On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1940

Person of interestHenry Ossian Flipper

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

Soldier and Former Slave Henry Ossian Flipper
Soldier and Former Slave
Henry Ossian Flipper
  • 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 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 Edgar du Perron, Dutch author and poet (Land of Origin), dies at 40
  • 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 [Georges] van Severen, Flem fascist/Member of parliament, dies
  • 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 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 28 Friedrich Karl von Hessen (b. 1868)
  • May 30 Y de Smit-Rog, oldest citizen of Netherlands, dies at 104