On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 1940

  • Mar 1 Josef Swickard, German actor (The Wizard of Oz, Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Mar 1 Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (Truth and Justice), dies at 62
  • Mar 2 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Hamlin Garland, American writer (Middle Border), dies at 79
  • Mar 5 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • Mar 7 Edwin Markham, American poet (1st winner of American Academy of Poets Award 1937), dies at 87
  • Mar 10 Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Blokkade, Ghetto, Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
  • Mar 10 Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)
  • Mar 15 Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies

Person of interestSelma Lagerlöf

Mar 16 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Mar 19 Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
  • Mar 20 Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 25 Ion Nonna Otescu, Romanian composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 26 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), dies at 67

Person of interestMichael Joseph Savage

Mar 27 Michael Joseph Savage, Australian-born New Zealand politician and first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand (1935-40), dies of colon cancer at 68

New Zealand Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
New Zealand Prime Minister
Michael Joseph Savage
  • Mar 29 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)