On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1859

  • May 1 Bohuslav Jeremiáš, Czech composer, born in Řestoky, Czechia (d. 1918)
  • May 1 Willem Johannes Leyds, Dutch-South Africa lawyer and diplomat (State Secretary of the South African Republic), born in Magelang, Dutch East Indies (d. 1940)
  • May 2 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • May 2 Jerome K. Jerome, English writer (The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow), born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England (d. 1927)
  • May 3 Andy Adams, American writer (Log of a Cowboy), born in Indiana (d. 1935)
  • May 6 Luis María Drago, Argentine statesman and author of Drago Doctrine, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1921)
  • May 6 Willem Kloos, Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice), born in Amsterdam (d. 1938)
  • May 8 Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician (d. 1925)
  • May 13 August Enna, Danish composer (The Witch), (d. 1939)
  • May 15 Pierre Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1903) and husband of Marie Curie, born in Paris, France (d. 1906)

Person of interestArthur Conan Doyle

May 22 Arthur Conan Doyle, British author who brought Sherlock Holmes to life twice, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1930)

  • May 30 Pierre Janet, French psychologist and neurologist (contributed to the modern concept of mental and emotional disorders involving anxiety, phobias, and other abnormal behaviour), born in Paris (d. 1947)