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Famous People Born in May 1929

  • May 1 Sonny James [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • May 1 Sonny Ramadhin, West Indian cricket spin bowler (43 Tests, 158 wickets), born in St.Charles Village, Trinidad
  • May 2 Edward Levy, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • May 2 Luc Ferrari, French composer, born in Paris (d. 2005)
  • May 2 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), born in Otahuhu, Auckland (d. 2014)
  • May 2 (Fred Lincoln) "Link" Wray, Native American rock guitarist ("Rumble"), born in Dunn, North Carolina (d. 2005)
  • May 3 Hendrik L van Beek, Dutch vice-admiral
  • May 3 Jahanara Imam, Bangladeshi writer and political activist, born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India (d. 1994)

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May 4 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Roman Holiday; Breakfast at Tiffany's; My Fair Lady), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1993)

  • May 4 Sydney M. Lamb, American linguist (Stratificational grammar), born in Denver, Colorado
  • May 5 John S Ragin, American actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2013)
  • May 6 John P. Allen, American engineer, inventor and CEO (Biosphere 2), born in Carnegie, Oklahoma
  • May 6 John Taylor, British bishop (St Albans) and Lord High Almoner to Queen
  • May 6 Rosemary Camp, British archaeologist (Council for British Archaeology)
  • May 6 Leon Hughes, American singer (The Coasters - "Young Blood"), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 6 Hans Beck, German inventor of Playmobil toys, born in Greiz, Germany (d. 2009)
  • May 7 Dick Williams, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (Brooklyn Dodgers) and manager (World Series 1972, 73; Oakland A's), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • May 7 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 7 Babe Parilli, American football player, born in Rochester, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • May 7 Gisèle Rabesahala, Malagasy politician (1st female minister) and human righter activist, born in Antananarivo, Magaascar (d. 2011)
  • May 8 Miyoshi Umeki, Japanese-American actress (Katsumi-Sayonara, Mrs Livingston-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Otaru, Japan (d. 2007)
  • May 8 V N M Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
  • May 8 Claude Castonguay, Quebec politician
  • May 9 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • May 9 Kay Dotrice [Katherine Newman], British actress (Cheech & Chong's The Corsican Brothers), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2007)
  • May 10 Brian Corby, CEO (Prudential)
  • May 10 Robin Hill, 8th Marquess of Downshire, Irish peer and the Hereditary Constable of Hillsborough Fort
  • May 11 Edward Anson, British vice-admiral
  • May 12 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Verdun, Quebec (d. 2015)
  • May 12 Sam Nujoma, Namibian revolutionary and politician, first President of Namibia (1990-2005), born in Ongandjera, Soutwest Africa
  • May 14 Vladimir Antoshin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1964)
  • May 14 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), born in South Kensington, London (d. 2006)
  • May 14 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • May 15 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • May 15 David Healy, American-born actor (Supergirl, Doomsday Gun, Patton), born in NYC, New York (d. 1995)
  • May 15 Frank Evans Heart, American computer engineer (worked on first routing computer for ARPANET, the Internet's predecessor), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2018)
  • May 16 Adrienne Rich, American feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • May 16 John Conyers, American politician (Rep-D-MI, 1965-2017), born in Highland Park, Michigan
  • May 16 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish composer (d. 1987)
  • May 16 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • May 17 Raymond Hide, geophysicist
  • May 17 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 17 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • May 18 John Nicolaas Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair, Transavia, Air Holland), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • May 18 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • May 18 Roger Matton, Canadian composer, born in Granby, Quebec (d. 2004)
  • May 19 Harvey Cox, US theologist (Secular City)
  • May 19 Michael Adamis, Greek electroacoustic music composer, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2013)
  • May 19 John Stroger Chicago politician
  • May 20 Andre Carolus Cirino, Suriname/Indian poet
  • May 21 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • May 21 Charles Wadsworth, American pianist (Lincoln Center), born in Barnesville, Georgia
  • May 21 Paul Winslow, South African cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • May 21 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), born in Hereford, England (d. 2000)
  • May 22 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, born in Kávala, Greece (d. 2015)
  • May 23 Joe Modise, South African commandant of Umkhonto we Sizwe (1965- )
  • May 23 Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (Zulu, One Summer of Happiness), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1982)
  • May 25 Beverly Sills [Belle Miriam Silverman], American operatic soprano, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2007)
  • May 25 David Sturtevant Ruder, 23rd chairman of Security & Exchange Commission, born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • May 25 Warren Frost, American actor (Twin Peaks, Matlock, Seinfeld), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • May 26 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 2013)
  • May 28 Leslie Wight, cricketer (one Test WI v India 1953, scored 21)
  • May 28 Patrick McNair-Wilson, MP
  • May 29 Peter Higgs, English theoretical physicist (Nobel, 2013), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England
  • May 29 Robert Beaser, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 30 Michael Mellinger, German actor (Goldfinger; The Bourne Identity), born in Kochel, Bavaria (d. 2004)
  • May 30 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), born in Washington, D.C.. (d. 2014)
  • May 31 Zoltán Aladár, Transylvanian composer, music critic and teacher (The Goat and the Three Goons), born in Homorodszentmárton, Romania (d. 1978)
  • May 31 Elaine Stewart, American actress and model (The Bad and the Beautiful, Take the High Ground), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • May 31 Neil Shaw, British CEO (Tate & Lyle)

About May 1929

How Old? 92 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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