Famous People Born in May 1861

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

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

May 7 Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), born in Calcutta, British India

  • May 11 Frederick Russell Burnham, American scout and adventurer whose friendship with Baden-Powell inspired the founding of the international scouting movement, born in Tivoli, a Dakota Sioux Indian reservation in modern-day Minnesota, (d. 1947)
  • May 12 Ivan Caryll [Félix Tilkin], Belgian composer of operetta and musical comedy (The Shop Girl; The Spring Chicken; The Pink Lady), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1921)

H. H. HolmesH. H. Holmes (1861-1896)

May 16 American serial killer associated with 27 deaths, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire

Nellie MelbaNellie Melba (1861-1931)

May 19 Australian operatic soprano and face of the Australian 100 dollar note, born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia

  • 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)