Famous People Born in 1897

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 305

  • Jan 1st Walter Greaza, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Jan 2nd Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • Jan 3rd Marion Davies, [Marion Cecelia Douras], Bkln, actress (Operator 13)
  • Jan 3rd Pola Negri, [Barbara A Chalupec], Polish/US actress (Madame Bovary)
  • Jan 5th Jack Wagner, OH, actor (Jive Junction)
  • Jan 5th Theo Mackeben, German pianist/composer (Lady Fanny, Bel Ami)
  • Jan 6th Billy Greene, actor (Burton-One Man's Family)
  • Jan 8th Dennis Wheatley, British author (d. 1977)
  • Jan 9th Luis Gianneo, composer
  • Jan 9th Karl Löwith, German philosopher (d. 1973)
  • Jan 10th Albert Moeschinger, composer
  • Jan 11th August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (d. 1979)
  • Jan 12th Hendrik J Valk, painter/cartoonist/graphic artist
  • Jan 14th Hasso von Manteuffel, German general and politician (d. 1978)
  • Jan 15th Xu Zhimo, Chinese poet (d. 1931)
  • Jan 16th Carlos Pellicer, Mexican poet (d. 1977)
  • Jan 17th Nils Asther, Swedish actor (Bluebeard, Night Monster), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1981)
  • Jan 17th Marcel Petiot, French mass murderer (d. 1946)
  • Jan 19th Natacha Rambova, Salt Lake City UT, costume designer
  • Jan 19th René Victor, Flemish lawyer/knight (Rechtskundig Weekblad)
  • Jan 20th Mae Busch, Australian/US actress (Cowboy Socialist)
  • Jan 21st J Carrol Naish, actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 21st René Iché, French sculptor (d. 1954)
  • Jan 22nd Josef Stanislav, composer
  • Jan 22nd Rosa Ponselle, opera diva (Casta Diva, La Forza del Destino)
  • Jan 22nd "Blind" Willie Johnson American blues/spiritual singer and guitarist
  • Jan 23rd Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian politician
  • Jan 23rd Sir William Samuel Stephenson, Canadian soldier, W.W.II codename, Intrepid. Inspiration for James Bond. (d. 1989)
  • Jan 23rd Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (d. 2000)
  • Jan 28th Valentin Kataev, novelist/playwright (Embezzled), born in Odessa Ukraine (d. 1986)
  • Feb 1st Denise Robins, romantic novelist (1st Long Kiss), born in London, England
  • Feb 2nd Howard Johnson, American hotelier (d. 1972)
  • Feb 2nd Aimé Avignon, France's former oldest living man (d. 2007)
  • Feb 4th Ludwig Erhard, chancellor of Germany (CDU)
  • Feb 5th Dirk U Stikker, director (Heineken)/Dutch foreign minister/NATO
  • Feb 6th Alberto [de Almeida] Cavalcanti, Brazil, director (Nicholas Nickleby)

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Feb 6th Louis Buchalter, Jewish American mobster (Murder, Inc.), born in NYC, New York

  • Feb 7th Quincy Porter, composer, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Feb 9th Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, pioneer Australian aviator
  • Feb 10th John Franklin Enders, Conn, microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)
  • Feb 11th Yves de La Casiniere, composer
  • Feb 12th Vola Vale, American actress (d. 1970)
  • Feb 14th Jorgen Bentzon, composer
  • Feb 15th Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • Feb 17th Johan[nes A] Kaart, Dutch actor/stage manager (My Fair Lady)
  • Feb 18th Charles Kuentz, WW1 veteran, changed nationality 4 times (d.2005)
  • Feb 19th Alma Rubens, American actress (d. 1931)
  • Feb 20th Ivan Albright, Illinois, painter (Door, Window)
  • Feb 21st Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Soylent Green, T'Pau-Star Trek)
  • Feb 22nd Karol Świerczewski, Polish general (d. 1947)
  • Feb 27th Bernard F Lyot, French astronomer (Lyot filter)
  • Feb 27th G Paul H Schuitema, graphic designer/photographer (System-O-Color)
  • Feb 27th Marian Anderson, American contralto (d. 1993)
  • Mar 3rd Jose Moreno Gans, composer
  • Mar 4th Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, baseball player/organized Japanese baseball
  • Mar 5th Mei-ling Soong, Madame Chiang Kai-shek
  • Mar 5th Set Persson, Swedish communist politician (d. 1960)
  • Mar 11th Henry Dixon Cowell, Menlo Park California, composer (New Musical Resources)
  • Mar 13th Marcel Thiry, Belgian poet (Statue of Fatigue)
  • Mar 13th William Herald, Australia, swimmer (Olympic-1920)
  • Mar 15th Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • Mar 17th Jozef C. Mazur, American stained glass artist and painter (d. 1970)
  • Mar 18th Betty Compson, actress (Big City, Docks Of New York)
  • Mar 19th Betty Compson, Beaver UT, actress (Millionaire Kid, Mad Youth)
  • Mar 19th Liam O'Flaherty, Irish writer, born in Inishmore, Aran Islands (d. 1984)
  • Mar 24th Charles Eyck, Dutch painter/sculptor
  • Mar 24th Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-US psycho analysist (character analysis)
  • Mar 25th John Laurie, Dumfries Scotland, actor (Jericho, Island of Desire)
  • Mar 27th Douglas Hartree, English mathematician and physicist
  • Mar 27th Carlo Mierendorff, German politician/anti-fascist
  • Mar 28th Sepp Herberger, German football coach (d. 1977)
  • Apr 1st Willem H van de Pol, Dutch theologist (Christian Dilemma)
  • Apr 4th Pierre Fresnay, actor (Grand Illusion), born in Paris, France
  • Apr 7th Harald Sigurd Johan Saeverud, composer [OS]
  • Apr 7th Walter Winchell, Harlem newscaster/columnist (Untouchables), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 7th Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I (d. 1918)
  • Apr 8th Herbert Eimert, German composer/musicologist (Glockenspiel)
  • Apr 10th Ross Youngs, American baseball player (d. 1927)
  • Apr 11th Caspar Neher, German set designer/librettist
  • Apr 13th Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (d. 1917)
  • Apr 14th Barbara Wootten, U.K. baroness
  • Apr 14th Claire Windsor, American actress (d. 1972)
  • Apr 16th Arthur Charles Ernest Hoeree, composer
  • Apr 16th Jaap Vranken, Dutch organist/composer (Stabat Mater)
  • Apr 16th John B Glubb, British commandant/writer (A soldier with the Arabs)
  • Apr 17th Antonius F "Anton" Coolen, Dutch author (Village by the River)
  • Apr 17th Harald Saeverud, Bergen Norway, composer (Saline) [NS]
  • Apr 17th Thornton N Wilder, US, novelist/playwright (Our Town)
  • Apr 18th Pedro Regas, actor (Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour) [or Apr 12]
  • Apr 18th Ardito Desio, Italian topographer (d. 2001)
  • Apr 19th Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, sculptor/art benefactor
  • Apr 19th Vivienne Segal, Broadway actress (Pal Joey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 19th Peter de Noronha, Indian businessman and philanthropist (d. 1970)
  • Apr 20th Bernard Verhoeven, poet/literature (About the Laugh)
  • Apr 20th Gregory Ratoff, Petrograd Russia, actor/director (Corsican Brothers)
  • Apr 23rd Harold French, director (Encore)/actor
  • Apr 23rd John Wengraf, actor (12 to Moon, Pride & Passion), born in Vienna, Austria

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Apr 23rd Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-68) (Nobel 1957), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Apr 23rd Lucius du Bignon Clay, US, general (WW II)/gov (West Germany)
  • Apr 24th Benjamin Lee Whorf, linguist (or 1797)
  • Apr 24th Gyorgy Kosa, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1984)
  • Apr 24th Manuel Ávila Camacho, President of Mexico (d. 1955)
  • Apr 25th Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer
  • Apr 25th VAA Mary, English princess
  • Apr 26th Olga Chekova, Russia, actress (Italian Strawhat, Cry of the Children)
  • Apr 26th Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (d. 1967)
  • Apr 28th Ye Jianying, Chinese general and politician (d. 1986)
  • Apr 30th Humberto Mauro, Brazillina director and screenwriter (d. 1983)
  • May 2nd J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (d. 1985)
  • May 3rd V K Krishna Menon, India, minister of defense
  • May 6th Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube)
  • May 7th Kitty McKane, England, tennis (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-1920, 24)
  • May 10th Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)
  • May 10th Ewart Maurice Levy, 2nd Baronet
  • May 10th Einar Gerhardsen, Prime minister of Norway (d. 1987)
  • May 11th Izak W van der Merwe, [Boerneef], South African writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
  • May 11th Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • May 14th Sidney Bechet, US, jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
  • May 14th Ed Ricketts, American marine biologist (d. 1948)
  • May 16th Walther Geiser, composer
  • May 17th Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

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May 18th Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • May 18th Jack Raine, actor (Quartet), born in London, England
  • May 19th Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • May 20th Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (d. 1983)
  • May 22nd Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (Waters of Babylon)
  • May 25th Alan Kippax, cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant bat)
  • May 27th John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)
  • May 28th Henry Kendall, actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), born in London, England
  • May 29th Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Brno Austria, movie composer (Violanta)
  • May 29th Ignace Lilien, composer
  • May 31st Margalo Gillmore, actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society), born in London, England
  • Jun 3rd Memphis Minnie, blues musician, born in Algiers, Louisiana (d. 1973)
  • Jun 7th George Szell, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Metropolitan 1942-45)
  • Jun 8th John G. Bennett, British scientist and author (d. 1974)
  • Jun 11th Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, born in Bratislava (d. 1988)
  • Jun 12th Alexandre Tansman, Lodz Poland, composer (Dyptique)
  • Jun 12th Anthony Eden, Earl of Avon (C), British PM (1955-57)

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Jun 13th Paavo Johannes Nurmi, Finnish middle and long distance runner (Olympic-gold-1920/24/28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jun 16th Elaine Hammerstein, American actress (d. 1948)
  • Jun 16th Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)

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Jun 19th Moe Howard, [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian Moe Howard
Moe Howard
  • Jun 20th Cyril "Froggy" Francois, cricketer (South African all-rounder v Eng 1922-23)
  • Jun 20th Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (d. 1973)
  • Jun 22nd Norbert Elias, English/Dutch philosopher (Process of Civilization)
  • Jun 22nd Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (d. 1973)
  • Jun 23rd Winifred Wagner-William, German organizer (Wagner Festival)
  • Jun 24th Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)
  • Jun 25th Basil Radford, Chester England, actor (Whiskey Galore, Night Train)
  • Jun 25th Hans Barth, German-born American composer, born in Leipzig (d. 1956)
  • Jun 26th Viola Dana, actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 28th Jacobus J E Hondius, graphic artist
  • Jun 29th Ottmar Gerster, composer
  • Jun 29th Fulgence Charpentier, French-Canadian journalist (d. 2001)
  • Jul 5th Paul Ben-Haim, [Frankenburger], Munich Germany, Israeli composer
  • Jul 6th Richard Krautheimer, art Historian
  • Jul 7th Anna Luther, NJ, silent screen actress (Sinners in Silk)
  • Jul 10th Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director
  • Jul 10th Karl Plagge, German officer (d. 1957)
  • Jul 10th Jack "Legs" Diamond", American bootlegger (d. 1931)
  • Jul 11th Bull Connor, American law enforcement official (d. 1973)
  • Jul 17th Elbert Parr Tuttle, lawyer/judge
  • Jul 18th E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (d. 1935)
  • Jul 20th Tadeusz Reichstein, Swiss chemist (Nobel 1950)
  • Jul 24th Elmar Berkovich, Hungarian/Dutch designer (Eindhoven Theatre)
  • Jul 24th Karl von Mechow, German writer (Auf Dem Wege, Vorsommer)

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Jul 24th Amelia Earhart, American aviator and 1st woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, born in Atchison, Kansas (d. 1939)

Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart
Aviation Pioneer
Amelia Earhart
  • Jul 25th Hermann Ambrosius, composer
  • Jul 26th Paul Gallico, NY, novelist
  • Jul 28th Emmy Arbous, [Emilia J Henke], Dutch actress (Little Rascal)
  • Jul 29th Sir Neil Ritchie, British general (d. 1983)
  • Jul 30th Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician/writer (Fascism is War!)
  • Aug 2nd Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer (d. 1945)
  • Aug 2nd Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1974)
  • Aug 4th Joseph Calleia, Malta, actor (Jungle Book, Gilda, Touch of Evil)
  • Aug 5th Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (d. 1972)
  • Aug 7th Franz J Weinrich, [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • Aug 9th Ralph Wyckoff, American pioneer in x-ray crystallography
  • Aug 10th Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic-silver-1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • Aug 10th Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch novelist (Ciske the Rat)
  • Aug 10th John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • Aug 11th Louise Bogan, Maine, writer (Sleeping Fury)
  • Aug 11th Enid Blyton, children's writer and fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure)
  • Aug 12th Manuel Blancafort, composer
  • Aug 12th Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
  • Aug 12th Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
  • Aug 15th Marion Eugene Bauer, composer
  • Aug 16th Robert Ringling, circus master
  • Aug 16th Vicente Ascone, composer
  • Aug 20th Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian author (Det Store Spelet)
  • Aug 22nd Bill Woodfull, cricketer (Australian captain in the Bodyline series)
  • Aug 24th Fred Rose, American songwriter and publishing executive (d. 1954)
  • Aug 25th Jaroslav Ridky, composer
  • Aug 26th Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)
  • Aug 27th Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter
  • Aug 28th Morris Ankrum, IL, actor (Kronos, Half Human, Earth vs Flying Saucers)
  • Aug 31st Frederic March [Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel], Racine, Wisconsin, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives)
  • Aug 31st Marianne Bruns, writer
  • Sep 1st Andy Kennedy, Irish footballer (d. 1963)
  • Sep 3rd Cecil Parker, Hastings England, actor (Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities)