Famous People Born in 1885

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  • Jan 1st Roland Diggle, composer
  • Jan 2nd Johannes Ringers, Dutch water engineer (dikes)
  • Jan 5th Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (d. 1940)
  • Jan 8th John Curtin, Victoria, Australian PM (Labor, 1941-45)
  • Jan 8th A. J. Muste, Dutch pacifist and activist (d. 1967)

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Jan 11th Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), born in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • Jan 11th Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (d. 1965)
  • Jan 13th Alfred Fuller, CEO (Fuller Brush Man)
  • Jan 15th Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (d. 1973)
  • Jan 15th Huang Yuanyong, Chinese writer (d. 1915)
  • Jan 15th Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • Jan 16th Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, president of Poland (1939-40)
  • Jan 16th Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (d. 1967)
  • Jan 17th E Ball-Hennings, writer
  • Jan 17th Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader
  • Jan 21st Umberto Nobile, Italian general
  • Jan 23rd Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, composer
  • Jan 25th A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Eline Vere, L'aiglon)
  • Jan 25th Kitahara Hakushū, Japanese poets and children's writers (d. 1942)
  • Jan 27th Jerome Kern, Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27th Eduard Künneke, German composer (d. 1953)
  • Jan 27th Maeda Seison, Japanese painter (d. 1977)
  • Jan 30th John Henry Towers, aviator/naval hero
  • Feb 1st Camille Chautemps, premier France
  • Feb 2nd Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi)
  • Feb 4th Cairine Ray Wilson, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7th Sinclair Lewis, novelist/social critic (Main Street, Nobel 1930)
  • Feb 9th Alban Maria Johannes Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 12th Licinio Refice, composer

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Feb 13th Elizabeth Virginia [Bess] Truman, US First Lady (1945-52)

US First Lady Bess Truman
US First Lady
Bess Truman
  • Feb 14th Syed Zafarul Hasan, Prominent Muslim Indian/Pakistani philosopher (d. 1949)
  • Feb 15th Richard Wurz, composer
  • Feb 17th Steve Evans, American baseball player (d. 1943)
  • Feb 21st Sacha Guitry, France, actor/playwright (Story of a Cheat)
  • Feb 24th Bert Lytell, actor (Henry-One Man's Family), born in NYC, New York

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Feb 24th Chester Nimitz, US admiral (commanded Pacific fleet in WW II)

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • Feb 24th Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israeli Knesset (1949-59)
  • Feb 24th Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish novelist/satirist (Black Wings)
  • Feb 24th Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)
  • Feb 25th Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • Feb 26th Lili Green, [Alice Sally Mary], Neth/Eng dancer
  • Feb 26th Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
  • Mar 1st Lionel Atwill, English/US actor (Mystery of the Wax Museum)
  • Mar 4th Willem H Winkel, Dutch physician/founder (Red Cross of Curacao)
  • Mar 6th Ringgold "Ring" Lardner, US sports writer (You Know Me Al)
  • Mar 10th Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), born in Berlin (d. 1962)
  • Mar 11th Malcolm Campbell, 1st auto racer to travel 5 miles/min (8 km/min)
  • Mar 12th Raphael HLAJM Verwilghen, Flemish architect/urban developer
  • Mar 14th Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • Mar 16th Giacomo Benvenuti, composer
  • Mar 16th Sydney Chaplin, South Africa, actor (Limelight)
  • Mar 20th Eugen Herrigel, Germany, philosopher/early pioneer of Zen in Europe
  • Mar 20th Hendrik A de Fish, [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological/sociologist
  • Mar 22nd Adriano Lualdi, composer
  • Mar 22nd Jakabs Medins, composer
  • Mar 22nd Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi (d. 1969)
  • Mar 24th Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08)
  • Mar 25th Veit Valentin, German/US historian (Deutsche Revolution)
  • Mar 26th Julius Harrison, composer
  • Mar 26th Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer
  • Mar 28th Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, composer
  • Mar 31st Jules Pascin, [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian/US painter/cartoonist
  • Apr 1st Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill (Hozier), British barones
  • Apr 3rd Harry St John Philby, [sheik Abdullah], British explorer
  • Apr 3rd Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 1954)
  • Apr 5th Dimitrie Cuclin, composer
  • Apr 6th Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer
  • Apr 8th Dimitrios Levidis, composer
  • Apr 13th Pieter S Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer/premier in London (1940-45)
  • Apr 13th Georg Lukács, Hungarian-born philosopher and literary critic (d. 1971)
  • Apr 13th Vean Gregg, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • Apr 15th Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • Apr 16th Leo Weiner, Hungary, composer (Fasching)
  • Apr 17th Cecil Burleigh, composer
  • Apr 17th Karen Blixen-Finecke, [pen name Isak Dinesen], Danish writer (Out of Africa)
  • Apr 29th Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Rasende Reporter)
  • Apr 29th Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle)
  • Apr 30th Luigi Russolo, composer
  • May 2nd Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (d. 1966)
  • May 5th Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State)
  • May 7th George "Gabby" Hayes, Wellesvile NY, actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso)
  • May 10th Fritz von Unruh, German writer, (d. 1970)
  • May 10th Marie Benavente, [Maria Wissink], actress (Scapegoat)
  • May 11th Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
  • May 14th Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • May 18th Eurico Gaspar Dutra, president of Brazil (1945-50)
  • May 21st Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, wife of Prince William of Wied (d. 1936)
  • May 22nd Julio Fonseca, composer
  • May 22nd Giacomo Matteotti, Italian politician (d. 1924)
  • May 24th Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist (d. 1948).
  • May 29th Erwin F Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity)
  • May 31st Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazis escape trial (d. 1963)
  • Jun 5th Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, born in Chatou, Yvelines (d. 1944)
  • Jun 7th Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • Jun 8th Karl Genzken, Nazi physician (d. 1957)
  • Jun 12th Werner Erich Josten, Elberfeld Germany, composer (Jungle)
  • Jun 19th Stevan Hristic, composer
  • Jun 20th Andrzej Gawroński, Polish scholar (d. 1927)
  • Jun 22nd Milan Vidmar, Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)
  • Jun 26th Andre Maurois, [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac)
  • Jun 26th Anna M F van Wageningen-Salomons, author (Girl Student) [or 9/26]
  • Jun 26th Billy Jenkins, [Erich Rosenthal], Magdeburg
  • Jun 27th Arthur Harmat, composer
  • Jun 28th Berthold Viertel, writer
  • Jun 28th Giuseppe Mule, composer
  • Jun 29th Andre Gailhard, composer
  • Jun 29th Virginia Pope, (NY Times)
  • Jul 5th Andre Lhote, French painter/art historian (Traité du paysage)
  • Jul 6th Ernst Busch, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • Jul 7th Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer
  • Jul 8th Ann Jemima Flower, oldest resident of Netherlands
  • Jul 8th Emil Bloch, German philosopher
  • Jul 11th Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor/painter
  • Jul 12th George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, composer
  • Jul 14th King Sisavang Vong of Laos (d. 1959)
  • Jul 17th Benjamin James Dale, composer
  • Jul 20th Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian/critic
  • Jul 21st Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • Jul 24th Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer
  • Jul 25th Benito Lynch, Irish/Argentine writer (Caranchos de la Florida)
  • Jul 26th Andre Maurois, Elbeuf, France, novelist/biographer
  • Jul 29th Theda Bara, American film actress (d. 1955)
  • Aug 1st George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1966)
  • Aug 3rd Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer
  • Aug 6th Jozef M E Meeus, Belgian director H-Heart union
  • Aug 7th Gordon Harker, actor (Facts of Love, Champagne), born in London, England
  • Aug 12th Alexander Albrecht, composer
  • Aug 12th Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
  • Aug 12th Marion Lorne, American actress (d. 1968)
  • Aug 15th Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer
  • Aug 15th Edna Ferber, American author & playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron) (d. 1968)
  • Aug 15th Mary Nash, Troy NY, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By)
  • Aug 16th Charles Carson, actor (Cry the Beloved Country), born in London, England
  • Aug 17th Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife & society)
  • Aug 17th Kurt Hiller, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1972)
  • Aug 18th Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (d. 1964)
  • Aug 19th Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian (d. 1954)
  • Aug 20th Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti orfici)
  • Aug 23rd Henry Thomas Tizard, scientist
  • Aug 26th Jules Romains, France, novelist/playwright/poet (Men of Good Will)
  • Aug 28th Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, composer
  • Aug 28th Vance Palmer, Australian author (d. 1959)
  • Aug 31st DuBose Heyward, US novelist (Porgy)
  • Sep 4th Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (d. 1971)
  • Sep 4th Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal (d. 1971)
  • Sep 5th John Raedecker, Dutch sculptor (National monument on the Dam)
  • Sep 6th Franz T Csokor, Austrian author (Writings on the Wall)
  • Sep 6th Otto Kruger, actor (Lux Video Theater, High Noon), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Sep 7th Harry Sinclair Lewis, US, writer (Babbitt, Nobel 1930)
  • Sep 10th Berthold Altaner, German church historian (Patrologie)
  • Sep 10th Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary (9th Wave)
  • Sep 10th Johannes de Jong, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht (Handbook)

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Sep 11th D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire (d. 1930)

  • Sep 11th Eratstus Flaval Beadle, publisher (Beadle's Dime Novels)
  • Sep 11th Herbert Stothart, composer
  • Sep 13th Wilhelm Blaschke, Austrian geometer (d. 1962)
  • Sep 14th Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor/composer (Batture d'aspetto)
  • Sep 16th Karen Horney, German/US, neo-freudian psychoanalyst
  • Sep 17th George Cleveland, Sydney Nova Scotia, actor (Courage of Lassie)
  • Sep 17th Uzeir Abdul Huseyn Hajibeyov, composer
  • Sep 18th Abdul Muslim Mahomayev, composer
  • Sep 21st Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, composer
  • Sep 22nd Erich von Stroheim, early film director/actor (Grand Illusion)
  • Sep 22nd Gunnar Asplund, Swedish architect (d. 1940)
  • Sep 22nd Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1951)
  • Sep 24th Herman Bouber, Dutch actor/playwright (Sailor's Wives)
  • Sep 26th Anna M F "Annie" Wageningen-Salomons, author (Girl Student) [or 6/26]
  • Sep 27th Harry Blackstone, Sr., American magician (d. 1965)
  • Sep 28th Wilbur 'Lefty' Good, pitcher (NY Yankees, 1905)
  • Oct 1st Louis Untermeyer, poet/critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), born in NYC, New York
  • Oct 2nd Ruth Bryan Rohde, US, (Rep), minister to Denmark
  • Oct 3rd Langley Collyer, hoarder (d. 1947)
  • Oct 3rd Sophie Treadwell, American playwright and journalist (d. 1970)
  • Oct 4th Henricus Wijdefield, Dutch architect (Peace Palace)

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Oct 7th Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), born in Copenhagen (d. 1962)

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • Oct 8th William Henry Bennett Vodery, composer
  • Oct 10th Walter Anderson, German folklorist (d. 1962)
  • Oct 11th Alfred Haar, Hungary, mathematician
  • Oct 11th Francois Mauriac, France, novelist/poet/playwright (Nobel 1952)
  • Oct 16th Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, Italian marathoner (Olympic-DQ gold-1908)
  • Oct 17th Aaf Bouber-ten Hoope, Dutch actress (Jantjes)/wife of Herman Bouber
  • Oct 19th Charles Merrill, American investment banker (d. 1956)
  • Oct 21st Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austria, composer/musicologist
  • Oct 21st Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Ploeg)
  • Oct 22nd Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • Oct 22nd Lothar Windsperger, composer
  • Oct 23rd Lawren Harris, Canadian painter (d. 1970)
  • Oct 24th Ernest Claes, Belgian author (Saints from Zichem)
  • Oct 27th Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (d. 1948)
  • Oct 28th Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian poet and playwright (d. 1922)

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Oct 30th Ezra Loomis Pound, Hailey Idaho, poet (Cantos), (d. 1972)

  • Nov 2nd Harlow Shapley, US, astronomer (studied the galaxies)
  • Nov 5th Will Durant, US, author/historian (Story of Civilization)
  • Nov 6th Emiel Poetou, Flemish sculptor
  • Nov 8th Hans Cloos, German geologist (d. 1951)
  • Nov 8th Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japanese general (d. 1946)
  • Nov 8th Emil Fahrenkamp, German architect (d. 1966)
  • Nov 9th Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian writer (d. 1922)
  • Nov 9th Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (d. 1955)
  • Nov 9th Theodor Kaluza, German scientist (d. 1954)