Famous People Born in 1872

  • Jan 4 Edmund Rumpler, Austria, auto/airplane builder
  • Jan 6 Alexander N Scriabin, Moscow, hallucinogenic composer (Prometheus)
  • Jan 11 Paul Graener, composer
  • Jan 11 George Washington Pierce, American physicist (d. 1956)
  • Jan 15 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (d. 1944)
  • Jan 16 Edward G Craig, actor/director (On the art of theatre)
  • Jan 16 Henri-Paul Busser, composer
  • Jan 18 Paul Leautaud, [Maurice Boissard], France, writer (Petit ami)
  • Jan 21 Jonkhr Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, Dutch foreign minister
  • Jan 23 Paul Langevin, French physicist (d. 1946)
  • Jan 23 Joze Plečnik, Slovenian architect (d. 1957)
  • Jan 24 Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (d. 1943)
  • Jan 24 Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
  • Jan 27 Learned Hand, Chief judge (US Court of Appeals), born in Albany, New York
  • Jan 31 Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
  • Feb 1 Paul Fort, French poet/founder of Vers et Prose
  • Feb 1 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
  • Feb 1 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (d. 1927)
  • Feb 3 Lou Criger, American baseball player (d. 1934)
  • Feb 4 Gotse Delchev, a great Macedonian revolutionary, (d. 1903)
  • Feb 6 Theodor Lessing, writer [or Feb 8]
  • Feb 7 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek lawyer/diplomat/foreign minister
  • Feb 10 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP)
  • Feb 11 Edward Johnston, British craftsman and calligrapher - "the father of modern calligraphy" (d 1944)
  • Feb 24 John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)
  • Mar 3 Wee Willie Keeler, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles); hit .432 in 1897

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Mar 7 Piet Mondrian, Dutch abstract painter (Broadway Boogie Woogie), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1944)

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • Mar 7 Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, composer
  • Mar 8 Paul Juon, Russian/Swiss violinist/composer
  • Mar 8 Anna Held, Polish-born actress and singer (d. 1918)
  • Mar 10 Felix Borowski, composer
  • Mar 11 Abraham van Stolk Jzn, lumber merchant/art collector
  • Mar 13 Oswald Garrison Villard, American journalist
  • Mar 17 Billy Quaife, cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902)
  • Mar 18 Frank Hoyt Losey, composer
  • Mar 19 Sergei Diaghilev, Gruzino Novgorod Russia, ballet director
  • Mar 19 Anna Held, Polish actress and singer (d. 1918)
  • Mar 20 Bernhard Seklas, composer
  • Mar 20 Karin Michaelis, writer
  • Mar 25 Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument in Argentina)
  • Mar 28 Jose Sanjurjo y Sacanell, Spanish general (Morocco)
  • Mar 30 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, composer
  • Mar 31 Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev, Russia, dance master (Imperial Ballet)
  • Apr 1 Tadeusz Joteyko, composer
  • Apr 4 Nikolai Amani, composer
  • Apr 4 Pauline de Haan-Manifarges, Dutch singer
  • Apr 5 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist (d. 1962)
  • Apr 7 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • Apr 9 Leon Blum, French premier (People's front government)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Roda Roda, Austrian writer, born in Drnowitz, Moravia (d. 1945)
  • Apr 14 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born Islamic scholar and translator (d. 1953)
  • Apr 18 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi
  • Apr 21 GW Bitzer, [Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer], Roxbury MA
  • Apr 22 Princess Margaret of Prussia, queen of Finland (d. 1954)
  • Apr 23 Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, British musician (d. 1951)
  • Apr 25 Charles Burgess Fry, cricketer/world record long jumper
  • Apr 29 Eyvind Alnaes, composer
  • Apr 29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1930)
  • May 1 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
  • May 2 G G van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC)
  • May 6 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (d. 1934)
  • May 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (d. 1950)
  • May 14 Elia Dalla Costa, Italian cardinals (d. 1961)
  • May 18 Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)
  • May 21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (d. 1917)
  • May 31 Charles G Abbot, US, astronomer (Constant Sun)
  • May 31 William Heath Robinson, England, illustrator/cartoonist (Don Quixote)
  • Jun 6 Alexandra Fjodorovna Romanova, last Russian tsarina (1894-1918)
  • Jun 20 George Carpenter, the 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)

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Jun 27 Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet and novelist (Oak & Ivory), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1906)

  • Jul 1 Louis Bleriot, 1st man to fly an airplane across English Channel
  • Jul 3 Habib Ullah Chan, emir of Afghanistam (1901-19)

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Jul 4 Calvin Coolidge [Silent Cal], 30th US President (R) (1923-29), born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont (d. 1933)

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • Jul 5 Edouard Herriot, French politician (d. 1957)
  • Jul 7 Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer
  • Jul 13 Alfons van de Perre, Flemish physician/MP

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Jul 16 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, born in Borge, Østfold, Norway (d. 1928)

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Jul 18 Julius Fucik, composer
  • Jul 20 Alick Maclean, composer
  • Jul 20 Deodat de Severac, composer
  • Jul 22 David D Salas, Antillian writer (Josefina)
  • Jul 26 George Louis Beer, historian (authority on British colonies)
  • Jul 27 Stanislav Binicki, composer
  • Jul 28 Albert P Sarraut, Fren gov-gen of Indo-China (1911..19)/PM (1933/36)
  • Jul 29 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
  • Jul 30 Clementine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Aug 2 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)
  • Aug 3 Haakon VII, Charlottenlund Denmark, King of Norway (1905-57)
  • Aug 5 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (d. 1917)
  • Aug 7 Andries C D de Graeff, governor-general of Neth Indies (1926-31)
  • Aug 9 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1962)
  • Aug 11 Shidehara Kijuro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1951)
  • Aug 12 Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1956)
  • Aug 13 Richard Willstätter, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1942)
  • Aug 15 Harold Fraser-Simson, composer
  • Aug 15 Rubin Goldmark, composer
  • Aug 21 Aubrey Beardsley, England, artist (Salome)
  • Aug 24 Max Beerbohm, England, caricaturist/writer/wit (Saturday Review)
  • Aug 28 Alfred Baldwin Sloan, composer
  • Sep 4 [Rosalie] Julia Cuypers, Flemish actress/wife of Joseph of Lyre
  • Sep 9 Delilah L Beasley, US author/columnist (Negro trail-blazers)
  • Sep 9 Josef Stransky, composer
  • Sep 10 Josephina "Frieda" Herberich, actress (Verdoold Sheep)
  • Sep 10 Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, India, cricketer/politician
  • Sep 16 Henriette de Vreker-Verschuur, Dutch/Flemish actress (Rose Kate)
  • Sep 20 Maurice Gamelin, French generalissimo
  • Sep 22 Luis Villalba Munoz, composer
  • Sep 25 Charles Blake Cochran, impresario
  • Sep 26 Ottokar T Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Austrian Foreign min (1916-18)
  • Sep 28 Lena Ashwell, England, actress/theatrical manager (Kingsway)
  • Sep 28 Tom Terriss, director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), born in London, England
  • Oct 1 Israel Querido, Dutch writer (Menschenwee)
  • Oct 3 Edward Faber Schneider, composer
  • Oct 6 Mikhail Kuzmin, Russian writer (d. 1936)
  • Oct 8 John Cowper Powys, British writer (Wood & Stone)
  • Oct 11 Harlan Fiske Stone, NH, Supreme Court (1925-41) Chief Justice (41-46)
  • Oct 12 Ralph Vaughan Williams, Down Amp England, composer (Hugh the Drover)
  • Oct 15 Wilhelm Miklas, Austrian president (d. 1956)
  • Oct 18 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun
  • Oct 24 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (d. 1957)
  • Oct 27 Emily Post, authority on social behavior/writer (Etiquette)
  • Nov 3 Paul Panzer, actor (Cat's Paw, Mildred Pierce, Hotel Berlin)
  • Nov 3 Wilfred Trotter, Coleford Gloucestershire, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck
  • Nov 4 Herman Finck, composer
  • Nov 9 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet (d. 1941)
  • Nov 11 Maude K Adams, US, actress (Baldwin's Theatre)
  • Nov 11 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • Nov 15 Robert marquess of Flers, French author (Habit Vert)
  • Nov 29 Anna Bahr-von Mildenburg, Austrian soprano/director

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Nov 30 John McCrae, Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1918)

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae
  • Dec 5 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player
  • Dec 6 Mikulas Moyzes, composer
  • Dec 7 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens)
  • Dec 8 John Cowper Powys, English writer (Wolf Solent) and critic, Born in Shirley, Derbyshire (d. 1963)
  • Dec 10 Johann Babtist Thaller, composer
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves)
  • Dec 16 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
  • Dec 20 Lorenzo Perosi, Italian composer
  • Dec 21 Albert P Terhune, US, novelist (Lad, a Dog)
  • Dec 21 Sidney Ainsworth, British actor (d. 1922)
  • Dec 22 Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist (d. 1961)
  • Dec 26 Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)

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Dec 28 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), born in San Sebastián, Basque Country (d. 1956)

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja
  • Dec 30 William A Larned, tennis champ (US Open-1901)