Aarre Merikanto (June 29, 1893 - September 29, 1958) was a Finnish composer. He was the son of Liisa Häyrynen and the famous romantic composer, professor Oskar Merikanto. His childhood he spent in Vilppula, Finland. From year 1919, he was married to Meri Grönmark. He is regarded as one of the most notable Finnish composers, with Einojuhani Rautavaara and Jean Sibelius. He studied music in Helsinki 1911, Leipzig 1912-1914 and Moscow 1916-1917.
Harry Revel (21 December 1905 – 3 November 1958) was an English composer of musical theatre. Revel was born in London. Before emigrating to the United States in 1929, he wrote musicals for productions in Paris, Copenhagen, Vienna and London. Once in the US, he worked on Broadway, writing the scores for Ziegfeld Follies of 1931, Meet My Sister and Are You With It?. He later moved to Hollywood.
Florian Witold Znaniecki (January 15, 1882 – March 23, 1958) was a Polish sociologist. He taught and wrote in Poland and the United States. He was the 44th President of the American Sociological Association and the founder of academic sociology studies in Poland. His theoretical and methodological work contributed to the development of Sociology as a distinct academic discipline. He gained international fame as the co-author with William I.
Varvara Fyodorovna Stepanova, was a Russian artist associated with the 'Constructivist' movement. She came from peasant origins but was fortunate enough to get an education at Kazan School of Art, Odessa. There she met her life-long friend and collaborator Alexander Rodchenko. In the years before the Russian Revolution of 1917 they leased an apartment in Moscow, owned by Wassily Kandinsky. These artists became some of the main figures in the Russian avant-garde.
Adam Samuel Bennion (December 2, 1886 – February 11, 1958) was a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Born in Taylorsville, Utah Territory, Bennion received degrees from the University of Utah, Columbia University and the University of California. He also studied at the University of Chicago. He became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 9, 1953 to replace the vacancy caused by John A. Widtsoe's death. Bennion died in 1958 at Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hugh Raymond McCrae (4 October 1876 - 17 February 1958) was an Australian writer. McCrae was born in Melbourne, the son of the Australian author George Gordon McCrae. He was originally articled to an architect, but later took upon writing and acting, settling eventually in Sydney and Camden.
Robert Earl Hughes (b. 4 June 1926 - d. 10 July 1958 in Baylis, Illinois) was, during his lifetime, the heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world. His chest was measured at 3.15 metres (10.3 ft), and he weighed an estimated 486 kilograms (1,070 lb) at his heaviest. At the age of six, he weighed about 92 kilograms (200 lb); at ten, he weighed 171 kilograms (380 lb). By the time of his death, he weighed over half a ton.
Brian Christian de Claiborne Howard (13 March 1905 – 15 January 1958) was an English poet, whose work belied a spectacularly precocious start in life; in the end he became more of a journalist, writing for the New Statesman. He was born to American parents in Hascombe, Surrey, and brought up in London; his father Francis Gassaway Howard was an associate of James Whistler.
Charles Winnans Cox (July 7, 1882 - March 28, 1958) was a politician and timber contractor in Ontario, Canada. Born on a farm in Westminster Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, he first worked as a farm and ranch hand near Nanton, Alberta, then moved to Port Arthur, Ontario in around 1908. He became one of the largest timber contractors in the Thunder Bay region, then branched into general contracting. He was elected as a councillor of Port Arthur in 1932, and became mayor in 1934.
Walter Elliot Elliot MC (19 September 1888 – 8 January 1958) was a prominent Scottish Unionist Party politician in the interwar years. The son of a Lanarkshire farmer, Elliot was raised in Glasgow and educated at the Glasgow Academy and the University of Glasgow, where he studied science and medicine. He then became a medical officer to the Scots Greys and served in the First World War where he gained a Military Cross.
Louis Golding (November 19, 1895 – August 9, 1958) was a British writer, very famous in his time especially for his novels, though he is now largely neglected; he wrote also short stories, essays, fantasies, travel books and poetry. Born in Manchester into a Ukrainian-Jewish family, Golding was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Queen's College, Oxford.
Ole Kirk Christiansen (7 April 1891 – 11 March 1958) was the 13th son of an impoverished farmer family in Jutland in western Denmark. Born in Filskov, Denmark, he trained as a carpenter and started making wooden toys in 1932 to make a living after having lost his job during the depression. Initially, he made miniature versions of the houses and furniture he worked on as a carpenter, but in 1947 moved onto using plastics. By 1949 he had produced over 200 plastic and wooden toys.
Frederic Herbert Maugham, 1st Viscount Maugham PC, KC (20 October 1866 -23 March 1958) was a British lawyer and judge who served as Lord Chancellor from 1938 until 1939 despite having virtually no political career at all.
James Edgar Leach VC (27 July 27, 1892 - 15 August, 1958) was British Army soldier, and English recipient of the Victoria Cross. He was 22 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
Lewis St. George Stubbs (June 14, 1878-May 12, 1958) was a prominent judge and politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1936 to 1949 as an Independent, and was known for promoting left-wing and socially progressive causes. Stubbs was born on the island of Cockburn Harbour in the Turks and Caicos Islands, in the British West Indies.
Townsend Cromwell (1922-1958) was an oceanographer who discovered the Cromwell current whilst researching drifting in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean. He died in 1958 when his plane crashed while he was en route to an oceanography expedition. The prominent oceanographer of the equatorial Pacific, Townsend Cromwell, was killed in an airplane crash on 2 June 1958. The accident, also fatal to B.
Marjorie Flack (22 October 1897 - August 29, 1958) was an award-winning artist and writer of children's picture books. Flack was born in Greenport, Long Island, New York in 1897. She was best known for The Story about Ping, popularized by Captain Kangaroo, and for her stories of an insatiably curious Scottish terrier named Angus. Her first marriage was to artist Karl Larsson; she later married poet William Rose Benet.
John Wellborn Martin (June 21, 1884 – February 22, 1958) was the 24th Governor of Florida. He was born in Plainfield, Marion County, Florida. Martin passed the Florida bar in 1914 and established a law career in Jacksonville. He served as mayor of Jacksonville from 1917 until 1923. He was elected governor on January 6, 1925 serving until January 8, 1929.
Paul Underwood Kellogg (1879-1958) was an American journalist and social reformer. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 1879. After working as a journalist he moved to New York City to study at Columbia University. After university Kellogg worked for Charities magazine before carrying out an unprecedented in-depth study of industrial life in Pittsburgh. Published as The Pittsburgh Survey (1910-1914), it became a model for sociologists wishing to employ research to aid social reform.
Estelle Taylor (May 20, 1894—April 15, 1958) was an American Hollywood actress whose career was most prominent during the silent film era of the 1920s. Born Estelle Boylan in Wilmington, Delaware, Taylor married a banker while still a teenager. After relocating to Hollywood, she began taking bit parts in films. Taylor is possibly best recalled for her roles in the 1922 drama Monte Cristo opposite John Gilbert, the enormously successful 1923 Cecil B.
Sol M. Wurtzel (September 12, 1890 – April 9, 1958) was an American motion picture producer. Born in New York City, New York, Sol M. Wurtzel worked as an executive assistant to William Fox, founding owner of the Fox Film Corporation. In 1917, Fox sent him to California to oversee the studio's West Coast productions. An incredible passion for work and detail he often did the job of three men.
John Quillin Tilson (April 5, 1866-August 14, 1958) was a Republican politician in the United States, on both state and national levels, and a lawyer. Tilson was born in Clearbranch, Tennessee, on April 5, 1866. He attended both public and private schools in nearby Flag Pond and later at Mars Hill, North Carolina. He went to college at Carson-Newman College, in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1888.
Knut Emil Lundmark (14 June 1889 – 23 April 1958) was a Swedish astronomer, professor of astronomy and head of the observatory at Lund University 1929-1955. Lundmark received his astronomical education at the observatory of Uppsala University. His dissertation (1920) was titled: The relations of the globular clusters and spiral nebulae to the stellar system. In the 1920s he worked at several observatories in the US, mainly Lick Observatory and Mount Wilson Observatory.