On This Day

Deaths in History in September 1961

  • Sep 1 Eero Saarinen, Finnish-American architect (Dulles Airport), dies at 51
  • Sep 1 William Z. Foster, American labor organizer and US Communist Party president (1945-57), dies at 80
  • Sep 3 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (b. 1897)
  • Sep 7 Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer and Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1940-45), dies at 76
  • Sep 12 Carl Hermann, German physicist, dies at 63
  • Sep 16 Yme Schuitmaker, Dutch potato farmer/dramatist, dies
  • Sep 17 Adnan Menderes, Prime Minister of Turkey (1950-60), dies at 62

Person of interestDag Hammarskjöld

Sep 18 Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), dies in a plane crash over Congo at 56

Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dag Hammarskjöld
  • Sep 19 Helen Kimble, fictional wife of Dr Richard Kimble (The Fugitive)
  • Sep 19 Pieter Tesch, mine engineer/geology (Pedestal of Netherlands), dies
  • Sep 21 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), dies at 68
  • Sep 24 Sumner Welles, American diplomat (Good Neighbor Policy), dies at 68
  • Sep 26 Charles Erwin Wilson, American engineer (President and CEO of General Motors) and politician (United States Secretary of Defense 1953-57), dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Hilda Doolittle, American poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • Sep 29 Reinhard Herbig, German archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Sep 30 Onésime Gagnon, Canadian politician, 20th Lieutenant Governor of Québec, dies at 72