Famous People Born in 1899

Birthdays 1 - 200 of 349

  • Jan 1 Juozas Tallat-Kelpsa, composer
  • Jan 1 Lev V Kuleshov, Russian director/theorist (Po Zakonu)
  • Jan 1 Raymond Loucheur, composer
  • Jan 2 Alexander Tcherepnin, composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 2 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/Secretary-General of NATO (1957-61)
  • Jan 6 Phyllis Haver, American silent screen actress (What Price Glory), born in Douglass, Kansas (d. 1960)
  • Jan 7 Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, composer/pianist (Les Biches), born in Paris, France
  • Jan 7 Kenneth Thomson, American character actor (Broadway Melody, Little Giant), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1967)
  • Jan 8 Solomon WRD Bandaranaike, premier of Ceylon (1956-59)
  • Jan 11 Eva Le Gallienne, English-American actress and director (Resurrection), born in London, England (d. 1991)
  • Jan 12 Paul H Muller, Swiss chemist (DDT-Nobel 1948)
  • Jan 12 Pierre Bernac, French baritone (d. 1979)
  • Jan 14 Fritz Bayerlein, German lt-general (WW I, Poland, Libya, St-Lo)
  • Jan 14 Veronica Turleigh, Irish actress (Promoter), born in County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1971)
  • Jan 14 Carlos Romulo, Filipino diplomat and author (d. 1985)
  • Jan 15 Goodman Ace, American writer, radio presenter, actor and humorist (Better of Goodman), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1982)

Person of interestAl Capone

Jan 17 Al Capone, American gangster (Chicago bootlegging), born in Brooklyn, New York

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • Jan 17 Nevil Shute [Norway], novelist (On the Beach, Town Like Alice), born in London, England
  • Jan 17 Robert Maynard Hutchins, American educator/civil libertarian
  • Jan 17 Roel [Martinus F] Houwink, Dutch literary (1 Man Without Character)
  • Jan 19 [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer
  • Jan 20 Alexander Tcherepnin, composer
  • Jan 20 Kenjiro Takayanagi, VP (JVC)
  • Jan 21 Lido Manetti [Arnold Kent], Italian-born American actor (Quo Vardis), born in Florence (d. 1928)
  • Jan 22 Guido Kisch, Czech/German/US historian (Jews in medieval Germany)
  • Jan 23 Joseph Nathan Kane, historian (Famous Firsts)
  • Jan 23 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (d. 1931)
  • Jan 25 "Sleepy" John Estes, blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • Jan 26 Wyllis Cooper, Pekin Ill, TV narrator (Volume One)
  • Jan 27 Granville English, American composer, born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • Jan 27 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • Jan 28 Zilner T Randolph, jazz trumpeter/arranger
  • Jan 28 Elias Simojoki, Finnish clergyman and politician (d. 1940)
  • Jan 30 Max Theiler, South African-American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), born in Pretoria (d. 1972)
  • Feb 2 Benny Rubin, American actor and comedian (Benny Rubin Show), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1986)
  • Feb 3 Doris Speed, British actress dubbed 'The Queen Mother of Soap' (Coronation Street), born in Manchester, England (d. 1994)
  • Feb 3 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • Feb 3 João Café Filho, Brazilian president (d. 1970)
  • Feb 3 Lao She, Chinese writer (d. 1966)
  • Feb 6 Ramon Novarro [Jose Samaniegos],Mexican-American actor (Ben-Hur, Mata Hari), born in Durango, Mexico (d. 1968)
  • Feb 7 Arvid Pelshe, Latvian Communist leader, CPSU Politburo member
  • Feb 12 Albert Huybrechts, Belgian composer, born in Dinant, Belgium (d. 1936)
  • Feb 14 John Herman Randall Jr., American philosopher (Western Man), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1980)
  • Feb 14 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), born in Sušak, Croatia (d. 1985)
  • Feb 15 Gale Sondergaard, American actress (The Letter, Road to Rio), born in Litchfield, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • Feb 15 Georges Auric, Lodve France, Composer
  • Feb 15 Lillian Disney, wife of animator Walt Disney, born in Spalding, Idaho (d. 1997)
  • Feb 18 Arthur Bryant, English historian (King Charles II)
  • Feb 19 Yury Olesha, Russian novelist (d. 1960)
  • Feb 20 Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, American businessman and heir (Pan Am Airways), born in Roslyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Feb 20 Leon Woizikowski, Polish dancer/ballet master (Ballets Russes)

  • Feb 22 Dwight Frye, American actor (Black Camel, Dracula, Frankenstein), born in Salina, Kansas (d. 1943)
  • Feb 22 George O'Hara, American silent era screenwriter and actor (The Sea Beast, The Grapes of Wrath), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • Feb 22 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (d. 1986)
  • Feb 23 Erich Kästner, German writer (d. 1974)
  • Feb 23 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • Feb 24 Jacob Presser, Dutch historian/writer (Down-fall)
  • Feb 25 Leo J Weisgerber, German linguist
  • Feb 26 Max Petitpierre, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1994)
  • Feb 27 Charles Herbert Best, Washington County, Maine, American-Canadian physiologist/co-discoverer (Insulin)
  • Feb 27 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1960)
  • Feb 27 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer
  • Feb 28 Frederick Denison Maurice Hocking, pathologist
  • Mar 1 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (d. 1972)
  • Mar 2 Pattie Maie Menzies, Australian dame
  • Mar 3 Alfred M Gruenther, American commanding general (NATO, 1953-56)
  • Mar 3 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, born in Jelisawetgrad, Russian Empire (d. 1960)
  • Mar 4 Emilio Prados, Spanish poet and editor (d. 1962)
  • Mar 5 Patrick Hadley, composer
  • Mar 6 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1971)
  • Mar 8 Eric Linklater, British novelist and poet (Blue Swallows), born in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1974)
  • Mar 8 Elmer Keith, American firearms enthusiast and author (Guns & Ammo), born in Missouri (d. 1984)
  • Mar 10 Finn Hoffding, composer
  • Mar 10 Robert Meier, German WW1 veteran, formerly Germany's oldest man. (d. 2007)
  • Mar 11 Frederick IX, [Christian FFMKWG], King of Denmark (1947-72)
  • Mar 13 Pancho Vladigerov, Bulgarian composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1978)
  • Mar 13 Jan Lechoń [Leszek Józef Serafinowicz], Polish poet, born in Warsaw, Congress Poland (d. 1956)
  • Mar 13 John Van Vleck, American physicist, mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1980)
  • Mar 14 K.C. Irving, Canadian industrialist (d. 1992)
  • Mar 18 Lavrenti Beria, chief of Soviet secret police under Stalin
  • Mar 23 Dora Gerson, German-Jewish actress, cabaret singer, and Holocaust victim (Caravan of Death), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1943)
  • Mar 25 Bella Spewack, Hungarian playwright (Kiss Me Kate)
  • Mar 25 Jacques Audiberti, French poet (Race of Men)
  • Mar 25 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (d. 1978)
  • Mar 26 James B Connant, chemist/college president (Yale)
  • Mar 26 William Baines, composer

Person of interestGloria Swanson

Mar 27 Gloria Swanson, American actress (Sunset Boulevard, Queen Kelly), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)

  • Mar 28 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of Mormon Church, born in Clifton, Idaho (d. 1973)
  • Mar 28 August A. "Gussie" Busch, Jr., American brewing magnate and American baseball executive, born in St Louis (d. 1989)
  • Mar 28 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, born in Mitchellville, Iowa (d. 1977)
  • Mar 30 Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, well known Bengali writer (d. 1970)
  • Apr 1 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (d. 1968)
  • Apr 3 David Jack, English footballer (scored 267 goals from 521 appearances), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • Apr 4 William Brann, South African cricketer (South African batsman v England 1922-23), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1953)
  • Apr 5 William Hornby Steer, Conservative Party politician and barrister (d. 1993)
  • Apr 7 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (d. 1972)
  • Apr 9 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1980)

Person of interestPercy Lavon Julian

Apr 11 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1975)

  • Apr 12 Chief Thundercloud [Victor Daniels], Cherokee actor (The Lone Ranger, Colt .45), born in Muskogee, Indian Territory (d. 1955) (d. 1955)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer
  • Apr 13 Alfred Moser Butts, game inventor (Scrabble)
  • Apr 13 Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher
  • Apr 16 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist, born in Bergaliszki (d. 1988)
  • Apr 17 Vincent Wigglesworth, British entomologist (Metamorphosis hormones), born in Kirkham, Lancashire, England (d. 1994)
  • Apr 19 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1985)
  • Apr 21 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer
  • Apr 21 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 22 Martyn Green, British actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), born in London, England (d. 1975)
  • Apr 23 Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (Lolita, Ada), born in St Petersburg, Russia (d. 1977)
  • Apr 24 Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (algebraic geometry), born in Kobrin, Russian Empire (d. 1986)
  • Apr 26 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), born in Decatur, Texas (d. 1962)

Person of interestLeo Diegel

Apr 27 Leo Diegel, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion), born in Detroit, Michigan

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel

Person of interestDuke Ellington

Apr 29 Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist (Take the A Train), born in Washington, District of Columbia (d. 1974)

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • Apr 29 Karl Yngve Skold, composer
  • Apr 29 Natalie Talmadge, American actress (Our Hospitality), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • Apr 30 Jannetje Fisherman-Roosendaal, author (regional novels)
  • Apr 30 Lucie Mannheim, German actress (East Meets West, 39 Steps), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1976)
  • May 2 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • May 3 Aline MacMahon, American actress (Backdoor to Heaven), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
  • May 5 Freeman Gosden, American writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Calvin and the Colonel), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1982)
  • May 6 Billy Cotton, British entertainer (d. 1969)
  • May 8 Jan F van Hall, Dutch sculptor/resistance fighter
  • May 8 [Friedrich] August von Hayek, Aust/British economist (Road to Serfdom)
  • May 8 Arthur Q Bryan, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality (Beulah, The Devil Bat), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1959)
  • May 9 Edward Pollock, saxophone/clarinet

Person of interestFred Astaire

May 10 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1987)

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • May 11 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (d. 1963)
  • May 12 Indra Devi, Latvian Yoga Instructor (d. 2002)
  • May 14 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
  • May 14 Earle Combs, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • May 15 Jean-Etienne Valluy, French general (d. 1970)
  • May 17 Ralf Harolde, American actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • May 20 Estelle Taylor, American actress (The Ten Commandments), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1958)
  • May 20 John M Harlan, 91st Supreme Court justice (1955-71), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 20 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (d. 1969)
  • May 21 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1963)
  • May 24 Suzanne Lenglen, French Wimbledon tennis champion (6-times)
  • May 24 Henri Michaux, French poet (d. 1984)
  • May 25 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher (d. 1976)
  • May 26 Otto E. Neugebauer, Austrian-American mathematician and historian, born in Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary (d. 1990)
  • May 26 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, born in Rotterfam, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • May 26 Antonio J. Barrette, French Canadian politician, premier of Quebec, born in Joliette, Quebec, Canada (d. 1968)
  • May 30 Irving Thalberg, American film producer (MGM), born in Booklyn, New York (d. 1936)
  • May 31 Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, born in Breslau (d. 1987)
  • May 31 Leonid Leonov, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)
  • Jun 1 Werner Janssen, American conductor/composer (New Years Eve in NY), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 1 Edward Charles Titchmarsh, English mathematician (d. 1963)
  • Jun 2 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1969)
  • Jun 3 Georg von Bekesy, physician (Nobel-1961), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 4 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, born in Moscow (d. 1965)
  • Jun 4 Hassan Fathy, Egyptian architect (d. 1989)
  • Jun 7 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (The Death of the Heart, Encounters), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1973)

Person of interestNoel Wien

Jun 8 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), born in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin (d. 1977)

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • Jun 10 Raoul Salan, Fr/Indochina/Algeria (leader OAS)
  • Jun 11 George Frederick McKay, American composer, born in Harrington, Washington (d. 1970)
  • Jun 11 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), born in Osaka (d. 1972)
  • Jun 13 Carlos Chavez, conductor/composer (Sinfonia India), born in Mexico City
  • Jun 16 Nelson Doubleday, American publisher (Doubleday)
  • Jun 16 Helen Traubel, American soprano, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • Jun 18 James Ralph Darling, teacher
  • Jun 18 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), born in Maghull, Liverpool, England (d. 1981)
  • Jun 19 George Calinescu, Romania, literature (Enigma Otilei)
  • Jun 20 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist/composer
  • Jun 20 Jean Moulin, hero of the French Resistance (WWII)
  • Jun 21 Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer killed during the Holocaust, born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 1944)
  • Jun 22 Dorothy Devore, American actress (Narrow Street, Senior Daredevil), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1976)
  • Jun 22 Michal Kalecki, Polish economist
  • Jun 23 Alexander Moiseyevich Veprik, Russian composer, born in Balta, Ukraine (d. 1958)
  • Jun 24 Bruce Marshall, writer
  • Jun 25 Arthur Tracy, American radio personality (The Street Singer), born in Kamenetz-Podolsky, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • Jun 26 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, 3rd daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, born in Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1918)
  • Jun 27 Juan Trippe, American airline pioneer and entrepreneur (Pan Am founder), born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1981)
  • Jun 29 Lester Vail, American actor (Dance Fools Dance, Consolation Marriage), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • Jun 30 Frantisek Tomasek, bishop of Prague/cardinal
  • Jun 30 Madge Bellamy [Margaret Derden Philpott], American actress (White Zombie, The Iron Horse), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 1990)
  • Jul 1 Cavan O'Connor, singer

Person of interestCharles Laughton

Jul 1 Charles Laughton, English actor (Mutiny on Bounty, Spartacus), born in Scarborough, England (d. 1962)

  • Jul 1 Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr, fictional character "Indiana Jones"
  • Jul 1 Konstantinos Tsatsos Greek politician and president (1975-1980)
  • Jul 3 Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, born in Verkhnodniprovsk, Ukraine (d. 1958)
  • Jul 3 Otto Reinhold, German composer, born in Erzgebirge (d. 1965)
  • Jul 5 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, African-American social activist (NYC cabinet), born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1990)
  • Jul 5 Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, Chilean composer, born in La Cruz, Chile (d. 1987)
  • Jul 5 Marcel Achard, French playwright (Jean de la Lune), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1974)
  • Jul 7 George Cukor, producer/director (Adam's Rib, Philadelphia Story)
  • Jul 8 David Eli Lilienthal, US government organizer (Wisconsin)
  • Jul 10 John Gilbert, American actor, screenwriter and director (The Hater of Men, Man, Woman and Sin), born in Logan, Utah (d. 1936)
  • Jul 10 Heiri Suter, Swiss cyclist, born in Gränichen, Switzerland (d. 1978)

Person of interestE. B. White

Jul 11 E. B. White, American writer (Charlotte's Web, Elements of Style), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1985)

Writer E. B. White
Writer
E. B. White
  • Jul 15 Seán Lemass, Irish leader (d. 1971)
  • Jul 16 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female district attorney (NY), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1970)

Person of interestJames Cagney

Jul 17 James Cagney, American actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), born in NYC, New York

  • Jul 18 Willem Kernkamp, Dutch minister of Colonies (Islam & Woman), born in Edam, Netherlands (d. 1956)
  • Jul 19 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN) and editor (The Truth), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1986)

Person of interestErnest Hemingway

Jul 21 Ernest Hemingway, American author (The Old Man and the Sea, Nobel 1954), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1961)

  • Jul 21 Hart Crane, American poet (The Bridge), born in Garrettsville, Ohio (d. 1932)
  • Jul 23 Gustav Heinemann, President of West Germany
  • Jul 24 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 25 Arthur Lubin, American film director and producer (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)
  • Jul 25 Ralph Dumke, American actor (Movieland Quiz), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1964)