Famous People Born in April 1896

  • Apr 2 Johnny Golden, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1922, 26, 27 3rd; Ryder Cup 1927, 29 [3-0-0 record]; 9 x PGA Tour titles), born in Tuxedo, New York (d. 1936)
  • 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 5 Norman Callaway, Australian cricket batsman (207 in only FC innings), born in Hay, Australia (d. 1917)
  • Apr 7 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)
  • Apr 8 Karl Hermann Pillney, Austrian composer and painist, born in Graz, Austria-Hungary (d. 1980)
  • Apr 8 Yip Harburg [Isidore Hochberg], American lyricist ("Over The Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"), 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 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, born in Peñaranda de Bracamonte, Salamanca, Spain (d. 1999)
  • Apr 18 Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse), born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland (d. 1982)
  • Apr 20 Wop May, Canadian aviator, flying ace in the WWI, born in Carberry, Manitoba (d. 1952)
  • Apr 21 Henry de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • Apr 23 Margaret Kennedy, English novelist (The Constant Nymph), born in Hyde Park Gate, London (d. 1967)
  • Apr 25 Fred Haney, American MLB baseball player, 1922-29 (Detroit Tigers and 3 other teams), manager, 1939-41 and 1953-59 (Milwaukee Braves and 2 other teams), and executive, 1961-68 (Los Angeles Angels), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 1977)
  • 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)

Rogers HornsbyRogers Hornsby (1896-1963)

Apr 27 American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; 3 x .400+ seasons; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), born in Winters, Texas

  • Apr 27 Wallace Hume Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), born in Burlington, Iowa (d. 1937)
  • Apr 29 Jacques Wolfe, Romanian-American composer, born in Botoşani, Romania (d. 1973)
  • Apr 29 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1981)
  • Apr 30 "Reverend" Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist ("Samson And Delilah"; A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)
  • Apr 30 Anandamayi Ma [Nirmala Sundari], Indian spiritual leader, born in Kheora, British India (now Bangladesh)
  • Apr 30 Hans List, Austrian scientist and inventor, born in Graz, Austria (d. 1996)