On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1910

Famous Birthdays

  • May 1 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • May 2 Laurie Nash, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1986)
  • May 2 Alexander Bonnyman Jr., U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • May 3 Alceo Galliera, Italian composer, born in Milan (d. 1996)
  • May 3 Norman Corwin, American screenwriter for radio drama, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2011)
  • May 4 Mady Alfredo [Maria De Brieder], Flemish actress (Alicia), born in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • May 5 William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WWII)
  • May 6 Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, born in Ypres, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • May 8 Mary Lou Williams, US jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • May 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
  • May 9 P E Palia, cricketer (appeared in India's 1st Test-Lord's 1932)
  • May 10 Margot Turner, matron-in-chief (Army Nursing Service)
  • May 11 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer (d. 1974)
  • May 12 Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin, British biochemist (penicillin/B12/Nobel 1964), born in Cairo (d. 1994)
  • May 12 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), born in Webster Groves, Missouri (d. 1984)
  • May 12 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (d. 1996)

  • May 15 Constance Cummings, American soprano and actress (John & Julie, 7 Sinners, Glamour), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2005)
  • May 16 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • May 18 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian
  • May 19 Alan Melville, cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)
  • May 22 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), born in Windom, Minnesota (d. 1985)
  • May 23 Artie Shaw [Arthur Arshawsky], American bandleader, jazz clarinetist and actor (Begin the Beguine), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • May 23 Franz Jozef Kline, US expressionist painter
  • May 23 Hugh Casson CH, architect
  • May 23 Scatman Crothers [Benjamin], American actor, singer, dancer and musician (Chico and the Man, The Shining), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1986)
  • May 23 Margaret Wise Brown, American author (d. 1952)
  • May 24 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1983)
  • May 24 Marģeris Zariņš, Latvian composer and writer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1993)
  • May 24 Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Finnish composer (Angoscia, Trittico sinfonico), born in Raisio, Finland (d. 1961)
  • May 26 Adolfo López Mateos, 48th President of Mexico, born in Atizapán de Zaragoza, State of Mexico, Mexico (d. 1969)
  • May 26 Laurance Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • May 27 Daniel Greenway, CEO (Daniel Greenway & Sons)
  • May 28 Rachel Kempson, British actress (Captive Heart), born in Dartmouth, Devon, England (d. 2003)
  • May 28 Stuart Piggott, British archaeologist best known for his work on prehistoric Wessex, born in Petersfield, Hampshire (d. 1996)

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

May 28 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • May 29 Agnes Beatrice Read, medical social worker (d. 1996)
  • May 29 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)

Person of interestDorothy Hodgkin

May 29 Dorothy Hodgkin, British chemist who developed protein crystallography, 3rd woman to win a Nobel Prize (1964), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1994)

  • May 30 Inge Meysel, German actress (None, Ida Rogalski), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)
  • May 31 Francis Avery Jones, British gastro-enterologist

About May 1910

How Old? 109 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)