Famous People Who Died In 1930

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1930. This list includes people like William Howard Taft, D. H. Lawrence, Carl Panzram, Alfred Wegener, Arthur Balfour and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, composers, novelists and poets who died in 1930. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany and many more countries.
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William Howard Taft
(27th President of the United States)
William Howard Taft
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: March 8

The 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft also served as the tenth Chief Justice of the US; he is the only person in the history of the US to have held both the offices. He had a great impact as chief justice and has been regarded as the greatest US chief justices of all time.

 2 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(British Writer Who Created the Character of Sherlock Holmes)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
33
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: July 7
Physician-turned-author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is remembered for creating the iconic character Sherlock Holmes. He wrote four novels and 56 short stories on Holmes’s detective adventures and also created the characters Professor Challenger and Brigadier Gerard. A sports lover, he had dabbled in cricket, football, and bodybuilding, too.
 3 
D. H. Lawrence
(English Writer and Poet Known for His Novels: ‘Sons and Lovers’, ‘The Rainbow’ and ‘Women in Love’)
D. H. Lawrence
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eastwood, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 2

English writer, D. H. Lawrence, was known for exploring sensitive issues, such as sexuality, emotional health,  and instinct. In his works, he often reflected upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. The sexual nature of his writings earned him many enemies. Even though he died at the relatively young age of 44, he left behind a rich literary legacy.

 4 
Fridtjof Nansen
(Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the First High Commissioner for Refugees Appointed by the League of Nations)
Fridtjof Nansen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 10, 1861
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: May 13

Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian polymath who won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his post-war efforts after the First World War. A well-known explorer, humanitarian, and diplomat, Nansen achieved international fame for his attempt to reach the geographical North Pole during his Fram expedition. His techniques and innovations influenced a generation of succeeding Antarctic and Arctic expeditions.

 5 
Alfred Wegener
(German Climatologist and Geophysicist Known for His 'Continental Drift Theory')
Alfred Wegener
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Birthdate: November 1, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 1

In the early 1900s, meteorologist Alfred Wegener did not find too many takers for his theory that all the continents of the world had initially been a single mass named Pangaea and that continental drift had caused them to split apart. Wegener died on his fourth expedition in Greenland.

 6 
Lon Chaney
(Actor)
Lon Chaney
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Birthdate: April 1, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Died: August 26
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 7 
Vladimir Mayakovsky
(Russian Poet and Playwright Who was a Prominent Figure of the Russian Futurist Movement)
Vladimir Mayakovsky
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baghdati, Georgia
Died: April 14

Vladimir Mayakovsky was a Russian and Soviet playwright, poet, artist, and actor. He was a prominent figure of the Russian Futurist movement in the pre-Revolution period leading to 1917. He produced a large and diverse body of work during his career. He admired Vladimir Lenin and supported the ideology of the Bolsheviks. He was popular outside Russia as well. 

 8 
Mary Harris Jones
(Irish-born American Schoolteacher and Activist)
Mary Harris Jones
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 1, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: November 30

After losing her husband and children in a yellow fever epidemic and her dress shop in the great Chicago fire, schoolteacher and dressmaker Mary Harris Jones became an activist, earning the nickname Mother Jones. A prominent unionist for coal miners and other workers, she also co-founded the Social Democratic Party.

 9 
Mabel Normand
(Actress)
Mabel Normand
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Birthdate: November 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Brighton, Staten Island,
Died: February 23
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 10 
Rebecca Latimer Felton
(First Woman Who was Appointed to the United States Senate)
Rebecca Latimer Felton
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, United States
Died: January 24

Writer, lecturer, suffragist, reformer, feminist, politician and slave-owner Rebecca Latimer Felton was the first woman who served in the United States Senate. The most distinguished woman in Georgia during the Progressive Era, Felton was appointed Senator from Georgia as a mark of respect. With this she became the oldest freshman-senator who entered the Senate and served for just 24 hours.    

 11 
Ilya Repin
(Russian Painter Who was One of the Most Renowned Artists in Russia During the 19th Century)
Ilya Repin
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Birthdate: August 5, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chuhuiv, Ukraine
Died: September 29

Born amid poverty in Ukraine, Ilya Repin earned himself an art scholarship and later devoted his life to historical painting. A major figure of the realist movement in painting, he had also been the subject of controversies, such as the withdrawal of his painting of Ivan the Terrible murdering his own son.

 12 
Zewditu
(Empress of Ethiopia (1916 - 1930))
Zewditu
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Birthdate: April 28, 1876
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Werreyimenu, Wollo
Died: April 2

Zewditu, a 20th-century Ethiopian empress and the eldest daughter of King Menelik of Shewa, scripted history as the first female head of an internationally recognized African state. She was also the first and last empress regnant of Ethiopia. It’s widely believed, she died of shock 2 days after her husband’s death in battle.

 13 
Glenn Curtiss
(American Aviation and Motorcycling Pioneer & Founder of the U.S. Aircraft Industry)
Glenn Curtiss
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Birthdate: May 21, 1878
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammondsport, New York, United States
Died: July 23

Glenn Curtiss was an American motorcycling and aviation pioneer. He is credited with founding the U.S. aircraft industry. He is also credited with forming the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company which merged with the Wright Aeronautical to form Curtiss-Wright Corporation in 1929. Glenn Curtiss’ company played a major role in the years leading up to the First World War.

 14 
Eugen Goldstein
(Physicist)
Eugen Goldstein
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 5, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gliwice, Poland
Died: December 25
 15 
Cosima Wagner
(Composer)
Cosima Wagner
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bellagio, Italy
Died: April 1
 16 
Frank P. Ramsey
(Mathematician, Philosopher, Economist)
Frank P. Ramsey
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 22, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: January 19

British philosopher and mathematician Frank P. Ramsey was the son of a famed mathematician and later laid down the Ramsey theory of mathematical logic. The Cambridge alumnus also translated Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus but died at age 26, probably due to a liver infection he contracted while swimming.

 17 
Victoria of Baden
(Queen)
Victoria of Baden
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Birthdate: August 7, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: April 4
 18 
Peter Warlock
(Composer)
Peter Warlock
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 30, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: December 17
 19 
Rube Foster
(Former Baseball pitcher, Founder of Negro National League)
Rube Foster
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Calvert, Texas, United States
Died: December 9
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 20 
Horst Wessel
(Nazi Party Stormtrooper Who Was Hailed Asa Nazi Hero & Martyr)
Horst Wessel
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bielefeld
Died: February 23

A member of the SA, the paramilitary wing of the German Nazi Party, Horst Wessel was murdered by his enemies, probably Communists. Following his death, he was hailed as a Nazi hero and martyr. The song Horst Wessel Lied later became the Nazi anthem and the co-national anthem of Nazi Germany.

 21 
Henry Faulds
(Scientist)
Henry Faulds
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 1, 1843
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beith
Died: March 19
 22 
Herbert Henry Dow
(American Chemical Industrialist and Founder of the Multinational Conglomerate 'Dow Chemical')
Herbert Henry Dow
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 26, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belleville, Canada
Died: October 15

Herbert Henry Dow taught chemistry before venturing into a business career. Though his first company was a failure, his work impressed investors, and he was soon able to establish Dow Chemical, which supplied low-cost bromine to the US markets. He later made auto pistons out of spare magnesium.

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Leopold Auer
(Hungarian Composer, Conductor and Violinist)
Leopold Auer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 7, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Veszprém, Hungary
Died: July 15

Legendary Hungarian-American violinist and composer Leopold Auer was born into a family of painters but chose to learn the violin instead. He initially played for the music-loving bling king of Hanover and later taught violin at Russia’s Saint Petersburg Conservatory. His students include Mischa Elman and Jascha Heifetz.

 24 
Harvey Washington Wiley
(Chemist)
Harvey Washington Wiley
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 18, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kent, Indiana, United States
Died: June 30
 25 
William George Barker
(Fighter pilot)
William George Barker
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dauphin, Canada
Died: March 12
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 26 
Joan Gamper
(Former Football Executive Who Founded Football Clubs in Switzerland and Spain)
Joan Gamper
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winterthur, Switzerland
Died: July 30

Swiss-born sports executive Joan Gamper is best remembered as the founder of the legendary football club FC Barcelona. A sports enthusiast since his childhood, he excelled in many sports, such as football, golf, and tennis. He died of suicide at age 52, apparently driven by depression related to financial issues.

 27 
Pierina Legnani
(Ballerina)
Pierina Legnani
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: September 30, 1868
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Italy
Died: November 15
 28 
Alfred von Tirpitz
(Politician, Officer)
Alfred von Tirpitz
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kostrzyn nad Odrą
Died: March 6
 29 
Christiaan Eijkman
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 11, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nijkerk
Died: November 5

Nobel Prize-winning Dutch physician and pathologist Christiaan Eijkman was the first to prove that poor diet is the cause of the disease beriberi, which in turn led to the discovery of vitamins. While he initially worked in the Dutch East Indies, he later collaborated with Robert Koch in his Berlin laboratory.

 30 
Infante Antonio, Duke of Galliera
(Duke)
Infante Antonio, Duke of Galliera
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 23, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: December 24
 31 
Frankie Campbell
(Boxer)
Frankie Campbell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1904 AD
Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 25
 32 
Elmer Ambrose Sperry
(American Inventor and Entrepreneur Who Invented 'Gyrocompass')
Elmer Ambrose Sperry
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Birthdate: October 12, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cincinnatus, New York, United States
Died: June 16

Elmer Ambrose Sperry is best remembered for inventing gyroscopic compasses and stabilizers, which revolutionized navigation technology back in his time. His products had been of great use to the U.S. Navy. His illustrious career had witnessed him gain over 400 patents through his eight manufacturing companies.

 33 
Luigi Facta
(Former Prime Minister of Italy (February 1922 - October 1922))
Luigi Facta
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pinerolo, Italy
Died: November 5

Luigi Facta was an Italian journalist and politician. He served as the prime minister of Italy from July 1922 to October 1922 before the dawn of Benito Mussolini's dictatorship. Before becoming the prime minister, Facta served as the finance minister of Italy from 1910 to 1914 and again from 1920 to 1921.

 34 
Mary Whiton Calkins
(Psychologist, University teacher)
Mary Whiton Calkins
1
Birthdate: March 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford
Died: February 26
 35 
Siegfried Wagner
(Composer)
Siegfried Wagner
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 6, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland
Died: August 4
 36 
F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead
(British Conservative Politician and Secretary of State for India)
F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 12, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England
Died: September 30

F. E. Smith, 1st Earl of Birkenhead was a British barrister and Conservative politician who was appointed as the Lord Chancellor in the early 20th century. A skilled orator, Smith is best remembered as one of Winston Churchill's greatest political friends. F. E. Smith died at the age of 58 due to pneumonia.

 37 
Horace Smith-Dorrien
(Autobiographer, Military personnel)
Horace Smith-Dorrien
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 26, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berkhamsted
Died: August 12
 38 
Joseph Wright
(English Philologist and Academic)
Joseph Wright
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Birthdate: October 31, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Idle, Bradford, United Kingdom
Died: February 27
 39 
Jules Pascin
(Painter)
Jules Pascin
1
Birthdate: March 31, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vidin, Bulgaria
Died: June 5
 40 
Robert Bridges
(Poet)
Robert Bridges
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 23, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Walmer, Kent, England
Died: April 21
 41 
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
(Painter)
Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
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Birthdate: August 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 18
 42 
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
(Author)
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 31, 1852
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Randolph, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 13
 43 
Silvio Gesell
(Economist, Merchant, Politician, Entrepreneur, Esperantist)
Silvio Gesell
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Birthdate: March 17, 1862
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sankt Vith
Died: March 11

Silvio Gesell was a German-Argentine theoretical economist, merchant, Georgist, social activist, libertarian socialist, anarchist, and founder of Freiwirtschaft. He is also credited with founding a magazine named Monetary and Land Reform which was closed soon after its establishment for financial reasons. Silvio Gesell is also credited with co-creating the magazine Der Physiokrat.

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Eduard Polón
(Finnish Business Leader and Founder of the 'Nokia' Group)
Eduard Polón
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 16, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nastola, Finland
Died: September 30

Eduard Polón was a Finnish business leader best remembered for founding the Nokia group. He was responsible for launching a rubber industry in Finland and is credited with founding the Finnish Rubber Company. Eduard Polón is also credited with designing and introducing a modern cable and timber market in the country.

 45 
Friedrich von Bernhardi
(Prussian General and Military Historian Best Known for His Bellicose Book 'Deutschland und der Nächste Krieg')
Friedrich von Bernhardi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 22, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: December 11

Friedrich von Bernhardi was a Prussian general and author. A best-selling author prior to the First World War, Bernhardi is best remembered for his book. Germany and the Next War. A militarist, Bernhardi proposed that Germany should ignore treaties. As a general, he played an important role during World War I where he had success in the Eastern Front.

 46 
Joseph Ward
(17th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Joseph Ward
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: July 8

New Zealand politician Joseph Ward was a major figure of both the Liberal and United parties. The Australian-born was initially a grain trader and stepped into local politics later. He not only served as the prime minister of New Zealand but also established the world’s first public health ministry.

 47 
Jeppe Aakjær
(Former Poet, novelist known for writings that reflected his concern for the impoverished and for describing rural existence)
Jeppe Aakjær
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 10, 1866
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: April 22
 48 
Habiba Msika
(Singer, Dancer)
Habiba Msika
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1903 AD
Birthplace: Tunis, Tunisia
Died: February 21
 49 
Daniel Guggenheim
(Industrialist and philanthropist)
Daniel Guggenheim
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 9, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 28
 50 
Waldemar Haffkine
(Bacteriologists)
Waldemar Haffkine
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 15, 1860
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: October 26