On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1977

  • May 5 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, American composer and organist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • May 9 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, German organist & composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJoan Crawford

May 10 Joan Crawford, American actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 72

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • May 12 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, dies at 67
  • May 15 Modibo Ke├»ta, 1st President of Mali (1960-68), dies at 61
  • May 16 Edouard Van Remoortel, Belgian conductor (1958-62 St Louis Symphony), dies at 50
  • May 22 Gijs van Hall, Dutch politician and Mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 25 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer, dies at 72
  • May 26 Jim Boles, American actor (The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, One Man's Family), dies of cardiac arrest at 63
  • May 26 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 28 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • May 29 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, dies at 66
  • May 29 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • May 30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • May 30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • May 30 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • May 31 William Castle, American film director (b. 1914)