On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1905

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Leila Hyams, American actress (Big House, Ruggles of Red Gap), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • May 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet politician (Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 1980-85), born in Kharkiv, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1997)
  • May 1 Paul Desruisseaux, Canadian lawyer and politician (Senator for Wellington, Quebec), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • May 1 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)
  • May 3 Albrecht Luitpold Ferdinand Michael, duke of Bavaria, born in Munich, German Empire (d. 1996)
  • May 4 Mátyás Seiber, composer (Scherzando), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1960)
  • May 5 Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National & Black Front, born in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands (d. 1965)
  • May 5 Robert Houben, Belgian politician (Minister of Public health 1958), born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • May 6 Bernard "Toots" Shor, New York restaurateur (Toots Shor's Restaurant), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1977)
  • May 8 Inglis Gundry, Wimbledon, British composer
  • May 8 Red Nichols, American musician (d. 1965)
  • May 9 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon 1926-28 runner-up), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1998)
  • May 10 Angus Paton, civil engineer
  • May 10 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek rebetiko musician and songwriter (d. 1972)
  • May 11 Marjorie Sykes, peace campaigner
  • May 13 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), born in Delhi, British India (d. 1977)

  • May 14 Jean Daniélou, French cardinal (d. 1974)
  • May 15 Joseph Cotten, American actor (Citizen Kane, The Third Man, Airport 77, Hearse), born in Petersburg, Virginia (d. 1994)
  • May 16 H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates, novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia)

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May 16 Henry Fonda, American actor (Mr Roberts, On Golden Pond), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1982)

  • May 17 John Patrick, American screenwriter and playwright (Pulitzer Prize 1954), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • May 18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, born in Vienna (d. 1959)
  • May 18 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), born in Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • May 20 Gerrit Achterberg, Dutch poet (Sailing)
  • May 20 Harry Campion, statistician/founder (British Central Statistical Office)
  • May 20 John Emery, American actor (Ship Ahoy, Kronos), born in NYC, New York (d. 1964)
  • May 21 Edward Lockspeiser, composer
  • May 24 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), born in Veshenskaya, Don Host Oblast, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • May 24 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), born in Žarošice, Moravia (d. 1988)
  • May 25 Joseph C. Harsch, American newscaster (Background), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • May 26 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, born in Vienna (d. 1991)
  • May 29 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), born in Holt, England (d. 1994)
  • May 29 Fela Sowande, Nigerian musician and composer, born in Abeokuta, Nigeria (d. 1987)
  • May 29 Johannes "Jan" Teulings, Dutch actor (Lentelied, The Three Wishes), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • May 31 Roy Peaches Davis, baseball pitcher
  • May 31 Florence Desmond, English actress and comedian, born in Islington, London (d. 1993)

About May 1905

How Old? 114 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation or the G.I. Generation
Leap Year: No

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