On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1899

Famous Birthdays

  • 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 bandleader and entertainer, born in Smith Square, London (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)

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 tennis player (French C'ships 1925-26, Wimbledon 1919-23, 25), born in Paris, France (d. 1938)
  • May 24 Henri Michaux, Belgian-born French poet and writer (Miserable Miracle), born in Namur, Belgium (d. 1984)
  • May 25 Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bengali poet, musician, revolutionary and philosopher, born in Asansol, Burdwan, Bengal Presidency, British India (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)