Famous People Who Died in May 1940

Henry Ossian FlipperHenry Ossian Flipper (1856-1940)

May 3 American soldier, former slave and first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, dies at 84

  • May 7 George Lansbury, British politician, Labour Party Leader and pacifist, dies at 81
  • May 10 Euphemia "Phemia" Molkenboer, Dutch author/poster artist, dies at 56
  • May 14 Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • May 14 Edgar du Perron, Dutch author and poet (Land of Origin), dies at 40
  • May 14 Emma Goldman, American anarchist and author (Living My Life), dies at 70
  • May 14 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • May 14 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • May 14 Willem Johannes Leyds, Dutch-South Africa lawyer and diplomat (State Secretary of the South African Republic), dies at 81
  • May 15 Joseph Limburg, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 73
  • May 15 Willem Adriaan Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • May 20 Amar Singh, Indian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 28 wickets; India's first half-century in Test cricket), dies of pneumonia at 29
  • May 20 Joris van Severen, Flemish politician and founder of the Alliance of Dietsche National Solidarists, dies at 45
  • May 20 Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish poet and novelist (Charles Men, Nobel 1916), dies at 80
  • May 23 Paul Nizan, French journalist/writer (Ce Soir/Aden Arabia), dies at 35
  • May 25 Joe De Grasse, Canadian film director, dies at 67
  • May 28 Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • May 28 Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), dies at 70
  • May 28 Theodor Streicher, Austrian composer, dies at 65
  • May 28 Walter Connolly, American actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies from a stroke at 53
  • May 30 Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104