On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1962

  • Aug 1 Leon Kruczkowski, Polish author (Niemcy), dies at 62

Marilyn Monroe

Aug 5 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

Hermann Hesse

Aug 9 Hermann Hesse, German-Swiss novelist and poet (Steppenwolf, Nobel Prize for Literature 1946), dies at 85

  • Aug 9 Lowell Stockman, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon, dies at 61
  • Aug 10 Ted Husing, sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • Aug 14 June Richmond, American jazz singer (Jimmy Dorsey; Cab Calloway; Andy Kirk - "Hey Lawdy Mama"), dies of a heart attack at 47 [1]
  • Aug 15 Lei Feng, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Peter Fechter, East German bricklayer who was shot trying to cross the Berlin Wall at 18
  • Aug 18 Cleo Ridgely, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), dies at 68
  • Aug 19 Kerstin Hesselgren, Swedish politician, 1st woman in Swedish parliament, dies at 90
  • Aug 23 Edmund "Hoot" Gibson, American rodeo champion, western actor, director, and producer (Horse Soldier, Last Outlaw), dies from cancer at 70
  • Aug 23 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • Aug 23 Walter Anderson, German folklorist, dies at 76
  • Aug 24 Henry George Ley, British organist, and choral composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 27 Carlos LavĂ­n, Chilean composer (Lamentaciones Huiliches), and ethno-musicologist, dies at 79