Deaths in History in August 1940

  • Aug 4 Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
  • Aug 5 Frederick A Cook, American explorer, claimed to have 1st discovered North Pole, dies at 75
  • Aug 17 Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant and 1st American serviceman killed in action in World War II, dies at 29

Person of interestWalter Chrysler

Aug 18 Walter Chrysler, American founder of car company Chrysler, dies at 65

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler

Person of interestLeon Trotsky

Aug 21 Leon Trotsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and founder of the Red Army, assassinated at 62 by an ice-pick wielding Ramón Mercader

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Aug 21 Hermann Obrecht, Swiss jurist, member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 58
  • Aug 22 Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist, early radio pioneer, dies at 89
  • Aug 24 Paul G. Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80

Person of interestJ. J. Thomson

Aug 30 J. J. Thomson, English physicist who discovered the electron (Nobel 1906), dies at 83

Physicist J. J. Thomson
J. J. Thomson
  • Aug 31 George Gauthier, French-Canadian Roman Catholic Bishop of Montreal and rector of the Université de Montréal, dies at 68