Famous Deaths 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, 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

Person of interestSharon 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, US 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 Sidney Woolf, English publisher/writer, 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, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano