Deaths in History in 1949

  • Jan 10 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer, geophysicist, and polar scientist (b. 1865)
  • Jan 15 Pompeo Aloisi, Italian baron, diplomat and senator, dies at 63
  • Jan 15 Charles Ponzi, Italian con man (Ponzi scheme in the US), dies at 66
  • Jan 20 Josephus T J Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam Stock Exchange), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 William Thomas Walsh, American author (b. 1891)
  • Jan 25 Makino Nobuaki, Japanese statesman (b. 1861)
  • Feb 12 Hassan al Banna, Egyptian founder of the Muslim Brotherhood (b. 1906)
  • Feb 14 Yusuf Salman Yusuf, Iraqi-Assyrian communist leader (b. 1901)
  • Feb 18 Niceto A Zamora y Torres, premier of Spain (1931-36), dies at 71
  • Mar 7 Francis Dodd, English artist (b. 1874)
  • Mar 13 Henri Giraud, French general (b. 1879)
  • Mar 14 John Callan O'Laughlin, American political and military figure and journalist (b. 1873)
  • Mar 17 Aleksandra Ekster, Russian painter (b. 1882)
  • Mar 25 Hanns A Rauter, German SS-commandant in Netherland, executed at 54
  • Mar 30 Friedrich Bergius, German chemist (benzine from brown coal, Nobel 1931), dies at 64
  • Apr 13 C V France, British actor (The Skin Game, Adventure in Blackmail), dies at 80
  • Apr 14 Joseph A Cushman, US paleontologist, dies at 68
  • Apr 16 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, Indon communist, executed at 54
  • Apr 18 Leonard Bloomfield, linguist/philosopher, dies
  • Apr 28 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines (shot) (b. 1888)

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May 6 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian philosopher (Nobel 1911), dies at 86

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • May 9 Louis II, Prince of Monaco, dies
  • May 11 Adrianus PHA de Kleyn, throat/nose/otologist (ear doctor), dies at 65
  • May 16 William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • May 18 James T Adams, US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
  • May 20 Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)
  • May 21 Klaus Mann, German writer, dies at 42
  • May 22 Klaus H T Mann, German/US writer (Turning Point), dies
  • May 24 Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (b. 1873)
  • May 25 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WWII), dies at 47
  • May 27 Ropert L Ripley, cartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY
  • Jun 3 Amedos Peter Giannine, founder of Bank of America dies at 79
  • Jun 10 Sigrid Undset, Norwegian writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • Jun 11 Koci Xoxe, Albanian vice-premier, executed
  • Jun 11 Oton Zupanic, Slavs poet (Zimzelen pod snegom), dies at 71
  • Jun 19 Syed Zafarul Hasan, Prominent Muslim philosopher (b. 1885)
  • Jun 26 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1939-48), dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Louis Davids [Simon David], cabaret artist, dies at 65
  • Jul 2 Georgi Dimitrov, Bulgaria premier (1946-49), dies at 67
  • Jul 8 Antun Sa'ada, Syrian rightwing politician, executed in Lebanon
  • Jul 12 Douglas Hyde, first President of Ireland (b. 1860)
  • Jul 16 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Russian poet (b. 1866)
  • Aug 9 Edward Thorndike, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology), dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Husni al-Barazi, premier of Syria, shot to death
  • Aug 14 Husni el-Zaim, president/dictator of Syria, shot to death

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Aug 16 Margaret Mitchell, American writer (Gone With the Wind), dies at 48

  • Aug 17 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician (b. 1891)
  • Aug 26 Nico van Suchtelen, Dutch writer and publisher, dies at 70
  • Aug 31 Andre Debierne, French chemist/physicist (actinium), dies
  • Sep 7 José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (b. 1883)

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Sep 13 August Krogh, Danish zoophysiologist, dies at 75

Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate August Krogh
Zoophysiologist and Nobel Laureate
August Krogh
  • Sep 19 George Shiels, Irish dramatist (b. 1886)
  • Oct 6 Robert Lynd [YY], Irish writer/critic (News Chronicle), dies at 70
  • Oct 29 G. I. Gurdjieff, Armenian mystic (b. 1872)
  • Oct 31 Edward Stettinius Jr. 48th US Secretary of State (1944-45) and diplomat, dies at 49
  • Nov 2 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (b. 1872)
  • Nov 3 Solomon R. Guggenheim, American businessman and art collector (Guggenheim Museum New York), dies at 88
  • Nov 8 Cyriel Verschaeve, Belgian clergyman (b. 1874)
  • Nov 12 Hendrik A de Fish, [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological, dies at 64
  • Nov 19 James Ensor, Flemish painter/etcher (Oestereetster), dies at 89
  • Nov 23 Gustav Radbruch, German Min of Justice, dies
  • Dec 3 Elin Pelin, writer, dies
  • Dec 10 Duncan Stewart, 2nd British Governor of Sarawak (1949), dies at 45 after being fatally stabbed in the streets of Sibu by pro-Indonesian Malay student Rosli Dhoby
  • Dec 16 Traitsjo Kostov, Bulgarian communist vice-premier, executed
  • Dec 28 W Hervey Allen, US writer/poet (Anthony Adverse), dies at 60