Famous Deaths in August 1978

  • Aug 2 Carlos Chavez y Ramires, Mexican composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 2 Satomi Myodo, Zen nun/attendant of Hakuun Yasutani Roshi, dies at 82
  • Aug 2 Totie Fields, [Sophie Feldman], comedienne, dies at about 48
  • Aug 3 Ezzedin Kalak, Palestinian PLO representative in Paris, murdered
  • Aug 5 Queenie Smith, actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • Aug 6 Edward Durrell Stone, US architect, dies at 76
  • Aug 6 Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], (1963-78), dies at 80
  • Aug 7 Franz Alphons Wolpert, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 9 James G Cozzens, US writer (Guard of Honor, Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Johan Daisne, [Thiery], Belgian writer (Lago Maggiore), dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Nicolas Bentley, British writer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 15 Harrison Kerr, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 16 Alidius WL Tjarda van Stachouwer, gov-gen of Neth Indies, dies at 90
  • Aug 20 Ivan Jirko, Czech composer, music critic and psychiatrist, dies at 51
  • Aug 20 Petros John Petridis, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 21 Charles Eames, US chair manufacturer, dies at 71
  • Aug 21 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (44 Tests for India, 2,109 runs), dies
  • Aug 22 Ignazio Silone, Italian author (Fontamara, Pane e vino), dies at 78

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Aug 22 Jomo Kenyatta, 1st premier of Kenya (1963-78), dies at 83

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • Aug 24 Louis Prima, American singer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Charles Boyer, actor (Gaslight, Rogues), dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 26 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer (b. 1916)
  • Aug 27 Robert Shaw, actor (Dan-Buccaneers), dies of heart attack at 51
  • Aug 28 Bruce Catton, US historian/writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • Aug 31 John Wrathall, President of Rhodesia (b. 1913)