On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1947

  • Jan 4 Forrest Reid, Irish author/critic (Young Tom, Apostate), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general during the Second Polish Republic, dies at 61
  • Jan 9 Karl Mannheim, German sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • Jan 9 Lambertus Zijl, Dutch sculptor (Merchant Exchange-Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Jan 12 Jonas Cohn, German philosopher (Wertwissenschaft), dies at 77
  • Jan 13 Veit Valentin, German/American historian (German People), dies at 61

Murder of InterestElizabeth Short

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

  • 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 and illustrator, dies at 79
  • Jan 24 Felix Timmermans, Flemish painter and illustrator (Pallieter), dies at 60

Al Capone

Jan 25 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), dies of a stroke complicated by pneumonia after suffering from late-stage syphilis of neurosyphilis at 48

  • Jan 26 Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Swedish prince second in line to the Swedish throne, dies in an airplane crash at 40
  • 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 24 Pierre Janet, French psychologist and neurologist (contributed to the modern concept of mental and emotional disorders involving anxiety, phobias, and other abnormal behaviour), dies at 87
  • Feb 25 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
  • Feb 26 Heinrich Häberlin, Swiss politician, member of the Federal Council, dies at 78
  • Feb 26 Kálmán Tihanyi, Hungarian physicist and engineer (invented cathode ray tube for television), dies at 49
  • Mar 6 Halford John Mackinder, British geographer (Britain and the British Seas), dies at 86
  • Mar 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • Mar 12 "Winston Churchill the American", American novelist (b. 1871)
  • Mar 12 Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure, dies at 87
  • 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)
  • Mar 28 Johnny Evers, American Baseball HOF 2nd baseman (World Series 1907, 08 Chicago Orphans/Cubs; WS & NL MVP 1914 Boston Braves) and manager (Chicago Cubs/WS), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 65
  • 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 (Reich Minister for Food and Agriculture), dies at 50

Henry Ford

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

  • Apr 11 Louise Peete, American convicted serial killer, dies at 66
  • Apr 12 Christian F L Leipoldt, South African writer (Die Moormansgat), dies
  • Apr 16 Rudolf Höss, German commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, dies at 45
  • Apr 18 Jozef Tiso, Slovak politician (President of the First Slovak Republic), dies at 59
  • Apr 20 Christian X, King of Denmark (1912-47), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Willa Cather, American writer (My Ántonia), dies at 73
  • Apr 29 Irving Fisher, US economist, dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Almroth Wright, English bacteriologist (developed one of 1st vaccines for typhoid), dies at 85
  • May 1 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • May 2 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist (inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector) and writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman), dies at 53
  • May 2 Dorothea Binz, German Nazi war criminal (Ravensbrück concentration camp), executed by hanging for her crimes at 27
  • 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 Gowland Hopkins, British biochemist (Nobel Prize, 1929), dies at 85
  • May 17 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist (Nobel 1905), dies at 84
  • May 23 Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Swiss writer (Le Petit Village), dies at 68
  • May 28 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal, dies at 40
  • May 30 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WWI submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, dies at 67
  • Jun 9 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, president of Poland (1939-40), dies at 62
  • Jun 10 Alexander Bethune, Canadian politician (b. 1852)
  • Jun 11 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 74
  • Jun 16 Jean-Francois Capart, Belgian egyptologist (Memphis), dies at 86

Maxwell Perkins

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, hanged for war crimes at 48
  • Jun 19 Willem H. Fly, Dutch typographer/co-founder (SDAP), dies at 84

Bugsy Siegel

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

  • Jun 24 Emil Seidel, German-American politician (36th Mayor of Milwaukee), dies at 82
  • Jun 28 Stanislav K Neumann, Czech poet (Anti-Guide), dies at 72
  • Jul 9 Lucjan Żeligowski, Polish general (b. 1865)
  • 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

AssassinationAung San

Jul 19 Aung San, Burmese general and nationalist politician, assassinated by armed paramilitaries along with 6 members of his cabinet at 32

  • Jul 19 U Razak, Burmese politician (b. 1898)
  • Jul 29 Willem Vliegen, Dutch journalist and chairman (SDAP), dies at 84
  • Jul 30 Joseph Cook, 6th Prime Minister of Australia, dies at 86
  • Aug 8 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (b. 1872)
  • Aug 19 Ernst Laqueur, Dutch chemist and 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, American anthropologist (American Indian), dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Manolete [Manuel Laureano Rodríguez Sánchez], Spanish bullfighter, dies at 30
  • Sep 1 Frederick Russell Burnham, American scout and adventurer whose friendship with Baden-Powell inspired the founding of the international scouting movement, dies at 86
  • Sep 6 Paul Guthnick, German astronomer, dies at 76
  • Sep 8 Victor Horta, Belgium architect, founder of Art Nouveau movement (Hôtel Tassel), dies at 86
  • Sep 20 Fiorello La Guardia, American politician (Mayor-R-NYC, 1933-45), dies at 64
  • Sep 23 Nikola Petkov, leader of Bulgaria Boer party, hanged
  • Sep 26 Hugh Lofting, English writer (Dr Dolittle), dies at 61
  • 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, American First Lady (1885-89 93-97), wife of Grover Cleveland 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 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 G. H. Hardy, English mathematician (Hardy–Weinberg principle, A Mathematician's Apology), dies at 70
  • 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, dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Huda Sha'arawi, Egyptian feminist and nationalist, founder of Egyptian Feminist Union, dies at 68
  • Dec 13 Nicholas Roerich, Russian painter, dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Franz Zorell, German lexicographer, dies at 84
  • Dec 14 Edward Higgins, English General of The Salvation Army, dies at 84
  • 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)

Victor Emmanuel III

Dec 28 Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy (1900-46), dies of pulmonary edema at 78

  • Dec 29 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian and general archivist, dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Han [Henricus Antonius] van Meegeren, Dutch painter and art forger (Vermeer), dies at 58
  • Dec 30 Alfred North Whitehead, British mathematician and philosopher (Adventures of Ideas), dies at 86
  • Dec 31 Franz X Ritter von Epp, German General (SW Africa), dies at 79