On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1973

  • May 2 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • May 4 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • May 6 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • May 10 Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (Disorderly Orderly), dies at 62
  • May 10 Loren Tindall, American actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost), dies of heart attack at 51
  • May 11 Grigory Kozintsev, Russian director, dies at 68
  • May 11 Lex Barker, American actor, dies at 53
  • May 12 Frances Marion, screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • May 12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • May 14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet, dies at 67
  • May 15 Willem Huibert Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Pandji), dies at 95
  • May 17 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, dies at 91

Person of interestJeannette Rankin

May 18 Jeannette Rankin, American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, dies at 92

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • May 20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • May 21 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • May 21 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • May 21 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), dies at 53
  • May 23 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), dies of cancer at 57
  • May 26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • May 28 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • May 29 Eric Applewhite, entertainer, dies
  • May 29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • May 30 Hal Hastings, American orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • May 31 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89