards, physicist
  • Feb 1 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, born in Tenby, Wales (d. 1996)
  • Feb 1 Tom Lantos, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
  • Feb 2 Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, PM of Italy (1988-89)
  • Feb 5 Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
  • Feb 5 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar
  • Feb 8 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, lawyer
  • Feb 9 Frank Frazetta, American illustrator
  • Feb 9 Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • Feb 10 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973- )
  • Feb 11 Archibald Forster, CEO (Esso UK)
  • Feb 14 Ben Garrido Blaz, (Rep-R-Guam, 1985- )
  • Feb 14 Juan Garcia Hortelano, Spanish author (Tormenta de verano)
  • Feb 20 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • Feb 23 David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort, British peer
  • Feb 23 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A)
  • Feb 24 Michael Harrington, socialist/author (Fragments of Century), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 25 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
  • Feb 25 Richard Stern, US writer
  • Feb 26 Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16)
  • Feb 27 Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel, (d. 2014)
  • Feb 29 McHenry Boatwright, signer
  • Feb 29 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner
  • Feb 29 Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
  • Mar 1 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, born in Pretoria (d. 2016)
  • Mar 2 Father John Romanides, Greek priest and professor (d. 2001)
  • Mar 3 Gudrun Pausewang, Eastern Bohemia, German writer
  • Mar 9 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 10 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • Mar 11 Peter Roger Hunt, director (Dr No), born in London, England

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Mar 12 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia (d. 2016)

Playwright Edward Albee
Edward Albee
  • Mar 12 Phil Jones, principal (Trinity College of Music)
  • Mar 12 Roland Moyle, British deputy chairman (Police Complaints Authority)
  • Mar 12 Thérèse Lavoie-Roux, Quebec politician and senator
  • Mar 14 Frank Borman, astronaut (Gem 7, Ap 8)/CEO (Eastern Airline), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 17 William John McKeag, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • Mar 18 Fidel V Ramos, pres (Phillipines)
  • Mar 18 William R Boggs, Georgia, Brig Gen/chief of engineers under Bragg
  • Mar 18 Julia Mullock, Princess of Korea
  • Mar 19 Hans Küng, Swiss theologian
  • Mar 20 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book)
  • Mar 21 James W Kinnear, CEO (Texaco), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 21 Peter Hacks, German playwright (Tie Windloch)
  • Mar 22 Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer
  • Mar 22 Bill Archer, (Rep-R-TX, 1971- )
  • Mar 22 DC Ingman, CEO (British Waterways Board
  • Mar 22 Dmitri Antonovitch Volkogonov, soldier/historian
  • Mar 22 Carrie Donovan, American fashion editor (d. 2001)
  • Mar 22 E.D. Hirsch. American social commentator
  • Mar 23 11th duke of Beaufort, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • Mar 23 Alfred Morris, British MP
  • Mar 25 James A Lovell Jr, American astronaut (Gemini 7, 12, Apollo 8, 13), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 25 Hilton Kramer, Gloucester, Massachusetts, art critic, (d. 2012)
  • Mar 27 Douglas Applegate, (Rep-D-OH, 1977- )
  • Mar 28 Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor (Carter), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Mar 28 Alexander Grothendieck, German mathematician
  • Mar 29 Vincent Gigante, American mafioso (d. 2005)
  • Mar 30 Richard Trant, British general
  • Mar 30 Tom Sharpe, English historian/author (Riotous Assembly, Want), (d. 2013)

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 2 Photographer Ansel Adams (25) weds Virginia Best in Yosemite Valley

Photographer Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 6 Industrialist Oskar Schindler (19) weds Emilie Schindler (20) in Svitavy, Czech Republic

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 16 New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey (26) weds stage actress Frances Eileen Hutt

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi

Deaths in History

  • Jan 11 Thomas Hardy, English novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd) and poet, dies near Dorchester at 87
  • Jan 12 Ruth Snyder, 1st woman to die in electric chair
  • Jan 13 Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer, dies at 57
  • Jan 21 George Goethals, American army engineer (b. 1858)
  • Jan 29 Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig/field marshal (WW I), dies at 66
  • Jan 30 Douglas Haig, British fieldmarshal (Sudan/Boer war/WW I), dies at 66
  • Jan 30 Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Danish scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
  • Feb 4 Hendrik A Lorentz, physicist (L transformation-Nobel 1902), dies at 74

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Feb 15 H. H. Asquith, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1908-16), dies at 75

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • Feb 29 Adolphe Appia, Swiss set designer/theorist, dies at 65
  • Feb 29 Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24), dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California (b. 1841)
  • Mar 3 Jan [Jean] T Toorop, Dutch graphic artist (3 Brides), dies at 69
  • Mar 7 Robert Abbe, American surgeon (b. 1851)
  • Mar 18 Paul van Ostaijen, Flemish writer (Outlawed), dies at 32
  • Mar 31 Gustave Ador, president of Austria (1919), dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Medardo Rosso, Italian sculptor (portraits), dies at 69
  • Apr 2 Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies
  • Apr 5 Jane Ellen Harrison, scholar/archaeologist, dies
  • Apr 7 Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher (b. 1873)
  • Apr 16 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman, founder of Henri Birks and Sons (b. 1840)
  • Apr 25 Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron general, dies at 49
  • Apr 29 Henrich Federer, Switz, writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61
  • May 4 Barry E Odell Pain, English writer (Punch), dies at 63
  • May 16 Edmund William Grosse, poet/author, dies
  • May 19 Max Scheler, German philosopher, dies at 53
  • May 22 William HT Gairdner, Engl missionary (Nile Mission Press), dies at 54
  • May 31 Ludwig Enneccerus, German leader, dies at 85
  • May 31 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian, dies at 60
  • Jun 3 Li Yüan-hung, Chinese general and political figure (b. 1864)
  • Jun 7 Chiang Tsolin, Chinese warlord of North-China, murdered
  • Jun 12 Salvador Diaz Miron, Mexicans poet, dies
  • Jun 14 Emmeline Pankhurst-Goulden, English feminist, dies
  • Jun 16 Dr. Mark Keppel, County Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928 (b. 1867)
  • Jun 17 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer/diplomat (Virulo, mocedades), dies

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Jun 18 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, dies in a plane crash while flying on a rescue mission in the Arctic at 55

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Jun 22 A. B. Frost, American illustrator (b. 1851)
  • Jul 17 Alvaro Obregon, general/President of Mexico, assassinated
  • Jul 17 Giovanni Giolitti, 5x premier of Italy (1892..1921), dies
  • Jul 20 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet (b. 1896)
  • Aug 7 Alphonse MAJ Ariëns, Dutch RC pastor/social worker, dies at 68
  • Aug 8 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Boer party), dies
  • Aug 9 Frederik II W, grand duke of Baden (1907-18), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Klabund, [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Spuk/Rasputin), dies at 37
  • Aug 29 Richard B Haldane, British viscount/lord-chancellor, dies at 72
  • Aug 30 Wilhelm Wien, Ger physicist (laws of motion, Nobel 1911), dies at 64
  • Sep 13 Italo Svevo, [Ettore Schmitz], Italian writer (Una Vita), dies at 66
  • Sep 29 Steinitz, mathematician, dies
  • Oct 22 Andrew Fisher, fifth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1862)
  • Oct 23 F A Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies

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Nov 6 Arnold Rothstein, US businessman/gambler, shot to death at 46

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • Nov 13 Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist, dies at 60
  • Nov 15 Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, American Geologist and educator, dies at 85
  • Nov 17 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)
  • Nov 21 Hermann Sudermann, German author (Frau Sorge), dies
  • Nov 26 Reinhard Scheer, German admiral (WW I), dies at 65
  • Dec 1 José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (b. 1888)
  • Dec 10 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator (b. 1868)
  • Dec 16 Elinor Wylie, American poet and writer (b. 1885)
  • Dec 21 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal (WW I, Caporetto), dies at 78