On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1956

  • Oct 1 Stan Ockers, Belgian road cyclist (World road champion 1955; Tour de France runner-up 1950, 52), dies in track cycling accident at 36
  • Oct 2 George Bancroft, American actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
  • Oct 2 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
  • Oct 6 Walter Herlihy, announcer (Music at Meadowbrook), dies at 42
  • Oct 6 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), dies at 70

Clarence Birdseye

Oct 7 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor and founder of the modern frozen food industry (Birdseye), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Oct 8 Dirk Koster, literary (New Noises), dies at 69
  • Oct 9 Marie Doro, American stage and film actress of the early silent film era (The Heart of Nora Flynn, The White Pearl), dies at 74
  • Oct 16 Jules Rimet, French football administrator (3rd President of FIFA 1921-54), dies at 83
  • Oct 17 Anne Crawford, British film actress (Knights of the Round Table), dies of leukaemia at 35
  • Oct 18 Harry Parry, Welsh jazz clarinetist and bandleader (BBC's Radio Rhythm Club), dies at 44

Charles Strite

Oct 18 Charles Strite, American inventor who invented the automatic pop-up toaster, dies at 78

  • Oct 19 Isham Jones, American saxophonist, bandleader ("Star Dust") and songwriter ("It Had To Be You"; "I'll See You in My Dreams"), dies of cancer at 62
  • Oct 24 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
  • Oct 25 Risto Ryti, Finnish minister/premier/president, dies at 67
  • Oct 26 Walter Gieseking, French-German pianist, composer, and lepidopterist, dies at 60

Pío Baroja

Oct 30 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), dies at 83