Famous People Born in 1879

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 219

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Jan 1 E. M. Forster, English writer and novelist (Howards End, Passage to India), born in Marylebone, Middlesex (d. 1970)

Writer and Novelist E. M. Forster
Writer and Novelist
E. M. Forster
  • Jan 1 Emile Argand, Swiss geologist (Dekbladen Theory)
  • Jan 1 Ernest Jones, British psychoanalyst (Life & Work of Sigmund Freud)
  • Jan 1 William Fox, US film pioneer (Nickelodeon)
  • Jan 2 Johannes L "Jan" Walch, Dutch literary (Grimaces)
  • Jan 2 Pieter Tesch, Dutch geologist (Pedestal of Nederlands)
  • Jan 3 Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge, US First Lady (1923-29)
  • Jan 5 Hans Eppinger, Austrian physician (d. 1946)
  • Jan 7 St Bernadette (Marie-Bernarde Soubirous), 1844(?), religious visionary
  • Jan 11 Antonio Beltramelli, writer
  • Jan 12 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • Jan 15 Ernest Thesiger, English actor (Bride of Frankenstein, Ghoul), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • Jan 15 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (d. 1961)
  • Jan 18 Henri Giraud, French general (d. 1949)
  • Jan 19 Marie Koenen, author/wife of Felix Rutten (Wassend Cereal)
  • Jan 19 Boris Savinkov, Russian writer (d. 1925)
  • Jan 26 Ludovicus H [Lode] Baekelmans, Flemish (stage)author (Tille)
  • Feb 1 Sydney Baynes, composer
  • Feb 3 Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • Feb 5 Edward Rigby, British actor (Star Look Down, Young & Innocent), born in Ashford, Kent, England (d. 1951)
  • Feb 6 Carl Ramsauer, professor of physics and a research physicist (Ramsauer-Townsend effect), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Feb 9 Carl Natanael Berg, composer
  • Feb 9 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist
  • Feb 10 Franz Carl Bornschein, composer
  • Feb 11 Jean Gilbert [Max Winterfeld], German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1942)
  • Feb 13 Sarojini Naidu, Indian freedom fighter and poet, born in Hyperbad, India (d. 1949)
  • Feb 17 Dorothy Canfield Fisher, American novelist (Book-of-Month-Club)
  • Feb 23 Agnes Arber, English biologist/philosopher (Mind & the Eye)
  • Feb 23 Norman Lindsay, Creswick Victoria, artist/novelist
  • Feb 24 Herman Teirlinck, Belgian writer (Sun)
  • Feb 25 Otakar Ostrcil, composer
  • Feb 26 Frank Bridge, English violinist/composer/conductor/tutor of B Britten
  • Feb 27 Jose Sancho Marraco, composer
  • Mar 4 Bernhard Kellermann, writer
  • Mar 5 Walter Long, American actor (Moby Dick, Sheik, Sea Devils, Dragnet Patrol), born in Nashua, New Hampshire (d. 1952)
  • Mar 5 Sir William Beveridge, British economist (d. 1963)
  • Mar 8 Mechtilde Lichnowsky, German writer, born in Pocking, bavaria (d. 1958)
  • Mar 8 Otto Hahn, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 44, radiothorium/actinium)
  • Mar 11 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer
  • Mar 11 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph tests)

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Mar 14 Albert Einstein, German-born theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate (theory of relativity), born in Ulm, German Empire (d. 1955)

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • Mar 15 Gerrit J Heering, Dutch theologist (Fall of Christianity)

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Mar 18 Cluny MacPherson, Canadian doctor and inventor of the gas mask, born in St. John's, Newfoundland (d. 1966)

  • Mar 19 Joseph Haas, German (opera)composer (Tobias Wunderlich)
  • Mar 20 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (d. 1960)
  • Mar 25 Otakar Zich, Czech composer, born in Městec Králové (d. 1934)
  • Mar 26 Othmar Ammann, Swiss bridge engineer (d. 1965)
  • Mar 27 Edward Steichen, pioneered American photography
  • Mar 27 Miller Huggins, American baseball player and manager (d. 1929)
  • Mar 30 Coen de Koning, Dutch ice skater (d. 1954)
  • Apr 4 Gabriel Groulez, composer

  • Apr 9 Gerald Festus Kelly, artist
  • Apr 11 Leendert Round, Dutch sculptor (entrance Rotterdam Zoo)
  • Apr 12 Frederick G Melcher, American publisher/editor/founded children's book week
  • Apr 13 Edward Bruce, Director art projects (d. 1943)
  • Apr 14 James Branch Cabell, American novelist/essayist (Restless Heads)
  • Apr 15 Melville Henry Cane, American lawyer (d. 1980)
  • Apr 19 Richard Scheibe, German sculptor (Adler mit Hakenkreuz)
  • Apr 20 Robert Lynd, Irish writer/critic (Pleasures of Ignorance)
  • Apr 20 Paul Poiret, French couturier (d. 1944)
  • Apr 21 Kartini, Indonesian national figure (d. 1904)
  • Apr 23 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), born in Heidelberg (d. 1941)
  • Apr 26 Owen Williams Richardson, England, physicist (Nobel 1928)
  • Apr 28 Edgar Tytgat, Flemish painter/etcher
  • Apr 28 Franz Arnold, German writer, born in Znin, Prussia (d. 1960)
  • Apr 29 Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)

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May 2 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1972)

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • May 3 Fergus McMaster, Australian businessman (d. 1950)
  • May 5 Symon Petlyura, leader Ukraine (pogroms)
  • May 6 Johan H T Norlind, Swedish musicologist
  • May 6 Bedrich Hrozny, Czech orientalist (d. 1952)
  • May 10 Symon Petlura, Ukrainian statesman (d. 1926)
  • May 17 Simon Petlyura, Ukrainian independence fighter (d. 1926)
  • May 19 Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, US/Eng's feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor
  • May 22 Eastwood Lane, composer
  • May 22 Jean Emile Paul Cras, composer
  • May 22 Warwick Armstrong, cricketer (Big Ship Great Aussie skipper 1920-21)
  • May 22 Alla Nazimova, Ukrainian-born actress, scriptwriter, and producer (Blood and Sand), born in Yalta, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • May 23 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian sportsman (d. 1966)
  • May 24 H. B. Reese, American inventor of Reese's and founder (d. 1956)
  • May 25 W Maxwell Aitken lord Beaverbrook, Canada/English banker
  • May 27 Lucile Watson, Canadian actress (Great Lie, Watch on the Rhine, Let's Dance), born in Québec, Canada (d. 1962)
  • May 27 Hans Lammers, German SS officer (d. 1962)
  • May 28 Milutin Milankovic, Yugoslavian astronomer/meteorologist
  • May 30 Colin Blythe, English cricketer (outstanding slow lefty pre-WWI), born in Deptford (d. 1917)
  • May 31 Mark Hambourg, composer
  • Jun 2 Adolf Herckenrath, Flemish playwright/poet (Avondvlam)
  • Jun 3 Pieter J A Adriani, Dutch tax lawyer
  • Jun 3 Raymond Pearl, American biologist (d. 1940)
  • Jun 4 Mabel Lucie Attwell, English children's author and illustrator (d. 1964)
  • Jun 5 Adolf Wiklund, composer
  • Jun 5 Robert Mayer, German-born philanthropist (d. 1985)
  • Jun 5 René Pottier, French cyclist (d. 1907)
  • Jun 6 L Patrick Abercrombie, English architect
  • Jun 7 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish pole explorer (Thule)
  • Jun 7 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (d. 1963)
  • Jun 9 Dudley Digges, Irish actor (Mutiny on the Bounty, The Invisible Man), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1947)
  • Jun 9 Oscar Back, Austrian-Dutch viola player
  • Jun 10 Benjamin Lambord, composer
  • Jun 11 Roger Bresnahan, baseball player (d. 1944)
  • Jun 13 George Gunn, cricketer (elegant English batsman 1907-30)
  • Jun 13 Johannes G Geelkerken, Dutch reformed vicar
  • Jun 16 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Novel Law)
  • Jun 16 Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees the boy)
  • Jun 21 Umberto Brunelleschi, Italian cartoonist/illustrator (Candide)
  • Jun 22 Thibaudeau Rinfret, jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (d. 1962)
  • Jun 23 William Ewart Berry, 1st viscount Camrose/English nobleman
  • Jun 24 Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer
  • Jun 28 Sigurd von Koch, composer
  • Jun 30 Walter Hampden, American actor (Five Fingers, Hunchback of Notre Dame), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1955)
  • Jul 1 Leon Jouhaux, French socialist/co-founder UN's ILO (Nobel 1951)
  • Jul 3 Philippe Gaubert, composer
  • Jul 3 Alfred Korzybski, Polish linguist (d. 1950)
  • Jul 5 Wanda Landowska, harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jul 5 Dwight Filley Davis, US Sect of War/donated tennis' Davis Cup
  • Jul 5 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor/composer (Tonhalle Orchestra)
  • Jul 7 Jacob Weinberg, Rusian-born Jewish composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • Jul 9 Friedrich Adler, Austria social-democrat/murderer of premier Storgkh
  • Jul 9 Ottorino Respighi, Bologna Italy, composer (Pines of Rome)
  • Jul 9 Carlos Chagas, Brazilian physician (d. 1934)
  • Jul 10 Harry Nicholls Holmes, American chemist (crystallized vitamin A), born in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (d. 1958)
  • Jul 12 Han Yong-woon, Korean Buddhist reformer and poet, born in Yucheon, Hongseong, South Korea (d. 1944)
  • Jul 19 Hendrik G Cannegieter, meteorology/director (KNMI)
  • Jul 22 Gustaf Heintze, composer
  • Jul 27 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Il Libro Della Giovinezza)
  • Jul 27 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1960)
  • Aug 6 Joseph Wirth, German politician (Stalin Peace Prize)
  • Aug 7 J J Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07)
  • Aug 8 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
  • Aug 8 Bob Smith, American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)
  • Aug 13 John N Ireland, English composer/pianist (Mai-Dun)
  • Aug 15 Ethel Barrymore [Blythe], American classic film & stage actress (Constant Wife, Corn is Green), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • Aug 18 Aleksandr Rodzyanko, Russian lieutenant-general and corps commander of the White Army during the Russian Civil War, born in Russia (d. 1970)
  • Aug 21 Henry Ainley, English actor (As You Like It), born in Morley, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1945)
  • Aug 23 Alfreds Kalnins, composer
  • Aug 24 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1903)
  • Aug 31 Yoshihito [Taishō], 123rd Emperor of Japan (1912-26), born in Akasaka Palace, Tokyo City, Japan (d. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Viktor Alexandrovich Uspensky, composer
  • Aug 31 Alma Mahler, Viennese composer and Wife of Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • Sep 2 An Jung-geun, Korean nationalist and assassin of Itō Hirobumi (d. 1910)
  • Sep 6 Neal Rev Dodd, American actor (You Belong to Me), born in Fort Madison, Iowa (d. 1966)
  • Sep 6 Max Schreck, German actor (Count Orlok-Nosferatu), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1936)
  • Sep 12 Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter

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Sep 14 Margaret Sanger, American nurse, birth control proponent and feminist, born in Corning, New York (d. 1966)

  • Sep 15 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1939)
  • Sep 17 Rube Foster, American baseball player, manager and executive (d. 1930)
  • Sep 17 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social Reformer (d. 1973)
  • Sep 20 Jacobo Conrad, [Coco Lepol/Elias Martinus], Curacaos composer
  • Sep 20 Victor Seastrom, Silbodal Sweden, director (Wind, Under the Red Robe)
  • Sep 25 Luis da Costa, composer
  • Sep 25 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and labor leader, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (d. 1963)
  • Sep 26 Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria, writer (Fairy, Samodiva Fee)
  • Sep 27 Cyril M Scott, English pianist/composer/author (Heroic Suite)
  • Sep 27 Hans Hahn, Austrian mathematician (d. 1934)
  • Sep 28 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery) and film director (Häxan), born in Viborg Denmark (d. 1959)
  • Sep 29 Joaquin Nin y Castellanos, composer
  • Sep 30 Ernst Isler, Swiss organist and critic, born in Zurich (d. 1944)
  • Sep 30 Henri Casadesus, French violist and composer (Viola d'amour)
  • Oct 2 Wallace Stevens, poet (Ideas of Order), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 3 Warner Oland, Swedish actor (The Jazz Singer, Charlie Chan), born in Nyby, Västerbottens län, Sweden (d. 1938)
  • Oct 4 Edward Murray East, Du Quoin Illinois, American Botanist and Geneticist who developed hybrid corn
  • Oct 5 Halfdan Cleve, composer
  • Oct 5 John Erskine, American poet/pianist (Private Life of Helen of Troy)
  • Oct 7 Joe Hill, Jevla Sweden, organizer (IWW)/songwriter (Union Scab)/martyr
  • Oct 7 Joseph Bovet, composer
  • Oct 9 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, born in Pfaffendorf, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1960)
  • Oct 13 Peter Van Anrooy, Dutch conductor/composer (Piet Hein Rhapsodie)
  • Oct 15 Jane Darwell [Patti Woodward], American actress (The Grapes of Wrath, Huckleberry Finn), born in Palmyra, Missouri (d. 1967)
  • Oct 15 Sara Allgood, Irish actress (Blackmail, Storm in a Teacup), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)
  • Oct 18 Grzegorz Fitelberg, Polish composer
  • Oct 21 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer
  • Oct 25 Jean Rogister, Belgian virtuoso violist and composer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • Oct 25 Mayhew Lester Lake, American composer, born in Southville, Massachusetts (d. 1955)
  • Oct 28 Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer
  • Oct 28 Channing H. Cox, 49th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • Oct 29 Franz JHMM von Papen, German diplomat/chancellor (1932)
  • Oct 29 Alva B. Adams, American politician (d. 1941)
  • Oct 30 Eily Malyon, British actress (Jane Eyre, I Married a Witch, Devotion), born in London, England (d. 1961)
  • Nov 1 Pal Teleki-von Szek, geographer/premier Hungary (1920-21, 39-41)
  • Nov 3 Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Canadian Arctic explorer/ethnologist

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Nov 4 Will Rogers, American humorist and actor (Judge Priest), born in Oologah, Oklahoma (d. 1935)

Humorist Will Rogers
Humorist
Will Rogers
  • Nov 6 Eugen Varga, Hungarian-Russian economist and politician, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1964)
  • Nov 7 Eugeen Yoors, Flemish etcher and glass painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1975)

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Nov 7 Leon Trotsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, political theorist and founder of the Red Army [OS 26-10-1879], born in Yelizavetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1940)

Russian Revolutionary Leon Trotsky
Russian Revolutionary
Leon Trotsky
  • Nov 8 King Baggot I, director (Tumbleweeds), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Nov 9 Milan Šufflay, Croatian historian and politician, born in Lepoglava, Croatia (d. 1931)
  • Nov 10 Nicholas Vachel Lindsay, American poet (Gen William Booth enters Heaven), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1931)
  • Nov 10 Patrick Pearse, Irish poet, nationalist and political activist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1916)
  • Nov 13 Maurice Delage, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1961)
  • Nov 14 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, composer
  • Nov 15 Lewis Stone, American actor (The Lost World, Prisoner of Zenda), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • Nov 17 Gerardus H de Haas, socialist vicar
  • Nov 19 Karel van den Oever, Flemish author/poet (Geuzenstad)
  • Nov 20 Franz Pfemfert, writer
  • Nov 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer
  • Nov 29 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(d. 1963)
  • Dec 4 Herbert Hamilton Harty, composer
  • Dec 5 Clyde Cessna, American airplane manufacturer (d. 1954)
  • Dec 7 Rudolf Friml, Czech/US composer (Bohemian suite)
  • Dec 12 Friedrich Christiansen, nazi commander Wehrmacht Netherland