On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1923

  • Jan 1 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), dies of tuberculosis at 50
  • Jan 2 Sam Carter, African American resident of Rosewood Florida, lynched in the Rosewood Massacre
  • Jan 3 Jaroslav Hašek, Czech writer (The Good Soldier Švejk), dies of heart failure at 39

Constantine I

Jan 11 Constantine I, King of Greece (1913-17, 20-22), dies at 54

  • Jan 14 Zübeyde Hanım, Mother of Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (b. 1857)
  • Jan 18 Wallace Reid, American actor, director and screenwriter referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover" (Every Inch a Man), dies from morphine addiction at 31
  • Jan 23 Max Nordau, Austrian author, philosopher, and Zionist leader (b. 1849)
  • Feb 6 E. E. [Edward Emerson] Barnard, American astronomer (5th moon Jupiter), dies at 65
  • Feb 11 Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (b. 1847)
  • Feb 15 Josephine Beall Bruce, African-American activist (NACW), dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Gerónimo Giménez, Spanish composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 27 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 1 Ruy Barbosa, Brazilian polymath, writer and politician, dies at 73
  • Mar 8 Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer, dies at 87
  • Mar 22 Theophile Delcasse, French statesman, dies at 71

Sarah Bernhardt

Mar 26 Sarah Bernhardt, French actress (Camille, Queen Elizabeth), dies of uremia at 78

  • Mar 27 James Dewar, Scottish chemist and physicist (Dewarfles/cordiet), dies at 80
  • Apr 2 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (Olympic gold representing France, marathon 1900), dies at 45
  • Apr 4 L Martov [Joulij O Tsederbaum], Russ revolutionary, dies at 49
  • Apr 4 John Venn, English mathematician (Venn Diagram), dies at 88
  • Apr 5 George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier and Egyptologist who funded the search for and excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, dies at 56 after a severe mosquito bite became infected by a razor cut
  • Apr 9 Mauritius H Binger, director and producer (Living Ladder), dies
  • Apr 19 Thomas Paine Westendorf, American songwriter ("I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen" ), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician, dies at 82
  • May 10 Vaslav Vorovsky, Russian delegate, assassinated
  • May 14 Charles de Freycinet, French prime minister (b. 1828)
  • May 20 Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist, dies
  • May 30 Camille Chevillard, French composer, dies at 63
  • May 30 Charles Fichardt, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests 1892-96), dies
  • Jun 5 George H. Breitner, Dutch impressionist painter, dies at 65
  • Jun 9 Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 77
  • Jun 10 Pierre Loti [Julien Viaud], French sea officer/writer, dies
  • Jun 15 Alexander Stamboeliski, premier Bulgaria (1919-23), dies
  • Jun 20 Joseph Leopold Rockel, composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 26 Edward Rae, cricketer (introduced cricket into Russian Lapland), dies
  • Jun 29 Fritz Mauthner, German author/philosopher (skepticism), dies at 73
  • Jun 29 Gustave Adolph Kerker, composer, dies at 66
  • Jun 29 J C Gomez, General/Venezuela's 1st VP, assassinated
  • Jun 30 Claude Antoine Terrasse, French composer, dies at 56
  • Jul 4 Florimond Fonteyne, Flemish priest/politician (Volkseeuw), dies at 67
  • Jul 9 William R. Day, American diplomat and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, dies at 74
  • Jul 13 Asger Hamerik [Hammerich], Danish composer, and educator (Peabody Institute, 1878-91), dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Louis Ganne, French composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 16 Louis Couperus, Dutch poet and writer (Books of Small Soles), dies at 60
  • Jul 20 Pancho Villa [José Doroteo Arango Arámbula], Mexican revolutionary general and guerrilla leader,, murdered at 55
  • Jul 23 Charles Dupuy, French statesman, 3 times Prime Minister of France (1893, 1894-95, 1898-99), dies at 71

Warren G. Harding

Aug 2 Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-23), dies of a heart attack at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco at 57

  • Aug 5 Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian scholar of Slavic studies, dies at 85
  • Aug 7 Hendrik Pierson, Dutch theologist (H Pierson Foundation), dies at 89
  • Aug 14 Jacob Theodoor Cremer, Dutch tobacco magnate and administrator for the Deli Company in Sumatra, dies at 76
  • Aug 19 Vilfredo Pareto, Italian sociologist and economist (b. 1845)
  • Aug 24 Kate Douglas Wiggin, American author (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 66
  • Aug 31 Gerrit Kalff, Dutch professor (history of Dutch writers), dies at 67
  • Sep 12 Jules Violle, French physicist and inventor, dies at 81
  • Sep 15 Sayed Darwish 'father of Egyptian popular music', Egyptian singer and composer, dies at 31
  • Sep 22 Marquess of Ripon, English aristocrat and game hunter, dies, after shooting 52nd grouse in one morning at 71
  • Oct 12 A P "Bunny" Lucas, cricketer (five Tests for England 1879-82), dies
  • Oct 14 George Elbridge Whiting, American composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 14 Marcellus Emants, writer/poet (Refrained from Confession), dies
  • Oct 26 Charles Proteus Steinmetz, German-American electrical engineer (development of alternating current), dies at 58

Bonar Law

Oct 30 Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), dies of throat cancer at 64

  • Nov 5 Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen, French novelist (b. 1880)
  • Nov 19 Frans Netscher, Dutch author and journalist (In 3rd Chamber), dies at 59
  • Nov 23 Urmuz [Demetru Dem. Demetrescu-Buzău], Romanian writer (Bizarre Pages), commits suicide at 40
  • Nov 24 Michel de Klerk, architect (Amsterdam School), dies at 39
  • Nov 25 Ernst Debes, German cartographer (Moon Atlas), dies at 83
  • Nov 25 Syd Callaway, cricket all-round (3 Tests for Australia 1891-95), dies
  • Nov 26 Alexander Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian journalist, newspaper editor, novelist, and historian, dies at 60
  • Dec 1 Virginie Loveling, Flemish writer (Sophie) and poet, dies at 87
  • Dec 2 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 8 Dom Joseph Pothier, French monk and musicologist, dies at 88
  • Dec 12 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Ball du Comte), dies at 20
  • Dec 14 Giuseppi Gallignani, Italian composer and conductor, takes his own life at 72
  • Dec 16 Kacsóh Pongrác, Hungarian composer, dies at 50
  • Dec 22 Arthur H. Bird, American composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 26 Dietrich Eckart, German Nazi politician (b. 1868)