On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1868

  • May 6 Władysław Reymont, Polish novelist (Chiopi, Nobel-1924), born in Kobiele Wielkie, Petrokov Governorate, Congress Poland (d. 1925)
  • May 6 Gaston Leroux, French writer (The Phantom of the Opera), born in Paris (d. 1927)
  • May 10 Ed Barrow, American baseball manager (d. 1953)
  • May 12 Halsey William Wilson, American publisher of reference books
  • May 13 Paolo Gallico, Italian-American pianist and composer (The Apocalypse), born in Trieste (d. 1955)

Person of interestMagnus Hirschfeld

May 14 Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician and gay rights advocate, born in Kolberg, Prussia (d. 1935)

Physician and Gay Rights Advocate Magnus Hirschfeld
Physician and Gay Rights Advocate
Magnus Hirschfeld
  • May 17 Horace Elgin Dodge, American automobile manufacturing pioneer (co-founder of Dodge Brothers Company), born in Niles, Michigan (d. 1920)

Person of interestNicholas II

May 18 Nicholas II, last Tsar of Russia (1894-1917), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)

  • May 19 John Fillmore Hayford, American Geodesist who established the theory of isostasy and founded the modern science of geodesy (precise measurements of the shape of the earth), born in Rouses Point, New York
  • May 24 Charles E. Taylor, American first aircraft maintenance professional, born in Cerro Gordo, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • May 28 Claude Anet [Jean Schopfer], French writer (Fille Perdue), born in Morges, Switzerland (d. 1931)