On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 1959

  • Feb 1 Madame Sul-Te-Wan [Nellie Crawford], American actress (The Birth of a Nation, Uncle Tom's Cabin), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Feb 1 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), dies at 71
  • Feb 2 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • Feb 3 The Big Bopper [Jiles Perry Richardson], American musician, dies in plane crash at 28

Person of interestBuddy Holly

Feb 3 Buddy Holly, American rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 3 Ritchie Valens, American rock vocalist (Donna, La Bamba), dies in plane crash at 17
  • Feb 4 Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
  • Feb 5 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Daniel Fran├žois Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • Feb 7 Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • Feb 8 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
  • Feb 11 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13 William Axt, American film scores composer (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 70
  • Feb 14 Warren "Baby" Dodds, American jazz drummer, dies at 60
  • Feb 15 Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Kathryn Adams, American silent film actress, dies at 65
  • Feb 17 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Feb 18 Alfred Alessandrescu, Romanian composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian-American composer (Requiem Ebraico), dies of a heart attack at 53
  • Feb 18 Jaroslav Kvapil, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbiturate overdose at 38
  • Feb 20 Laurence Housman, English author and playwright (Victoria Regina), dies at 93
  • Feb 22 Helen Parrish, American actress (Hour Glass, Three Smart Girls Grow Up), dies of cancer at 35
  • Feb 26 Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, granddaughter of King Edward VII and great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 67

Person of interestMaxwell Anderson

Feb 28 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies of a stroke at 70

Playwright and Dramatist Maxwell Anderson
Playwright and Dramatist
Maxwell Anderson