On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1861

Famous Birthdays

  • May 3 Emmett Dalton, American outlaw, member of the Dalton Gang in the American Old West, born in Belton, Missouri (d. 1937)
  • May 6 Motilal Nehru, Indian lawyer and freedom fighter, born in Agra, British India (d. 1931)

Person of interestRabindranath Tagore

May 7 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1941)

  • May 11 Frederick Russell Burnham, father of the international scouting movement (d. 1947)

Person of interestH. H. Holmes

May 16 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire (d. 1896)

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • May 19 Dame Nellie Melba, Australian opera singer (d. 1931)
  • May 27 Victoria Earle Matthews, American author and activist, born in Fort Valley, Georgia (d. 1907)
  • May 31 Emily Bissell, American welfare worker and founder of Christmas Seals, born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1948)