On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1959

  • Jan 6 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 10 Colin Gregory, English tennis player (Australian C'ship 1929, chairman All-England Club, Wimbledon), dies at 55
  • Jan 11 Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
  • Jan 12 Edvard Eriksen, Danish-Icelandic sculptor, dies at 82
  • Jan 14 G. D. H. Cole, English political theorist and socialist, dies at 69
  • Jan 17 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • Jan 21 Carl Switzer, American actor (Our Gang, Beginner's Luck, General Spanky), shot by an acquaintance at 31
  • Jan 21 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, dies at 61

Person of interestCecil B. DeMille

Jan 21 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Jan 22 A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), dies in road accident at 29
  • Jan 22 Elizabeth Moore, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1896, 1901, 03, 05), dies from congestive heart failure at 82
  • Jan 28 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • Jan 28 Viktor Josef Keldorfer, Austrian composer, dies at 85