On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1955

  • May 2 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66
  • May 3 Philips C Visser, explorer/ambassador to Moscow, dies
  • May 3 Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer, dies at 64
  • May 4 Georges Enesco, Romanian violinist and composer (Romanian Dances), dies at 73
  • May 4 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
  • May 9 Kate Booth, English Salvationist & evangelist, dies at 97

Person of interestTommy Burns

May 10 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • May 10 John Radecki, Australian stained glass artist, dies at 89
  • May 11 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), dies at 80
  • May 14 Betty Ann Davies, dies at 44
  • May 16 James Agee, American author (African Queen, Death in Family), dies at 45
  • May 17 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • May 17 Francesco Balilla Pratella, composer, dies at 75
  • May 17 Leslie Hylton, Jamaican cricketer and West Indies fast bowler, executed and hanged for murder at 50
  • May 18 Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator (Bethune-Cookman College) and civil rights leader, dies at 79
  • May 26 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), dies in a testing accident at 36
  • May 29 Daniel G van Beuningen, art collector, dies at 78
  • May 31 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), dies in crash in Indianapolis 500 at 36
  • May 31 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95