1950 in History

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 323

  • Jan 1 Dutch government raises all wages 5%, minimally fl. 5 per week

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Jan 1 Ho Chi Minh begins offensive against French troops in Indo China

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • Jan 1 The state of Ajaigarh is ceded to the Government of India.
  • Jan 5 Carson McCuller's "Member of the Wedding" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 6 Britain recognizes Communist government of China
  • Jan 7 Hank Snow's 1st appearance on "Grand Ole Opry"
  • Jan 7 Mental health wing of Mercy Hospital burns, kills 41 (Davenport Ia)
  • Jan 12 Swedish tanker rams British submarine Truculent in Thames, 64 die
  • Jan 12 USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage
  • Jan 14 US recalls all consular officials from China
  • Jan 15 4,000 attend National Emergency Civil Rights Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 16 Belgium, Luxembourg & Netherlands recognize Israel
  • Jan 17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 18 Christopher Fry's "Venus Observed" premieres in London
  • Jan 19 Maiden flight by Canada's Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
  • Jan 20 Suriname becomes independent part in Realm of Netherlands
  • Jan 21 NY jury finds former State Dept official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

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Jan 21 T. S. Eliot's play "The Cocktail Party" premieres in NYC

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • Jan 23 3rd edition of Joseph Kane's Famous 1st Facts published
  • Jan 23 Israeli Knesset resolves Jerusalem is capital of Israel
  • Jan 23 Rebel army of cap Raymond Westerner occupies Bandung
  • Jan 25 73°F (23°C) highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in January
  • Jan 26 India becomes a republic, ceasing to be a British dominion
  • Jan 26 Constitution of India goes into effect
  • Jan 28 Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud

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Jan 31 US President Harry Truman publicly announces support for the development of a hydrogen bomb

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • Feb 1 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes
  • Feb 1 Urko Kekkonen elected president of Finland
  • Feb 3 Nuclear physicist Klaus Fuchs arrested on spying charges
  • Feb 4 4th British Empire Games open in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 7 Georges Bidault forms French government
  • Feb 7 Sen Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in US Department of State (equiv. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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Feb 7 United States formally recognizes the State of Vietnam as the legitimate government of Vietnam, with Bảo Đại as leader

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại

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Feb 9 Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with 205 communists

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • Feb 11 4th British Empire Games close in Auckland, New Zealand

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Feb 12 Albert Einstein warns against hydrogen bomb

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Feb 12 Sen Joe McCarthy claims to have list of 205 communist government employees
  • Feb 14 USSR & China sign peace treaty
  • Feb 15 WM Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" premieres in NYC

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Feb 15 Walt Disney's "Cinderella" released

Animator Walt Disney
Animator
Walt Disney
  • Feb 17 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center NY
  • Feb 19 Groundbreaking ceremony held for Mississippi Vocational College (later Mississippi Valley State University)
  • Feb 20 Dylan Thomas arrives in NYC for his 1st US poetry reading tour
  • Feb 20 WOL-AM in Washington, D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
  • Feb 24 Labour wins UK parliamentary election by 5 seats
  • Feb 26 Leonard Bernstein's "Age of Anxiety" premieres in NYC

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Feb 27 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Mar 1 Chiang Kai-shek resumed the presidency of National China on Taiwan
  • Mar 1 Klaus Fuchs sentenced to 14 years for atomic espionage (London)
  • Mar 1 USSR issues golden roubles
  • Mar 6 Silly Putty goes on sale in the US
  • Mar 7 Ice Pairs Championship at London won by K Kennedy & P Kennedy (USA)
  • Mar 7 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in London won by Alena Vrzanova CZE
  • Mar 7 Men Figure Skating Championship in London won by Richard Button (USA)
  • Mar 8 1st woman medical officer assigned to naval vessel (BR Walters)

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Mar 9 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Mar 12 Belgium votes (58%) for return of King Leopold III
  • Mar 12 Pope Pius XII encyclical "On combating atheistic propaganda"
  • Mar 13 General Motors reports net earnings of $656,434,232 (record)
  • Mar 14 FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program begins
  • Mar 15 NYC hires Dr Wallace E Howell as its official "rainmaker"
  • Mar 16 1st annual National Book Awards
  • Mar 17 Belgian government of Gaston Eyskens resigns due to constitutional crisis
  • Mar 17 Element 98 (Californium) announced
  • Mar 18 CCNY beats Bradley 69-61 for the NIT championship
  • Mar 19 City College of NY defeats Bradley to win the NIT
  • Mar 23 Sophocles Venizelos forms liberal Greek government
  • Mar 23 UN World Meteorological Org established
  • Mar 23 Frances Farmer is released from Western State Hospital
  • Mar 24 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Yvonne C Sherman
  • Mar 24 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • Mar 27 Netherlands recognizes People's Republic of China
  • Mar 30 Phototransistor invention announced, Murray Hill, NJ
  • Apr 4 Dirk Stikker becomes chairman of OES
  • Apr 5 Prague espionage trial against bishops & priests begins

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Apr 6 John Foster Dulles becomes advisor to US Secretary of State Acheson

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Apr 9 4th Tony Awards: Cocktail Party & South Pacific win

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Apr 9 Bob Hope's 1st TV appearance

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • Apr 11 Prince Rainier III becomes ruler of Monaco
  • Apr 11 US B-29 bomber shot down over Latvia
  • Apr 14 1st edition of British comic "Eagle"
  • Apr 14 Doorne's Auto factory opens in Netherlands
  • Apr 18 1st opening night-game, Cards beat Pirates, 4-2
  • Apr 18 Polish Catholic church & government sign accord over relations
  • Apr 23 Nationalist China evacuates Hainan Island
  • Apr 24 Independent republic of South Molukkas declared
  • Apr 24 US President Harry Truman denies there are communists in the US government
  • Apr 24 Jordan formally annexes the West Bank
  • Apr 25 Republik Maluku Selatan (also known as the Republic of the South Moluccas) declared on Ambon
  • Apr 27 South Africa passes Group Areas Act segregating races
  • May 1 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
  • May 1 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
  • May 1 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific)
  • May 2 Carlo Terron's "Giuditta" premieres in Milan
  • May 2 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
  • May 2 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not China People's Republic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned King Rama IX of Thailand in the Royal Palace in Bangkok

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 199

  • Jan 1 Svetlana Georgievna Beregovkina, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Jan 1 Yevgeni Vladimirovich Saley, cosmonaut
  • Jan 5 Ioan Petru Culianu, Romanian-born professor (d. 1991)
  • Jan 5 John Manley, Canadian politician
  • Jan 5 Charlie Richmond, Canadian entrepreneur
  • Jan 6 Louis Freeh, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Jan 12 Bob McEwen, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-93), born in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Marilyn R Smith, American microbiologist, born in Americus, Georgia
  • Jan 12 Sheila Jackson Lee, American politician
  • Jan 12 Göran Lindblad, Swedish politician
  • Jan 12 Dorrit Moussaieff, First Lady of Iceland
  • Jan 12 Ricky Ray Rector, American murderer (d. 1992)
  • Jan 16 Brian Castro, Australian author, born in Hong Kong
  • Jan 17 Luis López Nieves, Latin American writer
  • Jan 19 Grant Nordman, Canadian politician
  • Jan 20 Edward Hirsch. American poet
  • Jan 20 Mahamane Ousmane, President of Niger
  • Jan 21 Joseph R Tanner, Danville Ill, astronaut (STS 66, 82, sk: 97)
  • Jan 24 Benjamin Urrutia, Ecuadorian-born American writer
  • Jan 25 Gloria Naylor, US author (Women of Brewster Place), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • Jan 26 Jorg Haider, Austrian polical leader (Austrian Freedom Pary)
  • Jan 27 Amos Grunebaum, Israeli-born physician
  • Jan 27 Derek Acorah, English spirit medium
  • Jan 28 David Carl Hilmers, Iowa, Col USMC/astronaut (STS 51-J, 26, 36, 42)
  • Jan 28 Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah, King of Bahrain
  • Feb 3 Michael Dickinson, British(?) reorganizer
  • Feb 8 Jose Armando Lopez-Falcon, Cuba, cosmonaut
  • Feb 9 Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • Feb 9 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator
  • Feb 9 Richard F. Colburn, American politician, Senator (R) Maryland (1995-2015), born in Easton, Maryland
  • Feb 10 Gail Rebuck, CEO (Random House)
  • Feb 11 Earnest Jim Istook, (Rep-R-Oklahoma)
  • Feb 15 Donna Hanover Giuliani, TV news anchor (WPIX)/wife of Mayor Giuliani
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Sergeivich Grekov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • Feb 16 Peter Hain, British MP
  • Feb 18 Michel Gauthier, Quebec politician
  • Feb 24 G J M Gazdar, computational linguist
  • Feb 25 Anthony Lloyd, British MP
  • Feb 25 Neil Jordan, Irish director (Crying Game) and novelist, born in Sligo
  • Feb 25 Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician, President of Argentina 2003-2007), born in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz (d. 2010)
  • Feb 25 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)
  • Feb 27 Franco Moschino, fashion Designer
  • Feb 27 Julia Neuberger, British Rabbi
  • Mar 2 Jeffrey Chodorow, American restaurateur and financier
  • Mar 4 Rick Perry, American politician, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • Mar 11 Jerry Zucker, director (Airplane, Naked Gun), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Mar 13 Charles Krauthammer, American political commentator
  • Mar 14 Michael Ford, son of US President Gerald & Betty Ford
  • Mar 18 Richard Kretchmer, English artist and historian
  • Mar 22 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (world champion 1982, 1989), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 23 P R Scott, Headmaster (Bancroft's School, Woodford Green)
  • Mar 27 Petros Efthimiou, Greek politician
  • Mar 30 Dave McCurdy, (Rep-D-OK, 1981- )
  • Mar 31 Alison McCartney, pathologist/Breast Cancer campaigner
  • Apr 1 Ed[uardus] HTM Nijpels, Dutch minister of Environment (VVD)
  • Apr 1 Leonard van Spirit, Dutch/British fruit/food magnate
  • Apr 1 Samuel Alito, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Apr 5 Franklin R Chang-Diaz, Costa Rica, astro (STS 61C, 34,46,60,75, sk:91)
  • Apr 6 Dennis E Eckart, (Rep-D-OH, 1981- )
  • Apr 9 Kenneth D Cockrell, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • Apr 10 Barry M. Riemer, American author
  • Apr 12 Kari Palaste, Finnish architect
  • Apr 12 Flavio Briatore, Italian businessman and F1 team principal (Renault F1)
  • Apr 12 Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014), born in Malemia, Nyasaland
  • Apr 14 Francis Collins, American scientist
  • Apr 18 Bill Sudderth III, trumpeteer (Atlantic Star-Touch 4 Leaf Clover)
  • Apr 20 Itumeleng J Mosala, South African president (Azanian People's Org)
  • Apr 20 Steve Erickson, American novelist
  • Apr 20 Chandra Babu Naidu, Indian politician
  • Apr 22 Lewis Biggs, curator (Tate Gallery-North Liverpool)
  • Apr 29 Debbie Stabenow, American politician
  • May 2 Duncan Gay, Australian politician
  • May 12 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • May 14 Jill Stein, American physician, activist and Green Party nominee for President (2016), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 16 Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • May 16 Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, born in Arles
  • May 17 Alan Johnson, British politician (Home Secretary 2009-10), born in London
  • May 17 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian politician
  • May 18 Thomas Gottschalk, Bamberg Germany, (Telespiele)
  • May 22 Alekos Alavanos, Greek politician
  • May 23 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, born in Derry (d. 2017)
  • May 24 Larry Seidlin, American judge
  • May 28 Ian Bradley, British writer and academic
  • May 30 Bertrand Delanoë, French politician
  • May 31 Edward Barker, cartoonist
  • Jun 1 Annemarie Jorritsma-Lebbink, Dutch minister of Traffic (VVD)
  • Jun 1 Gennadi Mikhailovich Manakov, colonel/cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-10, TM-16)
  • Jun 3 Christos Verelis, Greek politician
  • Jun 14 Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Jun 15 Lakshmi Mittal, Indian industrialist
  • Jun 21 Anne Carson, Canadian poet
  • Jun 23 Douglas C. Lord, Canadian businessman
  • Jun 24 Leon J P M Frissen, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • Jun 24 Mercedes R Lackey, US, sci-fi author (Arrow's Fall, Magic's Pawn)
  • Jun 25 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 33)
  • Jun 28 Mauricio Rojas, Swedish politician
  • Jun 30 Donna Jean Willmott, FALN member (FBI most wanted), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jul 1 David Duke, American politician, K.K.K. member
  • Jul 3 James Hahn, American politician
  • Jul 6 John Byrne, American comic book author & artist

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand marries Mon Rajawongse Sirikit at Sra Pathum Palace after a quiet engagement in Lausanne, Switzerland July 19, 1949.

King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand
Bhumibol Adulyadej
  • Jun 14 American science fiction writer "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" Philip K Dick marries 2nd wife Kleo Apostolides

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 17 US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (24) weds Ethel Kennedy (22) at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Greenwich, Connecticut

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife Ethel Kennedy
Bobby Kennedy's Wife
Ethel Kennedy

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 30 First Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew (27) weds lawyer Kwa Geok Choo (29) in Singapore

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 17 Writer Jack Kerouac (28) weds Joan Haverty

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • Dec 25 Dick Tracy marries Tess Truehart

Deaths in History

  • Jan 2 James Dooley, Premier of New South Wales (b. 1877)
  • Jan 6 Isaiah Bowman, geographer/co-founder (Geographical Review), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • Jan 11 Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
  • Jan 15 Gen Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 George Orwell, author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

  • Jan 28 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (b. 1883)
  • Jan 29 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)
  • Feb 2 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Feb 3 Karl Seitz, president of Austria, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • Feb 6 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans) dies at 68
  • Feb 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Rafael Sabatini, Italian author (b. 1875)
  • Feb 14 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • Feb 18 Voranc Prezikov, [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • Feb 25 George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • Feb 27 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58
  • Mar 2 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • Mar 4 Adam Rainer, the only man in recorded human history ever to have been both a dwarf and a giant (b. 1899)
  • Mar 6 Albert Lebrun, President of France (b. 1871)
  • Mar 12 L Heinrich Mann, German/US writer (Between the Races), dies at 78
  • Mar 19 Edgar Rice Burroughs, sci-fi author (Tarzan of the Apes), dies at 74
  • Mar 20 Walter Eucken, German economist, dies at 59
  • Mar 24 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician (b. 1865)
  • Mar 30 Leon Blum, French premier (People's Front Government), dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 1 Charles R. Drew, American surgeon (developer of the blood bank concept), dies in a car crash at 45

Surgeon and Medical Researcher Charles R. Drew
Surgeon and Medical Researcher
Charles R. Drew
  • Apr 3 Carter G. Woodson, American historian (African American studies), dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Walter Huston, dies at 66
  • Apr 8 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
  • Apr 14 Sri Ramana Maharshi, Indian philosopher (b. 1879)
  • Apr 22 Charles H Houston, architect of NAACP legal campaign, dies at 54
  • Apr 26 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (b. 1881)
  • May 6 Agnes Smedley, writer, dies
  • May 8 Franklin Dyall, dies at 76
  • May 8 Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  • May 9 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • May 10 John G Fletcher, US poet (Burning Mountain), dies
  • May 10 Belle da Costa Greene, librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
  • May 24 Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)
  • Jun 2 Stanislas Bizot, French checker player (world champ 1925), dies at 70
  • Jun 27 Milada Horakova, Czech advocate/anti fascist, hanged
  • Jul 1 Eliel Saarinen, Finish-American architect (Chicago Trib building), dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Private Kenneth Shadrick becomes the first identified American soldier killed in the Korean War
  • Jul 5 Salvatore Giuliano, Sicilian bandit, shot by police
  • Jul 8 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist/sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • Jul 12 Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (b. 1865)
  • Jul 14 Āpirana Ngata, Māori New Zealand politician and lawyer known for promoting and protecting Māori culture and language, dies at 76
  • Jul 17 Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
  • Jul 18 Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary (The Nation), dies at 64

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 22 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, 1935-48), dies of pneumonia at 75

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • Aug 5 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist/bio-chemistry, dies at 73
  • Aug 8 Ernest F E Douwes Dekker, founder National-India Party, dies
  • Aug 8 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (b. 1879)
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, chairman Belgian Communist Party, murdered
  • Aug 19 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist (b. 1871)
  • Aug 22 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
  • Aug 24 Ernst Wiechert, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 27 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (Fuoco Grande), dies at 41
  • Sep 6 Olaf Stapledon, British writer and philosopher (b. 1886)
  • Sep 11 John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80
  • Sep 21 Arthur Milne, English Astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 29 Balthazar H Verhagen, Neth/South African dramatist/writer, dies
  • Oct 5 Frederic Lewy, German neurologist (b. 1885)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 7 Willis Carrier, American engineer (developed modern air conditioning), dies at 73

Engineer Willis Carrier
Engineer
Willis Carrier
  • Oct 13 Ernest Haycox, American writer (b. 1899)
  • Oct 19 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), dies at 58
  • Oct 20 Henry Lewsis Stimson, US minister of War/gov-gen, dies
  • Oct 29 Gustav V, king of Sweden, dies at 92
  • Oct 31 Carel T Scharten, Dutch poet/writer (Lost Paradise), dies at 72
  • Oct 31 Jozef C Bittremieux, Flemish theologist, dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 2 George Bernard Shaw, Irish author (Pygmalion), dies at 94

  • Nov 5 Jacobus J E Hondius, Dutch classicist/graphic artist, dies at 53
  • Nov 16 Bob Smith, American doctor, co-founder of the Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1879)
  • Nov 18 Gerardus van de Lion, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 60
  • Nov 25 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
  • Nov 25 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (b. 1873)
  • Nov 26 Hedwig Courts-Mahler, German author, dies at 83
  • Dec 5 Shri Aurobindo, Indian guru (b. 1872)
  • Dec 11 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 13 Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1902)
  • Dec 14 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (Heroische Fahrt), dies at 65
  • Dec 15 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian political leader, Iron Man of India (b. 1875)
  • Dec 25 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nostalgia de la muerte), dies at 47
  • Dec 25 Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  • Dec 26 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Max Beckmann, German painter/graphic artist, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Karl Renner, Austrian Chancellor/pres (1918-20, 45-50), dies at 80