Famous Deaths on May 5

  • 200 Sun Ce, warlord of the Han Dynasty (b. 175)
  • 311 Gaius VM Galerius, emperor of Rome, dies at about 50
  • 984 Gerberga of Saxony, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1028 Alfonso V, King of Leon/Galicia (999-1028), dies in battle
  • 1194 Casimir II, the Just, grand duke of Poland (1177-94), dies. Born 1138
  • 1219 King Leo II of Armenia (b. 1150)
  • 1309 Charles II, the Lame, King of Naples (1285-1309), dies
  • 1504 Anton of Burgundy, the Great Bastard, knight, dies at about 82
  • 1525 Frederik III, the Wise, ruler of Saxon (1486-1525), dies at 62
  • 1582 Charlotte de Bourbon, Princess of Orange, dies
  • 1586 Henry Sidney, Lord Deputy of Ireland (b. 1529)
  • 1604 Claudio Merulo, Italian organist/composer, dies at 71
  • 1613 Johann Steuerlein, German composer, dies at 66
  • 1672 Samuel Cooper, English painter (b. 1609)
  • 1678 Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet/spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
  • 1702 Jacob Hintze, German composer, dies at 79

  • 1705 Leopold I von Hapsburg, Emperor of Holy Roman Empire, dies at 64
  • 1766 Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • 1801 Philippe-Lambert-Joseph Spruyt, Flemish painter and engraver, dies at 74
  • 1808 Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist, dies at 50
  • 1811 Robert Mylne, Scottish architect (b. 1734)

Person of interestNapoléon Bonaparte

1821 Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and Emperor of the French (1804-14, 1815), dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena, officially from stomach cancer but rumours of arsenic poisoning persist

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1827 Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (1806-27), dies at 76
  • 1831 Friedrich Ludwig Seidel, composer, dies at 65
  • 1837 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer (Andromeda), dies at 85
  • 1840 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1840 Matthaus Fischer, composer, dies at 76
  • 1855 Sir Robert Inglis, Bt, English politician (b. 1786)
  • 1859 Peter G L Dirichlet, German mathematician, dies at 53
  • 1864 Alexander Hays, US Union-general-major, dies in battle at 44
  • 1864 John Marshall Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies in battle at 43
  • 1864 Leroy A Stafford, US Confederate brigadier general, dies in battle at 42
  • 1885 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • 1886 Joseph Albert, German photographer (Albertotype), dies at 61
  • 1892 Jan Nepomuk Skroup, composer, dies at 80
  • 1892 August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • 1896 Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (b. 1839)
  • 1900 Ivan Aivazovsky, Russian painter (b. 1817)
  • 1902 Bret Harte, American author (Outcasts of Poker Flat), dies at 65
  • 1909 Pauline Staegeman, German feminist, dies
  • 1921 Alfred H Fried, Austrian/German pacifist (Nobel 1911), dies

  • 1921 William Friese-Greene, British photographer and inventor (motion pictures), dies at 65
  • 1927 Charles Boissevain, editor in chief (General Trade 1885-1908), dies
  • 1931 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1941 Natalija Obrenović, Queen of Serbia (b. 1859)
  • 1942 Qemal Stafa, Albanian politician (b. 1920)
  • 1945 Peter Van Pels, Jewish Refugee (b. 1926)
  • 1945 Elsie Mitchell and five Sunday school students become the only people to die during World War II on US soil when they are killed by a Japanese fire balloon that lands in the forest of Gearhart Mountain, near Bly, Southern Oregon
  • 1947 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 1951 Eddie Dunn, comedian (Face to Face, Spin the Picture), dies at 54

Person of interestLeo Diegel

1951 Leo Diegel, American golfer, dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1956 Karel Rudolph Gallas, Dutch lexicographer (French Dictionary), dies at 88
  • 1957 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74

Person of interestCarlos Saavedra Lamas

1959 Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician (Nobel Peace Prize 1936), dies at 80

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
  • 1960 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • 1962 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies at 73
  • 1963 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • 1963 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • 1968 Albert Van Dekker, American actor (Dr Cyclops, Beau Gesture), dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • 1971 Harry Moorman, Dutch vice-admiral (KVP), dies at 71
  • 1971 Alice Tissot, French actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
  • 1971 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • 1971 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • 1972 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1976 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
  • 1977 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • 1978 Alfred (Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies at 81
  • 1979 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • 1980 Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
  • 1981 Bobby Sands, Irish IRA activist dies in the 66th day of his hunger strike at 26
  • 1982 Cal Tjader, American Latin jazz musician, dies at 56
  • 1983 John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
  • 1983 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (b. 1901)
  • 1985 Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • 1986 John William Haussermann Jr., American composer, dies at 76
  • 1986 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • 1988 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), dies at 68
  • 1988 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • 1988 Michael Shaara, American author (Killer angels), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1989 Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • 1991 William De Acutis, American actor (9½ Weeks, Other People's Money), dies from a brain lymphoma at 33
  • 1992 Ben Frommer, Polish actor (Scarface, Battlestar Galactica), dies at 78
  • 1992 Richard "Dick" Yarmy, American actor (Get Smart, Arnie, Bone), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • 1992 Jean-Claude Pascal, French actor (Golden Salamander), dies at 64
  • 1992 Stefano d'Arrigo, Siciilian writer, dies at 72
  • 1993 Balak Brahmachari, [Marxist Godman], Indies guru, dies at 73
  • 1993 Irving Howe, American writer and critic (Dissent), dies at 72
  • 1993 Lenore Kingston Jenson, dies of cancer at 79
  • 1993 Dermot Boyle, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, dies at 88
  • 1994 Hein Salomonson, architect, dies at about 83
  • 1994 Joe Layton, American director (Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip), dies at 63
  • 1995 Anthony Wagner, Officer of Arms at the College of Arms in London, dies at 86
  • 1995 Bernard Benjamin Gillis, judge, dies at 89
  • 1995 James Pack, naval officer museum curator, dies at 81
  • 1995 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, British engineer (float glass), dies at 75
  • 1995 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian influential world chess champion, dies at 83
  • 1995 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
  • 1996 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, dies at 86
  • 1996 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • 1997 Walter Gotell, German actor (James Bond, From Russia With Love), dies at 73
  • 1998 Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), dies at 74
  • 2000 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938), dies at 85
  • 2001 Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher
  • 2002 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • 2002 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, dies at 98
  • 2002 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • 2004 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • 2004 José Maceda, Filipino composer, dies at 87
  • 2006 Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Theodore Harold Maiman, American Inventor and engineer (created 1st working laser), dies at 79
  • 2008 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • 2008 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), dies at 63
  • 2011 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2011 Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2011 Dana Wynter, German-English actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), dies at 79
  • 2015 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • 2017 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), dies at 98
  • 2018 Aaron D. Panken, American rabbi, dies in a plane crash at 53
  • 2018 Rosemarie Schruder, German writer, dies at 89
  • 2018 Stanley Falkow, American microbiologist (molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases), dies at 84
  • 2018 Ludwig Harig, German writer, dies at 90
  • 2018 Ermanno Olmi, Italian film director (The Tree of Wooden Clogs), dies at 86