Famous People Born in May 1909

  • May 1 Ethel Jane Cain, original UK Speaking Clock voice
  • May 1 George Melachrino, composer
  • May 1 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • May 4 Howard Da Silva, [Silverblatt], actor (Ben Franklin-1776), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 4 Jeroom Verten [Jozef F Vermetten], Flemish playwright
  • May 5 Miklos Radnoti, writer
  • May 6 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcastor (d. 2004)

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May 7 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • May 9 Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • May 10 Harold Francis Collison, trade Unionist
  • May 10 Lord Collison, British union leader (agriculture workers)

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May 10 Maybelle Carter, American country singer (Johnny Cash Show), born in Nickelsville, Virginia (d. 1978)

Country Singer Maybelle Carter
Country Singer
Maybelle Carter
  • May 11 Herbert Murrill, composer
  • May 11 René Bousquet, French Vichy-police chief (deported Jews), born in Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • May 15 James Mason, England, actor (Lolita, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil)
  • May 15 Rodolfo Cornejo, composer
  • May 16 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • May 17 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant
  • May 17 Magda Schneider, actress (Eva, Going Gay, Be Mine Tonight)
  • May 18 Fred Perry, English tennis star/commentator (Wimbledon, 1934-36)
  • May 19 Schlomo Joffe, composer
  • May 19 Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), born in London (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Edward Moss Hutchinson, educationalist
  • May 20 John Arkell, director of administration (BBC)
  • May 21 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • May 21 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Edwin Arrowsmith, diplomat
  • May 24 Guillermo Diaz-Plaja, Spanish literary/poet (Lorca)
  • May 24 Louis Fornberg, writer
  • May 24 Wilbur Mills, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe
  • May 25 Alfred Kubel, German politician (d. 1999)
  • May 25 Marie Menken, American experimental filmmaker and socialite (d. 1970)
  • May 26 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • May 26 Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), born in NYC, New York
  • May 27 Isador Goodman, composer
  • May 28 John Schepens, [Jean Baudoux], Flemish journalist/writer (Polyfoto)
  • May 28 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (d. 2005)
  • May 29 Neil R[onald] Jones, US, sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds)
  • May 30 Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 30 George Headley, cricketer, Panama (all-time great WI batsman)
  • May 31 Jan Lewando, British director (Marks & Spencer)
  • May 31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)