Deaths in History in 1959

  • Jan 11 Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
  • Jan 28 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • Feb 7 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • Feb 8 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
  • Feb 15 Owen W Richardson, English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • Feb 28 Maxwell Anderson, US dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Arthur C Pigou, English economist (Economics of Welfare), dies
  • Mar 7 Hinsdale Smith, developer of roll-down auto windows, dies at 88
  • Mar 8 Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • Mar 16 John Sailling, last documented Civil War vet, dies at 111
  • Mar 26 Raymond T Chandler, US detective writer (Long Goodbye), dies at 71
  • Mar 29 Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st president, dies
  • Mar 30 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer, poet and Christian mystic, dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Riccardo Zanella, president of Free State of Fiume (b. 1875)
  • Mar 31 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), dies at 68
  • Apr 8 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies

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Apr 9 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", dies at 89

  • Apr 12 James Gleason, American writer and actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • Apr 16 Charles Halton, British stage actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), dies at 83
  • Apr 27 Gordon Armstrong, inventor (baby incubator), dies
  • May 1 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies

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May 5 Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician (Nobel Peace Prize 1936), dies at 80

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
  • May 20 Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher, dies at 60

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May 24 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • Jun 1 Sax Rohmer, English author (b. 1883)
  • Jun 4 Charles Vidor, director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • Jun 10 Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi (b. 1883)
  • Jun 17 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • Jun 20 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • Jun 22 Hermann Brill, German politician (b. 1895)
  • Jun 24 Lou Bandy, Dutch revue-artist (Life Ain't Bad), commits suicide at 69
  • Jun 25 Charles Starkweather, spree killer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 29 A Cecil Snyder, Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, dies at 51
  • Jun 30 José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)
  • Jul 6 George Grosz, German cartoonist/painter (Ecce Homo), dies at 65
  • Jul 8 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand killed in Viet Cong attack, becoming the second and third Americans killed in the Vietnam War
  • Jul 14 Grock [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown and circus director, dies at 79
  • Jul 15 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • Jul 15 Vance Palmer, Australian author, dies at 73
  • Jul 17 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies
  • Jul 17 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • Jul 25 Isaac Halevi Herzog, chief rabbi of Israel (1936-59), dies at 71
  • Jul 26 Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet/publisher (Amor), dies at 54
  • Aug 5 Edgar Guest, US poet/newspaperman, dies at 77
  • Aug 16 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • Aug 19 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, dies at 82
  • Aug 31 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), dies at 67
  • Sep 7 Maurice Duplessis, Québec Prime Minister (b. 1890)
  • Sep 13 Gilbert Adrian, costume designer, dies of heart attack at 56

  • Sep 17 Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director, dies at 39
  • Sep 22 Benjamin Peret, French writer/poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • Sep 25 S W R D Bandaranaike, Ceylon's PM, assassinated by a Buddhist monk
  • Sep 26 Solomon Bandaranaike, PM of Ceylon (1956-59), assassinated at 60
  • Sep 29 Bruce Bairnsfather, cartoonist, dies
  • Sep 30 John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89
  • Oct 6 Bernard Berenson, American art historian (b. 1865)
  • Oct 7 PM Kassem of Iraq, assassinated
  • Oct 10 Prince Friedrich Aloys Johannes Maria, Prince of Liechtenstein, Romania, dies at 88
  • Oct 12 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
  • Oct 15 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1880)

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Oct 16 George Marshall, US army general, dies at 78

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Oct 28 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)
  • Oct 30 Blonde Dolly [Sybille A J Niemans], Dutch prostitute, murdered at 33
  • Oct 31 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)
  • Nov 1 Gershon Agron, mayor of Jerusalem, dies at 66

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Nov 6 Jose P. Laurel, Philippine president, dies of heart attack at 68

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • Nov 8 Frank Sherman Land, founder of DeMolay International (b. 1890)
  • Nov 19 Edward C Tolman, US psychologist (behaviorism), dies
  • Nov 19 Joseph Charbonneau, French-Canadian Roman Catholic archbishop of Montreal, dies at 67
  • Nov 24 Lyman Bryson, educator (UN Casebook), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • Nov 29 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer, dies at 64
  • Dec 4 Rosetta Duncan, (Duncan Sisters), dies in an auto accident at 58
  • Dec 9 Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • Dec 14 Maria EG "Lizzy" Ansingh, Dutch painter (Cast Off), dies at 84
  • Dec 18 Dorothy L Sayers, writer, dies at 66
  • Dec 19 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
  • Dec 21 Rosanjin, Japanese calligrapher, restaurateur and ceramicist (b. 1883)
  • Dec 23 Edward FLW Halifax, English viscount/viceroy of India, dies at 78
  • Dec 23 Lord Irwin, ambassador to US (1940-46), dies at 78
  • Dec 27 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat, dies at 70

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Dec 28 Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70

Croatian Fascist Leader Ante Pavelić
Croatian Fascist Leader
Ante Pavelić
  • Dec 30 Maria Baers, Flemish social female worker/senator, dies at 76