Deaths in History in May 1989

  • May 1 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • May 1 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • May 2 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • May 2 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • May 3 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • May 3 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • May 12 Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • May 16 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • May 19 Able J Herzberg, Russ/Neth lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies
  • May 19 E Galgoczi, writer, dies
  • May 19 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • May 20 Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42
  • May 20 John R Hicks, English economist (Nobel 1972), dies
  • May 23 Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • May 27 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • May 31 Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72