Famous People Born in May 1907

  • May 1 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, born in Greenville, Virginia (d. 1986)
  • May 1 Oliver Hill, American civil rights attorney (Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999), born in Richmond, Virgnia (d. 2007)
  • May 2 Pinky Lee, American children's show host (Pinky Lee Show), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1993)
  • May 3 Earl Wilson, American journalist and columnist (Midnight Earl), born in Rockford, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • May 4 Lincoln Kirstein, American writer and impresario, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Benny Baker, American actor (18 Again, Sting II, Thunderbirds), born in St Joseph, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • May 5 Kenneth Muir, English scholar, born in London (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Yoritsune Matsudaira, Japanese composer, born in Tokyo (d. 2001)
  • May 6 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 1998)
  • May 7 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, born in Kemzeke-Waas, Belgium (d. 1965)
  • May 7 Sam Baker, American silent film actor (The Missing Link; The Lost City; The Sea Beast), born in Taylor, Indiana (d. 1982)
  • May 8 Arturo de Córdova [Arturo García Rodríguez], Mexican actor (Medal for Benny), born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico (d. 1973)
  • May 9 Baldur von Schirach, German writer/nazi politician (Frame)
  • May 9 Fred Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
  • May 9 Kathryn Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
  • May 10 Harilaos Perpessas, Greek composer (Christus Symphony; The Infinite Bliss), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 2005)
  • May 11 Kent Taylor [Louis Weiss], American actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), born in Nashua, Iowa (d. 1987)
  • May 11 Rip Sewell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1943–46; NL wins leader 1943; Pittsburgh Pirates 1938–49), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1989)
  • May 11 Rose Ausländer, German poet (d. 1988)

Katharine HepburnKatharine Hepburn (1907-2003)

May 12 American actress (Adam's Rib, On Golden Pond), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • May 12 Leslie Charteris, Chinese English American detective writer (Simon Templar character in The Saint), born in Singapore (d. 1993)
  • May 13 Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist
  • May 13 Daphne du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Parasites), born in London, England (d. 1989)
  • May 13 Laurence Kirwan, British archaeologist (Sudan and Egyptian Nubia), born in Galloway (d. 1999)
  • May 14 Dick Bentley, Australian comedian and actor (The Glums), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1995)
  • May 14 Hans von der Groeben, German diplomat (d. 2005)
  • May 14 Johnny Moss, American poker player (d. 1995)
  • May 14 Mohammed Ayub Khan, general/premier/president (Pakistan)
  • May 15 Josef Alexander, composer
  • May 15 Phillip Piratin, communist
  • May 15 Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • May 16 Robert Tisdall, Irish 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1932)
  • May 17 Charles Cawley, British chief scientist and Minister of Power (1959-67) (d. 2000)
  • May 17 Ilona Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • May 18 Carl Mydans, American photojournalist (Life Magazine), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • May 18 Clifford Curzon, British classical pianist (Royal Academy of Music Macfarren Gold Medal), born in Islington, London, England (d. 1982)
  • May 18 Robley Evans, American nuclear physicist, born in University Place, Nebraska (d. 1996)
  • May 21 Dandy Nichols [Daisy Sander], British actress (Till Death Us Do Part, Confessions of a Window Cleaner), born in London, England (d. 1986)
  • May 22 Harry Ritz [Joachim], American vaudevillian, actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers - The Gorilla;, Hi'ya, Chum; Straight, Place and Show, solo cameo - Silent Movie), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1986)

HergéHergé (1907-1983)

May 22 Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), born in Etterbeek, Belgium

Laurence OlivierLaurence Olivier (1907-1989)

May 22 English actor (Rebecca, Hamlet, Jazz Singer), born in Dorking, Surrey

  • May 23 Kenneth Allen, engineer
  • May 23 Matthew Campbell, British senior civil servant
  • May 25 U Nu, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (1948-56, 1960-62), born in Wakema, Myaungmya District, British Burma (d. 1995)
  • May 26 Jean Bernard, French physician and haematologist, born in Paris (d. 2006)

John WayneJohn Wayne (1907-1979)

May 26 American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), born in Winterset, Iowa

  • May 27 Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader and pianist, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1981)

Rachel CarsonRachel Carson (1907-1964)

May 27 American marine biologist, conservationist and author (Silent Spring), born in Springdale, Pennsylvania

  • May 28 F. G. Emmison, British archivist and historian, born in Bedford, England (d. 1995)
  • May 28 Patrick Browne, British Lord justice of appeal, born in Cambridge (d. 1996)
  • May 29 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, British critic and writer (co-author of The Record Guide), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
  • May 29 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2002)
  • May 30 Elly Beinhorn, German pilot (d. 2007)
  • May 30 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (d. 2008)
  • May 31 Valston Hancock, British air marshal

About May 1907

How Old? 115 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

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