Famous People Born in April 1899

  • Apr 1 Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (d. 1968)
  • Apr 1 Lida Durdikova, Czech children's author (Children with extinguished eyes) and publisher (Père Castor), born in Prague (d. 1955)
  • Apr 3 David Jack, English footballer (scored 267 goals from 521 appearances), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1958)
  • Apr 4 Carmel Myers, American stage and silent and sound screen actress (Ben-Hur; Svengali), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1980)
  • 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 concert pianist and composer (Symphony No. 7 - "Israel"), born in Paris (d. 1972)
  • Apr 9 James Smith McDonnell, American aviator and engineer, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1980)

Percy Lavon JulianPercy Lavon Julian (1899-1975)

Apr 11 African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama

  • Apr 12 Chief Thundercloud [Victor Daniels], Cherokee actor (The Lone Ranger; Colt .45), born in Muskogee, Indian Territory (d. 1955)
  • Apr 13 Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, Soviet composer, born in Odessa (d. 1934)
  • Apr 13 Alfred Mosher Butts, American architect and game inventor (Scrabble), born in Poughkeepsie, New York (d. 1993)
  • Apr 13 Alfred Schütz, Austrian-American architect and philosopher, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1959)
  • 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, born in Temse, Belgium (d. 1951)
  • Apr 21 Randall Thompson, American composer (Trip to Nahant), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • Apr 22 Martyn Green, British actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Iceman Cometh), born in London, England (d. 1975)

Vladimir NabokovVladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)

Apr 22 Russian-American novelist (Lolita, Ada), born in St Petersburg, Russia

  • Apr 23 Minoru Shirota, Japanese microbiologist and fouder of the Yakult Honsha beverage company, born in Tatsuoka, Nagano (d. 1982)
  • 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)

Leo DiegelLeo Diegel (1899-1951)

Apr 27 American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • Apr 29 Edward "Duke" Ellington, American bandleader, composer and pianist ("Take the A Train"; "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1974)
  • Apr 29 Natalie Talmadge, American actress (Our Hospitality), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1969)
  • Apr 29 Yngve Sköld, Swedish composer, born in Vallby, Södermanland County, Sweden (d. 1992)
  • Apr 30 Lucie Mannheim, German actress (East Meets West, 39 Steps), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1976)