Famous Deaths on May 5

  • 200 Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
  • 311 Gaius VM Galerius, emperor of Rome, dies at about 50
  • 984 Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1028 Alfonso V, King of Leon/Galicia (999-1028), dies in battle
  • 1194 Casimir II, the Just, grand duke of Poland (1177-94), dies. Born 1138
  • 1219 King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
  • 1309 Charles II, the Lame, King of Naples (1285-1309), dies
  • 1504 Anton of Burgundy, the Great Bastard, knight, dies at about 82
  • 1525 Frederik III, the Wise, ruler of Saxon (1486-1525), dies at 62
  • 1582 Charlotte de Bourbon, Princess of Orange, dies
  • 1586 Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
  • 1604 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1613 Johann Steuerlein, composer, dies at 66
  • 1672 Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
  • 1678 Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet/spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
  • 1702 Jacob Hintze, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1705 Leopold I von Hapsburg, Emperor of Holy Roman Empire, dies at 64
  • 1766 Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • 1786 Pedro III, King of Portugal, dies
  • 1801 Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt, Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 74
  • 1808 Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (b. 1757)
  • 1811 Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (b. 1734)

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1821 Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and Emperor of the French (1804-14, 1815), dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena, officially from stomach cancer but rumours of arsenic poisoning persist

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1827 Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (1806-27), dies at 76
  • 1831 Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, composer, dies at 65
  • 1837 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer/bandmaster, dies at 85
  • 1840 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, composer, dies at 67
  • 1840 Matthaus Fischer, composer, dies at 76
  • 1855 Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  • 1859 Peter G L Dirichlet, German mathematician, dies at 53
  • 1864 Alexander Hays, US Union-general-major, dies in battle at 44
  • 1864 John Marshall Jones, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 43
  • 1864 Leroy A Stafford, US Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at 42
  • 1875 Jan A C A van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Dutch MP (1848-75), dies at 71
  • 1885 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • 1886 Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61
  • 1892 Jan Nepomuk Skroup, composer, dies at 80
  • 1892 August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 1896 Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
  • 1900 Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
  • 1902 Bret Harte, writer, dies at 65
  • 1909 Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
  • 1921 Alfred H Fried, Austrian/German pacifist (Nobel 1911), dies
  • 1927 Charles Boissevain, editor in chief (General Trade 1885-1908), dies
  • 1931 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1941 Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  • 1942 Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • 1945 Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
  • 1945 Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • 1947 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1951 Eddie Dunn, comedian (Face to Face, Spin the Picture), dies at 54

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1951 Leo Diegel, American golfer, dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1956 Charles R Gallas, lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
  • 1957 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74

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1959 Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, dies at 80

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
  • 1960 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • 1962 Ernest Tyldesley, cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies
  • 1963 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • 1963 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • 1968 Albert Dekker, dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • 1969 Ben Alexander, actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
  • 1971 Alice Tissot, actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1971 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • 1971 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • 1972 Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
  • 1976 Thomas Burnett Swann, sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
  • 1977 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • 1978 Alfred H H Gilligan, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • 1979 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • 1980 Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
  • 1981 Bobby Sands, IRA activist/terrorist dies in the 66th day of his hunger strike aged 26
  • 1983 John Williams, actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
  • 1983 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (b. 1901)
  • 1985 Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • 1986 Jon William Haussermann Jr, composer, dies at 76
  • 1986 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • 1988 George Rose, actor (Devil's Disciple, Hideaways), dies at 68
  • 1988 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • 1988 Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • 1989 Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • 1991 William De Acutis, dies at 33
  • 1992 Ben Frommer, dies at 78
  • 1992 Dick Yarmy, dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1992 Jean-Claude Pascal, French actor (Golden Salamander), dies at 64
  • 1992 Stefano d'Arrigo, Siciilian writer, dies at 72
  • 1993 Balak Brahmachari, [Marxist Godman], Indies guru, dies at 73
  • 1993 Irving Howe, US writer/critic (Dissent), dies at 72
  • 1993 Lenore Kingston Jenson, dies of cancer at 79
  • 1994 Hein Salomonson, architect, dies at about 83
  • 1994 Joe Layton, director (Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip), dies at 63
  • 1995 Anthony Wagner, genealogist, dies at 86
  • 1995 Bernard Benjamin Gillis, judge, dies at 89
  • 1995 Esther Waterhouse, doctor/methodist, dies at 86
  • 1995 James Pack, naval officer museum curator, dies at 81
  • 1995 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, engineer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Mikhail Moseyevich Botvinnik, world chess champ, dies
  • 1995 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
  • 1996 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, dies at 86
  • 1996 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • 1997 Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
  • 2000 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (b. 1914)
  • 2001 Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher
  • 2002 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs. (b. 1904)
  • 2002 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • 2004 José Maceda, Filipino composer, dies at 87
  • 2006 Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Theodore Harold Maiman, Inventor (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • 2011 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2015 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63