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Famous Deaths in November 1939

  • Nov 3 Waldemar Lindgren, Swedish-American Geologist (economic geology, ore classification), dies at 79
  • Nov 4 Charles Arnold Tournemire, composer, dies at 69
  • Nov 5 Charles Barrois, French geologist and palaeontologist, dies at 88
  • Nov 6 Adolphe Max, Belgian liberal MP, dies at 69
  • Nov 9 Dirk Klop, Dutch intelligence lt, shot by German Abwehr
  • Nov 11 Jan Opletal, Czech student, victim of Nazi violence in Prague
  • Nov 12 Oscar [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor and director (Pink Kate), dies at 59
  • Nov 12 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • Nov 13 George Nicholls Jr, actor (Finishing School), dies at 42
  • Nov 13 Lois Weber, American film director who became the first woman to direct a full feature-length film (The Merchant of Venice) and the first to own her own studio, dies of a stomach ulcer at 60
  • Nov 16 Pierce Butler, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1866)
  • Nov 20 Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, composer, dies at 72
  • Nov 25 Wilfred Trotter, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck, dies at 67

Person of interestJames Naismith

Nov 28 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • Nov 29 Philipp Scheidemann, German politician (SPD) and Mayor of Kassel, dies at 74