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Famous Deaths on May 19

  • 804 Alcuin of York, English scholar, dies in Tours France at 69
  • 988 Dunstan, English archbishop of Canterbury, Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey, illustrator and silversmith, dies at about 79
  • 1102 Stephen, Count of Blois (b. c. 1045)
  • 1125 Vladimir Monomakh, Russian prince (b. 1053)
  • 1296 Celestine V [Pietro del Murrone], Pope (1294), dies
  • 1303 Ivo of Kermartin, Catholic saint and patron of Brittany, dies at 49
  • 1319 Prince Louis, Count of Évreux, son of King Philip III of France, dies at 43
  • 1389 Dmitri Donskoi, Grand Prince of Muscovy (b. 1350)
  • 1526 Emperor Go-Kashiwabara, 104th Emperor of Japan (1500-26), dies at 63
  • 1531 Jan Łaski, Polish statesman and diplomat (b. 1456)

ExecutionAnne Boleyn

1536 Anne Boleyn, Queen of England (1533-36), second wife of Henry VIII, beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason aged between 28 to 35

  • 1567 Juan Bautista de Toledo, Spanish architect (El Escorial), dies (b. c. 1515)
  • 1601 Costanzo Porta, Italian composer
  • 1610 Thomas Sanchez, Spanish theologian (b. 1550)
  • 1637 Isaac Beeckman, Dutch scientist and philosopher, dies at 48
  • 1647 Sebastian Vrancx, Flemish painter (captain of vigilante), dies
  • 1653 Carel Reyniersz, gov-gen of Neth East Indies, dies at 48
  • 1715 Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, English poet and statesman, dies at 54
  • 1777 Button Gwinnett, British-born American politician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence,dies from wounds incurred in a duel with rival Lachlan McIntosh at 42
  • 1786 John Stanley, English blind composer and organist, dies at 74
  • 1795 Josiah Bartlett, American physician and statesman (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 65
  • 1795 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, dies at 54
  • 1798 William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English nobleman and politician, dies at 75
  • 1800 French Bosbeeck, veterinarian/robber, hanged
  • 1801 Herman H Vitringa, politician (National Meetings), dies
  • 1821 Camille Jordan, French politician (b. 1771)
  • 1825 Claude Henri de Rouvroy, Comte de Saint-Simon, French political philosopher (b. 1760)
  • 1845 Maria EJ Versfelt, mistress of general Moreau/marshal Ney, dies at 68
  • 1868 Benjamin Guinness, Irish brewer and philanthropist, dies at 69
  • 1872 Johan van Dale, schoolmaster (New Dutch Language Wordbook), dies at 44
  • 1876 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Dutch statesman and historian, dies at 74
  • 1885 Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)
  • 1890 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24
  • 1895 Jose J Marti y Perez, Spanish/Cuban poet (Versos sencillos), dies

William Gladstone

1898 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), dies of heart failure at 88

  • 1901 Marthinus Wessels Pretorius, 1st president of the Republic South Africa, dies at 81
  • 1903 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricket batsman (23 Tests [7 captain]; 1277 runs @ 35 47; Nottinghamshire), dies at 47
  • 1904 Auguste Molinier, French historian (b. 1851)
  • 1907 Benjamin Baker, English civil engineer who designed the bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland and the London underground, dies at 67
  • 1912 Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (The Outpost), dies at 64
  • 1912 Eduard Adolf Strasburger, German botanist (Angiosperms), dies at 68
  • 1915 John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • 1915 Bob Ferguson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1880-82), dies at 69
  • 1918 Gervais Raoul Lufbery, French-American World War I fighter pilot and flying ace, dies at 33
  • 1921 Edward Douglass White, American politician and jurist (9th Chief Justice of the United States), dies at 75
  • 1922 Heinrich Quincke, German internist and surgeon (postural drainage), dies at 79
  • 1924 Billy Zulch, cricketer (South African batsman scored 2 Test centuries), dies
  • 1925 Viking Eggeling, Swedish artist/filmmaker (Symphonie Diagonale) dies at 44
  • 1928 Henry F. Gilbert, American composer, and folk song collector, dies at 59
  • 1928 Max Scheler, German philosopher, dies at 53
  • 1935 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, German-American violinist and composer, dies at 74

T. E. Lawrence

1935 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, dies at 46, in a motorcycle accident in Dorset, England

  • 1942 Nicoline Magdalene Roll Anker, Norwegian author (Enken), dies at 69
  • 1943 Kristjan Raud, Estonian painter and one of the founders of the Estonian National Museum, dies at 77
  • 1944 Godfrey Wilson, British Anthropologist of social change and colonial problems in Africa, commits suicide as a conscientious objector in WW II
  • 1945 Philipp Bouhler, German nazi leader (b. 1889)
  • 1946 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (b. 1869)
  • 1953 Damaso Berenguer, Spanish soldier and politician (122nd Prime Minister of Spain), dies at 79
  • 1954 Aart A van Schelven, church historian (Willem of Orange), dies at 73
  • 1954 Charles Ives, American composer (Unanswered Question), dies at 79

Ronald Colman

1958 Ronald Colman, British actor (Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda, Phantom Shot), dies at 67

  • 1958 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • 1958 Bruno Stürmer, German conductor, composer and educator dies at 65
  • 1961 Joe Howard, American vaudeville, Broadway, and television singer (Gay Nineties Revue), and songwriter ("Hello Ma Baby"), dies at 91
  • 1962 Gabriele Münter, German expressionist painter
  • 1965 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Znaki Zycia), dies
  • 1966 Tortoise, reportedly given to Tonga's King by Captain James Cook in 1773, dies at around 193
  • 1967 Elmo Hope, American bebop jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies of heart failure at 43
  • 1969 Coleman Hawkins, American jazz musician who virtually created tenor saxophone for jazz, dies at 64
  • 1970 Tadeusz Breza, Polish writer (The Bronze Gate), dies at 64
  • 1970 Ray Schalk, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS), dies from cancer at 78
  • 1971 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), dies at 76
  • 1971 Ogden Nash, American humorous poet (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, Masquerade Party), dies at 68
  • 1978 George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • 1983 Jean Rey, Belgian politician and President of the European Commission dies at 80
  • 1984 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • 1986 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • 1987 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • 1988 Virginia Farmer, actress (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • 1989 Abel Herzberg, Russian-Dutch Jewish lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies at 95
  • 1989 Robert Webber, American actor (12 Angry Men, Moonlighting, 79 Park Avenue), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 64
  • 1989 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • 1991 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch), dies
  • 1991 Rini Otte, Dutch actress (Ergens in Nederland), dies at 74
  • 1992 Hans Vogt, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1993 Nemesio Antunes, Chilean painter, dies at 75
  • 1993 Richard Murphy, director (3 Stripes in the Sun), dies of stroke at 81
  • 1993 S W Sohoni, cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies
  • 1993 Ranga Sohoni, Indian cricket all-rounder (4 Tests, top score 29 no, 2 wickets), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • 1994 Henry Morgan, American comedian and TV panelist (I've Got a Secret, Arena), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1994 Jacques Ellul, French writer and philosopher, dies at 82
  • 1994 Luis Ocana, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • 1995 Robert S. Dietz, American geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, dies at 80
  • 1996 Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
  • 1996 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • 1997 Millie, dog of US President George H. W. Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12
  • 1998 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • 1998 Dorothy Donegan, American boogie-woogie, swing jazz, and classical pianist, and vocalist, dies of cancer at 76
  • 1999 James Blades, British classical percussionist, and educator, dies at 97
  • 1999 Jonathan "Candy" Candido, American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan; The Great Mouse Detective), dies at 85
  • 2000 Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 66
  • 2001 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2002 John Gorton, Australian politician, 19th Prime Minister of Australia (1968-71), dies at 90
  • 2002 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), dies at 84
  • 2004 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (The Odd Couple) dies aged 84
  • 2004 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Henry Corden, American actor and voice artist (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Freddie Garrity, English pop singer (Freddie and the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), dies at 69
  • 2007 Dean Eyre, New Zealand politician (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), dies at 67
  • 2008 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (co-winner Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1998), and educator, dies at 92
  • 2009 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • 2009 Nicholas Maw, British composer, dies at 73
  • 2011 Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Phyllis Avery, American actress (Ruby Gentry, George Gobel Show, Mr Novak), dies at 88
  • 2011 Kathy Kirby, English singer (Secret Love), dies at 72
  • 2012 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), dies of a brain aneurysm at 75
  • 2014 Michael Aldrich, British inventor (Online shopping), dies at 72
  • 2014 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • 2016 Morley Safer, Canadian-American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), dies at 84
  • 2016 Angus "Alan" Young, British actor and voice actor (Mister Ed, Scrooge McDuck), dies of natural causes at 96
  • 2019 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), dies at 82
  • 2020 Richard Anuszkiewicz, American artist 'new wizard of op', dies at 89
  • 2021 Lee Evans, American athlete (Olympic gold men's 400m, 4x400m relay 1968), dies from stroke complications at 74
  • 2021 Alix Dobkin, American folk and feminist singer-songwriter (Lavender Jane Loves Women), dies of a brain aneurysm and stroke at 80
  • 2021 Abubakar Shekau, Nigerian Islamist militant (leader of Boko Haram), dies detonating a suicide vest
  • 2021 Joey Cathcart, American rock guitarist (Nelson - "Love & Affection") dies of brain cancer at 53
May 19 Highlights