Famous People Who Died In 1946

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1946. This list includes people like H. G. Wells, John Maynard Keynes, Gertrude Stein, Wilhelm Keitel, John Logie Baird and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, non-fiction writers, soldiers and military leaders who died in 1946. This list includes people from Germany, United Kingdom, United States & Russia and many more countries.
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H. G. Wells
(British Author Who Has Been Called the 'Father of Science Fiction')
H. G. Wells
28
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 21, 1866
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kent, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 13

H. G. Wells was an English writer. Although he was prolific in many genres, he is best remembered for his work on sci-fi novels, for which he is often referred to as the father of science fiction. His 1901 novel The First Men in the Moon became so influential that a lunar impact crater is named after him.

 2 
Jack Johnson
(One of the Most Influential Boxers of All Time)
Jack Johnson
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, United States
Died: June 10

Jack Johnson was an American boxer and one of the most dominant champions of his generation. Considered one of the most influential boxers ever, Jack Johnson became the first African American to win the world heavyweight championship at the peak of the Jim Crow era. He is often credited with influencing popular boxers like Muhammad Ali.

 3 
John Maynard Keynes
(One of the Most Influential Economists of the 20th Century Whose Ideas Greatly Influenced Economic Policies of Governments)
John Maynard Keynes
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 5, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge ,England
Died: April 21

John Maynard Keynes was an English economist. His ideas are credited with changing the theory and practice of the economic policies and macroeconomics of governments at a fundamental level. Counted among the 20th century's most influential economists, Keynes' ideas are the basis for Keynesian economics. In 1999, he was named in Time magazine's Most Important People of the Century list.

 4 
John Logie Baird
8
Birthdate: August 13, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helensburgh
Died: June 14

Scottish inventor, electrical engineer, and innovator, John Logie Baird, is best known for demonstrating a working TV system in 1926. He then went on to invent the first viable purely electronic color TV picture tube and founded the Baird Television Development Company. He was inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame in 2015.

 5 
W. C. Fields
8
Birthdate: January 29, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 25
 6 
Gertrude Stein
(American Novelist, Poet and Playwright)
Gertrude Stein
21
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 27

Gertrude Stein was an American playwright, novelist, poet, and art collector. She is remembered for publishing works about lesbian sexuality, which was considered a taboo at that time. Over the years, Gertrude Stein has been the subject of several works of art. In the 2011 movie Midnight in Paris, Stein was portrayed by Kathy Bates.

 7 
Louis Slotin
(Canadian Physicist and Chemist Who Took Part in the Manhattan Project)
Louis Slotin
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: May 30
While showing his colleagues how to work on a plutonium bomb, Canadian scientist Louis Slotin was exposed to a lethal radioactive dose that first caused him to vomit and then die 9 days later. He had, however, reportedly shielded his colleagues from maximum exposure, thus saving their lives.
 8 
Alfred Stieglitz
(Photographer)
Alfred Stieglitz
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: January 1, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoboken
Died: July 13
 9 
Walter Johnson
(American Professional Baseball player)
Walter Johnson
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Humboldt, Kansas, United States
Died: December 10
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 10 
Countee Cullen
(American poet)
Countee Cullen
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 9
 11 
Damon Runyon
(Writer)
Damon Runyon
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 4, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, Kansas, United States
Died: December 10
 12 
Draža Mihailović
(Yugoslav Serb General During World War II)
Draža Mihailović
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 27, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ivanjica, Serbia
Died: July 17

Serbian military leader Dragoljub Mihailović headed the Yugoslavian underground army known as the Chetniks, during World War II. He had also fought in the Balkan Wars and World War I, but post-World War II, he was convicted of treason and executed by the communist powers of Yugoslavia.

 13 
Alexander Alekhine
(Russian-French Former Chess Champion)
Alexander Alekhine
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 24

Alexander Alekhine was a French and Russian chess player renowned for his imaginative and fierce attacking style. He also possessed great positional and endgame skill, which he used effectively to reign as the World Chess Champion from 1927 to 1935 and then from 1937 to 1946. Also a theoretician, Alexander Alekhine innovated several opening variations, including the Alekhine's Defence.

 14 
Arthur Seyss-Inquart
(Austrian Nazi Politician and Chancellor of Austria for 2-Days in March 1938 Before its Annexation)
Arthur Seyss-Inquart
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stonařov, Czechia
Died: October 16

Arthur Seyss-Inquart was an Austrian politician who was part of the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I. A Nazi propagandist, Seyss-Inquart was convicted of crimes against humanity and war crimes at the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to death. He was executed on 16 October 1946 in Nuremberg Prison.

 15 
Gifford Pinchot
(First Chief of the US Forest Service & Former Governor of Pennsylvania)
Gifford Pinchot
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 11, 1865
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Simsbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: October 4

Gifford Pinchot was an American politician and forester. He is best remembered for his service as the first chief of the US Forest Service from February 1905 to January 1910. Gifford Pinchot also served as the Governor of Pennsylvania on two occasions; from 16 January 1923 to 18 January 1927 and again from 20 January 1931 to 15 January 1935.

 16 
Julius Streicher
(German Nazi Politician, Founder and Publisher of the Virulently Antisemitic Newspaper ‘Der Stürmer’)
Julius Streicher
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 12, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dinkelscherben, Germany
Died: October 16
Julius Streicher went from being an elementary school teacher to establishing the anti-semitic Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer. He led an adulterous life and even spread rumors about his rival party members, which eventually led him to lose all party posts. He was eventually hanged after the Nuremberg trials.
 17 
Manuel de Falla
(One of Spain's Greatest Composers of the 20th Century)
Manuel de Falla
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 23, 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: November 14

Spanish pianist Manuel de Falla, known for his musical nationalism, was one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. Born in Cádiz, Falla initially learned playing the piano from his mother, and later went to Madrid for further training. His work also took him to France and Argentina.

 18 
László Moholy-Nagy
(Photographer)
László Moholy-Nagy
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: July 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bácsborsód
Died: November 24

Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy was known for his non-representational art and his love for constructivism. Though he initially studied law, he later experimented with many forms of art, such as painting, sculpting, and photography. He also taught at the Bauhaus school of avant-garde design and co-edited the Bauhausbook series.

 19 
Dorothy Gibson
(Former Film Actress best remembered as a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic and for starring in the first motion picture based on the disaster)
Dorothy Gibson
2
Birthdate: May 17, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 17
 20 
William S. Hart
(Actor)
William S. Hart
0
Birthdate: December 6, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, United States
Died: June 23
 21 
Joseph Stilwell
(General)
Joseph Stilwell
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palatka, Florida, United States
Died: October 12
 22 
Lionel Atwill
(Actor)
Lionel Atwill
1
Birthdate: March 1, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Croydon, Greater London, England
Died: April 22
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 23 
Madan Mohan Malaviya
(Politician & Educationist)
Madan Mohan Malaviya
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1861
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allahabad, India
Died: November 12

Madan Mohan Malaviya was an Indian educational reformer and politician. He is best remembered for playing an important role in India's freedom struggle. He served as the president of the Indian National Congress on three occasions and founded a political party named Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha. He also co-founded Central Hindu College and worked towards promoting modern education in India.

 24 
Booth Tarkington
(One of Only Four Novelists to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction More Than Once)
Booth Tarkington
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 29, 1869
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: May 19
 25 
Harlan F. Stone
(Lawyer)
Harlan F. Stone
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 11, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chesterfield, New Hampshire, United States
Died: April 22
 26 
Herbert Macaulay
(Nigerian Politician Who Was Known as the Father of Nigerian Nationalism)
Herbert Macaulay
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 14, 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lagos Colony, Nigeria
Died: May 7

The first Nigerian civil engineer, Herbert Macaulay was a multi-talented man who had been a politician, a musician, and a journalist. Also remembered as the Father of Nigerian Nationalism, he was one of the major figures who opposed British colonialism in Nigeria. He practiced ancient African magic and the occult.

 27 
George Woolf
(Jockey)
George Woolf
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cardston, Alberta, Canada
Died: January 4
 28 
Mikhail Kalinin
(Soviet Communist Leader and Statesman)
Mikhail Kalinin
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Verkhnyaya Troitsa, Russia
Died: June 3

Mikhail Kalinin was a Soviet politician and an Old Bolshevik revolutionary. From 1919 to 1946, Kalinin served as head of state of the Soviet Union. After Kalinin's death, three major cities of the Soviet Union were named or renamed in his honor.

 29 
George Arliss
(Writer, Playwright, Film director, Autobiographer, Screenwriter, Stage actor, Film actor)
George Arliss
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: February 5
 30 
Ignacy Mościcki
(Polish chemist)
Ignacy Mościcki
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 1, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mierzanowo
Died: October 2

Born in a small Polish village, Ignacy Mościcki grew up to become a chemist, an academic, and a researcher, before he stepped into politics. He later served Poland as its longest-serving president. Initially a supporter of Polish dictator Józef Piłsudski, he became more liberal after Piłsudski’s death.

 31 
Tony Lazzeri
(Baseball player)
Tony Lazzeri
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 6
 32 
Horace Pippin
(Painter)
Horace Pippin
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Birthdate: February 22, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 6
 33 
William Jefferson Blythe Jr.
(Soldier)
William Jefferson Blythe Jr.
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 27, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sherman, Texas, United States
Died: May 17
 34 
James Clark McReynolds
(Attorney General)
James Clark McReynolds
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 3, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elkton, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 24
 35 
Barney Oldfield
(American Automobile Racer)
Barney Oldfield
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wauseon, Ohio, United States
Died: October 4
 36 
Maria Innocentia Hummel
(Nun)
Maria Innocentia Hummel
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Massing, Germany Massing, Germany
Died: November 6
 37 
Paul Langevin
(French Physicist)
Paul Langevin
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 23, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 19

Best known for developing the Langevin dynamics and the Langevin equation, physicist Paul Langevin was also a staunch Communist. Having worked on his doctoral thesis under Pierre Curie, he had formed a connection with Curie’s wife, Marie Curie, which developed into a full-blown love affair after Pierre’s death.

 38 
Jeanne Lanvin
(French Fashion Designer)
Jeanne Lanvin
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 1, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 6

Jeanne Lanvin was a French fashion designer who is credited with founding the multinational high fashion house, Lanvin. She is also credited with founding the perfume and beauty company Lanvin Parfums. In the 1920s, she opened shops devoted to menswear, lingerie, and home décor. In 1938, she was presented with the Officier Legion of Honour.

 39 
Jorge Ubico
(21st President of Guatemala)
Jorge Ubico
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 10, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Died: June 14
 40 
Thomas Dixon Jr.
(Politician)
Thomas Dixon Jr.
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 11, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shelby, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 3
 41 
Felix Hoffmann
(German Chemist and Inventor)
Felix Hoffmann
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 21, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: February 8

Felix Hoffmann was a German chemist best remembered for re-synthesizing diamorphine, which was later popularized as heroin. Hoffmann is also known for synthesizing aspirin, although it is still unclear whether he synthesized it on his own or under the direction of Arthur Eichengrün. In 2002, Felix Hoffmann was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

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Willi Herold
(Military personnel)
Willi Herold
22
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: September 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: November 14
 43 
Gilbert N. Lewis
(American Physical Chemist Best Known for His Discovery of the Covalent Bond)
Gilbert N. Lewis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 23, 1875
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 23

Gilbert N. Lewis was an American physical chemist best remembered for his detection of the covalent bond. He made immense contributions to photochemistry, chemical thermodynamics, and isotope separation. Gilbert N. Lewis received 41 nominations for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but never won the award. However, he influenced and mentored numerous Nobel laureates, including Harold Urey and William F. Giauque.

 44 
Constance Garnett
(English translator)
Constance Garnett
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: December 17
 45 
Patty Hill
(Composer)
Patty Hill
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 27, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Anchorage, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 25
 46 
Louis Bachelier
(French Mathematician)
Louis Bachelier
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 11, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Havre, France
Died: April 28

French mathematician Louis Bachelier was said to be the first to chart a mathematical model for what is now called the Brownian motion. After losing his wine merchant father early in life, he took over the reins of his family business, but he gradually became a pioneer in mathematical finance.

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Vulcana
(Welsh Strongwoman)
Vulcana
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1874
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abergavenny, Wales
Died: August 8
 48 
Laurette Taylor
(Actress)
Laurette Taylor
0
Birthdate: April 1, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: December 7
 49 
Gerda Steinhoff
(Guard)
Gerda Steinhoff
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 29, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wrzeszcz, Gdańsk, Poland
Died: July 4
 50 
John Langalibalele Dube
(South African Essayist, Novelist, Poet and Founding President of the South African Native National Congress)
John Langalibalele Dube
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 22, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: February 11

John Langalibalele Dube was a South African essayist, philosopher, politician, publisher, educator, editor, novelist, and poet. He served as the president of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) from 1912 to 1917. He felt strongly about human rights and founded the Inanda Seminary Institute for Girls. He was passionate about encouraging black people to launch their own businesses.