Famous Deaths in 1953

Person of interestHank Williams

Jan 1 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold Cold Heart), dies at 29

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • Jan 2 Guccio Gucci, Italian founder of Gucci fashion house, dies at 71
  • Jan 4 Arthur Hoyt, American actor and director (Gold Dust Gertie, Goldie Get Along), dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Prince Yasuhito Chichibu, brother of Emperor Showa, dies at 50
  • Jan 7 Osa Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, dies at 58
  • Jan 8 Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 8 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • Jan 9 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Golden Cage), dies at 56
  • Jan 11 Ernst H Ridder Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter (Reuzenstoet), dies at 58
  • Jan 11 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Simeon Roncal, Bolivian composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 13 Paul Niggli, Swiss mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • Jan 15 Patrick Vretblad, Swedish composer, dies at 76

Person of interestGerd von Rundstedt

Jan 24 [Karl Rudolf] Gerd von Rundstedt, German field marshal during World War II (Commander-in-Chief in the West), dies of heart failure at 77

German General Gerd von Rundstedt
German General
Gerd von Rundstedt
  • Jan 24 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman/manager (Negro Leagues), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 26 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet and linguistic (spelling), dies at 58
  • Jan 26 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • Jan 28 James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • Jan 28 Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • Jan 30 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Feb 2 Gustav Strube, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • Feb 8 Cliff Clark, American actor (Kid Glove Killer, Golden Hoofs, Vigilante Hideout), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Feb 24 Karl R G von Rundstedt, German gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77
  • Feb 25 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 26 Elisabeth "Ilse" Kuyper, Dutch/US (opera)composer, dies
  • Mar 1 Anton GO Ridder Van Rappard, painter/lithographer/etcher, dies
  • Mar 2 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

Mar 3 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Person of interestJoseph Stalin

Mar 5 Joseph Stalin, Dictator and leader of the Soviet Union (1922-53), dies of a stroke at 73

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Mar 5 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), dies at 61
  • Mar 5 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • Mar 10 Charles Gordon Curtis, American inventor (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
  • Mar 14 Klement Gottwald, premier/president of Czechoslovakia, dies at 56
  • Mar 17 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 20 Graciliano Ramos, Brazilian author (Vidas Secas), dies at 60
  • Mar 22 James Anderson II, (Jo-Northern Exposure), dies
  • Mar 23 Raoul Dufy, painter, Forcalquier, France
  • Mar 24 Mary of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • Mar 24 Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • Mar 26 Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 27 Narciso Garay, Panamanian composer, dies at 76

Person of interestJim Thorpe

Mar 28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Mar 30 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 2 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • Apr 4 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 11 Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)

  • Apr 12 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), dies at 73
  • Apr 14 Emmanuel de Bom, Flemish writer (Scheldelucht), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22 Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
  • May 4 Edward Shanks, British poet and critic, dies at 60
  • May 4 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • May 7 Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • May 11 Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • May 14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

May 16 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • May 17 Eric De Lamarter, composer, dies at 73
  • May 18 Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 19 Damaso Berenguer, Spanish soldier and politician (122nd Prime Minister of Spain), dies at 79
  • May 22 Vaclav Klicka, composer, dies at 70
  • May 24 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 27 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • May 28 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (b. 1891)
  • May 30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67
  • Jun 3 Florence Price, American composer (Wanamaker Prize 1932) and 1st African-American woman to have a composition played by a major orchestra, dies at 66
  • Jun 5 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Jun 5 Roland Young, actor (David Copperfield, Irene, Dulcy), dies at 65
  • Jun 5 William Farnum, American actor (Drifter, Scarlet Letter), dies at 76
  • Jun 8 Godfrey Tearle, English-American actor (39 Steps, Mandy, At Dawn We Die), dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Ugo Betti, dramatist, dies
  • Jun 10 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80
  • Jun 17 Walter Niemann, composer, dies at 76

Person of interestEthel Rosenberg

Jun 19 Ethel Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed (in 5 tries) at Sing Sing, NY, for espionage at 37

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

Person of interestJulius Rosenberg

Jun 19 Julius Rosenberg, 1st US civilian executed at Sing Sing, NY for espionage at 35

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • Jun 20 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • Jun 25 Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • Jun 29 Jules van Nuffel, composer, dies at 70
  • Jun 30 Elsa Beskow, (Maartman), Swedish author (children's book), dies at 79
  • Jun 30 Gote Carlid, Swedish composer, dies at 32
  • Jun 30 Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)
  • Jul 1 Azzedine Bey, Tunisian heir to the throne, murdered
  • Jul 1 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies
  • Jul 10 Sidney Homer, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 12 Joseph Jongen, Belgian composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 12 Marie-Alphonse-Nicolas-Joseph Jongen, composer, dies at 79
  • Jul 15 Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios (b.1882)
  • Jul 16 Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • Jul 17 Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 17 Maude K Adams, US actress (Little Minister), dies
  • Jul 18 Lucy Booth, Daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1868)
  • Jul 20 Dumarsaid Estime, President of Haiti (b. 1900)
  • Jul 20 Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  • Jul 22 Cyrus "Cy" Kendall, American actor (Tarzan's New York Adventure, Mysteries of Chinatown), dies from heart problems at 55
  • Jul 26 Nikolaos Plastiras, Greece premier (1945-50, 51-2), dies
  • Jul 31 Robert Taft, (Sen-R-Oh) "Mr Republican", dies in NY at 63
  • Aug 11 Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies
  • Aug 13 Dmitri Arakishvili, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 15 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • Aug 17 Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • Aug 17 Bannister Fletcher, English architect and architectural historian (A History of Architecture), dies at 87
  • Aug 22 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Aug 27 Nicolai Berezowsky, composer, dies at 53
  • Aug 30 Dimitar Nenov, Bulgarian composer, pianist and architect, dies at 51
  • Sep 1 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet, dies at 87
  • Sep 2 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American army officer, dies at 70
  • Sep 5 Francis Ford, American actor (The Quiet Man), dies at 72
  • Sep 5 Richard Walther Darré, Nazi politician, one of the leading 'blood and soil' ideologists (b. 1895)
  • Sep 8 Fred M. Vinson, American Democratic politician, US Treasury Secretary (1945-46) and the 13th Chief Justice of US Supreme Court (1946-53), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Sep 12 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • Sep 12 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Sep 12 Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (b. 1884)
  • Sep 15 Jacques Thibaud, French violinist, dies
  • Sep 16 Colin G Fink, US chemist (electro-chemistry), dies
  • Sep 17 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, dies at 80
  • Sep 17 Henry Holden Huss, American composer, dies at 91
  • Sep 18 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver, dies at 26
  • Sep 21 Roger Quilter, British composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 22 William Brann, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 54
  • Sep 24 Berthold Viertel, Austrian screenwriter, dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Dimitur Poljanov, [Popov], Bulgaria poet (Iron Verses), dies
  • Sep 26 Xu Beihong, Chinese painter, dies at 58
  • Sep 27 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist, dies at 72

Person of interestEdwin Hubble

Sep 28 Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies, dies at 63

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • Oct 3 Arnold Bax, English composer known for his orchestral music (Coronation March), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Florence Sabin, American Scientist who was the first woman to graduate from Johns Hopkins and the first lifetime woman member of the National Academy of Sciences, dies at 82
  • Oct 5 Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • Oct 6 Porter Hall, American actor (Half-Breed, Double Indemnity), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Oct 8 Kathleen Ferrier, English alto singer, dies at 41
  • Oct 8 Nigel Bruce, British actor (Rebecca, Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 13 Millard Mitchell, Cuban actor (12 O'Clock High, Gunfighter), dies from lung cancer at 50
  • Oct 18 Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary writer and leader (Young Frisian Movement), dies at 57
  • Oct 18 Federico Gerdes, composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 20 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • Oct 24 Ernest Irving, English composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • Oct 29 William Kapell, American pianist (b. 1922)
  • Oct 30 Emmerich Kálmán, Hungarian composer of operettas, dies at 71
  • Nov 4 Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 6 John Parsons Beach, American composer, dies at 76
  • Nov 8 Iwan Bunin, writer, dies at 83
  • Nov 8 John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), dies at 66

Person of interestIbn Saud

Nov 9 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, Founder and first King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53), dies of a heart attack at 78

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Nov 9 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (Child's Christmas in Wales), dies at 39
  • Nov 21 Larry Shields, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1893)
  • Nov 22 Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Pakistani religious scholar and biographer of Muhammad (b. 1884)
  • Nov 24 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, dies at 73
  • Nov 24 Robert H Lightfoot, English theologist/exegetist, dies at 70
  • Nov 27 Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Nobel 1936), dies in Boston at 65
  • Nov 29 Alfons Fryland, Austrian actor (b. 1888)
  • Nov 29 Sam De Grasse, Canadian actor, dies from a heart attack at 78
  • Nov 29 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • Dec 2 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 2 Francis Picabia, French avante-garde artist, writer and typographist (Amorous Parade), dies at 74
  • Dec 2 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • Dec 4 Daniel Gregory Mason, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 5 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • Dec 6 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)
  • Dec 15 Kishio Hirao, composer, dies at 46

Person of interestRobert A. Millikan

Dec 19 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • Dec 19 Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies
  • Dec 20 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed
  • Dec 25 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • Dec 25 Lee Shubert, American theatre producer (theatres in NY & LA named after him), dies at about 80
  • Dec 27 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)
  • Dec 29 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress(b. 1887)
  • Dec 31 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64