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Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 546

Jan 3rd - WPG-AM in Atlantic City NJ consolidates with WBIL & WOV as "new" WOV
Jan 5th - FCC hears 1st transmission of FM radio with clear, static-free signal
Jan 5th - Finnish offensive at Suomossalmi against Russia
Jan 6th - Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
Jan 8th - Britain's 1st WW II rationing (bacon, butter & sugar)
Jan 9th - 2 German officers make emergency landing in Belgium
Jan 9th - J Thurber & E Nugent's "Male Animal" premieres in NYC
Jan 11th - Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo & Juliet premieres in Leningrad
Jan 12th - World War II: Soviets bombs cities in Finland.
Jan 14th - Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
Jan 14th - NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
Jan 15th - German U-Boot torpedoes Dutch merchant ship Arendskerk (Eagle's Church)
Jan 21st - Foreign correspondents in Netherlands subjected to censorship
Jan 22nd - 1st radio broadcast of "Road to Happiness" on CBS
Jan 23rd - Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile
Jan 25th - Nazi decrees establishment of Jewish ghetto in Lodz Poland
Jan 26th - Nazis forbid Polish Jews to travel on trains
Jan 27th - -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
Jan 30th - Benjamin Britten's "Lesson Illuminations" premieres in London
Jan 30th - Cor Jongert wins 6th Dutch 11 Cities Skating Race
Jan 30th - Hassett's second 122 of the game for Vic can't stop a NSW win
Jan 31st - 40 U-boats sunk this month (111,000 ton)
Jan 31st - C Turney & J Horwin's "My Dear Children" premieres in NYC
Feb 1st - Russia begins new offensive against Finland
Feb 1st - NBC performs the first inter-city television broadcast from its station in New York City to another in Schenectady, New York by General Electric relay antennas.
Singer/Actor Frank SinatraSinger/Actor Frank Sinatra Feb 2nd - Frank Sinatra's singing debut in Indianapolis (Tommy Dorsey Orch)
Feb 5th - Gen Winckelman replaces Gen Reijnders as Dutch supreme commander
Feb 5th - Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record "Tuxedo Junction"
Feb 7th - British railways nationalized
Feb 7th - Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio", premieres (NYC)
Feb 8th - Lewis & Hamilton's musical "Two for the Show" premieres in NYC
Feb 8th - Lodtz, 1st large ghetto established by Nazis in Poland
Feb 9th - Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
Feb 10th - "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
Feb 10th - Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM
Feb 10th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
Feb 10th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
Feb 13th - Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman Feb 14th - British merchant vessel fleet is armed
Feb 16th - British search plane finds German supply ship Altmark, used to accommodate aliied sailors from vessles sunk by the Graf Spee, off Norway
Feb 17th - Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
Feb 17th - Crew of the British destroyer Cossack board German Altmark in Jøssingfjord, Norway, and realised 299 British prisoners after hand-to-hand fighting with bayonets and the last recorded Royal Naval action with cutlass.
Feb 20th - Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
Feb 22nd - Finnish troops vacate Koivisto island
Feb 22nd - German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578
Feb 23rd - Russian troops conquer Lasi Island
Feb 23rd - Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" released
Feb 24th - Frances Langford records "When You Wish Upon a Star"
Feb 25th - 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
Feb 26th - US Air Defense Command forms at Mitchel Field, LI, NY
Feb 27th - Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14
Feb 28th - 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
Feb 28th - Richard Wright's "Native Son" published
Feb 28th - US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 blacks (9.8%))
Feb 29th - 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
Feb 29th - Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate
Feb 29th - "Gone with the Wind," wins 8 Oscars
Feb 29th - Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar
Feb 29th - 12th Academy Awards - "Gone with the Wind," Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh win
Feb 29th - Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
Mar 1st - Richard Wright's novel "Native Son" is published
Mar 2nd - 1st intercollegiate track meet telecast, Madison Square Garden, NYC
Mar 2nd - Soviet armies conquer Tuppura Island Finland
Mar 3rd - Artie Shaw records "Frenesi" on RCA Victor label
Mar 6th - 1st US telecast from an airplane, NYC
Mar 7th - Mont Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home
Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko NagurskiHall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski Mar 7th - Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
Mar 10th - 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci
Mar 12th - Finland surrenders to Russia during WW II, gives Karelische Isthmus
Mar 13th - Finland-Russian cease fire signed, the Winter War ends. Finland gives up Karelische
Mar 14th - 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas
Mar 15th - Hermann Goering says 100-200 church bells enough for Germany, smelt the rest
Mar 16th - German air raid on British fleet base Scapa Flow
Mar 18th - Benito Mussolini joins Hitler in Germany's war against France & Britain
Mar 19th - Failed British air raid on German base at Sylt
Mar 19th - French government of Daladier falls
Italian Dictator Benito MussoliniItalian Dictator Benito Mussolini Mar 20th - Paul Reynoud becomes French premier
Mar 23rd - 1st radio broadcast of "Truth or Consequences" on CBS
Mar 23rd - All-India-Muslim League calls for a Muslim homeland
Mar 23rd - The Lahore Resolution (Qarardad-e-Pakistan or the then Qarardad-e-Lahore) is put forward at the Annual General Convention of the All India Muslim League.
Mar 26th - Ernest Hemingway & Benjamin Glazer premiere in NYC
Mar 28th - Construction begins of the exhibition center to host the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair.
Mar 29th - Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
Mar 30th - 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
Mar 31st - Karelo-Finnish SSR becomes 12th Soviet republic (until 1956)
Apr 1st - Filipino President Quezon officially authorizes the printing and publication of the grammar and dictionary prepared by the Institute of the National Language.
2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon2nd President of the Philippines Manuel L. Quezon Apr 4th - R Rodgers/Lorenz Hart's "Higher & Higher" premieres in NYC
Apr 7th - 1st black to appear on US stamp (Booker T. Washington)
Apr 7th - 7th Golf Masters Championship: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
Apr 8th - German battle cruisers sink British aircraft carrier Glorious
Apr 9th - German cruiser Blucher torpedoed and capsizes in Oslofjord, 1,000 die
Apr 9th - Germany invades Norway & Denmark during WW II (Denmark surrenders)
Apr 10th - Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
Apr 12th - Italy annexes Albania
Apr 12th - NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
Apr 13th - 2nd battle of Narvik; 8 German destroyers destroyed
Apr 13th - Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
Apr 13th - Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
Apr 14th - Allied troops land in Norway
Apr 14th - RCA demonstrated its new electron microscope in Philadelphia

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 727

Jan 1st - Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
Jan 1st - Laszlo Sary, composer
Jan 1st - Richard Henry Orton, composer
Jan 2nd - S. R. S. Varadhan, Indian-American mathematician
Jan 3rd - Thelma Schoonmaker, actress/editor (Casino, Cape Fear, Good Fellas)
Jan 4th - Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
Jan 4th - Brian Josephson, British physicist (Nobel 1973)
Jan 4th - Helmut Jahn, German architect
Jan 4th - Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French novelist and dramatist, Nobel laureate
Jan 5th - Dany Saval, actress (Boeing Boeing, Moon Pilot), born in Oakland, California
Jan 5th - Michael O'Donoghue, Sauquoit, New York, American writer and performer (Saturday Night Live, Scrooged)
Jan 5th - Yuri Ershov, Russian mathematician
Jan 5th - Athol Guy, Australian singer, member of The Seekers
Jan 5th - General Sir Michael Rose, UK military officer, prominent in Bosnia
Jan 6th - Ed Zschau, (Rep-R-CA, 1983- )
Jan 6th - Van McCoy, American musician (d. 1979)
Jan 6th - Penny Lernoux, American journalist (d. 1989)
Jan 7th - William Elgin Swinton, child psychiatrist
Jan 8th - Anthony Gaurdine, (Little Anthony & Imperials-Goin Out of My Head)
Jan 8th - Cristy Lane, US, country/gospel singer
Jan 8th - Little Anthony [Gourdine], rocker (& Imperials)
Jan 9th - Barbara Buczek, composer
Jan 9th - Jimmy Boyd, McComb Mo, singer/actor (Howard-Bachelor Father)
Jan 9th - Al Downing, American singer (d. 2005)
Jan 9th - Ruth Dreifuss, Swiss politician
Jan 10th - Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
Jan 10th - Ntare VI of Ankole, Omugabe of Nkole
Jan 10th - Guy Chevrette, Quebec politician
Jan 11th - Mark DeVoto, composer
Jan 12th - Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
Jan 13th - Edmund White, American author
Jan 14th - Julian Bond, Nashville Tenn, (D-Ga) civil rights leader
Jan 17th - H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
Jan 17th - Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, South African poet (Fireflames)
Jan 18th - Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
Jan 19th - Barend J du Plessis, South African minister of Finance (1984- )
LPGA Golfer Mary MillsLPGA Golfer Mary Mills (Jan 19th) Jan 19th - Mary Mills, Laurel Mississippi, LPGA golfer
Jan 19th - Paolo Borsellino, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
Jan 19th - Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
Jan 20th - Carol Heiss Jenkins, figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
Jan 20th - Jorge Peixinho, composer
Jan 20th - Krishnam Raju, Indian actor and politician
Jan 21st - Jack Nicklaus, Columbus Ohio, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76)
Jan 21st - Marquis of Tavistock, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
Jan 22nd - Addie "Micki" Harris, Passaic NJ, singer (Shirelles-Soldier Boy)
Jan 22nd - John Hurt, England, actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express)
Jan 22nd - Tilo Medek, German composer
Jan 22nd - George Seifert, American football coach
Jan 23rd - Johnny Russell, country singer
Golfer Jack NicklausGolfer Jack Nicklaus (Jan 21st) Jan 24th - Flip Buurmeijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
Jan 27th - Brian T O'Leary, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
Jan 27th - James Cromwell, American actor (Babe, The Green Mile), born in Los Angeles, California
Jan 28th - Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican businessman
Jan 29th - Katharine Ross, American actress
Jan 29th - Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
Jan 30th - David Johnson, composer
Jan 31st - Stuart Margolin, Davenport Iowa, actor (Love American Style)
Feb 1st - Bibi Besch, actress (Star Trek 2, Beast Within), born in Vienna, Austria
Feb 1st - Herve Filion, sulky driver (1969 Canadian Sports Hall of Fame)
Feb 2nd - Alan "Tea" Caddy, rock guitarist (Tornados-Globetrotter)
Feb 2nd - Thomas M[ichael] Disch, US, sci-fi author (Genocides, 102 H-Bombs)
Feb 2nd - David Jason, English actor
Feb 2nd - Wayne Fontes, American football coach
Quarterback Fran TarkentonQuarterback Fran Tarkenton (Feb 3rd) Feb 3rd - Fran Tarkenton, Richmond Va, NFL QB (NY Giants, Minnesota Vikings)
Feb 3rd - Jim Hartz, newscaster (NBC-TV, Innovations)
Feb 4th - John Schuck, American actor (McMillan & Wife, Holmes & Yoyo), born in Boston, Massachusetts
Feb 4th - George A Romero, actor/director (Creepshow, Martin, 2 Evil Eyes)
Feb 5th - H R Giger, Swiss artist & special effects designer (Alien), born in Zürich, (d. 2014)
Feb 6th - Jimmy Tarbuck, English comic/golfer
Feb 6th - Tom Brokaw, Yankton SD, news anchor (NBC Nightly News 1982- )
Feb 7th - Gary Bond, England, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days)
Feb 8th - Averil Cameron, British(?) historian
Feb 8th - Talib Rasul Hakim, composer
Feb 8th - Ted Koppel, Lancashire England, American journalist (ABC Nightline)
Feb 9th - Brian Bennett, rock drummer (Shadows), born in London, England
Actor & Director George RomeroActor & Director George Romero (Feb 4th) Feb 10th - Hamish Imlach, folk singer/comic
Feb 10th - Mary Rand-Bignal-Toomey, England, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1964)
Feb 10th - Peter Middleton, CEO (Lloyd's)
Feb 10th - Jimmy Merchant, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools), born in NYC, New York
Feb 11th - Calvin Fowler, Pitts, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
Feb 12th - Hank Brown, (Rep-R-CO, 1981-88)
Feb 12th - Richard Lynch, American actor (Xaviar-Battlestar Galactica), (d. 2012)
Feb 14th - Porpoise, 1st born in captivity in US (Marineland, Fla)
Feb 15th - John Hadl, American football player
Feb 15th - Hamzah Haz, Indonesian politician
Feb 16th - Karoli Ruth Needles, painter
Feb 17th - Dennis Gamsy, cricketer (South African bat in 2 Tests v Australia 1970)
Feb 19th - Smokey Robinson, American R&B and soul singer-songwriter (The Miracles-Tears of a Clown)
Feb 19th - Bobby Rogers, US vocalist (Miracles-You Really Got a Hold on Me), (d. 2013)
Feb 19th - Carlin Glynn, US actress (Continental Divide)
Feb 19th - William "Smokey" Robinson, Det, vocalist (& Miracles-Being With You)
Feb 19th - Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (d. 2006)
Feb 20th - Barbara Laine Ellis, singer
Feb 20th - Christoph Eschenbach, Breslau, Germany, pianist/conductor
Feb 20th - Jimmy Greaves, British broadcaster/soccer player
Feb 20th - RA Weiss, director (Institute of Cancer Research)
Feb 20th - V Payne, British headmistress (Malvern Girls' College)
Feb 21st - John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
Feb 21st - Peter McEnery, England, actor (Game is Over, Moonspinners)
Feb 21st - Peter Gethin, British racing driver

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 25 of 25

Jan 2nd - Archibald Campbell Mzoliza Jordan, Xhosa writer, linguist and academic and outspoken critic of the South African National Party government's Bantu Education policy, marries Priscilla Phyllis Ntantla.
Jan 26th - Actor Ronald Raegan (28) weds Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman (23) at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather church in Glendale, California
Molecular biologist Francis CrickMolecular biologist Francis Crick (Feb 18th) Feb 18th - Molecular biologist Francis Crick (23) weds Ruth Doreen Dodd
Mar 30th - Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite weds Mary Elizabeth Maxwell at the Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Apr 7th - Writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (21) weds Natalya Reshetovskaya
May 5th - Actress Mary Martin (26) weds producer Richard Halliday (35)
May 25th - MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach
Jun 4th - Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey (21) weds radio producer Lynne Cooper
Jun 21st - 37th US President Richard Nixon (27) weds Pat Ryan (28) at the Mission Inn in Riverside, California
Jul 31st - Actress Loretta Young (27) weds advertising executive Tom Lewis at the chapel of St. Paul's Church in Westwood
Aug 12th - PGA golfer Sam Snead (28) weds high school sweetheart Audrey Karnes
Aug 25th - 1st parachute wedding
Newscaster Mike WallaceNewscaster Mike Wallace (Aug 30th) Aug 30th - CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace (22) weds Norma Kaphan in Brookline, Massachusetts
Aug 31st - "Wuthering Heights" actor Laurence Olivier (33) weds "Gone With The Wind" actress Vivien Leigh (26)
Aug 31st - Football player and coach Vince Lombardi (27) weds Marie Planitz at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Bronx, New York
Sep 1st - Actor Harry Morgan (25) weds Eileen Detchon
Sep 22nd - "Adventures of Superman" actor George Reeves (26) weds Ellanora Needles at the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel, California
Sep 25th - "Sullivan's Travels" actress Veronica Lake (18) weds American motion picture art director and set designer John S. Detlie (31)
Nov 1st - Theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer (36) weds biologist Katherine Harrison Puening
Nov 5th - American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway marries journalist Martha Gellhorn
RAF Pilot Guy GibsonRAF Pilot Guy Gibson (Nov 23rd) Nov 23rd - RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church
Nov 30th - "I Love Lucy" actress Lucille Ball (28) weds actor Desi Arnaz (23) in Greenwich, Connecticut
Dec 3rd - Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus (27) weds pianist and mathematician Francine Faure (25) in Lyon, France
Dec 7th - Mexican painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo remarry in San Francisco (divorced 1939)
Dec 31st - Actress Bette Davis (32) weds New England innkeeper Arthur Farnsworth at 15,000-acre ranch in Lake Montezuma, Arizona

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 2 of 2

US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy OnassisUS First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Jul 22nd) Jul 22nd - Jacqueline Kennedy's parents John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier III and Janet (Norton Lee) divorce
Nov 4th - American author and journalist "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway divorces 2nd wife Pauline Pfeiffer

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 153

Jan 1st - Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (b. 1865)
Jan 4th - Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Heart of Words), dies at 59
Jan 5th - Tina Modotti, [Maria del Carmen], Ital/Mexican communist, dies at 46
Jan 5th - Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (b. 1885)
Jan 12th - Erich R Jaensch, German psychologist (eidetiek), dies at 56
Jan 18th - Kazimierz P Tetmajer, Polish writer/poet (Young Poland), dies at 74
Jan 20th - Omar Bundy, U.S. army general (b. 1861)
Jan 24th - Emile van Bosch, revue/operetta-artist, dies at 52
Jan 25th - Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (b. 1899)
Jan 31st - René "Sascha" Schickele, German writer (Erbe am Rhein), dies at 56
Feb 1st - Philip Francis Nowlan, science fiction writer, creator of Buck Rogers character (b. 1888)
Feb 4th - Nikolai Yezhov, Head of Soviet NKVD (b. 1895)
Feb 7th - Francis Ford, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1894-95), dies
Feb 9th - Eugene Bleuler, Swiss psychiatrist (b. 1857)
Feb 11th - John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, Gov-Gen of Canada (1935-40), dies
Feb 27th - Peter Behrens, German architect, dies
Feb 28th - Johan C Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist, dies at 81
Feb 29th - Edward Frederic Benson, novelist, dies
Mar 1st - Josef Swickard, actor (Lost City, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
Mar 1st - Anton Hansen Tammsaare, Estonian author (b. 1878)
Mar 4th - Hamlin Garland, American novelist (b. 1860)
Mar 5th - Cai Yuanpei, Chinese educator (b. 1868)
Mar 10th - Louis de Vries, Dutch actor (Merchant of Venice), dies at 68
Mar 10th - Mikhaïl Boulgakov, Russian writer (b. 1891)
Mar 15th - Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies
Author and Nobel Laureate Selma LagerlöfAuthor and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf (Mar 16th) Mar 16th - Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish writer and Nobel Prize laureate, dies at 81
Mar 19th - Gustaaf Sap, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 54
Mar 20th - Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (b. 1860)
Mar 25th - Ion Nonna Otescu, composer, dies at 51
Mar 26th - Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
Mar 27th - Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1872)
Mar 29th - Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(b. 1916)
Apr 6th - Andres Isasi, composer, dies at 49
Apr 9th - Mrs Patrick Campbell, English actress (Outcast Lady, Riptide), dies
Apr 18th - Florrie Forde, music hall artist, dies
Apr 18th - Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher, historian, dies
Apr 26th - Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, IG Farben, Nobel 1931), dies at 65
Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian FlipperSoldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper (May 3rd) May 3rd - Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84
May 7th - George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
May 10th - Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
May 14th - Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
May 14th - Emma Goldman, US anarchists/feminist/author (Living My Life), dies
May 14th - Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
May 14th - Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
May 15th - Joseph Limburg, liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
May 15th - Willem A Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
May 20th - Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies
May 20th - Joris [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies
May 23rd - Andrej N Rimski-Korssakov, Russian musicologist/son of Nikolai, dies
May 23rd - Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
May 25th - Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
May 28th - Randle Ayrton, actor (Manx Man), dies at 70
May 28th - Theodor Streicher, composer, dies at 65
May 28th - Walter Connolly, actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies at 53
May 28th - Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
May 30th - Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104
Jun 2nd - Willem E Roelofs, painter/cartoonist, dies
Jun 6th - E E Clive, actor (Bulldog Drummond, Night Muss Fall), dies at 56
Jun 7th - James Hall, writer/actor (Millie, Hell's Angels), dies at 39
Jun 8th - Frederick Shepherd Converse, US composer, dies at 69
Jun 16th - DuBose Heyward, US writer (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), dies
Jun 16th - Vitezslava Kapralova, composer, dies at 25
Jun 19th - Maurice Jaubert, composer, dies at 40
Jun 20th - Jehan Alain, French organist/composer, dies in battle at 29
Jun 21st - Edouard Vuillard, French painter/graphic artist, dies
Jun 21st - Hendrik Marsman, Dutch poet/writer/critic, drowns at 40
Jun 21st - W Hasenclever, writer, dies at 49
Jun 21st - Smedley Butler, American Marine general (b. 1881)
Jun 22nd - M A Noble, cricketer (giant of NSW/Australian cricket), dies
Jun 22nd - Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who developed the Köppen climate classification system for the regions of the world, dies at 93
Jun 28th - Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya, dies at 44
Jun 29th - Paul Klee, Swiss/German painter/tutor (Modern Art), dies at 60
Jul 2nd - Ben[jamin] Turpin, US comic (Saps at Sea, His New Job), dies
Jul 2nd - Bertram Shapleigh, composer, dies at 69
Jul 3rd - George Shepstone, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1896-99), dies
Jul 10th - Donald Francis Tovey, English musicologist/composer, dies at 64
Jul 14th - Bill Howell, cricketer (18 Tests for Aust 1898-1905), dies
Jul 15th - Donald Calthrop, dies at 52
Jul 15th - Robert Wadlow, world's tallest man (8'11.1"), dies at 32
Jul 19th - Samuel H Chang, US newspaper magnate, murdered in Shanghai
Jul 20th - Y G Van de Peat, Dutch director of employment, commits suicide
Jul 28th - Johann Richard Ohlsson, composer, dies at 66
Jul 31st - Whitney Krakower, US gangster, murderrd by "Bugsy" Siegel
Aug 3rd - Willard Hershberger, catcher (Cin Reds), commits suicide
Aug 4th - Vladimir Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Zionism, dies
Aug 5th - Frederick A Cook, US, explorer (North Pole), dies at 75
Aug 8th - Johnny Dodds, American musician (b. 1892)
Aug 13th - George C Pearce, actor (Hold tat Lion, British Agent), dies at 75
Aug 16th - Billy Fiske, US RAF-pilot/2nd lieutenant, dies of injuries
Aug 16th - Henri Desgrange, French cyclist/founder (Tour de France), dies at 75
Aug 18th - Walter P. Chrysler, American automobile executive (b. 1875)
Russian Revolutionary Leon TrotskyRussian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky (Aug 21st) Aug 21st - Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, icepicked by Ramón Mercader at 62
Aug 21st - Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer, dies at 68
Aug 21st - Ernest Lawrence Thayer, American poet (b. 1863)
Aug 21st - Hermann Obrecht, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1882)
Aug 22nd - Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
Aug 24th - Paul G Nipkow, German TV pioneer (Nipkow disk), dies at 80
Aug 29th - Arthur De Greef, composer, dies at 77
Aug 30th - J. J. Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1856)
Aug 31st - Johanna "Annie" Bakker, revue-artists/singer/actress, dies at 58

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