Died On May 18th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 18. The list includes people like Elizabeth Montgomery, Gustav Mahler, Ernie Davis, Jeannette Rankin, Isaac Albeniz. Famous personalities featured on this list, include composers, actors, journalists and secret agents and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, France, Germany & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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 1 
Elizabeth Montgomery
(Best Known for Her Role as the ‘Samantha Stephens’ on the TV Series ‘Bewitched’)
Elizabeth Montgomery
19
Birthdate: April 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: 1995

Actress Elizabeth Montgomery had a flourishing acting career that spanned five decades. Throughout her career, she touched the lives of many with her charitable work and political activism. Such was her popularity that after she succumbed to cancer, a bronze statue of her famous character Samantha Stephens from the TV series Bewitched was erected in Massachusetts.

 2 
Chris Cornell
(Lead vocalist of the Rock Bands 'Soundgarden' & 'Audioslave')
Chris Cornell
40
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: 2017

Singer, songwriter, and musician Chris Cornell rose to fame as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. One of the key figures of the 1990s grunge movement, he also had a successful solo career. Unfortunately, he suffered from depression and died of suicide at the peak of his career.

 3 
Jim Brown
(Football Player)
Jim Brown
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Simons, Georgia, United States
Died: 2023
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 4 
Ernie Davis
(American Football Player Who Was the First African American to Win the Heisman Trophy)
Ernie Davis
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Salem-Buffington, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1963
Footballer Ernie Davis was the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. The Syracuse University player was later drafted by the NFL team Cleveland Browns. However, he died of leukemia at 23, without playing a single professional game. His story inspired the movie The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.
 5 
Jill Ireland
(Actress and Singer Who Has Appeared in Several Films Director by Her Husband Charles Bronson)
Jill Ireland
12
Birthdate: April 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1990

Jill Ireland was an English singer and actress. She is best known for working with her husband Charles Bronson in 15 films. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Ireland started writing books chronicling her fight with cancer. She also started working with the American Cancer Society. Her fight with cancer inspired the movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story.

 6 
Ian Curtis
(English Singer, Songwriter and Musician)
Ian Curtis
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stretford, Lancashire, England
Died: 1980
 7 
Gustav Mahler
(One of the Most Frequently Performed and Recorded of All Composers)
Gustav Mahler
12
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 7, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Czeh Republic
Died: 1911

Austro-Bohemian Romantic composer and conductor Gustav Mahler symbolized the transition of 19th-century Austro-German music to early-20th-century modernism. His music was banned during the Nazi era but was rediscovered later. Famous for his Eighth Symphony, he had also been the director of the Hofoper (Vienna Court Opera).

 8 
Charles Grodin
(Actor, Comedian and Author Known for His Films: ‘Midnight Run’, ‘Dave’ and ‘Heart and Souls’)
Charles Grodin
8
Birthdate: April 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2021

Charles Grodin is an American actor, author, comedian, and former TV talk show host. He became a household name in the late-1970s and 1980s, as he appeared in prominent roles in several popular comedy films of the era. In 1993, he won the American Comedy Award for his portrayal of Murray Blum in the political comedy film, Dave.

 9 
Mary McLeod Bethune
(American Civil Rights Activist and Founder of the 'National Council of Negro Women')
Mary McLeod Bethune
17
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 10, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayesville, South Carolina, United States
Died: 1955

Mary McLeod Bethune was an American civil rights activist, educator, womanist, humanitarian, and philanthropist. She is credited with founding the National Council of Negro Women. Bethune also played a key role in the creation of the Black Cabinet while serving as an adviser to Franklin Roosevelt. In 1973, Bethune was made an indutee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 10 
Jeannette Rankin
(Feminist Politician & the First Woman to be Part of the US Congress and Only from Montana)
Jeannette Rankin
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 11, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Missoula
Died: 1973

Jeannette Rankin scripted history as the first female member of the US Congress. A feminist, she was also associated with the women’s suffrage movement. Earlier, the Republican worked as a dressmaker, a furniture designer, and a teacher. She was the only legislator to vote against war after the Pearl Harbor incident.

 11 
Túpac Amaru II
(Revolutionary)
Túpac Amaru II
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1738
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Surimana-Canas, Cuzco, Viceroyalty of Peru
Died: 1781

Túpac Amaru II  was the leader of a large Andean uprising against the Spanish in Peru. His wife was also a revolutionary and played a key role in the uprising. They were both captured, tortured, and put to death by the Spaniards. Following his death, he became known as a mythical figure in the Peruvian struggle for independence. 

 12 
Elisha Cook Jr.
(Actor)
Elisha Cook Jr.
2
Birthdate: December 26, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1995
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 13 
David A. Johnston
(American Volcanologist Who was Caught in the Midst of the Eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980)
David A. Johnston
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1980

David A. Johnston was an American volcanologist who was caught in the midst of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Johnston was killed during the eruption and his body was never found. David A. Johnston's life and career have inspired several documentaries, docudramas, and films.

 14 
Eli Cohen
(Egyptian-born Israeli Spy)
Eli Cohen
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 26, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 1965
Israeli spy Eli Cohen is remembered for his espionage activities from 1961 to 1965 in Syria, where he served as the chief advisor to the defense minister. He was eventually convicted and publicly hanged. His story later inspired the Netflix miniseries The Spy and the TV film The Impossible Spy.
 15 
Daws Butler
(Actor, Dub actor)
Daws Butler
2
Birthdate: November 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toledo
Died: 1988
 16 
Jerry Vale
(Singer)
Jerry Vale
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 2014
 17 
William Saroyan
(American-Armenian novelist)
William Saroyan
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 31, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fresno
Died: 1981
 18 
Alexander Godunov
(American Ballet Dancer, Actor and Member of the ‘Bolshoi Ballet’)
Alexander Godunov
22
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: November 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sakhalin, Russia
Died: 1995
Russian ballet dancer Alexander Godunov was part of the Bolshoi Ballet. He defected to the U.S. in 1979, causing significant U.S.-Soviet tension. He had also appeared in many films, such as Anna Karenina and Die Hard. His final days were marked by alcoholism, which also eventually caused his death.
 19 
Arthur O'Connell
(Actor)
Arthur O'Connell
0
Birthdate: March 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: 1981
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 20 
Jacque Fresco
(Futurist and Self-Described Social Engineer)
Jacque Fresco
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2017

Jacque Fresco was an American futurist who lectured and wrote his views on various subjects, such as energy efficiency, sustainable cities, cybernetic technology, natural-resource management, and automation. His life and career inspired the 2006 semi-biographical film Future by Design. In 2016, Jacque Fresco was honored with a Novus Summit award for his work.

 21 
Davey Boy Smith
(British Professional Wrestler Best Known for His Appearances in World Wrestling Federation)
Davey Boy Smith
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Golborne, Lancashire, England
Died: 2002
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 22 
Stephanie Adams
(Model)
Stephanie Adams
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Orange, New Jersey, USA
Died: 2018
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 23 
Alexander Suvorov
(Russian Military Commander Known for His Achievements in the Russo-Turkish War)
Alexander Suvorov
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1729
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: 1800

Aleksandr Vasilyevich Suvorov was a distinguished Russian General, remembered for winning every battle that he had commanded. Known for his thumping victories at the Battle of Rymnik and Siege of Izmail during the Russo-Turkish War and for his contributions during the French Revolutionary Wars, he won many awards and tittles and wrote several military manuals, including The Science of Victory.

 24 
Isaac Albeniz
(Spanish Catalan Virtuoso Pianist & One of the Foremost Composers of the Post-Romantic Era)
Isaac Albeniz
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 29, 1861
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Camprodon, Spain
Died: 1909

Isaac Albeniz was a Spanish composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist. Widely regarded as one of the most important composers of the Post-Romantic era, Albeniz had a strong influence on younger composers as well as his contemporaries. Many of his personal papers are preserved in several prominent institutions, such as the Library of Catalonia.

 25 
Robert Rogers
(soldier, privateer)
Robert Rogers
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1731
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Methuen
Died: 1795

Robert Rogers was a British soldier who served during the American Revolution and the French and Indian War. Rogers is remembered for raising and commanding the popular Rogers' Rangers during the French and Indian War. In 1992, he was inducted into the United States Army Ranger Hall of Fame. Robert Rogers’ heroics are depicted in the 1940 film Northwest Passage.

 26 
Andy Clyde
(American Actor)
Andy Clyde
0
Birthdate: March 25, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
Died: 1967
 27 
Arthur Malet
1
Birthdate: September 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lee-on-Solent, England
Died: 2013
 28 
Harry R. Truman
(Businessman)
Harry R. Truman
7
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ivydale, West Virginia, United States
Died: 1980

Initially a bootlegger, Harry R. Truman later leased a 50-acre plot in the woods near the active volcano Mount St. Helens and opened the Mount St. Helens Lodge. He became famous after refusing to evacuate the place after warnings that the volcano would erupt, and was later presumed dead.

 29 
Jacques Marquette
(French Jesuit Missionary Who Founded Michigan’s First European Settlement)
Jacques Marquette
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 1, 1637
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laon, France
Died: 1675

Jesuit missionary explorer Jacques Marquette is best remembered for his journey to the Mississippi River with Louis Jolliet, which led to the first accurate documentation of the course. While attempting a communication with the Illinois Indians, he died at the mouth of Père Marquette at age 37.

 30 
Franco Battiato
(Singer-songwriter)
Franco Battiato
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Giarre-Riposto
Died: 2021
 31 
George Meredith
(Novelist)
George Meredith
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 12, 1828
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Died: 1909
 32 
Betty Robinson
(American Athlete and Winner of the First Olympic 100 Metres for Women)
Betty Robinson
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riverdale, Illinois, United States
Died: 1999
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 33 
Leroy Anderson
(Classical composer, Conductor, Composer)
Leroy Anderson
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: 1975
 34 
Augustus Pablo
(Musician, Pianist, Record producer, Composer)
Augustus Pablo
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Andrew
Died: 1999

Augustus Pablo was a Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and record producer who was active from the 1970s to 1999 when he died at age 45 due to a collapsed lung. Pablo is credited with popularizing the use of the melodica in reggae music. His 1976 album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown is considered an important example of a musical style called dub.

 35 
James Truslow Adams
(Historian of the modern age, Historian, Biographer)
James Truslow Adams
0
Birthdate: October 18, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: 1949
Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 18, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1922

Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran was a French physician whose discoveries of certain parasitic protozoans earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1907. A well-known philanthropist, Laveran donated half of the money obtained from his Nobel Prize to set up the Laboratory of Tropical Medicine. He is also credited with founding the Société de Pathologie Exotique.

 37 
Reema Lagoo
(Actress)
Reema Lagoo
2
Birthdate: June 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India
Died: 2017
 38 
Arnold Orville Beckman
(American Chemist and Inventor Who Invented the pH Meter)
Arnold Orville Beckman
0
Birthdate: April 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cullom
Died: 2004

Arnold Orville Beckman was an American inventor, chemist, philanthropist, and investor. He is credited with inventing the pH meter, which revolutionized the study of biology and chemistry. Based on this invention, Beckman later established a company named Beckman Instruments. Arnold Orville Beckman is also credited with inventing the DU spectrophotometer. In 1988, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology.

 39 
Dobrica Ćosić
(Yugoslav and Serbian Political Theorist, Writer, and Politician)
Dobrica Ćosić
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 29, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Velika Drenova, Serbia
Died: 2014

Dobrica Cosic was a Yugoslav and Serbian political theorist, writer, and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the first President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 15 June 1992 to 1 June 1993. Dobrica Cosic also achieved popularity as a writer, winning prestigious awards such as the Medal of Pushkin and the NIN Award.

 40 
Maurice Noble
(Animator)
Maurice Noble
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Spooner Township, Minnesota, United States
Died: 2001
 41 
Pierre-Gilles de Gennes
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 24, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 2007

Pierre-Gilles de Gennes was a French physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics in 1991. In the initial years of his career, he worked mainly on neutron scattering and magnetism. In his later years, he worked on liquid crystals, interfacial problems, and granular materials. Besides the Nobel Prize, he was also the recipient of the prestigious Lorentz Medal.

 42 
Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony
(Regent)
Maria Josepha Amalia of Saxony
1
Birthdate: December 6, 1803
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Died: 1829
 43 
Pierre Beaumarchais
(French Polymath and One of the Greatest Playwrights of 18th-Century France)
Pierre Beaumarchais
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 24, 1732
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1799

Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French polymath who had worked as a watchmaker, playwright, musician, financier, and diplomat. He was also an inventor and revolutionary. He was much respected in French society and held influence in the court of King Louis XV. He supported American independence and actively participated in the early stages of the 1789 French Revolution. 

 44 
Peter Jones
(Drummer)
Peter Jones
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: 2012
 45 
Bill Haywood
(Activist)
Bill Haywood
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 4, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Died: 1928
 46 
Werner Sombart
(German Economist and Sociologist Known for Coining the Term ‘Late Capitalism')
Werner Sombart
0
Birthdate: January 19, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ermsleben, Falkenstein, Germany
Died: 1941

Werner Sombart was a German sociologist and economist. He was one of the 20th century's most important Continental European social scientists who served as the leader of the Youngest Historical School. Werner Sombart is credited with coining the phrase late capitalism. He is also remembered for his magnum opus, Der moderne Kapitalismus.

 47 
Henri Laborit
(French Surgeon and Neurobiologist Best Remembered for His Role in the Development of Chlorpromazine)
Henri Laborit
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanoi, Vietnam
Died: 1995

Henri Laborit was a French surgeon, writer, neurobiologist, and philosopher. He is best remembered for his role in the development of chlorpromazine, which is used to treat psychotic disorders. In 1957, Henri Laborit was honored with the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award.

 48 
Pauline Viardot
(One of the Best 19th-Century French Mezzo-Sopranos)
Pauline Viardot
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 18, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1910

Pauline Viardot was a noted French operatic Mezzo-soprano, music-pedagogue and composer of nineteenth century considered a star performer of her time. She hailed from a musical family. During her illustrious career that spanned over several decades, Viardot thrived as a remarkable pianist and as a complete all-around professional musician. Her notable works include the operas Le dernier sorcier and Cendrillon.

 49 
Eric IX of Sweden
(Swedish King)
Eric IX of Sweden
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1120 AD
Birthplace: Västergötland
Died: 1160

Hailed as the Patron of Sweden, King Eric IX was a 12th century Swedish king and the founder of the House of Eric. Also known as Saint Eric or Eric the Holy, he has been credited with many good deeds, which includes introduction of salutary laws, helping the poor and curing the sick with his miraculous power etc.

 50 
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
(Baritone)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 2012