On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1954

  • Dec 1 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 3 Enrique Soro, Chilean composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Nina Varzar, wife of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, dies at 46
  • Dec 8 Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50
  • Dec 13 John Raymond Hubbell, American writer (b. 1879)
  • Dec 20 Emilis Melngailis, Latvian choral composer, folklorist, and conductor (Latvian Song and Dance Festival), dies at 80
  • Dec 20 James Hilton, English author (Lost Horizon), dies at 54
  • Dec 23 René Iché, French sculptor (b. 1897)
  • Dec 25 Johnny Ace, American rhythm and blues singer, accidentally shoots himself in the head at 25
  • Dec 25 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding), dies at 96
  • Dec 25 Rosario Scalero, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor and composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie), dies at 75