Birthdays in History in May 1912

  • May 1 Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander (d. 1998)
  • May 2 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate
  • May 2 Marten Toonder, writer/cartoonist (Mr Bommel)
  • May 5 W Fenton Morley, preacher
  • May 6 Barend Roest Crollius, painter/writer (Chronicle Sins of Youth)
  • May 6 Hugh Martell, British Vice Admiral
  • May 7 Paul H F Brenneker, Neth/Antillian photographer/folklorist
  • May 8 George Woodcock, author
  • May 8 Gertrud Fussenegger, [Dorn], Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende)
  • May 9 Per Imerslund, "The aryan idol" (d. 1943)
  • May 10 Edward Gardner, Queen's Court/MP
  • May 12 Archibald Cox, U.S. Solicitor General (d. 2004)
  • May 13 Judah Nadich, American rabbi (d. 2007)
  • May 14 Marguerite Fawdry, museum curator
  • May 15 Alexis Kagame, Rwanda, priest/writer
  • May 16 Studs Terkel, American author/host (Stud's Place, Working), born in NYC, New York
  • May 17 Archibald Cox, special prosecutor (Watergate)
  • May 18 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer
  • May 18 Richard Brooks, director (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 20 Joseph Proce, 3rd victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • May 21 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (d. 1986)
  • May 22 Hendrik Koekoek, Dutch MP (Farmers Party)
  • May 23 David Barran, CEO (Midland Bank, England)
  • May 23 Samuel Curran, vice chancellor (Strathclyde University)
  • May 25 Princess Dukhye of Korea (d. 1989)
  • May 26 Janos Kádár, premier Hungary (1956-58)
  • May 27 John Cheever, writer (Wapshot Chronicle)
  • May 28 Leslie Monson, diplomat
  • May 28 Patrick White, Australia, novelist (Happy Valley, Nobel 1973)
  • May 28 Herman Johannes, Indonesian scientist and politician (d. 1992)
  • May 29 John B M R "John" Hanlo, Dutch poet (Go to the Mosque)
  • May 29 Lucie Aubrac [Bernard], history teacher and French resistance member, born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • May 30 Alexander Langsdorf, physicist
  • May 30 Joseph Stein, dramatist/playwright (Fiddler on the Roof)
  • May 30 Julian Gustave Symons, writer
  • May 31 Henry M "Scoop" Jackson, (Sen-D-Wash)
  • May 31 Martin Schwarzschild, US astronomer (evolution)