On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in October 1956

  • Oct 2 Paul de Backer, Belgian radiologist, dies at 73
  • Oct 6 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), dies at 70

Clarence Birdseye

Oct 7 Clarence Birdseye, American inventor and founder of the modern frozen food industry (Birdseye), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Oct 8 Dirk Koster, literary (New noises), dies at 69
  • Oct 16 Jules Rimet, French football administrator (3rd President of FIFA 1921-54), dies at 83

Charles Strite

Oct 18 Charles Strite, American inventor who invented the automatic pop-up toaster, dies at 78

  • Oct 24 Henry Nicholas Ridley, British botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry), dies at 100
  • Oct 25 Risto Ryti, Finnish minister/premier/president, dies at 67

Pío Baroja

Oct 30 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), dies at 83