On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1970

  • May 1 Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince Korea (b. 1897)
  • May 3 Candelario Huizar, composer, dies at 82
  • May 4 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
  • May 4 William Schroeder (b. 1950)
  • May 7 Carlos Estrada, composer, dies at 60
  • May 9 Percy Brier, Australian composer, dies at 84
  • May 9 Walter P. Reuther, American worker's union leader & president of the CIO, dies in a plane crash at 62
  • May 9 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician, dies at 86
  • May 10 Mari Blanchard, American actress and femme fatale (Kathy-Klondike), dies of cancer at 47
  • May 11 Johnny Hodges, American saxophonist, dies at 62

Person of interestNelly Sachs

May 12 leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German Swedish poet and playwright (Nobel prize for Literature 1966), dies at 78

  • May 12 Wladyslaw Anders, Polish general (WW I, WW II), dies at 78
  • May 13 William Dobell, Australian portrait artist, dies at 70
  • May 14 Billie Burke, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 85
  • May 17 Nigel Balchin, English author (My Executioner), dies at 61
  • May 19 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
  • May 21 Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63
  • May 21 E. L. Grant Watson, Australian biologist (b. 1885)
  • May 22 Joseph W Krutch, American writer (Measure of Man), dies at 76
  • May 23 Nydia Westman, actress (Going My Way, Young Mr Bobbins), dies at 68
  • May 27 Emmy van Lokhorst, author, dies at 78
  • May 29 John Gunther, author/host (John Gunther's High Road), dies at 68
  • May 29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumour aged 34

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

May 31 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), dies from liver injuries at 40

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk