On This Day

Famous Deaths 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 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

Person of interestDmitri Shostakovich

Aug 9 Dmitri Shostakovich, Russian composer (The Gadfly), dies of lung cancer at 68

  • Aug 11 Anthony C McAuliffe, US gen/commandant 101st div (Nuts!), 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

MurderSheikh 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

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Aug 15 Clay Shaw, alleged John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracist & businessman (b. 1913)
  • 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 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • Aug 19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • Aug 23 Hank Patterson, American actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Charles H Revson, US cosmetic magnate, dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, dies at 75
  • Aug 25 John R Dunning, US physicist, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Cullen Landis, American actor (Soul of the Beast), dies at 80

Person of interestHaile Selassie

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

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • Aug 28 Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)

Person of interestÉamon de Valera

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

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