Famous Deaths in August 1981

  • 1st Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • 1st Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer, dies at 49
  • 3rd Robert Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered
  • 4th Melvyn Douglas, [Hesselberg], actor (Woman's Face, Hud), dies at 80
  • 14th Dudley Nourse, cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies
  • 14th Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor (b. 1894)
  • 17th Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • 18th Anita Loos, US (stage)author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 88
  • 19th Jessie Matthews, actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • 21st Hermann Schey, German/Neth singer, dies at 85
  • 26th Lee Hays, rocker, dies of a heart attack
  • 26th Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (ACLU), dies at 97
  • 27th Joan Edwards, singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62
  • 27th Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 28th Béla Guttman, Hungarian footballer (b. 1900)
  • 29th Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89
  • 30th Mohammad Ali Rajai, president of Iran, assassinated by a bomb
  • 30th Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister of Iran, assassinated by a bomb

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30th Vera-Ellen, actress (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

Actress Vera-Ellen
  • 31st Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82
  • 31st Victor Trumper Jr, cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies