On This Day

Deaths in History in August 1963

  • Aug 1 Theodore Roethke, American poet (Praise to the end!), dies at 55
  • Aug 2 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, dies at 61
  • Aug 10 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • Aug 10 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • Aug 10 Ernst Wetter, Member of the Swiss Federal Council, dies at 85
  • Aug 14 Clifford Odets, American playwright (1961 Award of Merit-Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • Aug 20 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer, dies at 84
  • Aug 22 William Richard Morris, 1st viscount Nuffield motor manufacturer, dies

W.E.B. Du Bois

Aug 27 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the NAACP, dies at 95 in Accra, Ghana

  • Aug 27 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • Aug 30 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
  • Aug 31 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, dies at 81