Birthdays in History in May 1886

  • May 2 Gottfried Benn, writer
  • May 9 Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • May 10 Karl Barth, Basel Switzerland, theologian/author (Action in Waiting)
  • May 10 Olaf Stapleton, British religious sci-fi writer (Star Maker)
  • May 10 Felix Manalo, Founder and 1st Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (d. 1963)
  • May 12 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter
  • May 17 Alfonso XIII of Spain (d. 1941)
  • May 25 Philip Murray, founded Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
  • May 25 Rash Behari Bose, leader against the British Raj in India (d. 1945)
  • May 28 Santo Trafficante, Sr., Sicilian-born American mobster (d. 1954)
  • May 30 Randolph Bourne, American writer (d. 1918)