Famous Deaths in 1950

Person of interestEmil Jannings

Jan 2 Emil Jannings, German actor (Faust, The Blue Angel, The Way of All Flesh), dies of liver cancer at 65

  • Jan 2 James Dooley, Irish-Australian Premier of New South Wales, dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Isaiah Bowman, geographer/co-founder (Geographical Review), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 George Rowe, cricketer (15 wckts in 4 Tests for S Af 1895-1902), dies
  • Jan 8 Joseph A Schumpeter, Aus/US economist/Minister of Finance, dies at 66
  • Jan 8 Joseph Issac Shneerson, Jewish Lubavitch Chabal leader, dies
  • Jan 11 Karin Michaelis, writer, dies at 77
  • Jan 12 Koos van de Griend, composer, dies at 44
  • Jan 15 Gen Henry "Hap" Arnold, U.S. General of the Air Force (b. 1886)
  • Jan 15 Henry "Hap" Arnold, American commanding general, US Army Air Force (WWII), dies at 63

Person of interestGeorge Orwell

Jan 21 George Orwell, British author (Animal Farm, 1984), dies in London at 46

  • Jan 22 Alan Hale Sr., American actor (Little John-The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies of a liver ailment and viral infection at 57
  • Jan 22 Corinne Luchaire, French actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 24 Bull Montana [Luigi Montagna], Italian actor (Brass Buttons, Victory, The Son of the Sheik), dies from coronary thrombosis at 62
  • Jan 26 Betsy van den Arend, Dutch [Betje], actress (Miss Hobbs), dies at 78
  • Jan 28 Nikolai Luzin, Russian mathematician (b. 1883)

  • Jan 29 Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait (b. 1885)
  • Feb 2 Constantin Carathéodory, Greek mathematician (b. 1873)
  • Feb 2 George A. Birmingham, Irish clergyman and novelist, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Karl Seitz, President of Austria (1920), dies at 80
  • Feb 6 Georges Imbert, Alsatian chemist (b. 1884)
  • Feb 6 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans) dies at 68
  • Feb 10 Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian music composer and conductor, dies at 70
  • Feb 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 13 Rafael Sabatini, Italian author (b. 1875)
  • Feb 14 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Karl G Jansky, Czech discoverer of cosmic radio sources, dies at 44
  • Feb 16 David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • Feb 18 Voranc Prezikov, [Lovro Kuhar], Slavic author (Jamnica), dies at 56
  • Feb 19 Edyth Walker, American opera singer, dies at 82
  • Feb 20 Sarat Chandra Bose, Indian activist for independence, dies at 60
  • Feb 25 George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • Feb 27 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), dies at 58
  • Mar 1 Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American scientist and philosopher, dies at 70
  • Mar 2 M Joseph V d'Arbaud, French poet/author (Li cant palustre), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Rosli Dhobi, pro-Indonesian Malay student, hanged in Kuching for the assassination of Duncan Stewart, British Governor of Sarawak
  • Mar 4 Adam Rainer, the only man in recorded human history ever to have been both a dwarf and a giant (b. 1899)
  • Mar 5 Edgar Lee Masters, American poet and novelist (Spoon River Anthology), dies at 81
  • Mar 6 Lew Lehr, American comedian (Stop Me if I heard this One), dies at 54
  • Mar 6 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), dies at 78

  • Mar 8 Jaroslav Kocian, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 10 Marguerite De La Motte, American actress (b. 1902)
  • Mar 11 Florence Arliss, British actress (Disraeli), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 L Heinrich Mann, German/US writer (Between the Races), dies at 78
  • Mar 17 Adolf Meyer, American psychiatrist and neurologist (pioneered mental hygiene), dies at 83
  • Mar 19 Edgar Rice Burroughs, sci-fi author (Tarzan of the Apes), dies at 74
  • Mar 20 Walter Eucken, German economist, dies at 59
  • Mar 23 Douglas Carr, England cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
  • Mar 24 James Rudolph Garfield, American politician, dies at 84
  • Mar 25 Frank Buck, American actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs), dies at 62
  • Mar 28 Georgine M "May" Basting, actress (Occupier), dies at 67
  • Mar 30 Léon Blum, Prime Minister of France (People's Front Government), dies at 77

Person of interestCharles R. Drew

Apr 1 Charles R. Drew, American physician and surgeon who pioneered blood plasma research and developed the blood bank concept, dies in a car crash at 45

Surgeon and Medical Researcher Charles R. Drew
Surgeon and Medical Researcher
Charles R. Drew
  • Apr 3 Adolf Wiklund, Swedish composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Carter G. Woodson, American historian (African American studies), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Kurt Julian Weill, German composer (Dreigroschenoper), dies at 50
  • Apr 7 Walter Huston, Canadian actor (Maltese Falcon, Treasure of Sierra Madre), dies from an aneurysm at 67
  • Apr 8 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
  • Apr 8 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • Apr 14 Sri Ramana Maharshi, Indian philosopher (b. 1879)
  • Apr 19 Lord Berners [Gerald Tyrwhitt], English composer (1st Childhood), dies at 66
  • Apr 22 Charles H Houston, architect of NAACP legal campaign, dies at 54
  • Apr 26 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (b. 1881)
  • Apr 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Karl Straube, German organist/conductor, dies
  • Apr 27 Hobart Cavanaugh, American actor (Border Town, Black Angel), dies at 63
  • May 6 Agnes Smedley, writer, dies
  • May 8 Franklin Dyall, British actor (Easy Virtue, Atlantic), dies at 80
  • May 8 Vital Brazil, Brazilian physician (b. 1865)
  • May 9 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • May 10 John G Fletcher, US poet (Burning Mountain), dies
  • May 10 Belle da Costa Greene, librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
  • May 17 Eduardo Fabini, composer, dies at 67
  • May 24 Archibald Wavell, British general (b. 1883)
  • May 26 Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), dies
  • Jun 2 Stanislas Bizot, French draughts champion (1925), dies at 70
  • Jun 4 Sam Staples, cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1927-28), dies
  • Jun 9 Edward Asahel Birge, American pioneer in limnology, dies at 98
  • Jun 17 Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies
  • Jun 20 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
  • Jun 22 Julio Fonseca, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 27 Milada Horakova, Czech advocate/anti fascist, hanged
  • Jun 28 Henry Balfour Gardiner, English composer and musician, dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Eliel Saarinen, Finish-American architect (Chicago Trib building), dies at 76
  • Jul 1 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician (b. 1865)
  • Jul 5 Private Kenneth Shadrick becomes the first identified American soldier killed in the Korean War
  • Jul 5 Salvatore Giuliano, Sicilian bandit, shot by police
  • Jul 6 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, dies from poor health following long-term heroin addiction, tuberculosis, and a weight problem, at 26
  • Jul 8 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist and sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • Jul 11 Timotei Popovici, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12 Elsie de Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator (b. 1865)
  • Jul 14 Āpirana Ngata, Māori New Zealand politician and lawyer known for promoting and protecting Māori culture and language, dies at 76
  • Jul 17 Evangeline Booth, the 4th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1865)
  • Jul 18 Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary (The Nation), dies at 64
  • Jul 21 Albert Riemenschneider, American musician and composer, dies at 71

Person of interestMackenzie King

Jul 22 Mackenzie King, 10th Prime Minister of Canada (1921-30, and 1935-48), dies of pneumonia at 75

10th Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King
10th Prime Minister of Canada
Mackenzie King
  • Jul 29 Joe Fry, British racing driver, dies at 34
  • Aug 5 Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, dies at 73
  • Aug 8 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, dies at 70
  • Aug 8 Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 8 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman and aviation pioneer (Qantas), dies at 71
  • Aug 8 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), dies at 69
  • Aug 18 Julien Lahaut, chairman Belgian Communist Party, murdered
  • Aug 19 Giovanni Giorgi, Italian physicist (b. 1871)
  • Aug 22 Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
  • Aug 24 Ernst Wiechert, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 25 Earl Caddock, professional wrestler (b. 1888)
  • Aug 27 Cesare Pavese, Italian writer (Fuoco Grande), dies at 41
  • Sep 6 Olaf Stapledon, British writer and philosopher (b. 1886)
  • Sep 11 John C Smuts, co-found British RAF/South African PM (1919..48), dies at 80

  • Sep 11 S M H Colah, cricketer (69 runs in India's 1st 2 tests 1932-33), dies
  • Sep 13 Sara Allgood, Irish actress (Jane Eyre, Spiral Staircase), dies at 56
  • Sep 15 Vojtech Rihovsky, composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 16 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), dies at 68
  • Sep 21 Edward Arthur Milne, English astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 23 Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)
  • Sep 29 Balthazar Huibrecht Verhagen, Dutch dramatist and writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 5 Frederic Lewy, German neurologist (b. 1885)

Person of interestWillis Carrier

Oct 7 Willis Carrier, American engineer (developed modern air conditioning), dies at 73

Engineer Willis Carrier
Engineer
Willis Carrier

Person of interestGeorge Hainsworth

Oct 9 George Hainsworth, National Hockey League goaltender, dies in a car accident at 55

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Oct 13 Ernest Haycox, American writer (b. 1899)
  • Oct 19 Edna St Vincent Millay, American poet/dramatist/feminist (Harp Weaver-Pulitzer Prize), dies at 58
  • Oct 20 Henry L. Stimson, American statesman (46th United States Secretary of State), dies at 83
  • Oct 23 Al Jolson [Asa Yoelson], American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64
  • Oct 29 Gustav V, king of Sweden, dies at 92
  • Oct 31 Carel T Scharten, Dutch poet and writer (Lost Paradise), dies at 72
  • Oct 31 Jozef C Bittremieux, Flemish theologist, dies at 72

Person of interestGeorge Bernard Shaw

Nov 2 George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist (Pygmalion-Nobel 1925), dies at 94

  • Nov 4 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  • Nov 16 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Nov 18 Gerardus van de Lion, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 60
  • Nov 19 Thomas Wood, English composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 20 Francesco Cilea, Italian composer ( Adriana Lecouvreur), dies at 84
  • Nov 25 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen, Danish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1873)
  • Nov 25 Gustaf John Ramstedt, Finland-Swedish linguist and diplomat (b. 1873)
  • Nov 26 Hedwig Courts-Mahler, German author, dies at 83
  • Dec 1 Ernest John Moeran, British composer, dies at 55
  • Dec 2 Dino Lipatti, composer, dies at 33
  • Dec 5 Shri Aurobindo [Aurobindo Ghose], Indian guru and nationalist, dies at 78
  • Dec 11 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, dies at 57

Person of interestPeter Fraser

Dec 12 Peter Fraser, British-born New Zealand statesman and 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1940-49), dies of a heart attack following hospitalization with influenza at 66

New Zealand Prime Minister Peter Fraser
New Zealand Prime Minister
Peter Fraser
  • Dec 13 Abraham Wald, Hungarian mathematician (field of statistical sequential analysis), dies at 48
  • Dec 14 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (Heroische Fahrt), dies at 65
  • Dec 15 Robert Müller-Hartmann, German composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian freedom fighter and statesman, dies at 75
  • Dec 16 Otto Vrieslander, German composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Julius Weismann, German pianist, conductor, and composer (Schwanenweiß), dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Walter Johannes Damrosch, German-American composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer (Le donne de buon umore), dies at 72
  • Dec 25 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nostalgia de la muerte), dies at 47
  • Dec 25 Neil Francis Hawkins, British fascist (b. 1903)
  • Dec 26 Emile Enthoven, composer, dies at 47
  • Dec 26 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Max Beckmann, German painter and graphic artist, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Charles Koechlin, French composer (Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • Dec 31 Karl Renner, Austrian Chancellor/pres (1918-20, 45-50), dies at 80