On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1980

  • May 2 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • May 2 George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)

Person of interestJosip Broz Tito

May 4 Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), dies at 87

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • May 4 Kay Hammond, British actress (Blithe Spirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies at 71
  • May 5 Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
  • May 12 Lillian Roth [Rutstein], American singer and actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies at 69
  • May 14 Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • May 14 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • May 18 Reid Blackburn, American photojournalist for National Geographic & victim of Mount St. Helens eruption, dies at 28
  • May 18 Harry Truman, American victim of Mount St. Helens eruption, dies at 83
  • May 18 David A. Johnston, American volcanoligist, dies in Mount St. Helens eruption at 30
  • May 21 Ida Kaminska, actress (Shop on Main Street), dies
  • May 28 Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
  • May 30 Carl Radle, American bass guitarist (Derek and the Dominoes), dies of a kidney infection at 37