Famous People Born in 1896

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 303

  • Jan 1st Maurice Jacobson, composer
  • Jan 1st Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japans actor/director (Jujiro, Jigoku-mon)
  • Jan 1st Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • Jan 2nd Dziga Vertiv, [Denis A Kaufman], Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • Jan 2nd Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer
  • Jan 2nd Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • Jan 4th Everett Dirksen, American politician (Sen-R-Ill) (d. 1969)
  • Jan 5th Hendrik Algra, Dutch MP (ARP)
  • Jan 6th Abram N Pritzker, US businessman (Hyatt Hotels, McCall's magazine)
  • Jan 6th Freerk Siemon Wolters, notary/resistance fighter
  • Jan 7th Arnold Ridley, Bath England, actor/dramatist (The Ghost Train)
  • Jan 8th Jaromir Weinberger, Prague Czechoslovakia, composer (Bird's Opera)
  • Jan 8th Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chile, writer (Men of the South)
  • Jan 8th Arthur Ford, American psychic (d. 1971)
  • Jan 9th Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • Jan 11th Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress and director (Resurrection), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • Jan 11th Paddy Driscoll, NFL QB/coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • Jan 12th Rex Ingram, Ireland, actor/director (Elmer Gantry, God's Little Acre)
  • Jan 12th David Wechsler, American psychologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 14th John dos Passos, novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)
  • Jan 15th Jacobo Ficher, composer
  • Jan 16th Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • Jan 17th Harry Reser, Ohio, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show)
  • Jan 18th Hans H Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt)
  • Jan 18th C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (d. 1967)
  • Jan 20th Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • Jan 20th George Burns, [Nathan Birnbaum], actor/comedian (Oh God), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20th Rolfe Sedan, actor (Mailman-George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20th Isabel Withers, American actress (d. 1968)
  • Jan 23rd Charlotte A E M W, grand duchess of Luxembourg (1919-64)
  • Jan 25th John Moores, British gambling magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 29th Teddy Hoad, cricketer (pioneering West Indian Test batsman)
  • Jan 31st Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
  • Feb 1st Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), born in San Marcos, Nicaragua (d. 1956)
  • Feb 2nd Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
  • Feb 3rd Johannes Urzidil, writer
  • Feb 4th Friedrich Glauser, writer
  • Feb 4th Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
  • Feb 7th Harold Hoffman, South Amboy NJ, (Gov-NJ)
  • Feb 7th Jacob Paludan, Danish pharmacist/writer (Jorgen Stein)
  • Feb 8th Orville Caldwell, Ca, actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning)
  • Feb 10th Olin Howlin, actor (Swifty-Circus Boy), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 14th Arthur Milne [Edward Arthur Milne], Hull Yorkshire, English Astrophysicist (kinematic relativity)
  • Feb 15th Arthur Shields, actor (River, Enchanted Island), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 16th Alexander Brailowsky, Russia, pianist (Chopin)
  • Feb 18th Andre Breton, French writer (d. 1966)
  • Feb 19th André Breton, French poet (d. 1966)
  • Feb 20th Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • Feb 21st Sylvain Poons, Dutch cabaret performer (Blue Jackets)
  • Feb 22nd Edvin Wide, Sweden, 10K runner (Olympic-silver-1924)
  • Feb 22nd Enid Markey, Dillon Colo, actress (Aunt Violet-Bringing Up Buddy)
  • Feb 22nd Nacio Herb Brown, US composer
  • Feb 22nd Paul Van Ostaijen, Flemish poet/writer/critic (Occupied City)
  • Feb 25th John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)
  • Feb 26th Andrei A Zjdanov, Russian politician (against kosmopolitism)
  • Feb 26th Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer
  • Feb 28th Philip Showalter Hench, physician (cortisone-Nobel), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 29th Omer C F L Tulippe, Belgian geographer
  • Feb 29th Ranchhodji Morarji Desai, premier of India (1977-79)
  • Feb 29th Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
  • Feb 29th William W Wellman, director (Star is Born), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Feb 29th Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer
  • Mar 1st Dimitri Mitropoulos, Athens Greece, conductor/composer
  • Mar 1st Moriz Seeler, German writer and producer (d. 1942)
  • Mar 7th Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Mar 8th Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician (d. 1975)
  • Mar 10th Harry Krimer, actor (Napoleon)
  • Mar 10th Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, born in London (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12th Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
  • Mar 13th Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • Mar 16th Conrad Nagel, Keokuk Iowa, actor (Celebrity Time)
  • Mar 20th Hal Walker, Ottumwa Ia, director (I Married Joan)
  • Mar 22nd Joseph Schildkraut, actor (Joseph Schildkraut Presents, Diary of Anne Frank)), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Mar 22nd Giulia D De Albertis, writer
  • Mar 22nd He Long, Chinese marshal (d. 1969)
  • Mar 24th Gianna Manzini, writer
  • Mar 26th Richard Flury, composer
  • Mar 26th Rudolf Dassler, Founder of PUMA AG (d. 1974)
  • Apr 3rd Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary/leader (Young Frisian Movement)
  • Apr 4th Robert Sherwood, dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight)
  • Apr 4th Tristan Tzara, [Samuel Rosenfeld] French poet (Approximate Man)
  • Apr 6th Juan Tomas Perez, composer
  • Apr 7th Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)
  • Apr 8th Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • Apr 8th Yip Harburg, American lyricist (d. 1981)
  • Apr 10th Edith Day, Minneapolis MN
  • Apr 11th Léo-Paul Desrosiers, Quebec novelist (d. 1967)
  • Apr 15th Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • Apr 17th Senor Wences, ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet)
  • Apr 18th C Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse)
  • Apr 20th Senor Wences, ventriloquist (Close the Door)
  • Apr 20th Wop May, Canadian aviator (d. 1952)
  • Apr 21st Henry M de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte)
  • Apr 23rd Margaret Kennedy, novelist
  • Apr 26th Ernst Udet, WWI pilot and film actor, Luftwaffe officer (d. 1941)
  • Apr 27th Rogers Hornsby, 2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)
  • Apr 27th Wallace Hume Carothers, inventor (nylon)
  • Apr 29th Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer
  • Apr 29th Walter Mehring, writer
  • Apr 30th Gary Davis, Laurens SC, blues/folk guitarist (A Little More Faith)
  • Apr 30th Hans List, Austrian inventor (d. 1996)
  • May 1st Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (d. 1947)
  • May 1st Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
  • May 1st J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
  • May 2nd Helen of Greece and Denmark, queen of Romania (d. 1982)
  • May 3rd Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (d. 1990)
  • May 3rd Karl Allmenroder, German World War I Ace (d. 1917)
  • May 7th Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Moscow, Russian mathematician (topology)
  • May 11th Josip Slavenski, composer
  • May 11th Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter
  • May 13th Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, Dutch equestrian (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
  • May 17th Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer
  • May 17th Hannah Tillich, writer
  • May 18th Walter Fitzgerald, Keyhan Devonport England
  • May 19th Michael Balcon, producer/father of Jill Balcon, born in Birmingham, England
  • May 23rd Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (d. 1966)
  • May 25th Jan N Bakhuizen van den Brink, theologist/church historian
  • May 28th Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer
  • May 28th Warren Giles, baseball's National League president
  • May 29th George L Funke, botanist (Flower Physiology)
  • May 30th Howard Hawks, American director/producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface), born in Goshen, Indiana (d. 1977)
  • Jun 6th Italo Balbo, Italian pilot/gov-gen of Libya (La marcia su Rome)
  • Jun 6th Robert Sheriff, playwright (Journey's End)
  • Jun 6th Henry Allingham, English first world war veteran
  • Jun 7th Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Jun 7th Vivien Kellems, TV hostess (Power of Women)
  • Jun 7th Imre Nagy, Hungarian politician (d. 1958)
  • Jun 7th Douglas Campbell, American World War I flying ace (d. 1990)
  • Jun 8th Samuel Gonard, chairman (International Red Cross)
  • Jun 9th Aura Abranches, Lisbon Portugal, actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio)
  • Jun 9th Catherine Filene Shouse, philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute)
  • Jun 16th Jean Peugeot, Frans auto manufacturer (Peugeot)
  • Jun 16th William Fitzgerald Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants)
  • Jun 16th Murray Leinster, American author (d. 1976)
  • Jun 18th Blanche Sweet, actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 18th Cota Ramaswami, cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936)
  • Jun 18th Philip Barry, US, dramatist (Philadelphia Story)

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Jun 19th Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

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  • Jun 19th Walter Lang, Swiss composer (d. 1966)
  • Jun 21st Charles B. Momsen, American inventor (d. 1967)
  • Jun 22nd Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)
  • Jun 27th Franciscus J Feron, vicaris-general of Roermond
  • Jun 29th Irene Browne, England, actress (All at Sea, Peg O' My Heart)
  • Jun 30th Wilfred Pelletier, conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 1st Pavel G Antokolski, Russian poet/director (Syn) [NS]
  • Jul 2nd Lydia Mei, Estonian artist (d. 1965)
  • Jul 3rd Doris Lloyd, actress (Bachelor Father, Charley's Aunt, Sarah & Son)
  • Jul 4th Adolf Hallis, composer
  • Jul 4th Mao Dun, Chinese writer (d. 1981)
  • Jul 6th Thomas W McKnew, president (National Geographic Society)
  • Jul 10th Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator (d. 1981)
  • Jul 13th Mordecai Ardon, Israeli painter (d. 1992)
  • Jul 14th Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchist (d. 1936)
  • Jul 16th Mauritius R J Dekker [Boris Robazki], Dutch writer (Merkteken)
  • Jul 16th Trygve Halvdan Lie, Norway, 1st UN secretary general (1946-52)
  • Jul 16th Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German eugenicist and Nazi physician (d. 1969)
  • Jul 19th A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), born in Cardross (d. 1981)
  • Jul 24th Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom)
  • Jul 25th Richard N Gale, English general/airborne commander (Normandy)
  • Jul 25th Jack Perrin, American actor (d. 1967)
  • Jul 26th Charles Butterworth, US, lawyer/actor (Mad Genius)
  • Jul 26th Evelyn Preer, US actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs)
  • Jul 26th Henry Birkin, British racing driver (d. 1933)
  • Jul 27th Henri Longchambon, French politician (d. 1969)
  • Jul 28th Barbara La Marr, American actress (d. 1926)
  • Aug 2nd Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer (d. 1960)
  • Aug 6th Cyril Mockridge, composer
  • Aug 8th Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 9th Jean Piaget, Switz, pioneer developmental psychologist/zoologist
  • Aug 9th Leonide Massine, choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20)
  • Aug 9th Erich Hückel, German physicist (d. 1980)
  • Aug 13th Leo[nhard] Pappenheim, conductor
  • Aug 15th Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist (d. 1985)
  • Aug 16th (or the 17th) Tina Modotti, Udine Italy, Italian artist and activist
  • Aug 17th Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)
  • Aug 17th Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
  • Aug 18th Alan Mowbray, actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), born in London, England
  • Aug 18th Jack Pickford, Canadian-born actor (d. 1933)
  • Aug 19th Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer
  • Aug 21st Blossom Rock, actress, (Grandmamma-Addams Family)
  • Aug 21st Raymond Herreman, Flemish writer (Rose of Jericho)
  • Aug 21st Roark Bradford, writer/humorist (Ol' Man Adan an' His Chillun)
  • Aug 22nd Laurence McKinley Gould, Lacota Michigan, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929
  • Aug 24th Phil Baker, comedian (Who's Whose), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 25th Dick Ryan, CT, actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad)
  • Aug 26th Richard Hammond, composer
  • Aug 26th Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
  • Aug 27th Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor [o.s. 15-08]
  • Aug 27th Faina Ranevskaya, Russian actress (d. 1984)
  • Aug 30th Raymond Massey, actor (Dr Gillespie-Dr Kildare), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 31st Félix-Antoine Savard, French-Canadian priest and novelist (d. 1982)
  • Sep 1st A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian theologian (d. 1977)
  • Sep 4th Agnes Ayres, [Hinkle], US, actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea)
  • Sep 4th Antonin Artaud, Marseilles France, songwriter/dir (Theatre Seraphin)
  • Sep 6th Frutuoso de Lima Viana, composer
  • Sep 6th Mario Praz, Italian literary critic and scholar (La carne, la morte, e il diavolo)
  • Sep 6th Vladimir Nikitich Kashperov, composer
  • Sep 8th Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist (d. 1983)
  • Sep 9th Fritz Reuter, composer
  • Sep 10th Ye Ting, Chinese military leader (d. 1946)