Deaths in History in 1939

  • Jan 2 Roman Dmowski, Polish politician (b. 1864)

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Jan 5 Amelia Earhart, American aviator and 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, declared dead at 41 after her disappearance over the Pacific Ocean in 1937

  • Jan 24 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist, dies at 71
  • Jan 28 William Butler Yeats, Irish poet (Nobel), dies in France at 73
  • Feb 4 Edward Sapir, US linguist/cultural antropologist (indian), dies at 55
  • Feb 4 Henri W A Deterding, Dutch oil magnate (Royal Oil, Shell), dies at 72
  • Feb 7 Boris Grigoriev, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • Feb 10 Pius XI, [Ambrogio D A Ratti], Italian Pope (1922-39), dies at 81
  • Feb 15 Foppe G Scheltema, Dutch lawyer, dies at 47
  • Feb 15 Henri Jaspar, Premier of Belgium (1926-31), dies at 68
  • Feb 15 Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin, Russian painter (b. 1878)
  • Feb 16 Jura Soyfer, Jewish political and cabaret writer, dies at Buchenwald concentration camp at 26
  • Feb 22 Antonio Machado, Spanish poet (Campos de Castilla), dies at 63
  • Feb 27 Nadezjda K Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary/wife of Lenin, dies at 70

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Mar 2 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, dies at 65

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • Mar 6 [Carl L] Ferdinand von Lindemann, German mathematician, dies at 86
  • Mar 7 John Jules Barrish, Irish writer (b. 1885)
  • Mar 18 Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader (b. 1859)
  • Mar 19 Lloyd L. Gaines, American civil rights activist
  • Mar 27 Constance Lindsay Skinner, Quesnel British Columbia, Canadian author (Rivers of America), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Francis Matthew John Baker, Australian politician (b. 1903)
  • Apr 6 Robert Courtneidge, British theater producer, dies
  • Apr 7 Joseph Lyons, tenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1879)
  • Apr 10 Alfredo Panzini, Italian author (Il Bacio de Lesba), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 SS Van Dine, [William Huntingdon Wright], detective writer, dies at 50
  • May 3 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, German general, dies at 71
  • May 11 Evgenii Miller, Russian counter-revolutionary, dies at 71
  • May 22 Ernst Toller, German playwright, commits suicide at 45
  • May 22 Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • May 26 Charles H Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74
  • May 26 Cornelis J Cutters, supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies
  • May 27 Joseph Roth, Austria journalist (Fluctuate ohne Ende), dies at 44
  • May 29 Ursula Julia Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint (b. 1865)
  • Jun 5 Elijah Beardsworth, world quick shaving champion, dies
  • Jun 5 Frank Van de Goes, writer/marxist theorist, dies
  • Jun 6 Ford Madox Ford, writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 13 Volter A Kilpi, Finnish writer (Suljetuilla Porteilla), dies at 64
  • Jun 17 Eugene Weldman, last guillotined in France
  • Jun 19 Grace Abbott, social worker (US Children Bureau), dies at 60
  • Jun 26 Ford M Ford, [Hueffer], British writer, (Tietjens Saga) dies at 65
  • Jul 1 Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret performer/chorus performer, dies
  • Jul 2 Alfred R Zimmerman, mayor of Rotterdam (1906-22), dies
  • Jul 8 [Henry] Havelock Ellis, English sexologist (Man & Woman), dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Alphonse Mucha, Czech painter, decorative artist (b. 1860)
  • Jul 15 Johon Mellanby, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 15 Percy Scott Worthington, architect, dies
  • Jul 16 Beatrice Erskine Lane Suzuki, Zen student, dies
  • Jul 19 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (b. 1850)
  • Jul 20 Joseph Mendes da Costa, sculptor, dies
  • Jul 28 William J Mayo, US surgeon/co-founder Mayo Clinic, dies at 78
  • Aug 2 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American Rosicrucian mystic (b. 1883)

  • Aug 11 Jean Bugatti, Italian automobile designer (b. 1909)
  • Aug 23 Sidney Coe Howard, American playwright (Silver Cord, Pulitzer 1925), dies at 48
  • Sep 6 Arthur Rackham, artist/illustrator (Grimm's Fairy Tales), dies at 71
  • Sep 7 Kyoka Izumi, Japanese novelist (b. 1873)
  • Sep 18 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer, painter, and photographer (b. 1885)
  • Sep 18 Gwen John, Welsh painter, dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Paul Bruchési, French Canadian Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1855)
  • Sep 21 Armand Călinescu, Prime Minister of Romania, assassinated by the iron guard at 46

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Sep 23 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and creator of psychoanalysis, dies at 83

Father of Psychology Sigmund Freud
Father of Psychology
Sigmund Freud
  • Sep 29 Dickstein, mathematician, dies
  • Oct 7 Harvey (William) Cushing, US neurologist, dies at 70
  • Oct 23 Zane Grey, American western writer (Spirit of the Border), dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Cornelis JK van Aalst, president Dutch Business Society, dies at 73
  • Oct 29 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator and historian (b. 1864)
  • Oct 31 Otto Rank, [Rosenfeld], Austria psychoanalyst (Trauma of Geburt), dies
  • Nov 3 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), dies at 79
  • Nov 6 Adolphe Max, Belgian liberal MP, dies at 69
  • Nov 9 Dirk Klop, Dutch intelligence lt, shot by German Abwehr
  • Nov 11 Jan Opletal, Czech student, victim of Nazi violence in Prague
  • Nov 12 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • Nov 16 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • Nov 25 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67
  • Nov 29 Philipp Scheidemann, German MP (SPD)/mayor of Kassel, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Matthew Brown, Journalist, dies at 51
  • Dec 19 Karl Wagenfeld, Low German writer (Lucifer, Death & Devil), dies at 70
  • Dec 20 Hans Langsdorff, German capt (Graaf Spee), commits suicide
  • Dec 23 Anthony H G Fokker, Dutch airplane builder (Spider), dies at 49