Famous Deaths in August 1979

  • Aug 2 Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • Aug 3 Renato Fasano, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 3 Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • Aug 6 Kurt Kasznar, actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Walter O'Malley, CEO (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • Aug 10 Dick Foran, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 69
  • Aug 10 Walther Gerlach, German Physicist (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90

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Aug 16 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 22 Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • Aug 22 James T Farrell, US writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • Aug 23 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Aug 23 Richard Hearne, actor (Capt Horatio Hornblower), dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • Aug 24 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • Aug 27 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 27 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland
  • Aug 27 Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered at 14
  • Aug 27 Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Simonow, writer, dies
  • Aug 29 Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • Aug 31 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • Aug 31 Sally Rand, stripper, dies at 75