On This Day

Famous People Born in April 1916

  • Apr 3 Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1997)
  • Apr 3 Robert Jesse Charleston, museum Curator
  • Apr 4 David White, American actor (Larry Tate-Bewitched), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1990)
  • Apr 4 Nikola Ljubičić, President of the Presidency of Serbia (1982-84) and Communist politician, born in Karan, Užice, Kingdom of Serbia (d. 2005)
  • Apr 4 Mickey Owen, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Nixa, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • Apr 5 Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn [Margaret Rosalind Delacourt-Smith], British Labour politician, born in Newport, Wales (d. 2010)
  • Apr 5 Bernard Baily, American comic artist (co-creator of DC Comics), born in New York (d. 1996)

Person of interestGregory Peck

Apr 5 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)

  • Apr 7 Anthony Caruso, American actor (d. 2003)
  • Apr 10 Alfie Bass [Abraham Basalinsky], British actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), born in London, England (d. 1987)
  • Apr 11 Alberto E Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1983)
  • Apr 11 Dan Fortmann, American football guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pearl River, New York (d. 1995)
  • Apr 11 Howard W. Koch, American producer and director (Frankenstein, Airplane II), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Apr 12 Brian Connell, British writer and broadcaster, born in Hertford (d. 1999)
  • Apr 12 Beverly Cleary, American writer (Ramona and her Mother), born in McMinnville, Oregon
  • Apr 12 Benjamin Libet, American scientist (human consciousness), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)

  • Apr 13 Phyllis Fraser [Helen Brown Nichols], American actress, journalist, and co-founder of Beginner Books, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)
  • Apr 14 C. R. Rangachari, Indian cricketer (India 1947-48), born in Mammandur, British India (d. 1993)
  • Apr 14 Denis ApIvor, British composer, born in Collinstown, County Westmeath, Ireland (d. 2004)
  • Apr 14 Emerson Buckley, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • Apr 15 Alfred S. Bloomingdale, American businessman and heir to the Bloomingdale's department store, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • Apr 17 Ryoei Saito, Japanese businessman (Daishowa Paper Manufacturing), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (d. 1996)

Person of interestSirimavo Bandaranaike

Apr 17 Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1960-65, 1970-77 and 1994-2000) and 1st female head of state, born in Ratnapura, British Ceylon (d. 2000)

World's 1st Female Head of State Sirimavo Bandaranaike
World's 1st Female Head of State
Sirimavo Bandaranaike
  • Apr 21 Sidney Clute, actor, Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Apr 22 Yehudi Menuhin, American-British violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), born in NYC, New York (d. 1999)
  • Apr 22 Yvette Lundy, French resistance fighter during WWII, born in Oger, France (d. 2019)
  • Apr 23 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • Apr 24 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • Apr 24 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, born in Banat, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • Apr 25 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), born in Woodson, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Apr 26 Arnoldus van Wyk, South African composer, born in Calvinia, Cape Province (d. 1983)
  • Apr 26 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), born in St Kilda, Victoria (d. 1999)
  • Apr 26 Vic Perrin, American actor (Mission: Impossible), born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1989)
  • Apr 26 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • Apr 26 Werner Bischof, Swiss photographer (Magnum), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1954)
  • Apr 27 Jan Rychlik, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1964)
  • Apr 27 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, born in Roxboro, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • Apr 28 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), born in Cento, Ferrara (d. 1993)
  • Apr 30 Claude Shannon, American mathematician and information theorist (A Mathematical Theory of Communication), born in Petoskey, Michigan (d. 2001)
  • Apr 30 Robert Shaw, American chorale conductor (Robert Shaw Chorale), born in Red Bluff, California (d. 1999)

About April 1916

How Old? 104 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: Yes

Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Signs: Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19), Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)