Born in 1869

Jan 4 Tommy Corcoran (baseball) an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Burghers , Philadelphia Athletics , Brooklyn Grooms/Brooklyn Bridegrooms , Cincinnati Reds and the New York Giants. The 5 ft 9 in Connecticut native occasionally played second base later in his career. He batted and threw right-handed
Jan 9 Richard Abegg a German chemist and pioneer of valence theory. He proposed that the difference of the maximum positive and negative valence of an element tends to be eight. This has come to be known as Abegg's rule. He was a gas balloon enthusiast, which caused his death at the age of 41 when he crashed in his balloon in Silesia
Jan 13 Prince Emanuele Filiberto Duke of Aosta a member of the House of Savoy, Crown Prince of Spain from 1870 to 1873, and a cousin of Victor Emmanuel III of Italy.
Jan 14 Robert Fournier-Sarlovèze a French politician and polo player in the 1900 Summer Olympics.
Jan 15 Ruby Laffoon a politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He was the state's 43rd governor, serving from 1931 to 1935. At age 17, Laffoon moved to Washington, D.C. to live with his uncle, U.S. Representative Polk Laffoon. He developed an interest in politics and returned to Kentucky, where he compiled a mixed record of victories and defeats in elections at the county and state levels. In 1931, he was chosen as the Democratic gubernatorial nominee by a nominating convention, not a primary, making him the only Kentucky gubernatorial candidate to be chosen by a convention after 1903. In the general election, he defeated Republican William Harrison by what was then the largest margin of victory in Kentucky gubernatorial history
Jan 15 Stanisław Wyspiański a Polish playwright, painter and poet, as well as interior and furniture designer. A patriotic writer, he created a series of symbolic, national dramas within the artistic philosophy of the Young Poland Movement. Wyspiański was one of the most outstanding and multifaceted artists of his time in Poland under the foreign partitions. He successfully joined the trends of modernism with themes of the Polish folk tradition and Romantic history. Unofficially, he came to be known as the Fourth Polish Bard
Jan 16 Félix Le Dantec a French biologist and philosopher of science.
Jan 21 Nikolai Alekseev (Catholic priest) a Russian Greek-Catholic priest.
Jan 22 Grigori Rasputin a Russian peasant, mystical faith healer and private adviser to the Romanovs. He became an influential figure in Saint Petersburg, especially after August 1915 when Tsar Nicolas II took command of the army at the front
Jan 22 José Vicente de Freitas a Portuguese military officer and politician.
Jan 24 Yoshinori Shirakawa a general in the Imperial Japanese Army.
Jan 25 Max Hoffmann widely regarded as one of the finest staff officers of the imperial period.
Jan 27 Will Marion Cook an African-American composer and violinist from the United States. Cook was a student of Antonín Dvořák and performed for King George V among others. He is probably best known for his popular songs and Broadway musicals, such as Clorindy, or The Origin of the Cake Walk and In Dahomey
Jan 27 Billy Bassett an English association footballer, director and club chairman who served West Bromwich Albion for over half a century.
Jan 28 Virgilio Dávila a Puerto Rican poet from the modern literary era, educator, politician and businessman.
Jan 29 Kenneth McKellar an American politician from Tennessee who served as a United States Representative from 1911 until 1917 and as a United States Senator from 1917 until 1953. A Democrat, he served longer in both houses of Congress than anyone else in Tennessee history, and only a few others in American history have served longer in both houses
Jan 29 Wilhelm Carstens a German rower who competed in the 1900 Summer Olympics.
Feb 1 Julius Conus a Russian Empire and Soviet violinist and composer.
Feb 4 Bill Haywood a founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World , and a member of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party of America. During the first two decades of the 20th century, he was involved in several important labor battles, including the Colorado Labor Wars, the Lawrence textile strike, and other textile strikes in Massachusetts and New Jersey
Feb 5 Sir Horace Rumbold 9th Baronet a British diplomat. A well-travelled diplomat, learning Arabic, Japanese and German, he is best remembered for his role as British Ambassador to Berlin from 1928 to 1933, where he warned of the ambitions of Hitler and Nazi Germany
Feb 7 Jindřich Šimon Baar a Czech Catholic priest and writer, realist, author of the so-called country prose. He joined the Czech Catholic modern style, but later severed the ties with that movement. As writer, he emphasized traditional moral values of the countryside
Feb 8 Georgette Leblanc a French operatic soprano, actress, author, and the sister of novelist Maurice Leblanc. She became particularly associated with the works of Jules Massenet and was an admired interpreter of the title role in Bizet's Carmen. For many years Leblanc was the lover of Belgian playwright and writer Maurice Maeterlinck, and he wrote several parts for her within his stage plays. She portrayed the role of Ariane in Ariane et Barbe-bleue, both in the original 1899 stage play by Maeterlinck and in the 1907 opera adaptation by Paul Dukas. Leblanc also appeared in a couple of French films, most notably L'Inhumaine in 1924. In the last few decades of her life she turned to writing, producing two commercially successful autobiographies and several children's books and travelogues
Feb 9 Ludwig von Reuter a German admiral during World War I who commanded the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet when it was interned at Scapa Flow at the end of the war. On 21 June 1919 he ordered the scuttling of the fleet to prevent the British from seizing the ships
Feb 10 Vasily Kalafati a Russian composer and pedagogue.
Feb 11 Else Lasker-Schüler a Jewish German poet and playwright famous for her bohemian lifestyle in Berlin. She was one of the few women affiliated with the Expressionist movement. Lasker-Schüler fled Nazi Germany and lived out the rest of her life in Jerusalem
Feb 11 Adelheid Popp an Austrian feminist and socialist who worked as a journalist and politician.
Feb 11 Helene Kröller-Müller one of the first European women to put together a major art collection.
Feb 12 André Pirro a French musicologist and an organist.
Feb 12 Väinö Voionmaa a Finnish professor, member of the parliament of Finland, senator, minister and chancellor. He also was one of the most influential politicians during the early times of independent Republic of Finland. He was a Social Democrat
Feb 14 Charles Thomson Rees Wilson a Scottish physicist and meteorologist who received the Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cloud chamber.
Feb 15 Cormic Cosgrove an American amateur football player who competed in the 1904 Summer Olympics.
Feb 17 Yi Dong-nyeong a Korean independence activist. He served as the fourth , seventh , eighth , tenth , and eleventh President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in exile in Shanghai, China
Feb 19 Hovhannes Tumanyan an Armenian writer and public activist. He is considered to be the national poet of Armenia
Feb 20 Pyotr Nilus a Russian Empireimpressionist painter and writer who emigrated to France as the Soivet Union was formed.
Feb 25 Phoebus Levene a Lithuanian-American biochemist who studied the structure and function of nucleic acids. He characterized the different forms of nucleic acid, DNA from RNA, and found that DNA contained adenine, guanine, thymine, cytosine, deoxyribose, and a phosphate group
Feb 26 William Woodthorpe Tarn a British classical scholar and a writer. He wrote extensively on the Hellenistic world, particularly on Alexander the Great. He was a Fellow of the British Academy
Feb 26 Nadezhda Krupskaya a Russian Bolshevik revolutionary and politician , and the wife of Vladimir Lenin from 1898 until his death in 1924.
Feb 27 Alice Hamilton the first woman appointed to the faculty of Harvard University and was a leading expert in the field of occupational health. She was a pioneer in the field of toxicology, studying occupational illnesses and the dangerous effects of industrial metals and chemical compounds on the human body
Feb 28 Hans Kundt a German military officer from a family of military officers. He was the primary military figure of Bolivia during the two decades preceding the Chaco War
Mar 1 Pietro Canonica an Italian sculptor, painter, opera composer, professor of arts and senator for life.
Mar 1 Calouste Gulbenkian an Armenian–British businessman and philanthropist. He played a major role in making the petroleum reserves of the Middle East available to Western development. By the end of his life he had become one of the world's wealthiest individuals and his art acquisitions considered one of the greatest private collections
Mar 3 Mezide Mestan Kadınefendi the sixth wife of 34th Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid She was the mother of Şehzade Mehmed Burhaneddin Efendi of the Ottoman Empire. Her rank in the royal harem was "Üçüncü Kadınefendi"
Mar 3 Henry Wood an English conductor best known for his association with London's annual series of promenade concerts, known as the Proms. He conducted them for nearly half a century, introducing hundreds of new works to British audiences. After his death, the concerts were officially renamed in his honour as the "Henry Wood Promenade Concerts", although they continued to be generally referred to as "the Proms"
Mar 5 Michael von Faulhaber a Roman Catholic Cardinal who was Archbishop of Munich for 35 years, from 1917 to his death in 1952. Faulhaber was a political opponent of the Nazi government and considered Nazi ideology incompatible with Christianity; but he also rejected the Weimar Republic as rooted in treason and opposed democratic government in general, favoring a Catholic monarchy. Faulhaber spoke out against some Nazi policies, but publicly recognized the Nazi government as legitimate, required Catholic clergy to remain loyal to the Nazi government, and maintained bridges between fascism and the Church. He ordained Joseph Ratzinger as a priest in 1951, and at his death he was the last surviving Cardinal appointed by Pope Benedict XV
Mar 7 Paul Émile Chabas a French painter and illustrator and member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
Mar 7 Ernst Cohen a Dutch Jewish chemist known for his work on the allotropy of metals. Cohen studied chemistry under Svante Arrhenius in Stockholm, Henri Moissan at Paris, and Jacobus van't Hoff at Amsterdam. In 1893 he became Van't Hoff's assistant and in 1902 he became professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Utrecht, a position which he held until his retirement in 1939. Throughout his life, Cohen studied the allotropy of tin. Cohen’s areas of research included polymorphism of both elements and compounds, photographic chemistry, electrochemistry, pizeochemistry, and the history of science. He published more than 400 papers and numerous books
Mar 10 Veniamin Kagan a Russian and Soviet mathematician and expert in geometry. He is the maternal grandfather of mathematician Yakov Sinai
Mar 12 George Forbes (New Zealand politician) William Forbes served as the 22nd Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1930 to 1935. Few expected him to become Prime Minister when he did, and some believed him unsuitable for the post; it was his misfortune to hold office during the very worst period of the Great Depression. He nevertheless remained in power for five years. Often referred to as "Honest George", Forbes had a reputation for probity, rare debating skill, and impressive memory. His courteous and friendly attitude earned him the liking and respect of parliamentarians from all sides of the House. Throughout his time in national politics his Hurunui constituents held Forbes in high regard: even when Prime Minister he would roll up his sleeves and help load sheep from his farm on the railway wagons for market. Forbes headed the coalition government that eventually became the modern National Party
Mar 12 David Robertson (golfer) a Scottish sportsman who represented Great Britain and Ireland at golf in the 1900 Summer Olympics, and also played international rugby for the Scotland.
Mar 13 Ramón Menéndez Pidal a Spanish philologist and historian. He worked extensively on the history of the Spanish language and Spanish folklore and folk poetry. One of his main topics was the history and legend of The Cid