On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1945 (Part 2)

  • Oct 6 Leonardo Conti, Nazi physician, dies by hanging himself while awaiting trial for war crimes at Nuremberg at 45
  • Oct 8 Herman Theodoor Colenbrander, Dutch historian, dies at 73
  • Oct 8 Felix Salten [Siegmund Salzmann], Austrian author (Bambi, a Life in the Woods), dies at 76
  • Oct 12 Jesse James Payne, a sharecropper, lynched in Madison County, Florida

Person of interestMilton S. Hershey

Oct 13 Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company), dies at 86

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey

BattlePierre Laval

Oct 15 Pierre Laval, Prime Minister of France (1931-32 and 1935-36) and Head of Vichy France (1942-44), executed by firing squad for high treason at 62

Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France Pierre Laval
Prime Minister of France and Head of Vichy France
Pierre Laval
  • Oct 18 Fred Hovey, American tennis player (US Nationals 1895), dies at 77
  • Oct 21 Henry Armetta, Italian-American actor (The Black Cat, Bell for Adano, Big Store), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Oct 24 Robert Ley, German nazi, commits suicide

Person of interestVidkun Quisling

Oct 24 Vidkun Quisling, Norwegian Minister of Defense and Prime Minister (1942-45), executed for collaborating with the Nazis at 58

Prime Minister of Norway and Nazi Collaborator Vidkun Quisling
Prime Minister of Norway and Nazi Collaborator
Vidkun Quisling
  • Oct 26 Paul Pelliot, French Sinologist and Orientalist best known for his explorations of Central Asia and his discovery of many important Chinese texts among the Dunhuang manuscripts, dies at 67
  • Oct 26 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician, dies at 82
  • Oct 29 Hans Erich Blaich [Dr. Owlglass], German writer (Simplicissimus), dies at 72
  • Oct 31 Henry Ainley, English actor (As You Like It), dies at 66
  • Nov 2 Princess Thyra, daughter of Frederick VIII of Denmark (b. 1880)
  • Nov 3 Alessandro Longo, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 80

  • Nov 7 Alfred Dipper, cricketer (England batsman scored in only Test), dies
  • Nov 8 August von Mackensen, German field marshal, dies at 95

Person of interestJerome Kern

Nov 11 Jerome Kern, American composer (Sally, Leave it to Jane), dies at 60

Broadway Composer Jerome Kern
Broadway Composer
Jerome Kern
  • Nov 16 Kaarlo Sarkia, Finnish poet (Kohtalon Vaaka), dies at 43
  • Nov 17 Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, dies at 63
  • Nov 20 Francis William Aston, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1877)
  • Nov 21 Robert Benchley, American humorist (My 10 years in a Quandary), dies at 56

Person of interestAlexander Patch

Nov 21 Alexander Patch, American WWII general (Guadalcanal Campaign, Operation Dragoon), dies of pneumonia at 55

US WWII General Alexander Patch
US WWII General
Alexander Patch
  • Nov 21 Ellen Anderson Glasgow, American novelist (Ancient Law, Pulitzer-1942), dies at 72
  • Nov 21 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish soccer striker (11 caps; Celtic 272 games, 188 goals), dies at 67
  • Nov 28 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of the Davis Cup, dies at 66
  • Dec 1 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 4 Thomas Hunt Morgan, American evolutionary biologist, geneticist and embryologist (Nobel Prize 1933), dies at 79
  • Dec 8 Alexander Siloti, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 10 Theodor Dannecker, SS officer and an associate of Adolf Eichmann, dies at 32
  • Dec 11 Charles Fabry, French physicist, discoverer of ozone layer in upper atmosphere, dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Robert van Genechten, Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide
  • Dec 13 Elisabeth Volkenrath, supervisor at concentration camps (b. 1919)
  • Dec 14 Constantino Gaito, Argentinian composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 14 Forrester Harvey, Irish actor (Rebecca, Tarzan, Chump at Oxford), dies at 61
  • Dec 14 Henry van Goudoever, Dutch lawyer & judge, dies on his 69th birthday
  • Dec 14 Josef Kramer, German Nazi war criminal ("The Beast of Belsen"), hanged at 39
  • Dec 16 Fumimaro Konu, Japanese prince/PM (1937-39, 40-41), commits harakiri
  • Dec 16 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian industrialist and founder of Fiat, dies at 79
  • Dec 20 Charles Eady, cricketer (Tasmanian player for Aust 1896-1901), dies

Person of interestGeorge S. Patton

Dec 21 George S. Patton, American WWII general (Sicily, Italy and Normandy) known as "Old Blood & Guts", dies of congestive heart failure at 60

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • Dec 22 Otto Neurath, Austrian-British philosopher (Foundation of Social Sciences), dies at 63
  • Dec 23 Mogens Klitgaard, Danish author (Brunkul), dies at 39
  • Dec 24 Francisco Pujol, composer, dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Theodore Dreiser, American novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Don Douglas, Scottish actor (The Black Castle), dies at 40