Deaths in History in 1958

  • Jan 1 Edward Weston, American photographer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 4 Waverley John Anderson, Scot, viscount/governor of Bengal, dies at 75
  • Jan 6 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Petru Groza, premier/president (Romania, 1945-58), dies at 74
  • Jan 9 Paul Fechter, German writer/historian (God's Magician), dies
  • Jan 9 Willis Rodney Whitney, American Chemist, founder of the General Electric research laboratory, and pioneer of industrial scientific research, dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Charles de Trooz, Belgian writer, dies at 52
  • Jan 12 Charles Mallory Hatfield, U.S. rainmaker (b. 1875)
  • Jan 13 John Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/church historian, dies at 75
  • Jan 30 Earnest H Heinkel, German airplane builder (WWII), dies at 70
  • Jan 30 Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (b. 1878)
  • Feb 1 Clinton Joseph Davisson, dies
  • Feb 3 Henry Kuttner, sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were), dies at 42
  • Feb 3 Johannes F Buziau, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 81
  • Feb 4 Frederik de Merode, Belgian prince, dies at 46
  • Feb 5 Henry M Tomlinson, British writer (Under red ensign), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Walter Crickmer, English football club secretary and manager
  • Feb 11 Ernest Jones, British psychonanalyst (b. 1879)
  • Feb 12 Marcel Cachin, 1st communist French senator, dies at 88
  • Feb 13 Georges Rouault, French painter (Christ aux outrages), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)
  • Feb 14 Abdul Rab Nishtar, veteran leader of Pakistan Movement, (b. 1899)
  • Feb 17 Hugh McCrae, Australian writer (b. 1876)
  • Feb 22 Theo Harych, German writer, commits suicide at 54
  • Feb 24 Fernand Baldensperger [Fernand Baldenne], French poet, dies at 86
  • Feb 27 Harry Cohn, CEO (Columbia Pictures), dies of a heart attack
  • Mar 1 Giacomo Balla, Italian painter, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Albert Kuyle, [Lou Kuitenbrouwer], writer (Jesus' Carpet), dies at 54
  • Mar 11 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (founded LEGO), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Mar 12 Ingeborg, Princess of Sweden, dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Leon J Cadore, pitched the 26 inning game, dies at 65
  • Mar 21 Cyril M Kornbluth, US sci-fi writer (Space Merchants), dies at 34
  • Mar 22 Mike Todd, US film and theatre producer and 3rd husband of Elizabeth Taylor, dies in a plane crash at 48
  • Mar 23 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76
  • Apr 2 Josei Toda, Japanese second president of the Buddhist association Soka Gakkai (b. 1900)
  • Apr 3 Theodor Kramer, Austrian poet and writer, dies at 61
  • Apr 4 Hendrik Heyman, Belgian minister of Nijverheid/mayor, dies at 78
  • Apr 4 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure (b. 1925)
  • Apr 5 Jozef Brems, Flemish apostole vicar of Denmark, dies at 87
  • Apr 8 Ethel Turner, Australian author (b. 1872)
  • Apr 11 Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter (b. 1875)
  • Apr 15 Estelle Taylor, dies at 64

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Apr 16 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, dies of ovarian cancer at 37

Chemist and Molecular Biologist Rosalind Franklin
Chemist and Molecular Biologist
Rosalind Franklin
  • Apr 18 Maurice-Gustave Gamelin, French generalissmo (WW I, WW II), dies at 85
  • Apr 18 Richard B Goldschmidt, German zoologist (butterflies), dies
  • Apr 26 Johan N C "Joan" Collette, painter, dies at 68
  • May 2 Alfred Weber, German economist/sociologist, dies at 89
  • May 7 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • May 8 Nasni Matni, Lebanese journalist, murdered
  • May 15 Michael G the Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam), dies at 91
  • May 16 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright, dies at 49

  • May 27 Samuel Stritch, US cardinal/archbishop (Chicago), dies
  • May 29 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Nobel 1956), dies at 76
  • Jun 4 Mechtilde Lichnowsky, German writer, dies at 79
  • Jun 10 Angelina Weld Grimke, American journalist (b. 1880)
  • Jun 13 Edwin Keppel Bennett, British writer (b. 1887)
  • Jun 15 Francois de Vries, economist, dies at 74
  • Jun 16 Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1895)
  • Jun 20 Kurt Alder, German chemist (Nobel 1950), dies
  • Jun 26 Martinus Ballings, Flemish jesuit/author (Vocation), dies at 93
  • Jun 26 Andrija Štampar, Croatian physician and United Nations diplomat (b. 1888)
  • Jun 28 Alfred Noyes, British poet/essayist (Robin Hood), dies at 77
  • Jun 29 Charles Spencelayh, English painter (Why War), dies at 92
  • Jul 1 Apie [Adrian P] Prince, Dutch writer (I Go Me Own Way), dies
  • Jul 1 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), dies at 78
  • Jul 4 Adolf Herckenrath, Flemish playwright/poet (Avondvlam), dies at 79
  • Jul 7 Raymond Hackett, American husband of Blanche Sweet and actor (Faithless Lover), dies at 55
  • Jul 11 Karel Wellens, Flemish painter, dies at 69
  • Jul 14 Abdoel Illah, crown prince of Iraq, murdered
  • Jul 14 Faisal II, King of Iraq (1939-58), assassinated at Baghdad
  • Jul 14 Franciscus J Feron, vicar-general of Roermond, dies at 62
  • Jul 14 Noeri el-Said, premier of Iraq, murdered
  • Jul 15 Nuries-Said, Iraqi soldier/statesman, assassinated, dies
  • Jul 18 Henry Farman, French aviation pioneer (double decker), dies at 84
  • Jul 19 Robert Earl Hughes, weighed 1,041 lbs (473 kg), dies at 32
  • Jul 20 Franklin Pangborn, American actor (My Best Gal, Hats Off, Easy Living), dies at 69
  • Jul 22 Mikhail Zoshchenko, Russian author and satirist, dies at 62
  • Jul 25 Harry Warner, US movie pioneer (Warner Bros), dies at 81
  • Jul 27 Claire Chennault, American military leader, dies at 64
  • Aug 4 Ethel Anderson, Australian poet (b. 1883)
  • Aug 13 Otto Witte, acrobat and, purportedly, King of Albania (b. 1868)
  • Aug 14 Frederic Joliot-Curie, French nuclear physicist (Nobel 1936), dies
  • Aug 14 Gladys L Presley, mom of Elvis, dies at 46
  • Aug 14 Mary Ritter Beard, American historian, dies at 82
  • Aug 14 Konstantin von Neurath, German diplomat (b.1873)
  • Aug 21 Walter Schumann, American choral director (Ford Show) and composer (Rhenish), dies at 44
  • Aug 22 Roger Martin du Gard, novelist/playwright, dies
  • Aug 23 Martin du Gard, writer, dies
  • Aug 24 John G Strijdom, premier of South Africa (1954-58), dies at 65
  • Aug 24 Paul Henry, Northern Irish artist (b. 1876)
  • Aug 27 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), dies at 57
  • Sep 11 Robert W. Service, Scottish-born Canadian poet (b. 1874)
  • Sep 11 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician (b. 1889)
  • Sep 17 Eugene Jungers, Belgian governor of Rwanda Urundi, dies at 70
  • Sep 17 Friedrich Adolf Paneth, Austrian/British chemist, dies at 71
  • Sep 22 Mary Roberts Rinehart, American mystery writer and playwright (The Circular Staircase), dies at 82
  • Sep 25 John B Watson, US psychologist/behaviorist, dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph-stipulation), dies at 79
  • Oct 1 Robert Falk, Russian painter (b. 1886)
  • Oct 2 Marie Stopes, birth control pioneer, dies
  • Oct 8 Ran Bosilek, Bulgarian author (b. 1886)
  • Oct 9 Pius XII, [Eugenio Pacelli], Pope (1939-58), dies at 82
  • Oct 11 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, dies at 67
  • Oct 12 Gerard Hordijk, Dutch architect and painter, dies at 59
  • Oct 14 Douglas Mawson, Australian Antarctic explorer (b. 1882)
  • Oct 15 John C Poortenaar, painter/etcher/cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Oct 17 Paul Outerbridge, American photographer (b. 1896)
  • Oct 27 Frederik Gerretson [Geerten Gossaert], historian/poet/politician, dies at 74
  • Oct 27 Joseph Klausner, Polish-Israeli new testament expert, dies at 84
  • Oct 29 Zoe Akins, American playwright (b. 1886)
  • Oct 30 Rose Macaulay, writer, dies at 77
  • Nov 13 Bart A van der Leck, Dutch painter (Style), dies at 81
  • Nov 16 Warner Fabian, [S Adams], US author (Great American Fraud), dies at 87
  • Nov 24 Edgar A Robert Cecil viscount of Chelwood, (Nobel 1937), dies at 94
  • Nov 25 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), dies at 82
  • Nov 30 Hubert Wilkins, Australian polar explorer (b. 1888)
  • Dec 5 Ferdinand Bruckner, writer, dies at 67
  • Dec 10 Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician, dies at 72
  • Dec 10 Adolfo Camarillo, American horse breeder (b.1864)
  • Dec 13 Ahmed Mukhtar Baban, premier of Iraq, executed
  • Dec 13 Barhanuddin Bashajan, Iraqi minister of Foreign affairs, executed
  • Dec 13 Brand Dirck Ochse, film/bioscope pioneer (Polygoon), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Rafiq Aref, Iraqi chief-staff Arabs Statenbond, executed
  • Dec 15 Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Austrian-born American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Dec 21 Lion Feuchtwanger, philosopher/writer (Der falsche Nero), dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Fjodor W Gladkow, Russian author (Cement), dies at 75