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

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

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler

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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, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
  • Aug 22 Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
  • Aug 24 Paul G. Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80

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

Physicist J. J. Thomson
Physicist
J. J. Thomson
  • Aug 31 Georges Gauthier, French Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal (b. 1871)