On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1964

Nancy Astor

May 2 Nancy Astor, American born British politician, 1st female MP in UK House of Commons, dies at 84

  • May 3 Diana Wynyard, British stage and film actress (Cavalcade), dies of renal disease at 58
  • May 6 Harold Morris, American pianist and composer, dies at 74
  • May 10 Carol Haney, dancer (Pantomime Quiz), dies at 35
  • May 10 Ignace Lilien, Dutch-Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • May 10 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • May 15 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist, dies at 61
  • May 15 Vladko Maček, Kingdom of Yugoslavia deputy prime minister (b. 1879)
  • May 17 Otto V. Kuusinen, Finnish politician (founder of the Finnish Communist Party), dies at 82
  • May 17 Steve Owen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle (NY Giants) and coach (NFL C'ship 1927, 34, 38; NY Giants), dies at 66
  • May 20 Rudy Lewis, American pop vocalist (The Drifters - "Up On The Roof"; "On Broadway), dies of a probable drug overdose at 27
  • May 21 James Franck, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1925), dies at 81
  • May 25 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, Russian composer (Rhapsodie hébraïque; Prince Lake), and teacher, dies at 92

Jawaharlal Nehru

May 27 Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Prime Minister of India (1947-64) and important leader of the Indian independence movement, dies of an assumed heart attack at 74

  • May 28 John Finley Williamson, American choral conductor (Westminster Choir College, 1920-58), dies at 76

Leó Szilárd

May 30 Leo Szilard, Hungarian-German-American nuclear physicist (Manhattan Project) and peace activist, dies at 66

  • May 30 Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)
  • May 30 Dave MacDonald, American auto racer (b. 1936)