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1928 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 1st US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio
  • Jan 1 Algemeene Vereeniging Radio Omroep (AVRO) begins broadcasting (Neth)

BeatificationCatholic Encyclical

Jan 6 Pope Pius XI publishes encyclical Mortalium animos (against oecumene)

259th Pope Pius XI
259th Pope
Pius XI

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Jan 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Marco Millions" premieres in NYC

Playwright Eugene O'Neill
Playwright
Eugene O'Neill

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Jan 10 Soviet Union orders exile of Leon Trotsky

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky

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Jan 12 Philip Barry & Elmer Rice's "Cock Robin" premieres in NYC

Playwright and Novelist Elmer Rice
Playwright and Novelist
Elmer Rice
  • Jan 17 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented
  • Jan 23 "The Adventure of the Good Soldier Schweik" premieres in Berlin
  • Jan 28 Christopher Hornsrud chosen Prime Minister of Norway
  • Jan 30 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US
  • Jan 30 Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" premieres in NYC
  • Jan 31 Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company

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Feb 3 Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black reports his findings on the ancient human fossils found at Zhoukoudian, China in the journal Nature and declares them to be a new species he names 'Sinanthropus pekinensis' (now known as 'Homo erectus')

Paleoanthropologist Davidson Black
Paleoanthropologist
Davidson Black
  • Feb 6 A woman dubbed Anna Anderson [possibly Franziska Schanzkowska] arrives in NYC, using the alias "Anastasia Tschaikovsky" claims to be Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II
  • Feb 7 1st solo flight from England to Australia takes off from Croydon, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler (arrives 15 ½ days later)
  • Feb 8 1st transatlantic TV image received, Hartsdale, NY

  • Feb 19 Canadian hockey team wins 3rd consecutive gold medal
  • Feb 22 1st solo flight from England to Australia lands in Darwin, 15 ½ days after take off, piloted by Australian aviator Bert Hinkler
  • Mar 4 "Bunion Run" race from LA to NYC begins; It is won by Andy Payne
  • Mar 5 Karl Zuckmayer's "Der Hauptmann von Köpenick" premieres in Berlin
  • Mar 10 Christine Collins' son, Walter Collins, disappears in Los Angeles
  • Mar 12 In California, the St. Francis Dam fails, killing over 600 people

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Mar 15 Benito Mussolini modifies Italy electoral system (abolishes right to choose)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Mar 27 KGB-AM in San Diego CA begins radio transmissions
  • Mar 29 Yeshiva College (now University) chartered (NYC)

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Apr 1 Chiang Kai-shek's army crosses Yang-tse

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 9 Eugene O'Neill's "Lazarus Laughed" premieres in Pasadena
  • Apr 9 Turkey passes separation of church & state
  • Apr 13 1st trans atlantic flight Europe-US (Fitzmaurice-von Hunefeld-Köhl)
  • Apr 14 Maddus Airlines starts 1st regular passenger flights between SF & LA
  • Apr 15 Alioto's on Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco) forms
  • Apr 19 Japanese troops occupies Sjantung-schiereiland
  • Apr 19 The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published.
  • Apr 24 Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented
  • Apr 25 Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank

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Apr 26 Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition reopens in London after a fire

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud

  • Apr 30 Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)
  • May 1 6 children die and 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
  • May 1 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
  • May 1 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
  • May 1 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
  • May 2 KPQ-AM in Wenatchee WA begins radio transmissions
  • May 3 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
  • May 7 The United Kingdom lowers age of women voters from 30 to 21

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May 7 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for "Bridge of San Luis Rey"

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • May 11 General Electric opens 1st TV-station (Schenectady, NY)
  • May 12 Benito Mussolini ends women's rights in Italy
  • May 12 Second Opium Law introduced - international law to control drugs
  • May 14 John McGraw is knocked down by a taxicab & suffers a broken leg
  • May 19 "Firedamp" explodes in Mather coal mine, Pennsylvania, killing 195 of 273 miners
  • May 19 51 frogs enter 1st annual "Frog Jumping Jubilee" (Angel's Camp, California)
  • May 22 US Congress accept Jones-White Merchant Naval Act
  • May 23 Bomb attack on Italian embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die
  • May 24 Umberto Nobile flies airship over North Pole again

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May 28 Dodge Brothers Inc and Chrysler Corporation merge

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • May 29 Fritz von Opel reaches 200 kph in experimental rocket car
  • May 31 1st aerial crossing of Pacific takes off from Oakland
  • Jun 2 Kraft, building on the original 1918 design, rolls out Velveeta cheese
  • Jun 4 President of the Republic of China Zhang Zuolin is assassinated by Japanese agents
  • Jun 8 1st US-to-Australia flight lands (Sir Charles Kingford)
  • Jun 9 Charles Kingsford-Smith & Charles Ulm are 1st to fly across the Pacific when they end their flight from California to Brisbane

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Jun 14 Republican National Convention, meeting in Kansas City, nominates Herbert Hoover for President

31st US President Herbert Hoover
31st US President
Herbert Hoover

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Jun 17 Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as a passenger in a plane piloted by Wilmer Stultz)

  • Jun 18 American aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the 1st woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean landing at Burry Port, Wales
  • Jun 24 With declining business, the Great Gorge and International Railway begins using one-person crews on trolley operations in Canada
  • Jun 25 NY Giant Fred Lindstrom ties record of 9 hits in a doubleheader

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Jun 26 First meeting of the International Congresses of Modern Architects (CIAM) at Lake Leman, Switzerland organized by Le Corbusier

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • Jun 28 Alfred E Smith (NY-Governor) nominated for US President at Democratic Convention
  • Jun 28 Friedrich Schmiedl attempts rocket mail in Austria (unsuccessful)
  • Jun 29 The Outerbridge Crossing and Goethals Bridge in Staten Island, New York both opened.
  • Jun 30 Radio Service Bulletin lists radio stations call signs that are to be changed to conform with international standards
  • Jul 2 British parliament reduces the age at women can vote to 21 - the same as men (Representation of the People Act 1928)
  • Jul 6 1st all-talking motion picture shown in NY (Lights of NY)
  • Jul 6 Largest recorded hailstone at the time 1.5 lbs (7 inches in diameter) falls in Potter, Nebraska

InventionHistoric Invention

Jul 7 Sliced bread sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company, Missouri, using a machine invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Described as the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped.

  • Jul 10 Senator Milt Gaston hurls record tying 14-hit shutout
  • Jul 19 King Fuad of Egypt seizes power and disbands parliament
  • Jul 20 The government of Hungary issues a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians
  • Jul 27 AVRO, General Vereniging Radio Omroep, forms

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Jul 30 George Eastman shows first amateur color motion pictures to guests at his New York house including Thomas Edison

Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company George Eastman
Founder of the Eastman Kodak Company
George Eastman
Inventor Thomas Edison
Inventor
Thomas Edison
  • Aug 2 Benito Mussolini signs peace treaty with Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
  • Aug 13 Soviet Union Spartacan Games begins
  • Aug 14 Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur's "Front Page," premieres in NYC
  • Aug 27 16 die in a NYC subway's 2nd worst accident

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Aug 27 Kellogg-Briand Pact, 60 nations agree to condemn 'recourse to war for the solution of international controversies'.

US Secretary of State Frank Kellogg
US Secretary of State
Frank Kellogg
11x Prime Minister of France Aristide Briand
11x Prime Minister of France
Aristide Briand

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Aug 30 Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Sep 1 Albania becomes a kingdom, with Zogu I as king
  • Sep 6 USSR signs Briand-Kellogg-pact
  • Sep 7 Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal" premieres in NYC
  • Sep 12 -17] Hurricane in Florida, kills 6,000
  • Sep 13 KOH-AM in Reno NV begins radio transmissions
  • Sep 15 400 kg Fournier-albums (forged postage stamps) burn in Geneva

InventionScientific Discovery

Sep 15 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza

  • Sep 16 Hurricane hits West Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee Florida; 3,000 die
  • Sep 17 Hurricane hits Lake Okeechobee Florida drowning 1,800-2500
  • Sep 18 Juan de la Cierva flies 1st helicopter above Channel
  • Sep 21 "My Weekly Reader" magazine made its debut
  • Sep 27 The Nationalist Republic of China is recognised by the United States.
  • Sep 28 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack's Gully Jumpers)
  • Sep 28 Juan de la Cierva makes 1st helicopter flight over English Channel

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 328

  • Jan 1 Abdul Sattar Edhi, Pakistani philanthropist (Edhi Foundation), born in Bantva, Gujarat (d. 2016)
  • Jan 2 Dan Rostenkowski, American politician (Rep-D-Il, 1959-94), convicted of mail fraud, born in Chicago, Illinois (2010)
  • Jan 2 Gerhard Amanshauser, writer
  • Jan 2 Harry Hyams, English immovable goods owner (Center Point)
  • Jan 2 Vaughn Beals, CEO (Harley Davidson motorcycle), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jan 2 Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
  • Jan 2 Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese writer
  • Jan 2 Oskar Rabin, Russian painter and dissident during Soviet era, born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2018)

Person of interestWalter Mondale

Jan 5 Walter Mondale, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and 42nd Vice President (1977-81), born in Ceylon, Minnesota

42nd Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale
42nd Vice President of the United States
Walter Mondale
  • Jan 5 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, 4th President and 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan, born in Ratodero Taluka, Pakistan (d. 1979)
  • Jan 5 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, born in Tianjin (d. 2017)
  • Jan 6 George H. Ross, American businessman, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 8 Gaston Miron, Quebec poet & editor, born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Canada (d. 1996)
  • Jan 9 Fernand J St Germain, American politician (Rep-D-RI, 1961- ), born in Blackstone, Massachusetts (d. 2014)
  • Jan 9 Judith Krantz, Jewish-American novelist (Scruples, Princess Daisy, Dazzle), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 10 Donald Brooks, American fashion designer (Emmy 1983), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • Jan 10 Philip Levine, American poet, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 David L Wolper, producer (Devil's Brigade)
  • Jan 14 Garry Winogrand, American photographer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Jan 16 John William Fozard, aircraft designer
  • Jan 16 William Kennedy, American writer

Person of interestVidal Sassoon

Jan 17 Vidal Sassoon, British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, born in London (d. 2012)

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • Jan 19 Dainin Katagiri, Zen teacher, associate of Shunryu Suzuki, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Jan 21 Reynaldo Bignone, Argentine politician and human rights violator, 41st President (1982–1983), born in Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2018)
  • Jan 22 Birch Bayh, American politician, Senator (D) Indiana (1963-81), wrote 2 amendments to US constitution, born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Jan 22 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian (d. 2004)
  • Jan 24 Desmond Morris, English zoologist (Human Ape, Body Language), born in Purton, United Kingdom

Person of interestEduard Shevardnadze

Jan 25 Eduard Shevardnadze, President of Georgia (1995-2003) and Soviet Foreign Minister (1985-90), born in Mamati, Georgia (d. 2014)

President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat Eduard Shevardnadze
President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat
Eduard Shevardnadze
  • Jan 25 Jérôme Choquette, Quebec lawyer and politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 26 Gene Snyder, (Rep-R-KY, 1963-65, 67- )
  • Jan 26 Roger Vadim, French director (And God Created Women, Barbarella)
  • Jan 27 Hans Modrow, a German politician, premier of East Germany
  • Jan 28 MG Falcon, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • Jan 28 Martin Sinnatt, Major-General/secretary (Kennel Club)
  • Jan 28 Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA, 1981-87, 1989-2001), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • Jan 29 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician
  • Jan 31 Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
  • Jan 31 Richard Buckley, royal equerry
  • Jan 31 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, born in Bridgwater, Somerset
  • Jan 31 S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • Feb 1 Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist and photographer
  • Feb 1 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Feb 1 Eric Evans, English dean of St Paul's, born in Tenby, Wales (d. 1996)
  • Feb 1 Tom Lantos, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
  • Feb 2 Luigi Ciriaco De Mita, Prime Minister of Italy (1988-89)
  • Feb 5 Andrew M Greeley, author/reverend
  • Feb 5 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, Middle Eastern scholar (d. 1997)
  • Feb 8 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher, lawyer
  • Feb 9 Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • Feb 10 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973- )
  • Feb 11 Archibald Forster, CEO (Esso UK)
  • Feb 14 Ben Garrido Blaz, (Rep-R-Guam, 1985- )
  • Feb 14 Juan Garcia Hortelano, Spanish author (Tormenta de verano)
  • Feb 20 Donald Longmore, British cardiac surgeon
  • Feb 23 David Somerset, 11th Duke of Beaufort, British peer
  • Feb 23 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, Siberia USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A)
  • Feb 24 Michael Harrington, socialist/author (Fragments of Century), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 25 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
  • Feb 25 Richard Stern, American writer
  • Feb 26 Anatoli Vassilyevich Filipchenko, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 16)
  • Feb 26 Ariel Sharon, Israeli general and politician, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), born at Kfar Malal (d. 2014)
  • Feb 29 Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner
  • Feb 29 Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
  • Mar 1 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician, born in Pretoria (d. 2016)
  • Mar 2 Father John Romanides, Greek priest and professor (d. 2001)
  • Mar 3 Gudrun Pausewang, Eastern Bohemia, German writer
  • Mar 9 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer and engineer, born in North Bay, Ontario (d. 1990)

Person of interestJames Earl Ray

Mar 10 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1998)

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray
  • Mar 11 Peter Roger Hunt, director (Dr No), born in London, England

Person of interestEdward Albee

Mar 12 Edward Albee, American playwright (Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), born in Virginia (d. 2016)

Playwright Edward Albee
Playwright
Edward Albee
  • Mar 12 Roland Moyle, British deputy chairman (Police Complaints Authority)
  • Mar 12 Thérèse Lavoie-Roux, Quebec politician and senator

Person of interestFrank Borman

Mar 14 Frank Borman, American astronaut (Gemini 7, Apollo 8) and CEO of Eastern Air Lines (1975-86), born in Gary, Indiana

Astronaut Frank Borman
Astronaut
Frank Borman
  • Mar 17 William John McKeag, Canadian politician (d. 2007)
  • Mar 18 Fidel V. Ramos, Filipino general and 12th President of the Philippines (1992-98), born in Lingayen, Pangasinan, Philippines
  • Mar 18 Julia Mullock, Princess of Korea
  • Mar 19 Hans Küng, Swiss theologian
  • Mar 20 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), born in Sale, Cheshire (d. 2008)
  • Mar 21 James W Kinnear, CEO (Texaco), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 21 Peter Hacks, German playwright (Tie Windloch)
  • Mar 22 Betty Callaway, figure skating trainer (coached Torvill and Dean), born in Reading, England (d. 2011)
  • Mar 22 Bill Archer, American politician (Rep-R-TX, 1971-2001), born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 22 Dmitri Volkogonov, Russian historian (biographies of Stalin and Lenin) and colonel general, born in Chita, USSR (d. 1995)
  • Mar 22 Carrie Donovan, American fashion editor (d. 2001)
  • Mar 22 E.D. Hirsch. American social commentator, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 23 Alfred Morris, British MP
  • Mar 25 James A. Lovell Jr, American astronaut (Gemini 7, 12, Apollo 8, 13), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Mar 25 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, born in Gloucester, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Mar 26 G. Harry Stine, American science fiction writer (d. 1997)
  • Mar 27 Douglas Applegate, American politician, U.S. House of Representative from Ohio, born in Steubenville, Ohio
  • Mar 28 Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security advisor (Carter), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2017)
  • Mar 28 Alexander Grothendieck, German-French mathematician, born in Berlin (d. 2014)
  • Mar 29 Vincent Gigante, Italian-American mafioso, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2005)
  • Mar 30 Richard Trant, British general
  • Mar 30 Tom Sharpe, English historian/author (Riotous Assembly, Want), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 1 Dimitri Frenkel Frank, Dutch writer/director (Hadimassa)
  • Apr 2 Joseph Bernardin, American Cardinal of the Catholic Church, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • Apr 5 Peter Moore, British academic (Professor of Statistics at London Business School) (d. 2010)

Person of interestJames Watson

Apr 6 James Watson, American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist (co-discovered structure of DNA), born in Chicago, Illinois

Molecular Biologist James Watson
Molecular Biologist
James Watson
  • Apr 7 Alan J Pakula, director (All the President's Men, Klute)

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 2 Photographer Ansel Adams (25) weds Virginia Best in Yosemite Valley

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 6 Industrialist Oskar Schindler (19) weds Emilie Schindler (20) in Svitavy, Czech Republic

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 16 New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey (26) weds stage actress Frances Eileen Hutt

Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey
Governor of New York
Thomas E. Dewey

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 19 Physicist Enrico Fermi (26) weds writer Laura Capon in Rome, Italy

Father of the Atomic Bomb Enrico Fermi
Father of the Atomic Bomb
Enrico Fermi

Deaths in History

  • Jan 11 Thomas Hardy, English novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd) and poet, dies near Dorchester at 87
  • Jan 12 Ruth Snyder, 1st woman to die in electric chair
  • Jan 13 Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer, dies at 57
  • Jan 21 George Washington Goethals, American army general and civil engineer who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal, dies at 69

Person of interestDouglas Haig

Jan 29 Douglas Haig, British fieldmarshal (Sudan, WWI) nicknamed "Butcher Haig" due to mass casualties under his command during the Battle of the Somme, dies from a heart attack at 66

WWI General Douglas Haig
WWI General
Douglas Haig
  • Jan 30 Johannes Andreas Grib Fibiger, Danish scientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1867)
  • Feb 4 Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, Dutch physicist (electromagnetic radiation, Nobel 1902), dies at 74

Person of interestH. H. Asquith

Feb 15 H. H. Asquith, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1908-16), dies at 75

British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
British Prime Minister
H. H. Asquith
  • Feb 20 Antonio Abetti, Italian astronomer, dies at 81
  • Feb 29 Adolphe Appia, Swiss set designer/theorist, dies at 65
  • Feb 29 Armando Diaz, Italian marshal and minister of War (1922-24), dies at 66
  • Feb 29 Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California (b. 1841)
  • Mar 3 Jan [Jean] T Toorop, Dutch graphic artist (3 Brides), dies at 69
  • Mar 7 Robert Abbe, American surgeon and radiologist, dies at 76
  • Mar 18 Paul van Ostaijen, Flemish writer (Outlawed), dies at 32
  • Mar 31 Gustave Ador, Swiss politician and 36th President of the Swiss Confederation (1919), dies at 82
  • Mar 31 Medardo Rosso, Italian sculptor (portraits), dies at 69
  • Apr 2 Theodore Richards, US chemist (atomic weight, Nobel 1914), dies
  • Apr 5 Jane Ellen Harrison, British anthropologist and linguist, dies at 77
  • Apr 7 Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher, dies at 54
  • Apr 16 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, dies at 87
  • Apr 25 Pyotr Nikolayevich, Baron Wrangel, Russian baron general (White Armies, WW II), dies at 49
  • Apr 29 Henrich Federer, Swiss writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61
  • May 1 Ebenezer Howard, English founder of the garden city movement and author (To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform), dies at 78
  • May 4 Barry Pain, English writer (Punch), dies at 63
  • May 16 Edmund Gosse, English poet, author (Father & Son) and critic, dies at 78
  • May 19 Max Scheler, German philosopher, dies at 53
  • May 22 William HT Gairdner, Engl missionary (Nile Mission Press), dies at 54
  • May 31 Ludwig Enneccerus, German leader, dies at 85
  • May 31 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian, dies at 60

Person of interestTimothy Thomas Fortune

Jun 2 Timothy Thomas Fortune, American orator, civil rights leader, writer and publisher (New York Age), dies at 71

Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader Timothy Thomas Fortune
Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader
Timothy Thomas Fortune
  • Jun 3 Li Yüan-hung, Chinese general and political figure (b. 1864)
  • Jun 7 Chiang Tsolin, Chinese warlord of North-China, murdered
  • Jun 12 Salvador Díaz Mirón, Mexican poet (Los Cien Mejores Poemas), dies at 74

Person of interestEmmeline Pankhurst

Jun 14 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), dies at 69

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Suffragette
Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Jun 16 Mark Keppel, Superintendent of Los Angeles County Schools from 1902-1928, dies at 61
  • Jun 17 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer and diplomat (Virulo, mocedades), dies at 39

Person of interestRoald Amundsen

Jun 18 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, dies in a plane crash while flying on a rescue mission in the Arctic at 55

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Jun 22 A. B. Frost, American illustrator (b. 1851)
  • Jul 17 Alvaro Obregon, President of Mexico is assassinated
  • Jul 17 Giovanni Giolitti, 5x Prime Minister of Italy (1892-93, 1903-05, 1906-09, 1911-14, 1920-21), dies at 85
  • Jul 20 Kostas Karyotakis, Greek poet, dies at 31
  • Aug 8 Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Boer party), dies
  • Aug 9 Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden (1907-18), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Klabund [Alfred Henschke], German writer (Spuk, Rasputin), dies at 37
  • Aug 29 Richard Haldane, British viscount and lord-chancellor (Life of A Smith), dies at 72
  • Aug 30 Wilhelm Wien, German physicist (laws of motion, Nobel 1911), dies at 64
  • Sep 13 Italo Svevo [Ettore Schmitz], Italian writer (Una Vita), dies at 66
  • Sep 29 Steinitz, mathematician, dies
  • Oct 13 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, dies at 80
  • Oct 22 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), dies at 66
  • Oct 23 François Victor Alphonse Aulard, French historian, dies at 79

Person of interestArnold Rothstein

Nov 6 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), dies of gunshot wounds at 46

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • Nov 13 Abraham M "Mark" Lidzbarski, Polish/German orientalist, dies at 60
  • Nov 15 Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, American Geologist and educator, dies at 85
  • Nov 17 Lala Lajpat Rai, Indian author, politician, & freedom fighter (b. 1865)
  • Nov 21 Hermann Sudermann, German author (Frau Sorge), dies

Person of interestReinhard Scheer

Nov 26 Reinhard Scheer, German admiral and commander of the High Seas Fleet in World War I (Battle of Jutland), dies at 65

  • Nov 28 Frank Friday Fletcher, American Naval Admiral (Medal of Order for Battle of Veracruz), dies at 73
  • Dec 1 José Eustasio Rivera, Colombian writer (b. 1888)
  • Dec 10 Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, and illustrator, dies at 60
  • Dec 11 Lewis Howard Latimer, American inventor (carbon filament lightbulb), dies at 80
  • Dec 16 Elinor Wylie, American poet and writer (b. 1885)
  • Dec 21 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal (WW I, Caporetto), dies at 78