On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1887

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Alan Cunningham, British general and last High Commissioner of Palestine (1945-48), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1983)

Person of interestEddie Collins

May 2 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • May 2 Vernon Castle, English-American dancer, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1918)
  • May 5 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Take a Giant Step), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • May 5 Geoffrey Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-61), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (d. 1972)
  • May 7 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes), born in Ambert, France (d. 1959)
  • May 9 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian painter, born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • May 10 Jacobus C Bloem, Dutch poet (Sintels)
  • May 11 Paul Wittgenstein, left handed pianist, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1961)
  • May 12 Nandor Zsolt, composer
  • May 16 Bull Montana [Luigi Montagna], Italian actor (Brass Buttons, Victory, The Son of the Sheik), born in Voghera, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1950)
  • May 16 Jakob van Hoddis [Hans Davidsohn], German Jewish poet (d. 1942?)
  • May 18 Ernst Wiechert, German writer (The Simple Life), born in Kleinort, East Prussia (d. 1950)
  • May 21 Mabel "Nell" Taliaferro, American actress (Sentimental Tommy, My Love Come Back), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)
  • May 23 Thoralf Skolem, Norwegian mathematician (d. 1963)
  • May 24 Edward "Mick" Mannock, British WWI flying ace (Victoria Cross), born in British Isles (d. 1918)
  • May 25 Padre Pio, Roman Catholic saint, born in Pietrelcina, Benevento, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1968)
  • May 27 Emiel van der Straeten, Flemish playwright (Sudanese legends) (d. 1918)
  • May 27 Erich Kuttner, German journalist and historian (Vorwarts), born in Berlin (d. 1942)
  • May 27 Frank Woolley, English cricketer (long-running England left-arm all-rounder), born in Tonbridge, Kent (d. 1978)
  • May 28 Hank Mann, American actor (City Lights, Smoky, Dawn Trail, Fugitive Road), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

May 28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (2 gold Olympics 1912, College, Pro Football Halls of Fame), born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • May 30 Alexander Archipenko, Ukrainian-American sculptor and lithographer, born in Kyiv, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • May 30 Gino Tagliapietra, Italian pianist and composer (Antologia di musica antica e moderna per pianoforte), born in Ljubljana, Slovenia (d. 1954)
  • May 31 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat and poet (Nobel 1960), born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (d. 1975)