On This Day

Deaths in History in March 1955

  • Mar 3 Katharine Drexel, American philanthropist and Roman Catholic Saint, dies at 96
  • 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 Tribhuwan Bir Bikram Shah, King of Nepal (1911-55), dies under mysterious circumstances at 48
  • Mar 16 Nicolas de Staël, French-Russian painter (b. 1914)
  • Mar 21 Walter Francis White, American civil rights activist who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), dies at 61
  • 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 24 John W. Davis, American politician and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, dies at 81
  • Mar 29 Everard Verachtert, Flemish linguist (I Can Speak Nicely), dies at 81