Famous Deaths in 1948

  • Jan 1 Hermann K J Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Liebesmesse), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 Willem Landré, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 7 Raoul Auernheimer, writer, dies
  • Jan 8 Kurt Schwitters, writer, dies at 60
  • Jan 8 Richard Tauber, Austrian tenor (b. 1891)
  • Jan 9 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician, dies at 75
  • Jan 14 Anna "Ans" van Dike, Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
  • Jan 19 Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • Jan 21 Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 24 Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24 Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1901)
  • Jan 26 Ignaz Friedman, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 29 Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)

Person of interestMahatma Gandhi

Jan 30 Mahatma Gandhi, India's political and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists at 78

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
  • Jan 30 Herb Pennock, pitcher (NY Yankees)/GM (Phillies), dies

Person of interestOrville Wright

Jan 30 Orville Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies at 76


  • Feb 2 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • Feb 2 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 53
  • Feb 5 Johann Blaskowitz, German general (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • Feb 6 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • Feb 7 Red McKenzie, American jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies at 48
  • Feb 9 Karl Valentin, German comic/writer, dies at 65
  • Feb 10 Ewart Astill, cricket all-rounder (9 Tests for England 1927-30), dies
  • Feb 11 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • Feb 14 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Feb 21 Frederick Archibald Lamond, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 John Robert Gregg, Irish-born publisher and inventor (b. 1866)
  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), dies at 51
  • Mar 4 Antonin Artaud, French poet/actor (Napoleon), dies at 51
  • Mar 5 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 6 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), dies at 33
  • Mar 10 Jan Masaryk, Czech statesman and Minister to London (1918-35), commits suicide or is murdered at 61
  • Mar 10 Zelda Fitzgerald, American writer (This Side of Paradise) and wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, dies at 47
  • Mar 13 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the U.K., dies at 77
  • Mar 24 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter, dies at 62
  • Mar 25 Warren Hymer, American actor (Girl From Havana, Meet the Mob), dies from a stomach ailment at 42
  • Mar 26 Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • Mar 27 Karel Candael, Flemish composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 29 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (b. 1881)
  • Mar 31 Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62
  • Apr 2 Sabahattin Ali, Turkish poet, author and journalist (Esirler, Içimizdeki Şeytan), killed at 41

  • Apr 8 Josef Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • Apr 9 George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
  • Apr 9 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (b. 1903)
  • Apr 15 Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician, dies at 56

Person of interestManuel Roxas

Apr 15 Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines (1946-48), dies of heart attack at 56

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • Apr 17 Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
  • Apr 17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • Apr 21 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, dies at 66
  • Apr 24 Joseph Wihtol, composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Manuel Marua Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Rosita Marstini, actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • Apr 24 Jāzeps Vītols, Latvian composer, dies at 84
  • May 1 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • May 6 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens
  • May 8 Alfred Holy, Czech composer and harpist, dies at 81
  • May 8 U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • May 12 Isidor Achron, composer, dies at 55
  • May 15 Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • May 22 Claude McKaye, Jamaican/American author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57
  • May 24 Alfred Kastner, composer, dies at 78
  • May 24 Jacques Feyder, Belgian director and screenwriter (b. 1885)

Person of interestWitold Pilecki

May 25 Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII resistance fighter (volunteered to go to Auschwitz, Witold's Report), executed by communist secret police after a show trial at age 47

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • May 26 Theodore Morell, German doctor, Hitler's personal physician, dies at 61
  • May 28 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer and one of the Mitford sisters, dies from the effects of a bullet in her head at 33
  • May 29 May Whitty, actress (Gaslight, Mrs Miniver, Suspicion), dies at 82
  • May 31 Jose Vianna da Motta, Portuguese composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 1 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), dies at 34
  • Jun 1 Alex Gard, Russian-born caricaturist (b. 1900)
  • Jun 2 Viktor Brack, German Nazi physician and war criminal, dies at 43
  • Jun 2 Karl Brandt, German physician of Adolf Hitler, hanged for war crimes at 44
  • Jun 2 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (b. 1897)
  • Jun 2 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • Jun 2 Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician, dies at 42
  • Jun 6 Louis Lumière, French inventor, with brother Auguste made 1st motion picture in 1895, dies at 83
  • Jun 7 Georges Adolphe Hue, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 8 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer, dies at 69
  • Jun 8 Hanson "Sammy" Carter, Australian cricketer (28 Tests for Aust, caught 44 stumped 21), dies at 70
  • Jun 14 Ernst Henrik Ellberg, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 14 John Blackwood McEwen, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 20 George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 21 D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist and classicist (On Growth & Form), dies at 88
  • Jun 25 William C. Lee, U.S. general (b. 1895)
  • Jun 26 Lilian Velez, Filipno actress (Sa Kabukiran), murdered by former co-star Narding Anzures at 24
  • Jun 27 George Templeton Strong, American composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 30 Karl Wolfskehl, writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 1 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), dies in practise crash at 43
  • Jul 3 Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch SDAP-politician, dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Quintin McMillan, cricketer (13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 4 Monteiro Lobato, Brazilian writer (b. 1882)
  • Jul 5 Carole Landis [Frances Ridste], American actress (I Wake Up Screaming, One Million BC, Topper Returns), allegedly commits suicide at 29
  • Jul 5 G Bernanos, writer, dies at 60
  • Jul 5 Piet Aalberse, Dutch minister of Labor (1918-25), dies at 77
  • Jul 8 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • Jul 9 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44
  • Jul 11 Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semite theologist, dies
  • Jul 11 King Baggot, actor (Tish, San Francisco), dies at 68

Person of interestJohn J. Pershing

Jul 15 John J. Pershing [Blackjack], American general and WWI commander, dies of coronary artery disease at 87

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Jul 18 Herman Gummerus, Finnish historian and politician (b. 1877)
  • Jul 21 Arshile Gorky, abstract expressionist, dies at 43
  • Jul 21 Donald Nichols Tweedy, American composer, dies at 58

Person of interestD. W. Griffith

Jul 23 D.W. Griffith, American director and producer, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 73

Film Director D. W. Griffith
Film Director
D. W. Griffith
  • Jul 26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • Jul 27 Francesco Spetrino, composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 27 Woolf Barnato, British financier and racing driver, dies at 52
  • Jul 27 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, dies at 68
  • Jul 31 Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70
  • Aug 3 Albert F Pollard, British historian (Evolution of parliament), dies at 78
  • Aug 10 E Ball-Hennings, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 10 Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(b. 1873)
  • Aug 10 Andrew Brown, Scottish football coach (b. 1870)

  • Aug 10 Montague Summers, English clergyman and writer (Malleus Maleficarum), dies at 68
  • Aug 12 Harry Brearley, English inventor (b. 1871)
  • Aug 13 Edwin Maxwell, actor (Taming of the Shrew), dies at 62
  • Aug 13 Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (b. 1897)

Person of interestBabe Ruth

Aug 16 George Herman (Babe) Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, dies of Esophageal cancer 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 17 Nico J. Polak, Dutch economist, dies at 60
  • Aug 20 David John de Lloyd, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Oscar L Fernandez, Brazilian conductor/composer (Imbapara), dies at 50
  • Aug 27 Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, composer, dies at 50
  • Aug 27 Charles Evans Hughes, American statesman, Republican politician and 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41), dies at 86
  • Aug 31 Andrei A Zjdanov, Rus politician (against kosmopolitism), dies at 52
  • Aug 31 Billy Laughlin, American actor (b. 1932)
  • Sep 2 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy, dies at 65
  • Sep 3 Eduard Benesj, president Czechoslovakia (1921-22, 35-48), dies
  • Sep 5 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (b. 1881)
  • Sep 6 Gerrit H Kersten, vicar/founder (Calvinist Party), dies at 66
  • Sep 7 Henricus Andreas Poels, Dutch Roman Catholic theologist and social foreman, dies at 80
  • Sep 8 Thomas Mofolo, Lesotho writer (b. 1876)
  • Sep 11 Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), dies
  • Sep 11 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, 1st governor of Pakistan (1947-48), dies at 71
  • Sep 13 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), dies at 73
  • Sep 16 Ferdinand I MKLM, prince of Saxony-Coburg/tsar of Bulgaria, dies
  • Sep 17 Count Folke Bernadotte, UN mediator for Palestine, assassinated
  • Sep 17 Lillian Brainthwaite, British actress (Man About the House), dies at 75
  • Sep 17 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), dies at 61
  • Sep 24 Warren William [Krech], American actor (The Wolf Man, Cleopatra), dies of multiple myeloma at 53
  • Sep 27 Frank Cellier, British actor (Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade), dies from ill health at 64
  • Sep 28 E. J. Ratcliffe, English stage and screen actor, dies at 85
  • Sep 28 Gregg Toland, cinematographer, dies at 44

Person of interestEdith Roosevelt

Sep 30 Edith Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, dies at 87

US First Lady Edith Roosevelt
US First Lady
Edith Roosevelt
  • Oct 4 Arthur Whitten Brown, British aviator (first nonstop airplane crossing of the Atlantic with John W. Alcock), dies at 62
  • Oct 12 Alfred Kerr, German-British writer, dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist and psychoanalyst, dies at 63
  • Oct 13 Samuel S. Hinds, American actor (Raven, Test Pilot), dies at 73
  • Oct 15 Edythe Chapman, American actress (b. 1863)
  • Oct 16 Henry Foley, cricketer (one Test for NZ, scored 2 & 2), dies at 42
  • Oct 18 Walther von Brauchitsch, German field marshal, dies at 67
  • Oct 22 August Hlond, Polish cardinal of the Roman Catholic church, dies at 67
  • Oct 23 Eugeniusz Morawski-Dabrowa, Polish composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 24 Franz Lehar, Austrian/Hungarian composer (Wiener Frauen), dies at 78
  • Oct 31 Cissy van Marxfield, [Setske Beek-de Han], writer, dies
  • Nov 9 Edgar Kennedy, actor (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 58
  • Nov 10 Julius Curtius, German foreign minister (1929- ), dies at 71
  • Nov 12 Umberto Giordano, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Nov 16 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American Inventor (electrostatic precipitator), dies at 71
  • Nov 19 Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer of travel literature (Life on Puka Puka), dies at 52
  • Nov 23 Stanner E.V. Taylor, American director and screenwriter (Lucky Jim, Ramona), dies at 71
  • Nov 23 Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer, dies at 63
  • Nov 23 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), dies of internal haemorrhaging at 48
  • Nov 24 Raoul Armand Georg Koczalski, composer, dies at 64
  • Nov 25 Charles D Brown, American actor (Eve Knew Her Apples), dies at 61
  • Nov 25 Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)
  • Nov 30 Franco Vittadini, Italian composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 4 Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies
  • Dec 7 Godfrey Turner, composer, dies at 35
  • Dec 9 Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • Dec 14 R O Morris [Reginald Owen], British composer and music teacher, dies at 62
  • Dec 17 Edgar Istel, German composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers
  • Dec 20 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85
  • Dec 20 Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • Dec 21 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged

Person of interestHideki Tojo

Dec 23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Dec 28 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
  • Dec 31 Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63