Deaths in History in 1947

  • Jan 4 Forrest Reid, Irish author/critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
  • Jan 9 Karl Mannheim, sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • Jan 9 Lambertus Zijl, sculptor (Merchant Exchange-Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Jan 12 Jonas Cohn, German/English philosopher (Wertwissenschaft), dies at 77
  • Jan 13 Veit Valentin, German/US historian (German People), dies at 61

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Jan 15 Elizabeth Short, American victim in the Black Dahlia case, murdered at 22

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • Jan 17 Pyotr Krasnov, Russian counter-revolutionary (b. 1869)
  • Jan 17 Jean-Marie-Rodrigue Villeneuve, French cardinal and Archbishop of Quebec, dies at 63
  • Jan 20 Josh Gibson, Negro League slugger, dies of a brain tumor at age 35
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bonnard, French painter/illustrator, dies at 79
  • Jan 24 Felix Timmermans, writer/painter (Gift from St Nicholas), dies at 60

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Jan 25 Al Capone, Chicago gangster, dies of neurosyphilis at 48

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • Jan 26 Gustav Adolf, crown prince of Sweden, dies in air crash
  • Jan 30 Frederick F Blackman, English botanist, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-adm (WW II-Task Force 58), dies at 60
  • Feb 5 Ganzefles, Dutch nazi spy/Jews hunter, executed
  • Feb 5 Hans Fallada, German writer (Little Man, What Now?), dies at 53
  • Feb 25 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, dies at 78
  • Mar 1 J Boogaard, nazi collaborator, executed
  • Mar 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • Mar 12 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • Mar 18 William C. Durant, American automobile pioneer (General Motors), dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Archduchess Luise of Austria, Princess of Tuscany (b. 1870)
  • Mar 28 Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (b. 1897)
  • Apr 1 George II, King of Greece (1922-1924, and 1935-1947), dies of arteriosclerosis at 56
  • Apr 4 William O'Donnell, Irish politician (b. ?)
  • Apr 6 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (b. 1896)

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Apr 7 Henry Ford, American industrialist and auto maker (Ford Model T), dies at 83

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • Apr 11 Louise Peete, American murderess (b. 1880)
  • Apr 12 Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • Apr 15 Wolstenholme, rocker, dies
  • Apr 16 Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1900)
  • Apr 20 Christian X, king of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873)
  • Apr 29 Irving Fisher, US economist, dies at 80
  • May 1 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • May 2 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • May 8 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • May 14 John Ray Sinnock, US chief engraver (1925-47), dies at 59
  • May 16 Frederick Hopkins, English biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1861)
  • May 17 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1862)
  • May 23 C F Ramuz, writer, dies at 68
  • May 28 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (b. 1907)
  • Jun 9 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, president of Poland (1939-40), dies at 62
  • Jun 10 Alexander Bethune, Canadian politician (b. 1852)
  • Jun 16 Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86

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Jun 17 Maxwell Perkins, American editor and publisher for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, dies at 62

  • Jun 18 Shigematsu Sakaibara, Japanese admiral (b. 1898)
  • Jun 19 Willem H Fly, typographer/co-founder (SDAP), dies at 84

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Jun 20 Bugsy Siegel, American gangster who created casinos in Las Vegas, shot dead in Beverly Hills at 41

Mobster Bugsy Siegel
Mobster
Bugsy Siegel
  • Jun 24 Emil Seidel, Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (b. 1864)

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Jun 26 Richard Bedford Bennett, 11th Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a heart attack at 76

11th Prime Minister of Canada Richard Bedford Bennett
11th Prime Minister of Canada
Richard Bedford Bennett
  • Jun 28 Stanislav K Neumann, Czech poet (Anti-Guide), dies at 72
  • Jul 9 Lucjan Żeligowski, Polish general (b. 1865)
  • Jul 15 Henry Kolker, German-American actor and director (Holiday, Baby Face, Mad Love), dies at 72
  • Jul 16 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, dies in Pretoria at 77
  • Jul 17 Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat in WW II (saved thousands of Jews), dies at 34
  • Jul 19 Aung San, Burmese nationalist (assassinated) (b. 1915)
  • Jul 19 U Razak, Burmese politician (b. 1898)
  • Jul 30 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1860)
  • Aug 5 Joannes D M Cornelissen, historian (Johann de White), dies
  • Aug 8 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (b. 1872)
  • Aug 19 Ernst Laqueur, Dut chemist/psychologist (sexual hormones), dies at 67
  • Aug 20 Franz VM Cumont, Belgian religious historian, dies at 79
  • Aug 21 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), dies at 65
  • Aug 25 Clark Wissler, US cultural anthropologist, dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Manolete, Spanish bullfighter (b. 1917)
  • Sep 1 Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international Scouting movement (b. 1861)
  • Sep 6 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer, dies at 76
  • Sep 20 Fiorello H La Guardia, (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45), dies
  • Sep 23 Nikola Petkov, leader of Bulgaria Boer party, hanged
  • Sep 26 Hugh Lofting, writer (Gub Gub Book), dies at 61
  • Sep 28 William B Davidson, dies
  • Oct 2 Peter D. Ouspensky, Russian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1878)
  • Oct 4 Max Planck, German physicist, father of Quantum Physics (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918), dies at 89
  • Oct 13 Sydney Webb, English socialist and economist (founded London School of Economics) and husband of Beatrice Webb, dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Canon Edwin Sidney Savage, English rector (b. 1862)
  • Oct 29 Frances Cleveland Preston, former 1st lady (1885-89 93-97), dies at 83
  • Nov 6 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Paradisets Have), dies at 66
  • Nov 11 Martin Dibelius, German theologist (That Drawer Jahwes), dies at 64
  • Nov 12 Emmuska Orczy, British author (Scarlet Pimpernel), dies at 82
  • Nov 14 Joseph Allard, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1873)
  • Nov 17 Ricarda Huch, German writer and historian "First Lady of German humanism", dies at 83
  • Nov 17 Victor Serge, Russian anarchist, novelist, and historian (b. 1890)
  • Nov 20 Wolfgang Borchert, German writer, dies at 26
  • Nov 25 Léon-Paul Fargue, French poet (b. 1876)
  • Nov 28 Jacques-Philippe Leclerc, WW II hero (liberator of Paris), dies at 44
  • Dec 1 Aleister Crowley, British occultist, founded the religion of Thelema, dies at 72
  • Dec 1 Hardy, mathematician, dies
  • Dec 7 Nicholas Murray Butler, American philosopher, diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1931), educator (Columbia University President), dies at 85
  • Dec 7 Tristan Bernard, French playwright and novelist (b. 1866)
  • Dec 13 Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter, dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Franz Zorell, German RC lexicographer, dies at 84

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Dec 14 Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37), dies at 80

British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin
British Prime Minister
Stanley Baldwin
  • Dec 14 Edward Higgins, General of The Salvation Army (b. 1864)
  • Dec 15 Arthur Machen, Welsh author (b. 1863)
  • Dec 22 Therese Brandl, Nazi concentration camp guard (b. 1902)
  • Dec 25 Gaspar G. Bacon, was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1886)
  • Dec 28 Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 29 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian/general, dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Han [Henricus A] van Meegeren, Dutch painter/art forger, dies at 58
  • Dec 31 Franz X Ritter von Epp, German General (SW Africa), dies at 79