Famous Deaths 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 4 Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
  • Mar 5 Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
  • 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, composer, dies at 51
  • Mar 26 Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • Mar 27 Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
  • Mar 27 Michael Joseph Savage, Australian-born New Zealand politician, First New Zealand Labour Prime Minister (1935-40), dies of cancer at 68
  • Mar 29 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)