On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1954

  • Aug 1 Charles-A Cingria, writer, dies
  • Aug 2 Rene Amengual, Chilean pianist, composer and educator, dies at 42


Aug 3 Colette [Sidonie-Gabrielle], French novelist (Vagabonde), dies at 81

  • Aug 6 Theo Van Reijn, Dutch sculptor and lithograph, dies at 70
  • Aug 8 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), dies at 67
  • Aug 11 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-American mobster, dies at 68
  • Aug 13 Hermann W. S. Waltershausen, German musicologist and composer, dies at 71

Hugo Eckener

Aug 14 Hugo Eckener, German inventor and commander of the famous Graf Zeppelin during its record-setting flights, dies at 86

  • Aug 17 Billy Murray, American singer (Denver Nightengale), dies at 77
  • Aug 19 Alcide de Gasperi, 30th Prime Minister of Italy (1945-53), dies at 73

Getulio Vargas

Aug 24 Getulio Vargas, President of Brazil (1930-45, 1951-54), modernizer and dictator, commits suicide at 71