On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1930

  • Jan 9 Edward W Buck, Dutch/US editor (Ladies Home Journal), dies at 66
  • Jan 13 Auguste Rateau, French mining engineer and inventor (Rateau steam turbine), dies at 66
  • Jan 13 Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, English electrical engineer and inventor, dies at 65
  • Jan 22 Stephen Mather, American industrialist and conservationist (organized US National Park Service), dies at 62
  • Jan 24 Rebecca Latimer Felton, American writer and politician (first woman to serve as U.S. Senator (Georgia)), dies at 94
  • Feb 6 Eva Strittmatter, German writer (Tinko), dies at 17
  • Feb 22 Godfried CE van Daalen, Dutch general/governor of Atjeh, dies at 66
  • Feb 24 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer and painter (Death of My Cat), dies at 74
  • Feb 26 Rafael Merry del Val, British-born Spanish Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 64
  • Feb 28 C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator, dies at 40

D. H. Lawrence

Mar 2 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies of tuberculosis at 44

  • Mar 6 Alfred von Tirpitz, German architect of the Imperial Navy (Tirpitz Plan, Unrestricted U-boat Warfare) and World War I Grand Admiral, dies at 80

William Howard Taft

Mar 8 William Howard Taft, 27th US President (Republican: 1909-13) and Chief Justice, dies at 72

  • Mar 8 Edward Terry Sanford, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court (b. 1865)
  • Mar 12 Alois Jirásek, Czech writer (b. 1851)

William George Barker

Mar 12 William George Barker, Canadian fighter ace (Victoria Cross recipient), dies in a training accident at 35

  • Mar 13 Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman, American writer (Revolt of Mother), dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Antonio Beltramelli, writer, dies at 51
  • Mar 16 Miguel Primo de Riveray Orbaneja, Sp dictator (1923-30), dies at 60

Arthur Balfour

Mar 19 Arthur Balfour, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1902-05) and Foreign Secretary (Balfour Declaration), dies of unremitting circulatory trouble at 81

  • Mar 29 Anton Bettelheim, Austrian writer, dies at 78
  • Apr 1 Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
  • Apr 2 Zewditu, Empress of Ethiopia (1916-30), dies at 53
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Majakovski, Russian poet, dies
  • Apr 14 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet and playwright (Ode to Revolution, The Bathhouse), commits suicide by shooting himself through the heart at 36
  • Apr 16 José Carlos Mariátegui, Peruvian journalist, political philosopher and activist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 17 Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)
  • Apr 19 Georges-Casimir Dessaulles, Canadian senator (b. 1827)
  • Apr 19 Charles Scribner II, American magazine and book publisher, dies at 75
  • Apr 21 Robert Bridges, English poet (Testament of beauty) and British Poet Laureate (1913-30), dies at 85
  • Apr 22 Jeppe Aakjær, Danish poet & novelist (Bondens Søn), dies at 63
  • Apr 24 Henry Ernest Dudeney, English mathematician and puzzle maker, dies at 73
  • May 10 Edward Stratemeyer, American author (The Rover Boys), dies at 67
  • May 12 Pieter Jelles Troelstra, Dutch politician (SDAP), dies at 70

Fridtjof Nansen

May 13 Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian Arctic explorer and diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1922), dies at 68

  • May 13 Helene Lange, German feminist (honoured with the Grand Prussian State Medal), dies at 82
  • May 14 Władysław Orkan [Franciszek Ksawery Smaciarz], Polish author (Nowele Zebrane), dies at 54
  • May 17 Herbert David Croly, US founder (New Republic), dies at 61
  • May 23 R. D. Banerji, Indian archaeologist and historian (discovered ancient Indus city of Mohenjo-daro), dies at 45 [1]
  • May 25 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1848)
  • Jun 5 Jules Pascin [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian American painter and cartoonist, commits suicide at 45
  • Jun 10 Adolf Harnack, German theologian (b. 1851)
  • Jun 11 Henry Clay Folger, American CEO of Standard Oil and founder of the Folger Shakespeare Library, dies at 72
  • Jun 16 Ezra Fitch, American businessman (Abercrombie & Fitch founder), dies at 64
  • Jun 16 Elmer Ambrose Sperry, American entrepreneur and inventor (gyrocompass), dies at 69
  • Jun 22 Karl von Amira, German historian, dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Harvey W. Wiley, American chemist known for leadership in the passage of the landmark Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, dies at 85
  • Jul 8 Joseph Ward, 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand (1906-12), dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Robert Stout, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1884-87), dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Glenn Curtiss, American aviation pioneer and airplane builder, dies at 52
  • Jul 28 Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel Prize 1911), dies at 68
  • Jul 30 Joan Gamper, Swiss-Catalan businessman and founder of FC Barcelona, dies at 52
  • Aug 27 Didericus van Epen, Dutch genealogist (Dutch Patriarch, dies at 62
  • Aug 28 Alvar Gullstrand, Swedish optician (Nobel 1911), dies
  • Aug 29 William Archibald Spooner, English writer (b. 1844)
  • Sep 5 Robert Means Thompson, American naval officer (b. 1849)
  • Sep 5 Carl Panzram, American serial killer and rapist, dies at 38
  • Sep 23 Jonkvrouw Catharina AM de Savornin Lohman, author, dies at 62
  • Sep 24 William A. MacCorkle, American politician, 90th Governor of West Virginia, dies at 73
  • Sep 28 Daniel Guggenheim, American mining magnate and philanthropist, dies at 74
  • Sep 29 Ilya Repin, Ukrainian-Russian painter (Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks), dies at 86
  • Oct 3 Charles Louis Philippe Zilcken, Dutch painter and author (Bauer), dies at 73
  • Oct 5 Christopher Birdwood Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson, British military officer (b. 1875)
  • Oct 10 Adolf Engler, German botanist (b. 1844)
  • Oct 14 Sam[uel] van Houten, lib minister (Child labor laws), dies
  • Oct 15 Ernest Wilson, English botanist (plant collector in China), dies in a car accident at 54
  • Oct 26 Waldemar Haffkine, Ukrainian bacteriologist (1st to develop and use vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague), dies at 70
  • Oct 30 Sakichi Toyoda, Japanese inventor and industrialist (Toyota Industries), dies at 63
  • Nov 2 Oliver Perry Hay, American paleontologist, dies at 84

Alfred Wegener

Nov 3 Alfred Wegener, German polar researcher and meteorologist (continental shift), dies while on an expedition to Greenland at 50 (date is approximate)

  • Nov 30 Mother [Mary Harris] Jones, American labor organizer (cofounded Industrial Workers of the World), dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Friedrich von Bernhardi, German general and military historian (Germany & the Next War), dies at 80
  • Dec 13 Fritz Pregl, Slovenian/Austrian chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1869)
  • Dec 23 Johannes H. Been, Brielle archivist, dies at 71
  • Dec 24 Eduard David, German politician (constitution of Weimar), dies at 67