Famous Deaths in 1942

  • Jan 1 Jaroslav Jezek, composer, dies at 35
  • Jan 3 Pauline Beersmans, [PLJM van Cuyck], Flemish actress, dies at 70
  • Jan 4 Leon Jessel, German composer (The Parade of the Tin Soldiers), dies at 70
  • Jan 5 Yves Paringaux, French chief of staff, murdered
  • Jan 6 Emma Calvé, French soprano (b. 1858)
  • Jan 7 Henry, Count of Baillet-Latour, President of IOC (1925-42), dies at 63
  • Jan 8 Arvo Hannikainen, Finnish composer, dies at 44
  • Jan 8 Joseph Franklin Rutherford, American religious publisher (b. 1869)
  • Jan 12 George Francis, cricketer (WI Test fast-bowler, 23 wkts in 10), dies
  • Jan 14 Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian writer (b. 1883)
  • Jan 15 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic gold 08, 12), dies at 58
  • Jan 16 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey, To Be or Not to Be), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • Jan 17 Frederick Jerome Work, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 17 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal, dies at 57
  • Jan 21 Henryk Opienski, Polish composer/musicologist/conductor, dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Reimond Tollenaere, leader Flemishch National Front, dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Walter Richard Sickert, British painter (Free House!), dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death). dies at 30
  • Jan 25 Eugene Samuel-Holeman, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 26 Gerard Philips, Dutch industrialist and manufacturer (Philips), dies at 83
  • Jan 27 Kaarel Eenpalu, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1888)
  • Jan 28 Pablo Luna y Carne, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 29 Ladislao Joseph Philip Paul Zavrtal, composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 30 Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 31 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • Jan 31 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (b. 1917)
  • Feb 2 Daniil Kharms, Russian playwright (b. 1905)
  • Feb 6 Wobbe de Vries, Dutch linguist, dies at 78
  • Feb 7 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Oly-gold-1908), dies at 56
  • Feb 7 Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator, dies at 65
  • Feb 8 Fritz Todt, German Reichs minister (Organization Todt), dies at 50
  • Feb 12 Grant Wood, US painter (American Gothic), dies at 50
  • Feb 13 Epitácio Pessoa, Brazilian president (b. 1865)
  • Feb 14 Adnan Bin Saidi, Officer of the Malay Regiment killed in the defense of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • Feb 15 Guido Adler, Austrian musicologist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Stanislav Binicki, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 18 Albert Payson Terhune, American author (b. 1872)
  • Feb 19 Frank Abbandando, American gangster (executed) (b. 1910)
  • Feb 20 Guido Gasperini, composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 23 Stefan Zweig, Austrian poet, essayist and dramatist (Beware of Pity), dies at 60
  • Feb 25 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, dies at 61
  • Feb 27 Karel WFM Doorman, Dutch rear-admiral (Java Sea), KIA at 52
  • Feb 27 Martha McChesney Berry, American educator who founded Berry School for Children, dies at 75
  • Mar 1 George S. Rentz, Navy Chaplain (b. 1882)
  • Mar 3 Amedeo, Duke of Aosta, viceroy (Ethiopia), dies at 43
  • Mar 4 Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 8 Jose R Capablanca, Cuban chess player (world champ 1927), dies at 53
  • Mar 10 William Henry Bragg, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1862)
  • Mar 12 Enrique Morera, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 12 Robert Bosch, German industrialist (b. 1861)
  • Mar 15 Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian and US composer (African Dance), dies at 70

  • Mar 19 Clinton Hart Merriam, American zoologist (b. 1855)
  • Mar 20 Theodoro Valcarcel, composer, dies at 41
  • Mar 23 Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, President of Argentina (1922-28), dies at 73
  • Mar 26 Jimmy Burke, American baseball player, dies at 67
  • Mar 28 Herman Adrian van Karnebeek, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1918-27), dies at 67
  • Mar 28 Miguel Hernadez Gilabert, Spanish poet (Viento del Pueblo), dies at 31
  • Mar 30 Alfred Coville, French historian (Lesson premier Valois), dies at 81
  • Apr 3 Albert Siklos, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 3 Paul Gilson, Belgian composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Alfred Mombert, writer, dies
  • Apr 8 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • Apr 12 Johannes E Akkeringa, Dutch painter/etcher, dies at 80
  • Apr 13 Henk Sneevliet, leader of Dutch RSAP/Spartacus, executed at 58
  • Apr 15 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), dies at 61

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Apr 15 Hugh S. Johnson, American head of the National Recovery Administration and member of FDR's Brain Trust, dies of pneumonia at 60

Member of FDR's Brain Trust Hugh S. Johnson
Member of FDR's Brain Trust
Hugh S. Johnson
  • Apr 17 Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • Apr 18 Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, American socialite (b. 1875)

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Apr 24 Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (Anne of Green Gables), dies at 67

  • Apr 24 Leonid Kulik, Russian Minerologist (Tunguska meteor site) dies of typhus in a Nazi prison camp at 58
  • Apr 25 Paul Kornfeld, writer, dies at 52
  • Apr 30 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer, dies at 51
  • Apr 30 Jakob van Hoddis [[Hans Davidsohn]], German Jewish poet, transported to German concentration camp at 54 (actual date of death unknown)
  • May 3 Johan H. Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter and leader of Order Service (OD), executed at 61
  • May 3 Thorvald Stauning, Prime Minister of Denmark (1924-26, 1929-42), dies at 68
  • May 5 Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • May 7 Felix Paul von Weingartner, Austria conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
  • May 13 Hyam Greenbaum, composer, dies at 41
  • May 16 Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski, anthropologist, dies
  • May 17 Alfred Hollins, British composer, dies at 76
  • May 19 [Nicoline] Magdalene Anchor-Roll, Norwegian author (Enken), dies at 69
  • May 29 John Barrymore, American actor (Beloved Rogue, Dinner at 8), dies from cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure at 60
  • Jun 1 Ernest Pingoud, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 1 Vladislav Vancura, Czech physician/resistance fighter, executed at 50

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Jun 4 Reinhard Heydrich, German Nazi leader (head of Bohemia and Moravia and the Reich Main Security Office), dies a week after an assassination attempt at 38

Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich
Nazi leader
Reinhard Heydrich
  • Jun 7 Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer (b. 1903)
  • Jun 10 Jean François van Royen, Sect-Gen of Concentration Camp Amersfoort, dies at 63
  • Jun 10 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1937), dies
  • Jun 10 Stanley Lupino, English comic (Cheer Up, Over She Goes), dies at 48
  • Jun 12 Walter Leigh, composer, dies at 36
  • Jun 15 Vera Figner, writer, dies
  • Jun 17 Charles Fitzpatrick, Canadian politician who was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec and 5th Chief Justice of Canada, dies at 88
  • Jun 18 Adolf Opalka, Czech resistance fighter, shot down
  • Jun 18 Arthur Pryor, American band composer and trombone player, dies at 71
  • Jun 18 John Kubris, Czech resistance fighter, killed Heydrich, dies at 28
  • Jun 25 Hans Lietzman, German theologist/church historian, dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Arnoldus J H Aerts, Dutch bishop of New-Guinea, executed at 62
  • Jul 3 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general (b. 1856)
  • Jul 8 Catherinus Elling, composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 11 Simon de la Bella, Dutch president (NVV), dies in Dachau
  • Jul 14 Neel [Cornelia H] Doff, Neth/French/Belgian painter's model, dies
  • Jul 15 Denis Moloney, cricketer (during WW II 3 Tests for NZ 1937), dies
  • Jul 20 Patric Cobb, British sea officer, dies in battle
  • Jul 23 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (England 1921), dies whilst batting at 56
  • Jul 23 Nikola J Vaptsarov, Bulgaria poet/communist, executed at 32
  • Jul 23 Adam Czerniakow, Polish engineer (suicide) (b. 1880)
  • Jul 26 Titus Brandsma, [Anno Sjoerd], Dutch Roman Catholic priest and philosopher (Dachau), dies
  • Jul 26 Roberto Arlt, Argentinian writer (b. 1900)
  • Jul 27 William Matthew Finders Petrie, Egyptologist, dies
  • Jul 31 Francis E Younghusband, British journalist/explorer, dies at 79
  • Aug 2 Friedrich Aereboe, Dutch landlord, dies at 77
  • Aug 4 Alberto Franchetti, composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 7 Richard Gott, British gen/commandant of 8th Army, dies in battle at 43
  • Aug 9 Edith Stein, German philosopher and Discalced Carmelite nun (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), dies at 50
  • Aug 11 Richard Heinrich Stein, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 18 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech Russian composer and pianist, dies at 48
  • Aug 21 Kiyoano Ichiki, Japanese colonel (WWII), dies
  • Aug 22 Henry Eichheim, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 22 Mikhailmichel Fokine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, dies
  • Aug 25 George EAE, English prince/earl of St Andrews, dies in battle at 39
  • Aug 25 Panayot Pipkov, composer, dies at 70
  • Aug 25 W van Daalen, opposition leader on Celebes, beheaded
  • Aug 25 George Edward Alexander Windsor, Duke of Kent (b. 1902)
  • Aug 31 Von Bismarck, German major general, (Africa Corps), dies in battle
  • Sep 2 Tom Williams, Irish republican (b. 1924)
  • Sep 5 François de Labouchère, French aviator of World War II, compagnon de la Libération. (b. 1917)
  • Sep 7 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter dies aged 87
  • Sep 10 Nachman N "Neddy" Bamberg, actor, dies in Auschwitz at 63
  • Sep 14 E.S. Gosney, American eugenicist (b. 1855)
  • Sep 15 Jack Singer, American war reporter (Wasp), dies
  • Sep 15 Joe Travers, cricketer (Australian SLA, in only Test innings), dies
  • Sep 19 Condé Nast, American publisher (b. 1873)
  • Sep 27 Douglas Munro, only US Coast Guard with WW II-Med of Honor, dies
  • Sep 28 Eva Thatcher, American actress, dies at 80
  • Oct 1 Ants Piip, Estonian Prime Minister (b. 1884)
  • Oct 6 Erich Kuttner, German journalist/historian (Vorwarts), dies
  • Oct 8 Sergei Chaplygin, Soviet engineer
  • Oct 10 Richard von Schaukal, Austria poet/writer (Schlemihle), dies at 68
  • Oct 11 Leonid Vladimirovich Nikolayev, composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 15 Dirk Bannink, nurse/local counciller Deventer, executed
  • Oct 16 12, Dutch Communist Party-resistance fighter/3 NVV-hostages, executed
  • Oct 18 Mikhail Nesterov, Russian painter (b. 1862)
  • Oct 20 May Robson, actress (Star is Born, Reckless), dies at 84
  • Oct 22 Gustave "Staff" de Clercq, leader Flemish Nationally Covenant, dies
  • Oct 22 Sybren Tulip, NSBer/supt of police in Amsterdam (1941-42), dies
  • Oct 23 Georg Stumme, German general/commandant of African corps, dies
  • Oct 23 Ralph Rainger, composer, dies at 41
  • Oct 24 Arthur Dolphin, cricketer (1 Test England 1921, 1 run, 1 catch), dies
  • Oct 25 Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), dies at 65
  • Oct 27 Helmuth Hubener, Youth Political Activist against the Hitler regime (b. 1925)
  • Nov 1 Hugo Distler, composer, dies at 34
  • Nov 3 Carl Sternheim, German playwright (Trousers, Snob), dies at 64
  • Nov 4 Marcel Barger, [Streliskie], cabaret performer, killed in Auschwitz

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Nov 5 George M Cohan, father of musical comedy, dies of cancer at 64

Composer George M. Cohan
Composer
George M. Cohan
  • Nov 9 Edna May Oliver, dies on 59th birthday
  • Nov 11 Anton H Blaauw, botanist (Perception of the Lichtes), dies at 60
  • Nov 11 Hector Abbas, Flemish actor and director (Rosa Lynd Company), dies at 58
  • Nov 13 Daniel J. Callaghan, US Admiral (Medal of Honor) dies during the Battle of Guadalcanal at 52
  • Nov 13 Douglas H Fox, US captain of destroyer Barton, dies in battle
  • Nov 13 Norman Scott, US admiral (at Guadalcanal), dies
  • Nov 16 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), dies from a heart atack at 38
  • Nov 17 Ben Reitman, American anarchist, physician (b. 1879)
  • Nov 19 Edouard Combe, composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 19 Bruno Schulz, Polish writer and painter (shot) (b. 1892)

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Nov 21 J. B. M. Hertzog [Barry Hertzog], South African General and Prime Minister (1924-39), dies at 76

South African Premier J. B. M. Hertzog
South African Premier
J. B. M. Hertzog
  • Nov 27 A B C Langton, cricketer (WWII 15 Tests for South Africa 1935-39), dies
  • Nov 30 Buck Jones [Charles F Gebhart], American Western actor (Just Pals, Forbidden Trails, War Horse), dies in a fire at 50
  • Dec 3 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and music critic, dies at 75

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Dec 8 Albert Kahn, architect of Detroit, dies at 73

Architect of Detroit Albert Kahn
Architect of Detroit
Albert Kahn
  • Dec 11 Franz C. Schmelkes, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), a disinfectant, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • Dec 13 Eleanor Everest Freer, composer, dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Wlodimir Ledochowski, Polish-Austrian director of the Society of Jesus (b. 1866)
  • Dec 14 Eduard C "Edo" Fimmen, Dutch trade union leader, dies at 61
  • Dec 18 Charlie Walker, cricketer (Aust tourist to England 1930, 1938), dies
  • Dec 20 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 21 Leendert Round, sculptor (Giraffen, Blijdorp), dies at 63
  • Dec 22 Franz Boas, German-American anthropologist and linguist (Mind of Primitive Man), dies 84
  • Dec 24 Friedrich Klose, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 24 Jean LXF Darlan, French admiral, murdered by gaullists
  • Dec 24 K Balmont, writer, dies at 75
  • Dec 25 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer, dies at 32
  • Dec 26 Bosinier de la Chapelle, Fren murderer of adm Darlan, executed at 24
  • Dec 29 Frank D Adams, Canadian geologist, dies at 83