Famous People Who Died In 1940

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Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1940. This list includes people like Neville Chamberlain, Leon Trotsky, Robert Wadlow, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marcus Garvey and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, physicists and philosophers who died in 1940. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Russia and many more countries.
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 1 
F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Best Known for His Novel 'The Great Gatsby')
F. Scott Fitzgerald
34
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 24, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 21
 2 
Robert Wadlow
(Tallest Person Ever Known)
Robert Wadlow
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States
Died: July 15
Height: 8'11" (272 cm)
 3 
Leon Trotsky
(Russian Marxist Revolutionary Who Developed a Variant of Marxism Which Has Become Known as 'Trotskyism')
Leon Trotsky
46
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 7, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bereslavka, Ukraine
Died: August 21
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 4 
Marcus Garvey
(Jamaican Political Activist, Journalist and Founder and First President-General of the Universal Negro Improvement Association)
Marcus Garvey
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Ann's Bay, Jamaica
Died: June 10
 5 
J. J. Thomson
(British Physicist Who is Credited With the Discovery of the Electron)
J. J. Thomson
13
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 18, 1856
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 30
 6 
Emma Goldman
(American Anarchist Political Activist and Writer)
Emma Goldman
11
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: May 14
 7 
Neville Chamberlain
(Prime Minister of the U.K.)
Neville Chamberlain
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: November 9
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 8 
Madeleine Astor
(Socialite)
Madeleine Astor
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 27
 9 
Paul Klee
(Swiss-born German Artist Whose Work Exhibited Shades of 'Expressionism', 'Cubism', and 'Surrealism')
Paul Klee
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
Died: May 29
 10 
Smedley Butler
(United States Marine Corps officer)
Smedley Butler
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 30, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 21
 11 
Big Nose Kate
(Prostitute)
Big Nose Kate
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 9, 1849
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nové Zámky, Slovakia
Died: November 2
 12 
Gerda Wegener
(Illustrator)
Gerda Wegener
2
Birthdate: March 15, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammelev, Denmark
Died: July 28
 13 
Tom Mix
(Actor)
Tom Mix
0
Birthdate: January 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mix Run, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: October 12
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 14 
Walter Benjamin
(German Jewish Philosopher, Cultural Critic and Essayist)
Walter Benjamin
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 26
 15 
Mikhail Bulgakov
(Novelist and Playwright Best Known for His Novel 'The Master and Margarita')
Mikhail Bulgakov
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 15, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: March 10
 16 
Eric Gill
(The Greatest Artist-Craftsman of the 20th Century)
Eric Gill
2
Birthdate: February 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brighton, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Died: November 17
 17 
Fusajiro Yamauchi
(Japanese Entrepreneur Best Remembered as the Founder of 'Nintendo')
Fusajiro Yamauchi
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyoto
Died: January 1
 18 
Walter Chrysler
(Business person)
Walter Chrysler
3
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wamego, Kansas, U.S.
Died: August 18
Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Germany
Died: May 26
 20 
Selma Lagerlöf
(First Woman to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature)
Selma Lagerlöf
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mårbacka, Värmland, Sweden
Died: March 16
 21 
Abdelhamid Ben Badis
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 4, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantine, Algeria
Died: April 16
 22 
Lillian Wald
(American Nurse and the Founder of American Nursing Community)
Lillian Wald
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: September 1
 23 
Nathanael West
(Novelist)
Nathanael West
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: December 22
 24 
Henry Ossian Flipper
(Military Leader)
Henry Ossian Flipper
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 21, 1856
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia, United States
Died: April 26
 25 
W. H. Davies
(British poet)
W. H. Davies
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 3, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newport, Wales
Died: September 26
 26 
Carl Bosch
(Chemist & Engineer)
Carl Bosch
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 27, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: April 26
 27 
Billy Hamilton
(Baseball player)
Billy Hamilton
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 16, 1866
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 15
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 28 
Édouard Vuillard
1
Birthdate: November 11, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cuiseaux, Saône-et-Loire, France
Died: June 21
 29 
Isaac Babel
(Russian Author and Journalist Who Is Remembered for His Iconic Short Story Collections)
Isaac Babel
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: January 27
 30 
Nicolae Iorga
(34th Prime Minister of Romania (1931 - 1932))
Nicolae Iorga
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botoșani, Romania
Died: November 27
 31 
Arthur Rostron
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bolton
Died: November 4
 32 
E.F. Benson
(British Writer and Archaeologist Best Known for His Collection of Novels 'Mapp and Lucia')
E.F. Benson
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 24, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wellington College, Berkshire, England
Died: February 29
 33 
Frederick Cook
(American Explorer, Physician, and Ethnographer)
Frederick Cook
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 10, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hortonville, New York, United States
Died: August 5
 34 
Spiridon Louis
(Greek Water Carrier, Marathon Runner and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Spiridon Louis
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marousi, Greece
Died: March 26
 35 
Charles Freer Andrews
(Anglican Priest, Christian Missionary, Educator and Social Reformer)
Charles Freer Andrews
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: April 5
 36 
Phan Boi Chau
(Political Figure)
Phan Boi Chau
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 26, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nghe An, Vietnam
Died: October 29
 37 
Lewis Hine
(American Sociologist and Muckraker Photographer Best Known for the Documentary Images of Child Labor Practices)
Lewis Hine
1
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: September 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 3
James Craig, 1st Viscount Craigavon
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 8, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: November 24
 39 
Udham Singh
(Indian Revolutionary Known for Assassinating ‘Michael O’Dwyer’, the Former Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab in India)
Udham Singh
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sunam, Punjab, India
Died: July 31
 40 
Mrs. Patrick Campbell
0
Birthdate: February 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 9
 41 
Manuel Azaña
(President of Spain 1936 – 1939)
Manuel Azaña
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 10, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alcala de Henares, Spain
Died: November 3
Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mysore
Died: August 3
 43 
Saionji Kinmochi
(Former Prime Minister of Japan (1906 - 1909, 1911 - 1912))
Saionji Kinmochi
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 7, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyōto, Japan
Died: November 24
Princess Maria of Greece and Denmark
3
Birthdate: March 3, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Athens, Kingdom of Greece
Died: December 14
 45 
Vsevolod Meyerhold
(Russian and Soviet Theatre Director, Actor and Theatrical Producer)
Vsevolod Meyerhold
1
Birthdate: February 9, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Penza, Russia
Died: February 2
 46 
Ralph Modjeski
(Civil Engineer)
Ralph Modjeski
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: January 27, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bochnia, Poland
Died: June 26
 47 
Lluís Companys
(Former President of the Government of Catalonia)
Lluís Companys
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 21, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Tarròs, Spain
Died: October 15
 48 
DuBose Heyward
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 31, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: June 16
 49 
Gjergj Fishta
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 23, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fishtë, Albania
Died: December 30
 50 
Dan Kolov
(Bulgarian Professional Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist and Diamond Belt World Heavyweight Champion Twice)
Dan Kolov
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 27, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sennik, Bulgaria
Died: March 26