Deaths in History in 1953

  • Jan 2 Guccio Gucci, Italian founder of Gucci fashion house, dies at 71
  • Jan 7 Osa Johnson, American explorer (b. 1894)
  • Jan 8 Admiral Sir Hugh Binney, British naval commander and Governor of Tasmania (b. 1883)
  • Jan 9 Hans Aanrud, Norwegian author (Storken), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Ernst H Ridder Rappard, Dutch Nazi founder (NSNAP), dies at 53
  • Jan 11 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 58
  • Jan 11 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • Jan 13 Paul Niggli, Swiss Mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • Jan 24 [Karl R] Gerd von Rundstedt, gen-field marshal (Normandy), dies at 77
  • Jan 26 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet/interpreter/linguist, dies at 58
  • Jan 26 Athanase David, French Canadian politician and businessman (b. 1882)
  • Jan 28 James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1876)
  • Jan 28 Derek Bentley (b. 1933) (executed)
  • Jan 30 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Feb 4 Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (League of Nations), dies at 60
  • Feb 24 Karl R G von Rundstedt, German gen-field marshal (Ardennes), dies at 77
  • Mar 1 Anton GO Ridder Van Rappard, painter/lithographer/etcher, dies

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Mar 5 Joseph Stalin, Dictator and leader of the Soviet Union (1922-53), dies of a stroke at 73

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • Mar 10 Charles Gordon Curtis, inventor of (Curtis-steam turbine), dies at 92
  • Mar 14 Klement Gottwald, premier/president of Czechoslovakia, dies at 56
  • Mar 20 Graciliano Ramos, Brazilian author (Vidas Secas), dies at 60
  • Mar 22 James Anderson II, (Jo-Northern Exposure), dies
  • Mar 23 Raoul Dufy, painter, Forcalquier, France
  • Mar 24 Mary, [Victoria Mary] of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, dies at 85
  • Mar 24 Felix M Abel, French dominican/biblical scholar, dies at 74
  • Mar 24 Mary, queen of Great-Britain/North-Ireland, dies at 85
  • Apr 2 Jean Epstein, French director (Vive la Vie), dies at 56
  • Apr 4 Carol II, King of Romania (1930-40), dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Rachilde, [Marguerite Vallette-Eymery], French author, dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Idris Davies, Welsh poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 11 Lionel Logue, Australian speech therapist who treated King George VI (The Kings Speech), dies at 73
  • Apr 14 Emmanuel de Bom, Flemish writer (Scheldelucht), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Erich Weinert, German communist writer, dies at 62
  • Apr 22 Top Naeff, [Anthonetta van Rhijn-N], Dutch writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
  • May 4 Edward B B Shanks, British poet/critic, dies at 60
  • May 11 Jean Adair, dies at 80
  • May 14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59
  • May 19 Damaso Berenguer, Spanish soldier and politician (122nd Prime Minister of Spain), dies at 79
  • May 28 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • May 30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • Jun 9 Ugo Betti, dramatist, dies
  • Jun 16 Margaret Bondfield, English politician and 1st British female cabinet minister (Labour), dies at 80

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Jun 19 Ethel Rosenberg, executed at Sing Sing, in 5 tries

Alleged Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg

BattleExecution

Jun 19 Julius Rosenberg, NYC, 1st US civilian executed at Sing Sing for espionage at 37

Alleged Soviet Spy Julius Rosenberg
Alleged Soviet Spy
Julius Rosenberg
  • Jun 20 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Elsa Beskow, (Maartman), Swedish author (children's book), dies at 79
  • Jun 30 Charles William Miller, father of football in Brazil (b. 1874)
  • Jul 1 Azzedine Bey, Tunisian heir to the throne, murdered
  • Jul 1 Jacob D du Toit [Totius], South African poet/theologist, dies
  • Jul 15 Servant of God Archbishop Mar Ivanios (b.1882)

  • Jul 16 Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc, author (Path to Rome), dies at 82
  • Jul 18 Lucy Booth, Daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1868)
  • Jul 20 Dumarsaid Estime, President of Haiti (b. 1900)
  • Jul 20 Jan Struther, British author (b. 1901)
  • Jul 26 Nikolaos Plastiras, Greece premier (1945-50, 51-2), dies
  • Jul 31 Robert Taft, (Sen-R-Oh) "Mr Republican", dies in NY at 63
  • Aug 11 Ludwig Strauss, German/Israeli writer (Heimliche Gegenwart), dies
  • Aug 15 Ludwig Prandtl, German physicist (b. 1875)
  • Aug 17 Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • Sep 1 Bernard O'Dowd, Australian poet (b. 1866)
  • Sep 2 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, American army officer, dies at 70
  • Sep 5 Richard Walther DarrĂ©, Nazi politician, one of the leading 'blood and soil' ideologists (b. 1895)
  • Sep 12 Hugo Schmeisser, German weapons designer (b. 1884)
  • Sep 16 Colin G Fink, US chemist (electro-chemistry), dies
  • Sep 17 Emil Ermatinger, Swiss literature historian, dies at 80
  • Sep 24 Berthold Viertel, writer, dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Dimitur Poljanov, [Popov], Bulgaria poet (Iron Verses), dies
  • Sep 26 Xu Beihong, Chinese painter (b. 1895)
  • Sep 27 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist, dies at 72

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Sep 28 Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, first to announce existence of other galaxies, dies at 63

Astronomer Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
Edwin Hubble
  • Oct 3 Florence Sabin, American Scientist who was the first woman to graduate from Johns Hopkins and the first lifetime woman member of the National Academy of Sciences, dies at 82
  • Oct 5 Friedrich Wolf, writer, dies at 64
  • Oct 18 Douwe Kalma, Fries literature/christian-socialist, dies at 57
  • Oct 20 Werner Baumbach, German bomber pilot (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Maurice Lugeon, Swiss geologist (nappism), dies at 83
  • Nov 8 Iwan Bunin, writer, dies at 83
  • Nov 8 John van Melle, South African writer (Bart Nel), dies at 66

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Nov 9 Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, Founder and first King of Saudi Arabia (1932-53), dies of a heart attack at 78

Founder of Saudi Arabia Ibn Saud
Founder of Saudi Arabia
Ibn Saud
  • Nov 9 Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet (Child's Christmas in Wales), dies at 39
  • Nov 22 Syed Sulaiman Nadvi, Pakistani religious scholar and biographer of Muhammad (b. 1884)
  • Nov 24 Robert H Lightfoot, English theologist/exegetist, dies at 70
  • Nov 27 Eugene O'Neill, playwright (Nobel 1936), dies in Boston at 65
  • Nov 29 Milt Gross, American comic book illustrator and animator (b. 1895)
  • Dec 2 Francis Picabia, French painter/illustrator, dies at 75
  • Dec 6 Konstanty I Galczynski, Polish poet (Zielona Ges), dies at 48
  • Dec 10 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born scholar and translator (b. 1872)

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Dec 19 Robert A. Millikan, American physicist (Nobel 1923), dies at 85

  • Dec 19 Rudolf Leonhard, writer, dies
  • Dec 20 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist (cohesion-tension theory in plants), dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Lavrenti P Beria, soviet minister of internal security, executed
  • Dec 25 Lee Shubert, American theatre producer (theatres in NY & LA named after him), dies at about 80
  • Dec 27 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (b. 1894)
  • Dec 31 Albert Plesman, Dutch aviation pioneer/founder (KLM), dies at 64