Historical Figures Born in 1908 (Part 2)

  • Nov 24 Harry Kemelman, American detective author (rabbi-omnibus), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1996)
  • Nov 26 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), born in Mortale, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Nov 28 Arturo Frondizi, 35th President Argentina (1958-62), born in Paso de los Libres, Corrientes, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • Nov 28 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2009)

Adam Clayton Powell Jr.Adam Clayton Powell Jr. (1908-1972)

Nov 29 American politician (Rep-D-NY), born in New Haven, Connecticut

  • Dec 2 Hy Gardner, American newspaper columnist (New York Herald Tribune, 1951-66), and television panelist, born in NYC (d. 1989)
  • Dec 3 Nigel Balchin, English author (Business for Pleasure), born in Potterne, England (d. 1970)
  • Dec 4 A. D. Hershey, American biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969), born in Owosso, Michigan (d. 1997)

Baby Face NelsonBaby Face Nelson (1908-1934)

Dec 6 American bank robber and gangster who killed more FBI agents than any other criminal, born in Chicago, Illinois

  • Dec 6 Pierre Graber, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1970–1978), born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • Dec 7 Jacques Gans, Dutch author and journalist, born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1972)
  • Dec 8 John Volpe, American politician (61st and 63rd Governor of Massachusetts) and U.S. Secretary of Treasury (1969-73), born in Wakefield, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • Dec 10 Arnold van Ruler, Dutch theologist, born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands (d. 1970)
  • Dec 14 Mária Szepes, Hungarian author (The Red Lion), born in Budapest (d. 2007)
  • Dec 16 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist (Eyes on the table, Useless Science or the Alchemist), born in Anglès, Spain (d. 1963) [1]

Willard LibbyWillard Libby (1908-1980)

Dec 17 American chemist who developed radiocarbon dating (Nobel 1960), born in Grand Valley, Colorado

  • Dec 20 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1999)
  • Dec 21 Pat Weaver, American radio advertising executive (started Today show), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)
  • Dec 22 Marius Duintjer, Dutch architect (Kolenkit), born in Veendam, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • Dec 22 Max Bill, Swiss architect & artist (Ruban Sans Fin), born in Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1994)
  • Dec 23 Yousuf Karsh, American Canadian portrait photographer (Life Magazine), born in Mardin, Ottoman Empire (d. 2002)
  • Dec 25 Quentin Crisp, English author (d. 1999)
  • Dec 25 Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American automotive engineer, known as "the Father of the Corevette", born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1996)
  • Dec 27 Louis de Bourbon, Dutch poet (Black Banners), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1975)
  • Dec 29 Gerben Sonderman, Dutch test pilot (Fokker), born in Drachten, Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • Dec 31 Simon Wiesenthal, Jewish-Austrian holocaust survivor & Nazi hunter (Wiesenthal Center), born in Buchach, Ukraine (d. 2005)