On This Day

Famous People Who Died in June 1939

  • Jun 4 Tommy Ladnier, American jazz trumpeter (Lovie Austin; King Oliver; New Orleans Feetwarmers; Noble Sissle; Sidney Bechet), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Jun 5 Elijah Beardsworth, British world quick shaving champion, dies
  • Jun 5 Frank Van de Goes, Dutch writer and Marxist theorist, dies at 80
  • Jun 6 Ford Madox Ford, American writer (The Good Soldier) and editor, dies at 65
  • Jun 9 Owen Moore, Irish actor (She Done Him Wrong), commits suicide at 52
  • Jun 13 Arthur Coningham, Australian cricketer (one Test for Australia 1894), dies at 75
  • Jun 13 Volter Kilpi, Finnish writer (Suljetuilla Porteilla), dies at 64
  • Jun 16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), dies of Pott's disease (tuberculosis of the spine), at 34
  • Jun 17 Eugene Weldman, the last person to be publicly guillotined in France, dies at 31. When asked if he had remorse for his victims he had killed, he replied, “Remorse, what for? I didn’t even know them”
  • Jun 17 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, dies at 46
  • Jun 18 Frans "Sas" van Aerschot, Flemish operetta actor (Paljas), dies at 73
  • Jun 19 Grace Abbott, social worker (US Children Bureau), dies at 60
  • Jun 26 Ford M Ford [Hueffer], British writer, (Tietjens Saga) dies at 65