On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1928

  • May 1 Raoul Servais, Belgian cartoonist/pres (l'ASIFA)
  • May 1 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • May 3 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), born in Spencer, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • May 3 Jeanne Bal, American actress (Pat-Love & Marriage, Star Trek- The Man Trap), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1996)

Person of interestBetsy Rawls

May 4 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Women's Open: 1951, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Person of interestHosni Mubarak

May 4 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011) who was ousted during the Arab spring, born in Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt (d. 2020)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • May 4 Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter (Roulette), born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2006)
  • May 4 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1961)
  • May 5 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter (The Anderson Platoon), born in Chamalieres, France (d. 2012)
  • May 5 Marshall Grant, American bassist (Johnny Cash's Tennessee Two), born in Bryson City, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • May 6 Robert Poujade, French politician (Mayor of Dijon 1971-2001), born in Moulins, France
  • May 7 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • May 7 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • May 8 Theodore Sorenson, American presidential advisor to JFK and author (Kennedy), born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 2010)
  • May 8 William Jay Sydeman, American avant-garde composer, born in New York City
  • May 9 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Páll Pampichier Pálsson, Austrian-Icelandic composer, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1966)
  • May 9 (Richard) "Pancho" González, American tennis player (US Open, 1948-49; Wimbledon & French Open Doubles, 1949), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • May 9 Ralph Goings, American painter
  • May 10 Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
  • May 11 Yaacov Agam, Israeli sculptor
  • May 11 Brother Andrew, Dutch missionary
  • May 12 Manuel Lujan Jr, American politician (Rep-R-NM, 1969-89), born in San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico (d. 2019)
  • May 12 Burt Bacharach, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer ("I'll Never Fall in Love Again"; "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"; Promises, Promises"), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 12 Henry Cosby,American songwriter, musician and producer for Motown ("Tears of a Clown"; "For Once In My Life"), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • May 12 Ivan Král, Czech-American bass player, songwriter, record producer (Patti Smith; Iggy Pop; John Waite), in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic) (d. 2020)
  • May 13 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 2013)
  • May 13 Enrique Bolaños, President of Nicaragua
  • May 13 Jim Shoulders, Champion rodeo cowboy (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Will "Dub" Jones, American bass singer (The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • May 14 Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch scientist and inventor

Person of interestBilly Martin

May 16 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • May 16 Reginald Askew, dean (King's College London)
  • May 16 Hiroshi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, doctor (WHO Director-General, 1988-98), (d. 2013)
  • May 17 Donald Cameron Watt, historian
  • May 17 Ian Griggs, bishop (Ludlow)
  • May 17 Vivian Moses, biotechnologist
  • May 18 Peter Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral who served on submarines, born in Stoke-on-Trent, England (d. 2020)
  • May 18 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Bonanza - "Adam"; Trapper John, M.D.), born in Waycross, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • May 19 Colin Chapman, English automotive engineer and founder of Lotus Cars, born in Richmond (d. 1982)

Person of interestDolph Schayes

May 19 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72)) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • May 20 David Berriman, CEO (Rose Thomson Young group of Lloyds Trustees)
  • May 21 Alice Drummond, American actress (Awakenings), born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 2016)
  • May 22 Roscoe Robinson, American gospel and soul singer, born in Dermott, Arkansas

Person of interestT. Boone Pickens

May 22 T. Boone Pickens, American business person and oil tycoon (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co) known as the 'Oracle of Oil', born in Holdenville, Oklahoma (d. 2019)

Businessman and Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens
Businessman and Oil Tycoon
T. Boone Pickens
  • May 23 Nigel Davenport, British actor (Without a Clue, Masada), born in Cambridge, England (d. 2013)
  • May 23 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • May 23 Rosemary Clooney, American singer ("Come On-a My House"), and actress (White Christmas), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 2002)
  • May 23 Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They're Happy; An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
  • May 23 Pauline Julien, Canadian singer-songwriter, social and political activist, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec (d. 1998)
  • May 24 Peter Griffiths, British politician (C), controversially won his seat (1964), born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire (d. 2013)
  • May 24 William Trevor, Irish writer (Children of Dynmouth, Fools of Fortune), born in Mitchelstown, Ireland (d. 2016)
  • May 25 Frigyes Hidas, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2007)
  • May 25 Mary Tuck, British social researcher and civil servant (d. 1996)

Person of interestJack Kevorkian

May 26 Jack Kevorkian, American pathologist and right-to-die activist, born in Pontiac, Michigan (d. 2011)

Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist Jack Kevorkian
Pathologist and Right-To-Die Activist
Jack Kevorkian
  • May 27 Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer (Mary Queen of Scots, Pontalba), born in Barnton, Edinburgh
  • May 28 Albert Booth, British government minister
  • May 29 Felix Rohatyn, American investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds), born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 29 Freddie Redd, American hard-bop jazz pianist, organist, and composer, born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021)
  • May 29 Sandy Mosse, American jazz tenor saxophonist, and bandleader (Pieces of Eight), born in Detroit, Michigan, (d. 1983)
  • May 30 John Keith Wright, English economist, Assistant Secretary of State (1971-84)
  • May 30 Agnès Varda, Belgium-born French director (Vagabond), born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 2019)
  • May 30 Pro Hart, Australian artist (d. 2006)
  • May 30 Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, born in 's-Graveland, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • May 31 Jacob Lateiner, Cuban-American concert pianist, and professor (Juilliard School, 1966-2010), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2010)
  • May 31 Pankaj Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad)
  • May 31 Derek Ufton, English soccer defender (1 cap; Charlton Athletic), manager (Plymouth Argyle) and cricket wicketkeeper (Kent), born in Crayford, England (d. 2021)

About May 1928

How Old? 93 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: Yes

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