On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1953

  • May 4 Edward Shanks, British poet and critic, dies at 60
  • May 4 T. Tertius Noble, English composer, dies at 85
  • May 7 Ormy Pearse, South African cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies at 68
  • May 11 Jean Adair, Canadian actress, dies at 80
  • May 14 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/American painter/etcher, dies at 59

Person of interestDjango Reinhardt

May 16 Django Reinhardt, Belgium born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer considered the most significant European Jazz musician, dies at 43

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Jazz Guitarist
Django Reinhardt
  • May 17 Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer and conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 73
  • May 18 Tom Killick, English cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies at 69
  • May 19 Damaso Berenguer, Spanish soldier and politician (122nd Prime Minister of Spain), dies at 79
  • May 22 Vaclav Klicka, Czech composer, dies at 70
  • May 24 Cor Hermus, Dutch actor, director and writer (Bleeke Bet, William of Orange, Jantes), dies at 63
  • May 27 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years), dies at 84
  • May 28 Hori Tatsuo, Japanese writer (b. 1904)
  • May 29 Man Mountain Dean [Frank Simmons Leavitt], American professional wrestler, dies at 61
  • May 30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • May 30 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), dies of natural causes at 67