Famous Birthdays on May 1

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  • 1218 John I, Count of Hainaut (1246-57), born in Houffalize, Luxembourg (d. 1257)
  • 1218 Rudolph I of Germany, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (1273-91), born in Limburgh Castle, Sasbach am Kaiserstuhl, Germany (d. 1291)
  • 1238 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80), born in Tønsberg, Norway (d. 1280)
  • 1285 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician, born in Marlborough Castle, Wiltshire, England (d. 1326)
  • 1545 Franciscus Junius, French-Dutch calvinist theologist and vicar, born in Bourges, France (d. 1602)
  • 1567 Michiel Janszoon van Mierevelt, Dutch royal painter, born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 1641)
  • 1577 François de Kinschot, Dutch jurist and chancellor of Brabant, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1654)
  • 1582 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1643)
  • 1592 Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionary and astronomer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1666)
  • 1594 John Haynes, 5th Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born in Essex, England (d. 1653)
  • 1672 Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (co-founder of The Spectator), born in Milston, Wiltshire, England (d. 1719)
  • 1692 James Stirling, Scottish mathematician (Formula of Stirling), born in this month in Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1770)
  • 1735 Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen, Dutch naval officer and founder of Dutch Marines Corp, born in Doesburg, Netherlands (d. 1819)

Person of interestKamehameha I

1738 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819), born in Kohala, Hawaii (d. 1819)

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • 1759 Jacob Albright, German-American Christian leader, founder of Albright's People (Evangelical Association), born in Fox Mountain, Pennsylvania (d. 1808)
  • 1764 Benjamin Henry Latrobe, American architect (completed U.S. Capitol), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 1820)
  • 1764 Gottfried Rieger, Czech composer, born in Opavice, Czech Replublic (d. 1855)

Person of interestArthur Wellesley

1769 Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory: 1828-30), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • 1771 George Guest, English organist and composer, born in Broseley, England (d. 1831)
  • 1775 Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, Flemish composer, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1836)
  • 1800 Thomas Aloysius Dornin, American naval officer, born in Ireland (d. 1874)
  • 1804 Aleksey Stepanovich Khomyakov, Russian poet, born in Moscow (d. 1860) [NS 13/05]
  • 1807 John B. Magruder, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Port Royal, Virginia (d. 1871)
  • 1818 José Amador de los Ríos, Spanish historian and poet, born in Baena, Spain (d. 1878)
  • 1819 William Steele, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1825 George Inness, US landscape painter (Delaware Water Gap)
  • 1829 Jose M de Alencar, Brazilian writer/minister of Justice
  • 1830 Mother (Mary Harris) Jones, US reformer and labor organizer
  • 1831 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (d. 1903)
  • 1835 Alfred Napoleon Alexander "Natti" Duffié, French-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Paris, France (d. 1880)
  • 1839 Chardonnet, inventor (rayon)
  • 1845 [Robert] Lawson Tait, Scottish-born pioneering surgeon performed first salpingectomy for ectopic pregnancy, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1899)
  • 1850 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1851 Laza Lazarević, Serbian writer and psychiatrist (d. 1891)
  • 1852 Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1934)

Person of interestCalamity Jane

1852 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman (Wild Bill Hickok), born in Princeton, Missouri (d. 1903)

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane
  • 1853 Charles Lee Williams, English composer and organist, born in Winchester (d. 1935)
  • 1855 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1858 Anthony Johnson Showalter, American composer, born in Cherry Grove, Virginia (d. 1924)
  • 1859 Bohuslav Jeremias, Czech composer (d. 1918)
  • 1859 Willem J Leyds, Dutch/South Africa lawyer/politician/diplomat
  • 1872 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
  • 1874 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter , born in Rome, Italy
  • 1880 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Tantum dic verbo)
  • 1881 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher/paleontologist
  • 1884 Felipe Boero, composer
  • 1884 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), born in Mayfair, London (d. 1964)
  • 1887 Alan Gordon Cunningham, Irish/British gen/director of Palestine (1945-48)
  • 1889 John Evans, England Test batsman (author 'The Escaping Club'), born in Newtown, Hampshire (d. 1960)
  • 1892 Howard Barlow, Plain City Ohio, conductor (Voice of Firestone)
  • 1895 Leo Sowerby, American organist and composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music, 1946), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1968)

  • 1896 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (d. 1947)
  • 1896 Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
  • 1896 J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Eugene R Black, American President of World Bank (1953-62)
  • 1898 David Tobey, Basketball Hall of Fame referee, born in New York, New York
  • 1900 Ignazio Silone, Italian novelist/politician (Bread & Wine)
  • 1901 Heinz Eric Roemheld, American film composer (d. 1985)
  • 1901 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian (d. 1945)
  • 1901 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Leila Hyams, American actress (Big House, Ruggles of Red Gap), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1905 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85)
  • 1905 Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)
  • 1906 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Jan Pauw, CEO (Aruban Theater Group)
  • 1907 Oliver Hill, civil rights attorney (d. 2007)
  • 1907 Kate Smith, American singer (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian writer (Don Camillo, Peppone)
  • 1909 Ethel Jane Cain, British telephonist and original UK Speaking Clock voice, born in England (d. 1996)
  • 1909 George Melachrino, composer
  • 1909 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • 1910 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1912 Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano
  • 1912 Felipe Padilla de Leon, composer
  • 1912 Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Walter Susskind, Praha (Prague) Czechoslovakia, conductor
  • 1913 Louis Nye, American comedian and actor (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Steve Allen Plymouth Show), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Balraj Sahni [Yudhishthir], Indian Bollywood actor (Dharti Ke Lal), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab (d. 1973)
  • 1913 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (1939, 1941 US Amateur), born in Elma, Washington (d. 1968)
  • 1914 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1974)
  • 1915 Archie Williams, American athlete (400m gold medal 1936 Olympics), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1916 Glenn Ford, Quebec Canada, actor (Cade's County, Big Heat, Midway)
  • 1917 Danielle Darrieux, French actress (Alexander the Great, Mayerling)
  • 1917 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder and actor (General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Jack Paar, American television host of the Jack Paar Show (d. 2004), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1918 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1919 Alwyn Farquharson, Scottish clan-captain/large landowner
  • 1919 Daniel "Dan" O'Herlihy, Irish actor (Twin Peals, Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop), born in County Wexford, Ireland (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Al Zarilla, American MLB outfielder (All Star 1948), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1921 12th Lord Middleton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1921 Paul Daels, president (Flemish Iron Pilgrimage committee)
  • 1923 Joseph Heller, American novelist (Catch-22, 1963 Arts & Letters Award), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), born in Zachary, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Earl George, composer (d. 1994)
  • 1924 Enrico Josif, composer
  • 1924 Terry Southern, writer
  • 1924 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), born in Dulwich, London (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7), born in Boulder, Colorado (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • 1927 Greta Andersen, Danish swimmer (gold medal, 100m freestyle 1948 Olympics), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1927 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests 1952-59), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Lord Bathurst, English earl/large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1927 Roland Verhavert, Flemish screen writer (Sea Gulls Die in the Harbor)
  • 1927 William Mitchell Byers, musician
  • 1928 Raoul Servais, Belgian cartoonist/pres (l'ASIFA)
  • 1928 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Sonny James, [James Loden], country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), born in Hackelburg, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Sonny Ramadhin, West Indian cricket leg spin bowler (43 Tests), born in St.Charles Village, Trinidad
  • 1930 Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, born in Marksville, Louisiana (d. 1968)
  • 1930 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), born in Trinity, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Richard Riordan, mayor of Los Angeles (R, 1993-2001), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Alette Beaujon, Curacaos poet (Gedichten on the Bay & Elsewhere)
  • 1934 Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Mexican politician
  • 1934 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (All Blacks 20 caps), born Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1935 Ann Robinson, American actress
  • 1937 Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel)
  • 1937 Una Stubbs, English actress ( Till Death Us Do Part), born in Welwyn Garden City
  • 1937 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (6 Pro-Bowls), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • 1939 Judy Collins, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds), born in Seattle, Washington

Person of interestMax Robinson

1939 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1988)

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1939 Ray Aranha, actor (Nick-Married People), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1939 Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1940 Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • 1941 Barbara Barendrecht, [BHM Wurfbain], actress (Dirty Picture)
  • 1941 Juraj Hatrick, composer
  • 1942 Stephen Macht, American actor (Joe-Knots Landing, Cagney & Lacey), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Giant Slalom silver, Slalom bronze medal 1964 Olympics), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Joy Harmon, actress (Cool Hand Luke), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 Suresh Kalmadi, Indian politician
  • 1945 Rita Coolidge, American Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1946 Bruce Robinson, actor (Story of Adele H)
  • 1946 Jerry Weiss, American rocker (Blood, Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Joanna Lumley, Kashmir India, actress (Abs Fab, OHM's Secret Service)
  • 1946 Nick Fortuna, American rock bassist (The Buckinghams), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1946 John Woo, Hong Kong director
  • 1947 Carlos Ward, rocker (B T Express)
  • 1947 Jerry Heard, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Visalia, California
  • 1947 Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • 1947 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • 1948 James Wise, US soul singer (Archie Bell & the Drells)
  • 1949 Douglas Barr, actor (Howie-Fall Guy), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1949 Tim Hodgkinson, English composer and musician (Henry Cow)
  • 1949 Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
  • 1949 James "Jim" Clench, Canadian bassist and songwriter (April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), born in Canada (d. 2010)
  • 1950 Marina Stepanova, Russian 400m hurdler (3-time world record holder), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1950 Dann Florek, American actor (Law & Order), born in Flat Rock, Michigan
  • 1950 Danny McGrain, Scottish soccer right-back (Celtic, 62 Scotland caps), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1951 Gordon Greenidge, West Indies cricket opening batsman (19 Test centuries 1974-91), born in St. Peter, Barbados
  • 1951 Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
  • 1953 Elquemedo Willett, West Indies cricket spin bowler (5 Tests 1973-74), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • 1953 Felix Hanemann, rocker (Zebra)
  • 1953 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1954 Michael Scott, reporter (Entertainment Tonight)
  • 1954 Ray Parker Jr, rock guitarist/vocalist (Ghostbusters), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1954 Taslim Arif, Pakistan cricket wicket keeper (210no v Aust 1980), born in Karachi, Sindh (d. 2008)
  • 1954 Joel Rosenberg, sci-fi author
  • 1955 Julien Wiener, Australian cricket opening batsman (6 Tests 1979-80), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1955 Nick Feldman, English musician
  • 1956 Byron Stewart, Baxter Springs Ks, actor (Warren Coolidge-St Elsewhere)
  • 1957 Dick Swett, (Rep-D-New Hampshire)
  • 1957 Paul D Ronney, ScD/astronaut (STS 83 alt), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Rick Darling, Australian cricket opening batsman (14 Tests 1978-79), born in Walkerie, South Australia
  • 1957 Steve Farris, rock guitarist (Mr Mister)
  • 1957 Ko Otani, Japanese composer
  • 1959 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Paul Smith, rock saxophonist (Haircut 100)
  • 1959 Roger Chapman, English golfer (PGA Seniors 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya
  • 1961 Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Steven Cauthen, American Hall of Fame jockey (1978 Triple Crown-Affirmed, The Derby 1985, 1987), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1961 Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People's Court
  • 1962 Gary Clark, NFL wide receiver (2-time Super Bowl champion with Washington Redskins), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1962 Paula Weishoff, American volleyballer (Silver medal 1984, Bronze 1992 Olympics), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1963 Robert Seguso, American tennis player (4 x doubles major titles, gold medal doubles 1988 Olympics), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964 Ruth Picardie, journalist
  • 1964 Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon
  • 1964 Yvonne van Gennip, Dutch speed skater (3 gold medals 1988 Olympics), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1966 Armando Reynoso, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • 1966 Charlie Schlatter, American actor (18 Again, Heartbreak Hotel), born in NYC, New York
  • 1966 Johnny Colt, Cherry Point NC, rock bassist (Black Crowes)
  • 1966 Olaf Thon, German soccer central midfielder (Germany 52 caps), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1967 Scott Coffey, HI, actor (Satisfaction, Shout)
  • 1967 Tawni Cable, playmate (June 1989), born in Salem, Oregon
  • 1967 Yael Arad, Israeli middleweight judoka (first Israeli to win an Olympic medal - silver 1996), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1967 Tim McGraw, American musician and actor, born in Delhi, Louisiana
  • 1968 Mark Scott, Paramus NJ, rock drummer (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1968 Denise Masino, American Female Bodybuilder
  • 1968 Oliver Bierhoff, German soccer striker (Germany 70 caps), born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1968 Sol Kyung-gu, South Korean actor
  • 1968 D'arcy Wretzky, American musician (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • 1969 Carrie Stevens, playmate (June 1997), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1969 Wes Anderson, American director and writer
  • 1970 Alex Van Pelt, NFL quarterback and coach (Buffalo Bills), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (silver medal 1992 Olympics, gold 1999 Champions Trophy), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1971 Ethan Albright, NFL long snapper (Pro Bowl 2007), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1971 Jamie Marie Swenson, Miss USA-South Dakota (1997)
  • 1971 Stuart Appleby, Australian golfer (9 PGA Tour titles), born in Cohuna, Australia
  • 1971 Ajith Kumar, Indian film actor