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Famous People Born in August 1904

  • Aug 3 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Empire, Way Station), born in Millville, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • Aug 3 Dolores del Rio, Mexican silent screen actress (Deseada, Bugambilia), born in Durango, Mexico (d. 1983)
  • Aug 4 Helen Kane [Schroeder], American actress (Heads Up, Pointed Heels), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1966)
  • Aug 4 Theodore Newton, American actor (Ace of Aces, Voltaire), born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey (d. 1963)
  • Aug 4 Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Pornography), born in Małoszyce, Russian Empire (d. 1969)
  • Aug 4 Joe Tate, English footballer, born in Old Hill, Cradley Heath, England (d. 1973)
  • Aug 5 Kenneth Thimann, English American botanist (Balzan Prize), born in Ashford, England (d. 1997)
  • Aug 6 Henry Payne Iba, American basketball coach (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Easton, Missouri
  • Aug 6 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman], author (Gelakte Brain)
  • Aug 6 Ballard Berkeley [Blascheck], British actor (Fawlty Towers, East meets West, The BFG), born in Margate, Kent, England (d. 1988)

Person of interestRalph Bunche

Aug 7 Ralph Bunche, American diplomat to the UN (Nobel Peace Prize1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • Aug 8 István Szelényi, Hungarian pianist and composer, born in Altsohl, Austria-Hungary (d. 1972)
  • Aug 8 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), born in Galliate, Italy (d. 1948)
  • Aug 11 Jess Stacy, jazz pianist, born in Bird's Point, Missouri (d. 1995)
  • Aug 12 Aleksei N Romanov, son of Tsar Nicholas II [OS=July 30]
  • Aug 12 Frank Ervin, harness racer (Hambletonian 1959, 66)

  • Aug 12 Kay Campbell [Catherine Hibben], American actress (All My Children), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)

Person of interestAlexei Nikolaevich

Aug 12 Alexei Nikolaevich, last Tsarevich of Russia, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1918)

Tsarevich of Russia Alexei Nikolaevich
Tsarevich of Russia
Alexei Nikolaevich
  • Aug 13 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician and actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), born in Olathe, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • Aug 15 Bill Baird, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie, Muppet Show), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1987)
  • Aug 16 Wendell Stanley, American biochemist, first to crystallize a virus (Nobel 1946), born in Ridgeville, Indiana (d. 1971)
  • Aug 17 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (d. 1991)
  • Aug 17 Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician (d. 1984)
  • Aug 18 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY)
  • Aug 18 [Francis] Max Factor, American CEO of Max Factor Cosmetics, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Aug 19 Ted Nightingale, former colonial governor
  • Aug 19 June Collyer, American actress (Before Midnight, Charley's Aunt), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • Aug 20 Jaap [Jacobus Albertus Wilhelmus] Burger, Dutch politician and chairman (PvdA), born in Willemstad, Netherlands (d. 1986)
  • Aug 21 [William] Count Basie, jazz musician and band leader ( "One O'Clock Jump"), born in Red Bank, New Jersey (d. 1984)

Person of interestDeng Xiaoping

Aug 22 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), born in Guang'an, Sichuan (d. 1997)

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Aug 24 Rodd Redwing, American actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • Aug 26 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Goodbye to Berlin), born in High Lane, Cheshire (d. 1986)
  • Aug 27 Norah Lofts, British author (The Town House), born in Shipdham, Norfolk, England (d. 1983)
  • Aug 27 John Hay Whitney, American financier and philanthropist, born in Ellsworth, Maine (d. 1982)
  • Aug 28 Secondo Campini, Italian jet engine pioneer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1980)
  • Aug 29 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), born in Berlin (d. 1979)

About August 1904

How Old? 116 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Signs: Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 22), Virgo (Aug 23 - Sep 22)