On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1971

  • Aug 1 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open, 1911-12), dies of heart failure at 79 [1]
  • Aug 2 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher, dies at 77
  • Aug 5 Josef Stanislav, Czech composer, and pedagogue, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 King Curtis [Ousley], American Grammy Award-winning R&B, rock, jazz, and session saxophonist bandleader ("Memphis Soul Stew"; Aretha Franklin; John Lennon), murdered during an argument with a vagrant outside of his NYC home at 37
  • Aug 14 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59

Paul Lukas

Aug 15 Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (Kim, Berlin Express), dies of heart failure at 76

  • Aug 15 Thomas Wayne, American rockabilly singer ("Tragedy"), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Aug 16 Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • Aug 16 Spyros Skouras, Greek-born American movie executive (20th Century Fox), dies at 78
  • Aug 17 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies from a heart ailment at 65
  • Aug 17 Wilhelm List, German field marshal during WWII, convicted of war crimes, dies at 91
  • Aug 19 Mary Browne, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-14), dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Walther Victor, German writer, dies at 76
  • Aug 20 Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • Aug 21 George Jackson, US prisoner, shot to death at 29
  • Aug 23 Gisela Hern├índez [Gonzalo], Cuban composer, and educator dies at 58
  • Aug 23 Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64
  • Aug 23 The original Shamu, Sea World orca
  • Aug 25 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician (Is Everybody Happy?), dies of lung failure at 81
  • Aug 26 Francesco Santoliquido, Italian composer, dies at 88
  • Aug 27 Bennett Cerf, American publisher (Random House) and panelist (What's My Line), dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Margaret Bourke-White, American photographer, 1st female LIFE staff photographer, dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Aug 27 Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong, American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 73
  • Aug 28 Nathan Leopold, US kidnapper and murderer of Bobby Franks (1924), dies at 66