On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1949

  • Dec 3 Elin Pelin, Bulgarian writer (The Gerak Family; Earth), dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Maria Ouspenskaya, Russian stage and film actress (The Wolf Man; King's Row), and teacher (School of Dramatic Art - New York), dies following a house fire at 73

Lead Belly

Dec 6 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 64

  • Dec 10 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • Dec 16 Traitsjo Kostov, Bulgarian communist vice-premier, executed by the state at 52
  • Dec 16 Sidney Olcott, Canadian film director (Ben Hur), dies at 76
  • Dec 17 David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), dies at 72
  • Dec 28 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), dies in rail accident at 39
  • Dec 28 Hervey Allen, American writer and poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60
  • Dec 28 Ivie Anderson, American swing jazz singer (Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1931-42), dies of complications from chronic asthma at 45 [1]