ⓘ List of Spanish flu cases. The January 1918 – December 1920 flu pandemic is commonly referred to as the Spanish flu. To maintain morale, wartime censors minimiz ..


ⓘ List of Spanish flu cases

The January 1918 – December 1920 flu pandemic is commonly referred to as the Spanish flu.

To maintain morale, wartime censors minimized early reports of illness and mortality in Germany, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the French Third Republic, and the United States. Papers were free to report the epidemics effects in neutral Restoration-era Spain such as the grave illness of King Alfonso XIII. This created a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit, thereby giving rise to the pandemics nickname, "Spanish Flu".


1. Fatalities

Listed alphabetically by surname

  • Randolph Bourne, American progressive writer and public intellectual, December 22, 1918
  • Ivan Cankar, Slovenian Writer, December 11, 1918
  • "Admiral" Dot October 28, 1918, American circus performer under P. T. Barnum
  • Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves, Brazilian re-elected president, died before taking office January 16, 1919
  • Julian LEstrange English stage and screen actor October 22, 1918
  • Louis Botha, first Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa August 27, 1919
  • Johnny Aitken, American auto racer, lead first lap of the first Indianapolis 500 October 15, 1918
  • Turki I bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, eldest son of Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia 1919
  • Anaseini Takipō, Queen Dowager of Tonga November 26, 1918
  • King Watzke, American violinist and bandleader, 1920
  • Myrtle Gonzalez, American film actress October 22, 1918
  • Harold Lockwood, American silent film star, October 19, 1918
  • Hans E. Lau, Danish astronomer, October 16, 1918
  • Guillaume Apollinaire, French poet November 9, 1918
  • Reggie Schwarz, South African cricketer and rugby player November 18, 1918
  • Egon Schiele, Austrian painter October 31, 1918, Vienna
  • Kate Carmack, founder of the Klondike Gold Rush March 29, 1920
  • Dudley John Beaumont, husband of the Dame of Sark November 24, 1918

2. In utero effects

Children of women who were pregnant during the pandemic ran the risk of lifelong effects. One in three of the more than 25 million who contracted the flu in the United States was a woman of childbearing age. A study of US census data from 1960 to 1980 found that the children born to this group of women had more physical ailments and a lower lifetime income than those born a few months earlier or later. The study also found that persons born in states with more severe exposure to the pandemic experienced worse outcomes than persons born in states with less severe exposures.


3. Notable survivors

  • Wilhelm II, German Emperor 1859–1941
  • David Lloyd George 1863–1945, British prime minister
  • Woodrow Wilson 1856–1924, American president
  • Mary Pickford 1892–1979, American film actress
  • Katherine Anne Porter 1890–1980, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer
  • Georgia OKeeffe 1887–1986, American modernist painter
  • Peter Fraser 1884–1950, New Zealand prime minister
  • Walter Benjamin 1892–1940 German-Jewish philosopher and Marxist literary critic
  • Raymond Chandler 1888–1959, American novelist and screenwriter
  • Jim Jordan 1896–1988, American actor best known as Fibber McGee
  • Walt Disney 1901–1966, cartoonist
  • Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1879–1952, Queen of Denmark
  • Lillian Gish 1893–1993, American early motion picture actress
  • Edvard Munch 1863–1944, Norwegian painter
  • Leo Szilard 1898–1964, nuclear physicist, discoverer of the nuclear chain reaction
  • John J. Pershing 1860–1948, American general
  • Franz Kafka 1883–1924, German-speaking Jewish author
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt 1882–1945, American president
  • Joseph Joffre 1852–1931, French World War I general, victor of the Marne
  • Prince Maximilian of Baden 1867–1929, Chancellor of Germany during the armistice
  • Haile Selassie I 1892–1975, Emperor of Ethiopia
  • Alfonso XIII of Spain 1886–1941, King of Spain