On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1955

  • Aug 2 Rupprecht, last crown prince of Bavaria and German fieldmarshall during WWI, dies at 86
  • Aug 2 Wallace Stevens, American poet (The Auroras of Autumn), dies at 75
  • Aug 2 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 54
  • Aug 3 Lida Durdikova, Czech children's author (Children with extinguished eyes) and publisher (Père Castor), dies at 56
  • Aug 5 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer and actress (Down Argentine Way), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Aug 5 Suzan (Susan) Ball, American actress, dies of cancer at 21
  • Aug 9 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, dies at 57

Thomas Mann

Aug 12 Thomas Mann, German writer (Dr Faustus, Nobel 1929), dies at 80

  • Aug 12 James B. Sumner, American chemist (Nobel 1946 - discovered that enzymes can be crystallized), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Fiske Kimball, American architect and art historian, dies at 66
  • Aug 14 Herbert Putnam, American Librarian of Congress, dies at 93
  • Aug 23 Reginald Tate, British actor (b. 1896)
  • Aug 27 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies

Emmett Till

Aug 28 Emmett Till, American lynching victim, kidnapped and lynched at 14, in Money, Mississippi

  • Aug 28 Bob Gordon, American cool jazz baritone saxophonist, dies in a car accident at 27