Historical Figures Born in 1858

  • Jan 5 Gustaf af Geijerstam, Swedish author (Boken om Lillebror), born in Hed socken (d. 1909)
  • Jan 7 Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, key figure in the revival of Hebrew as a spoken language (d. 1922)
  • Jan 10 Heinrich Zille, German illustrator and photographer, born in Radeburg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • Jan 11 Harry Gordon Selfridge, American retailer (d. 1947)
  • Jan 13 Oskar Minkowski, Biologist (d. 1931)
  • Jan 15 Giovanni Segantini, Italian painter, born in Arco, Italy (d. 1899)
  • Jan 17 Tomas Carrasquilla, Colombian author (Frutos de mi Tierra), born in Santo Domingo, Colombia (d. 1940)

Daniel WilliamsDaniel Williams (1858-1931)

Jan 18 American heart surgeon who performed the 1st open heart Immunologist, born in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania

  • Jan 19 Eugene Brieux, French playwright (Blanchette, Lesson Avaries), born in Paris, France (d. 1932)
  • Jan 22 Beatrice Potter Webb, English sociologist, economist (founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), born in Standish (d. 1943)
  • Jan 22 Frederick Lugard, British Colonial administrator, mercenary and explorer (Congo, Governor of Nigeria and Hong Kong), born in Madras, British India (d. 1945)
  • Jan 25 Kōkichi Mikimoto, Japanese inventor and entrepreneur (cultured pearls), born in Toba, Japan (d. 1954)
  • Feb 14 Joseph Thomson, Scottish geologist and early African explorer (Thomson's Gazelle), born in Penpont, Dumfries, Scotland (d. 1895)
  • Feb 15 William Pickering, astronomer (9th & 10th moons of Saturn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • Feb 16 Laurence "Lon" Myers, American track star (top US miler)
  • Feb 18 Louise, princess of Belgium, married and divorced Philipp, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1924)
  • Feb 26 Vladimir Serbsky, Russian psychiatrist (d. 1917)
  • Feb 28 Jacob P Vis, Dutch industrialist (founder NV Royal Salt Industries)
  • Mar 1 Georg Simmel, German philosopher/sociologist
  • Mar 13 Maximilien Luce, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1941)
  • Mar 15 Liberty Hyde Bailey, US botanist (Plantbreeding)

Rudolf DieselRudolf Diesel (1858-1913)

Mar 18 French-born German engineer who invented the diesel engine, born in Paris

  • Mar 23 Ludwig Quidde, German historian/politician (Nobel prize 1927)
  • Apr 1 Arnold Aletrino, Dutch physician-criminologist/author (From Life)
  • Apr 1 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Circulation of Elite)
  • Apr 3 Matthew Ricketts, 1st African American man elected to Nebraska State Legislature, born in Henry County, Kentucky (d. 1917)
  • Apr 4 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, born in Bazoches-en-Houlmes, France (d. 1915)
  • Apr 7 Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch socialist politician (SDAP)
  • Apr 15 Émile Durkheim, French sociologist (Division du travail social), born in Épinal, France (d. 1917)
  • Apr 23 Max Planck, German physicist, father of Quantum Physics (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918), born in Kiel, Duchy of Holstein (d. 1947)
  • Apr 30 Mary Dimmick Harrison, 1st lady (1889-1893) as second wife of the 23rd United States president Benjamin Harrison, born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • May 8 John Meade Falkner, English novelist (Moonfleet), born in Manningford, England (d. 1932)
  • May 11 Carl Hauptmann, German writer, born in Obersalzbrunn (d. 1921)
  • May 19 Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, French prince and president of the Société de Géographie, born in Paris, France (d. 1924)
  • May 21 José Batlle y Ordóñez, President of Uruguay (1899, 1903-7, 1911-15), born in Montevideo, Urguay (d. 1929)
  • May 24 Johan Braakensiek, Dutch political cartoonist (Green Amsterdammer), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1940)
  • May 28 Carl Richard Nyberg, Swedish inventor (blowtorch), born in Arboga, Sweden (d. 1939)
  • Jun 1 William Wilfred Campbell, Canadian poet (Beyond the Hills of Dream, Ian of the Orcades), born in Newmarket, Ontario (d. 1918)
  • Jun 16 Gustav V, king of Sweden (1907-50), born in Stockholm (d. 1950)
  • Jun 17 Eben Sumner Draper, American businessman and politician (44th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Hopedale, Massachusetts (d. 1914)
  • Jun 18 Hans Schardt, Swiss geologist
  • Jun 19 Dirk Fock, Dutch politician and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1921-26), born in Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands (d. 1941)
  • Jun 20 Charles W. Chesnutt, American writer (The Conjure Woman), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1932)
  • Jun 20 Medardo Rosso, Italian sculptor (portraits), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1928)
  • Jun 23 William Ernst Johnson, British mathematician, born in Cambridge, England
  • Jun 25 Georges Courteline [Moineau], French playwright, born in Tours, France (d. 1929)
  • Jun 29 George Washington Goethals, American army general and civil engineer who supervised the construction of the Panama Canal, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1928)

Franz BoasFranz Boas (1858-1942)

Jul 9 German-American anthropologist and linguist (Mind of Primitive Man), born in Minden, Westphalia, Prussia

  • Jul 13 Stewart Culin, American ethnographer (d. 1929)

Emmeline PankhurstEmmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)

Jul 15 British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), born in Moss Side, Manchester

  • Jul 20 Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (d. 1925)
  • Jul 21 Alfred Henry O'Keeffe, New Zealand artist, born in Sandhurst, Victoria (d. 1941)
  • Jul 21 Lovis Corinth, German painter (d. 1925)
  • Jul 21 Maria Christina of Austria, queen of Spain, born in Židlochovice Castle, Moravia (d. 1929)
  • Jul 24 Wolfgang Kapp, German politician (Kapp Putsch 1920), born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)
  • Jul 31 Richard Dixon Oldham, British geologist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1936)
  • Aug 1 Paul Barth, German philosopher and sociologist, born in Oleśnica, Poland (d. 1922)
  • Aug 2 Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Queen consort of William and Regent of the Netherlands, born in Arolsen Castle, Arolsen, Waldeck and Pyrmont, German Confederation (d. 1934)
  • Aug 2 William Watson, British poet (Prince's Quest, Father of Forest), born in Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire (d. 1935)

Christiaan EijkmanChristiaan Eijkman (1858-1930)

Aug 11 Dutch physician and bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1929), born in Nijkerk, Netherlands

  • Aug 15 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • Aug 16 Arthur Achleitner, German writer, born in Straubing, Germany (d. 1927)

Rudolf, Crown Prince of AustriaRudolf, Crown Prince of Austria (1858-1889)

Aug 21 Crown Prince of Austria and heir apparent to the Imperial throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, born in Schloss Laxenburg, Lower Austria, Austro-Hungarian Empire

  • Aug 27 Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician and glottologist, born in Spinetta, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1932)
  • Sep 9 Benjamin Kidel, English Sudan (Control of the Tropics)
  • Sep 12 Fernand Khnopff, Belgian painter and sculptor, born in Grembergen, Dendermonde, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • Sep 15 Charles Eugène, vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer and a hermit, born in Strasbourg, French Empire (d. 1916)

Bonar LawBonar Law (1858-1923)

Sep 16 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick (now Canada)

  • Sep 24 Eugene Foss, American politician (45th Governor of Massachusetts), born in St. Albans, Vermont (d. 1939)
  • Sep 27 Þorsteinn Erlingsson, Icelandic poet (Pyrnar), born in Iceland (d. 1914)
  • Oct 5 Henry von Battenberg, German son-in-law of Queen Victoria, born in Milan, Lombardy–Venetia (d. 1896)'
  • Oct 9 Gerard Philips, Dutch industrialist and manufacturer (Philips), born in Zaltbommel, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • Oct 9 Mihajlo "Micheal" Pupin, Serbian-American physicist and telephone pioneer, born in Idvor, Military Frontier of Austria (now Kovačica, Serbia) (d. 1935)
  • Oct 19 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (d. 1937)
  • Oct 20 John Burns, English politician and trade Unionist, born in London, England (d. 1943)
  • Oct 21 Ramabai Dongre' Medhavi, India, social reformer

Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Oct 27 26th US President (R: 1901-09; Nobel 1906), born in NYC, New York

  • Nov 7 Bipin Chandra Pal, Indian nationalist and freedom fighter, born in Habiganj, Sylhet region, India (d. 1932)
  • Nov 11 Marie Bashkirtseff, Russian diarist and painter, born in Gavrontsi, Russian Empire (d. 1884)

Selma LagerlöfSelma Lagerlöf (1858-1940)

Nov 20 Swedish author and Nobel laureate (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils), born in Mårbacka, Värmland

  • Nov 25 Alfred Capus, French journalist and playwright, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1922)
  • Nov 26 Katharine Drexel, American philanthropist and Roman Catholic Saint, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)
  • Nov 30 Jagadish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist, polymath and writer, born in Munshiganj, British India (d. 1937)

Chester GreenwoodChester Greenwood (1858-1937)

Dec 4 American inventor (invented earmuffs at 15), born in Farmington, Maine

  • Dec 11 Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, Russian theatre director, born in Ozurgeti, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • Dec 20 Jan Toorop, Dutch-Indonesian painter (3 Brides), born in Purworejo Regency, Indonesia (d. 1928)
  • Dec 23 Vladimir Nemirovitch-Dantshenko, Russian playwright (Life in Russian Theater), born in Shemokmedi, Georgia (d. 1943)