Famous People Who Died In 1948

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1948. This list includes people like Mahatma Gandhi, Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Zelda Fitzgerald, Hideki Tojo and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include soldiers, political leaders, artists and military leaders who died in 1948. This list includes people from United States, Germany, Japan & India and many more countries.
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 1 
Babe Ruth
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players of All Time)
Babe Ruth
48
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: August 16
One of the greatest players in the history of baseball, Babe Ruth played 22 seasons between 1914 and 1935 and set monumental records—including 714 home runs—that took decades to be finally broken. Amongst the most celebrated athletes of the world, he became one of the first five players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
 2 
Orville Wright
(Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane)
Orville Wright
45
Birthdate: August 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30

Orville Wright was an aviation pioneer who alongside his brother, Wilbur, built and flew the world's first successful motor-operated airplane, the Wright Flyer, a heavier-than-air aircraft. The three-axis control system developed by the brothers remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. Orville also served on the board of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

 3 
Mahatma Gandhi
(Indian Freedom Fighter who Employed Non-violent Resistance & Known as 'Father of the Nation')
Mahatma Gandhi
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, India
Died: January 30

An Indian lawyer and anti-colonial nationalist, Mahatma Gandhi was a major figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He is renowned for his employment of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience methods. Despite his popularity, he had numerous detractors as well and was assassinated in 1948. He is widely considered the Father of the Nation in India.

 4 
John J. Pershing
(Former Military Officer Who Served as the Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces During World War I)
John J. Pershing
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 13, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laclede, Missouri, United States
Died: July 15

John J. Pershing was a senior United States Army officer who served as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in World War I. In his later years, he mentored generals who led the United States Army during World War II.  He was promoted to General of the Armies rank, the highest possible rank in the United States Army. 

 5 
Zelda Fitzgerald
(Socialite & Referred to as 'The first American Flapper' by Her Husband 'F. Scott Fitzgerald')
Zelda Fitzgerald
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: March 10

Zelda Fitzgerald was a painter, socialite, and novelist. Along with her husband Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda became a prominent personality of the Jazz Age. Renowned for her high spirits and beauty, she was named the first American flapper by Scott. For her work as a novelist and painter, Fitzgerald was posthumously made an inductee to the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame.

 6 
Mileva Marić
(Serbian Physicist, Mathematician and the First Wife of Albert Einstein)
Mileva Marić
11
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Titel, Serbia
Died: August 4
Serbian physicist/mathematician Mileva Marić was the first wife of Albert Einstein and the second lady to complete the full program at the mathematics and physics department of Zürich Polytechnic. Experts still debate over whether she had helped Einstein in his initial research. Einstein transferred his Nobel Prize money to her.
 7 
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(The Founder of Pakistan)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Died: September 11
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s Father of the Nation, was an All-India Muslim League leader who led to the formation of Pakistan in 1947. Educated in England, Jinnah was a barrister and had worked at the Bombay High Court. He had helped pass the 1916 Lucknow Pact, too.
 8 
Osamu Dazai
(Author)
Osamu Dazai
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kanagi, Aomori, Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Died: June 13

Osamu Dazai was a Japanese author widely regarded as one of the leading writers of fiction of 20th-century Japan. Most of his popular works, such as No Longer Human and The Setting Sun, are regarded as modern-day classics in Japan. Several years after his death, Osamu Dazai continues to be celebrated in Japan, although he is relatively unknown elsewhere.

 9 
Witold Pilecki
(Polish World War II Cavalry Officer, Intelligence Agent and Resistance Leader)
Witold Pilecki
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 13, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Olonets, Russia
Died: May 25

Known as prisoner number 4859 at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Witold Pilecki voluntarily got himself arrested to be sent to the camp, so that he could start an anti-Nazi resistance movement. He set up the underground campaign ZOW and was eventually able to escape. Nevertheless, he was executed by communists.

 10 
Hugo Boss
(Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur)
Hugo Boss
10
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 8, 1885
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Metzingen, Germany
Died: August 9

Hugo Boss was a German businessman and fashion designer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular fashion houses in the world, Hugo Boss AG. Apart from maintaining his business endeavors, Hugo Boss was also a member of the Nazi Party and remained loyal to the ideology of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

 11 
D. W. Griffith
(American Director Who is One of the Most Influential Figures in the History of the Motion Picture)
D. W. Griffith
7
Birthdate: January 22, 1875
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Crestwood, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 23
 12 
Antonin Artaud
(French Writer, Theatre Director and One of the Major Figures of the European Avant-Garde)
Antonin Artaud
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Birthdate: September 4, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: March 4

Antonin Artaud was a French writer, poet, dramatist, and theater director. Known for his raw, surreal, and transgressive themes, he was a major figure in 20th-century theater. He outlined his theories in the Theatre of Cruelty movement, expressed in the form of essays and plays. He died of cancer at the age of 51.  

 13 
Edith Roosevelt
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Edith Roosevelt
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 30
 14 
Sergei Eisenstein
(Russian Film Director Best Known for His Film 'Battleship Potemkin')
Sergei Eisenstein
6
Birthdate: January 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: February 11
Known for his use of the montage as a leading element in his films, Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein of Battleship Potemkin and Ivan the Terrible fame was also fond of close-up shots. He often used an ensemble of amateur actors and also included haiku-inspired elements in his work.
 15 
Carole Landis
(Actress)
Carole Landis
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Birthdate: January 1, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fairchild, Wisconsin, USA
Died: July 5
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 16 
Manuel Roxas
(Former President of the Philippines)
Manuel Roxas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roxas City, Philippines
Died: April 15

Manuel Roxas was a Filipino politician who served as the president of the Philippines from 1946 to 1948. He also served as the first president of the Third Philippine Republic after the USA relinquished its supremacy over the Philippines. Regarded as an important politician in the history of the Philippines, Roxas is depicted on the 100 Peso banknote. 

 17 
Claude McKay
(Writer)
Claude McKay
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
Died: May 22

Claude McKay was a poet who played an influential role in the Harlem Renaissance. Remembered for his work If We Must Die, a poem written in response to mob attacks on African-American communities by white Americans, McKay was named the national poet of Jamaica in 1977. For his contribution to literature, he was posthumously honored with the Order of Jamaica.

 18 
Charles Evans Hughes
(Politician)
Charles Evans Hughes
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 11, 1862
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, U.S.
Died: August 27
 19 
Folke Bernadotte
(Swedish Diplomat Who Negotiated the Release of 31000 Prisoners from German Concentration Camps in World War II)
Folke Bernadotte
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 2, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 17

Folke Bernadotte was a Swedish diplomat and nobleman. He is best remembered for negotiating the release of over 30,000 prisoners from German concentration camps during World War II. Folke Bernadotte was assassinated at the age of 53 by a Zionist paramilitary organization called Lehi.

 20 
Aldo Leopold
(American Author & Environmentalist Who is Best Known for His Book 'A Sand County Almanac')
Aldo Leopold
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: April 21
 21 
Arshile Gorky
(A Leading American Painter of 20th Century and a Founding Father of 'Abstract Expressionism')
Arshile Gorky
1
Birthdate: April 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khorgom, Vilayet of Van, Ottoman Empire
Died: July 21

Arshile Gorky, a powerful Armenian-American painter of 20th century, is counted among founding fathers of abstract expressionism. His experience, suffering and loss during Armenian genocide strongly influenced his development as an artist. With notable works like Landscape in the Manner of Cézanne and Nighttime, Enigma, Nostalgia, Gorky emerged as one of the major artists whose works defined American abstract expressionism.

 22 
Hideki Tojo
(27th Prime Minister of Japan)
Hideki Tojo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 30, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kōjimachi, Tokyo, Japan
Died: December 23

Hideki Tojo headed the Imperial Japanese Army and was the Japanese minister of war, apart from being Japan’s prime minister from 1941 to 1944. His tenure witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor. After Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers, Tojo was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death.

 23 
Ruth Benedict
(American Anthropologist)
Ruth Benedict
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Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: September 17

Ruth Benedict was an American folklorist and anthropologist. Benedict, who played an important role in the American Folklore Society, also served as the American Anthropological Association's president; the association gives away an annual prize named after Ruth Benedict. In 2005, she was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 24 
Guillermo Kahlo
(Former Photographer who photographically documented important architectural works, churches, streets, landmarks, as well as industries and companies in Mexico)
Guillermo Kahlo
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: October 26, 1871
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pforzheim, Germany
Died: April 14
 25 
Hack Wilson
(Baseball player)
Hack Wilson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 23
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 26 
Kurt Schwitters
(German Artist Best Known for His Collages and Relief Constructions)
Kurt Schwitters
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Birthdate: June 20, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: January 8

German artist and poet Kurt Schwitters, known for collage, artist's book, installation, sculpture and poetry, is noted for his collages and relief-constructions. Schwitters planned a Dada section in Hanover and the Merz art-style traces back to him, which he found by chance while forming a collage with the German word Kommerz. One of his notable works is Das Undbild, 1919.

 27 
Nikolai Berdyaev
(Former philosopher who emphasized the existential spiritual significance of human freedom and the human person)
Nikolai Berdyaev
1
Birthdate: March 18, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: March 24
 28 
Franz Lehár
(Austro-Hungarian Composer Known for His Operettas)
Franz Lehár
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 30, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Komárom, Hungary
Died: October 24

Hungarian composer Franz Lehár is best remembered for his operettas and became a worldwide sensation with The Merry Widow, which was later filmed, too. His distinctive style of Viennese operetta consisted of satire and Parisian dances. Though he had a Jewish-turned-Catholic wife, Hitler loved his music.

 29 
Harry Dexter White
(Economist)
Harry Dexter White
2
Birthdate: October 29, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 16
 30 
Malcolm Campbell
(British Racer Who Achieved the World Speed Record on Both Water and Land on Multiple Occasions)
Malcolm Campbell
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chislehurst, Kent, England
Died: December 31

Malcolm Campbell was a British racer who achieved the world speed record on both water and land on multiple occasions. He is also known as the father of Donald, who became the first person to set both world water speed and land speed records in the same year. In 1990, Campbell was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

 31 
George Beurling
(Canadian Fighter Pilot)
George Beurling
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Verdun
Died: May 28
 32 
Gregg Toland
(Cinematographer)
Gregg Toland
1
Birthdate: May 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Charleston, Illinois, United States
Died: September 28

Gregg Toland was a cinematographer known for employing innovative techniques in his work. Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives are counted among his best works. He won two Academy Awards from seven nominations. He is considered one of the top ten most influential cinematographers in the history of film. 

 33 
Sonny Boy Williamson I
(Singer)
Sonny Boy Williamson I
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madison County, Tennessee, United States
Died: June 1
 34 
Prince Adalbert of Prussia
(Prince)
Prince Adalbert of Prussia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 14, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Germany
Died: September 22
 35 
Sigrid Hjertén
(Swedish Modernist Painter)
Sigrid Hjertén
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Birthdate: October 27, 1885
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sundsvall, Sweden
Died: March 24

One of the pioneers of expressionism in Sweden, Sigrid Hjertén was the only female member of the artist group De Åtta. Initially a teacher of textile design, she later painted iconic works such as Atelierinteriör. She died of a failed lobotomy procedure to cure her schizophrenia.

 36 
Jan Masaryk
(Czechoslovakia's Foreign Minister From 1940 to 1948)
Jan Masaryk
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: March 10

Jan Masaryk was a Czech politician and diplomat best remembered for his service as Czechoslovakia's Foreign Minister from 21 July 1940 to 10 March 1948. He became a popular national figure during the Second World War when he made wartime broadcasts to occupied Czechoslovakia; his broadcasts were titled Speaking to My Country.

 37 
Richard Tauber
(Austrian Tenor and Film Actor)
Richard Tauber
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 16, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linz, Austria
Died: January 8

Richard Tauber was an Austrian tenor and film actor. The son of an actress, he often toured with his mother and developed a love for the theater. He also enjoyed singing and studied at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. He went on to become a tenor and an actor and also conducted at the Theater an der Wien. 

 38 
Louis Lumière
(Inventor of Cinematographer)
Louis Lumière
1
Birthdate: October 5, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Besançon, France
Died: June 6
While Thomas Edison was the first to invent motion pictures for solo viewing, the shares experience of watching a film with others, or cinema, was the brainchild of Louis Lumière. With his cinematograph, Lumière shot the first commercial film, a clip of workers leaving the Lumière photo factory. 
 39 
Charles A. Beard
(Historian of the modern age, Historian, University teacher)
Charles A. Beard
1
Birthdate: November 27, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Knightstown
Died: September 1

Charles A. Beard was an American historian who served as a professor at Columbia University. Beard is credited with writing several influential books, such as An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States which played a crucial role in helping him attain an iconic status within the progressive school of historical interpretation.

 40 
Georges Bernanos
(French Soldier and Author)
Georges Bernanos
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 20, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 5
 41 
Olga Samaroff
(Pianist)
Olga Samaroff
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 8, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: May 17
 42 
Harilal Gandhi
(Mahatma Gandhi’s Son)
Harilal Gandhi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1888 AD
Birthplace: New Delhi
Died: June 18
 43 
Mitsumasa Yonai
(Politician,Prime Minister)
Mitsumasa Yonai
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan
Died: April 20
 44 
Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
(Princess)
Princess Helena Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 3, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England
Died: March 13
 45 
Hermann Pister
(German officer)
Hermann Pister
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: February 21, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: September 28
 46 
Smaranda Braescu
(Aviator)
Smaranda Braescu
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buciumeni, Romania
Died: February 2
 47 
Edgar Kennedy
(Actor, Boxer)
Edgar Kennedy
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 26, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monterey County, California, United States
Died: November 9
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Hamar Greenwood, 1st Viscount Greenwood
(Chief Secretary for Ireland)
Hamar Greenwood, 1st Viscount Greenwood
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whitby, Durham Region, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 10
 49 
Edvard Beneš
(Former President of Czechoslovakia)
Edvard Beneš
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 28, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kožlany, Czechia
Died: September 3

Czech president Edvard Beneš had come to power twice and resigned in both instances, first after the German occupation of Czechoslovakia and then after the communist coup of 1948. Born to peasants in Bohemia, he had earned a doctorate of law and taught at universities before entering politics.

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Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr
(Politician)
Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 20, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Died: December 3

South African Party leader Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr lost his father at 3. After recovering from hydrocephaly at age 2, he turned into a child prodigy and completed his bachelor’s degree at 15. A Rhodes scholar at Oxford, he later served as the deputy prime minister of South Africa.