On This Day

Deaths in History in May 2004

  • May 6 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), dies at 91
  • May 7 Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • May 7 William J. Knight, American astronaut and test pilot (X-15), dies at 74
  • May 8 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • May 9 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, dies at 52
  • May 16 June Taylor, American choreographer, dies at 86
  • May 17 Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  • May 17 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • May 20 Lord Murray of Epping Forest, British labour politician and union leader, dies of emphysema and pneumonia at 82
  • May 23 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (b. 1919)
  • May 24 Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • May 24 Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • May 24 Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • May 25 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • May 26 Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • May 26 Dullah Omar, South African attorney and UDF-leader, dies at 69
  • May 28 Umberto Agnelli, Italian automobile executive (Fiat), dies at 69
  • May 29 Archibald Cox, American lawyer and special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 92
  • May 29 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • May 30 Andrew Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, English aristocrat (Chatsworth) and politician, married Deborah Mitford, dies at 84