Famous People Born in May 1897

  • May 2 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • May 3 V. K. Krishna Menon, Indian nationalist, Minister of Defense (1957-62), born in Tellicherry, British India (d. 1974)
  • May 6 Paul Alverdes, German writer (Pfeiferstube)
  • May 7 Kathleen McKane Godfree, English tennis champ (Olympic gold/2 silver/2 bronze-1920, 24), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1992)
  • May 10 Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)
  • May 10 Ewart Maurice Levy, 2nd Baronet
  • May 10 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime minister of Norway (d. 1987)
  • May 11 Izak W van der Merwe, [Boerneef], South African writer (Tweetalige Woordeboek)
  • May 11 Robert E. Gross, American businessman (d. 1961)
  • May 14 Sidney Bechet, American jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/band leader
  • May 14 Ed Ricketts, American marine biologist (d. 1948)
  • May 16 Walther Geiser, composer
  • May 17 Odd Hassel, Norwegian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1981)

Person of interestFrank Capra

May 18 Frank Capra, Italian-American film director (Its a Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night), born in Bisacquino, Italy (d. 1991)

Film Director Frank Capra
Film Director
Frank Capra
  • May 18 Jack Raine, British actor (Quartet), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • May 19 Frank Luke, American World War I pilot (d. 1918)
  • May 20 Diego Abad de Santill├ín, Spanish anarchist (d. 1983)
  • May 22 Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (Waters of Babylon)
  • May 25 Alan Kippax, cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant batsman)
  • May 27 John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)
  • May 28 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), born in London, England (d. 1962)
  • May 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Brno Austria, movie composer (Violanta)
  • May 29 Ignace Lilien, composer
  • May 31 Margalo Gillmore, British actress (Skirts Ahoy, High Society), born in London, England (d. 1986)