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People Who Died in the Year 1956 (20 found): Names Only

A.A. Milne

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Alan Alexander Milne
Also Known As:
AA Milne
A. A. Milne
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 13 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
husband of
Dorothy Milne, until he died.
Older than Dorothy Milne by 7 or 8 years.
uncle of

Descendants:

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Writer of children's book Winnie-the-Pooh

Bob Burns

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Robin Burn
Also Known As:
Robert Burns
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Invented "bazooka" musical instrument. Movie The Arkansas Traveler. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 1998. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1601 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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A star at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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Charley Grapewin

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Ellsworth Grapewin
Also Known As:
Charles Grapewin
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Grapes of Wrath, The Wizard of Oz, The Good Earth, Captains Courageous

Connie Mack

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy
Nickname(s):
The Tall Tactician
Grand Old Man of Baseball.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
93
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

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Owner and manager of baseball team Philadelphia Athletics. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1937. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2004. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1963. Irish American Hall of Fame 2014. Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame 2008. Phillies Wall of Fame 1978.

Elsie Janis

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Elsie Bierbower
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66, 19 days before her 67th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

(middle name Jane or Janis?) Wrote plays. Popular in and after World War I. Theater Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6770 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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Rajo Jack

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Dewey Gatson
Also Known As:
Jack DeSoto
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Early African-American stock racecar driver. Named for the Rajo cylinder head product he used on his Model T Fords. Used name Jack DeSoto because of racism at the time. West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame 2003. National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 2007.

Fred Allen

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John Florence Sullivan
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio comedy, known for a gag "feud" with Jack Benny. Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. National Radio Hall of Fame 1988. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6709-1/2 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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A star at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
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Ralph DePalma

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Raffaele De Palma
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Emigrated to the United States in 1893. Won the 1915 Indianapolis 500. Set a world speed record of 149.875 mph in 1919. Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. International Motorsports Hall of Fame 1991. Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1998. Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 1992. National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

Edward Arnold

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Diamond Jim, The Devil and Daniel Webster Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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Guy Kibbee

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Guy Bridges Kibbee
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Our Town, Fort Apache

Al Simmons

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Aloisius Szymanski
Nickname(s):
Bucketfoot Al
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54, 4 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Outfielder. Teams Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox. Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1951. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1953. National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2006. Phillies Wall of Fame 1981.

Ralph Morgan

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Raphael Kuhner Wuppermann
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72, 25 days before his 73rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
older brother of
Older than Frank Morgan by 6 years.

Descendants:

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Founder, charter member and first president of the Screen Actors Guild. Movie Strange Interlude Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1617 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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Jackson Pollock

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Paul Jackson Pollock
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Subject of film Pollock starring Ed Harris who was also director. Abstract expressionist painter. Style - apparently random splatters of paint. Died as result of an alcohol-related solo auto crash.

Bertolt Brecht

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

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Wrote play (musical, with Kurt Weill) The Threepenny Opera. Theater Hall of Fame.

Bela Lugosi

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó
Also Known As:
Arisztid Olt
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Famed for roles as Dracula, Ygor in horror films. Movies Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Raven, Son of Frankenstein, The Invisible Ray, The Body Snatcher. Brady play Dracula Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6340 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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Babe Didrikson Zaharias

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Mildred Ella Didriksen
Also Known As:
Mildred Ella Didrikson
Babe Didrikson
Babe Zaharias
Nickname(s):
Babe
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Called Babe by childhood friends who thought she batted like Babe Ruth. Name changed from Didriksen after it was accidentally spelled Didrikson. Olympic Gold Medal 1932 in Los Angeles in the javelin and hurdles events, second in high jump. Played semiprofessional women's basketball. Later became a pro golfer, co-founder of the LPGA tour. Considered the greatest female athlete of the 20th century. United States Olympic Hall of Fame 1983. Honored on an 18 cent US postage stamp. National Women's Hall of Fame 1976. International Women's Sports Hall of Fame 1980. World Golf Hall of Fame 1951. National Track and Field Hall of Fame 1974. Colorado Women's Hall of Fame 2008. Florida Sports Hall of Fame 1964. Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 1974. Texas Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame 2016. Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Mary Patricia McCartney

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Mary Patricia Mohin
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47, 32 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandmother of
wife of
Jim McCartney, until she died.
Younger than Jim McCartney by 7 years.
mother of
mother of
grandmother of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Mother of Paul McCartney. A midwife.

Art Tatum

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Tatum Jr.
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Blind in one eye, partially in the other eye. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1985. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1964. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Tommy Dorsey

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Francis Dorsey
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
51, 7 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Jimmy Dorsey by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1981. National Radio Hall of Fame 1989. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6675 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Holmes Herbert

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Edward Sanger
Also Known As:
Holmes E. Herbert
H. E. Herbert
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) and silent films. Many uncredited roles.
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