On This Day

Famous People Born in January 1888

  • Jan 1 John Garand, American inventor (d. 1974)
  • Jan 4 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • Jan 5 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), born in Lehigh, Oklahoma (d. 1976)
  • Jan 8 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), born in Kells, County Meath Ireland (d. 1960)
  • Jan 8 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician (d. 1972)
  • Jan 10 Emile van Bosch, Belgian-Dutch opera singer (Fair Folks), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • Jan 12 Claude Delvincourt, composer
  • Jan 15 Joseph Henabery, American director (Cobra), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1976)
  • Jan 16 Osip Brik, Russian writer (d. 1945)

Person of interestLead Belly

Jan 20 Lead Belly [Huddie William Ledbetter], American blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), born in Mooringsport, Louisiana (d. 1949)

Blues Musician Lead Belly
Blues Musician
Lead Belly
  • Jan 23 Gilbert Ledward, English sculptor, born in Chelsea, London (d. 1960)
  • Jan 23 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1985)
  • Jan 24 Ernst Heinrich Heinkel, German inventor (1st rocket-powered aircraft)
  • Jan 24 Hedwig "Vicki" Baum, Austrian American author (Men Never Know, Grand Hotel), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1960)