Historical Figures Who Died in 1928

  • 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

Douglas HaigDouglas Haig (1861-1928)

Jan 29 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

  • 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
  • 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 politician and scholar, dies at 85
  • May 31 Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian, dies at 60

Timothy Thomas FortuneTimothy Thomas Fortune (1856-1928)

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

  • 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

Emmeline PankhurstEmmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)

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

  • 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

Roald AmundsenRoald Amundsen (1872-1928)

Jun 18 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

  • 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 Ernst Steinitz, German mathematician, dies at 57
  • Oct 13 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, dies at 80

Andrew FisherAndrew Fisher (1862-1928)

Oct 22 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

Arnold RothsteinArnold Rothstein (1882-1928)

Nov 6 American gambler and mobster who fixed the 1919 World Series, dies of gunshot wounds at 46

  • 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

Reinhard ScheerReinhard Scheer (1863-1928)

Nov 26 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