Died On May 5th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 5. The list includes people like Napoleon Bonaparte, Bobby Sands, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Bret Harte, Carlos Saavedra Lamas. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, actors and revolutionaries and from other domains of life. This list includes people from Germany, United Kingdom, United States & France and many more countries.
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Napoleon Bonaparte
(Emperor of the French (1804-1814))
Napoleon Bonaparte
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Birthdate: August 15, 1769
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: 1821
French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte ruled as the French emperor from 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815. He strengthened France’s position in Europe through the Napoleonic Wars and extended his kingdom. However, he was eventually defeated by the Seventh Coalition at the Battle of Waterloo and sent to exile. 
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Bobby Sands
(Former Member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army Who Died on a Hunger Strike)
Bobby Sands
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Died: 1981

Robert Gerard Sands, better known as Bobby Sands, was a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, who died during a 1981 hunger strike, along with nine other strikers, protesting against the removal of Special Category Status from IRA prisoners. He had helped plot the 1976 Balmoral Furniture Company bombing.

 3 
Violet Jessop
(Nurse)
Violet Jessop
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 2, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Died: 1971
 4 
Dana Wynter
(Television actor, Film actor, Actor)
Dana Wynter
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Birthdate: June 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: 2011
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 5 
Millie Small
(Singer)
Millie Small
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
Died: 2020

Millie Small was a Jamaican singer-songwriter best remembered for her hit song My Boy Lollipop, which sold more than seven million copies worldwide, apart from taking up the second spot on US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The most successful Jamaican female performer of all time, Millie Small was also the Caribbean's first international recording star.

 6 
Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor)
Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
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Birthdate: June 9, 1640
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1705

Second son of Emperor Ferdinand III, Leopold I became the heir apparent to his father’s throne on the death of his elder brother in 1654, being coroneted as the Holy Roman Emperor in 1658. Although he received little training for the throne, Austria became a great European power during his reign, emerging victorious in struggles against Ottoman Empire and France.

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Walter Gotell
(Actor)
Walter Gotell
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Birthdate: March 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: 1997
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 8 
Walter Sisulu
(Former Deputy President of the African National Congress (1991 - 1994))
Walter Sisulu
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ngcobo, South Africa
Died: 2003

Walter Sisulu was a South African activist who played an important role in the anti-apartheid movement. Counted among the most important members of the ANC, Sisulu served more than 25 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activities. For his contribution to the success of the ANC, Sisulu was honored with the prestigious Isitwalandwe Seaparankoe in 1992.

 9 
Josiah Henson
(Abolitionist)
Josiah Henson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 15, 1789
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Charles County, Maryland, United States
Died: 1883

Josiah Henson was an American abolitionist, author, and minister. Henson escaped to Upper Canada after being born into slavery and founded a settlement for other fugitive slaves in Kent County. Josiah Henson's autobiography about his escape from slavery is said to have inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's title character in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

 10 
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
(The 13th President of Nigeria)
Umaru Musa Yar'Adua
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Katsina, Nigeria
Died: 2010

Umaru Musa Yar'Adua became President of Nigeria after winning the highly-controversial 2007 presidential election as candidate of PDP. He earlier served as Governor of Katsina. He went to Saudi Arabia in November 2009 to receive treatment for pericarditis. He was never seen in public again and although he returned to Nigeria in February 2010, he died in May that year.   

 11 
Bret Harte
(Author & Poet)
Bret Harte
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Birthdate: August 25, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
Died: 1902
 12 
Isao Tomita
(Musical composer)
Isao Tomita
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toyotama District, Tokyo
Died: 2016
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Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet
(German Mathematician Who Made Valuable Contributions to Number Theory, Analysis and Mechanics)
Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 13, 1805
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Düren, Germany
Died: 1859

German mathematician Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet is remembered for his invaluable contribution to number theory. He pioneered the concept of a function, expressed through the equation y = f (x). Though his parents wanted him to become a merchant, his mastery of math made them change their minds.

 14 
Hugo Banzer
(Politician)
Hugo Banzer
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Concepcion, Bolivia
Died: 2002
 15 
Bill Musselman
(Basketball coach)
Bill Musselman
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wooster, Ohio, United States
Died: 2000
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Ludwig Erhard
(Chancellor of West Germany from 1963 to 1966)
Ludwig Erhard
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 4, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fürth, Germany
Died: 1977

Ludwig Erhard was a German politician best remembered for his efforts to recover the economy in West Germany after the Second World War while serving as the Minister of Economic Affairs. From 1963 to 1966, he served as West Germany's chancellor. Although he was an influential politician, Erhard lacked support from former Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, leading to Ludwig Erhard's resignation.

 17 
Elizabeth of Rhuddlan
(Queen)
Elizabeth of Rhuddlan
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Birthdate: August 7, 1282
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rhuddlan Castle, Denbighshire, Wales
Died: 1316
 18 
Frederick Augustus I of Saxony
(King)
Frederick Augustus I of Saxony
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1750
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: 1827
 19 
William Friese-Greene
(Photographer, Inventor)
William Friese-Greene
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Birthdate: September 7, 1855
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bristol
Died: 1921

William Friese-Greene was a British photographer and inventor. A pioneer of motion pictures, Friese-Greene is remembered for devising a series of cameras with which he shot moving pictures in London. Despite earning substantial amount of money throughout his career, Friese-Greene died in poverty as he spent his earnings on his inventions. His life inspired a biopic titled The Magic Box.

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Gino Bartali
(Italian Road Racing Cyclist)
Gino Bartali
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ponte a Ema, Italy
Died: 2000
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Martiros Saryan
(Painter)
Martiros Saryan
2
Birthdate: February 28, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Don Host Oblast, Russia
Died: 1972
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Claude Choules
(Soldier)
Claude Choules
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pershore, Worcestershire, England
Died: 2011
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Didi Kempot
(Singer)
Didi Kempot
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia
Died: 2020
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Beryl Burton
(English Racing Cyclist)
Beryl Burton
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Halton, Leeds, United Kingdom
Died: 1996

Legendary British cyclist Beryl Burton dominated the British women’s racing scene from the 1950s to the 1980s. Apart from being a 5-time world champion, she set a new women’s record for the 25-mile time trial, which surpassed the men’s record for 2 years. Her achievements inspired a radio play.

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George Rose
(Actor)
George Rose
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 19, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bicester, England
Died: 1988
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Robert Stanford Tuck
(Fighter pilot)
Robert Stanford Tuck
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 1, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Catford
Died: 1987
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Napoleon Charles Bonaparte
(Son of Louis Bonaparte)
Napoleon Charles Bonaparte
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 10, 1802
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1807
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George Sidney
(Film director)
George Sidney
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Birthdate: October 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Island City, New York, United States
Died: 2002
 29 
John Flynn
(Minister)
John Flynn
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1880
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Moliagul, Australia
Died: 1951
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Frederick III, Elector of Saxony
(Noblemen)
Frederick III, Elector of Saxony
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 17, 1463
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Torgau, Germany
Died: 1525
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Boozoo Chavis
(Accordion player)
Boozoo Chavis
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Died: 2001
 32 
Johanna Bassani
(Austrian Combined Ski Jumper and Nordic Skier)
Johanna Bassani
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 25, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vöcklabruck, Austria
Died: 2020

Johanna Bassani was an Austrian combined ski jumper and Nordic skier. After starting her career at the age of 12, Bassani went on to establish herself as an important skier and made it to the national team in 2020 when she was selected to take part in the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships. However, she committed suicide at age 18.

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Carlos Saavedra Lamas
(Argentine Politician and Academic Who Became the First Latin American Nobel Peace Prize Recipient)
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 1959

Carlos Saavedra Lamas was an Argentine politician and academic. In 1936, he won the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first Latin American to do so. Apart from the Nobel Peace Prize, Carlos Saavedra Lamas was also honored with the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor of France.

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Isaac Butt
(Barrister)
Isaac Butt
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 6, 1813
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: County Donegal, Ireland
Died: 1879
 35 
Arthur Laurents
(Screenwriter, Librettist, Playwright, Writer)
Arthur Laurents
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 2011
 36 
Henry Sidney
(Politician)
Henry Sidney
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 20, 1529
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1586
 37 
Carl Johan Bernadotte
(Prince)
Carl Johan Bernadotte
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: 2012
 38 
Miklós Nyiszli
(Hungarian Prisoner of Jewish Heritage at Auschwitz Concentration Camp)
Miklós Nyiszli
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 17, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Șimleu Silvaniei, Romania
Died: 1956

Hungarian Jewish doctor and forensic pathologist Miklós Nyiszli was sent to Auschwitz along with his family. He survived the concentration camp to tell the tale in his iconic book Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account. Though he escaped death, he was forced to conduct experiments on fellow inmates under Dr. Josef Mengele.

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Charles II of Naples
(Monarch)
Charles II of Naples
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Birthdate: 1254 AD
Birthplace: Italy
Died: 1309
 40 
Giulietta Simionato
(Soprano)
Giulietta Simionato
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Forlì, Italy
Died: 2010
 41 
Charlotte of Bourbon
(Consort)
Charlotte of Bourbon
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Birthdate: 1546 AD
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: 1582
 42 
Frithjof Schuon
(Swiss Metaphysician)
Frithjof Schuon
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Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: 1998

Swiss-born German philosopher and metaphysician Frithjof Schuon was a major figure of the Traditionalist School of thought. He also propagated Religio Perennis and wrote extensively about his belief in God, the absolute principle. Most of his work was penned in French and very few in his mother tongue, German.

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Gordon Hewart, 1st Viscount Hewart
(Politician)
Gordon Hewart, 1st Viscount Hewart
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 7, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bury, England
Died: 1943
 44 
Charles, Duke of Berry
(Grandson of Louis XIV of France)
Charles, Duke of Berry
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 31, 1686
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, France
Died: 1714
 45 
Dick Yarmy
(Actor)
Dick Yarmy
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Birthdate: February 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: 1992
 46 
Donald Bailey
(English Civil Engineer Who Invented the Bailey Bridge)
Donald Bailey
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 15, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rotherham, Yorkshire, England
Died: 1985

Donald Bailey is largely remembered as the man behind the formation of the Bailey Bridge, which played a major role in World War II. He received many awards, including a knighthood, for his contribution. The University of Sheffield alumnus initially worked in railroading before joining the Ministry of Supply’s bridging department.

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Ely Ould Mohamed Vall
(Chairman of the Military Council for Justice and Democracy 2005 - 2007)
Ely Ould Mohamed Vall
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Nouakchott, Mauritania
Died: 2017
 48 
Reginald Goodall
(Conductor)
Reginald Goodall
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 13, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lincoln, England
Died: 1990
 49 
Sebastien Michaelis
(Religious Leader)
Sebastien Michaelis
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1543 AD
Birthplace: Saint-Zacharie, France
Died: 1618
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Théodore Nzue Nguema
(Gabonese Professional Football Player and Manager)
Théodore Nzue Nguema
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea
Died: 2022