On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1938

  • Dec 4 Dina Appeldoorn, Dutch pianist and composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 4 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), dies following a delayed appendectomy at 34
  • Dec 7 Harry Moses, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies
  • Dec 8 Friedrich Glauser, German-language Swiss writer (b. 1896)
  • Dec 9 Johannes van Laar, Dutch chemist (thermodynamics), dies at 78
  • Dec 10 Mario Pilati, Italian composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 11 Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian pacifist and internationalist (Nobel Peace Prize 1921), dies at 69
  • Dec 12 James McNeill, Irish politician, 2nd Governor-General of the Irish Free State, dies at 69
  • Dec 14 Maurice Emmanuel, French composer & musicologist (Salamine), dies at 76
  • Dec 19 Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 65
  • Dec 20 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader, dies at 88
  • Dec 21 Helen Miller Shepard, American philanthropist who established Hall of Fame, dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Chimes), dies at 70
  • Dec 24 Bruno Taut, German architect (b. 1880)
  • Dec 25 Karel Čapek, Czech author, playwright and critic (R.U.R.), coined term "robot", dies of pneumonia at 48
  • Dec 27 Emile Vandervelde, President (1900–1918) of the International Socialist Bureau and Minister of 3 Belgian governments dies at 72
  • Dec 27 O Mandelstam, writer, dies
  • Dec 27 Calvin Bridges, American geneticist (b. 1889)
  • Dec 28 Florence Lawrence, silent screen actress (Confidence), dies at 48
  • Dec 31 Richard Nicolaas Roland Holst, Dutch artist and painter, dies at 70