On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1939

  • Jan 2 Roman Dmowski, Polish politician, dies at 74

Person of interestAmelia Earhart

Jan 5 Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic), is declared dead at 41 after disappearing over the Pacific Ocean in 1937

  • Jan 6 Albert Ward, cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1893-95), dies
  • Jan 9 Johann Strauss, Austrian conductor and Royal ball director, dies at 72
  • Jan 10 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), dies from tuberculosis at 50
  • Jan 10 Julius Bittner, Austrian composer (Missa Austriaca), dies at 64
  • Jan 13 Jacob Ruppert, CEO (NY Yankees, 1915-39), dies
  • Jan 19 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 23 Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • Jan 24 Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist, dies at 71
  • Jan 28 W. B. Yeats, Irish poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923), dies at 73