Famous People Born in 1881

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 203

  • Jan 1 Carry van Bridges, [de Haan], Dutch author (Heleen, Eva)
  • Jan 1 Vajiravudh, King of Thailand (d. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Wilhelm Lehmbruck, German painter/poet/sculptor (Seated Youth)
  • Jan 5 Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer
  • Jan 8 Henrik Shipstead, American politician (d. 1960)
  • Jan 9 Giovanni Papini, Italian writer (Il Diavolo)
  • Jan 9 Lascelles Abercrombie, English poet/critic (Revaluations)
  • Jan 9 Edouard Beaupré, horse lifter (d. 1904)
  • Jan 13 Essington Lewis, Australian industrialist (d. 1961)
  • Jan 17 Alfred Radcliffe-Browne, British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1955)
  • Jan 17 Antoni Łomnicki, Polish mathematician (d. 1941)
  • Jan 18 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Librairie Gallimard) [or 1908]
  • Jan 25 Emil Ludwig, German biographer (Diana, Son of Man)
  • Jan 25 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer
  • Jan 31 Irving Langmuir, inventor (tungsten filament lamp/Nobel 1932)
  • Jan 31 Joseph A Cushman, American palaentologist
  • Feb 1 Jose Ignacio Quinton, composer
  • Feb 2 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic gold 1920)
  • Feb 4 Kliment J Woroshilov, marshal/president USSR (1953-60)
  • Feb 4 Fernand Léger, French painter (d. 1955)
  • Feb 5 Frederick Leonard Lonsdale, British playwright (Balkan Princess)
  • Feb 6 Karl Weigl, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1949)
  • Feb 12 Anna Pavlova, Russian prima ballerina and choreographer (Diaghilew, Dying Swan), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1931)
  • Feb 13 Eleanor Farjeon, English writer (Martin Pippin)
  • Feb 14 Otto Selz, German psychologist, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Feb 14 William John Gruffydd, Welsh poet and scholar, born in Gorffwysfa, Bethel, Wales (d. 1954)
  • Feb 16 Maurits H E Uyldert, Dutch poet/writer (Youth of a Poet)
  • Feb 19 Armin Knab, German composer (Eichendorff-cycle)
  • Feb 19 Evert Gorter, founder of Dutch medical child care
  • Feb 19 Paul Zech, German writer, born in Briesen, Western Prussia (d. 1946)
  • Feb 20 Pedro Munoz Seca, Spanish playwright (Vengeanza de Don Mendo)
  • Feb 21 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • Feb 22 Joseph B. Ely, American politician (d. 1956)
  • Feb 23 Titus [Anno S] Brandsma, Dutch philosopher
  • Feb 25 William Foster, Mass, Communist Presidential candidate (1924,28,32)
  • Feb 27 Luitzen [Bertus] Brouwers, Dutch mathematician
  • Feb 27 Sveinn Bjornsson, 1st president of Iceland (1944-52)/poet (Figur ild)
  • Mar 4 Todor Aleksandrov, 19th century Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Thomas Sigismund Stribling, American writer (d. 1965)
  • Mar 4 Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist (d. 1948)
  • Mar 9 Ernest Bevin, British Minister of Labour (1940-45) and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1945-51), born in Winsford, Sommerset (d. 1951)
  • Mar 10 Thomas Quinlan (impresario) (d. 1951)
  • Mar 12 Daniel Webster Hoan, Wisc (Mayor-Socialist-Milwaukee)
  • Mar 12 Gunnar Nordström, Finnish physicist (d. 1923)
  • Mar 13 Balthazar Huibrecht Verhagen, Dutch dramatist and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1950)
  • Mar 17 Kristian Elster, Norwegian author (Less bror Harris)
  • Mar 17 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1973)
  • Mar 18 Oliver Seibert, hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963)
  • Mar 18 Paul Le Flem, composer
  • Mar 21 Hermann Sandby, composer
  • Mar 23 Hermann Staudinger, German chemist/plastics researcher (Nobel '53)

  • Mar 23 Roger Martin du Guard, French novelist (Les Thibault-Nobel 1937)
  • Mar 25 Béla Bartok, Hungarian composer and pianist (Concerto for Orchestra), born in Nagyszentmiklós, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1945)
  • Mar 25 Louis Dosfel, Flemish lawyer/writer (Assault!)
  • Mar 25 Mary Gladys Webb, English writer (d. 1927)
  • Mar 26 Guccio Gucci, Italian founder of Gucci fashion house, born in Florence (d. 1953)
  • Apr 3 Alcide de Gasperi, 30th Prime Minister of Italy (1945-53), born in Pieve Tesino, Tyrol, Austria-Hungary (d. 1954)
  • Apr 3 Margaret "Daisy" Ashford, British child author who wrote "The Young Visiters" (Mister Salteena's Plan) aged 9, born in Petersham, Surrey (d. 1972)
  • Apr 4 Charles Earle Funk, American lexicographer (Funk & Wagnalls) (d. 1957)
  • Apr 8 Fernand Lamy, composer
  • Apr 11 Harvey Bartlett Gaul, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1945)
  • Apr 14 Anton Wildgans, Austrian writer/director (Burg Theater)
  • Apr 16 Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax and British ambassador to US (1940-46), born in Powderham Castle, Devon, England (d. 1959)
  • Apr 17 Anton Wildgans, Austrian poet and playwright (Armut), born in Vienna (d. 1932)
  • Apr 18 Hermann KJ Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Dr Eisenbart)
  • Apr 18 Max Weber, Polish/Russian/US painter
  • Apr 20 Nikolai Myaskovsky, Russian composer (Kirov is With Us), born in Modlin Fortress, Poland (d. 1950)
  • Apr 20 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • Apr 21 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist (Rocks of Oran)
  • Apr 22 Alexander Kerensky, Simbirsk, Russian PM (1917)
  • Apr 23 Claude Carter, South African cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1952)
  • Apr 25 Hans Windisch, German New Testament scholar, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1935)
  • May 1 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher/paleontologist
  • May 4 Aleksander Kerensky, Russian premier (1917), born in Simbirsk, Russian Empire (d. 1970)
  • May 11 Jan van Gilse, composer/resistance fighter (Frau Helga von Staveren)
  • May 11 Pascual Rogatis, composer
  • May 11 Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • May 11 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian physicist (d. 1963)
  • May 13 Ilona Durigo, Hungarian singer
  • May 14 Ed Walsh, American baseball pitcher, lowest lifetime ERA (1.82)
  • May 14 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (d. 1950)

Person of interestMustafa Kemal Atatürk

May 19 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, 1st President of Turkey (1923-38) and founder of the Republic of Turkey, born in Salonica, Ottoman Empire (d. 1938)

President and founder of the Republic of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
President and founder of the Republic of Turkey
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • May 20 Wladyslaw Sikorski, premier Poland (WW II general)
  • May 24 Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský, Slovak composer, born in Trnava, Slovakia (d. 1958)
  • May 27 Rudolf Pannwitz, German writer
  • May 29 Frederik Septimus Kelly, composer
  • May 30 Georg von Küchler, German field marshal (d. 1968)
  • Jun 1 Charles Kay Ogden, English writer and linguist (d. 1957)
  • Jun 3 Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (d. 1964)
  • Jun 4 Clara Blandick, American actress (Huckleberry Finn, Romance, Tom Sawyer), born on board an American ship in Hong Kong (d. 1962)
  • Jun 4 Natalia Goncharova, Russian painter (d. 1962)
  • Jun 8 Prospero Bisquertt, Chilean composer, born in Santiago, Chile (d. 1959)

Person of interestTommy Burns

Jun 17 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Jun 18 Eduard C "Edo" Fimmen, Dutch labor leader
  • Jun 26 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, born in Slutsk, Belarus (d. 1960)
  • Jun 29 Harry Frazee, American baseball team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • Jun 29 Curt Sachs, German musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Jul 1 Piet[er] L Kramer, influential Dutch architect (Amsterdam School), born in Amstersam, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • Jul 2 Royal H. Weller, American politician (d. 1929)
  • Jul 3 Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1951)
  • Jul 4 Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1968)
  • Jul 5 August Hlond, Polish cardinal of the Roman Catholic church, born in Brzęczkowice, German Empire (d. 1948)
  • Jul 6 Josef Winckler, German dentist/writer (Quadriga, Pumpernickel)
  • Jul 9 Richard Hageman, Dutch born American pianist, composer and conductor (Caponsacchi), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • Jul 12 Ludwig Rubiner, German poet and essayist, born in Berlin (d. 1920)
  • Jul 18 Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1921)
  • Jul 19 Adriaan Jurriaan Zoetmulder, Dutch writer and director (Eindhovens Dagblad) (d. 1972)
  • Jul 19 Friedrich Dessauer, German physicist (radiologist), born in Aschaffenburg, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Jul 20 Leon de Smet, Flemish painter
  • Jul 26 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1973)

Person of interestHans Fischer

Jul 27 Hans Fischer, German organic chemist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1930), born in Hoechst, Germany (d. 1945)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Hans Fischer
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Hans Fischer
  • Jul 30 Smedley Butler, American Marine general, born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • Aug 1 Rose Macaulay, English writer (The Towers of Trebizond), born in Rugby, Warwickshire, England (d. 1958)
  • Aug 1 Stanislaw Kazuro, Polish composer, born in Vilnius Region (d. 1961)
  • Aug 2 Ethel M. Dell, English author (Storm Drift), born in London (d. 1881)

Person of interestHugh S. Johnson

Aug 5 Hugh S. Johnson, American head of the National Recovery Administration and member of FDR's Brain Trust, born in Fort Scott, Kansas (d. 1942)

Member of FDR's Brain Trust Hugh S. Johnson
Member of FDR's Brain Trust
Hugh S. Johnson

Person of interestAlexander Fleming

Aug 6 Alexander Fleming, Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin; Nobel Prize 1945), born in Lochfield, Scotland (d. 1955)

  • Aug 6 Leo Carrillo, American actor (American Empire, Cisco Kid), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1961)
  • Aug 6 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (d. 1972)
  • Aug 8 Paul L E von Kleist, German general-fieldmarshal (Eastern Front)
  • Aug 10 Albrecht M Sprenger, landbuilder
  • Aug 12 Vaclav Vackar, composer

Person of interestCecil B. DeMille

Aug 12 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments), born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1959)

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Aug 13 Jacqueline Reyneke van Stuwe, Dutch author, born in Muntok, Indonesia (d. 1955)
  • Aug 14 Francis Ford, American actor (The Quiet Man), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1953)
  • Aug 15 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, born in Görlitz, Imperial Germany (d. 1956)
  • Aug 18 Hermann Karl Josef Zilcher, composer
  • Aug 19 Georges Enesco, [or Enescu], Romania, composer (Romanian Dances)
  • Aug 20 Edgar Albert Guest, English-American poet and newspaperman, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1959)
  • Aug 23 Louis Schelfhout, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1943)
  • Aug 28 Arne Eggen, Norwegian composer, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 1955)
  • Aug 29 Edvin Kallstenius, Swedish composer and librarian, born in Filipstad, Sweden (d. 1967)
  • Aug 29 Valery-Nicolas Larbaud, French novelist and translator (Enfantines), born in Vichy, France (d. 1957)
  • Sep 5 Otto Bauer, Austrian Social Democrat, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1938)
  • Sep 6 Charlie Dell, American actor and comedian (Pickle in the Middle), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • Sep 8 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1945)
  • Sep 11 Asta Nielsen, Danish actress (Joyless Street), born in Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • Sep 12 Daniel Jones, English phoneticist (English pronouncing dictionary), born in London (d. 1967)
  • Sep 15 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1947)
  • Sep 16 Clive Bell, English art critic, born in East Shefford, Berkshire (d. 1964)
  • Sep 17 Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, English soldier (d. 1955)
  • Sep 20 Walter Kingsford, British actor (Carefree, My Favorite Blonde), born in Redhill, England (d. 1958)
  • Sep 25 Lu Xun, Chinese writer (d. 1936)
  • Sep 26 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan (d. 1966)
  • Sep 27 Ernest Samuel Williams, composer
  • Sep 27 Johanna "Annie" Bakker, Dutch revue-artist, singer and actress, born (d. 1940)
  • Sep 27 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Open-1906) and 1st president of tennis hall of fame, born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • Sep 28 Henry Geehl, English composer, born in London (d. 1961)
  • Sep 29 Ludwig von Mises, Austrian Economist
  • Oct 1 Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer
  • Oct 1 William Edward Boeing, founded aircraft co (Boeing)
  • Oct 2 Ferdinand [Fred] Barlow, French composer, born in Mulhouse (d. 1951)
  • Oct 3 Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer
  • Oct 4 [Heinrich A H] Walther von Brauchitsch, German fieldmarshal
  • Oct 5 Otto V Kuusinen, Fin/Rus communist President of Karelo-Finnish SR (1940-56)
  • Oct 7 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (d. 1918)
  • Oct 11 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), born in Como, Mississippi (d. 1963)
  • Oct 11 Hans Kelsen, Austrian legal philosopher and political philosopher, born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • Oct 12 Carlos Lopez Buchardo, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1948)
  • Oct 12 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), born in Berlin, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • Oct 13 George Bacovia, [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer/painter
  • Oct 15 P. G. Wodehouse, British-American writer (Bertie Wooster novels), born in Guilford (d. 1975)
  • Oct 22 Clinton Davisson, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1958)
  • Oct 24 Paulus B Barth, Swiss painter/lithographer

Person of interestPablo Picasso

Oct 25 Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist (3 Dancers, Guernica), born in Malaga, Andalusia, Spain (d. 1973)

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Oct 26 Margaret Wycherly, British actress (Keeper of the Flame), born in London, England (d. 1956)
  • Oct 28 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (d. 1969)
  • Oct 28 Vin Coutie, Australian footballer
  • Oct 30 Lena Christ, German writer (The Rumplhanni), born in Glonn, Bavaria (d. 1920)
  • Oct 30 Elizabeth Madox Roberts, American poet and author (d. 1941)
  • Nov 1 Edward Van Sloan, American actor (Frankenstein, Dracula), born in Chaska, Minnesota (d. 1964)
  • Nov 4 Gena Branscombe, composer
  • Nov 4 Milton Rosmer, Southport England, director (Murder in the Red Barn)
  • Nov 5 George A. Malcolm, American jurist & educator (d. 1961)
  • Nov 8 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Nov 8 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer who contributed to early heavier-than-air flight in Europe, born in Paris, France
  • Nov 12 Olev Siinmaa, Estonian architect (d. 1948)
  • Nov 12 Maximilian von Weichs, German field marshal (d. 1954)
  • Nov 15 Franklin P Adams, columnist (Information Please), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist and Educator whose work on the chemistry of solutions helped treat divers with the 'bends' through the introduction of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Nov 17 Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 1st Baron Hesketh, British peer, soldier, and politician
  • Nov 18 Percy Lesueur, hockey player/inventor (large goalie glove)
  • Nov 22 Enver Pasja, Turkish general and politician, born in Istanbul (d. 1922)
  • Nov 24 Al Christie, Canadian-born film director and producer (d. 1951)

Person of interestJohn XXIII

Nov 25 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli], 261st Pope (1958-63), born in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1963)

  • Nov 25 Peder Gram, Danish composer, born in Copenhagen (d. 1956)
  • Nov 28 Stefan Zweig, Austrian poet, essayist and dramatist (Beware of Pity), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)
  • Dec 4 Erwin von Witzleben, German fieldmarshal (July 20th plot)
  • Dec 8 Padraic Colum, Irish poet/novelist/poet (Collected Poems)
  • Dec 14 Katherine MacDonald, American actress and film producer (Stranger Than Fiction, The Infidel), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1956)
  • Dec 15 James Schneider, American actor (The Key to Yesterday, Keystone Kops), born in NYC, New York (d. 1967)
  • Dec 17 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great South African all-rounder early 20th cent)
  • Dec 17 Johannes CB "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter
  • Dec 20 Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)
  • Dec 22 Enver Pasa, Istanbul Turkey, Turkish politician
  • Dec 24 Bronislaw Zygmunt Szulc, composer
  • Dec 24 Charles Wakefield Cadman, composer
  • Dec 24 Juan Ramon Jiménez, Spanish poet (Distant Gardens, Nobel 1956)
  • Dec 25 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 29 Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)