On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1974

  • May 4 Israel Citkowitz, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • May 4 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), dies at 77
  • May 8 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • May 9 Lyubomir Pipkov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 69
  • May 10 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), dies at 74
  • May 13 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican politician, 2nd Director-General of the UNESCO (1948-52), dies at 72

Person of interestDenny Shute

May 13 Denny Shute, American golfer (British Open 1933, PGA C'ship 1936-37), dies at 69

Golfer Denny Shute
Golfer
Denny Shute
  • May 15 Guy Simonds, Canadian army, youngest General officer, dies at 71
  • May 17 Charles Braswell, American actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49
  • May 17 Ernest Nash, German-American photographer and archaeologist, dies at 75
  • May 18 Dan Topping, American baseball team owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • May 23 Kathleen Cannell, American fashion and dance writer, dies at 82

Person of interestDuke Ellington

May 24 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • May 25 Donald Crisp, British actor and director (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana), dies at 91
  • May 25 Frank Ward, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1936-38), dies
  • May 26 Kitty Gordon, English entertainer, dies at 96
  • May 26 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Adelle Davis, American nutritionist and author (Let's Stay Healthy), dies of cancer at 70