On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2007

  • May 2 Brad McGann, New Zealand film director and screenwriter (b. 1964)
  • May 3 Warja Honegger-Lavater, Swiss illustrator (b. 1913)
  • May 3 Wally Schirra, American astronaut (b. 1923)
  • May 3 Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician (b. 1932)
  • May 3 Ellsworth Milburn, American composer and educator (Menil Antiphons), dies of complications from pneumonia at 69
  • May 5 Theodore Harold Maiman, American Inventor and engineer (created 1st working laser), dies at 79
  • May 6 Enéas Carneiro, Brazilian politician (b. 1938)
  • May 6 Curtis Harrington, American film director (b. 1926)
  • May 6 Đorđe Novković, Croatian songwriter (b. 1943)
  • May 7 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • May 7 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • May 7 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • May 9 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran, dies at 106
  • May 9 Jacob Gilboa, Israeli composer, dies at 87
  • May 10 Brian Wolfson, British CEO (Wembley Stadium Ltd), dies at 71
  • May 10 Oliver Millar, British art historian (served in the Royal Household for 41 years), dies at 84

  • May 11 Malietoa Tanumafili II, Sovereign Ruler of Samoa, dies at 94
  • May 11 Bernard Gordon, American writer & producer (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers), dies at 88
  • May 12 Mullah Dadullah Akhund, Taliban military leader (b. 1966?)
  • May 12 Teddy Infuhr, American former child actor (The Bishop's Wife, They Live By Night), dies at 70
  • May 14 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)
  • May 14 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (b. 1921)
  • May 14 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Olympic giant slalom silver, slalom bronze 1964), dies of breast cancer at 65
  • May 15 Jerry Falwell, American TV evangelist, founder of Liberty University, dies at 73
  • May 15 Yolanda King, American actress and activist, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1955)
  • May 17 Lloyd Alexander, author (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, French physicist & Nobel Prize laureate (1991), dies at 74
  • May 18 Yoyoy Villame, Philippine novelty singer & movie actor, dies at 74
  • May 19 Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • May 19 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), dies at 67
  • May 20 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer, coach, broadcaster (British Open 1948 3rd), dies at 93
  • May 25 Bill Johnston, Australian cricket fast/spin bowler (40 Tests, 160 wickets @ 23.91; Victoria), dies at 85
  • May 25 Charles Nelson Reilly, American actor, comedian and gameshow panelist (Match Game, Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies at 76
  • May 26 J Edward Oliver, cartoonist and composer (b. 1942)
  • May 27 Izumi Sakai, Japanese singer (b. 1967)
  • May 27 Ed Yost, American inventor of the modern hot air balloon and known as "Father of the Modern Day Hot-Air Balloon.", dies at 87
  • May 27 Gretchen Wyler, American actress, dancer and animal rights activist (Silk Stockings), dies at 75
  • May 28 Marquise Hill, American football player (b. 1982)
  • May 28 Toshikatsu Matsuoka, Japanese politician (b. 1945)
  • May 29 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • May 29 Lois Browne-Evans, Bermudian Politician (stroke) (b. 1927)
  • May 29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler, dies of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Jean-Claude Brialy, Algerian actor and director (Églantine, Circle of Love, Cousins), dies of cancer at 74