On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1961

  • May 2 J C White, English cricket spin bowler (15 Tests, 49 wickets; 10-76 Somerset v Worcestershire 1921), dies at 70
  • May 3 Maurice [Jean Jacques] Merleau-Ponty, French philosopher, dies at 53
  • May 4 Anita Stewart, dies of heart attack at 66
  • May 6 Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet (Transcendental censor), dies at 65

Person of interestGary Cooper

May 13 Gary Cooper, 2 time Acad award-winning actor (High Noon), dies at 60

  • May 16 George A. Malcolm, American jurist (17th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and educator, dies at 79
  • May 17 Frans van Cauwelaert, Flemish minister/mayor of Antwerp, dies at 81
  • May 17 Henri Gagnon, composer, dies at 74
  • May 18 Henry O'Neill, American actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), dies
  • May 19 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), dies at 91
  • May 20 Josef "Pips" Priller, German fighter ace (b. 1915)
  • May 20 Nannie Helen Burroughs, American educator and civil rights activist (founded National Training School for Women and Girls), dies at 82
  • May 22 Joan Davis, American actress (I Married Joan), dies of heart attack at 53
  • May 29 Uuno Klami, Finnish composer (Psalmus; Kalevala Suite), dies of a heart attack while sailing at 60
  • May 30 Rafael Trujillo [Rafael LeĆ³nidas Trujillo Molina], Dominican politician, soldier and dictator of the Dominican Republic (1930-61), assassinated at 69
  • May 31 Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877)