On This Day

Deaths in History in August 1977

Person of interestFrancis Gary Powers

Aug 1 Francis Gary Powers, American spy captured by the USSR after his U-2 spy was shot plane in 1959, dies in a helicopter crash at 47

Pilot and Spy Francis Gary Powers
Pilot and Spy
Francis Gary Powers
  • Aug 3 Makarios III [Michail Mouskos], Greek Cypriot clergyman and politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 4 Edgar Adrian, English physiologist (Nobel 1932-function of neurons), dies at 87
  • Aug 4 Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • Aug 11 John Howard Lawson, American scriptwriter and playwright (Blockade, Algiers, Sahara), dies at 82
  • Aug 13 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies
  • Aug 14 Alexander Luria, Russian neuropsychologist (Higher Cortical Functions in Man), dies at 75
  • Aug 24 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), dies at 65
  • Aug 26 H. A. Rey, American author of popular constellation book, dies at 78