Famous Deaths in May 1981

  • 1st Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • 5th Bobby Sands, IRA activist/terrorist dies in the 66th day of his hunger strike aged 26
  • 7th Mieczyslaw Kolinski, composer, dies at 79
  • 8th Margaret Lindsay, actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies at 70
  • 8th Maurice Fernandes, cricket captain (WI in 1st Test win, 1930 v Eng), dies
  • 9th C E "Nip" Pellew, cricketer (10 Tests 484 runs at 37), dies
  • 9th Nelson Algren, US writer (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
  • 9th Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)

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11th Bob Marley, reggae singer, dies of brain & lung cancer at 36

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  • 11th Hoyt J Fuller, editor (1st World magazine), dies at 57
  • 12th Benjamin Sheares, President of Singapore (1971-81), dies at 73
  • 13th Carl Weinrich, composer, dies at 76
  • 16th Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (b. 1922)
  • 17th Hugo Freidhofer, composer, dies at 80
  • 17th Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1st US woman free balloon pilot, dies
  • 18th Arthur O'Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, 2nd Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • 18th William Saroyan, US stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72
  • 21st Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
  • 21st Patsy O'Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • 21st Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • 23rd George Jessel, US comic/toastmaster (Diary of Young Comic), dies at 83
  • 23rd Rayner Heppenstall, English novelist (d. 1911)
  • 23rd David Lewis, Canadian labour lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • 24th George Jessel, actor (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 83
  • 24th Jack Warner, [Waters], actor (Captive Heart), dies at 84
  • 25th Rosa Ponselle, US singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies at 84
  • 25th Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 25th Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)
  • 28th Mary Lou Williams, African American musician, dies at 71 in Durham NC
  • 28th Stefan Wyszynski, Polish Cardinal, dies
  • 30th Ziaur Rahmen, President of Bangladesh, is assassinated
  • 30th Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1955)