On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1946

  • Jan 2 Joe Darling, Australian cricket batsman and captain (34 Tests, 21 as captain; 3 x 100s, TS 178; South Australia CA), dies following a gall bladder operation at 75

ExecutionWilliam Joyce

Jan 3 William Joyce, American-born Irish Fascist politician and NAZI propagandist, hanged in Britain for treason at 39

  • Jan 5 Kitty Cheatham, American singer (b. 1864)
  • Jan 5 George "Slim" Summerville, American actor (All Quiet on the Western Front, Keystone Cops), dies of a stroke at 53
  • Jan 7 Adamo Didur, Polish tenor (b. 1874)
  • Jan 9 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ, One Way to Heaven), dies at 42
  • Jan 9 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • Jan 16 Johanna HC Albregt, actress/wife of Henri Dons (Paradise), dies at 71
  • Jan 17 Gottfried Rudinger, German composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 18 Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist and composer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Matteo Giulio Bartoli, linguist, dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Adriaan van Maanen, Dutch-American astronomer (b. 1884)
  • Jan 29 Harry L Hopkins, US min of Business (Loan & Lease law), dies at 55
  • Jan 29 Sidney Jones, British conductor and composer (The Geisha, A Gaiety Girl), dies at 84
  • Feb 1 Hans Bethge, German poet, dies at 70
  • Feb 4 Margarete Boie, writer, dies

George Arliss

Feb 5 George Arliss, British Academy Award-winning actor (Disraeli; Devil; Green Goddess), dies at 77

  • Feb 8 Miles Mander, British actor (Tower of London, Wuthering Heights, Murder!), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Feb 8 Felix Hoffmann, German chemist (synthesized aspirin and heroin), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), dies from bronchopneumonia at 32
  • Feb 15 Louis "Putney" Dandridge American jazz pianist and singer (Heatin' Up Harlem), dies at 44
  • Feb 20 Hugh Allen, musician, dies
  • Feb 21 José Streel, Belgian World War II collaborator (b. 1911)
  • Feb 23 Tomoyuki Yamashita [Yamashita Tomobumi], Imperial Japanese general dubbed "Tiger of Malaya," executed for war crimes by hanging at 60
  • Feb 27 James Cecil Parke, Irish tennis, rugby player (Australasian C'ship 1912, Ireland rugby 20 caps), dies at 64
  • Mar 2 Fidél Pálffy, Hungarian National socialist (leading supporter of Nazism in Hungary), dies at 50
  • Mar 2 George E. Stewart, American army officer and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Bror von Blixen-Finecke, Danish big-game hunter (b. 1886)
  • Mar 8 Frederick Lanchester, English Engineer who built the first British petrol automobile (1896), dies at 77
  • Mar 12 Philip Merivale, British actor (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Nothing But Trouble), dies from a heart ailment at 59
  • Mar 13 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Rembrandt), dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Thomas Frederick Dunhill, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 13 Werner von Blomberg, German minister of Reichswehr, dies at 67
  • Mar 13 Karl Haushofer, German soldier and geographer, dies at 76
  • Mar 16 Marius HLW "Max" Blokzijl, Dutch Nazi propagandist, executed at 61
  • Mar 17 Dai Li, Chinese spymaster (b. 1897)
  • Mar 19 Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Buah Rindu), dies at 35
  • Mar 22 Clemens A. von Galen, Dutch bishop of Munster and anti fascist, dies at 68
  • Mar 23 Alexandru Zirra, composer, dies at 62
  • Mar 23 Gilbert N. Lewis, American Chemist (theory of covalent bonding), dies at 70
  • Mar 24 Alexander Alekhine, Russian-French chess player (world champion 1927-35, 37-46), dies choking on meat at 53
  • Mar 24 Gustaf Heintze, Swedish composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 28 Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)
  • Mar 30 John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort, British soldier, Field Marshal during WW II, dies at 59
  • Apr 1 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), dies at 64
  • Apr 3 Masaharu Homma, Lt Gen (responsible for Bataan Death March), executed
  • Apr 5 Vincent Youmans, American composer and songwriter (Tea for Two), dies at 47
  • Apr 12 August Borms, Flemish nazi collaborator, executed at 67
  • Apr 12 F Guicciardi, writer, dies
  • Apr 13 William Henry Bell, English composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 16 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born American race car driver and automobile designer, takes his own life at 61
  • Apr 17 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • Apr 21 Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies

ExecutionJohn Maynard Keynes

Apr 21 John Maynard Keynes, English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, dies of a heart attack at 62

  • Apr 22 Harlan F. Stone, American lawyer & jurist (SCOTUS, 1941-46), dies at 73
  • Apr 22 Lionel Atwill, British actor (Captain Blood, To Be or Not to Be), dies at 61
  • Apr 23 Jesús Castillo, Guatemalan composer (Quiché Vinak), dies at 68
  • Apr 25 Albert Knight, cricketer (3 Tests for England on 1903-04 tour), dies
  • Apr 25 Joseph Vine, cricketer (batted in two Tests Eng v Aust 1911-12), dies
  • Apr 26 Hermann von Keyserling, Baltic German philosopher (Unsterblichkeit), dies at 65
  • Apr 28 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician, dies at 76
  • May 1 Edward Bairstow, English composer, dies at 71
  • May 1 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, dies at 42
  • May 1 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 19; Wimbledon 1923), dies of tuberculosis at 51
  • May 7 Anton Mussert, Dutch fascist and leader of the Nationalist Socialist Movement, executed for high treason at 51
  • May 7 Joe Humphries, English cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests for England 1907-08), dies at 69
  • May 19 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Jacob Ellehammer, Danish watchmaker and inventor (powered flight), dies at 74
  • May 25 Patty Smith Hill, American composer, teacher and songwriter ("Happy Birthday To You"), dies at 78
  • May 26 Friedrich A H von Waldeck, monarch of Waldeck, dies
  • May 29 Martin Gottfried Weiss, Commandant of Dachau concentration camp (b. 1905)
  • May 30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)
  • Jun 1 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician, is executed after having been convicted of war crimes
  • Jun 1 Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor and actor (Othello, Zirkus Saran, Husaren heraus), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jun 3 Mikhail Kalinin, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1938-46), dies at 60
  • Jun 5 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), dies at 81
  • Jun 8 John L. Bates, American lawyer and politician (41st Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 86
  • Jun 9 Rama VIII [Ananda Mahidol], King of Siam (1935-46), dies of a mysterious gunshot wound at 21

Jack Johnson

Jun 10 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American world heavyweight champion 1908-15), dies in a car accident aged 68

  • Jun 12 Count Hisaichi Terauchi, Japanese fieldmarshal, dies
  • Jun 13 Edward Bowes, American radio host (Major Bowes Amateur Hour), dies at 71

John Logie Baird

Jun 14 John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor and father of the television, dies of a stroke at 57

  • Jun 16 Ludwig Winder, writer, dies
  • Jun 16 Miloje Milojević, Serbian composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 17 Joe Dawson, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1912), dies at 56
  • Jun 21 Heinrich Kaminski, German composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 23 William S. Hart, American silent film actor (Wild Bill Hickok, Tumbleweeds), dies at 75
  • Jun 24 Louise Whitfield Carnegie, American philanthropist (b. 1857)
  • Jun 26 Max Kögel, SS officer (b. 1895)
  • Jun 26 Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (b. 1880)
  • Jun 28 Eduard Veterman, Dutch painter/playwright, dies in an auto accident
  • Jun 28 Antoinette Perry, American actress and theater director, dies at 58
  • Jun 29 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), dies at 91
  • Jun 30 Michael Zadora, American composer and pianist, dies at 64
  • Jul 2 Anthony Overton, publisher/cosmetics manufacturer/banker, dies at 81
  • Jul 4 Othenio Able, Austrian artist, fossil creator and founder of paleobiology, dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Gerda Steinhoff, Nazi concentration camp overseer (b. 1922)
  • Jul 8 Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Russian composer {Alexnadrov Ensemble}, dies at 63
  • Jul 10 Sidney Hillman, Lithuanian-American union leader (Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union; Congress of Industrial Organizations), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jul 12 Ray Stannard Baker, American journalist (Puliter Prize 1940), dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Razor Smith, English cricket spin bowler (245 first class matches, Surry CCC), dies at 68
  • Jul 17 Draža Mihailović, Serbian WWII hero and war criminal, executed at 53
  • Jul 20 Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton, American trombonist and plunger mute pioneer (Duke Ellington Orchestra), dies of a stroke at 42
  • Jul 21 Gualberto Villarroel, President of Bolivia (b. 1908)
  • Jul 23 James Maxton, Scottish politician, Leader of the Independent Labour Party, dies at 61
  • Jul 25 Narziss Ach, German psychologist (Analyse des Willens), dies at 74
  • Jul 26 Morris Hirshfield, Polish/American painter, dies
  • Jul 27 Gertrude Stein, US/Fren author/poet (Ida, Tender Buttons), dies at 72
  • Aug 1 Andrei Vlasov, Russian general (Red Army, Wehrmacht) executed at 45
  • Aug 5 Wilhelm Marx, German politician, Chancellor of Germany (1923-25, 1926-28), dies at 83
  • Aug 6 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player, dies at 42
  • Aug 6 Blanche Bingley-Hillyard, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1886, 89, 94, 97, 99-1900), dies at 82
  • Aug 6 Benny Lynch, Scottish boxer (World flyweight title 1937-38), dies of malnutrition-induced respiratory failure at 33
  • Aug 9 Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies at 69
  • Aug 13 Valery Zhelobinsky, Russian composer, dies at 33

H. G. Wells

Aug 13 H. G. Wells, English sci-fi author (The War of the Worlds, Time Machine), dies at 79

  • Aug 15 Edward R. Bradley, American businessman and horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), dies at 86
  • Aug 16 Herman Harrell Horne, American philosopher (idealism), dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver triple jump; bronze long jump 1912), dies at 53
  • Aug 26 Jeanie MacPherson, American actress and screenwriter (b. 1887)
  • Aug 29 J E Feenstra, Nazi military police commandant, executed
  • Aug 29 Milan Harašta, Czech composer, dies at 26
  • Aug 29 John Steuart Curry, American painter (Baptism in Kansas), dies at 48
  • Aug 30 Grigory Semyonov, Russian counter-revolutionary (executed) (b. 1890)
  • Aug 31 Paul August von Klenau, Danish opera composer, and conductor, dies at 63
  • Aug 31 Harley Granville-Barker, English dramatist, producer (The Voysey Inheritance) and critic, dies at 68
  • Sep 3 Paul Lincke, German composer and theater conductor considered the "father" of the Berlin operetta (Frau Luna, Lysistrata), dies at 79
  • Sep 7 Paul Zech, German writer, dies at 65
  • Sep 9 Mynona, Polish writer (The Creator), dies at 74
  • Sep 11 Arthur van Schendel, writer (Holland Drama), dies at 72)

ExecutionAmon Göth

Sep 13 Amon Göth, Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, executed by hanging at after being convicted of war crimes at 37

  • Sep 13 Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist, dies at 71
  • Sep 16 James Hopwood Jeans, English physicist, mathematician and astronomer (The Mysterious Universe), dies at 69
  • Sep 16 Mamie Smith, American vaudeville singer, dancer and actress (Crazy Blues), dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Raimu [Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire], French actor (The Baker's Wife, Marius, Fanny), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Sep 21 Leo Bittermieux, Flemish missionary (Congo), dies at 66
  • Sep 21 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (Phantom), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Heinrich George [Georg August Friedrich Hermann Schulz], German actor (Hitlerjunge Quex), dies at 52
  • Sep 26 William Strunk Jr., American grammarian and author (The Elements of Style), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Jean Van de Eeckhoudt, Belgian painter, dies
  • Oct 4 Barney Oldfield, American auto racer (International Motorsports Hall of Fame; first to drive at 60mph on circular track), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Oct 8 Rose Melville, American stage actress (Sis Hopkins) dies at 73
  • Oct 11 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, dies at 35
  • Oct 12 Joseph W Stilwell, US general (China), dies

Hermann Goering

Oct 15 Hermann Goering, Nazi Reichmarshal, poisons himself in prison at 53

ExecutionAlfred Jodl

Oct 16 Alfred Jodl, German general during World War II (head of the German High Command, signed unconditional Nazi surrender), hanged by Allied forces after the Nuremberg trials at 56

  • Oct 16 Alfred Rosenberg, German war criminal, hanged
  • Oct 16 Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian chancellor (1930s), hanged at 54
  • Oct 16 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian Nazi (SS/SD), hanged at 43
  • Oct 16 Fritz Sauckel, German Nazi General of Labor, hanged at 51
  • Oct 16 Granville Bantock, English composer and conductor (Hebridean Symphony), dies at 78

ExecutionHans Frank

Oct 16 Hans Frank, German Nazi Governor General of Occupied Poland, hanged by Allied forces after the Nuremberg war trials at 46

  • Oct 16 Wilhelm Frick, German war criminal, hanged

ExecutionWilhelm Keitel

Oct 16 Wilhelm Keitel, Nazi Military Leader (head of the German High Command), is hanged at Nuremberg at 64

  • Nov 5 Sigismond Stojowski, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 77
  • Nov 6 Zygmunt Stojowski, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 14 Herman de Man [Salomon H Hamburger], author/Radio Orange, dies
  • Nov 14 Manuel de Falla, Spanish pianist and composer (Atlántida), dies of cardiac arrest at 69
  • Nov 18 Donald Meek, Scottish-American actor (You Can't Take It with You, Stagecoach), dies at 86
  • Nov 18 John King, cricketer (scored 60 & 4 in only Test Eng v Aus 1909), dies
  • Nov 18 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), dies at 61
  • Nov 22 Bertie Rose-Innes, cricketer (South Africa's Test), dies
  • Nov 22 Otto Georg Thierack, German jurist and politician (Reich Minister of Justice 1942-45), dies at 57
  • Nov 23 Fawzi Husseini, Arabic High Director for Palestine, murdered
  • Nov 24 Alfonso Broqua, Uruguayan composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 6 Maximilian Steinberg, Russian composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 7 Sada Yacco, Japanese stage actress (b. 1871)

Damon Runyon

Dec 10 Damon Runyon, American journalist and writer (Guys & Dolls-based on his work), dies at 66

Walter Johnson

Dec 10 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series 1924; AL MVP 1913, 24; Washington Senators), dies from a brain tumour at 59

  • Dec 12 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive, Dark Alibi, Maryland), dies from diphtheria at 35
  • Dec 15 Konrad Haebler, German historian (Hundert Kalenderinkunabeln), dies at 89
  • Dec 15 Frederic Norton, British composer ( Chu Chin Chow), dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, dies at 84
  • Dec 19 Paul Langevin, French physicist (b. 1872)
  • Dec 23 John A. Sampson, American gynecologist (b. 1873)
  • Dec 25 W C Fields, writer and comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer (I Love You Truly), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Charles Wakefield Cadman, American composer (Shanewis (or The Robin Woman); The Sky Hawk), dies at 65
  • Dec 31 Frederik "Frits" Tartaud, Dutch actor and husband of Dutch actress Alida Klein, dies at 89