Birthdays in History in 1903

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 2 Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem JMA Asselbergs], literary
  • Jan 3 Charles Foulkes, Canadian general
  • Jan 5 Harold Gatty, Australian aviator, navigator with Wiley Post (d. 1957)
  • Jan 7 Albrecht Haushofer, writer
  • Jan 9 Hem Vejakorn, Thai illustrator (d. 1969)

Person of interestAlan Paton

Jan 11 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (d. 1988)

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • Jan 12 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist - helped develop 1st Soviet nuclear weapon
  • Jan 15 Paul A. Dever, 58th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1958)
  • Jan 19 Alfred Lane Beit, connoisseur
  • Jan 20 Sybil Marion Rosenfeld, theatre historian
  • Jan 22 Fritz Houtermans, Polish physicist (d. 1966)
  • Jan 23 Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, Colombian politician (d. 1948)
  • Jan 24 Robert Gwathmey, artist (Arts & Letters)
  • Jan 27 John Eccles, British physiologist/neurologist
  • Jan 27 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (d. 1979)
  • Jan 28 Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, crystallographer (1st woman in Royal Society)

  • Jan 29 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist
  • Jan 30 G Evelyn Hutchinson, British zoologist (Treatise on Limnology)
  • Jan 31 Gardner Cowles, Iowa, publisher/founder (Look Magazine)
  • Feb 1 Georg Rendl, Austria miner/beekeeper/writer (The Bees Novel)
  • Feb 3 Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor
  • Feb 4 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician
  • Feb 4 Frank Howley, Brigadier General (Answers for Americans), born in Hampton, New York
  • Feb 5 Nathaniel Owings, architect (Oak Ridge, TN; Sears), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Feb 6 Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (Temptation of Poverty)

Person of interestTunku Abdul Rahman

Feb 8 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), born in Alor Star, Kedah (d. 1990)

Malaysia's Founding Father Tunku Abdul Rahman
Malaysia's Founding Father
Tunku Abdul Rahman
  • Feb 10 Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • Feb 13 Georges Simenon, Belgian mystery writer (Snow Was Black)
  • Feb 16 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • Feb 17 Johannes Linthorst Homan, director of the queen in Groningen
  • Feb 18 Nikolaj V Podgorny, pres USSR (1965-77)
  • Feb 19 Sadiq Hidajat, Persian writer (Blind Person Owl), (d. 1951)
  • Feb 19 Kay Boyle, St. Paul, Minnesota, American novelist (Plagued by Nightingales)
  • Feb 20 Ella Maillart, explorer
  • Feb 21 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French author (Un Enfant a Dit)
  • Feb 21 Fairfax M. Cone, American advertising executive (d. 1977)
  • Feb 21 Anaïs Nin, French writer (d. 1977)
  • Feb 22 Morley Callaghan, Canadian author (Toronto Star, Native Argosy)
  • Feb 22 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (d. 1969)
  • Feb 23 Grigori V Aleksandrov, Russian director (Veselye Rebjata)
  • Feb 26 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)

  • Feb 28 Vincente Minnelli, director (An American in Paris, Gigi), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1986)
  • Mar 3 Gilbert Adrian, [Greenberg], Naugatuck CT, costume designer
  • Mar 3 Rabbe A Enckell, Fins author/poet (Lutad about Brunnen)
  • Mar 4 William C. Boyd, American immunochemist (d. 1983)
  • Mar 4 John Scarne, American magician (d. 1985)
  • Mar 6 Empress Kōjun of Japan (d. 2000)
  • Mar 11 Dorothy Schiff, American owner and publisher (NY Post), born in NYC, New York (d. 1989)
  • Mar 11 Ronald Syme, New Zealand classicist and historian, born in Eltham, New Zealand (d. 1989)

Person of interestJames Franklin Hyde

Mar 11 James Franklin Hyde, American inventor who created silica, born in Solvay, New York (d. 1999)

  • Mar 14 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iran, Kurd leader (KDP)
  • Mar 14 Adolph Gottlieb American painter (d. 1974)
  • Mar 16 Mike Mansfield, (Sen-D-Mont) majority whip
  • Mar 19 Benjamin M Telders, president of Dutch Liberal States Party
  • Mar 19 James Bullock, colliery manager
  • Mar 22 James S Russell, US pilot/admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean)
  • Mar 22 Jochen Klepper, writer
  • Mar 24 Adolph F J Butenandt, German bio-chemist (Nobel 1939)
  • Mar 24 Malcolm Muggeridge, English writer (Observer of Life)
  • Mar 25 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (d. 1990)
  • Mar 30 Sol C Siegel, American producer (High Society, Gentlemen prefer blondes)
  • Mar 30 Joy Ridderhof, American missionary (d. 1984)
  • Apr 2 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1987)
  • Apr 3 Peter Huchel, German poet, born near Berlin (d. 1981)
  • Apr 6 Harold Edgerton, foremost high-speed photographer
  • Apr 9 Gregory Pincus, American biologist and inventor (birth control pill), born in Woodbine, New Jersey (d. 1903)
  • Apr 9 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist, born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 1986)
  • Apr 10 Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • Apr 12 Jan Tinbergen, Dutch economist (Plan of Labor, Nobel 1969), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)
  • Apr 15 Erich Arendt, writer [or Apr 16]
  • Apr 19 Eliot Ness, US Federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1957)
  • Apr 21 Hans Hedtoft, premier Denmark (1947..55)
  • Apr 23 Guy Simonds, Canadian army, youngest General officer, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England (d 1974)
  • Apr 24 Jose A Primo de Rivera, Spanish lawyer and politician (founder of Spanish Falange), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1936)
  • Apr 24 Siegfried Frederick Nadel, Austrian-British anthropologist (Black Byzantium), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1956)
  • Apr 25 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (theory of probability), born in Tambov, Russia (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Geoffrey Worthington, Air vice-marshall
  • Apr 27 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown), born in Harlem, Manhattan (d. 1994)
  • Apr 27 Hans Kosterlitz, German-British biochemist (endorphins), born in Berlin (d. 1996)

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

May 2 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician (Common Sense Book of Baby Care), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1998)

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • May 5 James Beard, American culinary expert/author (Delights & Prejudices)
  • May 6 Toots Shor, New York restaurateur (d. 1977)
  • May 7 Basil Nield, British judge and politician (Conservative Party) (d. 1996)
  • May 9 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • May 10 Otto Bradfisch, Nazi leader (d. 1994)
  • May 13 Alfred Pugsley, civil engineer
  • May 15 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • May 17 Douglas Packard, British Lt General
  • May 21 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • May 21 Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet)
  • May 21 Pedro Aramburu, president Argentina
  • May 22 Yves Rocard, French physicist (d. 1992)
  • May 26 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), born in Madisonville, Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • May 28 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Golden Sail)

Person of interestBob Hope

May 29 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], British born American entertainer, born in London, England (d. 2003)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • May 30 Countee Cullen, African American poet of the Harlem Renaissance (Black Christ & Other Poems), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • May 30 Ray Howard-Jones, artist
  • Jun 1 Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R Bishop and Martyr (d. 1973)
  • Jun 8 Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies), born in Amsterdam (d. 1996)
  • Jun 8 Ralph Webster Yarborough, American politician, U.S. Senator from Texas (1957-71), born in Chandler, Texas (d. 1996)
  • Jun 14 Arthur William Raynes McDonald, radar Pioneer/pilot
  • Jun 14 Alonzo Church, American Mathematician whose work provided foundation for computer science, born in Washington D.C. (d. 1995)
  • Jun 17 Michail Swetlow, writer
  • Jun 17 Ruth Wakefield, American inventor (created the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie), born in East Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1977)
  • Jun 18 Raymond Radiguet, French journalist/writer (Le diable ouch corps)
  • Jun 19 Hans Litten, German jurist (d. 1938)
  • Jun 21 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2003)

Person of interestJohn Dillinger

Jun 22 John Dillinger, Notorious American bank robber, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1934)

Gangster John Dillinger
Gangster
John Dillinger
  • Jun 23 Anthony Veiller, American writer (Night of Iguana, Moulin Rouge), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 23 Hans C Branner, Danish writer (Two Minutes of Silence), born in Ordrup, Denmark (d. 1966)
  • Jun 23 Paul Joseph James Martin, Canadian politician (d. 1992)

Person of interestGeorge Orwell

Jun 25 George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair], Bihar, British writer (Animal Farm, 1984), born in Motihari, British India (d. 1950)

  • Jun 26 Ashley Clarke, British diplomat to Italy and president (Venice in Peril Fund) (d. 1994)
  • Jun 29 Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1942)

Person of interestAmy Johnson

Jul 1 Amy Johnson, British pilot, first female pilot to fly alone Britain to Australia, born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1941)

Aviator Amy Johnson
Aviator
Amy Johnson

Person of interestAlec Douglas-Home

Jul 2 Alec Douglas-Home, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1963-64), born in London (d. 1995)

British Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home
British Prime Minister
Alec Douglas-Home
  • Jul 2 Olav AFEC of Schleswig-Holstein-S-G, King Olav V of Norway (1957-91)
  • Jul 6 Axel Theorell, Swedish biochemist, studied enzymes (Nobel 1955)
  • Jul 10 John Wyndham, American sci-fi author (Day of the Triffids), born in Dorridge, Warwickshire, England (d. 1969)
  • Jul 11 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (d. 1976)
  • Jul 13 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), born in London, England (d. 1983)
  • Jul 14 Irving Stone, American author (Love is Eternal, Lust for Life)
  • Jul 15 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian politician (d. 1975)
  • Jul 20 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician
  • Jul 21 Roy Neuberger, American financier
  • Jul 27 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician and 1st President of Greece, born in Kalamata, Kingdom of Greece (d. 2002)
  • Jul 29 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), born in Paris (d. 1989)
  • Aug 1 Paul Horgan, American novelist (Mountain Standard Time), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1995)

Person of interestLouis Leakey

Aug 7 Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya (d. 1972)

Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • Aug 8 August Cool, Belgian union leader/minister of state
  • Aug 11 Michael Whalley Wickham, artist
  • Aug 12 Frances Clode, CEO (WRVS)
  • Aug 14 John Ringling North, circus director (Ringling Bros)
  • Aug 14 Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
  • Aug 19 James Gould Cozzens, American novelist (1949 Pulitzer-Guard of Honor), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1978)
  • Aug 22 René Wellek, Czech-American writer (Concepts of Criticism), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)
  • Aug 23 Mauritius van Haegendoren, Flemish historian and senator, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1994)
  • Aug 24 Karl Hanke, Official of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany, born in Lubań, Poland (d. 1945)
  • Aug 27 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nocturno de los Angeles), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1950)
  • Aug 28 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian-American psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1990)
  • Aug 29 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), born in Zeitz, Germany (d. 1972)
  • Aug 31 Vladimir Jankélévitch, French philosopher, born in Bourges, France (d. 1985)
  • Sep 3 Willem Kooiman, Dutch theologist and church historian (d. 1968)
  • Sep 9 Phyllis Whitney, American writer (d. 2008)
  • Sep 11 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, born in Frankfurt (d. 1969)
  • Sep 22 Joseph Valachi, American gangster (d. 1971)
  • Sep 25 Olive Ann Beech, American businesswoman (Co-Founder of Beech Aircraft Company), born in Waverly, Kansas (d. 1993)
  • Sep 25 John Everett Allen, American businessman (d. 1995)
  • Sep 25 Mark Rothko [Marcus Rothkovich], American abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), born in NYC, New York (d. 1970)
  • Sep 26 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, born in Dessau (d. 1974)
  • Oct 4 Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician, historian and genealogist, born in Bonaventure, Quebec (d. 1993)

  • Oct 5 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, born in San Saba, Texas (d. 1989)
  • Oct 6 Ernest Walton, Irish physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1995)
  • Oct 10 Charles Théodore Henri Antoine Meinrad de Belgique, Count of Flanders, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1983)
  • Oct 12 Grayson L. Kirk, 14th President of Columbia University (1953-68), born in Jeffersonville, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • Oct 16 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • Oct 17 Nathanael West, American novelist (Day of the Locusts)
  • Oct 18 Ambrose Thibodeaux, cajun accordionist
  • Oct 22 George Beadle, US biologist (Nobel 1958)

Person of interestMelvin Purvis

Oct 24 Melvin Purvis [Little Mel], American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and John Dillinger, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina (d. 1960)

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • Oct 25 Katharine Byron, U.S. Congresswoman, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1976)
  • Oct 25 Harry Shoulberg, American expressionist painter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • Oct 28 Evelyn A Waugh, author (Brideshead Revisited, Scoop), born in London, England
  • Nov 1 Gerard "Ge" Nabrink, Dutch anarchist/co-founder (NVSH)
  • Nov 1 Jean Tardieu, French dramatist, born in St Germain de Joux (d. 1995)
  • Nov 1 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (d. 1963)
  • Nov 3 Walker Evans, American photographer (Fortune Magazine)
  • Nov 7 Albert Helman [Lou Lichtveld], Suriname politician and novelist, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 1996)
  • Nov 7 Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist and ethologist (Man & His Ideas, Nobel Prize 1973), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1989)
  • Nov 9 Leon-Etienne Duval, French prelate and cardinal of the Catholic Church in Algeria, born in Chênex, Haute-Savoie, France (d. 1996)
  • Nov 11 Charles Bruce Perry, professor of medicine
  • Nov 11 Thomas Edward Allibone, Sheffield South Yorkshire, English Physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration)
  • Nov 19 Fritz Schmidt, German street photographer
  • Nov 20 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist (d. 1981)
  • Nov 22 Herbert Sally Frankel, economist
  • Nov 25 Martin Soames, British traveller
  • Nov 30 Germaine Emilie Madame Gres Krebs, haute Couturist
  • Dec 4 A. L. Rowse, British author and historian, born in Tregonissey, St Austell, Cornwall (d. 1997)
  • Dec 4 Cornell Woolrich, American writer (El Angel Negro), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)

Person of interestCecil Frank Powell

Dec 5 Cecil Frank Powell, English physicist who discovered pion (pi-meson), a subatomic particle (Nobel 1950), born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1969)

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • Dec 7 Danilo Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, born in Osijek, Austria-Hungary (d. 1987)
  • Dec 8 Adele Simpson, American fashion designer (Neiman-Marcus Award-1946), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 8 Irene Eisinger, singer
  • Dec 8 Kathleen (Kitty) Rosalind Muggeridge, author
  • Dec 10 William Plomer, Transvaal, author (Paper Houses, I Speak of Africa)
  • Dec 12 Enid Balint-Edmonds, psychoanalyst
  • Dec 13 Jewgeni Petrow, writer
  • Dec 13 John Piper, British writer (US Churches in WWI)/official war painter
  • Dec 16 Rafael Alberti, Spanish poet (El hombre deshabitado)
  • Dec 17 Erskine Caldwell, American novelist (Tobacco Road, God's Little Acre), born in Moreland, Georgia (d. 1987)
  • Dec 19 Cyril Dean Darlington, English biologist and geneticist who discovered the mechanics of chromosomal crossover and its role in inheritance and evolution, born in Chorley, England (d. 1981)
  • Dec 19 George Davis Snell, Bradford, Massachusetts, American geneticist (H-2 gene)
  • Dec 19 Theo Harych, German writer, born in Doruchow, Posen (d. 1958)
  • Dec 22 Barbara Moore, doctor, walked across US in 86 days in 1960
  • Dec 22 H Keffer Hartline, American biophysicist (Nobel 1967)
  • Dec 23 Michael Kalatozov, Russian producer (When the Cranes Fly)
  • Dec 28 John von Neumann, mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1957)