On This Day

Deaths in History in December 1945

  • Dec 4 Thomas Hunt Morgan, American evolutionary biologist, geneticist and embryologist (Nobel Prize 1933), dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Theodor Dannecker, SS officer and an associate of Adolf Eichmann, dies at 32
  • Dec 11 Charles Fabry, French physicist, discoverer of ozone layer in upper atmosphere, dies at 78
  • Dec 13 Robert van Genechten, Dutch Nazi (NSB), commits suicide
  • Dec 13 Elisabeth Volkenrath, supervisor at concentration camps (b. 1919)
  • Dec 14 Henry van Goudoever, Dutch lawyer & judge, dies on his 69th birthday
  • Dec 14 Josef Kramer, German Nazi war criminal ("The Beast of Belsen"), hanged at 39
  • Dec 16 Fumimaro Konu, Japanese prince/PM (1937-39, 40-41), commits harakiri
  • Dec 16 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian industrialist and founder of Fiat, dies at 79

Person of interestGeorge S. Patton

Dec 21 George S. Patton, American WWII general (Sicily, Italy and Normandy) known as "Old Blood & Guts", dies of congestive heart failure at 60

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • Dec 22 Otto Neurath, Austrian-British philosopher (Foundation of Social Sciences), dies at 63
  • Dec 23 Mogens Klitgaard, Danish author (Brunkul), dies at 39
  • Dec 28 Theodore Dreiser, American novelist (An American Tragedy), dies at 74