Famous People Born in 1894

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  • Jan 1 Shitsu Nakano, Japanese supercentenarian (d. 2007)
  • Jan 1 Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian physicist ( Bose–Einstein statistics), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1974)
  • Jan 2 Robert Nathan, American poet, novelist (Portrait of Jennie), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), born in Parsons, Kansas (d. 1963)
  • Jan 4 Wesley La Violette, composer
  • Jan 4 Manuel de Abreu, Brazilian physician (d. 1962)
  • Jan 7 Jose Rozo Contreras, Colombian composer (d. 1976)
  • Jan 8 St Maximilian Kolbe, Polish martyr (d. 1941)
  • Jan 9 Henryk Stazewski, Polish abstract painter and graphic artist
  • Jan 10 Reginald Denham, Broadway director (Obsession, The Bad Seed), born in London, England
  • Jan 11 Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer and conductor (d. 1970)
  • Jan 12 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)
  • Jan 15 Edmond Rubbens, Belgian attorney/minister of colonization
  • Jan 16 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • Jan 16 Irving Mills, American jazz music publisher (d. 1985)
  • Jan 18 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch parapsychologist
  • Jan 20 Harold L Gray, creator (Little Orphan Annie)
  • Jan 20 Walter Hamor Piston, Rockland Maine, composer (Incredible Flutis)
  • Jan 22 Charles Morgan, England, writer (Fountain)
  • Jan 22 Matt McHugh, American actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • Jan 23 Remy Angenot, Flemish actor ( Met den helm geboren, Patriot, Idiot), born in Antwerpen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • Jan 27 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • Jan 30 Boris III, Tsar of Bulgaria (1918-43), born in Sofia, Bulgaria (d. 1943)
  • Jan 30 Marcel Canneel, Flemish painter (Reuzenstoet) (d. 1953)
  • Jan 31 Percy Helton, American actor (Jail Busters, Harbor of Missing Men), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • Jan 31 Isham Jones, American musician, bandleader and songwriter (Star Dust, I'll See You in My Dreams), born in Coalton, Ohio (d. 1956)
  • Feb 1 James P. Johnson, American pianist and composer (Charleston), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 1955)
  • Feb 3 Norman Rockwell, American artist/illustrator (Sat Evening Post covers)
  • Feb 6 Eric Partridge, New Zealand lexicographer (d. 1979)
  • Feb 8 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher
  • Feb 8 King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1982)

Person of interestBilly Bishop

Feb 8 Billy Bishop, Canadian First World War flying ace, born in Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1956)

Canadian First World War Flying Ace Billy Bishop
Canadian First World War Flying Ace
Billy Bishop
  • Feb 10 Roy D'Arcy [Roy Giusti], American actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)

Person of interestHarold Macmillan

Feb 10 Harold Macmillan, British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), born in London (d. 1986)

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Feb 11 Alfonso Leng, composer
  • Feb 11 Isaac M Kolthoff, chemist (Massenanalyse)
  • Feb 14 Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (The Jack Benny Program), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • Feb 15 Oswaldo Aranha, Brazil, lawyer/statesman (1st President of UN)
  • Feb 19 Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)
  • Feb 22 Alexander Spitzmuller-Harmersbach, composer
  • Feb 25 Ernst Friedrich, Breslau Germany, pacifist (War Against War!)
  • Feb 25 Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1969)
  • Feb 27 Robert-Lucien Siohan, composer
  • Mar 2 Renaat Veremans, Flemish composer/conductor
  • Mar 5 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), born in London, England (d. 1963)
  • Mar 9 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, born in Vienna (d. 1976)
  • Mar 14 Josef Schelb, German composer, born in Bad Krozingen, Germany (d. 1977)
  • Mar 14 Osa Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, born in NYC, New York (d. 1953)
  • Mar 15 Slava Vorlova, composer
  • Mar 17 Paul Green, American novelist/playwright (In Abraham's Bosom)
  • Mar 19 Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Brevard SC, comedienne (Merv Griffin Show)

  • Mar 22 Surya Sen "Master Da", Indian activist for independence (Chittagong armoury raid), born in Chittagong, British India (d. 1934)
  • Mar 25 Erik William Gustav Leidzen, composer
  • Mar 26 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1962)
  • Mar 26 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (d. 1985)
  • Mar 27 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • Mar 30 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin)
  • Apr 2 Rudolph Cleveringa, Dutch anti-nazi lawyer and professor of Law at Leiden University, born in Appingedam, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • Apr 2 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer (Swiss Air), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland (d. 1937)
  • Apr 6 Gertrude Baines, American Supercentarian
  • Apr 7 Gerald Brenan, English writer
  • Apr 9 Ernest Kanitz, Austrian-American composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1978)
  • Apr 10 Ben Nicholson, English painter and sculptor (Circle), born in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1982)
  • Apr 10 Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, born in Pilani, Rajputana, India (d. 1983)
  • Apr 12 Francisco Craveiro Lopes, 12th President of Portugal (1951-58), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1964)
  • Apr 13 Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer
  • Apr 15 Bessie Smith, American blues singer nicknamed the "Empress of Blues" (over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)

Person of interestNikita Khrushchev

Apr 15 Nikita Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1953-64), born in Kalinovka, Russia (d. 1971)

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • Apr 20 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch poet and linguistic (spelling), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • Apr 23 Basil Sydney, British actor (Hamlet, Jassy, Simba, Farmer's Wife), born in St. Osyth, Essex, England (d. 1968)
  • Apr 23 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), born in Paris, France (d. 1969)
  • Apr 23 Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport, American boogie-woogie and blues musician, born in Anniston, Alabama (d. 1955)

Person of interestRudolf Hess

Apr 26 Rudolf Hess, German Nazi official (Deputy Fuhrer who dramatically escaped to Britain in 1941), born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1987)

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • Apr 27 Nicolas Slonimsky, Russian-American composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 27 George Petty, American pin-up artist, born in Abbeville, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • May 5 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), born in Hals, Denmark (d. 1961)
  • May 6 Filip Lazar, Romanian composer, born in Craiova (d. 1936)
  • May 10 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), born in Kremenchuk, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • May 11 Anton A Mussert, Dutch nazi leader (NSB)
  • May 11 Florimond Cornellie, Belgian sailor (Olympic gold 1920)
  • May 11 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • May 12 Cleo Ridgely, American silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), born in NYC, New York (d. 1962)
  • May 13 Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, 2nd President of Iceland (d. 1972)
  • May 20 Adela Rogers St John, journalist/author (Foreign Correspondent)
  • May 20 Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, Indian Hindu sage, Jivanmukta (d. 1994)
  • May 25 Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Verschaeve Gives Evidence)
  • May 27 Dashiell Hammett, Maryland, detective novelist (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon)
  • May 27 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), born in Courbevoie, Seine, France (d. 1961)
  • May 28 Sammy White, American comedian and actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1960)
  • May 29 Beatrice Lillie, Canadian comedian and actress (Around World in 80 Days), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • May 29 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian director (Der blaue Engel)
  • May 30 Hubertus J van Mook, Dutch minister of Colonies (1942-45)
  • May 31 Fred Allen, comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jun 4 Blanch Knopf, publishing CEO (Knopf)
  • Jun 5 Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian-English publisher, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 1976)
  • Jun 6 Sabin Drăgoi, Romanian composer, born in Seliște, Romania (d. 1968)
  • Jun 6 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, born in London England (d. 1972)
  • Jun 8 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • Jun 10 Pavel Borkovec, Czech composer (Stmivani, [Twilight])
  • Jun 11 Dai Vernon [David Frederick Wingfield Verner], Canadian magician, The Professor (d. 1992)
  • Jun 13 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer
  • Jun 13 Mark van Doren, Ill, author (Happy Critic, Transients)
  • Jun 13 Dr. Leo Kanner, Austrian-American physician (d. 1981)
  • Jun 14 Marie-Adélaïde, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (d. 1924)
  • Jun 15 Robert Russell Bennett, composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jun 15 Nikolai Chebotaryov, Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1947)
  • Jun 16 Norman Kerry, American actor (Phantom of the Opera), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1956)
  • Jun 20 George Delacorte, American philanthropist/publisher (Dell Books), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 20 Lloyd A Hall, Illinois, pioneer in food chemistry
  • Jun 21 Milward Kennedy, British public servant and mystery writer (d. 1968)
  • Jun 23 Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (Kinsey Report), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1956)

Person of interestEdward VIII

Jun 23 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), born in Richmond, England (d. 1972)

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • Jun 25 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (founded modern astronautics), born in Hermannstadt, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • Jun 26 Bill Wirges, American orchestra leader (Growing Paynes), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1971)
  • Jul 4 Henry Carlson, basketball coach (originated figure 8 play)
  • Jul 8 Clemens VI Trefois, Flemish architect/sociologist
  • Jul 9 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), born in Kronshtadt, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • Jul 10 Jimmy McHugh, American composer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1969)
  • Jul 11 Walter Wanger, [Feuchtwanger], US producer (Stagecoach)
  • Jul 13 Isaak Babel, Russian writer (Konarmija, Marija) [OS Jun 30]
  • Jul 15 Tadeusz Sendzimir, Polish-American engineer and inventor (d. 1989)
  • Jul 17 Georges Lemaître, Belgian Catholic Priest, astronomer and physics professor, who initially proposed the universe expansion and big-bang theories, born in Charleroi, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Jul 18 Bernard Wagenaar, Dutch-American composer (3 Songs for Chinese), born in Arnherm, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • Jul 19 Joris van Severen, Flemish politician and founder of the Alliance of Dietsche National Solidarists, born in Wakken, Belgium (d. 1940)
  • Jul 19 Khawaja Nazimuddin, 2nd Prime Minister of Pakistan and President of Pakistan Muslim League, born in Dacca, Bengal, British India (d. 1965)
  • Jul 19 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Khinchin, Russian mathematician, born in Kondrovo, Kaluga Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1959)
  • Jul 22 Oskar Maria Graf, German writer, born in Berg, Bavaria (d. 1967)
  • Jul 23 Arthur Treacher, English TV announcer (Merv Griffin Show), born in Brighton, England (d. 1975)
  • Jul 24 Walter Schulthess, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • Jul 25 Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian-Serb assassin of Archduke Ferdinand, born in Obljaj, Bosnia (d. 1918)
  • Jul 25 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), born in Lynn, Massachusetts (d. 1974)

Person of interestAldous Huxley

Jul 26 Aldous Huxley, English author (Brave New World, Island), born in Godalming, Surrey (d. 1963)

  • Jul 26 Lodewijk Rogier, Dutch historian (Henric van Veldeken), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1974)
  • Jul 27 Gerald F. Bogan, U.S. Navy aviator and vice admiral who served in World War I & II, born in Mackinac Island, Michigan (d. 1973)
  • Jul 31 Roy Bargy, American pianist and composer (Jimmy Durante Show), born in Newaygo, Michigan (d. 1974)
  • Jul 31 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • Aug 1 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), born in San Martino di Colle Umberto, Italy (d. 1927)
  • Aug 2 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • Aug 3 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
  • Aug 3 Johan van Maarseveen, Dutch Minister of Justice and Internal minister, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1951)
  • Aug 10 V.V. [Varahagiri Venkata] Giri, Fourth President of India (1969-74), born in Berhampur, British India (d. 1980)
  • Aug 11 Wilhelm Grosz, composer
  • Aug 13 Ferdinand Sassen, Dutch philosopher and director, born in Lugano, Switzerland (d. 1971)
  • Aug 13 Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, Russian composer, born in Kurgan, Russia (d. 1949)
  • Aug 16 George Meany, labor leader (headed AFL-CIO), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • Aug 17 Erik A Blomberg, Swedish art historian/poet/author (Jorden)
  • Aug 17 Johan Polet, Dutch sculptor
  • Aug 22 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Cape Town (d. 1973)
  • Aug 22 Ivan Isakov [Hovhannes Ter-Isahakyan], Russian-Armenian military commander (Commander in Chief of the Soviet Navy during World War II), born in Hadjikend, Russian Empire (d. 1967)
  • Aug 23 Gareth Hughes, Welsh actor (Midnight Girl), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales (d. 1965)
  • Aug 23 James La Guma, South African political activist and trade unionist, born in Cape Town (d. 1961)
  • Aug 26 Sparky Adams, Baseball player (d. 1989)
  • Aug 27 Charles Meredith, American actor (Court of Last Resort), born in Knoxville, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)
  • Aug 28 Charles Aubroeck, Belgian painter and sculptor (Iron Tower) (d. 1986)
  • Aug 28 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1981)
  • Aug 29 E. Franklin Frazier, American sociologist and author (The Negro Family in the United States), born in Baltimore (d. 1962)
  • Aug 31 Albert Facey, Australian writer (A Fortunate Life), born in Maidstone, Victoria, Australia (d. 1982)
  • Sep 2 Joseph Roth, Austrian journalist/writer (Hotel Savoy)
  • Sep 8 Willem Pijper, Dutch composer and music critic, born in Zeist, Netherlands (d. 1947)
  • Sep 9 Arthur Freed, American songwriter and film producer (d. 1973)
  • Sep 9 Bert Oldfield, Australian cricketer (d. 1976)
  • Sep 12 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1971)
  • Sep 13 Anton Roosjen, Dutch politician and NCRV-chairman, born in Aalsmeer, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • Sep 13 J. B. Priestly, English novelist and scriptwriter (The Good Companions, An Inspector Calls), born in Bradford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 13 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet and lyricist, born in Łódź, Congress Poland (d. 1953)
  • Sep 15 Jean Renoir, French director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion)
  • Sep 15 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (d. 1977)
  • Sep 16 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1969)
  • Sep 17 Fay Compton [Virginia Lillian Emeline Compton], British actress (The Haunting), born in West Kensington, London (d. 1978)
  • Sep 19 Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Kings Children), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Sep 21 Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace, Roman Holiday), born in Zadar, Croatia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1971)
  • Sep 22 Hieronim Feicht, composer
  • Sep 22 John Gough, American actor (Smooth as Satin, In the Land of the Tortilla, Circus Kid), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • Sep 23 Kornelis H Miskotte, theologist (Edda & Thora)
  • Sep 24 Tommy Armour, Scottish-American professional golfer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • Sep 26 Gladys Brockwell, American actress (Long Pants, Oliver Twist), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1929)
  • Sep 27 Olive Tell, American actress (Her Sister), born in NYC, New York (d. 1951)
  • Sep 27 Lothar von Richthofen German pilot (d. 1922)
  • Sep 29 Franco Capuana, composer
  • Sep 30 Dirk J Bush, Dutch-American mathematician (Concise History of Mathematics)
  • Oct 1 Ricardo Castillo, composer
  • Oct 3 Elmer Robinson, American politician (d. 1982)
  • Oct 3 Walter Warlimont, German General WWII (d. 1976)
  • Oct 4 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • Oct 5 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (d. 1948)
  • Oct 7 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer
  • Oct 7 Del Lord, American director (d. 1970)
  • Oct 11 Albert Stoessel, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1943)
  • Oct 12 Charles Hodge, California, NYU professor (Answers for Americans)
  • Oct 12 Elisabeth A de Vreugd, chambermaid of Dutch queen
  • Oct 14 Sutan Ibrahim gelor Datuk Tan Malaka, founder (Indonesian Communist)
  • Oct 14 E.E.Cummings (Edward Estlin), poet (Tulips & Chimneys), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Oct 15 Moshe Sharett, second Prime Minister of Israel (d. 1965)
  • Oct 18 H. L. Davis, American author (d. 1960)
  • Oct 20 Olive Thomas, American actress (The Flapper), born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania (d. 1920)
  • Oct 21 Rampo Edogawa, Japanese author and critic (d. 1965)
  • Oct 22 Méi Lánfāng, Chinese opera performer (d. 1961)
  • Oct 23 Rube Bressler, baseball player (d. 1966)
  • Oct 24 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (d. 1987)
  • Oct 26 John S Knight, American journalist and publisher (Knight Newspapers), born in Bluefield, West Virginia (d. 1981)