Famous Deaths in August 1938

  • Aug 2 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, Icelandic composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 3 Alexander Malyschkin, writer, dies
  • Aug 4 L H Perquin, Dutch radio announcer, dies at 73
  • Aug 4 Pearl White, US actress/stunt woman (Perils of Pauline), dies at 49
  • Aug 4 Rudolf Georg Binding, German songwriter and writer (Legenden Der Zeit), dies at 70
  • Aug 6 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Konstantin S Stanislavski, Russian director (S Method), dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), dies at 65
  • Aug 10 Joseph Moorat, composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 12 Ludwig Borchardt, German Egyptologist, dies at 74
  • Aug 14 Hugh Trumble, cricketer (32 Tests for Australia, 141 wickets), dies
  • Aug 14 Jim Kelly, Australian cricketer (36 Tests for Aust 1896-1905, stumped 20), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Landon Ronald, British composer, pianist and teacher (Guildhall School of Music), dies at 65

Person of interestRobert Johnson

Aug 16 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson
  • Aug 16 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and Catholic priest, dies at 1938
  • Aug 25 Aleksandr Kuprin, Russian author (Jama), dies at 67
  • Aug 30 Max Factor, make-up artist and cosmetic manufacturer (b. 1877)