Famous Deaths in January 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, German 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, Australian Labour Party politician and 9th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 76
  • Jan 28 Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • Jan 30 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68