Famous People Born in 1885

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  • Jan 1 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist (d. 1954)
  • Jan 2 Johannes Ringers, Dutch water engineer (dikes)
  • Jan 5 Humbert Wolfe, Italian-British poet (d. 1940)
  • Jan 8 John Curtin, Victoria, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1941-45), born in Creswick, Colony of Victoria (d. 1945)
  • Jan 8 A. J. Muste, Dutch pacifist and activist (d. 1967)

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Jan 11 Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), born in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey (d. 1977)

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • Jan 11 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (d. 1965)
  • Jan 13 Alfred Fuller, CEO (Fuller Brush Man)
  • Jan 15 Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (d. 1973)
  • Jan 15 Huang Yuanyong, Chinese writer (d. 1915)
  • Jan 15 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • Jan 16 Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, president of Poland (1939-40)
  • Jan 16 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (d. 1967)
  • Jan 17 E Ball-Hennings, writer
  • Jan 17 Joseph Arendt, Belgian worker's union leader
  • Jan 21 Umberto Nobile, Italian general
  • Jan 23 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, composer
  • Jan 25 Else Mauhs [Alwine Julie Else Mauhs], German-Dutch actress (Eline Vere, L'aiglon), born in Mülheim an der Ruhr (d. 1959)
  • Jan 25 Kitahara Hakushū, Japanese poets and children's writers (d. 1942)
  • Jan 27 Jerome Kern, American Broadway composer (Showboat, Roberta), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 27 Eduard Künneke, German composer (d. 1953)
  • Jan 27 Maeda Seison, Japanese painter (d. 1977)
  • Jan 30 John Henry Towers, aviator/naval hero
  • Feb 1 Camille Chautemps, premier France
  • Feb 2 Aldo Palazzeschi, [Giurlani], Italian writer (I cavalli bianchi)
  • Feb 4 Cairine Ray Wilson, 1st female Canadian senator (appointed), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Sinclair Lewis, novelist/social critic (Main Street, Nobel 1930)
  • Feb 7 [Harry] Sinclair Lewis, American writer (Nobel Prize in Literature 1930), born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota (d. 1951)
  • Feb 9 Alban Maria Johannes Berg, a Lulu of a composer!, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 12 Licinio Refice, composer

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Feb 13 Bess Truman, US First Lady (1945-52), born in Independence, Missouri (d. 1982)

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

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Feb 24 Chester Nimitz, American admiral who commanded the US Pacific fleet in World War II, born in Fredericksburg, Texas (d. 1966)

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • Feb 24 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israeli Knesset (1949-59)
  • Feb 24 Juliusz Kaden-Bandrowski, Polish novelist/satirist (Black Wings)
  • Feb 24 Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz, Polish writer and painter (d. 1939)
  • Feb 25 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, born in London, England (d. 1971)
  • Feb 26 Lili Green, [Alice Sally Mary], Neth/Eng dancer
  • Feb 26 Aleksandras Stulginskis, President of Lithuania (d. 1969)
  • Mar 1 Lionel Atwill, British actor (The Mystery of the Wax Museum), born in Croydon, London, England (d. 1946)
  • Mar 4 Willem H Winkel, Dutch physician/founder (Red Cross of Curacao)
  • Mar 6 Ringgold "Ring" Lardner, US sports writer (You Know Me Al)
  • Mar 10 Hans Luther, politician and German Chancellor (1925-6), born in Berlin (d. 1962)
  • Mar 11 Malcolm Campbell, 1st auto racer to travel 5 miles/min (8 km/min)
  • Mar 12 Raphael HLAJM Verwilghen, Flemish architect/urban developer
  • Mar 14 Raoul Lufbery, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • Mar 16 Giacomo Benvenuti, composer

  • Mar 16 Sydney Chaplin, South Africa, actor (Limelight)
  • Mar 20 Eugen Herrigel, German philosopher/early pioneer of Zen in Europe
  • Mar 20 Hendrik A de Fish, [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological/sociologist
  • Mar 22 Adriano Lualdi, composer
  • Mar 22 Jakabs Medins, composer
  • Mar 22 Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi (d. 1969)
  • Mar 24 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08)
  • Mar 25 Veit Valentin, German/US historian (Deutsche Revolution)
  • Mar 26 Julius Harrison, composer
  • Mar 26 Robert Blackburn, British aviation pioneer
  • Mar 28 Marc-Jean-Baptiste Delmas, composer
  • Mar 31 Jules Pascin, [Julius Pincas], Bulgarian/US painter/cartoonist
  • Apr 1 Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill (Hozier), British barones
  • Apr 3 Harry St John Philby, [sheik Abdullah], British explorer
  • Apr 3 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (d. 1954)
  • Apr 5 Dimitrie Cuclin, composer
  • Apr 6 Carlos Leon Salzedo, composer
  • Apr 8 Dimitrios Levidis, composer
  • Apr 13 Pieter S Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer/premier in London (1940-45)
  • Apr 13 Georg Lukács, Hungarian-born philosopher and literary critic (d. 1971)
  • Apr 13 Vean Gregg, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • Apr 15 Tadeusz Kutrzeba, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • Apr 16 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Fasching), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1960)
  • Apr 17 Cecil Burleigh, composer
  • Apr 17 Karen Blixen-Finecke, [pen name Isak Dinesen], Danish writer (Out of Africa)
  • Apr 29 Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Rasende Reporter)
  • Apr 29 Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle)
  • Apr 30 Luigi Russolo, composer
  • May 2 Hedda Hopper, American gossip columnist (d. 1966)
  • May 5 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State)
  • May 7 George "Gabby" Hayes, American actor (In Old Santa Fe, El Paso), born in Wellesvile, New York (d. 1969)
  • May 10 Fritz von Unruh, German writer, (d. 1970)
  • May 11 Joe "King" Oliver, American jazz musician (d. 1938)
  • May 14 Otto Klemperer, Breslau Germany, conductor/composer (Das Ziel)
  • May 18 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, president of Brazil (1945-50)
  • May 21 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, wife of Prince William of Wied (d. 1936)
  • May 22 Julio Fonseca, composer
  • May 22 Giacomo Matteotti, Italian politician (d. 1924)
  • May 24 Susan Sutherland Isaacs, English educational psychologist (d. 1948).
  • May 29 Erwin F Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity)
  • May 31 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazis escape trial (d. 1963)
  • Jun 5 Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, born in Chatou, Yvelines (d. 1944)
  • Jun 7 Percy Brier, Australian composer, born in North Pine, Queensland (d. 1970)
  • Jun 8 Karl Genzken, Nazi physician (d. 1957)
  • Jun 12 Werner Erich Josten, Elberfeld Germany, composer (Jungle)
  • Jun 19 Stevan Hristic, composer
  • Jun 20 Andrzej Gawroński, Polish scholar (d. 1927)
  • Jun 22 Milan Vidmar, Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)
  • Jun 26 Anna M F van Wageningen-Salomons, author (Girl Student) [or 9/26]
  • Jun 26 Billy Jenkins, [Erich Rosenthal], Magdeburg
  • Jun 27 Arthur Harmat, composer
  • Jun 28 Berthold Viertel, writer
  • Jun 28 Giuseppe Mule, composer
  • Jun 29 Andre Gailhard, composer
  • Jun 29 Virginia Pope, (NY Times)
  • Jul 5 Andre Lhote, French painter/art historian (Traité du paysage)
  • Jul 6 Ernst Busch, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • Jul 7 Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer
  • Jul 8 Ann Jemima Flower, oldest resident of Netherlands
  • Jul 8 Emil Bloch, German philosopher
  • Jul 11 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor/painter
  • Jul 12 George Sainton Kaye Butterworth, composer
  • Jul 14 King Sisavang Vong of Laos (d. 1959)
  • Jul 17 Benjamin James Dale, composer
  • Jul 20 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian/critic
  • Jul 21 Frances Parkinson Keyes, American novelist (Dinner at Antoine's), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • Jul 24 Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer
  • Jul 25 Benito Lynch, Irish-Argentine writer (Caranchos de la Florida), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1951)
  • Jul 26 Andre Maurois [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac), born in Elbeuf, France (d. 1967)
  • Jul 29 Theda Bara, American film actress (Cleopatra, The Unchastened Woman), born in Avondale, Ohio (d. 1955)
  • Aug 1 George de Hevesy, Hungarian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1966)
  • Aug 3 Naphtali Siegfried Salomon, composer
  • Aug 6 Jozef M E Meeus, Belgian director H-Heart union
  • Aug 7 Gordon Harker, actor (Facts of Love, Champagne), born in London, England
  • Aug 12 Alexander Albrecht, composer
  • Aug 12 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (d. 1959)
  • Aug 12 Marion Lorne, American actress (The Graduata, Mister Peepers), born in West Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • Aug 15 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer
  • Aug 15 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • Aug 15 Mary Nash, American actress (The Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), born in Troy, New York (d. 1976)
  • Aug 16 Charles Carson, actor (Cry the Beloved Country), born in London, England
  • Aug 17 Clara [G Meijer-]Wichmann, German anarchists/feminist (Wife & society)
  • Aug 17 Kurt Hiller, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1972)
  • Aug 18 Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and essayist (Henry Handel Richardson: A Study), born in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia (d. 1964)
  • Aug 19 Werner Elert, German Lutheran theologian (d. 1954)
  • Aug 20 Dino Campana, Italian poet (Canti orfici)
  • Aug 23 Henry Thomas Tizard, English chemist and inventor, born in Gillingham, Kent, England (d. 1959)
  • Aug 26 Jules Romains, French novelist/playwright/poet (Men of Good Will)
  • Aug 28 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, born in Rautavaara, Finland (d. 1960)
  • Aug 28 Vance Palmer, Australian author, born in Bundaberg, Australia (d. 1959)
  • Aug 31 DuBose Heyward, American novelist (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1940)
  • Sep 4 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (d. 1971)
  • Sep 4 Antonio Bacci, Italian cardinal (d. 1971)
  • Sep 5 John Raedecker, Dutch sculptor (National monument on the Dam), born in Amsterdam (d. 1956)
  • Sep 6 Franz Theodor Csokor, Austrian author (Writings on the Wall), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1969)
  • Sep 6 Otto Kruger, American actor (Lux Video Theater, High Noon), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1974)
  • Sep 10 Berthold Altaner, German church historian (Patrologie)
  • Sep 10 Carl Clinton Van Doren, US literary (9th Wave)
  • Sep 10 Johannes de Jong, cardinal/archbishop of Utrecht (Handbook)

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

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

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Oct 7 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 7 Neils Bohr, Danish physicist, 1st to apply the quantum concept, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1962)
  • Oct 8 Will Vodery, African-American composer, born in Philadelphia (d. 1951)
  • Oct 10 Walter Anderson, German folklorist (d. 1962)
  • Oct 11 Alfred Haar, Hungarian mathematician, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1933)
  • Oct 11 Francois Mauriac, French novelist, poet and playwright (Nobel 1952), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1970)
  • Oct 16 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, Italian marathoner (Olympic-DQ gold-1908)
  • Oct 17 Aaf Bouber [Aaf ten Hoope], Dutch actress (Bleeke Bet, Jantjes) and wife of Herman Bouber, born in Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • Oct 19 Charles E. Merrill, American investment banker (Merrill Lynch), born in Green Cove Springs, Florida (d. 1956)
  • Oct 21 Egon Joseph Wellesz, Austrian composer/musicologist
  • Oct 21 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Ploeg)
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • Oct 22 Lothar Windsperger, composer
  • Oct 23 Lawren Harris, Canadian painter (d. 1970)
  • Oct 24 Ernest Claes, Belgian author (Saints from Zichem)
  • Oct 27 Sigrid Hjertén, Swedish modernist painter (d. 1948)
  • Oct 28 Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian poet and playwright (d. 1922)

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Oct 30 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Cantos), born in Hailey, Idaho (d. 1972)

  • Nov 2 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (studied the galaxies)
  • Nov 5 Will Durant, American author/historian (Story of Civilization)
  • Nov 6 Emiel Poetou, Flemish sculptor
  • Nov 8 Hans Cloos, German geologist (d. 1951)
  • Nov 8 Tomoyuki Yamashita, Japanese general (d. 1946)
  • Nov 8 Emil Fahrenkamp, German architect (d. 1966)
  • Nov 9 Velimir Khlebnikov, Russian writer (d. 1922)
  • Nov 9 Hermann Weyl, German mathematician (d. 1955)
  • Nov 9 Theodor Kaluza, German scientist (d. 1954)
  • Nov 9 Aureliano Pertile, Italian tenor (d. 1952)