On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1941

  • May 1 Barbara Barendrecht [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
  • May 1 Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • May 2 Jules Wijdenbosch, Surinamese politician, President of Suriname (1996-2000), born in Paramaribo, Surinam
  • May 2 Clay Carroll, American baseball player, born in Clanton, Alabama
  • May 3 Nona Gaprindashvili, Georgian world women's chess champ (1962-78), born in Zugdidi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
  • May 3 Edward Malloy, 16th president of the University of Notre Dame, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 4 David LaFlamme [Gary Posie], American electric rock violinist (It's A Beautiful Day - "White Bird"), born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • May 4 George Will, American political analyst (Night Line), born in Champaign, Illinois
  • May 4 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), born in Fairfield, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • May 5 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • May 5 Terry Baker, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1962, Oregon State), born in Pine River, Minnesota
  • May 5 Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • May 6 Fred J. Eckert, American politician (U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati & Tonga), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 6 Ghena Dimitrova, Bulgarian operatic soprano, born in Pleven, Kingdom of Bulgaria (d. 2005)
  • May 7 Grahame Bilby, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 8 James A Traficant Jr, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1985-2002), born in Youngstown, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • May 8 Jim Mitchum, actor (Blackout, Invincible 6), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • May 8 John Fred [Gourrier], American performer (Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • May 8 Mahmoud Ahmed, Ethiopian singer, born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia [some sources cite May 18]
  • May 9 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • May 9 Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Olympic silver 1960)
  • May 9 Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
  • May 9 Pete Birrell, British rock bassist (Freddie and The Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now") born in Wythenshawe, Cheshire, England
  • May 10 Danny Rapp, rocker (Danny & Juniors - "At The Hop"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • May 10 Ken Berry [Allen Kent Berry], American baseball player (White Sox, Angels, Brewers, Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 10 Win Bischoff, CEO (Schroders)
  • May 11 Eric Burdon, British rock vocalist (Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"; "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"; War - "Spill The Wine"), born in Walker-on-Tyne, England
  • May 11 Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
  • May 11 Graham Miles, English snooker player, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • May 12 Anthony Newman, American harpsichordist and organist (Bhajeb), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 12 Ruud de Wolff, Dutch Indonesian singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), born in Batavia
  • May 13 Joe Brown, British singer, guitarist and ukulele player ("A Picture of You"; "I'll See You In My Dreams"), born in Swarby, England
  • May 13 Ritchie Valens [Valenzuela], American singer ("Donna"; "La Bamba"), born in Pacoima, California (d. 1959)
  • May 13 Senta Berger, Austrian stage and screen actress (Cast a Giant Shadow), born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 14 Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricketer (Pakistani left-handed all-rounder 1958-73)
  • May 15 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • May 15 K. T. Oslin, American country singer (80's Ladies), born in Crossett, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • May 15 Lainie Kazan, singer/actress (Lust in the Dust, Beaches), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 15 Richard Edward Wilson, composer
  • May 16 Maurice Henry Weddington, composer

Person of interestAldrich Ames

May 16 Aldrich Ames, American CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union, born in River Falls, Wisconsin

Soviet Union Spy Aldrich Ames
Soviet Union Spy
Aldrich Ames
  • May 17 David Cope, American composer, born in San Francisco, California
  • May 17 Malcolm Hale, musician (Spanky and Our Gang), born in Butte, Montana (d. 1968)
  • May 17 Ben Nelson. American politician
  • May 17 Grace Zabriskie, American actress
  • May 18 Miriam Margolyes, British-Australian character actress (Babe; Romeo and Juliet), born in Oxford, England
  • May 18 Diane McBain, American actress (Surfside Six, Spinout, Donner Pass), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 18 Malcolm Longair, British physicist (Jacksonian chair at Cavendish Laboratory), born in Dundee, Scotland
  • May 18 Lobby Loyde [John Lyde], Australian rock guitarist and songwriter (The Purple Heart; Wild Cherries; Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs), born in Longreach, Queensland (d. 2007)
  • May 19 Jane Brody, writer/nutritionist
  • May 19 Jimmy Hoffa Jr, son of Jimmy Hoffa/Teamster union leader
  • May 19 Marc-Antonio Consoli, composer
  • May 19 Nora Ephron, NY, novelist/screenwriter/director (Michael, Heartburn), (d. 2012)
  • May 20 Goh Chok Sole, premier of Singapore (1990- )
  • May 20 John Strasberg, American actor
  • May 21 Anatoly Levchenko, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-4), born in Krasnokutsk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (d. 1988)
  • May 21 Ronald Isley, American singer (Isley Brothers - "Twist and Shout"; "This Old Heart Of Mine"), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 21 Martin Carthy, English folk musician, born in Hatfield, Hertfordshire
  • May 22 Paul Winfield, American actor (Star Trek II, Huckleberry Finn, Mars Attack), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • May 22 Sebastian Forbes, British conductor, composer and music professor (The Aeolian Singers), born in Buckinghamshire, England
  • May 22 Menzies Campbell, British politician (Member of Parliament for North East Fife), born in Glasgow
  • May 22 Martha Langbein, German athlete (Olympic silver 1960), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • May 23 Jackson Hill, American composer and educator (Voices of Autumn), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 23 General Norman Johnson, American soul singer, (Chairmen of the Board - "Give Me Just a Little More Time"), and songwriter ("Patches"; "Want Ads"), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2010)
  • May 24 Andrés García, Mexican-Dominican actor (Tiger Shark), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • May 24 Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham, English Labour politician, born in Plympton, Plymouth (d. 2018)

Person of interestBob Dylan

May 24 Bob Dylan [Robert Zimmerman], American singer-songwriter ("Blowin' In The Wind"; "The Times They Are A-Changin'"; "Positively Fourth Street") and cultural icon, born in Duluth, Minnesota

Singer-Songwriter Bob Dylan
Singer-Songwriter
Bob Dylan
  • May 24 Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, born in Berlin (2014)
  • May 24 Martin Mogg, governor (British Durham Prison)
  • May 24 Tony Valentino, Italian-American rock guitarist (Standells - "Dirty Water"), born in Sicily, Italy
  • May 24 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • May 25 Bill Young, rocker, born in Daingerfield, Texas (d. 1999)
  • May 26 Imants Kalniņš, Latvian classical, choral and rock composer ("Hey, You There!"), born in Riga, Latvian SSR
  • May 26 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • May 26 John Kaufman, sculptor
  • May 26 Art Sharp, British rock singer (Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road") born in Woking, Surrey, England
  • May 27 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/author (Mussert)
  • May 27 Davina Phillips, actress
  • May 28 Beth Howland, actress (Vera - Alice, Company), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • May 28 Guntram Vesper, writer
  • May 29 Doug Scott, English mountaineer (first ascent of south-west face of Mount Everest), born in Nottingham, England (d. 2020) [1]
  • May 29 Roy Crewdson, British rock guitarist (Freddie and The Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), born in Manchester, England
  • May 29 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), born in the Bronx, New York (d. 2015)
  • May 31 Gil Morgan, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1998, The Tradition 1997, 98), born in Wewoka, Oklahoma
  • May 31 June Clark, British Professor of Nursing (Middlesex U)
  • May 31 Kenneth Cooper, American harpsichordist, pianist, musicologist, and professor (Barnard College, Brooklyn, NYC ), born in New York City (d.2021)
  • May 31 Louis J. Ignarro, American pharmacologist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • May 31 William Nordhaus, American economist (Nobel Prize 2018, climate change modelling), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

About May 1941

How Old? 80 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Leap Year: No

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