Birthdays in History in 1872

  • Jan 4 Edmund Rumpler, Austria, auto/airplane builder
  • Jan 11 George Washington Pierce, American physicist (d. 1956)
  • Jan 15 Arsen Kotsoyev, Russian writer (d. 1944)
  • Jan 18 Paul Leautaud, [Maurice Boissard], France, writer (Petit ami)
  • Jan 21 Jonkhr Frans Beelaerts van Blokland, Dutch foreign minister
  • Jan 23 Paul Langevin, French physicist (d. 1946)
  • Jan 23 Joze Plečnik, Slovenian architect (d. 1957)
  • Jan 24 Konstantin Bogaevsky, Russian painter (d. 1943)
  • Jan 24 Ethel Turner, Australian author (d. 1958)
  • Jan 27 Learned Hand, Chief judge (US Court of Appeals), born in Albany, New York
  • Jan 31 Zane Grey, American West novelist (Riders of the Purple Sage)
  • Feb 1 Paul Fort, French poet/founder of Vers et Prose
  • Feb 1 Jerome F. Donovan, American politician (d. 1949)
  • Feb 1 Andrew Kehoe, American mass murderer (d. 1927)
  • Feb 4 Gotse Delchev, a great Macedonian revolutionary, (d. 1903)
  • Feb 6 Theodor Lessing, writer [or Feb 8]
  • Feb 7 Nikolaos "Sokrates" Politis, Greek lawyer/diplomat/foreign minister
  • Feb 10 Anne Anema, Dutch lawyer/journalist/politician (ARP)
  • Feb 11 Edward Johnston, British craftsman and calligrapher - "the father of modern calligraphy" (d 1944)

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Mar 7 Piet Mondrian, Dutch abstract painter (Broadway Boogie Woogie), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1944)

Abstract Painter Piet Mondrian
Abstract Painter
Piet Mondrian
  • Mar 11 Abraham van Stolk Jzn, lumber merchant/art collector
  • Mar 13 Oswald Garrison Villard, American journalist
  • Mar 19 Sergei Diaghilev, Gruzino Novgorod Russia, ballet director
  • Mar 20 Karin Michaelis, writer
  • Mar 25 Vito Pardo, Italian sculptor (Columbus monument in Argentina)
  • Mar 28 Jose Sanjurjo y Sacanell, Spanish general (Morocco)
  • Apr 5 Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist (d. 1962)
  • Apr 7 William Monroe Trotter, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • Apr 9 Leon Blum, French premier (People's front government)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Roda Roda, Austrian writer, born in Drnowitz, Moravia (d. 1945)
  • Apr 14 Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Indian-born Islamic scholar and translator (d. 1953)
  • Apr 18 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi
  • Apr 21 GW Bitzer, [Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer], Roxbury MA
  • Apr 22 Princess Margaret of Prussia, queen of Finland (d. 1954)
  • Apr 29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1930)
  • May 1 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
  • May 2 G G van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC)
  • May 6 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (d. 1934)
  • May 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (d. 1950)
  • May 14 Elia Dalla Costa, Italian cardinals (d. 1961)
  • May 18 Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)
  • May 21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (d. 1917)
  • May 31 Charles G Abbot, US, astronomer (Constant Sun)
  • May 31 William Heath Robinson, England, illustrator/cartoonist (Don Quixote)
  • Jun 6 Alexandra Fjodorovna Romanova, last Russian tsarina (1894-1918)
  • Jun 20 George Carpenter, the 5th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1948)

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Jun 27 Paul Laurence Dunbar, American poet and novelist (Oak & Ivory), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 1906)

  • Jul 1 Louis Bleriot, 1st man to fly an airplane across English Channel
  • Jul 3 Habib Ullah Chan, emir of Afghanistam (1901-19)

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Jul 4 Calvin Coolidge [Silent Cal], 30th US President (R) (1923-29), born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont (d. 1933)

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge
  • Jul 5 Edouard Herriot, French politician (d. 1957)
  • Jul 13 Alfons van de Perre, Flemish physician/MP

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Jul 16 Roald Amundsen, Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole, born in Borge, Østfold, Norway (d. 1928)

Polar Explorer Roald Amundsen
Polar Explorer
Roald Amundsen
  • Jul 22 David D Salas, Antillian writer (Josefina)
  • Jul 26 George Louis Beer, historian (authority on British colonies)
  • Jul 28 Albert P Sarraut, Fren gov-gen of Indo-China (1911..19)/PM (1933/36)
  • Jul 29 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
  • Jul 30 Clementine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Aug 2 George E. Stewart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1946)
  • Aug 3 Haakon VII, Charlottenlund Denmark, King of Norway (1905-57)
  • Aug 5 Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician (d. 1917)
  • Aug 7 Andries C D de Graeff, governor-general of Neth Indies (1926-31)
  • Aug 9 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1962)
  • Aug 11 Shidehara Kijuro, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1951)
  • Aug 12 Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (d. 1956)
  • Aug 13 Richard Willstätter, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1942)
  • Aug 21 Aubrey Beardsley, England, artist (Salome)
  • Aug 24 Max Beerbohm, England, caricaturist/writer/wit (Saturday Review)
  • Sep 9 Delilah L Beasley, US author/columnist (Negro trail-blazers)
  • Sep 20 Maurice Gamelin, French generalissimo
  • Sep 25 Charles Blake Cochran, impresario
  • Sep 26 Ottokar T Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Austrian Foreign min (1916-18)
  • Sep 28 Tom Terriss, director (His Buddy's Wife, Sumuru), born in London, England
  • Oct 1 Israel Querido, Dutch writer (Menschenwee)
  • Oct 6 Mikhail Kuzmin, Russian writer (d. 1936)
  • Oct 8 John Cowper Powys, British writer (Wood & Stone)
  • Oct 11 Harlan Fiske Stone, NH, Supreme Court (1925-41) Chief Justice (41-46)
  • Oct 15 Wilhelm Miklas, Austrian president (d. 1956)
  • Oct 18 Josephine CMA, princess of Belgium/nun
  • Oct 27 Emily Post, authority on social behavior/writer (Etiquette)
  • Nov 3 Wilfred Trotter, Coleford Gloucestershire, English surgeon who was a pioneer in neurosurgery, popularized the concept of herd instinct, and was an authority in cancers of the head and neck
  • Nov 9 Bohdan Lepky, Ukrainian writer and poet (d. 1941)
  • Nov 11 David I. Walsh, 46th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • Nov 15 Robert marquess of Flers, French author (Habit Vert)

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Nov 30 John McCrae, Canadian physician, soldier and poet (In Flanders Fields), born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 1918)

World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae
World War I Soldier & Poet
John McCrae
  • Dec 5 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player
  • Dec 7 Johan Huizinga, Dutch culture historian (Homo Ludens)
  • Dec 8 John Cowper Powys, English writer (Wolf Solent) and critic, Born in Shirley, Derbyshire (d. 1963)
  • Dec 10 Ludwig Klages, German philosopher (study of graves)
  • Dec 16 Anton Ivanovich Denikin, Russian general (d. 1947)
  • Dec 21 Albert P Terhune, US, novelist (Lad, a Dog)
  • Dec 22 Camille Guérin, French veterinarian and bacteriologist (d. 1961)
  • Dec 26 Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)

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Dec 28 Pío Baroja y Nessi, Spanish Basque writer, author of over 100 novels (The Struggle for Life, Zalacain the Adventurer), born in San Sebastián, Basque Country (d. 1956)

Spanish Writer Pío Baroja
Spanish Writer
Pío Baroja