John Paul II (Wojtyla), Pope (Karol Jósef) b. May 18, 1920 d. April 2, 2005 Roman Catholic Pope. Born Karol Joseph Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland to an administrative officer in the Polish army and a former schoolteacher, he rose to Pope and is said to have profoundly changed the Catholic church. As a youth he enjoyed sports and later developed a love of theater planning to become a professional actor. During the Nazi occupation of Poland he clandestinely pursued both his studies and his acting while working as a stonecutter to support himself and to hold the work permit...[Read More] (Bio by: Fred Beisser) Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City Plot: Chapel of St. Sebastian
Como, Perry b. May 18, 1912 d. May 12, 2001 Singer, Actor. Helped pioneer variety shows on the new medium of television in the 1950s. He worked as a barber before he left that profession in the 1930s to sing with big bands. He had 14 singles that made it to No. 1 and sold more than 100 million albums. He had more than 20 gold records in his career and was probably best known for the tune "And I Love You So." In 1958 he won a Grammy Award as best male singer for the hit "Catch a Falling Star." His television career spanned 20 years where...[Read More] Cause of death: Died in his sleep from complications of alzheimers Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta, Martin County, Florida, USA
Capra, Frank b. May 18, 1897 d. September 3, 1991 Legendary motion picture director, writer, and producer of the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Three-time Oscar winner for his direction on the timeless classics "It Happened One Night" (1934), "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), and "You Can't Take It with You" (1938). He also directed the 1946 holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life," among many other great films. An American icon. (Bio by: A.J. Marik) Coachella Valley Public Cemetery, Coachella, Riverside County, California, USA Plot: Lot 289, Unit 8, Block 77
Roberts, Pernell b. May 18, 1928 d. January 24, 2010 Actor. Born in Waycross, Georgia, he began entertaining during his high school years, singing at area USO shows. He briefly attended Georgia Tech and the University of Maryland (without graduating), and served in the United States Marine Corps. He first achieved notable acting recognition during the mid-1950s, appearing in a string of off-Broadway Shakespeare plays, beginning with "Macbeth" (for which he received a Drama Desk Award, 1955), also including "Romeo and Juliet" and "The Taming of...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Fox, John Robert b. May 18, 1915 d. December 26, 1944 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during World War II as a 1st Lieutenant in Company C, 366th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in action on December 26, 1944 at Sommocolonia, Italy. His citation reads "For extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy. During the preceding few weeks, Lieutenant Fox served with the 598th Field Artillery Battalion as a forward observer. On Christmas night...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Colebrook Cemetery, Whitman, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Martin, Don b. May 18, 1931 d. January 6, 2000 Cartoonist. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, he was a Mad Magazine cartoon story illustrator fondly referred to as "Mad's Maddest Artist." After he graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1952, he began a career as freelance cartoonist and illustrator. He illustrated the album covers of a few legendary jazz artists such as Miles Davis, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, before joining the Mad Magazine staff in 1956. For the next thirty-two years (1956-88), his contributions featured many...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Wesson, Daniel Baird b. May 18, 1825 d. August 4, 1906 Industrialist. He co-founded the Smith and Wesson firearms manufacturing company with his partner Horace Smith, in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the 1850s they invented the repeating action, self contained cartridge revolver. Today, the Smith and Wesson name and logo are one of the most widely recognized brands of firearms in the world today. Daniel Wesson endowed the former Wesson Memorial Hospital, also in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was a strong advocate of homeopathy. The White Cliffs...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Groleau) Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA Plot: Section 6, Lot 843
Lukin, Lionel b. May 18, 1742 d. February 16, 1834 English Inventor. He claimed to have been the first to invent the lifeboat. A coachbuilder by trade, he was also a respected inventor and in 1784 converted a Norway "Yawl" boat into the world's first lifeboat and trialled it on the River Thames. He patented his design, which he called "The Unimmergible", in 1785 on the encouragement of the Prince regent. The craft featured such innovations as a projecting gunwale, a hollow watertight enclosure to increase buoyancy and a false iron keel for...[Read More] (Bio by: js) Hythe, St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England Plot: Churchyard.
Wainwright, Robert Powell Page b. May 18, 1862 d. November 19, 1902 United States Army Officer. He came from a family that had for generations produced military heroes. His father was a Union naval officer killed in action in Galveston Harbor during the Civil War; his brother was killed while fighting pirates off the coast of Mexico in 1870. Later his son, Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, would earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. He graduated from the USMA in June 1875. Three years later, he was fighting Indians on the Western Frontier. He was cited for...[Read More] (Bio by: Ugaalltheway) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 1 Lot 358-A Grid L/M 35.5
Jones, Donald S b. May 18, 1928 d. December 13, 2004 United States Navy Admiral. He became a naval aviation cadet in 1950, beginning a careerlong association with helicopter and fixed-wing antisubmarine warfare, serving in both the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam War. Made famous by being the commanding officer of Commanding Officer of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Four (HS-4), the unit ordered to develop night and all-weather astronaut recovery procedures for the Apollo program. Jones himself was the recovery pilot for the first moon...[Read More] (Bio by: Check-Six.com) Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Plot: Section CBC, row 5, site 443
Wigle, Thomas W. b. May 18, 1909 d. September 16, 1944 World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. His citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in the vicinity of Monte Frassino, Italy. The 3d Platoon, in attempting to seize a strongly fortified hill position protected by 3 parallel high terraced stone walls, was twice thrown back by the withering crossfire. 2d Lt. Wigle, acting company executive, observing that the platoon was without an officer, volunteered to command...[Read More] (Bio by: Ugaalltheway) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 34 Lot 3307
Shacklette, William Sidney b. May 18, 1880 d. February 12, 1945 Interim Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a Hospital Steward in the Navy when he earned his Medal. His citation reads: For extraordinary heroism while serving on the U.S.S. Bennington at the time of the explosion of a boiler of that vessel at San Diego, Calif., 21 July 1905. He incurred third degree burns over a large part of his body, and was discharged from the Navy as a result of his injuries. Subsequently, he completed seminary studies and returned to active duty as an Army...[Read More] (Bio by: Ugaalltheway) Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Plot: Section 10 Lot 10688
Rogers Jr., Horatio b. May 18, 1836 d. November 12, 1904 Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He served during the Civil War first as Major of the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, then as Colonel of the 11th Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, then finally as Colonel and commander of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry. After participating and witnessing the carnage at Gettysburg he wrote, "Death seemed to be holding a carnival." He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services during...[Read More] (Bio by: Russ Dodge) Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA Plot: Group 207, Lot 7 GPS coordinates: 41.8540611, -71.3799133 (hddd.dddd)
Gregg, Eric Eugine b. May 18, 1951 d. June 5, 2006 Major League Baseball Umpire. He worked in the National League from 1975 to 1999, and was most renown for his big personality, extra-wide strike zone and oversized frame. (Bio by: Mz Fish) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!