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Famous Deaths in 1943

Deaths 1 - 200 of 234

  • Jan 1 Colonel Andrew Summers Rowan, U.S. military officer who gave "a message to Garcia" (b. 1857)
  • Jan 3 Sir Walter James, Premier of Western Australia (b. 1863)
  • Jan 4 Marina Raskova, Russian navigator, dies in airplane crash at 30
  • Jan 5 George Washington Carver, African-American agricultural scientist (studied the peanut), dies at 81

Person of interestNikola Tesla

Jan 7 Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American physicist (tesla motor), dies at 86

Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Nikola Tesla
Electrical and Mechanical Engineer
Nikola Tesla
  • Jan 7 George Washington Crile, American Surgeon (blood transfusion, surgical shock), dies at 78
  • Jan 8 Richard Hillary, Australian Spitfire pilot and author (The Last Enemy), dies in a crash during a night training at 23
  • Jan 9 Robin G Collingwood, English philosopher (Roman Britain), dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Agustín Pedro Justo, President of Argentina (1932-38) during the Infamous Decade, dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Carlo Tresca, NY's Italian newspaper editor/anti-fascist, murdered
  • Jan 12 Jan Campert, Dutch resistance fighter and poet (18 Dead), dies at 40
  • Jan 12 Frank Alvord Perret, American volcanologist renowned for his research at Vesuvius, Etna, Stromboli and Kilauea dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist (b. 1889)
  • Jan 14 Adolf Sandberger, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 16 Franz Courtens, Flemish painter (Sunny Lane), dies at 88
  • Jan 20 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer, dies at 57

  • Jan 21 Otakar Sini, composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Alexander Woollcott, critic, dies of a heart attack on radio, at 56
  • Jan 24 John Burns, British minister of Local Government (1905-14), dies
  • Jan 25 Spencer Charters, American actor (3 Faces West, Big Town Girl, St Louis Kid), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Nikolai Vavilov, geneticist, Saratovv labour camp, dies
  • Jan 26 Harry H. Laughlin, American eugenicist (b. 1880)
  • Jan 30 Attila Petschauer, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 38
  • Feb 1 Foy Draper, American relay runner (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 31
  • Feb 3 Alexander Goode, rabbi who surrended his life jacket, drowns
  • Feb 4 Frank Calder, 1st NHL president, dies
  • Feb 5 Wim Gertenbach, Dutch resistance fighter (Slogan), shot by Nazis
  • Feb 6 HA Seyffardt, Dutch lt-gen/NSB "minister", dies at 71
  • Feb 9 World War II: Dutch fascist official Hermannus Reydon and his wife are shot by resistance members, his wife dies immediately and he dies six months later
  • Feb 10 Wa'er, shot dead by Defiance
  • Feb 13 William Walraven, Dutch journalist and writer (Neglected Grouser), dies at 55
  • Feb 14 David Hilbert, German mathematician (Hilbert spaces, invariant theory, axiomatization of geometry, dies at 81
  • Feb 14 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), dies in Auschwitz concentration camp at 43
  • Feb 15 William Victor Harris, American composer, dies at 73
  • Feb 17 Armand J. Piron, American jazz violinist and composer, dies at 54
  • Feb 17 Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (b. 1872)
  • Feb 18 Henri Polak, Dutch union leader/politician (soc-dem), dies at 74
  • Feb 19 Lynne Overman, American actor (Reap the Wild Wind), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 22 Christoph Probst, German resistance fighter (That Weisse Rose), dies
  • Feb 22 Hans Scholl, German resistance fighter (White Rose), beheaded at 24
  • Feb 22 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), beheaded by guillotine at 21

  • Feb 26 Theodor Eicke, Nazi official (b. 1892)
  • Feb 27 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet, twice nominated for the Nobel prize (b. 1859)
  • Mar 2 Alexandre Yersin, Swiss bacteriologist (bacteria plague), dies at 79
  • Mar 3 George Thomson, cricketer (all-rounder-6 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies
  • Mar 4 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek foreign minister, dies at 71
  • Mar 4 Pieter C Boutens, Dutch poet (Beatrijs), dies at 73
  • Mar 9 Oskar Hêks, Czech marathon runner/antifascist, dies in Auschwitz
  • Mar 10 Tully Marshall, American actor (Let's Go, Red Dust), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor, dies at 73
  • Mar 13 Stephen Vincent Benét, American author (b. 1898)
  • Mar 13 J. P. Morgan, Jr. [John Pierpont], American financier and son of J.P. Morgan, Sr., (J.P. Morgan & Co.), dies of a stroke at 75
  • Mar 19 Vicente Ripolles, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 19 Frank Nitti, American gangster (b. 1883)
  • Mar 23 Andre Lichtenberger, French Sudan writer (Le Petit Roi), dies at 72
  • Mar 23 Joseph Moiseyevich Schillinger, composer, dies at 47
  • Mar 27 Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi, test pilot (BI-1), killed in crash
  • Mar 28 Sergei Vasilievitch Rachmaninov, Russian composer and pianist, dies at 69
  • Mar 30 Jan Bytnar, Polish activist (b. 1921)
  • Mar 30 Maciej Aleksy Dawidowski, Polish activist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 3 Conrad Veidt, German actor (Casablanca, Cabinet of Dr Calgary), dies from a heart attack at 50
  • Apr 4 Oskar Schlemmer, German painter, sculptor and choreographer (Triadisches Ballett), dies at 54
  • Apr 4 Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 5 Aleš Hrdlička, Austro-Hungarian anthropologist and curator (US National Museum), dies at 74
  • Apr 7 Jovan Ducic, Serbian poet (Blue Legends), dies at 72
  • Apr 7 Alexandre Millerand, President of France (b. 1859)
  • Apr 8 Paul Colin, Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed
  • Apr 8 Richard Sears, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), dies at 81
  • Apr 14 Asser B Kleerekoper, SDAP-Second-Member of parliament, dies at 62
  • Apr 14 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 15 Raffaele Casimiro Casimiri, composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 15 Aristarkh Lentulov, Russian artist, dies at 61
  • Apr 18 I Yamamoto, admiral of Japanese fleet, dies
  • Apr 19 Alexander Schmorell, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • Apr 19 Gustave Doret, Swiss composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 19 Willy Graf, German resistance fighter, beheaded
  • Apr 24 Gerardus H de Hare, socialist vicar, dies at 63
  • Apr 25 Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, playwright/director, dies
  • Apr 29 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist/composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • Apr 29 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 29 Sidney A K Keyes, English poet (Foreign Gate), dies at 20
  • Apr 30 Beatrice Potter Webb, British sociologist, economist ( founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
  • Apr 30 Etty Hillesum, Dutch diarist, dies in Auschwitz
  • Apr 30 Otto Jespersen, Danish linguist, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Leo Smit, Dutch composer, dies in Sobibór extermination camp at 42
  • May 1 Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, dies at 71
  • May 3 Leslie Heward, composer, dies at 45

Person of interestMordecai Anielewicz

May 8 Mordecai Anielewicz, Jewish commander of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, suspected to have committed suicide at 24 rather than surrender to Nazi troops that had surrounded his command bunker

Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Mordecai Anielewicz
Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Mordecai Anielewicz
  • May 10 Andre Bertulot, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • May 10 Arnaud/Armand Fraiteur, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • May 10 Maurice-Albert Raskin, Belgian resistance fighter, hanged
  • May 11 Szmul Zygielbojm, Jewish-Polish socialist politician (Bund) and activist, commits suicide to protest Allied indifference to the Holocaust during WWII at 48
  • May 12 Albert Stoessel, American composer, dies at 48
  • May 14 Henri La Fontaine, Belgian international lawyer (Nobel 1913), dies at 89
  • May 16 Alfred Hoche, German psychiatrist (b. 1865)
  • May 17 Montagu Love, actor (Wind), dies at 65
  • May 19 Kristjan Raud, Estonian painter (b. 1865)
  • May 24 Vladimir I Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright, dies at 84
  • May 25 Nils Dardel, Swedish post-impressionist painter, dies at 54
  • May 26 Edsel Ford, American President of Ford Motor Company (1919-1943) and son of Henry Ford, dies of stomach cancer aged 49
  • May 29 Hermann Hans Wetzler, German-American composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 1 Leslie Howard [Stainer], British actor (Gone With the Wind, Of Human Bondage), dies after Nazis shoot down his plane at 50
  • Jun 1 Wilfrid B. Israel, Jewish activist
  • Jun 3 Folkert E Posthuma, Min of Agriculture, dies
  • Jun 6 Karl Landsteiner, Austrian immunologist and pathologist (Nobel 1930), dies at 74
  • Jun 11 Sam[uel] de Vries, actor (Boefje, In Sobibor), dies at 50
  • Jun 13 Kočo Racin, Macedonian poet (b. 1908)
  • Jun 15 Cecil Parkin, cricketer (32 wkts in 10 Tests for Eng 1920-24), dies
  • Jun 20 Fritz Schmidt, Nazi commissioner in Holland, commits suicide at 39
  • Jul 1 Auguste Reitsma, Dutch resistance fighter (census director), executed
  • Jul 1 C Bakker, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed

  • Jul 1 C L Barentsen, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Coos Hartogh, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Cor Roos, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Henri Halberstadt, Dutch resistance fighter (census dir), executed
  • Jul 1 Johan Brouwer, hispanist/writer/Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Jul 1 Koen Limperg, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Sam Bloemgarten, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Willem Arondeus, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Willem Brouwer, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 2 Caroline Yale, American educator who revolutionized the teaching of hearing-impaired students, dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Władysław Sikorski, Polish World War II general and Prime Minister of Poland in exile (1939-43), killed in a plane crash at 62
  • Jul 8 Harry Oakes, Canadian ruler of Bahamas, murdered
  • Jul 8 Jean Moulin, French hero of the Résistance during World War II, executed at 44
  • Jul 10 Arthur Nevin, American composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 13 Kurt Huber, German philosopher and resistance fighter, beheaded at 50
  • Jul 14 Johannes F "Frits" Bakker Sr, actor, dies at 74
  • Jul 17 Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-general of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), dies at 72
  • Jul 21 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 42
  • Jul 23 Emanuel Querido, Dutch author and publisher (N.V. Em. Querido Uitgeversmaatschappij), murdered in the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor at 71
  • Jul 27 Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (1st Currie Cup-winning captain), dies
  • Jul 27 H B G Austin, cricketer (capt of 1923 WI team to England), dies
  • Jul 30 Benjamin James Dale, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 30 Owen Nares [Ramsay], British actor and manager (Maiden Erleigh), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Jul 31 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), dies in POW camp in Italy at 38
  • Aug 1 Ismar Elbogen, German/US learned/rabbi (Jewish Lexicon), dies at 68
  • Aug 5 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter, is executed during WWII at 55
  • Aug 6 Tom Garrett, cricketer (last survivor of 1st Test in 1877), dies
  • Aug 7 Gustav Schmidt, German lt-general, dies in battle
  • Aug 10 C Bergsma, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • Aug 10 J Janzen, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • Aug 10 J Posthuma, Dutch resistance fighter (Waalsdorpervlakte), dies
  • Aug 12 Georges Martin Witkowski, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 14 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Hans Jeschonnek, German air force general/chief-staff, commits suicide
  • Aug 18 Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general, dies at 78
  • Aug 21 Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish writer (Peter Gelukkige, Nobel 1917), dies at 86
  • Aug 23 Johann Zilcher, German composer, dies at 88
  • Aug 24 Ernst Ottwalt, writer, dies
  • Aug 24 Simone Weil, French philosopher and social activist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 25 Johan Petter Johansson, Swedish inventor and industrialist (modern adjustable spanner), dies at 86

  • Aug 26 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), dies at 66
  • Aug 27 Otto Selz, German psychologist, dies at 62
  • Aug 28 Boris III, Tsar of Bulgaria (1918-43), dies at 49
  • Aug 30 A[braham] Merritt, American sci-fi author (The Moon Pool, Burn Witch Bun ), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Sep 1 Charles Atangana, Cameroonian chief (b. 1880)
  • Sep 17 Dick Tyldesley, cricketer (7 Tests for England), dies
  • Sep 23 Elinor Glyn, English author (b. 1864)
  • Sep 27 Waclaw Gieburowski, composer, dies at 65
  • Sep 27 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis, soccer player (Wimbledon 1890; Ireland 1 cap), dies at 78
  • Sep 28 Charles Vintcent, cricketer (played in South Africa's 1st 3 tests), dies
  • Sep 28 Fritzi Brunette, American actress, dies at 53
  • Sep 30 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist (b. 1864)
  • Oct 1 Antoine T Broekman, resistance fighter, executed at 32
  • Oct 1 Anton JT Koreman, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • Oct 1 Antoon Pleyte, resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • Oct 1 Earnest Klijzing, resistance fighter, executed
  • Oct 1 Gideon Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • Oct 1 Hans Katan, resistance fighter, executed at 24
  • Oct 1 Henri H Geul, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • Oct 1 Johan Kalshoven, resistance fighter, executed at 20
  • Oct 1 Johan Roemer, resistance fighter, executed at 22
  • Oct 1 Johan van Mierlo, resistance fighter, executed at 35
  • Oct 1 John Charles Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 23
  • Oct 1 Leo Frijda, resistance fighter, executed at 20
  • Oct 1 Louis Boissevain, resistance fighter, executed at 21
  • Oct 1 Maarten van/of Gilse, resistance fighter, executed at 27
  • Oct 1 Olaf T Thomsen, resistance fighter, executed at 23
  • Oct 1 Peter "Pam" Pooters, resistance fighter, executed at 32
  • Oct 1 Sape Kuiper, resistance fighter, executed at 19
  • Oct 1 Victor van Swieten, resistance fighter, executed at 36
  • Oct 1 Walter Brandligt, literature/resistance fighter, executed at 42
  • Oct 2 Robert Nathaniel Dett, Canadian pianist and composer (In The Bottoms), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Oct 4 Richard T. Ely, American economist and author (Ground under our feet), dies at 89
  • Oct 4 Irena Iłłakowicz, Polish agent of Intelligence, dies at 37
  • Oct 5 Leon Roppolo, American musician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 6 Robert Cooper, father of Card pitcher Mort & catcher Walker, dies
  • Oct 7 Eugeniusz Bodo [Bohdan Eugène Junod], Polish film director, producer and comedic actor, dies in the Gulag at 43
  • Oct 7 Radclyffe Hall, British author (b. 1880)
  • Oct 9 Gerard W Kerncamp, historian/editor-in-chief (Green Amsterdam), dies
  • Oct 9 Jan Dieters, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN), executed
  • Oct 9 Lou Jansen, leader of illegal Dutch political party (CPN), executed
  • Oct 9 Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Nobel Prize 1902 for Zeeman effect), dies at 78
  • Oct 10 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist gassed at Auschwitz aged 26
  • Oct 14 Jackie Matthews, cricketer (8 Tests 1911-12, 16 wickets), dies
  • Oct 17 Stefan Starzyński, Polish politician (b. 1893)
  • Oct 18 Benedictus H Dancer, botanist, dies at 52
  • Oct 18 A. M. de Jong, Dutch writer (World Tour of Bulletje & Bonestaak), dies at 55
  • Oct 18 Benedictus H. Danser, Dutch taxonomist and botanist, dies at 52
  • Oct 21 Dudley Pound, British admiral of the fleet and 1st Sea Lord (Jutland, WW II), dies at 66