Famous People Who Died in August 1975

  • Aug 1 Howard Joslin, American actor (Quebec, Detective Story), dies at 68
  • Aug 3 Ruth Lee, actress (Middleton Family at 1939 World's Fair), dies at 79
  • Aug 4 John Baragrey, American actor (Creeper, The Loves of Carmen), dies of a stroke at 57
  • Aug 8 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), dies at 66
  • Aug 8 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), dies of a stroke at 46
  • Aug 11 Anthony McAuliffe, American general and commander of the 101st Airborne Division celebrated for his reply of "Nuts!" to a German surrender ultimatum, dies at 77
  • Aug 11 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliographer (founder Boekengids), dies at 87
  • Aug 15 Clay Shaw, American businessman and alleged John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracist, dies of lung cancer at 61

AssassinationSheikh Mujibur Rahman

Aug 15 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founding father of Bangladesh, 1st and 4th President of Bangladesh (1971-72, 1975-76), assassinated in military coup by group of junior army officers at 55

  • Aug 17 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • Aug 19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • Aug 19 Jim Londos, Greek-American wrestler, dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Mark Donohue, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1972), dies from injuries suffered in a crash during a practice run in Graz, Austria at 38
  • Aug 23 Hank Patterson, American actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Charles H Revson, American cosmetic magnate (Revlon), dies at 68
  • Aug 25 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, dies at 75
  • Aug 25 John R Dunning, US physicist, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 (James) Cullen Landis, American silent and sound screen actor (Soul of the Beast; Peacock Feathers), and director, dies at 79
  • Aug 26 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 27 Bob Scholl, American doo-wop vocalist (Mello-Kings - "Tonite, Tonite"), dies in a boating accident at 41

Haile Selassie

Aug 27 Haile Selassie [Ras Tafari Makonnen], Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74), dies of suspected assassination by strangulation at 83

  • Aug 28 Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)

Éamon de Valera

Aug 29 Éamon de Valera, Irish politician (President of Ireland (1937-48, 51-54, 57-59), dies at 92

  • Aug 29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • Aug 31 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24