Famous Deaths on May 1

  • 408 Arcadius, Eastern Roman emperor (b. 337/338)
  • 1118 Matilda of Scotland [Edith], first wife of Henry I of England, dies at 38
  • 1171 Dermot MacMurrough, last Irish King of Leinster, dies
  • 1240 Jacques de Vitry, Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati and dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals
  • 1277 Stefanus IV Uros I de Great, King of Serbia (1243-76), dies
  • 1308 Albrecht I van Habsburg, German King (1298-1308), murdered
  • 1447 Louis VII, Duke of Baveria (1413-43), dies
  • 1456 Hugues de Lannoy, Flemish viceroy of Holland/Zealand, dies
  • 1471 Thomas a Kempis, spiritual writer (Navolging of Christ), dies at 91
  • 1539 Isabella of Portugal, queen of Spain and empress of Germany (b. 1503)
  • 1555 Marcellus II, [Marcello Cervini], Italian Pope (1555), dies at 53
  • 1572 Pius V, [Antonio Ghislieri], great-inquisiteur/Pope (1566-72), dies
  • 1679 Esaias Reusner, German lutenist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1700 John Dryden, English poet and playwright, first Poet Laureate (1668-1688), dies at 68
  • 1703 Kiva Yoshinaka, Japanese monarch, murdered
  • 1731 Johann Ludwig Bach, German composer (b. 1677)
  • 1738 Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c. 1669)
  • 1772 Gottfried Achenwall, German lawyer/statistics/economist, dies at 52
  • 1813 Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (killed in combat) (b. 1768)
  • 1831 Antonius van Alphen, apostle vicar of De Bosch, dies at 82
  • 1863 Edward Dorr Tracy, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 29
  • 1870 Francisco Solano Lopez, fieldmarshal/president of Paraguay
  • 1872 Amalia, princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies

Person of interestDavid Livingstone

1873 David Livingstone, British physician/explorer (Africa), dies at 60

Physician and Explorer David Livingstone
Physician and Explorer
David Livingstone
  • 1874 Vilem Blodek, composer, dies at 39
  • 1881 John S. Preston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 72
  • 1886 Conrad Busken Huet, writer (Country of Rubens)
  • 1886 Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
  • 1892 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer, dies at 89
  • 1896 Nasr-ed-Din, shah of Persia (184.-96), murdered at 65
  • 1898 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • 1899 Ludwig Büchner, German philosopher and physician, dies at 75
  • 1902 John Glover, English chemist (production sulfuric acid), dies at 85
  • 1903 Arthur Haygarth, English cricket batsman (Middlesex & Surrey, cricket historian), dies at 77
  • 1903 Luigi Arditi, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • 1904 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavic Dancing), dies at 62
  • 1913 John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal (b. 1850)
  • 1917 Jose E Rodo, Uruguayan writer (Motivos de proteo), dies
  • 1921 Louis Campbell-Tipton, US composer, dies at 43
  • 1924 August Cuppens, Flemish author (Limburgs Driemanschap), dies at 62
  • 1926 Nicolaus Adriani, translator (Middle-Celebes Language), dies at 60
  • 1932 Paul Doumer, President France (1931-32), assassin by Russia's Paul Gargalov
  • 1934 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer, dies at 35
  • 1935 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), dies of gunshot wound at 46
  • 1937 Snitz Edwards, Hungarian actor (College, Phantom of the Opera), dies at 69
  • 1941 John R Locksmith de Brown, vicar/CHU-politician, dies at 71
  • 1943 Johan Oscar Smith, Norwegian Christian leader who founded the evangelical Brunstad Christian Church, dies at 71
  • 1945 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer, dies at 59

Person of interestJoseph Goebbels

1945 Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi Minister of Propaganda, commits suicide aged 47 with his wife (43) and arranges the death of their 6 children, Heidrun (4), Hedwig (6), Holdine (8), Helmut (9), Hildegard (11), and Helga (12)

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • 1946 Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, composer, dies at 71
  • 1946 Percy Whitlock, English composer and organist, dies at 42

  • 1946 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 1919 Wimbledon 1923), dies of tuberculosis at 51
  • 1947 Sanner, leader of Norger blood bath, executed
  • 1948 Christos Ladas, Greek minister of Justice, murdered
  • 1952 William Fox, [Fried], US film pioneer (Nickelodeon), dies at 73
  • 1954 Tom Tyler [Vincent Markowsky], American actor (Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), dies from heart failure at 50
  • 1957 Grant Mitchell, American actor (Great Lie, Laura, Cairo, Conflict), dies at 82
  • 1959 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies
  • 1963 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
  • 1965 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • 1968 Harold G Nicolson, English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
  • 1968 Jack Adams, Canadian NHL center, coach and general manager (Hockey Hall of Fame), dies at 73
  • 1969 Ella Logan [Ina Allan], Scottish actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man, Top of the Town), dies from cancer at 56
  • 1970 Crown Prince Euimin, Crown Prince Korea (b. 1897)
  • 1971 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), dies at 75
  • 1971 Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
  • 1972 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • 1976 Rex O'Malley, British actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight, Thief), dies at 75
  • 1976 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • 1976 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • 1978 Aram Katchaturian, Russian composer (The Earth), dies at 74
  • 1981 Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • 1982 Gene Sheldon, actor (Bernardo-Zorro), dies at 72
  • 1982 William Primrose, Scottish violist (b. 1903)
  • 1984 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • 1984 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian marathon runner (silver medal 1920 Olympics), dies at 93
  • 1985 George Pravda, Czech actor, dies at 68
  • 1986 Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • 1986 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • 1987 Bobo Holloman, American MLB pitcher (no-hitter on debut), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1988 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52
  • 1988 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • 1988 Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • 1989 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • 1989 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), dies at 68
  • 1989 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • 1989 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • 1990 Sunset Carson [Michael Harrison] American western actor (Cat of Rockies, El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 69
  • 1991 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • 1992 Sharon Redd, American house music and urban contemporary singer (b. 1945)
  • 1993 Hans [Henri EA] Tuynman, provo (Full-time Provo), dies at 50
  • 1993 Ranasinghe Premadasa, pres (Sri Lanka, 1989-93), assassinated at 68

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1994 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula One driver (3-time world F1 champion), dies in crash at San Marino GP at 34

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 1996 Asher Wallfish, journalist, dies at 67
  • 1996 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, dies at 74
  • 1996 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday
  • 1997 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • 1998 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • 2000 Stephen "Steve" Reeves, American professional bodybuilder, actor, and philanthropist (Hercules, Goliath, Sandokan), dies from a blood clot at 74
  • 2003 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • 2003 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • 2006 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • 2006 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • 2006 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2008 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52
  • 2008 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, SD Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • 2009 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Helen Wagner, American actress (Mister Peepers, As The World Turns), dies of natural causes at 91
  • 2011 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black), dies at 90
  • 2011 Henry Cooper, English heavyweight boxer (famous defeat to Muhammad Ali 1966), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2012 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65
  • 2014 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (coach Honduras 2011 Copa Centroamericana), dies of skin cancer at 63
  • 2015 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • 2015 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • 2015 Dan Farley, American racing journalist (President National Turf Writer's Association), dies at 72
  • 2015 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • 2017 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97 ), dies at 78
  • 2017 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84
  • 2017 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Twins record 102 wins 1965), dies at 95
  • 2018 Javier Aller, Spanish actor (The Biggest Robbery Never Told), dies at 46 of complications from diabetes
  • 2018 Elmar Altvater, German political scientist, dies at 79
  • 2018 Arthur Barnard, American sprinter, dies at 89
  • 2018 Max Berrú, Ecuadorian-Chilean musician, dies at 74
  • 2018 Dennis Claridge, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • 2018 Ninalee Craig, American-born Canadian teacher and photograph subject, dies at 90 of complications from lung cancer
  • 2018 Carl W. Duckworth, American politician (Utah House of Representatives, 1955–1958), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • 2018 Raymond D. Dzendzel, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives, 1955–1958; Senate, 1959–1970), dies at 96
  • 2018 Reg Gadney, British author, dies at 77
  • 2018 Phil Gowan, American historian (RMS Titanic), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2018 Robert B. Kennedy, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1975–1979), dies at 78
  • 2018 Chuck Missler, American evangelist and author, dies at 83
  • 2018 Ashok Mitra, Indian economist and politician, dies at 90
  • 2018 Pavel Pergl, Czech footballer (Sparta Prague), commits suicide at 40
  • 2018 John "Jabo" Starks, American drummer (James Brown, The J.B.'s), dies at 79
  • 2018 Charlie Stone, English rugby league footballer (Hull, Featherstone Rovers), dies at 67
  • 2018 Sun Yueh, Chinese-born Taiwanese actor (Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing), dies of sepsis at 87
  • 2018 Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, British politician and life peer (MP for Leominster, 1974–2001), dies at 80
  • 2018 Universo 2000, Mexican professional wrestler (CMLL, AAA, IWRG), dies at 55
  • 2018 Wanda Wiłkomirska, Polish violinist and teacher, dies at 89
  • 2018 Bob Woffinden, British journalist and author, dies of mesothelioma at 89