On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1939

  • May 3 [Karl Eduard] Wilhelm Groener, German general, dies at 71
  • May 11 Yevgeny Miller [Eugen Ludwig Müller], Baltic German general and a leader of the anticommunist White Army during and after the Russian Civil War, executed at 71 after being kidnapped in Paris by Soviet intelligence and taken to Moscow where he was tortured and eventually shot
  • May 20 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • May 22 Ernst Toller, German playwright, commits suicide at 45
  • May 22 Jiri Mahen, Czech author (b. 1882)
  • May 25 Joseph Duveen, British art connoisseur (Elgin marbles), dies at 69
  • May 26 Charles Horace Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder (Mayo Clinic), dies at 74
  • May 26 Cornelis J Cutters, supreme commander of Navy (1910-18), dies
  • May 26 Cornelis Jacobus Snijders, Supreme commander of Dutch Navy (1910-18), dies at 86
  • May 27 Joseph Roth, Austria journalist (Fluctuate ohne Ende), dies at 44
  • May 29 Ursula Ledóchowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic saint and foundress of the Ursulines of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, dies of a carcinoma at 74
  • May 30 Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)