On This Day

Famous People Born in 1858

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 5 Gustaf af Geijerstam, Swedish author (Boken om Lillebror), born in Hed socken (d. 1909)
  • Jan 7 Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language (d. 1922)
  • Jan 10 Heinrich Zille, German illustrator and photographer, born in Radeburg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • Jan 11 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947)
  • Jan 13 Oskar Minkowski, Biologist (d. 1931)
  • Jan 15 Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter
  • Jan 17 Tomas Carrasquilla, Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra)

Person of interestDaniel Williams

Jan 18 Daniel Williams, American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart surgery, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1931)

Heart surgeon Daniel Williams
Heart surgeon
Daniel Williams
  • Jan 19 Eugene Brieux, French playwright (Blanchette, Lesson Avaries)
  • Jan 22 Beatrice Potter Webb, English sociologist, economist ( founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), born in Standish (d. 1943)
  • Jan 22 Frederick Lugard, British captain/baron (Congo)
  • Jan 25 Giuseppi Radiciotti, Italian musicologist & composer, born in Iesi, Italy (d. 1931)
  • Jan 25 Mikimoto Kōkichi, Japanese entrepreneur & pearl farm pioneer, born in Toba, Japan (d. 1954)
  • Jan 27 Neel [Cornelia H] Doff, Dutch/French/Belgian painter's model/writer
  • Jan 31 André Antoine, French actor and stage manager (founded Théâtre-Libre), born in Limoges, France (d. 1943)
  • Feb 14 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, born in Brookfield, Connecticut (d. 1915)

  • Feb 14 Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), born in Penpont, Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1895)
  • Feb 15 William Pickering, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • Feb 16 Laurence "Lon" Myers, American track star (top US miler)
  • Feb 17 Ernest Ford, English composer, born in Warminster, Wiltshire (d. 1919)
  • Feb 18 Louise M A, princess of Belgium
  • Feb 24 Arnold Dolmetsch, Le Mans, musician
  • Feb 26 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
  • Feb 28 Jacob P Vis, Dutch industrialist (founder NV Royal Salt Industries)
  • Mar 1 Georg Simmel, German philosopher/sociologist
  • Mar 7 Nikolai Artzibushev, composer
  • Mar 13 Maximilien Luce, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1941)
  • Mar 15 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding)

Person of interestRudolf Diesel

Mar 18 Rudolf Diesel, French-born German engineer (invented the diesel engine), born in Paris, France (disappeared 1913)

Mechanical Engineer Rudolf Diesel
Mechanical Engineer
Rudolf Diesel
  • Mar 23 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel prize 1927)
  • Mar 27 Peter C. Lutkin, composer, born in Thomp­son­ville, Wis­con­sin (d. 1931)
  • Mar 30 Siegfried Alkan, German composer, born in Dillingen, Saarland (d. 1941)
  • Apr 1 Arnold Aletrino, Dutch physician-criminologist/author (From Life)
  • Apr 1 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Circulation of Elite)
  • Apr 3 Matthew Ricketts, 1st African American man elected to Neb State Legislature, born in Henry County, Kentucky (d. 1917)
  • Apr 4 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, born in Bazoches-en-Houlmes, France (d. 1915)

  • Apr 7 Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch socialist politician (SDAP)
  • Apr 15 Émile Durkheim, French sociologist (Division du travail social), born in Épinal, France (d. 1917)
  • Apr 19 May Robson [Mary J Robison], Australian actress (Apple Annie), born in Moama, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1942)
  • Apr 19 Siegfried Ochs, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1929)
  • Apr 20 Auguste Chapuis, French composer, born in Dampierre-sur-Salon, France (d. 1933)
  • Apr 22 Ethel Smyth, English composer, born in Sidcup, Kent (d. 1944)
  • Apr 23 Max Planck, German physicist, father of Quantum Physics (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918), born in Kiel, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1947)
  • Apr 30 Mary Dimmick Harrison, 1st lady (1889-1893) as second wife of the 23rd United States president Benjamin Harrison, born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • May 1 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American composer, born in Cherry Grove, Virginia (d. 1924)
  • May 6 Georges Hüe, French composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1948)
  • May 8 John Meade Falkner, novelist (Moonfleet)
  • May 10 Frederick Zech Jr, American composer and pianist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • May 11 Carl Hauptmann, writer
  • May 16 Frank Lynes, American composer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1913)
  • May 16 Hanus Trnecek, composer
  • May 19 Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, French prince and president of the Société de Géographie, born in Paris, France (d. 1924)
  • May 21 Jose Battle Ordonez, Uruguay, politician
  • May 24 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • May 28 Carl Richard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (blowtorch), born in Arboga, Sweden (d. 1939)
  • Jun 1 William W Campbell, Canadian poet (Beyond the Hills of Dream)
  • Jun 8 Harry Rowe Shelley, American composer (known for his hymn music), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1947)
  • Jun 8 Antoni Nicolau, Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona (d. 1933)
  • Jun 16 Gustav V, king of Sweden (1907-50)
  • Jun 17 Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician (44th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Hopedale, Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • Jun 18 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist
  • Jun 19 George Alexander [Samson], British actor, theatre producer and manager, born in Reading, Berkshire (d. 1918)
  • Jun 19 Dirk Fock, Dutch politician and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1921-26), born in Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands (d. 1941)
  • Jun 20 Medardo Rosso, Italian sculptor (portraits), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1928)
  • Jun 20 Charles W. Chesnutt, American writer (The Conjure Woman), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1932)
  • Jun 23 William Ernst Johnson, mathematician, born in Cambridge, England
  • Jun 25 Georges Courteline [Moineau], French playwright, born in Tours, France (d. 1929)
  • Jun 29 George Washington Goethals, American army general and civil engineer who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1928)
  • Jul 5 Maria "Marie" Bakker, Dutch actress and wife of Maarten Stranger, born (d. 1917)
  • Jul 9 Franz Boas, German-American anthropologist and linguist (Mind of Primitive Man), born in Minden, Westphalia, Prussia (d. 1942)
  • Jul 10 Karl Flodin, Finnish composer and critic, born in Vassa (d. 1925)
  • Jul 13 Stewart Culin, American ethnographer (d. 1929)

Person of interestEmmeline Pankhurst

Jul 15 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), born in Moss Side, Manchester (d. 1928)

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Suffragette
Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Jul 16 Eugene Ysaye, Belgian composer and violinist, born in Liège (d. 1931)
  • Jul 20 Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (d. 1925)
  • Jul 21 Lovis Corinth, German painter (d. 1925)
  • Jul 21 Maria Christina of Austria, queen of Spain, born in Židlochovice Castle, Moravia (d. 1929)
  • Jul 21 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist, born in Sandhurst, Victoria (d. 1941)
  • Jul 24 Wolfgang Kapp, German politician (Kapp Putsch 1920), born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)
  • Jul 26 Tommy Garrett, Australian cricketer (original Australian Test player), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1943)
  • Jul 31 Richard Dixon Oldham, British geologist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1936)
  • Aug 1 Hans Rott, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1884)
  • Aug 1 Paul Barth, German philosopher and sociologist, born in Oleśnica, Poland (d. 1922)
  • Aug 2 Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William and Regent of the Netherlands, born in Arolsen Castle, Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont, German Confederation (d. 1934)
  • Aug 2 Catharina van Rennes, Dutch composer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • Aug 2 William Watson, British poet (Prince's Quest, Father of Forest), born in Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire (d. 1935)
  • Aug 6 Albert Fuchs, Swiss-German composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1910)

Person of interestChristiaan Eijkman

Aug 11 Christiaan Eijkman, Dutch physician and bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine-1929), born in Nijkerk, Netherlands (d. 1930)

Physician and Nobel Laureate Christiaan Eijkman
Physician and Nobel Laureate
Christiaan Eijkman
  • Aug 15 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • Aug 16 Arthur Achleitner, German writer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1927)
  • Aug 27 Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician and glottologist, born in Spinetta, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1932)

  • Sep 9 Benjamin Kidel, English Sudan (Control of the Tropics)
  • Sep 12 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, born in Grembergen, Dendermonde, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • Sep 13 Catherinus Elling, Norwegian composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1942)
  • Sep 15 Charles Eugène, vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer and a hermit, born in Strasbourg, French Empire (d. 1916)
  • Sep 15 Jenő Hubay, Hungarian composer, born in Pest, Hungary (d. 1937)

Person of interestBonar Law

Sep 16 Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick (now Canada)

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law
  • Sep 24 Eugene Foss, American politician (45th Governor of Massachusetts), born in St. Albans, Vermont (d. 1939)
  • Sep 27 Þorsteinn Erlingsson, Icelandic poet (Pyrnar), born in Iceland (d. 1914)
  • Sep 29 Leopoldo Mugnone, composer
  • Oct 4 Mihajlo Pupin, Serbian-American physicist and telephone pioneer, born in Idvor, Military Frontier of Austria (d. 1935)
  • Oct 5 Henry von Battenberg, German son-in-law of Queen Victoria, born in Milan, Lombardy–Venetia (d. 1896)'
  • Oct 9 Gerard Philips, Dutch industrialist and manufacturer (Philips), born in Zaltbommel, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • Oct 15 Frank Valentine der Stucken, American-Belgian composer, born in Fredericksburg, Texas (d. 1929)
  • Oct 15 John L. Sullivan, Irish-American heavyweight boxing champ (1882-92), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1918)
  • Oct 19 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (d. 1937)
  • Oct 20 John Burns, English politician (d. 1943)
  • Oct 21 Ramabai Dongre' Medhavi, India, social reformer

Person of interestTheodore Roosevelt

Oct 27 Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (R: 1901-09; Nobel 1906), born in NYC, New York (d. 1919)

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • Nov 7 Bipin Chandra Pal, Indian nationalist and freedom fighter, born in Habiganj, Sylhet region, India (d. 1932)
  • Nov 11 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian diarist and painter, born in Gavrontsi, Russian Empire (d. 1884)
  • Nov 12 Alexis Contant, Canadian pianist, organist and composer, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1918)
  • Nov 13 Percy McDonnell, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman of the 1880's), born in Kensington, London (d. 1896)

Person of interestSelma Lagerlöf

Nov 20 Selma Lagerlöf, Swedish author and Nobel laureate (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils), born in Mårbacka, Värmland (d. 1940)

Author and Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf
Author and Nobel Laureate
Selma Lagerlöf
  • Nov 23 Frank Hearne, cricketer (brother of George and Alec, England and South Africa)
  • Nov 25 Alfred Capus, French author (d. 1922)
  • Nov 26 Katharine Drexel, American philanthropist and Roman Catholic Saint, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • Nov 27 Henry Musgrove, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test 1885), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1931)
  • Nov 30 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, polymath and writer, born in Munshiganj, British India (d. 1937)
  • Dec 4 Billy Gunn, English cricketer (Notts & England batsman in 11 Tests 1886-99), born in St Ann's, Nottingham (d. 1921)

Person of interestChester Greenwood

Dec 4 Chester Greenwood, American inventor (invented earmuffs at 15), born in Farmington, Maine (d. 1937)

  • Dec 11 Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Russian theatre director, born in Ozurgeti, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • Dec 13 Jakab Gyula Major, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Kosice, Czech Republic (d. 1925)
  • Dec 20 Jan Toorop, Dutch-Indonesian painter (3 Brides), born in Purworejo Regency, Indonesia (d. 1928)

Person of interestGiacomo Puccini

Dec 22 Giacomo Puccini, Italian opera composer (La bohème, Tosca, Madame Butterfly), born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1924)

Composer Giacomo Puccini
Composer
Giacomo Puccini
  • Dec 23 Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, playwright (Life in Russian Theater)