Famous People Born in 1861

  • Jan 2 Helen Herron Taft, 1st lady (1909-12)
  • Jan 3 William Renshaw, British champion tennis player (d. 1904)
  • Jan 6 Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, composer
  • Jan 6 George Exton Lloyd, Anglican bishop and theologian (d. 1940)
  • Jan 12 James Mark Baldwin, American Philosopher and Psychologist, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jan 13 Max Nonne, German neurologist (d. 1959)
  • Jan 14 Wilhelm von Polenz, German writer (Der Pfarrer von Breitendorf)
  • Jan 18 Hans Goldschmidt, German chemist
  • Jan 18 Raymond Huntington Woodman, composer
  • Jan 22 Karel Stecker, composer
  • Jan 30 Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, Mulhouse Alsace, composer
  • Feb 2 Mehmed VI, last sultan of Ottoman Empire (1918-22)
  • Feb 2 Solomon R Guggenheim, philanthropist (Guggenheim Museum NYC)
  • Feb 12 Lou [Andreas-]Salome, Russian/German author (Im Kampf um Gott)
  • Feb 13 Uchimura Kanzo, religious writer (How I Became a Christian), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Feb 15 Alfred North Whitehead, Engl mathematician/philosopher (Adv of Ideas)
  • Feb 15 Halford John Mackinder, Gainsborough Lincolnshire, geographer
  • Feb 17 Princess Helena, Duchess of Albany (d. 1922)
  • Feb 20 Nicolaas van Meeteren, Curacao, folklorist
  • Feb 21 Pierre Breville, composer
  • Feb 26 Ferdinand I, 1st tsar of modern Bulgaria (1908-18), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 27 Rudolph Steiner, Kraljevic Aust, founder (doctrine of anthroposophy)
  • Mar 19 Lomer Gouin, Quebec politician (d. 1929)
  • Apr 9 Charles Holroyd, painter/etcher
  • Apr 14 Bion Joseph Arnold, electrical engineer/inventor
  • Apr 15 Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (d. 1929)
  • Apr 16 Isaac Murphy, US jockey (won 628 races)
  • Apr 19 Warden Oncle, [Edward Vermeulen], Flemish farmer/writer
  • Apr 23 Edmund Henry Hynman, 1st viscount Allenby of Megiddo/Fieldmarshal
  • Apr 27 Georgy L'vovich Catoire, composer
  • Apr 27 Johan M Skjoldborg, Danish writer (Dynaes-Digte)
  • May 3 Emmett Dalton, American outlaw (d. 1937)

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May 6 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher/poet/writer (Nobel 1913), born in Calcutta (d. 1941)

  • May 6 Motilal Nehru, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • May 11 Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international scouting movement (d. 1947)

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May 16 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire (d. 1896)

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • May 19 Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
  • May 27 Victoria E Matthews, educator
  • May 31 Emily Perkins Bissell, welfare worker (1st christmas seal drive, 1907)
  • Jun 9 Floris H Verster, [van Wulverhorst], painter/cartoonist/etcher
  • Jun 10 Josephus T J Cuypers, Dutch architect (St Bavo, Haarlem)
  • Jun 10 Pierre M M Duhem, French naturalist/philosopher/historian
  • Jun 11 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, composer
  • Jun 12 William Attewell, English cricketer (d. 1927)
  • Jun 16 Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer/librarian
  • Jun 17 Sidney James Jones, composer
  • Jun 17 Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)
  • Jun 17 Omar Bundy, U.S. army general and soldier (d. 1940)
  • Jun 18 Jose FdT Coelho, Portuguese writer (Os Meus Amores)
  • Jun 19 Douglas Haig, British fieldmarshal (Sudan, WW I)

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Jun 19 José Rizal, Filipino nationalist, author ('Noli Me Tángere', 'El Filibusterismo') and ophthalmologist, born in Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines (d. 1896)

Filipino Nationalist and Novelist Jose Rizal
Filipino Nationalist and Novelist
Jose Rizal
  • Jun 20 Arthur Battelle Whiting, composer
  • Jun 22 Maximilian von Spee, German admiral (d. 1914)
  • Jun 29 William James Mayo, surgeon/co-founder Mayo clinic in Minnesota
  • Jul 1 Samuel D Riddle, horse owner (Man 'o War)
  • Jul 3 Peter Jackson, heavyweight boxer (hall of famer)
  • Jul 11 George William Norris, (Rep/Sen-Neb) (Lame duck-amendement)
  • Jul 12 Anton Stepanovich Arensky, composer
  • Jul 23 Alexander W F Idenburg, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1909-16)
  • Jul 25 Andrew Cowper Lawson, Anstruther Scotland, Scottish-Canadian Geologist who was the first person to identify and name the San Andreas Fault
  • Jul 29 Alica Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Jul 29 Sergei D Sazonov, Russian minister of Foreign Affairs (1910-16)
  • Aug 1 Sam Jones, cricketer (Australian batsman of 1880's)

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Aug 6 Edith Roosevelt, US First Lady and wife of Teddy Roosevelt, born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1948)

First Lady of the United States Edith Roosevelt
First Lady of the United States
Edith Roosevelt
  • Aug 8 William Bateson, English biologist (originator of term "genetics")
  • Aug 9 Wilhelm Berger, German composer, pianist and conductor, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • Aug 10 Almroth Wright, Yorkshire England, bacteriologist
  • Sep 10 Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (d. 1941)
  • Sep 11 Juhani Aho, Fins journalist/writer (Panu, Tuomio)
  • Sep 17 Owen Seaman, poet/editor (Punch)
  • Sep 20 Herbert Putnam, Librarian of Congress (d. 1955)
  • Sep 23 Edmond H H Allenby, British field marshal
  • Sep 23 Robert Bosch, German inventor and industrialist (d. 1942)
  • Sep 28 Pedro De Cordoba, American actor (Club Havana, Swamp Fire, Saboteur), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 28 Amélie of Orléans, queen of Portugal (d. 1951)
  • Sep 30 William Wrigley Jr., American industrialist (Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company) (d. 1932)
  • Oct 4 Frederic Remington, US, artist/sculptor of American West
  • Oct 4 Joao Marcellino Arroyo, composer
  • Oct 8 Theodore Roberts, actor (Roaring Road, 10 Commandments), born in San Francisco, California

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Oct 10 Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian Arctic explorer and advocate for refugees (Nobel Prize 1922), born in Store Frøen, Christiania (d. 1930)

Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate
Fridtjof Nansen
  • Oct 14 Bjarni Thorsteinsson, composer
  • Oct 14 Artur Gavazzi, Croatian geographer (d. 1944)
  • Oct 16 J. B. Bury, Irish historian (d. 1927)
  • Oct 26 Richard D Sears, tennis champ, US Open (1881), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 29 Andrei Ryabushkin, Russian painter (d. 1904)
  • Oct 30 Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor (d. 1929)
  • Nov 3 Johann Peter Kirsch, Luxembourg church historian/archaeologist

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Nov 6 James Naismith, Canadian physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • Nov 7 Jeff Milton, American lawman (d. 1947)
  • Nov 10 Robert T A Innes, astronomer (Proxima Centauri), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Nov 14 Frederick Jackson Turner, Wisc, historian/educator (Harvard U)
  • Nov 16 Václav Suk, Czech-born Russian composer and violinist, born in Kladno, Bohemia (1933)
  • Nov 18 Dorothy Dix, pseudonym of US journalist Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (d. 1951)
  • Nov 21 Joao da Cruz, Brazilian poet
  • Nov 23 Konstantin Korovin, Russian painter (d. 1939)

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Nov 26 Albert B. Fall, New Mexico Senator (Teapot Dome Scandal), born in Frankfort, Kentucky

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • Nov 30 French Gailliard, Belgian painter (Zeustempel in Athens)
  • Nov 30 Ludwig Thuille, composer
  • Dec 4 Lillian Russell, [Helen Leonard], US, singer/actress (Great Mogul)
  • Dec 5 Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24)
  • Dec 8 Aristide Maillol, France, painter/sculptor (Seated Woman)
  • Dec 8 William C. Durant, American industry pioneer, founded General Motors, Frigidaire, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • Dec 8 George Melies, early filmmaker (A trip to the Moon), born in Paris, France
  • Dec 15 Charles Edgar Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)
  • Dec 16 Antonio de La Gandara, French painter (d. 1917)
  • Dec 17 Fritz Volbach, German musicologist/conductor/composer
  • Dec 18 Lionel Monckton, composer
  • Dec 19 Constance [Clara] Garnett, Russian-English translator, born in Brighton England
  • Dec 19 Italo Svevo, Trieste Austria, Italian novelist (La Coscienza di Zeno)
  • Dec 20 Ivana Kobilca, Slovenian painter (d. 1926)
  • Dec 22 Erich Schaeder, German theologist (Theocentric Theology)
  • Dec 25 Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, Indian founder of Banaras Hindu University (d. 1946)
  • Dec 26 Friedrich Engel, German mathematician (group theory)