On This Day

Famous People Born in 1887 (Part 2)

  • Oct 6 George Brown, English cricket wicketkeeper/batsman (7 Tests; Hampshire), born in Cowley, Oxford, England (d. 1964)

Person of interestLe Corbusier

Oct 6 Le Corbusier [Charles Jeanneret], Swiss French architect, city planner and artist (Urbanisme), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds (d. 1965))

Architect and City Planner Le Corbusier
Architect and City Planner
Le Corbusier
  • Oct 6 Maria Jeritza, [Jedlicka], Austrian singer (Vienna Opera)
  • Oct 6 MartinLuis Guzman, Mexican novelist (Eagle & the Serpent)
  • Oct 7 A C "Jack" Russell, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WWI)
  • Oct 7 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), born in Wappingers Falls, New York (d. 1979)
  • Oct 8 Huntley Gordon, Canadian actor, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1956)
  • Oct 10 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, born in Sukabumi, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • Oct 11 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), born in Cornwall on Hudson, New York (d. 1959)
  • Oct 12 Paula von Preradović, Croatian-Austrian poet and writer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1951)
  • Oct 13 Jozef Tiso, Slovak politician (President of the First Slovak Republic), born in Bytča, Slovakia (d. 1947)
  • Oct 22 John Reed, journalist who reported on Mexican, Russian revolutions
  • Oct 24 Victoria von Battenberg, Queen of Spain as the wife of King Alfonso XIII, born in Balmoral Castle, Scotland (d. 1969)
  • Oct 24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • Oct 25 Willem Andriessen, Dutch composer and pianist (Beethoven), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1964)
  • Oct 25 Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, American ultra-light hiking pioneer and 1st woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, born in Mercerville, Ohio (d. 1973)

  • Oct 30 Georg Heym, German writer, born in Hirschberg, Lower Silesia (d. 1912)

Person of interestChiang Kai-shek

Oct 31 Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China (1928-1975), born in Xikou, Zhejiang, China (d. 1975)

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Oct 31 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • Oct 31 William Whysall, British cricketer (4 Tests for England 1924-30) (d. 1930)
  • Nov 1 Max Trapp, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1971)
  • Nov 1 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, born in Stretford, England (d. 1976)
  • Nov 3 Samuil Marshak, Russian-Soviet writer, translator and children's poem poet, born in Voronezh, Russian Empire (d. 1964)
  • Nov 3 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), born in New York City, NY (d. 1972)
  • Nov 4 Knut Algot Håkanson, Swedish composer, born in Kinna, Sweden (d. 1929)
  • Nov 5 Oscar Bossaert, Belgian industrialist and chocolate manufacturer (Victoria), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1956)

Person of interestWalter Johnson

Nov 6 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown; World Series 1924; AL MVP 1913, 24; Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Nov 8 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, born in Hlukhiv, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • Nov 9 Gertrude Astor, American actress (Carnival Lady), born in Lakewood, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • Nov 9 Muriel Aked, British actress (Rome Express, Happiest Days of Your Life), born in Bingley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1955)
  • Nov 10 Arnold Zweig, German antifascist and author (Erziehung vor Verdun), born in Glogau, Silesia, Germany (d. 1968)
  • Nov 11 Roland Young, British-born American actor, born in London, England (d. 1953)
  • Nov 14 Bernhard Paumgartner, Austrian musicologist/conductor/composer

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

Nov 15 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Cow's Skull), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (d. 1986)

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Nov 15 Hitoshi Asida, Japanese politician
  • Nov 15 Marianne Moore, poet (Pulitzer 1951, Collected Poems), born in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Nov 15 René Maran, Martinique, author (Batouala, Prix Goncourt)
  • Nov 16 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)

Person of interestBernard Montgomery

Nov 17 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London (d. 1976)

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • Nov 19 James B. Sumner, American chemist (Nobel 1946 - discovered that enzymes can be crystallized), born in Canton, Massachusetts (d. 1955)

Person of interestBoris Karloff

Nov 23 Boris Karloff [William H. Pratt], English actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), born in Camberwell, London (d. 1969)

  • Nov 23 Paul Malengreau, composer
  • Nov 23 Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish-born dancer (d. 1943)
  • Nov 23 Henry Moseley, English physicist (d. 1915)
  • Nov 24 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (d. 1973)
  • Nov 25 Nikolai Vavilov, Soviet botanist and geneticist (identified the centers of origin of cultivated plants), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1943)
  • Nov 26 Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan business magnate and philanthropist, born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1957)
  • Nov 28 Bobby Watson, American comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • Nov 28 Ernst Röhm, German army officer and chief organizer of Adolf Hitler’s Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung, or SA; Brownshirts), born in Munich (d. 1934)
  • Nov 28 Jacobo Palm, Curaçao-born composer (d. 1982)
  • Dec 3 Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni, Japanese imperial prince and 30th Prime Minister of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1990)
  • Dec 6 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1960)
  • Dec 6 Lynn Fontanne, British actress (Peter Pan, The Guardsman), born in Woodford, Essex, England (d. 1983)
  • Dec 7 Ernst Toch, Austrian composer (Melodie Lehre), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • Dec 8 Vicente Emilio Sojo, Venezuelan composer, born in Guatire, Miranda state, Venezuela (d. 1974)
  • Dec 9 Tim Moore, American actor and vaudevillian, born in Rock Island, Illinois (d. 1958)
  • Dec 12 Kurt Magnus Atterberg, Swedish composer, born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1974)
  • Dec 12 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • Dec 13 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), born in Pall Mall, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • Dec 13 George Pólya, Hungarian mathematician, born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1985)
  • Dec 15 Pieter Geyl, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch Tribe), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • Dec 17 Josef Lada, Czech painter (d. 1957)
  • Dec 17 Hermine Reuss, Empress of Germany and Duchess of Bohemia (d. 1947)
  • Dec 21 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), born in Wadena, Indiana (d. 1974)
  • Dec 22 Srinivasa Ramanujan, Indian mathematician (number theory), born in Erode, British India (d. 1920)
  • Dec 23 Eric Blore, British actor (Great Gatsby, Bowery to Baghdad, Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), born in London, England (d. 1959)
  • Dec 23 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • Dec 24 Louis Jouvet, French actor (Volpone, Topaze, La Marseillaise), born in Crozon, Finistère, France (d. 1951)
  • Dec 25 Conrad Hilton, hotel mogul (Hilton Hotels)
  • Dec 25 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • Dec 26 Arthur Ernest Percival, British Army officer (d. 1966)
  • Dec 28 Charles Dingle, American actor (The Little Foxes), born in Wabash, Indiana (d. 1956)
  • Dec 29 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, born in Osaka (d. 1965)
  • Dec 30 Henry George Ley, composer