On This Day

Birthdays in History in May 1901

  • May 1 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • May 2 Lev Lunts, Russian writer (Outside the Law, City of Truth), born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1924)
  • May 2 Willi Bredel, German writer, born in Hamburg (d. 1964)
  • May 7 Lowell T. Coggeshall, American medical scientist and US Secretary of HEW (1956-58), born in Saratoga, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • May 10 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist
  • May 11 Mari Sandoz, Nebraska, author (Cheyenne Autumn)

Person of interestWitold Pilecki

May 13 Witold Pilecki, Polish WWII resistance fighter (volunteered to go to Auschwitz, Witold's Report), born in Olonets, Russian Empire

Polish Resistance Fighter Witold Pilecki
Polish Resistance Fighter
Witold Pilecki
  • May 14 Robert Ritter, German psychologist (d. 1951)
  • May 15 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • May 18 Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist
  • May 21 Suzanne Lilar, [Verbist], France/Belgian writer (Le burlador)
  • May 21 Sam Jaffe, American music and film producer (Born Free, The Fighting Sullivans), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2000)
  • May 22 Maurice J. Tobin, 56th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1953)
  • May 27 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), born in McFarland, Wisconsin (d. 1962)
  • May 30 Cornelia Otis Skinner, Chic, writer (When Our Hearts Were Young & Gay)

About May 1901

How Old? 119 years old
Generation: Greatest Generation
Leap Year: No

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