On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1942

  • Dec 3 Arthur Berson, German meteorologist (Balloon flights, Amazon), dies at 83
  • Dec 3 Wilhelm Peterson-Berger, Swedish composer and music critic, dies at 75

Person of interestAlbert Kahn

Dec 8 Albert Kahn, American architect known as the "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 11 Jochen Klepper, German writer, commits suicide at 39
  • Dec 13 Eleanor Everest Freer, American 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 20 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 20 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), dies at 54
  • Dec 21 Leendert Round, Dutch 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, German-Swiss composer (König Elf), dies at 80

MurderFrançois Darlan

Dec 24 François Darlan, French Admiral of the Fleet during WWII and Vichy Prime Minister (1941-42), assassinated at 61 in his headquarters in French North Africa by resistance fighter Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle

Admiral and Prime Minister of Vichy France François Darlan
Admiral and Prime Minister of Vichy France
François Darlan
  • Dec 24 K Balmont, writer, dies at 75
  • Dec 25 Vojislav Vuckovic, composer, dies at 32
  • Dec 26 Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle, French resistance fighter and assassin of Admiral of the Fleet and Vichy Prime Minister François Darlan, executed by firing squad at 20
  • Dec 26 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1927, 28, 29; Army; NFL: New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of a fractured skull from a fall at 37
  • Dec 28 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), dies at 73
  • Dec 29 Frank Dawson Adams, Canadian geologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 30 Neville Henderson, British diplomat and Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Nazi Germany (1937-39), dies at 60