Historical Figures Who Died in 1960

  • Jan 2 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer & novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician & revolutionary (assassinated Count von Storgkh), dies at 80
  • Jan 2 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician, dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Victor Sjöström, Swedish director (Wind, Under the Red Robe), dies at 80

Albert CamusAlbert Camus (1913-1960)

Jan 4 French playwright (Les Justes - The Just Assassins), novelist (L'Étranger - The Stranger), and philosopher (Nobel Prize for Literature 1957), dies in an auto accident at 46

  • Jan 5 Pavel P Parenago, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • Jan 6 Edith Barstow, American choreographer (Frankie Laine Time, The Gem of the Ocean), dies at 54
  • Jan 6 Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Theory of Money & Capital), dies at 68
  • Jan 9 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (Abbey Series), dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Johan E. Elias, Dutch historian (Amsterdam's regency), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Sibilla Aleramo [Rina Faccio], Italian feminist and poet (Una Donna), dies at 83
  • Jan 28 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • Feb 3 Johannes Geelkerken, Dutch theologian and vicar, dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 8 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • Feb 9 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, dies at 89
  • Feb 10 Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
  • Feb 13 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Leonard Woolley, British pioneering archaeologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian abstract painter, dies at 54
  • Feb 25 Everhardus Jacobus van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer and manufacturer (typewriter), dies at 58
  • Feb 28 F. S. Flint, English translator and imagist movement poet (In the Net of the Stars), dies at 74

Melvin PurvisMelvin Purvis (1903-1960)

Feb 29 American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56

  • Mar 2 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising, dies at 85
  • Mar 4 Herbert O'Conor, American politician, 51st Governor of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • Mar 9 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Mar 11 Roy Chapman Andrews, US biologist/explorer, dies at 76
  • Mar 22 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • Mar 23 Franklin P. Adams, American columnist (Information Please), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 30 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor and painter, dies at 90
  • Apr 1 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
  • Apr 3 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer/marxist theorist, dies at 87

Archibald McIndoeArchibald McIndoe (1900-1960)

Apr 12 New Zealand plastic surgeon pioneer who rehabilitated badly burned Royal Air Force crew during WWII, dies in his sleep of a heart attack at 59 [or 11 April] [1]

  • Apr 23 Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist, dies
  • Apr 23 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian social reformer & writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • Apr 26 Wander Johannes de Haas, Dutch physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer & philosopher, dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, 19th and 25th President of Chile, dies at 82
  • May 2 Caryl Chessman, American kidnapper and rapist, executed in gas chamber at San Quentin (California) State Prison after 12 years of appeals at 38
  • May 8 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (one of the founders of homotopy theory), dies at 55
  • May 10 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, dies at 61
  • May 23 Georges Claude, French engineer and inventor (neon light), dies at 89
  • May 27 James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator, dies at 82

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak (1890-1960)

May 30 Russian novelist and poet (Doctor Zhivago, Nobel 1958), dies at 70

  • May 31 Walther Funk, German economist and Nazi politician, dies at 69
  • May 31 Willem Elsschot [Alfons Josephus de Ridder], Flemish writer (Kas), dies at 78
  • Jun 1 Paula Hitler, sister of Adolf Hitler (b. 1896)
  • Jun 9 René Maran, French writer (Batouala, 1st black writer to win Prix Goncourt), dies at 72
  • Jun 14 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romanian Foreign Minister (1945-52), dies at 67
  • Jun 17 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), dies at 70
  • Jun 20 Walter Dehmel, German writer, dies at 57
  • Jun 25 Walter Baade, German-American astronomer (Andromeda), dies at 67
  • Jun 27 Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain dies at 69
  • Jun 28 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1898)
  • Jul 6 Aneurin Bevan, Welsh politician (launched the NHS), dies at 62
  • Jul 13 Anna Blaman, Dutch writer (Life & Death), dies at 55
  • Jul 13 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, dies at 45
  • Jul 13 Joy Gresham, American writer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 14 Maurice de Broglie, French physicist (studied X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy), dies at 85
  • Jul 15 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician, dies at 63

Albert KesselringAlbert Kesselring (1885-1960)

Jul 16 German general during World War II (Commander-in-Chief South and West), dies of a heart attack at 74

  • Jul 16 John P. Marquand, American writer (The Late George Apley), dies at 66
  • Jul 26 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • Jul 26 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)
  • Jul 28 Enrique Amorim, Uruguayan author (La victoria no viene sola), dies at 60
  • Jul 29 Richard Simon, American book publisher (co-founder of Simon & Shuster), dies at 61

Arthur MeighenArthur Meighen (1874-1960)

Aug 5 9th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1920-21, 1926), dies at 86

  • Aug 7 Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian luxury shoe designer (Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.), dies at 62
  • Aug 8 Danton Walker, American columnist (Broadway Spotlight), dies at 61
  • Aug 9 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, dies at 88
  • Aug 10 Emil Strauss, German writer (Vaterland), dies
  • Aug 10 Oswald Veblin, mathematician
  • Aug 19 Lewis Bernstein Namier, English historian, dies at 72
  • Aug 21 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), dies at 74
  • Aug 29 Hazza el-Majali, Prime Minister of Jordan is assassinated
  • Aug 29 Vicki Baum, Austrian writer (Grand Hotel), dies at 72
  • Sep 4 Alfred Ez. Green, American director (Copacabana), dies after long illness at 71
  • Sep 7 Wilhelm Pieck, president of German DR (1949-60), dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Fjodor Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga - matushka-reka), dies at 63

Harold GilliesHarold Gillies (1882-1960)

Sep 10 New Zealand father of modern plastic Surgery who pioneered skin graft techniques on injured soldiers in WWI, dies at 78 of a slight cerebral thrombosis gained while operating on the leg of an 18-year-old girl [1]

  • Sep 14 M. Karagatsis, Greek author (b. 1908)
  • Sep 20 Lee Duncan, owner/trainer (Rin Tin Tin), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Sep 22 Melanie Klein, Austrian-British author and child psychoanalyst (object relations theory), dies at 78
  • Sep 25 Emily Post, American authority on social behaviour and writer (Etiquette), dies at 86
  • Sep 27 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist and suffragette, dies at 78
  • Sep 29 Franz Arnold, German writer, dies at 82
  • Sep 30 St John Philby, British explorer and Arabist, dies at 75
  • Oct 5 Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist and author (Anthropologist looks at History), dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Howard Glenn, NY Titan, dies of injuries sustain in this day's game
  • Oct 12 Inejiro Asanuma, Leader of the Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • Oct 14 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), dies at 79
  • Oct 22 Edgar Scauflaire, Belgian painter and decorator, dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, Irish aviator, engineer and inventor (Modern tractor), dies at 75
  • Oct 31 H L Davis, American writer (Honey in the Horn, Pulitzer prize), dies at 64
  • Nov 3 Harold Spencer Jones, English astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun, dies at 70
  • Nov 5 August Gailit, Estonian writer (Ekke Moor), dies at 69
  • Nov 6 Erich Raeder, German naval commander (1928–43), dies at 84

Otto Frederick RohwedderOtto Frederick Rohwedder (1880-1960)

Nov 8 American engineer (invented the bread-slicing machine), dies at 80

  • Nov 20 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia (b. 1882)
  • Nov 24 Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, Dutch zionist and socialist theorist, dies at 82
  • Nov 27 Dirk Jan de Geer, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1926-29, 39-40), dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Richard Wright, American author (Native Son, Uncle Tom's Children), dies at 52
  • Dec 12 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (3 weeks), dies at 101
  • Dec 26 Eduard Ludwig, German architect (Hansa quarter, Berlin), dies at 54
  • Dec 26 Watsuji Tetsuro, Japanese philosopher (b. 1889)
  • Dec 29 Eden Phillpotts, English novelist, poet and playwright (Red Madymaynes), dies at 98
  • Dec 29 Philippe Panneton, Canadian physician, diplomat and writer (Trente arpents), dies at 65