On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1959

  • Aug 2 Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 5 Edgar Albert Guest, American poet and newspaperman, dies at 77
  • Aug 6 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), dies at 60
  • Aug 7 Armas Launis, Finnish composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Emil František Burian, Czech author and composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 12 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 81 (b. 1877)
  • Aug 13 Henri Garat, French actor and singer (Les dieux s'amusent, Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • Aug 15 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist, dies at 61
  • Aug 16 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 William Halsey Jr., US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies at 76
  • Aug 16 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), dies at 78

Person of interestClaude Grahame-White

Aug 19 Claude Grahame-White, English aviation pioneer who was the 1st to make a night flight, dies at 79

Aviation Pioneer Claude Grahame-White
Aviation Pioneer
Claude Grahame-White
  • Aug 20 Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, dies at 82
  • Aug 28 Bohuslav Martinů, Czech composer (Hry o Marti), dies at 68
  • Aug 31 Charles Delaney, American actor (Air Police, Lonesome Trail), dies at 67