Famous Deaths in August 1959

  • Aug 2 Prospero Bisquertt, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 5 Edgar Guest, US poet/newspaperman, dies at 77
  • Aug 6 Preston Sturges, [Edmund Biden], US director/screenwriter, dies at 60
  • Aug 7 Armas Emmanuel Launis, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Emil Frantisek Burian, composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 12 Mike O'Neill, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • Aug 13 Henry Garat, actor (Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • Aug 15 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)
  • Aug 16 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • Aug 16 Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist (b. 1879)
  • Aug 19 Jacob Epstein, US/English sculptor/painter, dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, dies at 82
  • Aug 28 Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Czech composer (Hry o Marti), dies at 68
  • Aug 31 Charles Delaney, dies at 67