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Famous People Born in May 1903

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

May 2 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • May 2 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1983)

Person of interestBing Crosby

May 3 (Harry Lillis) "Bing" Crosby, American Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer ("White Christmas"; with David Bowie - "Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" ), and actor (Going My Way; High Society; Road To...(with Bob Hope)), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1977)

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • May 4 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)
  • May 4 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • May 5 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1985)
  • May 6 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), born in Taylorsville, Kentucky (d. 1983)
  • May 7 Basil Nield, British judge and politician (Conservative Party) (d. 1996)
  • May 8 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), born in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (d. 1971)
  • May 9 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • May 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver
  • May 10 Otto Bradfisch, Nazi leader (d. 1994)
  • May 11 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • May 12 Lennox R. F. Berkeley, British composer and pedagogue (Castaway), born in Boars Hill, England (d. 1989)
  • May 12 Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place), born in Gloucestershire, England (d. 1991)
  • May 13 Alfred Pugsley, civil engineer
  • May 13 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1974)
  • May 13 Jim Sims, English cricket spin bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets; Middlesex), born in Leyton, England (d. 1973)
  • May 14 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • May 15 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Douglas Packard, British Lieutenant General (d. 2000)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

May 17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • May 18 George E Stone, Polish actor (Viva Villa; Last Mile; 5 Star Final; Front Page), born in Łódź, Poland (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Russian Empire (d. 1951)
  • May 21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney, minister and Prime Minister of Indonesia (1953-7), born in Grabag, Central Java, Dutch West Indies (d. 1975)
  • May 21 Manly Wade Wellman, Angolan born American sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet), born in Kamundongo, Portuguese West Africa (d. 1986)
  • May 21 Pedro Aramburu, Argentine army leader, President and Dictator of Argentina (1955-58), born in Río Cuarto, Argentina (d. 1970)
  • May 22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (helped develop the atomic bomb for France), born in Vannes, France (d. 1992)
  • May 23 Walter Reisch, American screenwriter (Ninotchka, Gaslight, Titanic)
  • May 24 Hilding Hallnäs, Swedish composer (Kärlekens ringdans), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 1984)
  • May 26 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), born in Madisonville, Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • May 27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • May 28 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1986)

Person of interestBob Hope

May 29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], English-born American actor, comedian and entertainer, born in London (d. 2003)

Entertainer and TV Personality Bob Hope
Entertainer and TV Personality
Bob Hope
  • May 30 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 30 Ray Howard-Jones, artist

About May 1903

How Old? 118 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Signs: Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20), Gemini (May 21 - Jun 20)