Deaths in History in May 1986

  • May 7 Gaston Defferre, French Socialist politician, dies at 75
  • May 9 Dirk de Vroome, Dutch campaigner and Limbourg activist, dies at 60

Person of interestTenzing Norgay

May 9 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • May 11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Elisabeth Bergner, dies at 85
  • May 15 Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of Pres, Pulitzer), dies at 71
  • May 20 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist, dies at 83
  • May 24 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • May 25 Chester Bowles, American ambassador and writer (Conscience of a Liberal), dies at 85
  • May 27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • May 27 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • May 31 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • May 31 Jane Frank, American artist, dies at 67