Famous Deaths in 1919

  • Jan 1 William W Campbell, Canadian poet (Ian of the Orcades), dies at 60
  • Jan 1 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (b. 1881)
  • Jan 4 Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (1917-18), dies at 75

Person of interestTheodore Roosevelt

Jan 6 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (R: 1901-09; Nobel 1906), dies in NY at 60

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jan 6 Max Heindel, Danish astrologer and mystic (b. 1865)
  • Jan 8 Peter Altenberg, writer, dies at 59
  • Jan 15 Karl Liebknecht, Marxist revolutionary, murdered at 47
  • Jan 15 Rosa Luxemburg, Polish-German Marxist revolutionary and founder of the Spartacus League, murdered by the Freikorps at 47
  • Jan 16 Jaroslav Jeremias, composer, dies at 19
  • Jan 16 Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, President of Brazil (b. 1848)
  • Jan 18 Prince John of the United Kingdom, youngest son of English king George V, dies at 13
  • Jan 21 Gojong of Joseon, Emperor of Korea (b. 1852)
  • Jan 27 Endre Ady, Hungarian lyric poet (Még egyzer, Uj versek), dies from complications related to alcoholism at 41
  • Jan 30 Sam Steele, Canadian soldier, dies from influenza at 71
  • Jan 31 Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Estimate), dies at 79
  • Feb 2 Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer, dies at 55
  • Feb 3 Charles Edward Pickering, American astronomer and pioneered American spectroscopist, dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Vasili V Rozanov, Russian philosopher/writer, dies at 62
  • Feb 6 Friedrich Wulhelm Mengelberg, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • Feb 7 William Halford, American naval officer and Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1841)
  • Feb 15 Pieter K Pel, Dutch internist (Pel-Ebstein fever), dies at 66
  • Feb 16 Vera Kholodnaya, Russian film star (b. 1893)
  • Feb 21 Giovanni Bolzoni, composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 21 Habibullah Khan, Emir of Afghanistan (1901-19), murdered at 46
  • Feb 21 Karl von Hohenzollern, Prince of Belgium, dies
  • Feb 21 Kurt Eisner, premier Bayern (soc), murdered at 51
  • Feb 21 Mary Edwards Walker, American surgeon and feminist, only woman awarded Medal of Honor (US Civil War), dies at 86
  • Feb 24 Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
  • Feb 25 Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • Mar 2 Melchora Aquino, Filipino revolutionary hero (b. 1812)
  • Mar 5 Jozef Surzynski, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 8 Auguste Tolbecque, composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 10 Amelia E. Barr, British-born American writer (Remember the Alamo), dies at 87
  • Mar 11 Harald Fryklof, composer, dies at 36
  • Mar 14 Roger Atkinson Pryor, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 90
  • Mar 16 Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, dies at 39
  • Apr 3 Paul Geisler, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 4 William Crookes, English chemist/physicist (Crookes-pipe), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 8 Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist, dies at 70 (b. 1848)
  • Apr 10 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican leader, murdered at 39
  • Apr 30 Henry Wood, British cricket wicket keeper (in 4 Tests 1888-92), dies at 65
  • May 2 Gustav Landauer, German socialist, dies
  • May 4 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (b. 1880)
  • May 6 Frank Lyman Baum, American author (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), dies at 62

Person of interestHenry John Heinz

May 14 Henry John Heinz, founder of the H. J. Heinz Company, dies at 74

Founder of Heinz Henry John Heinz
Founder of Heinz
Henry John Heinz
  • May 17 Bohumil Pazdirek, composer, dies at 80
  • May 17 Guido von List, German occult author (b. 1848)
  • May 20 Jacob Verdam, philosopher, dies
  • May 21 Victor A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French ship's doctor/writer, dies
  • May 21 Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)

  • May 24 Amado Nervo, [Juan C Ruiz de Nervo], Mexican poet, dies at 48

Person of interestMadam C. J. Walker

May 25 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), dies of kidney failure complications at 51

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • May 27 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Social reformer of Andhra Pradesh, dies at 71
  • May 29 Robert Bacon, American politician (39th United States Secretary of State), dies at 58
  • Jun 2 Ernest Ford, English composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 8 Jacob Fabricius, composer, dies at 78
  • Jun 23 Amy G C A Bonet-Maury, French reformed theologist, dies
  • Jun 29 José Gregorio Hernández Venezuelan physician (b. 1864)

Person of interestJohn William Strutt

Jun 30 John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and discoverer of argon (Nobel Prize 1904), dies at 76

Physicist and Nobel Laureate John William Strutt
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
John William Strutt
  • Jul 2 Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette, dies at 72
  • Jul 7 Paul Deusen, German philosopher/CEO (Schopenhauer-Gesellschaft), dies

Person of interestEmil Fischer

Jul 15 [Hermann] Emil Fischer, German chemist, discovered Fischer esterification (Nobel Prize 1902), commits suicide at 66

Chemist and Nobel Laureate Emil Fischer
Chemist and Nobel Laureate
Emil Fischer
  • Jul 26 Sir Edward Poynter, British painter (b. 1836)
  • Jul 31 R G Barlow, cricketer (591 runs/34 wickets/17 Tests for England), dies
  • Aug 4 D[ave] W Gregory, cricketer (brother of Ned, uncle of Syd), dies
  • Aug 9 Ernst Haeckel, German philosopher (Social Darwinism), dies at 85
  • Aug 9 Ruggero Leoncavallo, Italian composer (I pagliacci/Zaza), dies at 62

Person of interestAndrew Carnegie

Aug 11 Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist, steel tycoon, philanthropist and one of the richest Americans ever, dies of bronchial pneumonia at 83

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • Aug 18 Joseph E. Seagram, Canadian distillery founder (b. 1841)
  • Aug 20 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, dies at 49
  • Aug 21 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of toxemia at 43
  • Aug 27 Louis Botha, South African soldier/statesman, dies at 56
  • Aug 30 Johann Sigurjonsson, Icelandic writer (Dr Rung), dies
  • Sep 6 Pier Pander, Dutch sculptor, dies at 55
  • Sep 12 Leonid N Andreyev, Russian journalist and writer (Red Laugh, Seven Hangs), dies at 48
  • Sep 24 Frank Laver, cricketer (15 Tests for Aust 1899-1909), dies
  • Sep 27 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • Sep 27 Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • Oct 2 Ernest Halliwell, cricketer (South African wicketkeeper 1892-1904), dies
  • Oct 3 Daniel Brink Towner, American Hymn composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 5 Jean Louis Nicode, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 7 Alfred Deakin, second Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1856)
  • Oct 8 Eugene Demolder, Belgian writer (Sous la Robe), dies
  • Oct 13 Karl Adolph Gjellerup, Danish writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • Oct 14 Wilhelm von Siemens, German industrial/son of Werner, dies
  • Oct 16 Charles Harford Lloyd, composer, dies on 70th birthday
  • Oct 21 Sven August Korling, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 22 Bruce F Cummings, English author (Enjoying Life), dies at 30
  • Oct 27 John Harry, cricket wicketkeeper (Aust one Test 1895, one catch), dies
  • Oct 27 Theodoor H de Meester, premier (1905-08), dies
  • Oct 28 Ted Wainwright, cricketer (Yorks stalwart, 5 Tests 1893-98), dies
  • Oct 29 Soen Shaku, Zen abbot of Engakuji monastery in Kamakura, dies at 60
  • Oct 29 A. B. Simpson, Canadian preacher (b. 1843)
  • Nov 7 Hugo Haase, German MP (SPD), murdered at 56
  • Nov 9 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1848)
  • Nov 15 Alfred Werner, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1913), dies
  • Nov 15 Mohammad Farid, an influential Egyptian political figure.
  • Nov 18 Ferdinand Domela Newenhouse, anarchist (free socialist), dies
  • Nov 18 Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (Riemann–Hurwitz formula), dies at 60
  • Nov 22 Francisco Moreno, Argentine explorer (b. 1852)
  • Dec 2 Henry Clay Frick, built largest coke & steel operation, dies at 69

Person of interestPierre Auguste Renoir

Dec 3 Pierre A Renoir, French painter/sculptor, dies at 78

Painter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste Renoir
Painter & Sculptor
Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • Dec 13 Amintore Galli, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 13 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (b. 1850)
  • Dec 18 Horatio William Parker, composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 18 John Alcock, English pilot (1st non-stop flight across Atlantic Ocean), dies in crash at 27
  • Dec 27 Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 27 Theodoor H de Meester, Dutch lib premier (1905-08), dies at 68
  • Dec 28 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (b. 1854)
  • Dec 29 William Osler, Canadian physician and author (circulatory system), dies at 70