Birthdays in History in April 1899

  • Apr 1 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (d. 1968)
  • Apr 5 William Hornby Steer, barrister/judge
  • Apr 9 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado
  • Apr 11 Percy Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents and was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1975)
  • Apr 13 Alfred Moser Butts, game inventor (Scrabble)
  • Apr 13 Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher
  • Apr 16 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (d. 1988)
  • Apr 17 Vincent Wigglesworth, entomologist
  • Apr 23 Vladimir Nabokov, novelist (Lolita, Ada), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Apr 24 Oscar Zariski, Russian-born mathematician (d. 1986)
  • Apr 30 Jannetje Fisherman-Roosendaal, author (regional novels)