On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1966

  • May 3 Wylie Watson, dies at 77
  • May 4 Juan MarĂ­a Thomas Sabater, Spanish composer, dies at 69
  • May 9 Alfred Mendelsohn, Romanian composer, dies at 56
  • May 9 Wilhelmus Marinus Bekkers, Dutch Roman Catholic bishop of Hertogenbosch, dies at 58
  • May 12 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (b. 1896)
  • May 13 Henk [Hendrik M] of Randwijk, poet/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • May 14 Georgia BD Camp Johnson, American poet/playwright, dies at 88
  • May 14 Megan Lloyd George, English politician (1st female MP for Welsh - Carmarthen), dies at 64
  • May 16 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • May 18 Paul Althaus, German theologist (That Christian Wahrheit), dies at 78
  • May 19 Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga's King by Captain James Cook in 1773, dies at around 193
  • May 21 Pat O'Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
  • May 22 Tom Goddard, English cricket off-spin bowler (5th most 1st class wickets; 8 Tests), dies at 65
  • May 23 Ruth Gates, Denton TX, actress (Aunt Jenny-Mama), dies at 79
  • May 23 Demchugdongrub, Mongolian politician (b. 1902)

Person of interestJim Barnes

May 24 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • May 24 Emil Fahrenkamp, German architect (Shell-Haus in Berlin), dies at 80
  • May 25 Ricardo Castillo, Guatemalan composer, dies at 71
  • May 26 Don Castle, American actor (Born to Speed, Tombstone, Motor Patrol), dies of a medication overdose at 47
  • May 26 Neal Dodd, actor (Only Women, You Belong to Me), dies at 86