Famous People Born in May 1916

  • May 1 Glenn Ford, Canadian-American actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway), born in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • May 3 Henry B. González, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1961-99), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2000)
  • May 3 Léopold Simoneau, French Canadian tenor, born in Saint-Flavien, Quebec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • May 3 Pierre Emmanuel [Noël Mathieu], French poet (Sodome), born in Gan, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France (d. 1984)
  • May 4 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)
  • May 4 Maurice "Moe" Purtill, American jazz drummer, born in Huntington, New York (d. 1994)
  • May 5 Zail Singh, Indian politician (7th President of India 1982-87), born in Sandhwan, British India (d. 1994)
  • May 7 Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), born in Prestatyn, Denbighshire (d. 1986)
  • May 8 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • May 8 Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist (d. 1993)
  • May 9 Bernard Rose, British organist, soldier, composer, and academic, born in Sawbridgeworth, England (d. 1996)
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  • May 9 Douglas Guest, British organist, conductor and composer (For the Fallen), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1996)
  • May 10 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician, composer of serial and electronic music (Correspondences), and teacher (Princeton; Juilliard), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • May 11 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer (Nobel Prize 1989), born in Padrón, La Coruña (d. 2002)
  • May 12 Ellis Kohs, American composer (Lohiau and Hiiaka), educator, and musicologist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • May 14 Del Moore, American comedian and actor (Life With Elizabeth; Bachelor Father - "Cal"; Cinderfella),, born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1970)
  • May 14 Lance Dossor, British-born concert pianist (d. 2005)
  • May 14 Marco Zanuso, Italian architect
  • May 16 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1997)
  • May 16 Bernard Braden, Canadian-born British broadcaster and actor (All Night Lone, Full Treatment), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1993)
  • May 16 Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist and President of Israel (1973-78), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 2009)
  • May 16 Irene Ighodaro, Sierra Leonean doctor and social reformer, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone (d. 1995)
  • May 17 Cornelis A Eman, Aruban politician
  • May 17 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter
  • May 20 Alexei Petrovich Maresiev, Russian flying ace (d. 2001)
  • May 20 John McIntyre, theologian
  • May 20 Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • May 20 Trebisonda Valla, Italian athlete (d. 2006)
  • May 21 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor and comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), born in New York City (d. 1988)

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May 21 American author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), born in NYC, New York

  • May 21 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), born in Singapore (d. 2017)
  • May 21 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • May 22 Gordon Binkerd, American composer, born in Lynch, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • May 23 Jean Françaix, French classical pianist, and composer, born in Le Mans, France (d. 1997)
  • May 23 Margaret Hayden Rector, playwright (living legacy award 1995)
  • May 24 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and Governor (New South Wales), born in Manly, New South Wales (d. 2002)
  • May 25 Lou van Rees, Dutch impresario, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • May 26 Henriette Roosenburg, Dutch political prisoner and journalist (The Walls Came Tumbling Down) (d. 1972)
  • May 26 Moondog [Louis Thomas Hardin], American composer, musician and poet, born in Marysville, Kansas (d. 1999)
  • May 27 Norman Griggs, VP (Building Society Association)
  • May 28 Gerald McArthur, British Scotland Yard detective who caught the Great Train Robbers (d. 1996)
  • May 28 Walker Percy, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • May 29 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • May 30 Joseph W Kennedy, American chemist (Manhattan Project; 1 of 4 discoverers of plutonium), and educator, born in Nacogdoches, Texas (d. 1957)
  • May 31 Bert Haanstra, Dutch director (Fanfare), born in Holten, Netherlands
  • May 31 John Vivyan, American actor (Mr Lucky, Wrong Man, Imitation of Life), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • May 31 Judy Campbell [Judith Mary Gamble], British actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie), born in Grantham, England (d. 2004)

About May 1916

How Old? 106 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: Yes

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