People Who Died in the Year 1948:

(22 found)

Sonny Boy Williamson (original)
musician, blues, murdered

Real/Birth Name:
John Lee Williamson
Also Known As:
Sonny Boy Williamso
Nickname(s):
The Father of Modern Blues Harp
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Harmonica blues. Record/song Good Morning, School Girl in 1937 was a hit. His stage name widely copied. Killed after a mugging. See also Sonny Boy Williamson (more famous).

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Herb Pennock
baseball, coach, manager

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Jefferis Pennock
Nickname(s):
The Squire of Kennett Square
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53, 11 days before his 54th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees.

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Orville Wright
inventor, aviator, business

Real/Birth Name:
Orville Wright
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

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younger brother of
Younger than Wilbur Wright by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-inventor of the fixed-wing airplane.

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Samuel P. Bush
business

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Prescott Bush
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

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Brief Facts:

On the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Mordecai Brown
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown
Nickname(s):
Three Finger
Three-Fingerer
Miner
Brownie
Mort
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Terriers, Brooklyn Tip-Tops, Chicago Whales. Lost part of his index finger in a farm machine as a youth.

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Zelda Fitzgerald
writer, dancer, painter, accident

Real/Birth Name:
Zelda Sayre
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
F. Scott Fitzgerald, until his earlier death.
Younger than F. Scott Fitzgerald by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Book Save Me the Waltz. Died in a fire in a sanatorium in North Carolina.

May Whitty
actor, activist, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Louise Whitty
Also Known As:
Dame May Whitty
Dame Mary Louise Webster
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82, 21 days before her 83rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Gaslight, The White Cliffs of Dover, Mrs. Miniver, Night Must Fall. Broadway play Night Must Fall. In the 1918 New Year Honours, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her charity work in World War I.

Beryl Wallace
actor, singer, dancer, Broadway, radio, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Beatrice Heischuber
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Murder at the Vanities. Boadway revue Earl Carroll's Vanities (1940). Died in a plane crash at Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania. Boyfriend Earl Carroll also killed.

Earl Carroll
producer, director, Broadway, composer, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Earl Carroll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Broadway revue and film Murder at the Vanities. Plane crash, also killing his girlfriend Beryl Wallace.

Roebuck
business, famous

Real/Birth Name:
Alvah Curtis Roebuck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Co-founded Sears & Roebuck.

Carole Landis
actor, dancer, singer, overdose, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Frances Lillian Mary Ridste
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
29
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name was legally changed. Movies One Million B.C. (1940), Brass Monkey, Moon Over Miami. Suicide by drug overdose at age 29.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1765 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

King Baggot
director, actor, writer, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
William King Baggot
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Silent films The Scarlet Letter (1911), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1913).

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6312 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

D.W. Griffith
director, writer, producer, actor, composer

Real/Birth Name:
David Llewelyn Wark Griffith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In 1920, established United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford. Movie Birth of a Nation. A story which glorifies racism.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6535 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Joe Tinker
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Joseph Bert Tinker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
68, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

"Tinkers to Evers to Chance" - see also Frank Chance, Johnny Evers. Shortstop. Team Chicago Cubs.

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Lucy Mercer
famous

Real/Birth Name:
Lucy Page Mercer
Also Known As:
Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Winthrop Rutherfurd, until his earlier death.
Younger than Winthrop Rutherfurd by 29 years.

Brief Facts:

Mistress of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Present at Warm Springs when he died. Former social secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Babe Ruth
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
George Herman Ruth
Nickname(s):
the Babe
the Bambino
the Sultan of Swat
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher and outfielder with 714 home runs - considered the best player ever. Team New York Yankees.

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Billy Laughlin
actor, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
William Robert Laughlin
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
16
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died when a bus hit him from behind while he was delivering newspapers while riding a motor scooter in La Puente, California. Role of Froggy in several Our Gang movies including Dancing Romeo.

Vernon Dalhart
singer, country

Real/Birth Name:
Marion Try Slaughter
Also Known As:
Vel Veteran
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Very early recordings done by Thomas A. Edison. First country song to sell one million records: The Wreck of the Old 97. Song Blue Ridge Mountain Home.

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Avery Brooks
actor, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Avery Franklin Brooks
Gender:
Male
Death Date:
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Mary Nolan
actor, model

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Imogene Robertson
Also Known As:
Imogene
Imogene Wilson
Imogene "Bubbles" Wilson
Imogene Robertson
Nickname(s):
Bubbles
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Revue Ziegfeld Follies star. Movie Outside the Law (1930).

Edgar Kennedy
actor, Keystone Kop

Real/Birth Name:
Edgar Livingstone Kennedy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

An original Keystone Kop. Movie Little Orphan Annie (1932) in role of Daddy Warbucks, and movie Duck Soup (1933) in role of the lemonade vendor.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Hack Wilson
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Lewis Robert Wilson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:
Height:
5 feet 6 inches (167.64 cm)

Brief Facts:

Teams New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies.

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