List of Famous people who died in 1956

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

First Name Bhimrao
Born on April 14, 1891
Died on December 6, 1956 (aged 65)
Born in India
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, also known as Babasaheb Ambedkar, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer, who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards the untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was independent India's first Minister of Law and Justice, and considered as the chief architect of the Constitution of India, and a founding father of the Republic of India.

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A. A. Milne

Alan Alexander Milne
First Name A.
Last Name Milne
Born on January 18, 1882
Died on January 31, 1956 (aged 74)

Alan Alexander Milne was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. Milne served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I, and as a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II.

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Mary Ellen Wilson

First Name Mary
Last Name Wilson
Born on January 1, 1864
Died on January 1, 1956 (aged 92)

Mary Ellen Wilson or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. At the age of eight, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly. Because she was assisted by Henry Bergh, then the head of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, some sources incorrectly state that statutes against cruelty to animals had to be used to remove her from the home. Hers was the first documented case of child abuse in the United States.

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Fred Waghorne

First Name Fred
Born on January 1, 1866
Died on June 19, 1956 (aged 90)

Frederick Charles Albert "Old Wag" Waghorne Sr. was an ice hockey referee and organizer in Canada. He also made significant contributions to lacrosse in that country. He is a member of both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in the "Builder" category.

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Irène Joliot-Curie

Irene Curie
First Name Irène
Born on September 12, 1897
Died on March 17, 1956 (aged 58)

Irène Joliot-Curie was a French chemist, physicist, and a politician of partly Polish ancestry, the eldest daughter of Marie Curie and Pierre Curie, and the wife of Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Jointly with her husband, Joliot-Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity. This made the Curies the family with the most Nobel laureates to date. She was also one of the first three women to be a member of a French government, becoming undersecretary for Scientific Research under the Popular Front in 1936. Both children of the Joliot-Curies, Hélène and Pierre, are also prominent scientists.

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Bela Lugosi

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó
First Name Bela
Last Name Lugosi
Born on October 20, 1882
Died on August 16, 1956 (aged 73)
Height 185 cm | 6'1

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, known professionally as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor best remembered for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in other horror films.

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Lauritz Sand

Lauritz Andreas Sand
First Name Lauritz
Born on October 1, 1879
Died on December 17, 1956 (aged 77)
Born in Norway, Trøndelag

Lauritz Sand was a Norwegian topographer, military officer in the Dutch army, estate owner in the Dutch East Indies, business man and resistance pioneer of World War II. He was called the hardest tortured person in Norway during the war, and came to be an important symbol of the resistance against the Nazi regime.

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Charles Joughin

First Name Charles
Last Name Joughin
Born on August 3, 1878
Died on December 9, 1956 (aged 78)

Charles John Joughin was an English-American chef, known as being the chief baker aboard the RMS Titanic. He survived the ship's sinking, and became notable for having survived in the frigid water for an exceptionally long time before being pulled onto the overturned Collapsible B lifeboat with virtually no ill effects.

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Konstantin Päts

First Name Konstantin
Last Name Päts
Died on January 18, 1956

Konstantin Päts was the most influential politician of interwar Estonia, and served five times as the country's head of government. He was one of the first Estonians to become active in politics and started an almost 40-year political rivalry with Jaan Tõnisson, first through journalism with his newspaper Teataja, later through politics. He was condemned to death during the 1905 Revolution, but managed to flee first to Switzerland, then to Finland, where he continued his literary work. He returned to Estonia, but had to spend time in prison in 1910–1911.

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H. L. Mencken

First Name H.
Last Name Mencken
Born on September 12, 1880
Died on January 29, 1956 (aged 75)

Henry Louis Mencken was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, cultural critic, and scholar of American English. He commented widely on the social scene, literature, music, prominent politicians, and contemporary movements. His satirical reporting on the Scopes Trial, which he dubbed the "Monkey Trial," also gained him attention.

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