Birthdays in History in May 1926

  • May 1 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • May 2 Gérard D. Lévesque, Quebec politician (d. 1993)
  • May 4 Gerlind Reinshagen, German writer, born in Konigsberg
  • May 4 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • May 6 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises)/British Maj-Gen
  • May 6 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician, co-founder of the Parti Québécois (d. 2006)
  • May 8 Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
  • May 8 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d.2011)
  • May 9 Alistair MacFarlane, principal (Heriot-Watt University England)
  • May 9 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • May 9 Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • May 9 Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)
  • May 10 Duncan Watson, president (World Blind Union)
  • May 10 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (d. 2002)
  • May 11 Ernest Harrison, CEO (Racal Electronics)
  • May 12 Earl Hutto, Panama City Fla, (Rep-D-FL, 1979- )
  • May 12 Mervyn M Dymally, (Rep-D-CA, 1981- )
  • May 13 Wallace Breem, British author
  • May 13 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, born in Crump, Tennessee (d. 1968)
  • May 15 Anthony Shaffer, Engish playwright (Sleuth), twin brother to Peter, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • May 15 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)
  • May 17 Cicely Berry, voice director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • May 17 David Young, Lt-Gen/CEO (Cairn Tech)
  • May 17 David Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, Lord Chamverlain to Queen Elizabeth, born in London
  • May 17 Geoffrey Caston, vice chancellor (U of South Pacific)
  • May 19 Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
  • May 20 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter
  • May 21 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)
  • May 26 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian author
  • May 30 Christine Jorgensen, pioneer transsexual (born George William Jorgensen, Jr)
  • May 30 James Whitman McLamore, businessman
  • May 31 Derek Birley, founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster
  • May 31 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)