On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1963

  • May 1 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • May 2 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Australia, Otago), dies at 76
  • May 2 Tomás Vačkář , Czech composer, dies at 17
  • May 2 Van Wyck Brooks, American historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • May 6 Monty Wooley, American actor (The Bishop's Wife, The Man Who Came to Dinner), dies at 74
  • May 6 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)
  • May 6 Ted Weems [Wemyes], American jazz trombonist, violin player and big band leader, dies of emphysema at 61
  • May 7 Max Miller [Thomas Henry Sargent], English comedian known as The Cheeky Chappie, dies at 68
  • May 10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American NFL football defensive lineman, 1953-62 (Baltimore Colts, and two other teams), and professional wrestler, dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • May 11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist & Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • May 12 Stanisław Wiechowicz, Polish composer, dies at 69
  • May 12 Robert Kerr, Canadian runner (1908 Olympics), dies at 80
  • May 13 Alois Hudal, Austrian bishop who helped Nazi war criminals escape trial, dies at 77
  • May 16 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), dies at 44
  • May 17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • May 18 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23
  • May 24 Elmore James, American blues slide guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • May 26 Sharon Lynn, actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), dies at 53
  • May 27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Soviet composer, dies at 60
  • May 31 Carel C. van Essen, Dutch archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63