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 Vilém Blodek, Czech 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, New World Symphony), 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 a 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 and 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 Bairstow, English 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 and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, dies at 83
  • 1965 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • 1965 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
  • 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 (Method for Violin & Viola), dies at 77
  • 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 a 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, San Diego 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
  • 2010 Antonio Mastrogiovanni, Uruguayan composer, dies at 73
  • 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