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 (Good Soldier Schweyk), dies at 39

Person of interestKatherine Mansfield

Jan 9 Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand short story writer (The Garden Party), dies of tuberculosis at 34

Short story writer Katherine Mansfield
Short story writer
Katherine Mansfield

Person of interestConstantine I

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

King of Greece Constantine I
King of Greece
Constantine I
  • 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

Person of interestWilhelm Röntgen

Feb 10 Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901), dies of cancer at 77

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm Röntgen
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen
  • 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
Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals

  • Mar 8 Krišjānis Barons, Latvian writer, dies at 87
  • Mar 22 Theophile Delcasse, French statesman, dies at 71

Person of interestSarah Bernhardt

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

Stage and Film Actress Sarah Bernhardt
Stage and Film Actress
Sarah Bernhardt
  • 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, composer, 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, 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, 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, 3 times Prime Minister of France, dies at 71

Person of interestWarren 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 F at 57

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • 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, composer, dies at 31
  • Sep 22 Marquess of Ripon, game hunter, dies, after shooting 52nd grouse
  • 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

Person of interestBonar Law

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

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law
  • 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, Romanian writer (b. 1883)
  • 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-French-Italian writer, 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)

Person of interestGustave Eiffel

Dec 27 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer (Eiffel Tower), dies at 91

Engineer and Architect Gustave Eiffel
Engineer and Architect
Gustave Eiffel