Deaths in History in August 1979

  • Aug 3 Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • Aug 8 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • 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 22 Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • Aug 22 James T Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • Aug 24 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • Aug 24 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • Aug 26 Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • 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 28 Simonow, writer, dies