On This Day

Famous People Born in January 1874

  • Jan 1 Hugo Leichtentritt, composer
  • Jan 1 Gustave Whitehead, German inventor (d. 1927)
  • Jan 1 Frank Knox, American politician (Republican VP candidate 1936), newspaper editor and Secretary of the Navy during World War II, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1944)
  • Jan 4 Josef Suk, Czech violinist (Bohemian String Quartet, 1891-1933), composer (Asrael), and educator, born in Křečovice, Bohema (d. 1935)
  • Jan 4 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, born on Good Katrinedal (d. 1966)

Person of interestJoseph Erlanger

Jan 5 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1965)

Physiologist Joseph Erlanger
Physiologist
Joseph Erlanger
  • Jan 6 Fred Niblo, American film actor, director, and producer (Ben-Hur, The Mark of Zorro), born in York, Nebraska (d. 1948)
  • Jan 13 Jozef E van Roey, Flemish cardinal/archbishop of Mechlin
  • Jan 14 Thornton W. Burgess, American conservationist & author (The Bedtime Story-Books; Now I Remember: Autobiography of an Amateur Naturalist), born in Sandwich, Massachusetts (d. 1965)
  • Jan 16 Robert W. Service, English-Canadian poet (Cremation of Sam McGee), born in Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • Jan 22 Wincenty Witoz, Galicia, Prime Minister of Poland (1920-21, 1923, 1926)
  • Jan 22 Edward Harkness, American philanthropist (d. 1940)
  • Jan 24 Arthur Schomburg (Arturo Alfonso), Puerto Rican archivist of African American history and culture, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico (d. 1938)
  • Jan 25 Hewlett Johnson [Red Dean of Canterbury], English bishop, born in Salford, Greater Manchester (d. 1966)
  • Jan 25 W. Somerset Maugham, British novelist & poet (Of Human Bondage), born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • Jan 28 Alex Smith, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1906, 10), born in Carnoustie, Scotland (d. 1930)
  • Jan 28 Ernst Rabel, Austrian-American lawyer, human rights activist, and author (The Conflict of Laws: A Comparative Study), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1955)

Person of interestJohn D. Rockefeller Jr

Jan 29 John D. Rockefeller Jr, American financier and philanthropist, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • Jan 29 Robert Lach, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1958)