May Births

Ford, Glenn
Glenn Ford is best known for his film roles as cowboys and as an ordinary man in unusual circumstances. His acting career began on stage, and his first large movie part was in 1939 film Heave...
Henning, Doug
Doug Henning was a magician and entertainer. He was also a political candidate for the Natural Law party and co-author of a book about Harry Houdini.
Carmichael, Franklin
Franklin Carmichael was a member of the Group of Seven. He was primarily a watercolourist but also worked as an illustrator and teacher.
Jacobs, Jane
Jane Jacobs OC OOnt (born Jane Butzner; May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Her influential ...
Snow, Hank
Hank Snow was a celebrated Canadian country music artist. In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the Billboard country charts fro...
Scott, Barbara Ann
Canadian figure skating legend, World Champion and Olympic Gold Medallist.
Baldwin, Robert
Robert Baldwin along with his political partner Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, led the first responsible ministry in Canada, regarded by some as the first truly responsible government.
MacDonald, J.E.H.
James Edward Hervey MacDonald, painter (b at Durham, Eng 12 May 1873; d at Toronto 26 Nov 1932). Among the Group of Seven, of which he was a founder, J.E.H. MacDonald was one of the best trai...
Wiseman, Joseph
Joseph Wiseman was a theatre and film actor. He is best known for starring as Dr. No in the James Bond movie. He also had a notable career on Broadway.
Casson, A.J.
A.J. Casson was a member of the Group of Seven. He joined the group in 1926. Casson is best known for his depictions of landscapes, forests and farms of southern Ontario, and for being the yo...
Williams, Percy Alfred
Percy Williams was an Olympian who won 2 gold medals for Canada in the 1928 Olympic games. In 1930 he set a world record for the 100 yard dash at the British Empire Games (now known as the Co...
Fraser, Simon
Simon Fraser was a fur trader and an explorer who charted much of what is now British Columbia. He was responsible for building that area's first trading posts, and, in 1808, he explored what...
Cosens, Aubrey
Sgt. Aubrey Cosens was a WWII VC recipient.
Silverheels, Jay
Although Jay Silverheels appeared in over 35 movies, he is best-known for his role of Tonto in The Lone Ranger tv series.
Rogers, Edward "Ted"
Ted Rogers was the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and the fifth-richest person in Canada in terms of net worth.
Northern Dancer
Northern Dancer was the first Canadian-bred horse to win the Kentucky Derby. He was also the most successful horse in Canadian history
Wayne, Johnny
Johnny Wayne was a comedian and comedy writer best known for his work as part of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster.
Dionne, Émilie Marie Jeanne
Émilie Dionne was the fourth daughter born in the Dionne Quints in Corbiel, Ontario.
MacNeil, Rita
Rita MacNeil was a Canadian country and folk singer from the community of Big Pond on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island.
O'Shea, Kevin
Kevin O'Shea Born in Toronto on May 28, 1947 Died on January 18, 2010 Claim to fame: NHL hockey player
Dafoe, Dr. Allan Roy
Dr. Dafoe was an obstetrician who was best known for delivering and caring for the Dionne quintuplets, the first quintuplets known to survive early infancy.

May Deaths

Combe, Robert Grierson
Robert Grierson Combe VC, was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth ...
Villeneuve, Gilles
Gilles Villeneuve was a Grand Prix race car driver.
Boogaard, Derek
Derek Boogaard was an NHL hockey player known for his role as an "enforcer".
Blake, "Toe"
Toe Blake was a hockey player and coach in the NHL. He won 10 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens. First as a player and later as coach. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Zezel, Peter
Peter Zezel spent 15 years in the NHL from 1984 to 1999. He finished his career playing 873 games, scoring 219 goals and 389 assists, with a total of 608 points.
Richard, Maurice
Maurice "The Rocket" Richard was the first NHL player to score 50 goals in one season and the first to score 500 goals in a career. He won 8 Stanley Cups and retired as the NHL's all-time lea...
Pickford, Mary
Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford was known as "America's Sweetheart". She was an actress and co-founder of United Artists and one of 36 co-founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts ...
Sawchuk, Terry
Terry Sawchuck was an NHL goalie who played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.
Burr, Raymond
Although Raymond Burr appeared in more than 60 movies, he is known primarily for his role in Perry Mason and Ironside. He won 2 Emmy Awards for his role as Perry Mason.