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Famous People Who Died in 1926

  • Jan 4 Margherita of Savoy, Queen consort of the Kingdom of Italy by marriage to Umberto I (1878-1900), dies at 74
  • Jan 8 Emile Paladilhe, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Eino Leino, Finnish poet, dies at 47
  • Jan 12 Sir Austin Chapman, Australian politician (b. 1864)
  • Jan 15 Enrico Toselli, Italian pianist and composer, dies at 42

Person of interestCamillo Golgi

Jan 21 Camillo Golgi, Italian physician and medical researcher (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1906), dies at 81

Physician and Nobel Laureate Camillo Golgi
Physician and Nobel Laureate
Camillo Golgi
  • Jan 23 Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Belgian philosopher and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la reine Élisabeth), dies at 55
  • Jan 26 John Flannagan, Catholic priest, 2nd president of St. Ambrose University, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Kaufmann Kohler, German-born American reform rabbi and theologian, dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Barbara La Marr, American actress (The White Moth), dies at 29
  • Feb 2 Vladimir Sukhomlinov, Russian general (b. 1848)
  • Feb 5 André Gedalge, French composer (le Petit Savoyard, Phoebé) and Mayor of Chessy, Seine-et-Marne, dies at 69
  • Feb 21 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (liquid helium, Nobel 1913), dies at 72
  • Feb 24 Eddie Plank, pitcher (won 327 games in 17 years), dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Frederik Pijper, Dut vicar/church historian (Monasteries), dies at 67

  • Feb 26 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 1 Camilo Pessanha, Portuguese poet (China), dies at 58
  • Mar 3 Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 5 Clément Ader, French aviation pioneer (b. 1841)
  • Mar 7 Heinrich Kàan-Albest, Bohemian pianist and composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Biddy Anderson, South African cricketer (score 32 & 11 in Test for South Africa), dies at 51
  • Mar 16 Sergeant Stubby, decorated World War I dog
  • Mar 17 Aleksei Brusilov, Russian general most noted for the development of new offensive tactics used in the 1916 Brusilov Offensive, dies at 72

Person of interestGeorges Vezina

Mar 26 Georges Vezina, NHL Hall of Fame goalie (Canadiens), dies from TB at 39

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • Mar 26 Konstantin Fehrenbach, German reichs chancellor (1920-21), dies at 74
  • Apr 6 Giovanni Amendola, Italian anti-fascist and editor-in-chief (Il Mondo), dies at 43
  • Apr 9 Zip the Pinhead, American freak show performer famous for his tapered head, dies at about 83

Person of interestLuther Burbank

Apr 11 Luther Burbank, American horticulturist who developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, dies of gastrointestinal complications at 77

Horticulturist Luther Burbank
Horticulturist
Luther Burbank
  • Apr 15 Frank Iredale, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Aust, 807 runs at 36 68), dies at 58
  • Apr 19 Sir Squire Bancroft [Butterfield], British actor and manager known for creating 'drawing-room comedy' (Haymarket), dies at 84
  • Apr 19 Alexander Alexandrovich Chuprov, Russian statistician (b. 1874)
  • Apr 23 Joseph Pennell, artist/author, dies
  • Apr 25 Ellen Key, Swedish author and feminist (Courageous Woman), dies at 76
  • May 1 Nicolaus Adriani, Dutch translator (Middle-Celebes Language), dies at 60
  • May 3 Victor, Prince Napoléon [Napoléon V], French pretender to the throne, dies at 63

  • May 9 J. M. Dent, British publisher, dies
  • May 13 Libert H. Boeynaems, Belgian Catholic prelate and the fourth vicar apostolic of the Vicariate Apostolic of the Hawaiian Islands, dies at 68
  • May 15 Mohammed VI Vahideddin, last sultan of Turkey (1918-22), dies
  • May 16 Mehmed VI Vahideddin (Mohammed Osman), last sultan of Turkey, dies
  • May 17 Lucien Herr, French leader (Correspondance entre Schiller), dies
  • May 20 Dick Pougher, cricketer (17 & 3-26 in only Test for England 1892), dies
  • May 21 Georgy Catoire, Russian composer, dies at 65
  • May 21 Ronald Firbank, British novelist (The Flower Beneath the Foot), dies at 40
  • May 23 Hans Koessler, composer, dies at 73
  • May 25 Symon Petlyura, Ukrainian socialist leader (pogroms), assassinated at 47
  • May 26 S V Petlura, Ukrainain ataman, assassinated by Shalom Schwarzbard
  • May 27 Srečko Kosovel, Slovenian poet (b. 1904)
  • May 30 Vladimir Steklov, Russian physicist (b. 1864)
  • Jun 1 Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, composer, dies at 64
  • Jun 4 Eugeen of Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Sparks & Radiates), dies

Person of interestFred Spofforth

Jun 4 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricket fast bowler ("The Demon" - 18 Tests, 94 wickets @ 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • Jun 6 Henry Tate, Australian composer and poet, dies at 52
  • Jun 7 Henry Charles Tonking, British organist and composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 10 Antoni Gaudí, Spanish architect (Sagrada Família), dies at 73
  • Jun 14 Mary Cassatt, American impressionist painter (Woman Bathing), dies at 82
  • Jun 18 Olga Constantinovna of Russia, Queen consort of the Hellenes as the wife of King George I, dies at 74
  • Jun 22 Hermann Suter, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 23 Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (b. 1848)
  • Jun 25 Symon Petljoera, pres Ukraine (pogroms), murdered in Paris
  • Jun 26 Christina Goedvolk, wife of Henry Jut, dies
  • Jul 2 Emile Coué, French pharmacist (recovery by auto suggestion), dies
  • Jul 4 Pier Giorgio Frassati, Italian Saint (b. 1901)

Person of interestGertrude Bell

Jul 12 Gertrude Bell, British archaeologist (Desert & The Sown), dies at 57

Archaeologist and Writer Gertrude Bell
Archaeologist and Writer
Gertrude Bell
  • Jul 12 Charles Wood, composer, dies at 40
  • Jul 20 Felix Dzerzhinsky [Iron Felix, Bloody Felix], Soviet statesman, established and developed Soviet secret police (Cheka, forerunner to the KGB), dies at 48
  • Aug 1 Israel Zangwill, Jewish author (Children of The Ghetto) and Zionist leader, dies at 62
  • Aug 14 John H. Moffitt, American politician (b. 1843)
  • Aug 22 Charles William Eliot, American University president (Harvard, 1869-1909), dies at 92

Person of interestRudolph Valentino

Aug 23 Rudolph Valentino, Italian actor and silent movie idol (The Sheik, Eagle), dies of a relapse of pleuritis in NY at 31

Actor and Silent Film Idol Rudolph Valentino
Actor and Silent Film Idol
Rudolph Valentino
  • Sep 1 John Hunn, American businessman and 51st Governor of Delaware, dies at 77
  • Sep 5 Karl Harrer, German journalist and politician, founding member of the "DAP", which would become the Nazi Party (b. 1890)
  • Sep 11 Matsunosuke Onoe [Tsuruzo Nakamura], Japanese actor (Araki Mataemon, Yajîkita: zenpen), Japanese actor, dies at 50
  • Sep 14 Johan LE Dreyer, Danish astronomer (Catalog of Nebulae), dies at 74
  • Sep 16 Rudolf C Eucken, German philosopher (Nobel 1908), dies at 80
  • Sep 17 August Sauer, Austrian literature historian (Euphorion), dies at 70
  • Sep 21 Reginald Heber Roe, 1st Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland and 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School, dies at 76
  • Sep 21 Leon Charles Thevenin, French telegraph engineer (b. 1857)
  • Sep 25 Herbert Booth, son of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1862)
  • Oct 6 Charles Van de Banks, Flemish writer/poet (Red Horse), dies
  • Oct 6 Karel van den Oever, Flemish author and poet (Geuzenstad), dies at 46
  • Oct 7 Emil Kraepelin, German psychiatrist who developed a classification system for mental illness, dies at 70
  • Oct 12 Edwin Abbott Abbott, English schoolmaster, theologian, and author (Flatland), dies at 87
  • Oct 13 Hans E. Kinck, Norwegian philological and writer (Driftekaren), dies at 61
  • Oct 19 Victor Babeş, Romanian physician and bacteriologist, dies at 72
  • Oct 20 Eugene V. Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate, dies at 70
  • Oct 22 Jules van den Heuvel, Belgian lawyer and politician, dies at 71
  • Oct 25 Frederick Jr Zech, composer, dies at 68

Person of interestHarry Houdini

Oct 31 Harry Houdini, [Erich Weisz], magician, dies in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured

Magician & Escape Artist Harry Houdini
Magician & Escape Artist
Harry Houdini
  • Nov 1 Louis H Chrispijn, Dutch actor and director (Krates), dies at 72
  • Nov 1 Wilfred Flowers, English cricket all-rounder (8 Tests), dies at 69

Person of interestAnnie Oakley

Nov 3 Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], American sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), dies of pernicious anemia at 66

Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley
Sharp Shooter
Annie Oakley
  • Nov 17 Carl Ethan Akeley, American Naturalist(developed taxidermic process for museums), dies at 62)
  • Nov 22 Darvish Khan, Iranian musician (b. 1872)
  • Nov 23 Frederic Ayers, composer, dies at 50
  • Nov 26 John M Brown, US weapons constructer, dies
  • Dec 1 Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 3 Charles Ringling, American circus owner (Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus), dies at 63
  • Dec 4 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian-born painter (b. 1861)

Person of interestClaude Monet

Dec 5 Claude Monet [Oscar-Claude], French impressionist painter (Water Lilies, Haystacks, Poplars), dies from lung cancer at 86

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
  • Dec 8 Jan Six, Dutch art historian/collector, dies
  • Dec 10 Nikola Pašić, Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes prime minister (b. 1845)
  • Dec 12 Jean Richepin, French poet/writer (Contes sans morale), dies at 77
  • Dec 14 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism), dies at 64
  • Dec 16 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), dies of a self inflicted gun shot wound at 53
  • Dec 17 Alexander Kastalsky, Russian composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 25 Yoshihito [Taishō], 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), dies at 47
  • Dec 29 Rainer M Rilke, Austrias songwriter/writer (Wise Queen), dies at 51
  • Dec 29 Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet (Ana, The City, Duino Elegies), dies at 51