Deaths in History in 1948

  • Jan 7 Raoul Auernheimer, writer, dies
  • Jan 8 Kurt Schwitters, writer, dies at 60
  • Jan 14 Anna "Ans" van Dike, Dutch Jewish Nazi-collaborator, executed at 42
  • Jan 19 Tony Garnier, French architect (b. 1869)
  • Jan 24 Maria Mandel, Camp Leader at Auschwitz (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24 Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant at Auschwitz concentration camp (b. 1901)
  • Jan 29 Tomislav II of Croatia, 4th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1900)

Person of interestMahatma Gandhi

Jan 30 Mahatma Gandhi, India's political and spiritual leader, assassinated in New Delhi by Hindu extremists at 78

Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi

Person of interestOrville Wright

Jan 30 Orville Wright, US aviation pioneer, dies at 76

  • Feb 2 Thomas W. Lamont, American banker; father or Corliss Lamont; great-grandfather of Ned Lamont (b. 1870)
  • Feb 5 Johann Blaskowitz, German general (surrendered at Wageningen), dies at 64
  • Feb 6 Robert Brasillach, French author/nazi collaborator, dies at 38
  • Feb 9 Karl Valentin, German comic/writer, dies at 65
  • Feb 11 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • Feb 23 John Robert Gregg, Irish-born publisher and inventor (b. 1866)
  • Mar 3 Antonin Artaud, writer, dies at 51
  • Mar 6 Ross Lockridge, Jr., American novelist (Raintree County), dies at 33
  • Mar 10 Jan Masaryk, Czech Foreign minister, commits suicide or is murdered
  • Mar 10 Zelda Fitzgerald, American artist, wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (b. 1900)
  • Mar 13 Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the U.K., dies at 77
  • Mar 24 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter, dies at 62
  • Mar 26 Helen Ernst, German poster artist/resistance fighter, dies at about 43
  • Mar 29 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (b. 1881)
  • Mar 31 Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Raging Reporter), dies at 62
  • Apr 2 Sabahattin Ali, Turkish poet, author and journalist (Esirler, Içimizdeki Şeytan), killed at 41
  • Apr 8 Josef Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • Apr 9 George Carpenter, Australian Salvation Army general (b. 1872)
  • Apr 9 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (b. 1903)
  • Apr 15 Radola Gajda, Czech military commander and politician, dies at 56

Person of interestManuel Roxas

Apr 15 Manuel Roxas, 5th President of the Philippines (1946-48), dies of heart attack at 56

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • Apr 17 Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
  • May 1 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • May 6 43 communist rebels, executed in Athens
  • May 8 U Saw, Burmese politician (b. 1900)
  • May 15 Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • May 22 Claude McKaye, Jamaican/American author (Banjo, Home to Harlem), dies at 57

Person of interestWitold Pilecki

May 25 Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII resistance fighter (volunteered to go to Auschwitz, Witold's Report), executed by communist secret police after a show trial at age 47

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • May 26 Theodore Morell, Hitler's personal physician (b. 1886)
  • May 28 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer and one of the Mitford sisters, dies from the effects of a bullet in her head at 33
  • Jun 1 Alex Gard, Russian-born caricaturist (b. 1900)
  • Jun 2 Viktor Brack, German Nazi physician and war criminal, dies at 43
  • Jun 2 Karl Brandt, personal physician of Adolf Hitler (b. 1904)
  • Jun 2 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (b. 1897)
  • Jun 2 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (b. 1903)
  • Jun 2 Wolfram Sievers, Nazi physician, dies at 42
  • Jun 6 Louis Lumière, French movie pioneer (b. 1864)
  • Jun 21 D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, Scottish zoologist and classicist (On Growth & Form), dies at 88
  • Jun 25 William C. Lee, U.S. general (b. 1895)
  • Jun 30 Karl Wolfskehl, writer, dies at 78
  • Jul 3 Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch SDAP-politician, dies at 90
  • Jul 4 Monteiro Lobato, Brazilian writer (b. 1882)

  • Jul 5 G Bernanos, writer, dies at 60
  • Jul 5 Piet Aalberse, Dutch minister of Labor (1918-25), dies at 77
  • Jul 11 Gerhard Kittel, German anti-semite theologist, dies
  • Jul 14 Palmiro Togliatti, Italy's CPI chairman, assassinated

Person of interestJohn J. Pershing

Jul 15 John J. Pershing [Blackjack], American general and WWI commander, dies of coronary artery disease at 87

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • Jul 18 Herman Gummerus, Finnish historian and politician (b. 1877)
  • Jul 21 Arshile Gorky, abstract expressionist, dies at 43
  • Aug 3 Albert F Pollard, British historian (Evolution of parliament), dies at 78
  • Aug 10 E Ball-Hennings, writer, dies at 63
  • Aug 10 Kwan-Ichi Asakawa, Japanese historian(b. 1873)
  • Aug 10 Andrew Brown, Scottish football coach (b. 1870)
  • Aug 10 Montague Summers, English clergyman and writer (Malleus Maleficarum), dies at 68
  • Aug 12 Harry Brearley, English inventor (b. 1871)
  • Aug 17 Nico J. Polak, Dutch economist, dies at 60
  • Aug 27 Charles Evans Hughes, U.S. Supreme Court justice (b. 1862)
  • Aug 27 Charles Evans Hughes, American statesman, Republican politician and 11th Chief Justice of Supreme Court (1930-41), dies at 86
  • Aug 31 Andrei A Zjdanov, Rus politician (against kosmopolitism), dies at 52
  • Sep 2 Sylvanus Morley, American archaeologist and spy, dies at 65
  • Sep 3 Eduard Benesj, president Czechoslovakia (1921-22, 35-48), dies
  • Sep 5 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (b. 1881)
  • Sep 6 Gerrit H Kersten, vicar/founder (Calvinist Party), dies at 66
  • Sep 7 Henricus Andreas Poels, Dutch Roman Catholic theologist and social foreman, dies at 80
  • Sep 8 Thomas Mofolo, Lesotho writer (b. 1876)
  • Sep 11 Mohammed Ali Jinnah, 1st governor of Pakistan (1947-48), dies at 71
  • Sep 16 Ferdinand I MKLM, prince of Saxony-Coburg/tsar of Bulgaria, dies
  • Sep 17 Count Folke Bernadotte, UN mediator for Palestine, assassinated
  • Sep 17 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), dies at 61
  • Sep 28 Gregg Toland, cinematographer, dies at 44

Person of interestEdith Roosevelt

Sep 30 Edith Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, dies at 87

US First Lady Edith Roosevelt
US First Lady
Edith Roosevelt
  • Oct 12 Alfred Kerr, German-British writer, dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist and psychoanalyst, dies at 63
  • Oct 18 [Heinrich A H] Walther von Brauchitsch, German fieldmarshal, dies
  • Oct 22 August Hlond, Polish cardinal of the Roman Catholic church, dies at 67
  • Oct 31 Cissy van Marxfield, [Setske Beek-de Han], writer, dies
  • Nov 10 Julius Curtius, German foreign minister (1929- ), dies at 71
  • Nov 16 Frederick Gardner Cottrell, American Inventor (electrostatic precipitator), dies at 71
  • Nov 19 Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer of travel literature (Life on Puka Puka), dies at 52
  • Nov 25 Kanbun Uechi, karate master (b. 1877)
  • Dec 4 Karl Bonhoeffer, German psychiatrist/neurologist, dies
  • Dec 18 Janet Fay, hammered to death by Honeymoon Killers
  • Dec 21 Seishiro Itagaki, Japanese General/min of War, hanged

Person of interestHideki Tojo

Dec 23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Dec 28 Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated