Famous Deaths in 1930

  • Jan 9 Edward W Buck, Dutch/US editor (Ladies Home Journal), dies at 66
  • Jan 13 Auguste Rateau, French mining engineer and inventor (Rateau steam turbine), dies at 66
  • Jan 13 Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, English electrical engineer and inventor, dies at 65
  • Jan 22 Stephen Mather, American industrialist and conservationist (organized US National Park Service), dies at 62
  • Jan 27 Jean Hure, French composer and organist, dies at 52
  • Jan 28 Clarence Skelton Wimble, cricket (score pair in Test for S Af), dies
  • Feb 6 Eva Strittmatter, writer, dies at 17
  • Feb 22 Godfried CE van Daalen, Dutch general/governor of Atjeh, dies at 66
  • Feb 23 Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
  • Feb 23 Mabel Normand [Muriel Fortescue], American silent-film actress, director and comedienne (Mickey), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • Feb 24 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer and painter (Death of My Cat), dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Raffaele Merry del Val, Spanish Cardinal, dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Rafael Merry del Val, British-born Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 64
  • Feb 28 C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator, dies at 40

Person of interestD. H. Lawrence

Mar 2 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies of tuberculosis at 44

  • Mar 6 William Milton, British cricketer (South African Test capt in 3 Tests 1889-92), dies at 75

Person of interestWilliam Howard Taft

Mar 8 William Howard Taft, 27th US President (Republican: 1909-13) and Chief Justice, dies at 72

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • Mar 8 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
  • Mar 12 Alois Jirásek, Czech writer (b. 1851)

Person of interestWilliam George Barker

Mar 12 William George Barker, Canadian fighter ace (Victoria Cross recipient), dies in a training accident at 35

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • Mar 13 Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, American writer (Revolt of Mother), dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Antonio Beltramelli, writer, dies at 51
  • Mar 16 Miguel Primo de Riveray Orbaneja, Sp dictator (1923-30), dies at 60

Person of interestArthur Balfour

Mar 19 Arthur Balfour, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1902-05) and Foreign Secretary (Balfour Declaration), dies of unremitting circulatory trouble at 81

British Prime Minister Arthur Balfour
British Prime Minister
Arthur Balfour
  • Mar 29 Anton Bettelheim, writer, dies
  • Apr 1 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • Apr 1 Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
  • Apr 2 Empress Zauditu of Ethiopia (b. 1876)
  • Apr 3 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (b. 1847)
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Majakovski, Russian poet, dies
  • Apr 14 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet (Ode to Revolution), dies at 36
  • Apr 16 José Carlos Mariátegui, Peruvian journalist, political philosopher and activist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 17 Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)
  • Apr 19 Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • Apr 21 Alex Smith, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1906, 10), dies at 56
  • Apr 21 Robert Bridges, English poet (Testament of beauty) and British Poet Laureate (1913-30), dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Alex Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1906, 10), dies at 56
  • Apr 22 Jeppe Aakjaer, Danish poet (b. 1866)
  • Apr 24 Henry Ernest Dudeney, English mathematician and puzzle maker, dies at 73
  • May 8 Lvar Henning Mankell, composer, dies at 61
  • May 10 Edward Stratemeyer, American author (The Rover Boys), dies at 67

  • May 12 Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Dutch politician (SDAP), dies at 70

Person of interestFridtjof Nansen

May 13 Fridtjof Nansen, Arctic explorer and diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1922), dies at 68

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • May 13 Helene Lange, German feminist (honoured with the Grand Prussian State Medal), dies at 82
  • May 17 Herbert David Croly, US founder (New Republic), dies at 61
  • May 18 João Marcellino Arroyo, Portuguese composer, dies at 68
  • May 25 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1848)
  • Jun 5 Jules Pascin, [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian/US painter/cartoonist, dies
  • Jun 10 Adolf Harnack, German theologian (b. 1851)
  • Jun 11 George Alexander, British cricketer (two early Tests for Australia), dies at 79
  • Jun 11 Henry Clay Folger, American CEO of Standard Oil and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, dies at 72
  • Jun 12 Dyce Willcocks, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of Canadian cricket), dies
  • Jun 13 Henry Segrave, British racing driver who held land speed records and the water speed record (b. 1896)
  • Jun 16 Ezra Fitch, Abercrombie & Fitch founder (b. 1866)
  • Jun 16 Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American entrepreneur and inventor (gyrocompass), dies at 69
  • Jun 22 Karl von Amira, German historian, dies at 82
  • Jul 2 Andres Randolf, Danish-American actor (Love of Sunya, Dangerous Curves, The Kiss), dies at 59

Person of interestArthur Conan Doyle

Jul 7 Arthur Conan Doyle, British writer (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 71

  • Jul 14 W H Ashley, cricketer (Test South Africa, 7 wkts), dies
  • Jul 15 Leopold von Auer, Hungarian-American violinist, dies at 85
  • Jul 19 Robert Stout, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1884-87), dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Glenn Hammond Curtiss, aviation pioneer/airplane builder, dies at 52
  • Jul 28 Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel 1911), dies at 68
  • Jul 29 Alexander von Fielitz, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 30 Joan Gamper, Swiss-Catalan businessman and founder of FC Barcelona (b. 1877)
  • Aug 4 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, dies at 61
  • Aug 20 Charles Bannerman, Australian cricket batsman (1st centurion), dies at 79
  • Aug 26 Lon Chaney Jr, American actor (Thunder, Big City, Unholy 3), dies at 47
  • Aug 27 Didericus G van Epen, genealogist/Dutch Patriarch, dies at 62
  • Aug 28 Alvar Gullstrand, Swedish optician (Nobel 1911), dies
  • Aug 29 William Archibald Spooner, English writer (b. 1844)
  • Sep 5 Robert Means Thompson, American naval officer (b. 1849)
  • Sep 5 Carl Panzram, American serial killer and rapist, dies at 38
  • Sep 10 G A Faulkner, cricketer (South African googly all-rounder), commits suicide
  • Sep 15 Milton Sills, American actor (The Sea Hawk), dies from a heart attack at 48
  • Sep 23 Jonkvrouw Catharina AM de Savornin Lohman, author, dies at 62
  • Sep 24 William A. MacCorkle, American politician, 90th Governor of West Virginia, dies at 73
  • Sep 28 Daniel Guggenheim, American mining magnate and philanthropist, dies at 74
  • Sep 29 Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Russian painter (b. 1844)
  • Oct 1 Ricardo Drigo, composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 3 Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken, Dutch painter and author (Bauer), dies at 73
  • Oct 5 Christopher Birdwood Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson, British military officer (b. 1875)
  • Oct 10 Adolf Engler, German botanist (b. 1844)
  • Oct 14 Sam[uel] van Houten, lib minister (Child labor laws), dies

Person of interestHerbert Henry Dow

Oct 15 Herbert Henry Dow, American chemical industrialist (Dow Chemical), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 64

Chemical Industrialist Herbert Henry Dow
Chemical Industrialist
Herbert Henry Dow
  • Oct 24 Renaat Verheijen, Flemish actor and director (Dr Faustus), dies at 26
  • Oct 26 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (b. 1872)
  • Nov 2 Oliver Perry Hay, American Paleontologist, dies at 84

Person of interestAlfred Wegener

Nov 3 Alfred Wegener, German polar researcher and meteorologist (continental shift), dies while on an expedition to Greenland at 50 (date is approximate)

Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist Alfred Wegener
Meteorologist, Geologist, Astronomist
Alfred Wegener

Person of interestChristiaan Eijkman

Nov 5 Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician and bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1929), dies at 72

Physician and Nobel Laureate Christiaan Eijkman
Physician and Nobel Laureate
Christiaan Eijkman
  • Nov 11 William Whysall, British cricketer (4 Tests for England 1924-30), dies at 43
  • Nov 27 J T Tyldesley, cricket (1661 runs in 31 Tests for Eng 1898-1909), dies
  • Nov 30 Mother Jones [Mary Harris Jones], American labor organizer (cofounded Industrial Workers of the World), dies at 93
  • Dec 9 Jim Slight, cricketer (represented Australia at Oval 1880), dies
  • Dec 11 Friedrich von Bernhardi, German war theorist/historian, dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Fritz Pregl, Slovenian/Austrian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • Dec 17 Peter Warlock [Philip Heseltine], British composer, dies of a probable suicide at 36
  • Dec 19 Johnny Douglas, English cricketer and boxer, drowns at 48
  • Dec 23 Johannes H Been, Brielle archivist, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Eduard David, German politician (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Oskar Nedbal, Czech composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 25 Harvey Worthington Loomis, American composer (Lyrics of the Red Man), dies at 65
  • Dec 27 William Courtleigh, Canadian actor (The Birth of Character, Ashes, The Nightingale), dies at 63