On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1947

  • May 1 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • May 2 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist (inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector) and writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman), dies at 53
  • May 2 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • May 5 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, dies at 30
  • May 8 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American-born department store founder (b. 1858)
  • May 11 Ture Rangström, Swedish composer, dies at 62
  • May 14 John Ray Sinnock, US chief engraver (1925-47), dies at 59
  • May 16 Frederick Gowland Hopkins, British biochemist (Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 85
  • May 17 George William Forbes, Prime Minister of New Zealand (b. 1869)
  • May 20 Philipp Lenard, Austrian physicist (Nobel 1905), dies at 84
  • May 23 Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Swiss writer (Le Petit Village), dies at 68
  • May 27 Ed Konetchy, American MLB player, dies at 61
  • May 28 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal, dies at 40
  • May 30 Sidney Nicholson, English composer, dies at 72
  • May 30 Georg von Trapp, Austrian WWI submarine commander and inspiration for "The Sound of Music" character, dies at 67
  • May 31 Adrienne Ames, actress (Black Sheep, 24 Hours), dies at 39
  • May 31 Henri Casadesus, French violist/composer (viola d'amour), dies at 67