Famous People Born in 1879

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Person of interestE. M. Forster

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 22 Francis Picabia, French avante-garde artist, writer and typographist (Amorous Parade), born in Paris, France (d. 1953)
  • 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 and chemist (Nobel 1944, radiothorium/actinium), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1968)
  • Mar 11 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer
  • Mar 11 Niels Bjerrum, Danish chemist (ph tests)

Person of interestAlbert Einstein

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)

Person of interestCluny MacPherson

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-American bridge engineer, born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1965)
  • Mar 27 Edward Steichen, American photographer, born in Luxembourg (d. 1973)
  • Mar 30 Coen de Koning, Dutch ice skater (d. 1954)
  • Apr 4 Gabriel Groulez, French composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1944)

  • Apr 9 Gerald Kelly, British painter, born in London (d. 1972)
  • Apr 11 Leendert Round, Dutch sculptor (entrance Rotterdam Zoo)
  • Apr 12 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, born in Malden, Massachusetts (d. 1963)
  • 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 and critic (Pleasures of Ignorance), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1949)
  • Apr 20 Paul Poiret, French couturier, the most fashionable dress designer of pre-World War I, born in Paris (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 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • Apr 28 Franz Arnold, German writer, born in Znin, Prussia (d. 1960)
  • Apr 29 Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)

Person of interestJames F. Byrnes

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 and aviation pioneer (Qantas), born in Morinish, Queensland (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, born in York County, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • May 25 William Maxwell Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, Canadian English newspaper publisher (Daily Express), born in Maple, Ontario (d. 1964)
  • 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, Swedish composer, born in Långserud, Värmland, Sweden (d. 1950)
  • Jun 5 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1985)
  • Jun 5 René Pottier, French raing cyclist, born in Moret-sur-Loing, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. 1907)
  • Jun 6 Patrick Abercrombie, English architect and town planner, born in Ashton upon Mersey, Cheshire, England (d. 1957)
  • Jun 7 Knud J. V. Rasmussen, Danish pole explorer (Thule), born in Jakobshavn, North Greenland, Kingdom of Denmark (d. 1933)
  • Jun 7 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer, born in Madioen, Java (d. 1963)
  • Jun 8 Ethel Larcombe, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1912), born in Isington, England (d. 1965)
  • 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, American baseball player, born in Toledo, Ohio (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 and illustrator (Candide), born in Montemurlo, Italy (d. 1949)
  • 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, Swedish composer, born in Ägnö, Stockholm archipelago, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • 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, French musician and composer, born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)
  • Jul 3 Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American scientist and philosopher, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1950)
  • Jul 5 Wanda Landowska, Polish-French harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1959)
  • Jul 5 Dwight F. Davis, American politician (49th United States Secretary of War) and founder of Davis Cup, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1945)
  • Jul 5 Volkmar Andreae, Swiss conductor and composer (Tonhalle Orchestra), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1962)
  • Jul 7 Jacob Weinberg, Rusian-born Jewish composer, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1956)
  • Jul 9 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician, revolutionary and murderer of premier Storgkh, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1960)
  • Jul 9 Ottorino Respighi, Italian composer (Pines of Rome), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1936)
  • Jul 9 Carlos Chagas, Brazilian sanitary physician, born in Oliveira, Minas Gerais, Empire of Brazil (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 Gerrit Cannegieter, meteorology/director (KNMI), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • Jul 22 Gustaf Heintze, composer
  • Jul 27 Francesco Gaeta, Italian poet (Il Libro Della Giovinezza), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1927)
  • Jul 27 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada (d. 1960)
  • Aug 6 Joseph Wirth, German politician (Stalin Peace Prize)
  • Aug 7 Johannes Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07), born in Berg River, Cape Colony (d. 1931)
  • Aug 8 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
  • Aug 8 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (d. 1950)
  • Aug 13 John Ireland, English composer and pianist (Mai-Dun), born in Bowdon, Cheshire, England (d. 1962)
  • 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 Alfrēds Kalniņš, Latvian composer, born in Cēsis, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • Aug 24 Rentaro Taki, Japanese pianist and composer, born in Tokyo (d. 1903)
  • Aug 26 Joe Jeannette, American boxer (world coloured champion 1909), born in West Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1958)
  • 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, born in Lugano, Switzerland (d. 1944)

Person of interestMargaret Sanger

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 21 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (4-time US Open champion), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1910)
  • 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

Person of interestWill Rogers

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)

Person of interestLeon Trotsky

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 22 Ralph Hawtrey, British economist (multiplier, quantity theory of money), born in Slough, England (d. 1975)
  • Nov 27 Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer
  • Nov 29 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(d. 1963)