Deaths in History in May 1971

  • May 4 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, US chemist (Cyanosis), dies at 88
  • May 4 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • May 5 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • May 5 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • May 7 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • May 15 Sir Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, dies at 70
  • May 19 Ogden Nash, poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68
  • May 20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • May 25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • May 31 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter/illustrator, dies at 75