On This Day

Famous People Born in August 1896

  • Aug 2 Lorenzo Herrera, Venezuelan singer and composer, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1960)
  • Aug 6 Cyril Mockridge, British composer for film and television (Miracle On 34th Street; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), born in London (d. 1979)
  • 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, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1979)
  • Aug 9 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, born in Berlin, German Empire (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 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)

Person of interestLeslie Groves

Aug 17 Leslie Groves, American army engineer who directed the Manhattan Project and construction of the Pentagon, born in Albany, New York (d. 1970)

US Army Engineer and WWII General Leslie Groves
US Army Engineer and WWII General
Leslie Groves
  • 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, Ontario (d. 1933)
  • Aug 19 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer
  • Aug 19 Walter Lang, Swiss composer, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1966)
  • 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 Pindle Hammond, American composer, born in Kent, 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)