Famous People Born in 1896

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 303

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

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Jun 19 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 19 Walter Lang, Swiss composer (d. 1966)
  • Jun 21 Charles B. Momsen, American inventor (d. 1967)
  • Jun 22 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)
  • Jun 27 Franciscus J Feron, vicaris-general of Roermond
  • Jun 29 Irene Browne, England, actress (All at Sea, Peg O' My Heart)
  • Jun 30 Wilfred Pelletier, conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 1 Pavel G Antokolski, Russian poet/director (Syn) [NS]
  • Jul 2 Lydia Mei, Estonian artist (d. 1965)
  • Jul 3 Doris Lloyd, actress (Bachelor Father, Charley's Aunt, Sarah & Son)
  • Jul 4 Adolf Hallis, composer
  • Jul 4 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (d. 1981)
  • Jul 6 Thomas W McKnew, president (National Geographic Society)
  • Jul 10 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator (d. 1981)
  • Jul 13 Mordecai Ardon, Israeli painter (d. 1992)
  • Jul 14 Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchist (d. 1936)
  • Jul 16 Mauritius R J Dekker [Boris Robazki], Dutch writer (Merkteken)
  • Jul 16 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), born in Oslo (d. 1968)
  • Jul 16 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German eugenicist and Nazi physician (d. 1969)
  • Jul 19 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), born in Cardross (d. 1981)
  • Jul 24 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom)
  • Jul 25 Richard N Gale, English general/airborne commander (Normandy)
  • Jul 25 Jack Perrin, American actor (d. 1967)
  • Jul 26 Charles Butterworth, US, lawyer/actor (Mad Genius)
  • Jul 26 Evelyn Preer, US actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs)
  • Jul 26 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (d. 1933)
  • Jul 27 Henri Longchambon, French politician (d. 1969)
  • Jul 28 Barbara La Marr, American actress (d. 1926)
  • Aug 2 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer (d. 1960)
  • Aug 6 Cyril Mockridge, composer
  • Aug 8 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 9 Jean Piaget, Switz, pioneer developmental psychologist/zoologist
  • Aug 9 Leonide Massine, choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20)
  • Aug 9 Erich Hückel, German physicist (d. 1980)
  • Aug 13 Leo[nhard] Pappenheim, conductor
  • Aug 15 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist (d. 1985)
  • Aug 16 (or the 17th) Tina Modotti, Udine Italy, Italian artist and activist
  • Aug 17 Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)
  • Aug 17 Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
  • Aug 18 Alan Mowbray, actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), born in London, England
  • Aug 18 Jack Pickford, Canadian-born actor (d. 1933)
  • Aug 19 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer
  • Aug 21 Blossom Rock, actress, (Grandmamma-Addams Family)
  • Aug 21 Raymond Herreman, Flemish writer (Rose of Jericho)
  • Aug 21 Roark Bradford, writer/humorist (Ol' Man Adan an' His Chillun)
  • Aug 22 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 24 Phil Baker, comedian (Who's Whose), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 25 Dick Ryan, CT, actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad)
  • Aug 26 Richard Hammond, composer
  • Aug 26 Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
  • Aug 27 Leon Theremin, electronic musical instruments inventor [o.s. 15-08]
  • Aug 27 Faina Ranevskaya, Russian actress (d. 1984)
  • Aug 30 Raymond Massey, actor (Dr Gillespie-Dr Kildare), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 31 Félix-Antoine Savard, French-Canadian priest and novelist (d. 1982)
  • Sep 1 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian theologian (d. 1977)
  • Sep 4 Agnes Ayres, [Hinkle], US, actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea)
  • Sep 4 Antonin Artaud, Marseilles France, songwriter/dir (Theatre Seraphin)
  • Sep 6 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, composer
  • Sep 6 Mario Praz, Italian literary critic and scholar (La carne, la morte, e il diavolo)
  • Sep 6 Vladimir Nikitich Kashperov, composer
  • Sep 8 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist (d. 1983)
  • Sep 9 Fritz Reuter, composer