Famous Deaths in May 1940

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May 3 Henry Ossian Flipper, American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • May 7 George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
  • May 10 Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • May 14 Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • May 14 Emma Goldman, US anarchists/feminist/author (Living My Life), dies
  • May 14 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • May 14 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • May 15 Joseph Limburg, liberal 2nd-Member of parliament (1905-19), dies at 75
  • May 15 Willem A Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • May 20 Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies
  • May 20 Joris [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies
  • May 23 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • May 25 Joe De Grasse, American film director (b. 1873)
  • May 28 Randle Ayrton, actor (Manx Man), dies at 70
  • May 28 Theodor Streicher, composer, dies at 65
  • May 28 Walter Connolly, actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies at 53
  • May 28 Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • May 30 Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104