Famous People Born in 1891

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 270

  • Jan 1 Frank Pettingell, English actor (Gaslight, Goose Steps Out), born in Liverpool (d. 1966)
  • Jan 3 Osip E Mandelstam, Polish/Russian poet/author (Kamenj) [NS=Jan 15]
  • Jan 4 Edward Brooker, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1948)
  • Jan 6 Ted McDonald, cricketer (great Australian quick of 20's)
  • Jan 7 Zora Neale Hurston, Notasulga Alabama, American writer
  • Jan 8 Bronislava Nijinska, ballet choreographer
  • Jan 8 Walter Bothe, German subatomic particle physicist (Nobel 1954)
  • Jan 8 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), born in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania (d 1976)
  • Jan 8 Storm Jameson, English writer (d. 1986)
  • Jan 9 August Gailit, Estonia, writer (Ekke Moor)
  • Jan 10 Jos Speybrouck, Flemish painter
  • Jan 15 Osip E Mandelstam, Russian poet (Noise of Time), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jan 15 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and only MLB player to die from an injury received during a MLB game, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • Jan 17 Marjorie Gateson, American actress (One Man's Family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1977)
  • Jan 17 Norman "Squab" Read, US aviator who lived to be 101
  • Jan 17 Walter Eucken, German economist

  • Jan 20 Mischa Elman, Talnoye Ukraine, US violinist
  • Jan 21 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
  • Jan 21 Nikolay Semyonovich Golovanov, composer
  • Jan 21 Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)
  • Jan 22 Franz Alexander, Hungarian/US psycho analytical
  • Jan 22 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La Souris Boiteuse)

Person of interestAntonio Gramsci

Jan 23 Antonio Gramsci, Italian philosopher and marxist theorist, born in Ales, Sardinia, Italy (d. 1937)

Marxist Theorist and Politician Antonio Gramsci
Marxist Theorist and Politician
Antonio Gramsci
  • Jan 23 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian marathon runner (silver medal 1920 Olympics), born in Kabala, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • Jan 24 Walter Model, German field marshal
  • Jan 25 Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, British actress (The Devil Rides Out), born in London, England (d. 1992)
  • Jan 25 William C Bullitt, 1st US ambassador to USSR
  • Jan 26 Ilya G Ehrenburg, writer (Fall of Paris, The Thaw), born in Kiev, Ukraine

Person of interestFrank Costello

Jan 26 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), born in Lauropoli, Calabria, Italy (d. 1973)

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello
  • Jan 26 Wilder Penfield, American-born Canadian neurosurgeon (d. 1976)
  • Jan 27 Ilja Ehrenburg, writer
  • Jan 28 Camille Melloy, [Paepe], Belgian poet (Parfum des Buis)
  • Jan 28 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer
  • Jan 28 Bill Doak, American baseball player (d. 1954)
  • Jan 29 R Norris Williams, American tennis champ (US Open-1914) and survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking (d. 1968)
  • Jan 31 Max Drischner, composer
  • Feb 2 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), born in Sassari, Sardinia (d. 1972)
  • Feb 2 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
  • Feb 3 Jan Donner, Dutch minister of Justice (1926-33)
  • Feb 3 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Great Neth Stage)
  • Feb 4 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)

  • Feb 4 Madabhushi Ananthasayanam Ayyangar, Speaker of Lok Sabha (d: 1978).

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

Feb 5 Elizabeth Ryan, American doubles tennis champion (6 time Wimbledon champion), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1979)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Feb 5 Karl L Schmidt, German/Swiss theologist (Urchristentum)
  • Feb 7 Joachim Stutschewsky, composer
  • Feb 7 Ann Little [Mary Brooks], American actress, born in Mount Shasta, California (d. 1984)
  • Feb 8 Edgar Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer
  • Feb 9 Pietro Nenni, Italian socialist/minister of foreign affairs (1946-47)

Person of interestRonald Colman

Feb 9 Ronald Colman, English actor (Tale of 2 Cities), born in Richmond, England (d. 1958)

  • Feb 10 Harold RLG, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Gov-gen of Canada (1945-52)
  • Feb 11 J W Hearne, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for England in 24 Tests), (d. 1965)
  • Feb 12 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair), born in Potchefstroom, Transvaal (d. 1969)
  • Feb 12 Maurice Yvain, French operetta composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1965)
  • Feb 12 Max Terhune, American actor (Arizona Stagecoach, Hit the Saddle, Range Justice), born in Franklin, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • Feb 13 Grant Wood, American painter (American Gothic), born near Anamosa, Iowa (d. 1942)
  • Feb 13 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (d. 1985)
  • Feb 16 Hans F. K. Günther, German eugenicist (d. 1967)
  • Feb 17 Georg Britting, writer
  • Feb 18 Chester Clute, NJ, actor (Niagra Falls)
  • Feb 19 J C "Farmer" White, cricketer (Somerset slow lefty 1909-37)
  • Feb 22 Jan Wils, Holland, architect/designer (Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium)
  • Feb 22 Lucien Cailliet, composer
  • Feb 22 Vlas Chubar, Soviet politician (d. 1939)
  • Feb 23 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • Feb 26 Alan Bridge, PA, actor (North of Arizona, Badmen of the Hills)
  • Feb 27 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), born in Uzlyany, Belarus, Russian Empire (d. 1971)
  • Feb 27 Georges E Migot, French composer
  • Feb 27 Anne Samson, oldest-ever nun documented (d. 2004)
  • Mar 3 Federico Moreno Torroba, composer
  • Mar 3 Jan Donner, Dutch minister of Justice/president High Council
  • Mar 4 Dazzy Vance, hall of fame pitcher (led NL in strike-outs 7-yrs)
  • Mar 4 Lois Wilson, American actress and co-founder of Al-Anon, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • Mar 5 Harold Ogden "Chic" Johnson, comedian (Olsen & Johnson), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 6 Victor Kilian, actor (Gentleman's Agreement), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Marcel Barger, [Meyer Streliskie], cabaret performer (I keep Susy)

Person of interestJosé P. Laurel

Mar 9 Jose Paciano Laurel y Garcia, 3rd President of the Philippines (1942-44), born in Tanauan, Batangas (d. 1959)

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • Mar 10 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Gunga Din, Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 10 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/Dutch 2nd Chamber (SDAP)
  • Mar 12 Michael Polany, Hungarian/English chemist/economist/sociologist
  • Mar 12 George W. Mason, American industrialist (d. 1954)
  • Mar 14 John P Strijbos, Dutch writer (Wandering through South-Africa)

Person of interestEarl Warren

Mar 19 Earl Warren, Governor of California/14th supreme court chief justice (1953-69), born in Los Angeles, California

Jurist and Governor of California Earl Warren
Jurist and Governor of California
Earl Warren
  • Mar 21 Jonathan Hale, actor (Saint's Double Trouble, Saint Strikes Back)
  • Mar 23 Catherine Murphy Urner, composer
  • Mar 24 Annie "Charley" Toorop, Dutch painter (3 Generations)
  • Mar 24 John Knittel, Swiss writer, born in Dharwar, India (d. 1970)
  • Mar 24 Sergey Ivanovich Vavilov, Soviet physicist (d. 1951)
  • Mar 28 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author
  • Mar 28 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), born in Hatten, Germany (d. 1959)
  • Mar 29 Ivan Goll, French-German writer (the Landless John), born in Saint-Dié (d. 1950)
  • Mar 29 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz), born in Neutitschein, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • Mar 30 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov)
  • Mar 31 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer
  • Mar 31 Ion Pillat, Romaniams poet/senator (Umbra timpului)
  • Mar 31 Victor Varconi, Hungarian actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings, Big City)
  • Apr 2 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), born in Brühl, German Empire (d. 1976)
  • Apr 7 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (founded LEGO), born in Filskov, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • Apr 9 John Gobau, Flemish actor (Electricity, Hostage Rights, The Cross-Patch), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • Apr 10 Tim McCoy, American actor (westerns) and soldier, born in Saginaw, Michigan (d. 1978)
  • Apr 13 Maurice Vincent Buckley, Australian winner of the Victoria Cross (d. 1921)
  • Apr 13 Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen [Nellie Walker], African-American Harlem Renaissance novelist (Quicksand, Passing), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1964)

Person of interestB.R. Ambedkar

Apr 14 B.R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, born in Mhow, India (d. 1956)

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • Apr 15 Vaino Raitio, composer
  • Apr 15 Wallace Reid, American actor, director and screenwriter referred to as "the screen's most perfect lover" (Every Inch a Man), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1923)
  • Apr 19 Francoise Rosay [Françoise Bandy de Nalèche], French actress (Interlude, Women in Prison, Saraband), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)
  • Apr 19 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian writer/poet (La Ronda)
  • Apr 22 Belle Bennett, American actress (Stella Dallas, Iron Mask), born in Milaca, Minnesota (d. 1932)
  • Apr 22 Harold Jeffreys, English astronomer (d. 1989)
  • Apr 22 Vittorio Jano, Italian engineer (d. 1965)
  • Apr 22 Ferdinando Nicola Sacco, Italian anarchist (Sacco and Vanzetti Trial), born in Torremaggiore, Italy (d. 1927)
  • Apr 23 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer (Peter and the Wolf), born in Sontsovka, Ukraine (d. 1953)

  • Apr 30 Watze Cuperus, Frisian author (Swart mar leaflik)
  • May 3 Tadeusz Peiper, Polish poet, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1969)
  • May 4 Frederick Jacobi, American composer, born in San Francisco (d. 1952)
  • May 4 J. W. F. Werumeus Buning, Dutch poet (Daily Bread), born in Amsterdam (d. 1958)
  • May 7 Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (d. 1988)
  • May 8 Chet "Red" Hoff, pitcher (NY Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
  • May 11 Henry Morgenthau Jr, US Secretary of Treasury (1934-45)
  • May 13 Fritz Rasp, Bayreuth Germany, actor (Diary of a Lost Girl)
  • May 14 Egon Kornauth, composer
  • May 15 Chief Nipo T Strongheart, US Native American actor (Pony Soldier), born in Yakima, Washington
  • May 15 David Vogel, Russian-born Hebrew writer (Huwelijksleven), born in Satanov, Russian Empire (d. 1944)
  • May 15 Fritz Feigl, Austrian Brazilian chemist (spot tests), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1971)
  • May 15 Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian playwright and novelist ( The Master and Margarita, Black Snow), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 1940)
  • May 17 Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife (d. 1959)
  • May 18 Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)
  • May 19 Oswald Boelcke, German World War I pilot (d. 1916)
  • May 22 Johannes R. Becher, German writer and politician, born in Munich (d. 1958)
  • May 22 Robert Gordon Sproul, educator/college pres (Univ of California)
  • May 22 Eddie Edwards, American jazz trombonist (d. 1963)
  • May 23 Pär Lagerkvist, Swedish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1974)
  • May 24 Benedictus H Danser, Dutch botanist
  • May 24 William F Albright, US old testament scholar/archaeologist
  • May 25 Robert W P Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper)
  • May 27 Claude Adonai Champagne, composer
  • May 30 Iman J van den Bosch, Belgian resistance fighter
  • Jun 2 Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer, born in Bern (d. 1980)
  • Jun 2 Thurman Arnold, American attorney and jurist (d. 1969)
  • Jun 4 Erno Rapee, American conductor and composer (Radio City Music Hall), born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1945)
  • Jun 6 István Kardos, Hungarian composer, born in Debrecen, Hungary (d. 1975)
  • Jun 7 Athos Palma, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1951)
  • Jun 7 Koos [Jacobus Jan] Vorrink, Dutch politician and socialist (SDAP/AJC/PvdA), born in Vlaardingen, Zuid, Holland, Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • Jun 9 Cole Porter, America composer and lyricist (Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate), born in Peru, Indiana (d. 1964)
  • Jun 10 Al Dubin, Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru the Tulips)
  • Jun 13 Nell Craig, American actress (Calling Dr Kildare, Queen of Sheba), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • Jun 18 Hans Ruin, Finnish Swedish-language historian
  • Jun 18 Annie "Mae" Busch, Australian actress (Foolish Wives), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1946)
  • Jun 18 Con Conrad, American songwriter and producer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1938)
  • Jun 20 John A. Costello, second Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland (d. 1976)
  • Jun 21 Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Jun 21 Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (Nuove Struttura), born in Sondrio, Italy (d. 1979)

  • Jun 22 Franz de Backer, Flemish writer (White Enemy)
  • Jun 22 Harry Seymour, NY, actor (Boy Meets Girl, Tenderfoot)
  • Jun 23 Vladislav Vančura, Czech writer (Rozmarné léto), born in Háj ve Slezsku, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • Jun 24 Irving Pichel, actor and director (Mme Butterfly, Oliver Twist), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 26 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, born in Solingen, Dusseldorf, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Jun 26 Sidney Coe Howard, American dramatist (Swords, Pulitzer 1925), born in Oakland, California (d. 1939)
  • Jun 28 Carl Panzram, American serial killer and rapist, born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota (d. 1930)
  • Jun 28 Esther Forbes, American novelist (Johnny Tremain), born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • Jun 28 Carl Spaatz, American World War II general and 1st Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, born in Boyertown, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • Jun 30 Man Mountain Dean, American professional wrestler (d. 1953)
  • Jun 30 Ed "Strangler" Lewis, American professional wrestler (d. 1966)
  • Jul 5 John H. Northrop, American biochemist (crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1987)
  • Jul 5 Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (Žedan kamen na studencu), born in Vrgorac, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1955)
  • Jul 8 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Poor Part, Bruidstijd)
  • Jul 8 Josef Hora, Czech writer/poet (Working Day)
  • Jul 13 Franco Casavola, composer
  • Jul 14 Henry Oscar, actor (Saint in London), born in London, England
  • Jul 18 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way, Christmas Carol), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)
  • Jul 23 Maurus H. Hulsman, Dutch priest and editor (Amigoe di Curacao)
  • Jul 26 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1972)
  • Jul 28 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1928-32)
  • Jul 29 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist
  • Aug 2 Arthur Bliss, English composer (Olympians), born in London, England
  • Aug 2 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, born in Roman (d. 1971)
  • Aug 2 Viktor Maksimovich Zhirmunsky, Russian literary historian and linguist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1971)
  • Aug 5 Donald Kerr, Eagle Grove IA, actor (Carnival Lady, Devil Bat)
  • Aug 6 William Slim, British general (d. 1970)
  • Aug 8 Adolf Busch, German violinist (d. 1952)
  • Aug 9 Max Tak, Dutch violinist/radio commentator
  • Aug 10 Henry O'Neill, actor (Lady Killer, Nothing But Trouble), born in Orange, New Jersey
  • Aug 12 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911, 12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • Aug 14 Marinus de Jong, composer
  • Aug 21 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)

Person of interestBugs Moran

Aug 21 [George] Bugs Moran, American gangster, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1957)

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran
  • Aug 22 Francis McDonald, American actor (Will-Adv of Champion), born in Bowling Green, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • Aug 22 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, born in Druskininkai, Lithuania (d. 1973)
  • Aug 24 Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1969)
  • Aug 24 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Kniertje in On hope), born in Halluin, France (d. 1960)
  • Aug 25 Alberto Savinio [Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico], Italian composer (Capitano Ulisse), born in Athens (d. 1952)
  • Aug 25 Luis Iruarrizaga Aguirre, composer
  • Aug 25 Samuel Gardner, American composer, born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Aug 26 Emmy van Lokhorst, Dutch author
  • Aug 26 Ferdinand Bruckner, [Theodor Tagger], Austrian playwright (Races)
  • Aug 28 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1969)
  • Aug 29 Michael Chekhov, Russian-American actor (Abie's Irish Rose, Rhapsody), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1955)
  • Sep 3 Bessie [Annie Elizabeth] Delany, American dentist and civil rights pioneer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • Sep 7 Roscoe Karns, American actor (Capt Shafer-Hennesey), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 1970)
  • Sep 11 Noel Gallon, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)
  • Sep 11 William Thomas Walsh, American author (Isabella of Spain), born in Waterbury, Connecticut (d. 1949)