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Famous People Born in May 1926

  • May 1 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • May 2 Gérard D. Levesque, Canadian politician, born in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada (d. 1993)
  • May 4 Gerlind Reinshagen, German writer, born in Konigsberg, Germany
  • May 4 Milt Thompson, American astronaut (Dynasoar, X-15), NASA test pilot and chief-engineer, born in Crookston, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • May 5 Ann B Davis, American actress (Bob Cummings Show, Alice-Brady Bunch), born in Schenectady NY, (d. 2014)
  • May 6 John Hamilton-Jones, CEO (Richmond Enterprises) and British Major-General
  • May 6 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2012)
  • May 6 Gilles Grégoire, Quebec politician (co-founder of the Parti Québécois), born in Quebec City, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • May 7 Val Bisoglio, American actor (Lt Marsh-Police Woman, Danny-Quincy ME), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestDavid Attenborough

May 8 David Attenborough, English naturalist, TV producer and host (BBC "Life" and "Our Planet" series), born in London, England

Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality David Attenborough
Natural History Filmmaker and TV Personality
David Attenborough
  • May 8 Don Rickles, comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), born in Queens, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 8 Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
  • May 8 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d.2011)
  • 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 11 Frank Thring, Australian actor (El Cid, Ben-Hur), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1994)
  • May 12 Earl Hutto, American politician (Rep-D-Florida, 1979-95 ), born in Panama City, Florida
  • May 12 Mervyn Dymally, American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1981-93), born in Cedros, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2012)
  • May 13 Wallace Breem, British author (Eagle in the Snow), born in Kingston, England (d. 1990)
  • May 13 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, born in Crump, Tennessee (d. 1968)
  • May 14 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, born in Brno (d. 2011)
  • May 14 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), born in Morecambe, Lancashire (d. 1984)
  • May 15 Anthony Shaffer, Engish playwright (Sleuth), twin brother to Peter, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • May 15 [Jean-Josephat] Clermont Pépin, Canadian pianist and composer (Implosion Symphony), born in Saint-Georges, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • May 15 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)
  • May 16 Jan Zimmer, Slovak composer, born in Ružomberok, North Slovakia (d. 1993)
  • May 17 Cicely Berry, British theatre director (Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • May 17 David Young, Lt-Gen/CEO (Cairn Tech)
  • May 17 David Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie, Scottish peer, Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth, born in London
  • May 17 Geoffrey Caston, vice chancellor (U of South Pacific)
  • May 17 Tenniel Evans, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper), born in Nairobi, Kenya (d. 2009)
  • May 18 Dirch Passer, prolific Danish actor (Going for Broke, Mig og mafiaen), born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1980)

  • May 19 Paul Cooper, American composer, born in Victoria, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • May 19 Swami Kriyananda, Indian teacher and author
  • May 19 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), born in London (d. 2013)
  • May 20 John Lucarotti, scriptwriter
  • May 20 Vic Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1978)
  • May 20 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • May 21 Joseph Horovitz, composer
  • May 21 Rick Jason [Richard Jacobson], American actor (Day of the Wolves, Eagles Attack at Dawn), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • May 21 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)
  • May 24 Len Maddocks, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Australian mid-50's) (d. 2016)
  • May 24 Stanley Baxter, Scottish actor (The Stanley Baxter Moving Picture Show, Crook Anonymous), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 25 Claude Akins, American character actor (B. J. and the Bear, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Movin' On), born in Nelson, Georgia (d. 1994)

Person of interestBill Sharman

May 25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • May 26 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2009)
  • May 26 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2009)

Person of interestMiles Davis

May 26 Miles Davis, American jazz musician, trumpeter and composer, born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1991)

Jazz Musician Miles Davis
Jazz Musician
Miles Davis
  • May 27 [John] Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (open batsman in 9 Tests 1953-56), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • May 29 Charles Denner, French actor (The Bride Wore Black, The Man Who Loved Women), born in Tarnów, Poland (d. 1995)
  • May 30 Christine Jorgensen, pioneer transsexual (born George William Jorgensen, Jr)
  • May 30 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • May 30 James Whitman McLamore, businessman
  • May 31 Derek Birley, founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster
  • May 31 Probir Sen, cricket wicket-keeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)
  • May 31 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man (d. 2008)

About May 1926

How Old? 94 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)