On This Day

Deaths in History in May 1987

  • May 4 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, dies at 59

Person of interestWilliam J. Casey

May 6 William J. Casey, American head of the CIA during the Iran-contra scandal (1981-87), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 73

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • May 8 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman & nationalist, dies at 78
  • May 11 James Jesus Angleton, American intelligence officer & head of counterintelligence for the CIA (1954-75), dies at 69
  • May 15 John Baur, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), dies at 78
  • May 17 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist and economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • May 19 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 27 John H. Northrop, American biochemist (crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)), dies at 95
  • May 29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 29 Charan Singh, Indian politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (1979-80), dies at 84
  • May 30 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • May 31 Roy Winsor, American producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life), dies at 75