Famous People Born in May 1914

  • May 1 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1974)
  • May 2 Dennis Dyer, South African cricketer (opened batting for South Africa v England 1947), born in Durban, Natal (d. 1990)
  • May 4 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63), born in Baghdad, Iraq (d. 1963)
  • May 4 Emmanuel Roblès, Algerian-French novelist and playwright (Lesson Hauteurs), born in Oran, Algeria (d. 1995)
  • May 5 Frank Carlson, American jazz and session drummer (Woody Herman, 1937-42 - "The Golden Wedding"), born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Tyrone Power, American actor (The Mark of Zorro; Nightmare Alley), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • May 7 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (d. 1996)
  • May 8 Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • May 9 Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor, born in Barletta, Italy (d. 2005)
  • May 9 Frank Chacksfield, English pianist, arranger and orchestra leader, born in Battle, England (d. 1995)
  • May 9 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • May 9 Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)
  • May 9 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On; I Went to Your Wedding), born in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia (d. 1999)
  • May 10 Charles McGraw [Butters], American actor (Spartacus, The Birds, The Killers, Smith Family), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1980)
  • May 11 Haroun Tazieff, French volcanologist (d. 1998)
  • May 12 Bertus Aafjes, Dutch poet and writer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • May 12 Dan Daniel, American politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 1988)
  • May 12 Howard K. Smith, American TV newsman and journalist (ABC, Moderated Kennedy-Nixon debate), born in Ferriday, Louisiana (d. 2002)
  • May 13 (Louis Charles) "L. C. Robinson, American blues singer, guitarist, fiddler, and electric steel guitar player, born in Brenham, Texas (d. 1976)

Joe LouisJoe Louis (1914-1981)

May 13 American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1937-49), born in Lafayette, Alabama

  • May 15 Jack Pepys, immunologist
  • May 15 Norman "Norrie" Paramor, British composer, arranger, pianist, bandleader, and record producer (Cliff Richard: The Shadows; Helen Shapiro), born in London, England (d. 1979)
  • May 15 Pierre Froidebise, Belgian organist, composer, and musicologist, born in Chey, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • May 15 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), born in Brandon, Manitoba (d. 1972)
  • May 16 Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author
  • May 17 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), born in Friedeck, Austria-Hungary (d. 2015)
  • May 18 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria Italian bass opera singer (Boris Godunov), born in Plovdiv,, Bulgaria (d. 1993)
  • May 18 Pierre Balmain, French fashion designer, born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France (d. 1982)
  • May 19 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)
  • May 19 Go Seigen [Wu Qingyuan], Chinese-born Japanese Go master considered the greatest Go player in the 20th century, born in Minhou County, Fujian, Republic of China (d. 2014)
  • May 19 Max Perutz, Austrian-born molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (d. 2002)
  • May 20 Corneliu Coposu, Romanian politician (Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party), born in Bobota, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1995)
  • May 20 Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)
  • May 22 Sun Ra [Herbert Blount], American jazz pianist (The Arkestra), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • May 22 Vance Packard, American journalist and author (The Hidden Persuaders), born in Granville Summit, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • May 23 Alec Dickson, founder (VSO)
  • May 23 Barbara Ward, economist/writer (Only One Earth)
  • May 23 Leo Lerman, American writer and editor (Condé Nast Publications), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 23 Travis Kemp, British ballet dancer and teacher, born in Nottingham, England (d. 1995)
  • May 24 George Tabori, Hungarian writer, born in Budapest (d. 2007)
  • May 24 Lilli Palmer [Peiser], German actress (Cloak and Dagger, Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter), born in Posen, Prussia (d. 1986)
  • May 25 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2008)
  • May 26 Archie Duncan, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1979)
  • May 26 Ziggy Elman [Harry Finkelman], American big band jazz trumpeter (Benny Goodman; Tommy Dorsey), bandleader, and klezmer musician, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • May 27 Frederick Erroll, 1st Baron Erroll of Hale, British Conservative politician, born in London (d. 2000)
  • May 27 Hugh Le Caine, Canadian physicist and composer, born in Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay), Ontario (d. 1977)
  • May 27 Ross Stainton, CEO (British Airways), born in Whitstable, England (d. 2011)
  • May 28 W. G. G. Duncan Smith, British WWII flying ace, born in Madras, British India (d. 1996)
  • May 29 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (Pretty Woman; The Parallax View), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)

Tenzing NorgayTenzing Norgay (1914-1986)

May 29 Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary (exact date of birth unknown, but he celebrated on the 29th), born in either northeastern Nepal or Tibet

  • May 30 Bobby Sherwood, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1981)
  • May 31 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, born in Kushiro Hokkaido, Japan (d. 2006)

About May 1914

How Old? 108 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

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