On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 1953

  • Mar 2 Jim Lightbody, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m, 1500m, 2590m Steeplechase 1904), dies at 70

Joseph Stalin

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

  • Mar 5 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf; Alexander Nevsky), dies at 61
  • Mar 5 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • Mar 7 Edward Sedgwick, American film director (The Flaming Frontier, Let 'er Buck), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Mar 10 Charles Gordon Curtis, American inventor (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
  • Mar 14 Klement Gottwald, Czech Communist politician, Premier and President of Czechoslovakia, dies at 56
  • Mar 17 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, Spanish composer and violinist, dies at 73
  • Mar 20 Graciliano Ramos, Brazilian author (Vidas Secas), dies at 60
  • 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 27 Narciso Garay, Panamanian composer, dies at 76

Jim Thorpe

Mar 28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (Olympic gold decathlon, pentathlon 1912; College & Pro Football Hall of Fame), dies of heart failure at 65

  • Mar 29 Arthur Fields [Abraham Finkelstein], American singer-songwriter (Aba Daba Honeymoon) dies in a fire at his nursing home residence at 68 [1]
  • Mar 30 Roderich Mojsisovics-Mojsvar, Austrian composer, dies at 75