Famous People Born in 1869

  • Jan 3 Paul Charles Rene Landormy, French musicologist, music critic, and composer; born in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France (d. 1943)
  • Jan 4 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • Jan 13 Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta, Italian WWI general and fascist, born in Genoa (d. 1931)
  • Jan 15 Stanisław Wyspiański, Polish dramatist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1907)

Grigori RasputinGrigori Rasputin (1869-1916)

Jan 21 Russian monk and confidant of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, born in Pokrovskoye, Sibera, Russian Empire

  • Jan 23 Felice Boghen, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1945)
  • Jan 23 Herbert David Croly, American author (Promise of American Life), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1930)
  • Jan 27 Will Marion Cook, American composer, violinist and choral director (In Dahomey), born in Washington D.C. (d. 1944)
  • Jan 29 Andrey Scherbachov, Russian composer and pianist, born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1922)
  • Jan 31 Henri Carton de Wiart, Belgian count and politician (Prime Minister of Belgian 1920-21), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1951)
  • Feb 1 Johannes "Frits" Bakker Sr., Dutch actor (Holland Tooneelgezelschap), (d. 1943)
  • Feb 7 Jindrich S Baar, Czech pastor/writer (Jan Cimbura)
  • Feb 10 Vasily Kalafati, Russian composer (Cygany), born in Yevpatoria, Crimea (d. 1942)
  • Feb 11 Else Lasker-Schüler, German writer (d. 1945)
  • Feb 11 Helene Kroller-Muller, Dutch museum founder (d. 1939)
  • Feb 12 Hendrik P. Marchant, Dutch minister of Education/Arts (VVD)
  • Feb 14 Charles Wilson, Scottish physicist and meteorologist (Wilson cloud chamber-Nobel), born in Glencorse, Scotland (d. 1959)
  • Feb 17 Carlos Viegas Gago Coutinho, Portuguese cartographer and aviator (1st flight across the south Atlantic), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1959)
  • Feb 23 Nadezhda Konstantinova Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary (Soc-Dem)
  • Feb 26 Nadezhda Krupskaya, Russian revolutionary and wife of Vladimir Lenin, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1939)
  • Feb 27 Alice Hamilton, physician/writer (workmen's compensation laws)
  • Mar 3 Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's "Proms" concerts, vocal teacher (Gentle Art of Singing), and composer (Fantasia on British Sea Songs), born in London, England (d. 1944)
  • Mar 5 Michael von Faulhaber, cardinal/archbishop of Munich
  • Mar 7 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1909)
  • Mar 7 Ernst Cohen, Dutch chemist, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • Mar 14 Algernon Blackwood, English novelist (The Willows), born in Shooter's Hill, Kent, England (d. 1951)
  • Mar 15 Stanisław Wojciechowski, President of Poland (d. 1953)
  • Mar 16 F. A. Forbes, Scottish author (d. 1936)

Neville ChamberlainNeville Chamberlain (1869-1940)

Mar 18 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1937-40), born in Birmingham, England

Albert KahnAlbert Kahn (1869-1942)

Mar 21 American architect known as the "architect of Detroit", born in Rhaunen, Kingdom of Prussia

  • Mar 21 Florenz Ziegfeld, producer (Ziegfield Follies)

Emilio AguinaldoEmilio Aguinaldo (1869-1964)

Mar 22 1st President of the Philippines (1899-1901), born in Kawit, Cavite, Philippines

  • Mar 25 Gustaaf DFL Schamelhout, Flemish physician/writer
  • Mar 27 James McNeill, Irish politician, 2nd Governor-General of the Irish Free State, born in Glenarm, County Antrim, Ireland (d. 1938)
  • Mar 29 Aleš Hrdlička, Austro-Hungarian anthropologist and curator (US National Museum), born in Humpolec, Austria-Hungary (d. 1943)
  • Mar 29 Edwin Lutyens, English architect (Viceroy's House, New Delhi), born in London (d. 1944)
  • Apr 1 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (De Droom)
  • Apr 2 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (Baltimore Orioles) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1907-20), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1928)
  • Apr 4 Mary Colter, American architect and designer (Fred Harvey Company, Santa Fe Railroad), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • Apr 5 Albert Roussel, French composer (Rapsodie Flamende), born in Tourcoing, France (d. 1937)
  • Apr 5 Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer, born in Chaplygin, Lipetsk Oblast, Russia (d. 1942)
  • Apr 6 Louis Raemakers, Dutch draftsman/painter
  • Apr 7 David Grandison Fairchild, American botanist/explorer, brought plants to US
  • Apr 8 Harvey Cushing, American neurosurgeon (blood pressure studies), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1939)
  • Apr 11 Gustav Vigeland, Norwegian sculptor, born in Mandal, Norway (d. 1943)
  • Apr 11 Kasturba Gandhi, Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, born in Gujarat, India (d. 1944)
  • Apr 12 Henri Désiré Landru, French sex murderer, born in Paris (d. 1922)
  • Apr 17 Johannes Marinus Meulenhoff, Dutch publisher, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • Apr 25 Karl Prohaska, Austrian composer, born in Mödling, Austria (d. 1927)
  • Apr 27 William Victor Harris, American composer, born in New York (d. 1943)
  • Apr 28 Lester Lonergan, Irish-American stage and screen actor and director (Seven Faces), born in Limerick, Ireland, UK (d. 1931)
  • Apr 30 Hans Poelzig, German architect (Grosses Schauspielhaus), born in Berlin (d. 1936)
  • May 2 (Frederick) Tyrone Power Sr., British-American stage and screen actor (The Big Trial; The Test of Donald Norton), born in London, England (d. 1931)
  • May 5 Hans Pfitzner, German composer (Palestrina), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1949)
  • May 6 Joseph Cuvelier, Belgian historian and general archivist, born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1947)
  • May 11 Francisco Lacerda, Portuguese composer, conductor, and musicologist, born in Ribeira Seca, Portugal (d. 1934)
  • May 13 Bob Dalton, American outlaw of the Old West (leader of the Dalton Gang), born in Cass County, Missouri (d. 1892)
  • May 18 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bavaria and WWI Commander of the 6th army, last heir to the Bavarian throne, born in Munich (d. 1955)
  • May 19 Henry Horatio Dixon, Irish Biologist who originated the cohesion-tension theory of water and mineral movement in plants, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • May 19 Jules Poncelet, Belgian minister of State
  • May 20 Joshua Pim, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1893-94), born in Bray, Wicklow (d. 1942)
  • Jun 3 Maria Radulphus, inspector on Curacao (Radulphus College)
  • Jun 3 Prince Baudouin of Belgium, Count of Flaanders, born in Palais de la Régence, Brussels, Belgium (d. 1891)
  • Jun 6 Siegfried Wagner, German opera composer and conductor, born in Tribschen, Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 1930)
  • Jun 10 Gustave Vanzype, Belgian literary (La Gazette), born in Brussels (d. 1955)
  • Jun 13 Ede Poldini, Hungarian composer (La poupée valsante), born in Pest (d. 1957)
  • Jun 22 Hendrikus Colijn, Dutch army officer and Anti-Revolution Party (ARP) politician (Prime Minister, 1925-26 & 1933-39), born in Haarlemmermeer, North Holland, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • Jun 26 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (Pelle Erobreren), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1954)
  • Jun 27 Emma Goldman, American anarchist and publisher (Mother Earth), born in Kovno, Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1940)
  • Jun 27 Hans Spemann, German embryologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1935), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1941)
  • Jun 27 Kate Carew [Mary Williams], American caricaturist, born in Oakland, California (d. 1961)
  • Jul 1 William Strunk Jr., American grammarian and author (The Elements of Style), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • Jul 8 William Vaughan Moody, American poet (Death of Eve, Faith Healer), born in Spencer, Indiana (d. 1910)
  • Jul 11 Percy McAlister, Australian cricket batsman (8 Tests; Big Six cricket dispute 1912), born in Williamstown, Australia (d. 1938)
  • Jul 14 Owen Wister, American novelist 'Father of the Western' (The Virginian), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1938)
  • Jul 29 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (17, The Magnificent Ambersons), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • Aug 9 Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), born in Chester, Cheshire, England (d. 1940)
  • Aug 10 Lawrence Binyon, poet (Symbolic Wounds), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 14 Armas Järnefelt, Finnish conductor and composer (Berceuse), born in Vyborg, Russian Empire (d. 1958)
  • Aug 23 Edgar Lee Masters, American poet and novelist (Spoon River Anthology), born in Garnett, Kansas (d. 1950)
  • Aug 23 James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, San Francisco mayor (1912-31), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1934)
  • Aug 27 Karl Haushofer, German soldier and geographer, born in Munich, Bavaria (d. 1946)
  • Aug 31 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)
  • Sep 4 Geart Aeilco Wumkes, Frisian theologist and writer (Frision Movement), born in Joure, Netherlands (d. 1954)
  • Sep 4 Karl Seitz, President of Austria (1920), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1950)
  • Sep 6 Felix Salten [Siegmund Salzmann], Austrian author (Bambi, a Life in the Woods), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)
  • Sep 6 Walford Davies, English composer, born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England (d. 1941)
  • Sep 7 Margo Scharten-Antink, Dutch author (Catherina, Sprotje), born in Zutphen, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • Sep 10 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, born in California (d. 1937)
  • Sep 14 Kid Nichols, American Baseball HOF pitcher (3 × NL wins leader; All-Time Saves Leader 1899–1906; Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals 1904–05), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1953)
  • Sep 17 Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian pacifist and internationalist (Nobel Peace Prize 1921), born in Stavanger, Norway (d. 1938)
  • Sep 18 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1937)
  • Sep 20 George Robey, English musical theatre actor and comedian, born in South London, England (d. 1954)
  • Sep 20 Marcel Cachin, French politician and co-founder of the French Communist Party, born in Plourivo, Côtes d'Armor, France (d. 1958)
  • Sep 21 Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński, Polish pianist, composer, and conductor, born in Marcelin, Poland (d. 1928)

Typhoid MaryTyphoid Mary (1869-1938)

Sep 23 Irish-American patient ('Typhoid Mary') 1st person in the US known to be immune to typhoid, and carrier of the disease (infected at least 51 people in New York City), born in Cookstown, Ireland

  • Sep 30 Ernie Jones, Australian cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 64 wickets; first bowler to be called for throwing in a Test), born in Auburn, South Australia (d. 1943)

Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Oct 2 Indian independence activist and Spiritual Leader, born in Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British India

  • Oct 3 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), born in Danzig, Prussia (d. 1942)
  • Oct 3 Clara Noyes, American nurse (head of the American Red Cross WW1), born in Port Deposit, Maryland (d. 1936)
  • Oct 8 J. Frank Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Washburn, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • Oct 8 Komitas [Soghomon Soghomonian], Armenian priest, composer (Patarag), and musicologist, born in Kütahya, Ottoman Empire (now Turkey) (d. 1935) [O.S. birth 09-26]
  • Oct 9 Harry Lawrence Freeman, African-American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1954)
  • Oct 11 Frederic Norton, English composer (Chu Chin Chow), born in Broughton-in-Salford (d. 1946)
  • Oct 14 Joseph Duveen, British art connoisseur (Elgin marbles), born in Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1939)
  • Oct 23 Jacobus H "Koos" Speenhoff, Dutch cabaret singer, born in Kralingen, Holland (d. 1945)

John HeismanJohn Heisman (1869-1936)

Oct 23 American football coach (legalised forward pass, originated the center-snap; Heisman Trophy named after him), born in Cleveland, Ohio

  • Oct 26 August Halm, German composer, born in Vellberg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • Oct 26 Washington Luís, President of Brazil (1926-30), born in Macaé, Rio de Janeiro (d. 1957)
  • Oct 30 Lawrence Grant [Percy Reginald], British actor (Bulldog Drummond), born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1952)
  • Nov 5 Chittaranjan Das, Indian lawyer and politician (founded the Swaraj Party), born in Bikrampur, British India (d. 1925)
  • Nov 10 Gaetano Bresci, Italian-American anarchist (assassinated King Umberto I of Italy on July 29, 1900), born in Coiano, Prato, Tuscany (d. 1901)

Victor Emmanuel IIIVictor Emmanuel III (1869-1947)

Nov 11 King of Italy (1900-46), Emperor of Ethiopia and King of the Albanians, born in Naples

  • Nov 13 Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian writer and feminist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1962)
  • Nov 13 Helene Stöcker, German feminist, pacifist and publicist, born in Elberfeld, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Nov 20 Clark Griffith, American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB ERA leader 1898 Chicago Colts/Orphans) and manager (Chicago WS, NY Highlanders, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Sens [owner]), born in Clear Creek, Missouri (d. 1955)

André GideAndré Gide (1869-1951)

Nov 22 French writer (Lafcadio's Adventures-Nobel 1947), born in Paris

  • Nov 23 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented devices for radio broadcasting, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1942)
  • Nov 24 António Óscar Carmona, 97th Prime Minister of Portugal and 11th President of Portugal (d. 1951)
  • Nov 25 Ben Lindsey, American judge and social reformer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1943)
  • Nov 26 Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway, spouse of King Haakon VII, born in Marlborough House, London (d. 1938)

Gustaf DalénGustaf Dalén (1869-1937)

Nov 30 Swedish physicist and industrialist (AGA, Nobel Prize in Physics 1912), born in Stenstorp, Sweden

  • Dec 1 Eligiusz Niewiadomski, Polish assassin of Gabriel Narutowicz (d. 1923)
  • Dec 2 Jonas Cohn, German philosopher (Theory of the Dialects), born in Görlitz, Germany (d. 1947)
  • Dec 5 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (Pigs is Pigs), born in Muscatine, Iowa (d. 1937)
  • Dec 7 Frank Laver, Australian cricket medium pace bowler (15 Tests, 37 wickets, BB 8/31) and baseball player (first Australian national team), born in Castlemaine, Australia (d. 1919)
  • Dec 16 Albert Pollard, British historian (Dictionary of Natural Biography), born in Ryde, England (d. 1948)
  • Dec 16 Alfred Hill, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1960)
  • Dec 16 Hristo Tatarchev, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1952)
  • Dec 17 Nikolai Ivanovich Kazanli, Russian composer, born in Tiraspol, Russian Empire (now Moldova) (d. 1916)
  • Dec 19 Eduard Hermann, German linguist (Homer) Coburg, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (d. 1950)
  • Dec 20 Charley Grapewin, American actor (The Wizard of Oz; Libeled Lady), born in Xenia, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • Dec 22 Dmitri Egorov, Russian-Soviet mathematician, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1931)
  • Dec 22 Edwin Arlington Robinson, American poet (Richard Corey), born in Head Tide, Maine (d. 1935)
  • Dec 23 Hugh Allen, British organist, conductor (Bach Choir; Leeds Festival), and educator (Oxford, 1918-46-; Royal College of Music, 1918-37), born in Reading, Berkshire, England (d. 1946)
  • Dec 24 Henriette Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Women in Forest), born in Noordwijk, Netherlands (d. 1952)
  • Dec 26 Harry Redman, American composer, writer, and artist, born in Illinois (d. 1958)
  • Dec 29 Bill Howell, Australian cricket medium pace bowler (18 Tests, 49 wickets, BB 5/81; NSWCA), born in Penrith, Australia (d. 1940)
  • Dec 30 Adolphe Max, Belgian politician (Mayor of Brussels - escaped German captivity WWI), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1939)
  • Dec 30 Stephen Leacock, Canadian economist, humorist and professor, born in Swanmore, England (d. 1944)

Henri MatisseHenri Matisse (1869-1954)

Dec 31 French impressionist painter (Odalisque), born in Le Cateau-Cambresis, France