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

Cyrus Eaton

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

  • 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 Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "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
  • May 28 William Edmonson, American bass harmony and gospel vocalist (Southernaires), radio, stage and screen actor (Thirty Years Later), dies at 76
  • 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