On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1888

  • May 6 Emanuel Celler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1981)
  • May 9 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and museum director, born in Stockholm (d. 1964)
  • May 10 Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With the Wind), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1971)

Person of interestIrving Berlin

May 11 Irving Berlin [Israel Isidore Baline], Russian-American composer and lyricist considered one of the greatest songwriters in history ("Always"; "God Bless America"; "White Christmas"; "Cheek To Cheek"), born in Tyumen, Siberia, Russian Empire (d. 1989)

Composer and Lyricist Irving Berlin
Composer and Lyricist
Irving Berlin
  • May 11 P A J Losecaat Vermeer, leader of Dutch High Council
  • May 11 Willis Augustus Lee, American World War II admiral (Guadalcanal) and sport shooter (5 Olympic golds 1920), born in Natlee, Kentucky (d. 1945)
  • May 13 Inge Lehmann, Danish geophysicist and seismologist, born in Østerbro, Denmark (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Miles Mander, British actor (Tower of London, Wuthering Heights, Murder!), born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England (d. 1946)
  • May 15 Jean Wahl, French philosopher
  • May 17 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent), born in Lewisham, England (d. 1965)
  • May 17 Selmer Jackson, American actor (The Grapes of Wrath, Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Lake Mills, Iowa (d. 1971)
  • May 21 May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer (Dusty Rag), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1972)
  • May 23 Adrian Roland Holst, Dutch poet (Raged & Tired)
  • May 23 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), born in Hamilton, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • May 25 Miles Malleson, British stage and screen actor, and writer (Kind Hearts and Coronets; Postman's Knock), born in Croydon, Surrey, England (d. 1969)
  • May 27 Louis Durey, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1979)
  • May 30 James A Farley, postmaster general (1932-38)
  • May 31 Jack Holt, American golddigger and actor (Cat People, San Francisco, Brimstone), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)