On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 1959

  • Mar 1 Albie Booth, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Yale University), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Mar 2 Eric Blore, British actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad, Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70

Lou Costello

Mar 3 Lou Costello {Cristillo], American comedian and actor (The Abbott and Costello Show; Who's On First?), dies of a heart attack at 52

  • Mar 4 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • Mar 6 Fred Stone, renowned American circus performer and broadway actor (Alice Adams), dies at 85
  • Mar 7 Arthur Cecil Pigou, English economist (Economics of Welfare), dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Hinsdale Smith, developer of roll-down auto windows, dies at 88
  • Mar 7 IchirĊ Hatoyama, Japanese politician, Prime Minister (1954-56), dies at 76
  • Mar 8 Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • Mar 11 Haydn Wood, English violinist, and composer of light classical music (Roses of Picardy), dies at 76
  • Mar 11 Lester Dent, American writer (Doc Savage), dies at 54
  • Mar 15 Lester Young, American jazz musician, dies at 49
  • Mar 15 Duncan Hines, American restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens), dies at 78
  • Mar 16 John B. Salling, reputed second to last Civil War veteran, dies at 111 [birth date, age and military service later disputed]
  • Mar 17 Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, dies of a ruptured aorta on his 48th birthday
  • Mar 25 Billy Mayerl, British pianist, music hall songwriter, and musical theatre composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 26 Raymond Chandler, British-American mystery writer novelist and screenwriter (Farewell My Lovely; The Long Goodbye; The Big Sleep), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 Grant Withers, American actor (Rio Grande, Oklahoma, Annie), commits suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • Mar 28 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • Mar 29 Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st president, dies
  • Mar 29 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, Swedish composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer, poet and Christian mystic, dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Riccardo Zanella, president of Free State of Fiume (b. 1875)
  • Mar 31 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), dies at 68