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1983Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

1970Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, dies from injuries suffered during an off-ice scuffle with a teammate at 40

1910Elizabeth Blackwell, 1st woman physician, dies at 89

2010Chris Haney, creator of Trivial Pursuit, dies at 59

May 31st Deaths
Date Event
455
Petronius Maximus, senator/Emperor of Rome, lynched 
1091
Hendrik van Verdun, bishop of Luik (1075-91), dies 
1198
Moses ben Solomon Ha-Cohen, rabbi of Mainz, dies 
1246
Isabella of Angouleme, queen of John of England 
1349
Thomas Wake, English politician (b. 1297) 
1408
Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Japanese shogun (b. 1358) 
1410
King Martin I of Aragon (b. 1356) 
1495
Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV of England and Richard III of England, (b. 1415) 
1504
Engelbert II, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz, dies 
1551
Aristotele "Basiano" da Sangallo, Italian set designer, dies 
1558
Philip Hoby, English politician (b. 1505) 
1567
Pereguin de la Grange, French minister/martyr of Reform, dies 
1567
Guido de Bres, Belgian theologian (b. 1522) 
1594
Tintoretto, Italian Mannerist painter, dies at 75 
1620
Willem Louis, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies at 59 
1665
Pieter J Saenredam, Dutch architectural painter, dies at 67 
1680
Joachim Neander, German clergyman (b. 1650) 
1696
Heinrich Schwemmer, composer, dies at 75 
1740
Frederick-William I, King of Prussia (1713-1740), dies at 51 
1747
Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (b. 1686) 
1799
Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715) 
1809
Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer/rebel, dies in battle at 33 
1809
Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (Jahreszeiten), dies at 77 
1809
Jean Lannes, French marshal (b. 1769) 
1809
Joseph Haydn, Catch Me If You Can 
1831
Samuel Bentham, British mechanical engineer (b. 1757) 
1832
Évariste Galois, French mathematician (b. 1811) 
1837
Joseph Grimaldi, greatest clown (king of pantomime), dies at 57 
1846
Philip Marheineke, German clergyman (b. 1780) 
1847
Thomas Chalmers, Scottish pastor (b. 1780) 
1848
Eugénie de Guérin, French writer (b. 1805) 
1849
Leonard PJ du Bus de Gisignies, gov-gen of Neth-Indies, dies at 69 
1854
Vatroslav Lisinski, composer, dies at 34 
1862
Robert Hatton, Confederate brig-general, dies in battle at about 34 
1872
Friedrich Gerstäcker, Die Goldsucher von Arkansas 
1880
Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, dies at 62 
1900
James Loudon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies (1871-75), dies at 75 
1900
John Power, Irish baronet/whiskey manufacturer, dies in battle 
1906
Hermann Schell, German theologist (Gott und Geist), dies at 56 
1906
King Alfonso XIII, assassinated in Madrid 
1906
Victoria von Battenberg, assassinated in Madrid 
1908
C L "Boy" Johnson, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies 
1908
Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (b. 1839) 
1910
Elizabeth Blackwell, 1st woman physician, dies at 89 
1916
Rear Admiral Sir Horace Lambert Alexander Hood, dies in Battle of Jutland 
1916
Gorch Fock, Die Königin von Honolulu 
1919
Péter Andorffy, Casanova 
1925
Charles Lawlor, 42 
1927
Giuseppe Campanari, Webb Singing Pictures 
1927
Benedito Calixto, Amor e Boemia 
1928
Ludwig Enneccerus, German leader, dies at 85 
1928
Manuel de Oliveira Lima, Brazilian historian, dies at 60 
1930
Arpad Viragh, Mad Love 
1931
Felix-Raymond-Marie Rouleau, French Canadian cardinal, archbishop of Quebec (b. 1866) 
1932
Armand Dutertre, Un drame de l'air 
1934
Lew Cody, Don't Change Your Husband 
1942
Reinhard Heydrich, German protector of Bohemia & Moravia, assassinated 
1943
Harry McDonald, Officer '444' 
1944
Alberto Doria, Il ponte sull'infinito 
1944
Dario Faralla, The Return of Sophie Lang 
1944
Amelia Chellini, Giorno di nozze 
1944
Eddie Butler, Wanderlust 
1946
Percy Hilburn, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ 
1947
Adrienne Ames, actress (Black Sheep, 24 Hours), dies at 39 
1947
Henri Casadesus, French violist/composer (viola d'amour), dies at 67 
1947
H. Casadessus,  
1947
Henri Casadesus, Mysteries of Paris 
1947
Adrienne Ames, The Death Kiss 
1948
Jose Vianna da Motta, composer, dies at 80 
1948
Vianna da Motta, Vianna da Motta, Cenas Portuguesas 
1949
Patric Curwen, The Gaunt Stranger 
1949
Frederick Ko Vert, An Adventuress 
1951
Cardinal Dennis Dougherty, Cavalcade of Faith 
1952
Walter Schellenberg, German lawyer/headed spy (Venlo), dies 
1952
Eugeniusz Cekalski, Strachy 
1952
Robert McIntyre, The Winning of Barbara Worth 
1952
George Magrill, The Lone Prairie 
1953
Richard Rosson, Scarface 
1954
Guglielmo Barnabò, Miracle in Milan 
1954
Andrée Clément, Dieu a besoin des hommes 
1955
"Wild Bill" Vukovich, killed in Indy 500 
1955
Raoul Gunsbourg, composer, dies at 95 
1955
Tilley Christiansen, The Marconi Operator 
1957
Leopold Staff, Polish poet (b. 1878) 
1958
Aleksander Zabczynski, Love Manoeuvres 
1958
Herbert Heyes, A Place in the Sun 
1958
Harry Green, A King in New York 
1959
Rudolf Kadlec, Tri vejce do skla 
1960
Willem Elsschot, [Alfons de Ridder], Flemish writer (Kas), dies at 78 
1960
Walther Funk, Nazi leader (b. 1890) 
1960
Walther Funk,  
1960
Jim Newman, The Birth of a Nation 
1960
Daisy Small, Poor Jake's Demise 
1960
Willem Elsschot, Lijmen/Het been 
1961
Walter Little, Canadian politician (b. 1877) 
1961
Ruby Goodwin, The View from Pompey's Head 
1961
Sydney Blow, Weddings Are Wonderful 
1962
Adolf Eichmann, Nazi war criminal, hanged at Ramie Prison in Israel at 56 
1962
Eduardo Toldra, composer, dies at 67 
1962
Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (b. 1874) 
1962
Eduard Toldrà, El señor Esteve 
1963
Carel C van Essen, archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63 
1963
Edith Hamilton, The Trojan Women 
1963
Lew Leary, Psycho 
1967
Billy Strayhorn, American composer, pianist and arranger (b. 1915) 
1970
Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, dies from injuries suffered during an off-ice scuffle with a teammate at 40 
1971
Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies 
1971
Massimo Campigli, Italian painter/illustrator, dies at 75 
1972
Walter Freeman, American physician (b. 1895) 
1973
Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89 
1974
Adelle Davis, US nutrionalist (Let's stay healthy), dies at 70 
1976
Jacques Monod, French biochemist, dies 
1976
Martha Mitchell wife of former Att Gen John Mitchell, dies in NY at 57 
1977
William Castle, American film director (b. 1914) 
1977
Somar Alberg, Murder, Ph. D. 
1978
József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925) 
1978
Lloyd Wright, Robin Hood 
1978
Heinz Scholz, Heiraten ist immer ein Risiko 
1978
John Zimeas, House of Usher 
1979
Nigel Howard, cricketer (England captain 1951-52 tour of India), dies 
1979
Scott Vincent, The (New) $25,000 Pyramid 
1979
Marcel Merminod, Black Out 
1979
Helmut Schiemann, Die Verführbaren 
1980
Aline Goodwin, Firebrand Jordan 
1980
Marie Norrová, Prednosta stanice 
1981
Jimmy Granato, Jazz Alley 
1981
Wadsworth Taylor, 38-23-36 
1981
Gyula Lorant, Profis 
1981
Michal Sprusinski, Powrót 
1982
Carl Steppling, Angels Die Hard 
1982
Carlo Mauri, The Ra Expeditions 
1983
Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86 
1983
Andrea Rizzoli, My Friends 
1983
Natalie Leeb, Jeannie Goes to Honolulu 
1984
Jonathan Ledford, The Amazing Transparent Man 
1984
May Clark, Alice in Wonderland 
1984
Arne Lintner, Vi er allesammen tossede 
1984
Hermann Wagemann, Happy End 
1985
Dwight Cummings, The Reckoning 
1985
Dwight Cummins, Loaded Pistols 
1986
James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917) 
1986
Bud Austin, Johnny Dangerously 
1986
Enrico Rame, The Reckless 
1986
Richard Birnie, Back for Christmas 
1986
Albert Reed, Airport 
1986
Joe Strauch Jr., Under Fiesta Stars 
1986
Nicholas E. Baehr, The Incident 
1986
Sylvia Coleridge, Tess 
1986
Dora Russell, Reds 
1986
Otto Malde, Spartacus 
1987
Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies 
1987
Alfonzó, Én vagyok Jeromos 
1987
Luther Greene, The Adventures of Mark Twain 
1987
Bradley Lieberman, Sid and Nancy 
1987
Jerry Adair, Game 6 
1987
Roy Winsor, Search for Tomorrow 
1987
Lidiya Komaretskaya, Gadyuka 
1987
Lyubov Komaretskaya, Zvezdy na krylyakh 
1987
Wanda Jakubinska, Skarb 
1987
Wilbur Evans, Man with a Million 
1987
Dorothy Patrick, Follow Me Quietly 
1988
Lallah Rookh Hart, False to the Finish 
1988
Laila Jokimo, Houkutuslintu 
1989
C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies 
1989
Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72 
1989
Terry Drinkwater, CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer 
1989
C. Thomas Cunliffe, On the Right Track 
1989
André Bac, Le Jour se Leve 
1989
C.L.R. James, C. L. R. James Talking to Stuart Hall 
1990
Michael Raffetto, A Foreign Affair 
1990
Dragan Lakovic, Deco, pevajte sa nama 
1990
María Teresa Acosta, La quema de Judas 
1990
Elsa Hofgren, The New Land 
1990
Jerzy Kaliszewski, Boleslaw Smialy 
1990
Art Lund, Black Caesar 
1991
Angus Wilson, [Johnstone-W], British writer (Wrong Set), dies 
1991
H N "Swanie" Swanson, literary agent, dies at 91 of a stroke 
1991
H.N. Swanson, The Half Naked Truth 
1991
Ivan Kirov, Specter of the Rose 
1991
Angus Wilson, Episode #1.3 
1991
Peter D'Arcy, Prizzi's Honor 
1992
Lutz Stavenhagen, top aid to Chancellor Helmut Kohl, dies at 52 
1992
Karl-Erik Welin, Bang! 
1992
Robert Farfan, Rebel Without a Cause 
1992
Lillian Powell, Millionaire Father Gilhooley 
1992
Walter Neugebauer, The Great Meeting 
1992
Eddie Forman, Skipalong Rosenbloom 
1993
John Granger, actor (Advise & Consent), dies at 69 
1993
Spuds Mackenzie, American advertisement dog 
1993
John Granger, Advise & Consent 
1993
Stuart Marshall, Desire 
1993
Rein Malmsten, Bande 
1994
Doug Freeman, cricketer (2 Tests of leg-spin for NZ 1933), dies 
1994
Emmanuel "Manny" Klein, trumpeter, dies at 86 
1994
Herva Nelli, soprano, dies at 85 
1994
Sidney Gilliat, British screenwriter/director, dies at 86 
1994
Brian Kingcome, As We Forgive 
1994
Henri Woode, Avalon 
1994
Marthe Alycia, Il viccolo di madama Lucrezia 
1994
Sidney Gilliat, The Lady Vanishes 
1994
Brad Peters, These Bases Are Loaded 
1994
Walther Diehl, Max und Moritz 
1995
Tim Mara, owner (NY Giants), dies at 59 
1995
Warren Sonbert, Short Fuse 
1995
Nagene Searle, The Fighting O'Flynn 
1995
Stanley Elkin, Circle of Fear 
1995
Pavel Sivic, Filmski obzornik 31 
1996
Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker, dies at 80 
1996
Elsbeary Hobbs, singer, dies at 59 
1996
Neela Sanjiva Reddy, president of India (1977-82), dies 
1996
Paul Peter Piech, artist, dies at 76 
1996
Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist/photographer, dies at 68 
1996
Timothy Francis Leary, Harvard prof/LSD guru, dues of cancer at 75 
1996
Evelyn Lovequist, Episode #2.30 
1996
Regis Parton, The Monster Squad 
1996
Timothy Leary, Walden 
1996
Luciano Lama, Lama e... 'un affresco' di Ben Shahn 
1996
Colin Morris, The End of the Voyage 
1997
Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76 
1997
James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905) 
1997
Bob Kline, Showdown with Rance McGrew 
1997
Pat Collins, Lucy and Pat Collins 
1997
Nando Pucci Negri, Ginger and Fred 
1997
Arlette Balkis, I Stand Alone 
1998
Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912) 
1998
Sherman Labby, Blade Runner 
1998
Lotti Huber, Anita: Dances of Vice 
1998
Germaine Risse, La mer 
1998
Lia Herskovits, Nagyhatalmú sündisznócska 
1998
Stanislaw Wislocki, Pierwszy dzien wolnosci 
1999
Larry Williams, Straight Life 
1999
Marianne Lüdcke, A Happy Family Life 
1999
Davor Dujmovic, Time of the Gypsies 
1999
Auguste Le Breton, Rififi 
1999
Joseph D. Steuben, The Hitcher 
1999
Charles Pierce, Torch Song Trilogy 
1999
Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Ultimatum 
1999
Ed Lautenslager, Naakt over de schutting 
1999
Nicolas Bréhal, Nora 
2000
Tito Puente, American musician (b. 1923) 
2000
Johnnie Taylor, American singer (b. 1938) 
2000
Walter Sparrow, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves 
2000
Irene Caine, Irma la Douce 
2000
Johnnie Taylor, Bedazzled 
2000
Barbara Barondess, Hold Your Man 
2000
Andrew Faulds, Cleopatra 
2001
Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 1907) 
2001
Annyce Holzman, Re-Animator 
2001
Rosemary Verey, Palmers Garden Show 
2001
Arlene Francis, Episode dated 15 May 1955 
2001
Craig Getman, Ken Park 
2001
Tamás Vayer, Another Way 
2002
Takhir Sabirov, Novye skazki Shakherezady 
2002
Joan Crosby, White Palace 
2002
Eleanor Wilson, Love of Life 
2002
Eleanor D. Wilson, Reds 
2003
Janine Bazin, Alain Cavalier - Sept chapitres, cinq jours, 2 pièces-cuisine 
2003
Helena Dabrowska, Night Train 
2003
Enayetur Rahim, Assassinations That Changed the World 
2003
Tania Trepanier, Sugar and Spice 
2003
Anil Biswas, Pardesi 
2003
John Ceppi, The 'Burbs 
2004
Robert Quine, American guitarist (b. 1941) 
2004
Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter (b. 1941) 
2004
Robert Quine, A Night with Lou Reed 
2004
Robert A. Burns, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 
2004
Evelyn Nair, Run, Girl, Run 
2004
Erich Altrock, Justizmord 
2005
Franklin Barton, The Organization 
2005
Archil Gomiashvili, Twelve Chairs 
2005
Windlind Smith, The Chase 
2005
Grisélidis Réal, [Sonia] 
2005
Jaime Mendoza-Nava, The Boys in Company C 
2006
Ryan Bennett, broadcast commentator (b. 1970) 
2006
Miguel Berrocal, sculptor (b. 1933) 
2006
Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914) 
2006
Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930) 
2006
Boris Rösner, Zdislava z Lemberka 
2006
Arne Markusson, Caesar and Cleopatra 
2007
Laimonas Noreika, Povest' o chekiste 
2007
Milton Clark Jr., The Prince of Tides 
2007
Don Granberry, Trucks 
2007
Isabel de Pomés, The Miracle of Marcelino 
2008
Samir Ayadi, Et demain... 
2008
Charles Moskos, Chemical Plant Insecurity/They Didn't Ask, He Didn't Tell/The Kuwait of Africa 
2008
Bill Connell, Stroker Ace 
2008
Harry Bernsen, Three the Hard Way 
2008
Bruno Balp, A Real Young Girl 
2008
Hugh Jarrett, Resting Place 
2009
Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912) 
2009
George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941) 
2009
Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927) 
2009
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy, Hedgehog in the Fog 
2009
Danny La Rue, The Merry Mishaps of Mr. Bean 
2009
Maria Lovullo, Glim-Glim 
2009
Howard Dayton, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 
2009
Millvina Dean, Titanic: Death of a Dream 
2009
Jouni Apajalahti, Sissit 
2009
Andrei Vertogradov, Courier 
2009
Ingebjørg Sem, I fjelldalens skygge 
2010
Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculpter (b. 1911) 
2010
Brian Duffy, British photographer and film producer (b. 1933) 
2010
William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923) 
2010
Rubén Juárez, Argentine bandoneonist (b. 1947) 
2010
Benjamin Lees, American composer (b. 1924) 
2010
Merata Mita, New Zealander filmmaker (b. 1942) 
2010
Chris Haney, creator of Trivial Pursuit, dies at 59 
2010
William A. Fraker, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 
2010
Louise Bourgeois, Louise Bourgeois: Spiderwoman 
2010
Avis Scott, To Have and to Hold 
2010
Jim L'Ecuyer, Huckabee 
2010
Merata Mita, Mauri 
2010
Fred Vickter, Halloween 
2010
Brian Duffy, The Man Who Shot the 60s 
2010
Benjamin Lees, The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock 
2010
Rubén Juárez, Tango Bar 
2010
Donald Windham, You Touched Me 
2011
Grant Sullivan, The Search 
2011
Adolfas Mekas, Hallelujah the Hills 
2011
Linda Dilorenzo, 88 Seconds in Greensboro 
2011
Crissy Moon, Barely Legal #71 
2011
Sølvi Wang, Daddy's Success 
2011
Abbey Vine, The Bodyguard 
2011
Jennifer Worth, Christmas Special 
2011
Alexandro Guerrero, Llegas Tarde 
2011
Ivaylo Kuzov, Zhivotat e pred nas 
2011
Hugh Stewart, The Man Who Knew Too Much 
2011
Roc Hillman, Made in Heaven 
2011
Hans Keilson, Episode #6.123 
2011
Edit Kremsier, Akarsz-e bohóc lenni? 
2011
Andy Robustelli, Super Bowl XXXIII 
2011
Pauline Betz, Queens of the Court 
2011
Philip Rose, A Raisin in the Sun 
2012
Valentín Javier, Black Crown 
2012
Pietro Bonetti, Briscola 
2012
Enric Casamitjana, Episode #1.1 
2012
Christopher Challis, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 
2012
Orlando Woolridge, 1984 NBA Slam Dunk Championship 
2012
Clark Auster, 2002: The Rape of Eden 
2012
Kiyohiko Ozaki, House 
2013
Tim Samaras, American tornado chaser, dies from tornado injuries at 55 
2013
Jean Stapleton, American actress, dies at 90 
2013
Elvin Feltner, Carnival Magic 
2013
Jean Stapleton, Meet the Bunkers 
2013
Marta Romero, El señor doctor 
2013
Vollis Simpson, Yards of Fun 
2013
Carl Young, Stranded 
2013
Frederic Lindsay, Jill Rips 
2013
Paul Samaras, Stranded 
2013
Tim Samaras, Stranded 
2014
Marilyn Beck, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 
2014
Pat McDonagh, A Judgment in Stone 
2014
Lady Mary Soames, A Picture of Britain 
2014
Jirí Bruder, Noise Above 
2014
Mary Anthony, Mary Anthony: A Life in Modern Dance 
2014
Martha Hyer, Sabrina 
2014
Steven H. Scheuer, World: Comm 
2014
Imants Zurins, Salna pavasari 
2015
Will Holt, Apollo 13 
2015
Hiroshi Koizumi, Godzilla Raids Again 
2015
Christina Reid, Irish Stew 
2015
Franklin J. Anderson, Unanswered Prayer, 2007 
2015
Nico Castel, Amahl and the Night Visitors 
2016
Former Knowsley South MP Eddie O'Hara dies aged 78 
2016
Legendary Studio Ghibli Animator Makiko Futaki Dies Aged 58 
2016
Jane Fawcett, British Decoder Who Helped Doom the Bismarck, Dies at 95 
2017
Thunderball Bond girl Molly Peters dies aged 75 
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