Famous Deaths in August 1979

  • Aug 2 Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • Aug 3 Renato Fasano, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 3 Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • Aug 6 Kurt Kasznar, actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • Aug 10 Dick Foran, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 69
  • Aug 10 Walther Gerlach, German Physicist (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90

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Aug 16 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, dies at 68
  • Aug 22 Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • Aug 22 James T Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • Aug 23 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Aug 23 Richard Hearne, actor (Capt Horatio Hornblower), dies at 70
  • Aug 24 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • Aug 24 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • Aug 27 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 27 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British naval officer and statesman, last Voceroy of India (1947), is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland at 79
  • Aug 27 Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered by the IRA at 14
  • Aug 27 Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Simonow, writer, dies
  • Aug 29 Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Samuel I Newhouse Sr., American businessman and publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • Aug 31 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • Aug 31 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75