Top 20 Celebrity Birthdays in May

Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy (May 2, 1844 – October 10, 1929)
Engineer, Inventor

Elijah McCoy was an Engineer and Canadian-American inventor. He was best known for discovering lubrication devices, which are used to make train travel more efficient.

Catherine II

Catherine II (2 May 1729 – 17 November 1796)

Catherine II is often called Yekaterina Alexeevna, was the longest serving empress of Russia, ruling from 9 July, 1762 to till her death in 1796.

Theodor Herzl

Theodor Herzl (May 2, 1860 – July 3, 1904)
Journalist, Activist, Playwright

Theodor Herzl was a journalist for Allgemeine Zeitung of Vienna and also was one of the fathers of modern political Zionism.

Jacob Riis

Jacob Riis (May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914)
Photographer, Writer, Social Reformer

Jacob Riis was a social documentary photographer and also wrote a book named as “How the Other Half Lives”, which is led to a revolution in social reform.

Horace Mann

Horace Mann (May 4, 1796 – August 2, 1859)
Educator, U.S. Representative

Horace Mann was an educational reformer and American politician. He was best known for promoting universal public education.

Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynette (May 5, 1942 – April 6, 1998)
Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer

Tammy Wynette is often called Virginia Wynette Pugh, was an American country music singer-songwriter. She was an American music icon and one of the biggest selling female singers.

Rubin Carter

Rubin Carter (May 6, 1937 – April 20, 2014)

Rubin Carter was an American-Canadian middleweight boxer who was twice wrongfully convicted of a triple murder and freed after almost 2 decades.

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897)
Pianist, Composer

Johannes Brahms was a German composer and pianist. He wrote symphonies, concert music and also choral compositions.

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (8 May 1753 – 30 July 1811)
Priest, Activist, Folk Hero

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla also called as Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, was Mexican Catholic priest who called for strike against the Spanish.

Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985)
Film Actor, Television Actor, Guitarist, Songwriter

Ricky Nelson was an American singer and songwriter. In his childhood, he was acted in many films like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet etc.

J.C.L. Simonde de Sismondi

J.C.L. Simonde de Sismondi (9 May 1773 – 25 June 1842)
Historian, Economist, Writer

J.C.L. Simonde de Sismondi was a Swiss historian and political theorist. He knew for his best writings on the dangers of unregulated capitalism and his economic ideas.

Montgomery Blair

Montgomery Blair (May 10, 1813 – July 27, 1883)
Government Official, U.S. Representative, Lawyer

Montgomery Blair was a 19th century lawyer and politician from Maryland. He was born in Franklin County, Kentucky.

Charles W. Fairbanks

Charles W. Fairbanks (May 11, 1852 – June 4, 1918)
U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative, Lawyer

Charles Warren Fairbanks was U.S. attorney and senator from Indiana (1897 – 1905). He was the 26th Vice President of the United States under Theodore Roosevelt.

Robert Baldwin

Robert Baldwin (May 12, 1804 – December 9, 1858)
Law Enforcement

Robert Baldwin was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He got the first responsible ministry in Canada with his partner Louis Hippolyte LaFontaine.

Georges Braque

Georges Braque (13 May 1882 – 31 August 1963)

Georges Braque, a famous French painter, collagist, draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor. He was well known to the world by inventing Cubism with Pablo Picasso.

Debendranath Tagore

Debendranath Tagore (15 May 1817 – 19 January 1905)

Debendranath Tagore, an Indian Hindu philosopher and religious reformer who is from Brahmo Samaj. Brahmo Dharma is the book written by him about the Religion of God.

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi (16 May 1718 – 9 January 1799)
Philosopher, Mathematician

Maria Gaetana Agnesi, is a philospher and first woman of mathematician in Western world. She had written the book for Analytical Institutions in Italian.

I.L. Peretz

I.L. Peretz(May 18, 1852 – 3 April 1915)

I.L. Peretz, full name is Isaac Leib Peretz was a famous Jewish author and playwright from Poland. He is best known after writing folktales, ballads and plays about the ideals of Judaism.

Waldorf Astor

Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor (19 May 1879 – 30 September 1952)
Royalty, Publisher, Business Leader

Waldorf Astor is often called 2nd Viscount Astor, who became Member of Parliament. He is an American-born English politician and also worked as newspaper proprietor.

 Laurance Rockefeller

Laurance Rockefeller (May 26, 1910 – July 11, 2004)
Environmental Activist, Business Leader, Philanthropist

Laurance Rockefeller full name is Laurance Spelman Rockefeller, an American philanthropist. He founded the American Conservation Association and place conservationism on the American agenda.