On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1964

Person of interestNancy Astor

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

1st Female MP in the United Kingdom Nancy Astor
1st Female MP in the United Kingdom
Nancy Astor
  • 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 NFL tackle and coach (NY Giants), dies at 66
  • May 20 Rudy Lewis, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 27
  • May 21 James Franck, German-born physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1882)
  • May 25 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer, dies at 92

Person of interestJawaharlal 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

1st Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru
1st Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru
  • May 28 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), dies at 76

Person of interestLeó Szilárd

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

Physicist and Inventor Leó Szilárd
Physicist and Inventor
Leó Szilárd
  • May 30 Eddie Sachs, American auto racer (b. 1927)
  • May 30 Dave MacDonald, American auto racer (b. 1936)