On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1979

  • May 1 Taisto Mäki, Finnish athlete (WR 2 miles, 5,000m and 10,000m simultaneously 1939-42), dies at 68
  • May 2 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • May 3 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • May 5 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • May 8 Talcott Parsons, American sociologist, dies at 76

Person of interestCyrus Eaton

May 9 Cyrus Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

Steel Magnate Cyrus Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus Eaton
  • May 9 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • May 10 John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
  • May 10 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • May 11 Joan Chandler, American actress, dies at 55
  • May 11 Lester Raymond Flatt, American musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64
  • May 14 Paul van 't Veeer, Dutch journalist/writer (Vrije Volk), dies at 57
  • May 16 A. Philip Randolph, American labor leader (Railroad Porter's Union) dies at 90
  • May 21 Blue [Richard Allen] Mitchell, American jazz musician (Riverside, Blue Note), dies of cancer at 79
  • May 23 Hubert van Doorne, auto manufacturer (DAF Trucks), dies at 79
  • May 24 Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
  • May 25 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • May 26 George Brent, American actor (Baby Face, Dark Victory, 42nd St), dies at 75

Person of interestMary Pickford

May 29 Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • May 29 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)
  • May 30 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), dies at 82
  • May 31 Nigel Howard, English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests; Lancashire, MCC), dies at 54