On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1930

  • May 1 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • May 1 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1952, 54–59; Pro Bowl 1952, 54–58; NFL 1950s All Decade Team), born in Trinity, Texas (d. 2011)
  • May 1 Richard Riordan, mayor of Los Angeles (R, 1993-2001), born in NYC, New York
  • May 2 Marco Pannella, Italian politician and activist, born in Teramo (d. 2016)
  • May 3 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, born in Buenos Aires (d. 2014)
  • May 4 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-85), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 2017)
  • May 4 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, born in Hackney, England (d. 1991)
  • May 4 Katherine Jackson [Kattie B Screws], American matriarch of the Jackson family, born in Clayton, Alabama
  • May 5 Michael J. Adams, USAF pilot (X-15), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1967)
  • May 5 Joyce Collins, American jazz and film and television session pianist, singer, and educator, born in Battle Mountain, Nevada (d. 2010)
  • May 7 Horst Bienek, German writer and director (The First Polka), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (d. 1990)
  • May 7 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • May 8 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • May 8 Heather Harper, Northern Irish operatic soprano (Britten's War Requiem), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 2019)
  • May 8 Alex L. Shigo, Duquesne Pennsylvania, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist known for his study of tree decay and contributions to modern arboricultural practices
  • May 8 Gary Snyder, American beat poet (Turtle Island - Pulitzer Prize, 1975; Rip Rap and Cold Mountain Poems), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 9 Joan Sims, British actress ("Carry on" films, As Time Goes By), born in Laindon, Essex, England (d. 2001)
  • May 10 June Knox-Mawer, British radio host/novelist (World of Islands)

Person of interestPat Summerall

May 10 Pat Summerall, American NFL player (NY Giants) and CBS sportscaster, born in Lake City, Florida (d. 2013)

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • May 10 Scott Muni, American radio DJ (d. 2004)
  • May 11 Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Caribbean poet (Born to Slow Horses) and academic, born in Bridgetown, Barbados (d. 2020)
  • May 11 M J Hamlin, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Dundee University)
  • May 11 Stanley L Elkin, American writer/professor (Living End), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 11 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (d. 2002)
  • May 11 Bud Ekins, American stuntman (d. 2007)
  • May 11 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist (W.P. Carey & Co. LLC), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • May 11 Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), born in Edgware, England (d. 2017)
  • May 12 Pat McCormick, American diver (4 x Olympic gold women's springboard & platform 1952, 56), born in Seal Beach, California
  • May 13 (Maurice) "Mike" Gravel, American politician (US Senator (D) - Alaska, 1969-81), and peace activist (Pentagon Papers), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • May 13 Vernon Shaw, former president of Dominica
  • May 14 Edward Regan, American Republican politician and Comptroller of New York (1979-93), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • May 14 Phillipo Seed, social work academic
  • May 15 Jasper Johns, painter/sculptor (Green Target), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • May 16 Desmond Langley, British army officer and Governor of Bermuda, born in London (d. 2008)
  • May 16 Don Conicannon, government minister
  • May 16 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • May 16 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)
  • May 18 Barbara Goldsmith, American author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • May 18 Don Leslie Lind, American USN Commander, and pilot, and NASA astronaut (STS-51-B), born in Midvale, Utah
  • May 18 Fred[erick Thomas] Saberhagen, American sci-fi author (Book of Swords)
  • May 18 Warren Rudman, American politician (Sen-R-NH, 1980-93), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • May 19 Hans Kox, Dutch composer (Dorian Gray; Symphony No. 4 - "Tasmanian"), and educator, born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 2019)
  • May 19 Lorraine Hansberry, playwright (Raisin in the Sun)
  • May 20 James McEachin, American actor and author (Perry Mason, Harry-Tenafly), born in Rennert, North Carolina
  • May 20 Robert Bunyard, Commandant (British Police Staff College)

Person of interestMalcolm Fraser

May 21 Malcolm Fraser, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal, 1975-83), born in Toorak, Victoria

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • May 21 Stanley Wells, English scholar of Shakespeare (Shakespeare Institute U of Birmingham), born in Hull, England
  • May 22 Dieuwke de Graaff-Nauta, Dutch politician (State Secretary for the Interior 1986-94), born in Sneek, Netherlands (d. 2008)
  • May 22 Kenny Ball, English jazz musician, born in Ilford, Essex (d. 2013)

Person of interestHarvey Milk

May 22 Harvey Milk, American politician and gay activist, born in Woodmere, New York (d. 1978)

American Politician Harvey Milk
American Politician
Harvey Milk
  • May 22 Marisol (Maria Sol) Escobar, Venezuelan sculptor, born in Paris, France (d. 2016)
  • May 22 LaSalle Leffall Jr., American surgeon, medical educator, and 1st black president of the American Cancer Society (1978), and the American College of Surgeons (1995), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2019)
  • May 23 Richard Anuszkiewicz, American artist 'new wizard of op', born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • May 23 Friedrich Achleitner, German poet
  • May 24 Hans-Martin Linde, German flute and recorder virtuoso, born in Werne, Germany
  • May 24 Ivor Richardson, New Zealand judge (NZ Court of Appeals), born in Ashburton, New Zealand (d. 2014)
  • May 24 Robert Bateman, Canadian naturalist, painter, teacher, and environmentalist, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 25 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • May 27 Eino Tamberg, Estonian composer (Joanna tentata), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 2010)
  • May 27 John Barth, novelist (Sot-Weed Factor)
  • May 27 William S. Sessions, American director of FBI (1987-93), born in Fort Smith, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • May 28 Edward Seaga, PM (Jamaica)
  • May 28 Julian Slade, English popular composer (Salad Days), born in London (d. 2006)
  • May 28 Lawrence "Tricky" Lofton, American jazz trombonist, born in Houston, Texas
  • May 29 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), born in Penang, British Malaya (d. 2013)
  • May 30 David Evatt Tunley, Australian composer, born in Australia
  • May 30 Mark Birley, British nightclub owner (d. 2007)
  • May 30 Robert Ryman, American painter

Person of interestClint Eastwood

May 31 Clint Eastwood, American actor (Dirty Harry)/mayor (Carmel, California), born in San Francisco, California

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
  • May 31 William Taylor, British Chairman of Convocation (London University)

About May 1930

How Old? 91 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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