On This Day

Deaths in History in February 1959

  • 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 Willans Richardson, British physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Laurence Housman, English author and playwright (Victoria Regina), dies at 93
  • Feb 26 Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife, granddaughter of King Edward VII and great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, dies at 67
  • Feb 28 Maxwell Anderson, American dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies of a stroke at 70