Famous Deaths in May 1956

  • May 5 Charles R Gallas, lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
  • May 11 Walter S Adams, US astronomer/director of Mount Wilson, dies at 79
  • May 12 Hendrik P Marchant, Dutch minister of Education, dies at 87
  • May 12 Louis Calhern, dies at 61
  • May 12 Vladimir Ambros, composer, dies at 65
  • May 13 Aleksandr A Fadejev, Russ author (Young Guard), commits suicide at 54
  • May 15 Austin Osman Spare, English magician (b. 1886)
  • May 16 H. B. Reese, American founder of Reese's (b. 1876)
  • May 18 Maurice Tate, cricketer (39 Tests for England, 155 wickets), dies
  • May 20 Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • May 20 Max Beerbohm, English caricaturist, writer and parodist (Saturday Review), dies at 83
  • May 24 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Capt Blood, Babes in Arms), dies at 74
  • May 26 Al Simmons, outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • May 29 Albert H Edelkoort, theologist (Christusverwachting), dies at 65
  • May 29 Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), dies at 73