Famous Deaths on May 7

  • 685 Marwan I ibn al-Hakam, 4th kalief of Omajjaden (684-85), dies
  • 973 Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor (962-973), dies at 60
  • 1092 Remigius de Fécamp, first bishop of Lincoln (b. unknown)
  • 1166 Willem I, the Bad, king of Sicily (1154-66)
  • 1205 Ladislaus III Arpad, King of Hungary (1204-05), dies at 5 or 6
  • 1427 Thomas la Warr, 5th Baron De La Warr, English churchman
  • 1523 Franz von Sickingen, German knight/protect of poor, dies of wounds at 42
  • 1539 Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer, dies at 73
  • 1617 David Fabricius, German astronomer (discovered variable star), dies at 53
  • 1667 Johann Jakob Froberger, German organist/singer/composer, dies at 50
  • 1671 Pieter Stockmans, Flemish chairman of Opperkrijgshof, dies at 62
  • 1673 Johannes Teellinck, Dutch vicar, dies at about 58
  • 1682 Tsar Feodor III of Russia (b. 1661)
  • 1718 Mary of Modena, wife of James II of England (b. 1658)
  • 1736 John Weldon, composer, dies at 60
  • 1792 Aert Schouman, Dutch bird/portrait painter, dies at 82
  • 1793 Johan A Zoutman, Dutch lt admiral (battle of Doggersbank), dies at 68
  • 1793 Pietro Nardini, Italian composer, dies at 71
  • 1800 Laurens Pieter van de Spiegel, Dutch Grand Pensionary of Zeeland and Holland (1787-95), dies at 64
  • 1800 Niccolo Piccinni, Italian composer (Roland), dies at 72

Person of interestWilliam Petty

1805 William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), dies at 68

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
  • 1814 Franz Volrath Buttstett, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1818 Leopold Koželuch, Czech composer, dies at 70

Person of interestAntonio Salieri

1825 Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (Tarare), dies in Vienna at 74

Composer Antonio Salieri
Composer
Antonio Salieri
  • 1836 Norbert Burgmuller, German composer, drowns during an epileptic seizure at 26
  • 1840 Caspar David Friedrich, German painter (b. 1774)
  • 1863 Amiel Weeks Whipple, US Union gen-major, dies of injuries at 46
  • 1868 Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, dies at 89
  • 1871 Louis Papineau, political reformer, dies
  • 1876 Franz count of Pocci, German artist/composer (Alchemist), dies at 69
  • 1876 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (b. 1795)
  • 1884 Judah P Benjamin, confederate minister of War, dies at 72
  • 1887 C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
  • 1890 James Nasmyth, Scottish Engineer and Inventor of the steam hammer, dies at 81

Person of interestH. H. Holmes

1896 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], 1st known American serial killer executed by hanging at 34

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1900 Richard Storrs Willis, composer, dies at 81
  • 1904 Peter Hille, writer, dies
  • 1914 Edward Mollenhauer, American composer, dies at 87
  • 1915 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), dies aboard the RMS Lusitania during World War I at 37
  • 1915 Alfred Scott Witherbee Jr., American 3 year old who drowned on Lusitania
  • 1915 Charles Frohman, dies aboard Lusitania
  • 1922 Max Wagenknecht, German composer (b. 1857)
  • 1925 William Hesketh Lever, First Viscount Leverhulme (b. 1851)
  • 1928 Alexander Afanasii Spendiaryan, composer, dies at 56
  • 1929 Albert Anselmi, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929 John Scalise, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1929 Joseph "Top Toad" Giunta, US gangster, murdered by Al Capone
  • 1932 Albert Thomas, French socialist politician (Minister of Armament WW1), dies at 53
  • 1934 Edward Naylor, English composer, dies at 67
  • 1940 George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
  • 1941 David Wijnkoop, revolutionary socialist, dies

  • 1941 Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
  • 1942 Felix Paul von Weingartner, Austria conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • 1946 Anton A Mussert, engineer/NSB leader, executed
  • 1946 Joe Humphries, cricket wicket keeper (3 Tests for England 1907-08), dies

Person of interestWarner Baxter

1951 Warner Baxter, American actor (In Old Arizona, Cisco Kid), dies at 62

  • 1953 Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • 1957 Wilhelm Filchner, German explorer who led the German Antarctic expedition of 1911–12, dies at 79
  • 1958 Nyogen Senzaki, 1st Zen teacher to reside in USA, dies at 81
  • 1962 Jimmy Conlin, American actor (Sin of Harold Diddlebock), dies at 77
  • 1967 Judith Evelyn [Evelyn Morris], American actress (13th Letter, Tingler, Rear Window), dies of cancer at 54
  • 1967 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One driver (b. 1935)
  • 1968 Lurleen Wallace, American politician (46th Governor of Alabama), dies at 41
  • 1970 Carlos Estrada, composer, dies at 60
  • 1971 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • 1977 Irwin Fischer, American composer (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • 1981 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, composer, dies at 79
  • 1982 Alfred Adam, dies at 72
  • 1983 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • 1985 Dawn Addams, British actress (A King in New York, Star Maidens) who married the Prince of Roccasecca, dies of cancer at 54
  • 1986 Gaston Defferre, French Socialist politician, dies at 75
  • 1986 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor and songwriter, dies at 36
  • 1987 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), dies of leukaemia at 56
  • 1990 Jessica James, actress (Spring Break), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • 1993 Mary Philbin, actress (Phantom of the Opera), dies at 89
  • 1994 Clement Greenberg, US art critic (Art & Culture), dies at 85
  • 1994 Margaret Skeete, oldest American, dies at 115
  • 1995 Ernest Harold Martin [Markowitz], American Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin in A Chorus Line), dies at 75
  • 1995 Lawrence Josset, British engraver, dies at 84
  • 1995 Maria Luisa Bemberg, fil maker, dies at 73
  • 1995 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • 1996 Albert Meltzer, anarchist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP, dies at 87
  • 1996 Howard Frank Trayton Smith, diplomat/head of MI5, dies at 76
  • 1998 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • 1998 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), dies at 56
  • 2000 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), dies at 90
  • 2001 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • 2002 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • 2002 Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist and Photographer (b. 1962)
  • 2004 Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • 2004 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian singer (The Crew Cuts), dies at 73
  • 2005 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Peter W. Rodino, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey (1949-89), dies at 95
  • 2005 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2006 Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
  • 2006 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)
  • 2007 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926)
  • 2007 Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
  • 2009 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • 2010 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), dies at 87

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

2011 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88), dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 2011 Allyson Hennessy, Trindadian television presenter
  • 2011 Big George, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician (b. 1957)
  • 2013 George Sauer, Jr., American football player, dies from heart failure at 69
  • 2013 Ray Harryhausen, American movie special effect artist (Clash of Titans), dies at 92
  • 2014 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • 2015 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), dies at 87
  • 2016 Harold Kroto, English chemist, (Nobel Prize laureate 1996), dies at 76
  • 2016 John Krish, British documentary filmmaker (Let My People Go), dies at 92
  • 2018 Mikhail German, Russian writer, dies at 85
  • 2018 Miki Muster, Slovenian artist, dies at 92
  • 2018 Isyaku Rabiu, Nigerian businessman and Islamic scholar, dies at 92
  • 2018 Jeremy D. Safran, Canadian-born American clinical psychologist, is killed during a burglary
  • 2018 Tore Torell, Norwegian magician, dies of cancer at 76