On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 1940

  • Feb 1 Philip Francis Nowlan, American sci-fi writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
  • Feb 2 Vsevolod Meyerhold [Karl Kasimir Theodor], Russian theatrical director and actor (Houligan), executed during the Great Purge at 65
  • Feb 4 Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
  • Feb 7 Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
  • Feb 11 John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
  • Feb 11 Gunnar Höckert, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1936), dies of war wounds at 29
  • Feb 25 Mary Mills Patrick, American author and 1st President of Istanbul Woman's College, dies at 89
  • Feb 27 Peter Behrens, German architect, dies at 71
  • Feb 28 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), dies at 81
  • Feb 28 Arnold Dolmetsch, French-Bohemian England-based musician, instrument builder, and promoter of early music, dies at 82
  • Feb 29 Edward Frederic Benson, English novelist, dies at 72