Deaths in History in May 1919

  • May 2 Gustav Landauer, German socialist, dies
  • May 4 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (b. 1880)
  • May 6 Lyman Frank Baum, American author (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), dies at 62

Person of interestHenry John Heinz

May 14 Henry John Heinz, German-American entrepreneur who founded prepared-foods company (H.J. Heinz Company-57 varieties), dies at 74

Founder of Heinz Henry John Heinz
Founder of Heinz
Henry John Heinz
  • May 17 Guido von List, Austrian-German occultist and novelist (Jung Diethers Heimkehr), dies at 70
  • May 20 Jacob Verdam, philosopher, dies
  • May 21 Victor A D Segalen, [Max Anely], French ship's doctor/writer, dies
  • May 21 Yevgraf Fyodorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1853)
  • May 24 Amado Nervo [Juan Crisóstomo Ruiz de Nervo], Mexican writer and poet, dies at 48

Person of interestMadam C. J. Walker

May 25 Madam C. J. Walker [Sarah Breedlove], African American entrepreneur (First American self-made female millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company), dies of kidney failure complications at 51

Cosmetics Mogul Madam C. J. Walker
Cosmetics Mogul
Madam C. J. Walker
  • May 27 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Social reformer of Andhra Pradesh, dies at 71
  • May 29 Robert Bacon, American politician (39th United States Secretary of State), dies at 58