On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1890

  • May 2 E. E. Smith, American food engineer and sci-fi author (Triplanetary), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 1965)
  • May 3 B. Traven, (German?) writer (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre) whose real identity is disputed (possible date)
  • May 5 Christopher Morley, American author (Kitty Foil), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1957)
  • May 6 Claire Whitney, American silent film actress (Blind Fools, Haunted Mine), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • May 7 Billy House, American actor (Imitation of Life; Bedlam: The Egg and I), born in Mankato, Minnesota (d. 1961)

Person of interestAlfred Jodl

May 10 Alfred Jodl, German general during World War II (head of the German High Command, signed unconditional Nazi surrender), born in Würzburg, German Empire (d. 1946)

Nazi Leader and WWII General Alfred Jodl
Nazi Leader and WWII General
Alfred Jodl
  • May 11 Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)
  • May 14 Alex Pompez, American baseball executive (d. 1974)
  • May 15 Katherine Anne Porter, American novelist (Ship of Fools)
  • May 17 Philip James, American composer, and conductor (New Jersey Symphony, 1922-29; Bamberger Little Symphony, 1929-36), and educator (NYU, 1934-56), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • May 18 Mary Charleson, Irish-American silent film actress (Upstairs And Down), born in Dungannon, Ireland (d. 1961)

Person of interestHo Chi Minh

May 19 Ho Chi Minh [Nguyễn Sinh Cung], Vetnamese communist revolutionary and President of North Vietnam (1946-69), born in Nghệ An Province, French Indochina (d. 1969)

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • May 20 Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (Enzo-La Gioconde)
  • May 21 Albert van Raalte, Dutch conductor (AVRO-orchestra), (d. 1952)
  • May 23 Herbert Marshall, English actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes), born in London, England
  • May 23 Virginia Eames, Ft Davis TX, entertainer
  • May 26 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudes/portraits), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1972)
  • May 27 Fritzi Brunette, American actress, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • May 29 Francis de Bourguignon, Belgian composer, born in Brussels (d. 1961)