Famous People Born in May 1889

  • May 4 Francis J Spellman, US Cardinal
  • May 5 Herbie Taylor, cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI)
  • May 6 Arthur Morison, typographer
  • May 10 Mae Murray, Portsmouth, Virginia, American silent screen actress (d. 1965)
  • May 12 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank
  • May 15 Bessie Hillman, founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)
  • May 16 Joan Collette, Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft)
  • May 17 Alfonso Reyes, Mexican poet/historian/diplomat (Higenia Cruel)
  • May 18 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), born Fljótsdalur, Iceland (d. 1975)
  • May 18 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • May 20 Felix Arndt, American composer, born in New York City (d. 1918)
  • May 20 Margery Allingham, detective story writer
  • May 20 William Lawther, union leader
  • May 23 José Padilla, Almería, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge)
  • May 23 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (d. 1967)
  • May 25 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1963)

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May 25 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1972)

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  • May 25 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), born in Bergen, Norway
  • May 31 Athene Seyler, actress (Make Mine Mink), born in London, England