On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1949

  • May 6 Arthur Ochse, South African cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies at 49

Person of interestMaurice Maeterlinck

May 6 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian philosopher (Nobel 1911), dies at 86

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • May 6 Kunihiko Hashimoto, Japanese composer, violinist, conductor, and musical educator, dies of gastric cancer at 44
  • May 9 Louis II [Louis HonorĂ© Charles Antoine Grimaldi], Prince of Monaco, dies at 78
  • May 16 William Newzam Prior Nicholson, painter/engraver, dies
  • May 18 James Truslow Adams, American historian (Pulitzer 1921), dies at 70
  • May 20 Randolph West, American biochemist, known for the Dakin-West reaction (b. 1890)
  • May 21 Klaus Mann, German-American author (Mephisto), dies at 42
  • May 22 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), dies at 80
  • May 22 Klaus H T Mann, German/American writer (Turning Point), dies
  • May 24 Alexey Shchusev, Russian-Soviet architect, dies at 75
  • May 25 Simon H Spoor, intelligence officer/general (WWII), dies at 47
  • May 27 Ropert L Ripley, cartoonist (Believe It or Not), dies at 55 in NY