On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 1940

  • Jul 2 Ben Turpin, American comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies at 65
  • Jul 2 Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 3 George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
  • Jul 10 Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 14 Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies
  • Jul 15 Donald Calthrop, British actor (Blackmail, Scrooge, Rome Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jul 15 Robert Wadlow, American who was world's tallest known person (8'11.1"), dies at 22
  • Jul 15 Eugen Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (introduced the term schizophrenia to describe the disorder previously known as dementia praecox), dies at 82
  • Jul 19 Samuel H Chang, US newspaper magnate, murdered in Shanghai
  • Jul 20 Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
  • Jul 28 Richard Ohlsson, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 31 Whitey Krakow [or Krakower], American gangster and hitman (Murder Inc), murdered by "Bugsy" Siegel