On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 2004

  • Aug 1 Philip Abelson, American physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 91
  • Aug 2 Don Tosti, American musician (b. 1923)
  • Aug 2 François Craenhals, Belgian comics artist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 4 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal Board and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79

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Aug 6 Rick James, American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and cardiac failure at 56

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  • Aug 7 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter (b. 1915)
  • Aug 7 Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • Aug 8 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), dies at 96
  • Aug 8 Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 9 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • Aug 9 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, dies at 86
  • Aug 9 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura, Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 12 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • Aug 12 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Aug 13 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), dies at 91

  • Aug 14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • Aug 14 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), dies at 93
  • Aug 14 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Semiha Berksoy, first Turkish opera singer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 15 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 15 Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1916)
  • Aug 16 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • Aug 16 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 16 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 16 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), dies at 83
  • Aug 17 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 17 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, dies at 85
  • Aug 17 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44
  • Aug 18 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (The Magnificent Seven, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Age Of innocence, Thoroughly Modern Mille), dies at 82
  • Aug 18 Hiram Fong, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Hawaii), dies at 97
  • Aug 21 Isaäc Arend Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer and Minister of Education, dies at 88
  • Aug 22 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • Aug 22 Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director, dies at 83
  • Aug 22 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, dies at 81
  • Aug 24 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 24 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), dies at 60
  • Aug 25 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), dies at 81
  • Aug 26 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 47
  • Aug 27 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 57
  • Aug 29 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 30 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), dies at 97
  • Aug 30 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • Aug 31 Carl Wayne, English singer and actor (The Move), dies at 61