On This Day

Famous People Born in August 1908

  • Aug 1 Miloslav Kabeláč, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1979)
  • Aug 4 Kurt Eichhorn, German conductor, born in Munich (d. 1994)
  • Aug 4 Leslie Wilkinson, journalist
  • Aug 4 Osbert Lancaster, English cartoonist and author (Daily Express), born in London (d. 1986)
  • Aug 5 Harold Holt, Australian politician, Prime Minister of Australia (1966-67); supported US in Vietnam, disappeared swimming, presumed drowned while PM, born in Stanmore, New South Wales (d. 1967)
  • Aug 6 George Singer, composer
  • Aug 6 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), born in Globe, Arizona (d. 1997)
  • Aug 6 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, born in Wickhamford, Worcestershire (d. 1997)
  • Aug 6 Sol Adler, economist Sinophile
  • Aug 6 Svend Erik Tarp, Danish composer, born in Thisted, Denmark (d. 1994)
  • Aug 6 William "Will" Lee, American actor (They Live by Night, Melody Lane), born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Aug 8 Arthur J Goldberg, Ill, UN ambassador/Supreme Court justice (1962-65)
  • Aug 8 Chivu Stoica, premier of Romania (1955-61)
  • Aug 10 Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • Aug 12 Lord Renton, QC/British government minister
  • Aug 13 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), born in NYC, New York (d. 1998)

  • Aug 14 Jean Knox, Director of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (1941-43) (d. 1993)
  • Aug 14 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), born in Kastelli Kissamou, Crete (d. 1984)
  • Aug 16 William Maxwell, American novelist and editor (The New Yorker), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • Aug 17 Kurt Hessenberg, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d.1994)
  • Aug 18 Armijn Pane, Indonesian writer (Belenggu), born in North Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1970)
  • Aug 18 Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • Aug 18 Edgar Faure, Prime Minister of France (1952, 52-56) and writer, born in Béziers, France (d. 1988)
  • Aug 18 Milan Ristić, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1982)
  • Aug 20 Al López, Spanish-American baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Aug 20 Jeanne Stern, German screenwriter (The Condemned Village), born in Bedous, Aquitaine (d. 1998)
  • Aug 20 John Reginald Bevins, British Conservative politician, born in Liverpool, Lancashire (d. 1996)
  • Aug 20 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), born in Tuxedo, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Aug 21 David Farrar, English actor (Beat Girl, I Accuse, Watusi), born in Forest Gate, London (d. 1995)
  • Aug 21 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), born in Shimla, India (d. 2004)

Person of interestHenri Cartier-Bresson

Aug 22 Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer famous for 'The Decisive Moment', born in Chanteloup-en-Brie, France (d. 2004)

Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
Photographer
Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Aug 23 Arthur Adamov, Russian-French playwright (Paolo Paoli), born in Kislovodsk, Terek Oblast, Russia (d. 1970)
  • Aug 23 Cornelis van Dis Sr., Dutch chemist and politician, born in Leiden, Netherlands
  • Aug 23 Hannah Frank, Scottish artist and sculptor, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2008)
  • Aug 25 Philip Coolidge, American actor (North by Northwest, North by Northwest, I Want to Live, Tingler), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Aug 26 Bill Hunt, cricketer (NSW slow left-armer, Test for Australia 1933)
  • Aug 26 W. B. Henning, Prussian-born Iranist (d. 1967)

Person of interestDonald Bradman

Aug 27 Sir Donald Bradman AC, Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (52 Tests; 6,996 runs @ WR 99.94 average; HS 334; 29 x 100s), born in Cootamundra, Australia (d. 2001)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Aug 27 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), born in O'Neill, Nebraska (d. 1973)

Person of interestLyndon B. Johnson

Aug 27 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), born in Stonewall, Texas (d. 1973)

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Aug 27 Kurt Wegner, German artist, born in Köln, Germany (d. 1985)
  • Aug 28 Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist and writer (How to Know Birds), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1996)
  • Aug 30 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), born in Kankakee, Illinois (d. 1991)
  • Aug 30 Leonor Fini, Argentine artist, born in Buenos Aires (d. 1996)
  • Aug 30 Willie Bryant, American jazz singer, band leader, and disc jockey (Sugar Hill Times), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1964)
  • Aug 31 Peter Conrad Baden, composer
  • Aug 31 William Saroyan, American novelist and playwright (Time of Your Life), born in Fresno, California (d. 1981)

About August 1908

How Old? 112 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: Yes

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