Famous Deaths in May 1980

  • May 2 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • May 2 George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • May 4 Josip Broz Tito, leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), dies at 87
  • May 4 Kay Hammond, British actress (Blithe Spirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies at 71
  • May 5 Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
  • May 12 Lillian Roth, actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies
  • May 14 Hugh Griffith, actor (Passover Plot, Ben Hur, Tom Jones), dies at 67
  • May 14 Wilhelm Weismann, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • May 18 Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)
  • May 18 Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)
  • May 18 David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)
  • May 20 Jack Walsh, cricketer (at Wallsend)/commentator (NBN), dies
  • May 21 Ida Kaminska, actress (Shop on Main Street), dies
  • May 28 Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
  • May 30 Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment