On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1983

  • May 2 Marius F Duintjer, architect, dies
  • May 2 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • May 3 Vaughn Taylor, act (Jailhouse Rock), dies of cerebal hemmorrhage at 72
  • May 3 Armando José Fernandes, Portuguese neoclassical composer, dies at 76
  • May 4 Nino Sanzogno, Italian conductor (La Fenice) and composer, dies at 72
  • May 5 John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
  • May 5 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician, dies at 77
  • May 5 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), dies at 82
  • May 6 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • May 7 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • May 8 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), dies at 74
  • May 10 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • May 11 Zenna Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box), dies at 65
  • May 14 Miguel Alemán Valdés, Mexican attorney and President of Mexico (1946-52), dies at 80
  • May 14 Roger J. Traynor, American judge (b. 1900)
  • May 15 James Van Der Zee, African-American photographer, dies at 96

  • May 16 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
  • May 19 Jean Rey, Belgian politician and President of the European Commission dies at 80
  • May 20 Clair Bee, American College Basketball and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Long Island University undefeated 1936, 39; National Invitation Tournament 1939, 41), dies at 87
  • May 21 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • May 21 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), dies at 79
  • May 23 Albert Claude, Belgian biologist and physician (Nobel 1974), dies at 84
  • May 25 Sydney Box, academy award producer, dies at 76
  • May 25 Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • May 25 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • May 27 Arnoldus van Wyk, South African composer, dies at 67
  • May 28 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (b. 1909)
  • May 29 Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)
  • May 30 Alfred M Gruenther, US general/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84

Person of interestJack Dempsey

May 31 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), dies of heart failure at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey