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  • January 1 – Kristiania, the capital of Norway, reverted to its original name of Oslo.
  • January 3Benito Mussolini made a pivotal speech in the Italian Chamber of Deputies. He took personal responsibility for the actions of his Blackshirts, challenged his political opponents to remove him from office and then promised to take charge of restoring order to Italy within forty-eight hours.[1] Historians now trace this speech to the beginning of Mussolini's dictatorship.[2]
  • January 5Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first female governor (Wyoming) in the United States. Twelve days later, Ma Ferguson became first female governor of Texas.
  • January 25Hjalmar Branting resigns as Prime Minister of Sweden because of ill health, and is replaced by the minister of trade, Rickard Sandler .
  • January 27February 1 – The 1925 serum run to Nome (the "Great Race of Mercy") relayed diphtheria antitoxin by dog sled across the U.S. territory of Alaska, to combat an epidemic.


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  • February 15 – The Alice Comedy Alice Solves the Puzzle was released by Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, introducing Bootleg Pete (an early prototype for Pegleg Pete) for the first time.
  • February 21 – *This is the cover date of the very first issue of The New Yorker, though not necessarily the publication date, as magazines usually date their covers ahead of time.[3]
  • February 25Art Gillham recorded for Columbia Records the first Western Electric masters to be commercially released.
  • February 28 – The 1925 Charlevoix–Kamouraska earthquake struck northeastern North America.


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  • March 4
    • İsmet İnönü was appointed as the prime minister in Turkey (Turkey's 4th and İnönü's 3rd government).
    • Calvin Coolidge is sworn in for a full term as President of the United States. It was the first inauguration to be broadcast on radio.[4]
  • March 6Pionerskaya Pravda, one of the oldest children's newspapers in Europe, was founded in the Soviet Union.
  • March 9May 1Pink's War: The British Royal Air Force bombarded mountain strongholds of Mahsud tribesmen in South Waziristan.
  • March 10Greece’s most successful football club, Olympiacos founded in Athens.Script error: No such module "Unsubst".
  • March 15 – The Phi Lambda Chi fraternity (original name "The Aztecs") was founded on the campus of Arkansas State Teacher's College in Conway, Arkansas (now the University of Central Arkansas).
  • March 18 – The Tri-State Tornado, the deadliest in U.S. history, rampaged through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people and injuring 2,027. It hit the towns of Murphysboro, Illinois; Gorham, Illinois; Ellington, Missouri; and Griffin, Indiana.
  • March 21Tennessee Governor Austin Peay signed the Butler Act, prohibiting the teaching of evolution in the state's public schools.
  • March 31 – Radio station WOWO in Fort Wayne, Indiana began broadcasting.


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  • April–October – The Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes is held in Paris, giving a name to the Art Deco style.
  • April 1
    • Frank Heath and his horse Gypsy Queen left Washington, D.C. to begin a two-year journey to visit all 48 states.
    • The Patent and Trademark Office was transferred to the Department of Commerce.
  • April 10F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby.
  • April 15Fritz Haarmann, a serial killer convicted of the murder of 24 boys and young men, was beheaded in Germany.
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St Nedelya Church after assault.

  • April 16 – The Communist assault on St. Nedelya Church claims roughly 150 lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • April 19Colo-colo, as well known for football club of Chile, founded in Macul, suburb of Santiago.Script error: No such module "Unsubst".
  • April 20 – Iranian forces of Rezā Shāh occupied Ahvaz, and arrested Sheikh Khaz'al.
  • April 28 – Presenting the Stanley Baldwin government's budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Winston Churchill announced Britain's return to the gold standard.[5]


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  • May 1 – The mausoleums in al-Baqi were destroyed by King Ibn Saud (Lanati). In the same year, he also demolishes the tombs of holy persons at Mualla Cemetery in Mecca where Muhammad's first wife Khadijah, his grandfather and other ancestors are buried. This happened despite protests by the international Islamic community.
  • May 5
    • Scopes Trial: Dayton, Tennessee, biology teacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
    • The General Election Law was passed in Japan.
  • May 8Tom Lee rescued 32 people from the M.E. Norman, a sinking steamboat.
  • May 25
    • Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes was indicted for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
    • The National Forensic League was founded.
  • May 29 – British explorer Percy Fawcett sent a last telegram to his wife, before he disappeared in the Amazon.


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  • June 1Percy and Florence Arrowsmith were married. This couple, who celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary June 1, 2005 (Percy aged 105, and wife Florence 100), are acknowledged by the Guinness Book of Records as record-holders for the longest marriage for a living couple and the greatest aggregate age of a married couple.
  • June 6 – The Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.
  • June 13Charles Francis Jenkins achieved the first synchronized transmission of pictures and sound, using 48 lines, and a mechanical system. A 10-minute film of a miniature windmill in motion was sent across 5 miles from Anacostia to Washington, D.C. The images were viewed by representatives of the National Bureau of Standards, the U.S. Navy, the Commerce Department, and others. Jenkins calls this "the first public demonstration of radiovision".
  • June 14
    • The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece was founded.
    • The Turkish football club Göztepe was founded.
  • June 29 – The 6.8 Mw Santa Barbara earthquake affects the central coast of California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), destroying much of downtown Santa Barbara, California and leaving 13 people dead.


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  • July 9 – In Dublin, Ireland, Oonagh Keogh became the first female member of a stock exchange in the world.
  • July 10
    • Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" began with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher, accused of teaching evolution in violation of a Tennessee state law.
    • Meher Baba begins his 44-year silence.
  • July 18Adolf Hitler published Volume 1 of his personal manifesto Mein Kampf.
  • July 21Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100.
  • July 25 – The Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) was established.


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  • August 8 – The Ku Klux Klan demonstrated its popularity by holding a parade in Washington DC; as many as 40,000 male and female members of the Klan march down Pennsylvania Avenue. In 1925, an estimated 5,000,000 members belong to the Ku Klux Klan, making it the largest fraternal organization in the United States.
  • August 14 – The original Hetch Hetchy Moccasin Powerhouse was completed and goes on line.
  • August 25 – The French completed their evacuation of the Ruhr region of Germany.[6]


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  • September 3 – The U.S. Navy dirigible Shenandoah broke up in a squall line near Caldwell, Ohio; 14 crewmen are killed.
  • September 27Feast of the Cross according to the Old Calendar; A celestial cross appeared over Athens, Greece, while the Greek police pursues a group of Greek Old Calendarists. The phenomenon lasted for half an hour.[7]


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  • October – The major money forgery and fraud of Alves dos Reis was exposed in Portugal.
  • October 1Mount Rushmore National Memorial was dedicated in South Dakota.
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Locarno Treaties with Gustav Stresemann, Austen Chamberlain and Aristide Briand

  • October 2 – In London
    • John Logie Baird successfully transmitted the first television pictures with a greyscale image.[8]
    • The city's first enclosed double-decker buses were introduced.
  • October 516 – The Locarno Treaties were negotiated.
  • October 8Cubana de Aviación was founded.


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  • December 1 – The Locarno Treaties were signed in London.
  • December 11Pope Pius XI's encyclical Quas primas, on the Feast of Christ the King, is promulgated.[10]
  • December 16
    • Reza Shah became shah of Persia.
    • Alpha Phi Omega, a National service fraternity, was founded at Lafayette College.
    • Colombo Radio launched in Ceylon; the station was subsequently known as Radio Ceylon.
  • December 25IG Farben was formed by the merger of six chemical companies in Germany.
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Paris Rue de Montmartre in 1925

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  • Spring – Leica I 35 mm film still camera introduced.
  • The Australian state of Queensland introduced a 44-hour working week.
  • The Brisbane City Council, (Brisbane, Australia), was created from the amalgamation of 20 smaller cities, towns and shires.
  • New York City became the largest city in the world, taking the lead from London.[11]Template:Unreliable source?
  • The Thompson submachine gun sold for $175 in the 1925 Sears, Roebuck and Company mail order catalog.
  • The National Football League added 5 teams: the New York Giants, Detroit Panthers, Providence Steam Roller, a new Canton Bulldogs team, and the Pottsville Maroons.
  • In Germany, the Bauhaus moved to a building in Dessau designed by Walter Gropius.
  • Lion Feuchtwanger's novel Jud Süß published.[12]
  • The Shueisha Publishing Company was founded in Tokyo.
  • The Wheel gymnastics was invented in Germany.



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Lee Van Cleef

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Paul Newman

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Douglas Engelbart

  • January 1Paul Bomani, Tanzanian politician and ambassador (d. 2005)
  • January 2
    • Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (Bozo the Clown) (d. 2008)
    • Eraño de Guzman Manalo, 2nd Executive Minister (Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan) of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) (d. 2009)
  • January 4Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross-country skier (d. 2003)
  • January 6John DeLorean, American car maker (d. 2005)
  • January 7Gerald Durrell, British naturalist, zookeeper, author, and television presenter (d. 1995)
  • January 8Helmuth Hübener, German youth political activist against the Hitler regime (d. 1942)
  • January 9Lee Van Cleef, American actor (d. 1989)
  • January 11Grant Tinker, American television executive
  • January 13
    • Georgi Kaloyanchev, Bulgarian actor (d. 2012)
    • Gwen Verdon, American actress and dancer (d. 2000)
  • January 14Yukio Mishima, Japanese writer (d. 1970)
  • January 17Duane Hanson, American sculptor (d. 1996)
  • January 21Charles Aidman, American actor (d. 1993)
  • January 25Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher (d. 1995)
  • January 26
    • Joan Leslie, American actress (d. 2015)
    • Paul Newman, American actor, film director, entrepreneur and philanthropist (d. 2008)
  • January 29Robert W. McCollum, American epidemiologist, (d. 2010)
  • January 30
    • Douglas Engelbart, American inventor (d. 2013)
    • Dorothy Malone, American actress


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Jack Lemmon

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Robert Altman

  • February 1Mary Nesbitt, American female professional baseball player (d. 2013)
  • February 2Elaine Stritch, American actress (d. 2014)
  • February 3
    • Leon Schlumpf, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 2012)
    • John Fiedler, American actor (d. 2005)
  • February 7Hans Schmidt, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2012)
  • February 8Jack Lemmon, American actor and film director, better known for his role in The Odd Couple (d. 2001)
  • February 10Pierre Mondy, French film and theatre actor and director (d. 2012)
  • February 11
    • Kim Stanley, American actress (d. 2001)
    • Virginia E. Johnson, American sexologist (d. 2013)
  • February 17
    • Ron Goodwin, English composer and conductor (d. 2003)
    • Hal Holbrook, American actor (Mark Twain Tonight)
  • February 18George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke) (d. 2016)
  • February 20
    • Robert Altman, American film director (d. 2006)
    • Pat Lanigan, Australian public servant (d. 1992)
  • February 21Sam Peckinpah, American director (d. 1984)
  • February 25
    • Maddy English, American female baseball player (d. 2004)
    • Shehu Shagari, President of Nigeria from 1979 to 1983
  • February 26Everton Weekes, West Indian cricketer
  • February 27Samuel Dash, American Watergate Congressional counsel (d. 2004)


  • March 4Paul Mauriat, French musician (Love is Blue) (d. 2006)
  • March 7Rene Gagnon, U.S. Marine flag raiser on Iwo Jima (d. 1979)
  • March 12Leo Esaki, Japanese physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • March 16
    • Cornell Borchers, German actress (d. 2014)
    • Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist (d. 2004)
  • March 17Gabriele Ferzetti, Italian actor (d. 2015)
  • March 22Gerard Hoffnung, German-born English humorist (d. 1959)
  • March 23David Watkin, British cinematographer (d. 2008)
  • March 25Flannery O'Connor, American writer (d. 1964)
  • March 26Pierre Boulez, French composer (d. 2016)
  • March 29Bobby Hutchins, Our Gang child star (d. 1945)


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Hans Rosenthal

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Rod Steiger

  • April – Qassem Al-Nasser, Jordanian General (d. 2007)
  • April 2Hans Rosenthal, German radio editor, director, one of the most popular German radio and TV hosts of the 1970s and 1980s (d. 1987)
  • April 3Tony Benn, British politician (d. 2014)
  • April 4Fariza Magomadova, Chechen educator and boarding school director
  • April 7Chaturanan Mishra, Indian politician (d. 2011)
  • April 14
  • April 18Bob Hastings, American actor (d. 2014)
  • April 19Hugh O'Brian, American actor (d. 2016)
  • April 20
    • Elena Verdugo, American actress
    • Ernie Stautner, German-born American football player (d. 2006)
  • April 21Solomon Perel, Israeli motivational speaker
  • April 22George Cole, English actor (d. 2015)
  • April 24
    • Faye Dancer, American baseball player (d. 2002)
    • Eugen Weber, Romanian-born historian (d. 2007)
  • April 25Kay E. Kuter, American actor (d. 2003)
  • April 26
    • Jørgen Ingmann, Danish musician (d. 2015)
    • Michele Ferrero, Italian businessman (d. 2015)


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Yogi Berra

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  • May 1
    • Scott Carpenter, American astronaut (d. 2013)
    • Anna May Hutchison, American professional baseball player (d. 1998)
  • May 2
    • Inga Gill, Swedish actress (d. 2000)
    • John Neville, English actor (d. 2011)
    • Maria Barroso, Portuguese politician and actress (d. 2015)
    • Lou Rowan, Australian Test cricket match umpire
  • May 3Jean Séguy, French sociologist of religions (d. 2007)
  • May 4
    • Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman
    • Olive Osmond, Osmond family matriarch (d. 2004)
    • Jenő Buzánszky, Hungarian footballer (d. 2015)
  • May 5Charles Chaplin Jr., American actor (d. 1968)
  • May 8Ali Hassan Mwinyi, Tanzanian president
  • May 12Yogi Berra, American baseball player (d. 2015)
  • May 14
    • Sophie Kurys, American professional baseball player (d. 2013)
    • Patrice Munsel, American opera singer (d. 2016)
  • May 15Andrei Eshpai, Russian pianist (d. 2015)
  • May 19
    • Pol Pot, Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader (d. 1998)
    • Malcolm X, African-American civil rights activist (d. 1965)
  • May 22
    • James King, American tenor (d. 2005)
    • Jean Tinguely, Swiss painter and sculptor (d. 1991)
  • May 23Joshua Lederberg, American molecular biologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2008)
  • May 24Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and film director (d. 1994)
  • May 25
    • Jeanne Crain, American actress (d. 2003)
    • José María Gatica, Argentine boxer (d. 1963)
  • May 26Alec McCowen, English actor
  • May 28
  • May 31Frei Otto, German architect (d. 2015)


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Tony Curtis

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Barbara Bush

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Giorgio Napolitano

  • June 1Dilia Díaz Cisneros, Venezuelan teacher
  • June 3Tony Curtis, American actor (d. 2010)
  • June 7John Biddle, American yachting cinematographer and lecturer (d. 2008)
  • June 8Barbara Bush, First Lady of the United States
  • June 11William Styron, American writer (d. 2006)
  • June 14Pierre Salinger, White House Press Secretary (d. 2004)
  • June 20Audie Murphy, American World War II hero and actor (d. 1971)
  • June 21
    • Larisa Avdeyeva, Russian mezzo-soprano (d. 2013)
    • Maureen Stapleton, American actress (d. 2006)
  • June 23Oliver Smithies, British-American geneticist
  • June 24Ogden R. Reid, United States Representative from New York
  • June 25
    • P. Viswambharan, Indian politician, socialist, trade unionist and journalist
    • Robert Venturi, American architect
    • June Lockhart, American actress
  • June 26Richard X. Slattery, American actor (d. 1997)
  • June 27Wayne Terwilliger, American second baseman, coach, and manager in Major League Baseball
  • June 28Ray Boyle, American actor
  • June 29
    • John Fujioka, American actor of Japanese descent
    • Giorgio Napolitano, Italian politician and 11th President of Italy
    • Cara Williams, American actress
    • Robert Hébras, Oradour-sur Glane massacre survivor
    • Nancy Saunders, American actress
    • Mervyn Alexander, English Bishop (d. 2010)


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Merv Griffin

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Ana María Matute

  • July 1Farley Granger, American actor (d. 2011)
  • July 2
    • Medgar Evers, African-American civil rights activist (d. 1963)
    • Patrice Lumumba, Congolese independence leader (d. 1961)
  • July 3Terry Moriarty, Australian rules footballer (d. 2011)
  • July 5Fernando de Szyszlo, Peruvian painter, sculptor, printmaker, and teacher
  • July 6
    • Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress and author (d. 2002)
    • Merv Griffin, American game show developer and host (d. 2007)
    • Bill Haley, American musician (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1981)
  • July 7Erich Hartstein, German journalist and contributing editor
  • July 8Nicholas Brathwaite, Prime minister of Grenada (d. 2016)
  • July 9Tom Luken, American politician
  • July 10
    • Mahathir bin Mohamad, fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia
    • Murray Waxman, Canadian basketball player
    • Elwy Yost, Canadian Television host (d. 2011)
  • July 11
    • Fernando Matthei, Chilean Air Force General
    • Nicolai Gedda, Swedish operatic tenor
    • David Graham, British actor and voice artist.
  • July 12
    • Don Campbell, Canadian ice hockey (d. 2012)
    • Roger Bonham Smith, former chairman and CEO of General Motors (d. 2007)
    • Rosie Harris, English author
  • July 13Suzanne Zimmerman, American competition swimmer and Olympic medalist
  • July 15
    • D. A. Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker
    • Gaston Rousseau, French racing cyclist
  • July 16Rosita Quintana, Argentine actress
  • July 14
    • Francisco Álvarez Martínez, archbishop of the Spanish see of Toledo and a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church
    • Hugh Gillin, American actor (d. 2004)
  • July 18
    • Windy McCall, relief pitcher in Major League Baseball
    • Raymond Jones, Australian architect
    • Hubert Doggart, English sports administrator, cricketer and schoolmaster
    • Friedrich Zimmermann, German politician (d. 2012)
    • Allan Elsom, New Zealand rugby union player (d. 2010)
  • July 19
    • Sue Thompson, American pop and country music singer
    • Michael Pfeiffer, German former professional football player
    • John Dossetor, Canadian physician and bioethicist
    • Hans Aarsleff, emeritus professor of English at Princeton University,
  • July 20
    • Frantz Fanon, French-Algerian psychiatrist and philosopher (d. 1961)
    • Jacques Delors, French politician
    • Stanley Hovdebo, New Democratic Party member of the Canadian House of Commons
    • Eric Watson, New Zealand former cricketer
  • July 22Joseph Sargent, American film director (d. 2014)
  • July 23Gloria DeHaven, American actress (d. 2016)
  • July 26Ana María Matute, Spanish writer (d. 2014)
  • July 28Baruch S. Blumberg, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 2011)
  • July 29
    • Shivram Dattatreya Phadnis, Indian cartoonist
    • Mikis Theodorakis, Greek composer
  • July 30Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer (d. 1984)
  • July 31Carmel Quinn, Irish-American singer and performer


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Jorge Rafael Videla


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  • August 1
    • Pam Gems, English playwright (d. 2011)
    • Jimmy Caci, Los Angeles crime family member and a Caporegime (Captain) in the family (d. 2011)
    • Roy Mackal, American biologist (d. 2013)
  • August 2
    • Jorge Rafael Videla, 42nd President of Argentina (d. 2013)
    • Alan Whicker, British television presenter (d. 2013)
  • August 3Dom Um Romão, Brazilian jazz drummer (d. 2005)
  • August 4Betty Trezza, Italian-American female professional baseball player (d. 2007)
  • August 6Olavi Rokka, American gardener and horticulturist (d. 2011)
  • August 7M. S. Swaminathan, Indian scientist
  • August 8
    • Alija Izetbegović, President of Bosnia-Herzegovina (d. 2003)
    • Aziz Sattar, Malaysian actor, comedian, singer and director (d. 2014)
    • Frank Lauterbur, American football player and coach (d. 2013)
  • August 9
    • David A. Huffman, American computer scientist (d. 1999)
    • Olavi Rokka, Finnish modern pentathlete (d. 2011)
  • August 11
    • Arlene Dahl, American actress
    • Mike Douglas, American entertainer (d. 2006)
  • August 12
    • Norris McWhirter (d. 2004) and his twin brother,
    • Ross McWhirter (d. 1975), Scottish co-founders of the Guinness Book of Records
  • August 13
    • José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz, Argentine executive and policy maker (d. 2013)
    • Peter Beaven, New Zealand architect based in Christchurch (d. 2012)
  • August 15
    • Mike Connors, American actor
    • Ruth Lessing, American female professional baseball player (d. 2000)
    • Oscar Peterson, Canadian jazz pianist (d. 2007)
    • Bill Pinkney, American performer and singer (d. 2007)
    • Aldo Ciccolini, Italian-born French pianist (d. 2015)
  • August 16Kirke Mechem, American composer
  • August 19Madhav Dalvi, Indian cricketer (d. 2012)
  • August 20Henning Larsen, Danish architect (d. 2013)
  • August 22
    • Honor Blackman, English actress
    • Terry Donahue, Canadian female professional baseball player
  • August 25Thea Astley, Australian writer (d. 2004)
  • August 26Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (d. 2005)
  • August 27Nat Lofthouse, English footballer (d. 2011)
  • August 28
    • Donald O'Connor, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 2003)
    • José Parra Martínez, Spanish footballer (d. 2016)
  • August 29Demetrio Basilio Lakas Bahas, former President of Panama (d. 1999)
  • August 30Laurent de Brunhoff, French writer and illustrator
  • August 31
    • Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (d. 2003)
    • Pete Vonachen, American restaurateur and baseball team owner (d. 2013)


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Peter Sellers

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B. B. King


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Margaret Thatcher

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Angela Lansbury

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Johnny Carson


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Richard Burton

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Rock Hudson

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Robert Kennedy

  • November 4Doris Roberts, American actress (d. 2016)
  • November 9Giovanni Coppa, Italian cardinal (d. 2016)
  • November 10Richard Burton, Welsh actor, better known for his role in Cleopatra (d. 1984)
  • November 11
    • Jonathan Winters, American actor and comedian (d. 2013)
    • John Guillermin, British director (d. 2015)
  • November 12Heinz Schubert, German actor (d. 1999)
  • November 17Rock Hudson, American actor (d. 1985)
  • November 18Gene Mauch, baseball manager (d. 2005)
  • November 20
    • Kaye Ballard, American comedian (The Mothers-in-Law)
    • Robert F. Kennedy, American politician and Attorney General of the United States (d. 1968)
    • Mark Miller, American actor
    • Maya Plisetskaya, Russian ballerina (d. 2015)
  • November 22Gunther Schuller, American musician (d. 2015)
  • November 23Maria di Gerlando, American operatic soprano (d. 2010)
  • November 24
    • William F. Buckley, Jr., American journalist, author, and commentator (The Firing Line) (d. 2008)
    • Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
  • November 26Eugene Istomin, American pianist (d. 2003)
  • November 27
    • John Maddox, Welsh science writer (d. 2009)
    • Ernie Wise, English comedian (d. 1999)
  • November 30William H. Gates, Sr., American attorney, father of Bill Gates


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Julie Harris

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Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Dick Van Dyke

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  • Godrej Sidhwa, Pakistani theologist (d. 2011)



  • January 4Nellie Cashman, Irish-born prospector (b. 1845)
  • January 8George Bellows, American artist (b. 1882)
  • January 14
    • Camille Decoppet, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1852)
    • Harry Furniss, English cartoonist, illustrator and pioneer animator (b. 1854)
  • January 16Aleksey Kuropatkin, Russian general and Imperial Russian Minister of War (b. 1848)
  • January 18Charles Lanrezac, French general (b. 1852)
  • January 22Fanny Bullock Workman, American geographer, writer and mountain climber (b. 1859)[13]
  • January 25
    • Alexander Kaulbars, Russian general and explorer (b. 1844)
  • January 26
    • Caspar F. Goodrich, American admiral (b. 1847)
    • Sir James Mackenzie, Scottish cardiologist (b. 1853)
  • January 31George Washington Cable, American writer (b. 1844)


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Hjalmar Branting

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Friedrich Ebert

  • February 2Jaap Eden, Dutch speed skater (b. 1873)
  • February 3Oliver Heaviside, English mathematician (b. 1850)
  • February 4Robert Koldewey, German architect and archaeologist (b. 1855)
  • February 10Aristide Bruant, French singer and nightclub owner (b. 1851)
  • February 11H. E. Beunke, Dutch writer (b. 1851)
  • February 18James Lane Allen, American writer (b. 1849)
  • February 24Hjalmar Branting, 19th Prime Minister of Sweden, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1860)
  • February 25Louis Feuillade, French silent film director (b. 1873)
  • February 28Friedrich Ebert, 1st President of Germany (Weimar Republic) (b. 1871)


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Sun Yat-sen

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Lucille Ricksen

  • March 2Luigj Gurakuqi, Albanian writer and politician (assassinated) (b. 1879)
  • March 4
    • Moritz Moszkowski, Polish composer (b. 1854)
    • James Ward, English philosopher and psychologist (b. 1843)
    • John Montgomery Ward, American baseball player and MLB Hall of Famer (b. 1860)
  • March 7Georgy Evgenyevich Lvov, Prime Minister of Russia (b. 1861)
  • March 8Juliette Wytsman, Belgian painter (b. 1866)
  • March 10Myer Prinstein, American track athlete (b. 1878)
  • March 12
    • Gergely Luthár, Hungarian Slovene writer (b. 1841)
    • Sun Yat-sen, Chinese revolutionary (b. 1866)
  • March 13Lucille Ricksen, American silent film actress (b. 1910)
  • March 14Walter Camp, American football coach (b. 1859)
  • March 20George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Viceroy of India (b. 1859)
  • March 28Henry Rawlinson, 1st Baron Rawlinson, British general (b. 1864)
  • March 30Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher (b. 1861)


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Fritz Haarmann

  • April 6Alexandra Kitchin, British model for Lewis Carroll (b. 1864)
  • April 7Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1865)
  • April 13Elwood Haynes, American inventor (b. 1857)
  • April 14John Singer Sargent, American artist (b. 1856)
  • April 15
    • Fritz Haarmann, German serial killer (executed) (b. 1879)
    • August Endell, German architect (b. 1871)
  • April 19John Walter Smith, American politician (b. 1845)
  • April 22André Caplet, French composer and conductor (b. 1878)


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William Massey

  • May 2
    • Johann Palisa, Austrian astronomer (b. 1848)
    • Antun Branko Šimić, Croatian poet (b. 1898)
  • May 3Clement Ader, French Army Captain and aviation pioneer (b. 1841)
  • May 7
    • William Hesketh Lever, English industrialist, Philanthropist and politician (b. 1851)
    • Doveton Sturdee, British admiral (b. 1859)
  • May 10William Massey, 19th Prime Minister of New Zealand (b.1856)
  • May 12
    • Amy Lowell, American poet (b. 1874)
    • Charles Mangin, French general (b. 1866)
  • May 14H. Rider Haggard, English writer (b. 1856)
  • May 15Nelson A. Miles, American general (b. 1839)
  • May 20
    • Elias M. Ammons, Governor of Colorado (b. 1860)
    • Joseph Howard, 1st Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1862)
  • May 21Hidesaburō Ueno, Japanese agricultural scientist and guardian of Hachikō (b. 1871)
  • May 22John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, British World War I field marshal (b. 1852)
  • May 31John Palm, Curaçao born composer (b. 1885)


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Lucien Guitry

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Christian Michelsen

  • June 1
    • Lucien Guitry, French actor (b. 1860)
    • Thomas R. Marshall, 28th Vice President of the United States (b. 1854)
  • June 2James Ellsworth, American mine owner and banker (b. 1849)
  • June 3Camille Flammarion, French astronomer (b. 1842)
  • June 16Emmett Hardy, American jazz cornetist (b. 1903)
  • June 17Adolf Pilar von Pilchau, Baltic German politician, regent of the United Baltic Duchy and baron (b. 1851)
  • June 18Robert M. La Follette Sr., American politician (b. 1855)
  • June 20Josef Breuer, Austrian neurologist (b. 1842)
  • June 22Felix Klein, German mathematician (b. 1849)
  • June 29Christian Michelsen, first Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1857)


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Pancho Villa

  • July 1Erik Satie, French composer (b. 1866)
  • July 2Nikolai Golitsyn last Prime Minister of the Russian Empire (executed) (b. 1850)
  • July 7Clarence Hudson White American photographer (b. 1871)
  • July 14Pancho Villa, Filipino world boxing champion (b. 1901)
  • July 17Lovis Corinth, German painter (b. 1858)
  • July 26
    • Antonio Ascari, Italian race car driver (b. 1888)
    • William Jennings Bryan, American lawyer and politician (b. 1860) (diabetes and fatigue)
    • Gottlob Frege, German mathematician and philosopher (b. 1848)
  • July 30William Wynn Westcott, British Freemason (b. 1848)


  • August 6Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro, Italian mathematician (b. 1853)
  • August 12Severo Fernández, former President of Bolivia (b. 1849)
  • August 15Konrad Mägi, Estonian landscape painter (b. 1878)
  • August 17Ioan Slavici, Romanian writer (b. 1848)
  • August 25Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Austrian field marshal (b. 1852)



  • October 7Christy Mathewson, American baseball player and MLB Hall of Famer (b. 1880)
  • October 14Eugen Sandow, German-born bodybuilder, physical culturist (b. 1867)
  • October 31
    • Mikhail Frunze, Russian Bolshevik leader (b. 1885)
    • Max Linder, French silent film actor (b. 1883) (suicide)


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King Vajiravudh

  • November 1Lester Cuneo, American actor (b. 1888)
  • November 3Lucile McVey, American actress, part of comedy team with her late husband Sidney Drew (b. 1890)
  • November 6Khải Định, Emperor of Vietnam (b. 1885)
  • November 20
    • Queen Alexandra, consort of Edward VII of the United Kingdom (b. 1844)
    • Clara Morris, Victorian stage actress (b. 1846)
  • November 21Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (b. 1873)
  • November 25 – King Vajiravudh of Siam (b. 1880)


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Władysław Reymont

  • December 5Władysław Reymont, Polish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1867)
  • December 8Marguerite Marsh, American actress (b. 1888)
  • December 9Pablo Iglesias, co-founder of the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (b. 1850)
  • December 13Antonio Maura, Spanish conservative politician, former Prime Minister (b. 1853)
  • December 15Battling Siki, Senegalese boxer (b. 1897)
  • December 19José Ignacio Quintón, Puerto Rican composer and pianist (b. 1881)
  • December 21
    • Lottie Lyell, Australian female pioneer film director and producer (b. 1890)
    • Jules Méline, Prime Minister of France (b. 1838)
  • December 22
    • Alice, Princess Dowager of Monaco, consort of Albert I of Monaco (b. 1858)
    • Mary Thurman, American actress (b. 1895)
  • December 25Karl Abraham, German psychoanalyst (b. 1877)
  • December 28
    • Raymond P. Rodgers, American admiral (b. 1849)
    • Sergei Aleksandrovich Yesenin, Russian lyrical poet (b. 1895)
  • December 29Félix Vallotton, Swiss painter (b. 1865)
  • December 31J. Gordon Edwards, Canadian film director (b. 1867)

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