On This Day

Famous People Born in August 1897

  • Aug 2 Karl Otto Koch, German SS-officer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1945)
  • Aug 2 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1974)
  • Aug 4 Joseph Calleia, Maltese-American actor (Jungle Book, Gilda, Touch of Evil), born in Mdina, Malta (d. 1975)
  • Aug 5 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician, founder of the Socialist People's Party, born in Brændekilde, Denmark (d. 1972)
  • Aug 7 Franz J Weinrich [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • Aug 9 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, born in Geneva, New York (d. 1994)
  • Aug 10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • Aug 10 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch novelist (Ciske the Rat)
  • Aug 10 John Galbreath, American businessman (d. 1988)
  • Aug 11 Louise Bogan, Maine, writer (Sleeping Fury)

Person of interestEnid Blyton

Aug 11 Enid Blyton, English children's writer, fifth most popular author in the world (Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Adventure), born in London, England (d. 1968)

Children's writer Enid Blyton
Children's writer
Enid Blyton
  • Aug 12 Manuel Blancafort, composer
  • Aug 12 Otto (von) Struve, German/US dir (Yerkes/MacDonald observatory)
  • Aug 12 Ramon Gonzalez Barron, composer
  • Aug 15 Marion Eugene Bauer, American composer, born in Walla Walla, Washington (d. 1955)
  • Aug 16 Robert Ringling, circus master, born in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin (d. 1950)
  • Aug 16 Vicente Ascone, Italian composer, born in Siderno, Italy (d. 1979)
  • Aug 20 Tarjei Vesaas, Norwegian poet and author (Det Store Spelet), born in Vinje, Telemark, Norway (d. 1970)
  • Aug 22 Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (Australian captain in the Bodyline series), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1965)
  • Aug 22 Elizabeth Bergner, Austrian actress (Catherine the Great), born in Drohobycz, Galicia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1986)
  • Aug 24 Fred Rose, American songwriter and music publishing executive (Nashville's Acuff-Rose Music), born in Evansville, Indiana (d. 1954)
  • Aug 25 Jaroslav Řídký, Czech composer, born in Reichenberg, Czech Republic (d. 1956)
  • Aug 26 Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)
  • Aug 27 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1989)
  • Aug 28 Morris Ankrum, American actor (Kronos, Half Human, Earth vs Flying Saucers), born in Danville, Illinois (d. 1964)

Person of interestFredric March

Aug 31 Fredric March, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

  • Aug 31 Marianne Bruns, German writer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1994)