Famous People Born in 1896

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 295

  • Jan 1 Maurice Jacobson, composer
  • Jan 1 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese actor and director (Gate of Hell, A Page of Madness, Jujiro, Jigoku-mon), born in Mie Ken, Japan (d. 1982)
  • Jan 1 Yitzhak Edel, composer
  • Jan 2 Dziga Vertiv, [Denis A Kaufman], Russian director (Sjagai, Soviet!)
  • Jan 2 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer
  • Jan 2 Sir Lawrence Wackett, Australian aircraft engineer (d. 1982)
  • Jan 4 Everett Dirksen, American politician (Sen-R-Ill) (d. 1969)
  • Jan 5 Hendrik Algra, Dutch teacher, journalist, historian, and politician (ARP)
  • Jan 6 Abram N Pritzker, US businessman (Hyatt Hotels, McCall's magazine)
  • Jan 6 Freerk Siemon Wolters, notary/resistance fighter
  • Jan 7 Arnold Ridley, British actor and dramatist (The Ghost Train, Dad's Army), born in Bath, England (d. 1984)
  • Jan 8 Jaromir Weinberger, composer (Bird's Opera), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 8 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chile, writer (Men of the South)
  • Jan 8 Arthur Ford, American psychic (d. 1971)
  • Jan 9 Warwick Braithwaite, New Zealand-born British conductor (d. 1971)
  • Jan 11 Paddy Driscoll, NFL quarterback and coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)

  • Jan 12 David Wechsler, American psychologist (d. 1981)
  • Jan 14 John dos Passos, novelist (1919, Big Money, 42nd Parallel)
  • Jan 15 Jacobo Ficher, composer
  • Jan 16 Ruth Rose, American screenwriter (d. 1978)
  • Jan 17 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • Jan 18 Hans H Holm, Norwegian poet (Jonsoknatt)
  • Jan 18 C. M. Eddy, Jr., American writer (d. 1967)
  • Jan 20 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Janne Kubik)
  • Jan 20 George Burns [Nathan Birnbaum], American actor, comedian and singer (Oh God, Burns and Allen), born in NYC, New York (d. 1996)
  • Jan 20 Rolfe Sedan, American actor (Young Frankenstein, Ninotchka, George Burns Show), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Jan 20 Isabel Withers, American actress (Possessed, Lady of Burlesque), born in Frankton, Indiana (d. 1968)
  • Jan 23 Charlotte A E M W, grand duchess of Luxembourg (1919-64)
  • Jan 25 John Moores, British gambling magnate/multi-millionaire
  • Jan 29 Teddy Hoad, cricketer (pioneering West Indian Test batsman)
  • Jan 31 Sofya Yanovskaya, Russian mathematician (d. 1966)
  • Feb 1 Anastasio Somoza García [Tacho], General, dictator and President of Nicaragua (1937-56), born in San Marcos, Nicaragua (d. 1956)
  • Feb 2 Kazimierz Kuratowski, Polish mathematician and logician (d. 1980)
  • Feb 3 Johannes Urzidil, writer
  • Feb 4 Friedrich Glauser, writer
  • Feb 4 Friedrich Hund, German physicist (d. 1997)
  • Feb 7 Harold Hoffman, (Gov-NJ), born in South Amboy, New Jersey
  • Feb 7 Jacob Paludan, Danish pharmacist/writer (Jorgen Stein)
  • Feb 8 Orville Caldwell, American actor (Patsy, French Doll, Last Warning), born in Oakland, California (d. 1967)
  • Feb 10 Olin Howlin, American actor (Gone with the Wind, Them!, Circus Boy), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • Feb 14 Edward Arthur Milne, English astrophysicist (kinematic relativity), born in Yorkshire, England (d. 1950)

  • Feb 15 Arthur Shields, Irish actor (River, Enchanted Island), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1970)
  • Feb 16 Alexander Brailowsky, Russian pianist (Chopin)

Person of interestAndré Breton

Feb 18 André Breton, French writer and poet, founder of Surrealism, born in Tinchebray, France (d. 1966)

Writer and Surrealist André Breton
Writer and Surrealist
André Breton
  • Feb 20 Henri de Lubac sj, French theologist/anti-fascist
  • Feb 21 Sylvain Poons, Dutch cabaret performer (Blue Jackets)
  • Feb 22 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • Feb 22 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, born in Dillon, Colorado (d. 1981)
  • Feb 22 Nacio Herb Brown, US composer
  • Feb 22 Paul Van Ostaijen, Flemish poet/writer/critic (Occupied City)
  • Feb 24 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock), born in Hutchinson, Kansas (d. 1991)
  • Feb 25 John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)
  • Feb 26 Andrei A Zjdanov, Russian politician (against kosmopolitism)
  • Feb 26 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer
  • Feb 28 Philip Showalter Hench, American physician (Nobel Prize 1950 for cortisone), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • Feb 29 Omer C F L Tulippe, Belgian geographer
  • Feb 29 Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India (1977-79), born in Bhadeli, British India (d. 1995)
  • Feb 29 Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
  • Feb 29 William W Wellman, director (Star is Born), born in Brookline, Massachusetts
  • Feb 29 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer
  • Mar 1 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Athens Greece, conductor/composer
  • Mar 1 Moriz Seeler, German writer and producer (d. 1942)
  • Mar 7 Erwin Bodky, German-American composer, born in Ragnit, East Prussia (d. 1958)
  • Mar 8 Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, Mayor of Ottawa (1951-56), born in Renfrew, Ontario (d. 1975)
  • Mar 10 Harry Krimer, French actor ( Napoleon, Les vagabonds magnifiques, La course du flambeau), born in Paris, France (d. 1991)
  • Mar 10 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, born in London (d. 1965)
  • Mar 12 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
  • Mar 13 Dorothy Aldis, American children's writer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • Mar 20 Hal Walker, director (I Married Joan), born in Ottumwa, Iowa
  • Mar 20 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1962)
  • Mar 22 Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian actor (Cleopatra, Joseph Schildkraut Presents, Diary of Anne Frank), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1964)
  • Mar 22 Giulia D De Albertis, writer
  • Mar 22 He Long, Chinese marshal (d. 1969)
  • Mar 24 Gianna Manzini, writer
  • Mar 26 Richard Flury, composer
  • Mar 26 Rudolf Dassler, German founder of sportswear company Puma, born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1974)
  • Apr 3 Douwe Kalma, Dutch literary writer and leader (Young Frisian Movement), born in Boksum, Netherlands (d. 1953)
  • Apr 4 Robert Sherwood, American dramatist (Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Idiot's Delight), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1955)
  • Apr 4 Tristan Tzara [Samuel Rosenfeld] Romanian-French poet (Approximate Man), born in Moinești, Romania (d. 1963)
  • Apr 7 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)
  • Apr 8 Karl Hermann Pillney, composer
  • Apr 8 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist (Somewhere Over The Rainbow), born in NYC, New York; (d. 1981)
  • Apr 10 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1971)
  • Apr 11 Léo-Paul Desrosiers, Quebec novelist (Les Engagés du Grand Portage), born in Berthier, Canada (d. 1967)
  • Apr 15 Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1986)
  • Apr 17 Senor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca, Spain (d. 1999)
  • Apr 18 C Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse)
  • Apr 20 Wop May, Canadian aviator, flying ace in the WWI, born in Carberry, Manitoba (d. 1952)
  • Apr 21 Henry M de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte)
  • Apr 23 Margaret Kennedy, English novelist (The Constant Nymph), born in Hyde Park Gate, London (d. 1967)
  • Apr 26 Ernst Udet, German WWI pilot and notable flying ace who helped develop the Luftwaffe under the Nazi Party, born in Frankfurt am Main, German Empire (d. 1941)
  • Apr 27 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (7-time NL batting champion), born in Winters, Texas (d. 1963)
  • Apr 27 Wallace Hume Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1937)
  • Apr 29 Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer
  • Apr 29 Walter Mehring, writer
  • Apr 30 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)
  • Apr 30 Hans List, Austrian inventor (d. 1996)
  • Apr 30 Anandamayi Ma [Nirmala Sundari], Indian spiritual leader, born in Kheora, British India (now Bangladesh)
  • May 1 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (d. 1947)
  • May 1 Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
  • May 1 J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
  • May 2 Helen of Greece and Denmark, Queen Mother of Romania, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1982)
  • May 3 Dodie Smith, English novelist and playwright (101 Dalmatians), born in Whitefield, Lancashire, England (d. 1990)
  • May 3 Karl Allmenröder, German World War I flying Ace, born in Wald, Rhine Province, Germany (d. 1917)
  • May 7 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (topology), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1982)
  • May 11 Josip Slavenski, composer
  • May 11 Philippo de Pisis, Italian painter
  • May 13 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, Dutch equestrian (Olympic gold 1928, 32)
  • May 17 Brazilio da Cunha Luz Itibere, composer
  • May 17 Hannah Tillich, writer
  • May 18 Walter Fitzgerald, Keyhan Devonport England

  • May 19 Michael Balcon, producer/father of Jill Balcon, born in Birmingham, England
  • May 23 Felix Martin Julius Steiner, German Heer and Waffen-SS officer (d. 1966)
  • May 25 Jan N Bakhuizen van den Brink, theologist/church historian
  • May 28 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer
  • May 28 Warren Giles, baseball's National League president
  • May 29 George L Funke, botanist (Flower Physiology)
  • May 30 Howard Hawks, American director and producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface), born in Goshen, Indiana (d. 1977)
  • Jun 6 Italo Balbo, Italian pilot and governor of Libya, born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1940)
  • Jun 6 R. C. Sherriff, English playwright (Journey's End), born in Hampton Wick, Middlesex, England (d. 1975)
  • Jun 6 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, born in Clapton, London (d. 2009)
  • Jun 7 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Jun 7 Vivien Kellems, American industrialist, who battled the Federal tax system as discriminatory against single people, born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • Jun 7 Imre Nagy, Prime Minister of Hungary (1953-56), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1958)
  • Jun 7 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1990)
  • Jun 8 Samuel Gonard, Swiss lawyer and chairman (International Red Cross), born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1975)
  • Jun 9 Aura Abranches, Portuguese actress (Lisboa, O Primo Basilio), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1962)
  • Jun 9 Catherine Filene Shouse, philanthropist (Wolf Trap Institute)
  • Jun 16 Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer (Peugeot)
  • Jun 16 William Fitzgerald Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants)
  • Jun 16 Murray Leinster, American author (d. 1976)
  • Jun 18 Blanche Sweet, American actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Jun 18 Cota Ramaswami, cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936)
  • Jun 18 Philip Barry, American dramatist (Philadelphia Story)

Person of interestWallis Simpson

Jun 19 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, born in Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1986)

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Jun 19 Walter Lang, Swiss composer (d. 1966)
  • Jun 21 Dorothy Stickney, American actress (And So They Were Married), born in Dickinson, North Dakota (d. 1998)
  • Jun 21 Charles B. Momsen, American inventor, born in Flushing, New York (d. 1967)
  • Jun 22 Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea)
  • Jun 27 Franciscus J. Feron, vicaris-general of Roermond (d. 1958)
  • Jun 29 Irene Browne, British actress (All at Sea, Peg O' My Heart), born in London, England (d. 1965)
  • Jun 29 Alfred [Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (English Captain 1929-30), born in Shamley Green, England (d. 1978)
  • Jun 30 Wilfred Pelletier, conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jul 1 Pavel G Antokolski, Russian poet/director (Syn) [NS]
  • Jul 2 Lydia Mei, Estonian artist (d. 1965)
  • Jul 3 Doris Lloyd, Irish-American actress (Bachelor Father, Charley's Aunt, Sarah & Son), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1968)
  • Jul 4 Adolph Hallis, South African pianist and composer, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • Jul 4 Mao Dun [Shen Dehong], Chinese writer (Midnight), born in Tongxiang, China (d. 1981)
  • Jul 6 Thomas W McKnew, president (National Geographic Society)
  • Jul 10 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1981)
  • Jul 13 Mordecai Ardon, Israeli painter (d. 1992)

  • Jul 14 Buenaventura Durruti, Spanish anarchist (d. 1936)
  • Jul 16 Maurits Dekker, Dutch writer (Merkteken), born in Amsterdam (d. 1962)
  • Jul 16 Trygve Lie, Norwegian politician and 1st Secretary-General of the United Nations (1946-52), born in Oslo (d. 1968)
  • Jul 16 Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German human biologist and Nazi physician, born in Wildeck, German Empire (d. 1969)
  • Jul 19 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (Citadel, Shining Victory), born in Cardross (d. 1981)
  • Jul 24 Hermann Kasack, German writer (Die Stadt hinter dem Strom), born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1966)
  • Jul 25 Richard Gale, English general and airborne commander (Normandy), born in Wandsworth, London (d. 1982)
  • Jul 25 Jack Perrin, American actor, born in Three Rivers, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • Jul 26 Charles Butterworth, American actor (Mad Genius), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • Jul 26 Evelyn Preer, African-American actress (Homesteader, Spider's Webs), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1932)
  • Jul 26 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (Bentley Boys), born in Nottingham (d. 1933)
  • Jul 27 Henri Longchambon, French politician, born in Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme, France (d. 1969)
  • Jul 28 Barbara La Marr, American actress (The White Moth), born in Yakima, Washington (d. 1926)
  • Aug 2 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)
  • Aug 6 Cyril Mockridge, composer
  • Aug 8 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Aug 9 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • Aug 9 Leonide Massine, choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20)
  • Aug 9 Erich Hückel, German physicist (d. 1980)
  • Aug 13 Leo Pappenheim, Dutch conductor, born in Amsterdam (d. 1982)
  • Aug 15 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1985)
  • Aug 16 (or the 17th) Tina Modotti, Italian artist and activist, born in Udine, Italy (d. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Henry P de Vries, Dutch painter/poet (Laws of the Americas)
  • Aug 17 Leslie Groves, American military engineer (d. 1970)
  • Aug 18 Alan Mowbray, British actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), born in London, England (d. 1969)
  • Aug 18 Jack Pickford, Canadian-American actor (The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 1933)
  • Aug 19 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer
  • Aug 21 Blossom Rock [Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald], American actress (Grandmamma-Addams Family), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • Aug 21 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), born in Menen, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • Aug 21 Roark Bradford, American writer and humorist (Ol' Man Adan an' His Chillun), born in Lauderdale County, Tennessee (d. 1943)
  • Aug 22 Laurence McKinley Gould, American Geologist and Polar Explorer who was chief scientist and second-in-command on the first expedition to the interior of Antarctica in 1929, born in Lacota, Michigan (d. 1995)
  • Aug 24 Phil Baker, American comedian (Who's Whose), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • Aug 25 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1969)
  • Aug 26 Richard Hammond, American composer, born in England (d. 1980)
  • Aug 26 Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
  • Aug 27 Leon Theremin, Russian-Soviet electronic musical instruments inventor, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1993)
  • Aug 27 Faina Ranevskaya [Faina Georgievna Feldman], Russian actress, born in Taganrog, Don Voisko Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • Aug 30 Raymond Massey, Canadian actor (Dr Kildare), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1983)
  • Aug 31 Félix-Antoine Savard, French-Canadian priest and novelist, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1982)
  • Sep 1 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian guru, founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness, born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1977)
  • Sep 4 Antonin Artaud, French songwriter and director (Theatre Seraphin), born in Marseille, France (d. 1948)
  • Sep 6 Mario Praz, Italian literary critic and scholar (La carne, la morte, e il diavolo), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1982)
  • Sep 8 Howard Dietz, American lyricist and librettist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1983)
  • Sep 9 Fritz Reutter, German composer (d. 1963)
  • Sep 10 Ye Ting, Chinese military leader (d. 1946)
  • Sep 10 Adele Astaire [Lady Charles Cavendish], American dancer and entertainer, sister of Fred Astaire (Last Man on Earth, Millie), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1981)
  • Sep 10 Robert Taschereau, Canadian judge and politician (d. 1970)
  • Sep 12 Giuseppe Zoppi, Swiss writer (Il Libro Dell'Alpe), born in Broglio, Switzerland (d. 1952)
  • Sep 13 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 1981)