On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1964

  • Jan 1 Bechara El Khoury, President of Lebanon, dies at 73
  • Jan 6 Edgar Maass, German/American author (Verdun), dies at 67
  • Jan 8 Arnoldus JC Krafft, theologist (Atlas of Netherlands Antilles), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Julius Raab, Austrian Chancellor (1953-61), dies at 72
  • Jan 9 Halide Edib Adevar/Salih, Turkish feminist (Handan), dies at about 80
  • Jan 10 A Marja, Dutch author (Man of Day & Night), dies at 46

T. H. White

Jan 17 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels, dies of heart failure at 57

  • Jan 24 Stuart Davis, American modernist painter, dies at 71
  • Jan 30 Berthold Altaner, German church historian, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Sir Albert Richardson, English architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 4 Siegfried T Bok, neurobiologist/anatomist (Cybernetica), dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Sophocles Venizelos, premier of Greece (1944, 50-51), dies at 69
  • Feb 7 Hermann A J Kees, German egyptologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 8 Tom Terriss, English director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), dies at 91
  • Feb 10 Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (b. 1905)
  • Feb 12 Gerald Gardner, British occultist and Wiccan (founding the tradition of Gardnerian Wicca), dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Werner Heyde, German psychiatrist, one of the main organizers of Nazi Germany's T-4 Euthanasia Program, dies at 61
  • Feb 15 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman and politician (b. 1880)
  • Feb 18 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, Quebec inventor and industrialist (b. 1907)
  • Feb 25 Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian-American sculptor and water colors painter, dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Orry-Kelly, Australian costume designer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28 Dirk Filarski, Dutch painter and lithographer (Bergen School), dies at 78se
  • Feb 29 Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist and paleontologist, dies at 74
  • Mar 6 King Paul I, King of Greece (1947-64), dies at 62
  • Mar 7 Franz Alexander, Hungarian American psycho analyst, dies at 73
  • Mar 9 Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Prussian general and politician, dies at 93
  • Mar 13 Catherine "Kitty" Genovese, stabbed to death in Queens; almost 40 witnesses but no rescuers

Brendan Behan

Mar 20 Brendan Behan, Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), dies at 41

  • Mar 23 Vassily Vainonen, Russian ballet choreographer (Gayaneh), dies at 66
  • Mar 26 Hedwig Kohn, Prussian-born Jewish physics pioneer, dies at 77
  • Mar 30 Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen [Nellie Walker], African-American Harlem Renaissance novelist (Quicksand, Passing), dies at 72

Rachel Carson

Apr 14 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and author (Silent Spring), dies at 56

  • Apr 14 Tatyana Afanasyeva, Russian-Dutch mathematician and physicist (fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics), dies at 87
  • Apr 18 Ben Hecht, American playwright (Child of the Century), dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist (Nobel Prize 1939 in Physiology or Medicine - first commercially available antibiotic and marketed under the brand name Prontosil), dies at 68
  • Apr 26 Edwin John Pratt, Canadian poet (Towards the Last Spike), dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Pieter van der Lijn, Dutch geologist (Boulder Book), dies at 93
  • Apr 27 Georg Britting, German poet, dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector & museum director, dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter, dies at 77

Nancy Astor

May 2 Nancy Astor, American born British politician, 1st female MP in UK House of Commons, dies at 84

  • May 10 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • May 15 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist, dies at 61
  • May 15 Vladko Maček, Kingdom of Yugoslavia deputy prime minister (b. 1879)
  • May 17 Otto V. Kuusinen, Finnish politician (founder of the Finnish Communist Party), dies at 82
  • May 21 James Franck, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1925), dies at 81

Jawaharlal Nehru

May 27 Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, dies of an assumed heart attack at 74

Leó Szilárd

May 30 Leo Szilard, Hungarian-German-American nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project) and peace activist, dies at 66

  • Jun 3 Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
  • Jun 4 Samuil Marshak, Russian-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, dies at 76
  • Jun 9 [William Maxwell] Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, Canadian British newspaper owner (Leatherhead), dies at 85
  • Jun 11 Frank D. Smith, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame administrator (Beaches/Greater Toronto Hockey League), dies at 70
  • Jun 21 Andrew Goodman, US civil rights activist, murdered at 20
  • Jun 21 James Chaney, US civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • Jun 21 Michael Schwerner, American civil rights activist, murdered at 21
  • Jun 22 Havank [HF van der Kallen], detective writer (Shade), dies at 60
  • Jun 25 Gerrit T. Rietveld, Dutch architect (Sonsbeekpaviljoen), dies at 76
  • Jun 26 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, dies at 74
  • Jul 11 Maurice Thorez, French politician and secretary-general (French Communist Party), dies at 64
  • Jul 20 Anna Vyrubova, Russian lady-in-waiting, the best friend and confidante of Tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna, dies at 80
  • Jul 23 Jan de Vries, Dutch scholar of Germanic linguistics and Germanic mythology, dies at 74
  • Jul 24 Erwin Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity), dies at 79
  • Aug 3 Flannery O'Connor, writer (Good Man is Hard to Find), dies at 39
  • Aug 5 Moa Martinson, Swedish writer (My Mother Gets Married), dies at 73
  • Aug 13 Peter Anthony Allen is the last person executed (for murder) in England and the United Kingdom at Walton Prison, Liverpool
  • Aug 21 Palmiro Togliatti, Italian politician and founder of the Communist Party of Italy, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71
  • Sep 2 Francisco Craveiro Lopes, 12th President of Portugal (1951-58), dies at 70
  • Sep 2 Glenn Albert Black, American archaeologist, dies at 64
  • Sep 2 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), dies at 76
  • Sep 3 Stewart Holbrook, American author (b. 1893)
  • Sep 4 Werner Bergengruen, Baltic German writer (Der Großtyrann und das Gericht), dies at 71
  • Sep 16 Leo Weismantel, German writer (Das Totenliebespar), dies at 76
  • Sep 18 Sean O'Casey, Irish playwright (The Plough and the Stars), dies at 84
  • Sep 18 Clive Bell, English art critic, dies at 83
  • Sep 18 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, dies at 75
  • Sep 21 Jim Koethe, Dallas Times Herald reporter, killed by karate chop
  • Sep 28 Mikhail Svetlov, Russian poet and writer, dies at 61
  • Oct 6 Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz), dies at 85
  • Oct 7 Eugen Varga, Hungarian-Russian economist and politician, dies at 84
  • Oct 8 Charles Hodge, NYU professor (Answers for Americans), dies at 69
  • Oct 10 Konrad Bayer, Ausrian writer, commits suicide at 31
  • Oct 12 J Howard Frazer, USTA pres, dies in office
  • Oct 19 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), dies at 79

Herbert Hoover

Oct 20 Herbert Hoover, American politician, 31st President of the United States (1929-33), dies in NY at 90

  • Oct 20 Miles Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn, English diplomat (High Commissioner of Egypt and the Sudan), dies at 84
  • Oct 22 Khawaja Nazimuddin, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Muslim League, dies at 70
  • Oct 26 Agnes Miegel, writer, dies
  • Oct 27 Willi Bredel, German writer, dies at 63
  • Oct 28 Reginald Horace Blyth, Zen teacher/scholar, dies in Japan at 66
  • Oct 31 Theodore Freeman, American astronaut, dies at 34 in a T-38 jet air crash, 1st NASA astronaut fatality
  • Nov 5 Lansdale Sasscer, U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 5th District (b. 1893)
  • Nov 5 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator, dies at 85
  • Nov 6 Hans von Euler-Chelpin, German-born Swedish biochemist who investigated the fermentation of sugar and enzymes (Nobel 1929), dies at 91
  • Nov 11 H[enry] Beam Piper, American sci-fi author (4 Day Planet), dies at 60
  • Nov 14 Heinrich von Brentano, German politician (Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs), dies at 60
  • Nov 24 John Fabricius, playwright, dies at 55
  • Nov 28 Jan Fabricius, Dutch/English playwright (Dolle Hans), dies at 93
  • Nov 29 Anne de Vries, Dutch teacher and author (Bartje), dies at 60
  • Dec 1 J. B. S. Haldane, British-Indian geneticist (primordial soup theory), dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Ernst Ginsberg, writer, dies
  • Dec 6 Consuelo Vanderbilt (b. 1877)
  • Dec 9 Edith Sitwell, English poet and author (Wheels), dies at 77
  • Dec 17 Victor Franz Hess, Austrian-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1883)
  • Dec 21 Carl Van Vechten, American writer famous for the controversial novel "Nigger Heaven", dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Bernard von Brentano, German writer (Big Cats), dies at 63
  • Dec 30 Andrés Soriano, Spanish Filipino industrialist (San Miguel Brewery, Philippine Airlines), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • Dec 31 Ólafur Thors, Icelandic Prime Minister (5 times between 1942-63), dies at 72