Deaths in History in 1955

  • Jan 2 Jose Antonio Remon, president of Panama (1952-55), assassinated
  • Jan 4 Jan Derk Domela Nieuwenhuis Nyegaard, Dutch vicar (Young Flanders), dies at 84
  • Jan 7 Arthur Keith, Scottish Anthropologist, dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Rodolfo Graziani, Italian Marshal, fascist and Viceroy of Italian East Africa, dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Yves Tanguy, French-American sailor/surrealistic painter, dies
  • Jan 17 Reneke de Marees van Swinderen, Dutch minister (1908-13), dies at 94
  • Jan 17 J A Veraart, economist, dies at 68
  • Jan 17 Joannes A Veraart, Dut judge/MP, (Jews in Neth), dies at 68
  • Jan 21 Maarten Pleun Vrij, Dutch lawyer and criminologist, dies at 59
  • Jan 24 Ira Hayes, American World War II hero (b. 1923)
  • Jan 27 Ernst Penzoldt, writer, dies
  • Jan 29 Hans Hedtoft, premier of Denmark (1947.. 55), dies at 51
  • Jan 31 John R Mott, US theologist/founder (YMCA, Nobel 1946), dies at 89
  • Feb 18 Sadako Sasaki, School student(b. 1944)
  • Feb 23 Paul Claudel, French poet/playwright (L'otage), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Antanas Merkys, President of Lithuania (b. 1888)

  • Mar 8 Clémentine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte V, dies at 82
  • Mar 9 Matthew A Henson, met Peary on 6/4/1909 at North Pole, dies at 88

Person of interestAlexander Fleming

Mar 11 Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin), dies of a heart attack at 73

  • Mar 11 Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)
  • Mar 12 Theodor Plievier, writer, dies
  • Mar 13 Maharajadhiraja Tribhuvana Bir Bikram Yung Bahadur Shum Shere, dies
  • Mar 13 Yung Deva, king of Nepal (191.-55), dies at about 48
  • Mar 16 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • Mar 22 Ivan Šubašić, Kingdom of Yugoslavia prime minister and last ban of Croatia (b. 1892)
  • Mar 23 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (b. 1875)
  • Mar 29 Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Robert R. McCormick, American editor and publisher (Chicago Tribune), dies at 74
  • Apr 1 Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Il Teatro Italian), dies at 68
  • Apr 10 Teilhard de Chardin, French paleontologist and theologian (b. 1881)
  • Apr 16 Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded
  • Apr 18 Eugen Herrigel, Zen philosopher/scholar, dies in Germany at 70

Person of interestAlbert Einstein

Apr 18 Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate (theory of relativity), dies of an abdominal aortic aneurysm at 76

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Apr 23 Robert Herman Woltjer, Dutch Minister of Education, dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer/theater critic, dies at 79
  • Apr 25 Paulus B Barth, Swiss painter/lithographer, dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Lode Cantens, Flemish playwrite (Gnomes of the City), dies at 43
  • May 3 Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • May 4 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
  • May 9 Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
  • May 10 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist, dies at 89

  • May 14 Betty Ann Davies, dies at 44
  • May 16 James Agee, US critic/writer (Death in Family), dies in NY
  • May 18 Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator (Bethune-Cookman College) and civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • May 29 Daniel G van Beuningen, art collector, dies at 78
  • Jun 3 Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, dies at 31
  • Jun 6 Max Meldrum, Scottish-born Australian painter (b. 1875)
  • Jun 11 Jacques Lemaigre-Dubreuil, French industrialist, murdered
  • Jun 16 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, dies at 90
  • Jun 22 Wyllis Cooper, TV narrator (Volume One), dies at 56
  • Jun 27 Jan van den Tempel, Dutch politician (SDAP), dies at 77
  • Jun 29 Max Pechstein, German painter and graphic artist (Oceania), dies at 73
  • Jul 2 Edward Lawson, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies at 82
  • Jul 10 Henry W Methorst, Dutch director (Central Bureau of Statistic), dies
  • Jul 13 Beulah Ecton Woodard, US sculptor, dies at 59
  • Jul 13 Ruth Ellis, last English woman (murderess), executed by hanging
  • Jul 16 Jean de Merode, [Marie-Louise Courtenay], Belgian princess, dies at 81
  • Jul 19 Koos [Jacobus Jan] Vorrink, Dutch politician and socialist (SDAP/AJC/PvdA), dies at 64
  • Jul 23 Cordell Hull, American Secretary of State (1933-44) who established United Nation (Nobel 1945), dies at 83
  • Aug 2 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bayern/general-fieldmarshal, dies
  • Aug 2 Wallace Stevens, American poet (The Auroras of Autumn), dies at 75

Person of interestThomas Mann

Aug 12 Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

Novelist Thomas Mann
Novelist
Thomas Mann
  • Aug 12 James B. Sumner, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1887)
  • Aug 14 Fiske Kimball, US architect/art historian, dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Herbert Putnam, American Librarian of Congress, dies at 93
  • Aug 27 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies

Person of interestEmmett Till

Aug 28 Emmett Till, kidnapped & lynched at 14, in Money, Mississippi

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • Sep 7 Earnest Rabel, Austrian/US civil rights activist, dies at 81
  • Sep 7 Ham Fisher, American comic strip writer and cartoonist (Joe Palooka), dies at 55
  • Sep 8 John de Young, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 69
  • Sep 10 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer and the founder of Blackburn Aircraft, dies at 70
  • Sep 12 Gustave Vanzype, Belgian literary (La Gazette), dies at 86
  • Sep 14 F C Weiskopf, writer, dies
  • Sep 16 Leopold CMS Amery, British minister of Colonies (India), dies at 81
  • Sep 19 John D. Dingell, Sr., U.S. Congressman from Michigan (b. 1894)
  • Sep 21 Jacqueline Reyneke van Stuwe, Dutch author, dies at 84
  • Sep 27 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian stagewriter/journalist, dies at 71
  • Sep 28 Arthur Donaldson, dies
  • Sep 30 Arnold Struycken, Dutch lawyer, dies at 55
  • Oct 4 Alexander Papagos, Greek fieldmarshal, dies
  • Oct 12 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, dies of a urinary tract infection at 87
  • Oct 13 Manuel Ávila Camacho, 45th President of Mexico (1940-46), dies at 58
  • Oct 18 Jose Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, dies at 72
  • Oct 24 Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, British Anthropologist (Structural Functionalism and studies of Andaman Islanders and Australian Aborigines), dies at 74
  • Nov 1 W H van Eemlandt, [Haasse], author (Treasure Hunter of Amstel), dies
  • Nov 1 Dale Carnegie, American writer (b. 1888)
  • Nov 5 Maurice Utrillo, French artist (b. 1883)
  • Nov 6 Charley Toorop, [Annie CP Fernhout-Toorop], Dutch painter, dies at 64
  • Nov 6 Cornelis GN de Vooys, translator, dies at 82
  • Nov 11 John Loudon, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1913-18), dies at 87
  • Nov 12 Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (Žedan kamen na studencu), dies at 64
  • Nov 14 Robert E Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois), dies at 59
  • Nov 15 Lloyd Bacon, director (Fuller Brush Girl, 42nd Street), dies at 65
  • Nov 16 Tomasz Arciszewski, Polish premier (1944-47), dies at 88
  • Nov 27 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), dies at 74
  • Dec 9 Hermann Weyl, German mathematician and philosopher, dies at 70
  • Dec 11 Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3 Monument), dies at 79
  • Dec 13 Egas Moniz, Portuguese psychiatrist and neurosurgeon, Nobel laureate (b. 1874)
  • Dec 27 Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (b. 1881)
  • Dec 30 Rex Ingamells, Australian poet (b. 1913)