On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1865

  • May 2 Clyde Fitch, American playwright, born in Elmira, New York (d. 1909)
  • May 5 Felicjan Szopski, Polish composer, born in Krzeszowice, Poland (d. 1939)

Person of interestNellie Bly

May 5 Nellie Bly [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], American journalist and writer (Ten Days in a Mad House), born in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania (d. 1922)

Journalist and Adventurer Nellie Bly
Journalist and Adventurer
Nellie Bly
  • May 9 August de Boeck, Flemish composer, born in Merchtem, Belgium (d. 1937)
  • May 15 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion)
  • May 22 Enric Morera i Viura, Spanish musician and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1942)
  • May 23 Epitácio Pessoa, 11th President of Brazil (Minas Gerais Republican: 1919-22), born in Umbuzeiro, Paraíba, Empire of Brazil (d. 1942)
  • May 25 Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxony (1904-18), born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1932)
  • May 25 John Mott, American evangelist and organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946), born in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, New York (d. 1955)
  • May 25 Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Zeeman effect, Nobel Prize 1902), born in Zonnemaire, Schouwen-Duiveland (d. 1943)
  • May 26 Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Finnish painter, born in Pori, Finland (d. 1931)
  • May 26 Robert W. Chambers, American artist and fiction writer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1933)
  • May 28 Gerrit Grijns, Dutch researcher and co-discoverer of vitamin B1 (thiamine), born in Leerdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)