On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1969

  • Aug 2 Clarence Dickinson, American composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 6 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 7 Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7 Russ Morgan, American orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, dies at 73
  • Aug 9 Abigail Folger, American coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered
  • Aug 9 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • Aug 9 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderSharon Tate

Aug 9 Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Aug 9 Voyteck Freykowski, American director, murdered
  • Aug 9 Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • Aug 9 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist, murdered by Manson family at 35
  • Aug 9 Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

Person of interestCecil Frank Powell

Aug 9 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • Aug 10 Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10 Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)

  • Aug 12 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14 Leonard Woolf, English author and husband of Virginia Woolf, dies at 88
  • Aug 14 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), dies from a blood clot at 58
  • Aug 15 Stijn Streuvels [Frank Lateur], Flemish writer (De Vlaschaard), dies at 97
  • Aug 16 Russell "Russ" Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster, It Conquered the World), dies at 59
  • Aug 17 Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, German-American architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • Aug 17 Philip Blaiberg, after 19 days with artificial heart, dies
  • Aug 18 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 18 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • Aug 18 Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81
  • Aug 27 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • Aug 27 Erika Mann, German-American author (Other Germany) and daughter of Thomas Mann, dies at 63
  • Aug 27 Henri EJA de Page, Belgian lawyer, dies
  • Aug 27 Ivy Compton-Burnett, English novelist (Manservant and Maidservant), dies at 85
  • Aug 28 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), dies at 74
  • Aug 31 Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), dies at 72

Person of interestRocky Marciano

Aug 31 Rocky Marciano, American boxer (undefeated world heavyweight champion 1952-56), dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano