Famous People Born in 1887

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 271

  • Jan 1 Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral/head German military intelligence
  • Jan 3 Helen Parkhurst, US educator (Education on the Dalton plan)
  • Jan 3 August Macke, German painter (d. 1914)
  • Jan 10 Robinson Jeffers, American poet/playwright (Tamar & Other Poems, Medea)
  • Jan 11 Aldo Leopold, American conservationist, professor and co-founder of the Wilderness Society, born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1949)
  • Jan 13 George Gurdjieff, Armenian-Greek mystic (d. 1949)
  • Jan 16 John Hamilton, Penn, actor (Perry White-Superman)
  • Jan 17 Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (d. 1975)
  • Jan 19 Alexander Woollcott, NJ, short story writer (Man Who Came to Dinner)
  • Jan 21 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, born in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)

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Jan 21 Georges Vezina, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Vezina Trophy), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec (d. 1926)

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • Jan 22 Helen Hoyt, American poet (d. 1972)
  • Jan 25 Diego Valeri, Italian author/poet (Le Gaie Tristezze)
  • Jan 26 Enrique E Ecker, Curacao, bacteriologist
  • Jan 26 Marc A "Pete" Mitscher, US lt-admiral (WW II-Task Force 58)
  • Jan 26 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (d. 1915)
  • Jan 27 Carl Blegen, archaeologist (excavator at Troy, Pylos), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 28 Artur Rubinstein, pianist, born in Łódź, Poland
  • Jan 28 Lily Theresa Strickland, composer
  • Jan 29 Albert Conti, Trieste Austria, actor (Jazz Heaven, Doomed Battalion)
  • Feb 1 Dirk Roosenburg, Dutch architect
  • Feb 1 Charles Nordhoff, English-born author (d. 1947)
  • Feb 2 Ernst Hanfstängl, German pianist and politician (d. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Carlo Jachino, composer
  • Feb 3 Georg Trakl, Austrian poet (Autumn of the Lonely)
  • Feb 3 Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Tramonto del grande attore)
  • Feb 3 Juan Negrín, Spanish Prime Minister (d. 1956)
  • Feb 6 Josef Frings, German Archbishop of Cologne (d. 1978)
  • Feb 7 Eubie Blake, US ragtime composer/pianist (Memories of You) (d. 1983), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Feb 9 Henry Zimmerman, baseball player (1912-batted .372 with 14 HRs)
  • Feb 9 Vital Celen, Flemish writer (Puppy Love)
  • Feb 10 [Fran J] Vital Celen, Flemish literary/author [or Feb 9]
  • Feb 11 John van Melle, South African writer (Dawid Booysen)
  • Feb 15 H M Bateman, Sutton Forest NSW, cartoonist
  • Feb 16 Kathleen Clifford, American actress (When the Clouds Roll by), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1962)
  • Feb 17 Leevi Antti Madetoja, composer
  • Feb 18 Nikos Kasandsakis, Heraklion, Crete, Greek writer and philosopher (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ)
  • Feb 20 David McKinley Williams, composer
  • Feb 20 Hesketh Pearson, England, biographer/playwright (Writ for Libel)

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Feb 20 Vincent Massey, Canadian diplomat, first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada (1952-59), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1967)

Governor General of Canada Vincent Massey
Governor General of Canada
Vincent Massey
  • Feb 21 Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • Feb 22 Mary Ellen Chase, educator/author (Windswept, 1959 Sarah Hale Award)
  • Feb 23 Oskar Frederik Lindberg, composer
  • Feb 24 Mary Ellen Chase, US linguistic/author (White Gate)
  • Feb 25 Leonard Carey, British actor (Rebecca, Laughter), born in London, England (d. 1977)
  • Feb 26 Benegal Narsing Rau, India, President of UN Security Council (1950)
  • Feb 26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • Feb 26 Stefan Grabinski, Polish writer (d. 1936)
  • Feb 27 James D Innes, English painter
  • Feb 28 William Zorach, Lithuanian-American sculptor (Spirit of the Dance), born in Jurbarkas, Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • Mar 4 Violet MacMillan, American Broadway theatre actress (The Magic Cloak), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1953)

  • Mar 5 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, composer (Salon Waltz)
  • Mar 6 Henri Gagnon, composer
  • Mar 7 Heino Eller, Estonian composer, born in Tartu (d. 1970)
  • Mar 9 Phil Mead, cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI)
  • Mar 9 Fritz Lenz, German geneticist (d. 1976)
  • Mar 10 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Grandmaster of Ninjutsu (d. 1972)
  • Mar 11 Raoul Walsh, American film director (Thief of Baghdad, Battle Cry), (d. 1980)
  • Mar 13 Carlos Isamitt, composer
  • Mar 14 George Creten, Belgian sculptor/painter
  • Mar 14 Lawrence Collingwood, composer
  • Mar 14 Sylvia Beach, American publisher (d. 1962)
  • Mar 15 Marjorie Merriweather Post, American socialite and businesswoman (d. 1973)
  • Mar 17 Ben Sajet, Dutch physician/politician
  • Mar 18 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Mar 21 Edwin Scharff, German "entartet" painter/sculptor
  • Mar 22 Chico Marx, [Leonard Marx], American comedian (Marx Brothers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1961)
  • Mar 23 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch musicologist (Haydn-catalog)
  • Mar 23 Felix Yussupov, Russian aristocrat, best known for participating in the assassination of Grigori Rasputin
  • Mar 23 Juan Gris, Spanish cubist painter (Still Life Before an Open Window)
  • Mar 23 Sidney Hillman, union leader (Sidney Hillman Foundation)
  • Mar 24 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, actor (Keystone comedies), born in San Jose, California
  • Mar 28 Rudolf F W Boskaljon, Curacao, musician/composer
  • Mar 30 Albert P Termote, Flemish/Dutch sculptor (Charles the Great)
  • Mar 31 Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer
  • Apr 1 Leonard Bloomfield, US linguist
  • Apr 4 William Cumming Rose, Greenville South Carolina, American Biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid)
  • Apr 8 Walter Connolly, actor (Good Earth, 5th Avenue Girl), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 10 Bernardo A Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947)
  • Apr 10 Heinz Tiessen, Königsberg, German composer
  • Apr 12 Harold Lockwood, American actor (d. 1918)
  • Apr 13 Gordon S. Fahrni, Canadian physician and President of the Canadian Medical Association (d. 1995)
  • Apr 21 Lillian Walker, entertainer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 21 Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (d. 1978)
  • Apr 24 Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (d. 1931)
  • May 1 Alan Gordon Cunningham, Irish/British gen/director of Palestine (1945-48)

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May 2 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • May 2 Vernon Castle, English dancer (d. 1918)
  • May 5 Estelle Hemsley, Boston MA
  • May 5 Lord Geoffrey Fisher of Lambeth, archbishop of Canterbury
  • May 7 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes)
  • May 9 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian writer
  • May 9 Sir Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan Philanthropist (d. 1957)
  • May 10 Jacobus C Bloem, Dutch poet (Sintels)
  • May 11 Paul Wittgenstein, left handed pianist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)
  • May 12 Nandor Zsolt, composer
  • May 16 Bull Montana, Vogliera Italy, actor (Brass Buttons, Victory)
  • May 16 Jakob van Hoddis [Hans Davidsohn], German Jewish poet (d. 1942?)
  • May 18 Ernst Wiechert, writer
  • May 21 Mabel "Nell" Taliaferro, American actress (Sentimental Tommy, My Love Come Back), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • May 23 Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1963)
  • May 24 Edward "Mick" Mannock, Irish WWI flying ace (d. 1918)
  • May 25 Pio of Pietrelcina, Catholic saint (d. 1968)
  • May 27 Emiel van der Straeten, Flemish playwright (Sudanese legends)
  • May 27 Erich Kuttner, German journalist/historian (Vorwarts)
  • May 27 Frank Woolley, cricketer (long-running England left-arm all-rounder)
  • May 28 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), born in NYC, New York
  • May 30 Alexander Archipenko, Ukraine sculptor/lithographer
  • May 30 Gino Tagliapietra, composer
  • May 31 Saint-John Perse, French poet/diplomat (Nobel 1960) [or Mar 31]
  • Jun 1 Clive Brook, British actor/director (List of Adrian Messenger), born in London, England (d. 1974)
  • Jun 2 Howard Johnson, American songwriter (d. 1941)
  • Jun 3 Emil Axman, Czech composer, born in Rataje (d. 1949)
  • Jun 4 Tom Longboat, marathon runner (d. 1949)
  • Jun 5 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • Jun 7 William Walraven, Dutch journalist/writer (Indian Daily)
  • Jun 13 Bruno Frank, German-born writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1945)
  • Jun 18 Blanche Yurka, American actress (Taxi, A Tale of Two Cities), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1974)
  • Jun 20 Arnaut Colnot, painter/graphic artist
  • Jun 20 Kurt Schwitters, German/British dada-artist/poet (collages)
  • Jun 21 Norman L. Bowen, Canadian petrologist (d. 1956)
  • Jun 22 Albert PAA Besnard, Dutch poet/journalist (Uprising & Remorse)
  • Jun 22 Julian S Huxley, biologist/philosopher, Darwin's Bulldog, born in London, England
  • Jun 23 Ernst Rowohlt, German publisher (Rowohlt-Verlag)
  • Jun 23 John Finley Williamson, conductor (Westminster Choir), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Jun 25 George Abbott, producer (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game), born in Forestville, New York
  • Jun 26 Anthony G de Rothschild, Britain, philanthropist
  • Jun 28 Boleslav Vomacka, composer
  • Jul 1 Charles D Brown, American actor (Barefoot Boy, Disbarred, Night Editor),born in Council Bluffs, Iowa (d. 1948)
  • Jul 2 Marcel Tabuteau, Compiègne France, oboist (Philadelphia Orch 1915-54)
  • Jul 6 Marc Chagall, Russian-French artist (I & The Village), born in Vitebsk, Russian Empire (d. 1985)
  • Jul 7 Dirk Koster, literary (New Noises)
  • Jul 7 Raymond Hatton, Red Oak IA, actor (Girls in Prison, Lady Killer)
  • Jul 9 Samuel Eliot Morison, historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea)
  • Jul 10 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, composer
  • Jul 16 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (Black Sox Scandal), born in Pickens County, South Carolina (d. 1951)
  • Jul 18 Vidkun Al Quisling, Norwegian minister of Defense/premier (1942-45)
  • Jul 20 Willem H Drucker, Dutch lawyer
  • Jul 22 Gustav Hertz, German quantum physicist (Nobel 1925)

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Jul 28 Marcel Duchamp, French sculptor and painter (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in Blainville-Crevon, France (d. 1968)

Painter and Sculptor Marcel Duchamp
Painter and Sculptor
Marcel Duchamp
  • Jul 29 Rudi Stephan, composer
  • Jul 29 Sigmund Romberg, Nagykanizsa Hungary, operetta composer (Blossom Time)
  • Jul 30 Felix A Vening Meinesz, Dutch geophysicist (gravity)
  • Jul 30 Timothy Mara, NFL owner (NY Giants)
  • Jul 31 Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1969)
  • Aug 2 Tommy Ward, Former South African cricketer (d. 1936)
  • Aug 3 Rupert Brooke, British WW I poet (1914)
  • Aug 5 Reginald Owen, Wheathampstead England, actor (Dr Watson-Sherlock Holmes)
  • Aug 6 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver (d. 1957)
  • Aug 7 Jan HA Eman, Aruban politician
  • Aug 7 Luckey Roberts, composer
  • Aug 8 Esme Percy, actor (Old Spanish Custom), born in London, England
  • Aug 8 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman
  • Aug 8 Malcolm Keen, Bristol England, actor (Uncle Chris-Mama)
  • Aug 8 Ullrich Haupt, Prussia, actor (Morocco, Du Barry-Woman of Passion)
  • Aug 9 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Swammerdam)

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Aug 12 Erwin Schrodinger, Austrian physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate (wave mechanics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Erwin Schrödinger
  • Aug 13 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • Aug 14 Marija Leiko, Latvian film actress (Falscher Start), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1937)
  • Aug 17 Charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary (1916-18)
  • Aug 17 Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among US African Americans
  • Aug 18 Nico J. Polak, Dutch economist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1948)
  • Aug 23 Jo Sternheim, Dutch actor and playwright (Fatherland), born in Amsterdam (d. 1956)
  • Aug 24 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, born in Bell Station, California (d. 1974)
  • Aug 25 Olav Fartein Valen, Norwegian composer, born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1952)
  • Aug 26 Luis Abraham Delgadillo, composer
  • Aug 28 Daniel Zamudio, composer
  • Aug 30 Adam Kuckhoff, German writer and resistance fighter (d. 1943)
  • Aug 31 Friedrich A Paneth, Austrian-British chemist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1958)
  • Sep 1 Blaise Cendrars, [Frederic Sauser-Hall], Swiss poet/writer
  • Sep 1 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar
  • Sep 3 Frank Christian, American musician (d. 1973)
  • Sep 7 Edith L Sitwell, English poetess/author (Wheels)
  • Sep 8 Prince George of Yugoslavia (d. 1972)
  • Sep 9 Alf (Alfred) Landon, (R-Ks) American politician and Presidential candidate (1932, 1936). Dies 1987
  • Sep 9 Raymond Walburn, Plymouth In, actor (Christmas in July)
  • Sep 10 Giovanni Gronchi, president of Italy
  • Sep 12 George Georgescu, Romanian conductor and composer, born in Sulina, Romania (d. 1964)
  • Sep 13 Lavoslav Ruzicka, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • Sep 14 Karl Taylor Compton, physicist/atomic bomb scientist
  • Sep 14 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1910)
  • Sep 15 Carlos Dávila, former President of Chile (d. 1955)
  • Sep 16 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), born in Paris, France (d. 1979)
  • Sep 16 Jean Arp [Hans Arp], French-Swiss sculptor, artist and poet, born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Sep 19 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • Sep 19 Lynne Overman, American actor (d. 1943)
  • Sep 21 Lodewijk de Vocht, composer
  • Sep 22 Hobart Cavanaugh, American actor (Border Town, Black Angel)
  • Sep 25 May Sutton Bundy, Tennis champion and 1st American woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 1905, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • Sep 26 Antonio Moreno, actor/director (It, Careers), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Sep 26 Edwin Keppel Bennett, English writer (d. 1958)
  • Sep 26 Sir Barnes Wallis, English scientist, engineer and inventor (d. 1979)
  • Sep 27 Anton Roemer, Dutch actor (Potasch & Perlemoer, Boefje)
  • Sep 28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 29 Billy Bevan, Orange Australia, actor (White Sin)
  • Sep 30 Lil Dagover [Marta-Maria Lillits], Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), born in Madioen, Dutch East Indies (d. 1980)
  • Oct 4 Francis Bull, Norwegian writer (Norsk literature historian)
  • Oct 5 Max Ackermann, German "entartet" painter
  • Oct 5 René Cassin, pacifist (Nobel Peace Prize 1968)
  • Oct 6 George Brown, cricketer (legendary England batsman/keeper of 20's)