1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1929th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 929th year of the 2nd millennium, the 29th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1920s decade.
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This year marked the end of a period known in American history as the Roaring Twenties after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 ushered in a worldwide Great Depression. In the Americas, an agreement was brokered to end the Cristero War, a Catholic counter-revolution in Mexico. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, a British high court, ruled that Canadian women are persons in the Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General) case. The 1st Academy Awards for film were held in Los Angeles, while the Museum of Modern Art opened in New York City. The Peruvian Air Force was created.
In Asia, the Republic of China and the Soviet Union engaged in a minor conflict after the Chinese seized full control of the Manchurian Chinese Eastern Railway, which ended with a resumption of joint administration. In the Soviet Union, General Secretary Joseph Stalin expelled Leon Trotsky and adopted a policy of collectivization. The Grand Trunk Express began service in India. Rioting between Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem over access to the Western Wall took place in the Middle East. The centenary of Western Australia was celebrated. The Afghan Civil War, which started in November in the preceding year, continued until October.
The Kellogg–Briand Pact, a treaty renouncing war as an instrument of national policy, went into effect. In Europe, the Holy See and the Kingdom of Italy signed the Lateran Treaty. The Idionymon law was passed in Greece to outlaw political dissent. Spain hosted the Ibero-American Exposition which featured pavilions from Latin American countries. The German airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin flew around the world in 21 days.
Middle East, Asia, and Pacific IslesEdit
On August 1 of this year the 1929 Palestine riots broke out between Palestinians and Jews over control of the Western Wall. The rioting, initiated in part when British police tore down a screen the Jews had constructed in front of the Wall, continued until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Palestinians were killed. Two of the more famous incidents occurring during these riots were the August 23–24 1929 Hebron massacre, in which almost 70 Jews were killed by Palestinians and the remaining Jews are forced to stay at Hebron. The Palestinians had been told that Jews were killing Palestinians. Jews would not return to Hebron until after the Six-Day War in 1967. The other major clash was the 1929 Safed massacre, in which 18–20 Jews were killed by Palestinians in Safed in similar fashion. Elsewhere in the Middle East, Iraq took a big step toward gaining independence from the British. The Iraqi government had, since the end of World War I and the beginning of the British Mandate in the Middle East, consistently resisted British hegemony. In September, Great Britain announced it would support Iraq's inclusion in the League of Nations, signaling the beginning of the end of their direct control of the region.
Early in 1929, the Afghan Civil War saw the Afghan leader King Amanullah lose power to the Saqqawists under Habibullāh Kalakāni. Kalakani's rule, however, only lasted nine months. Nadir Shah replaced him in October, starting a line of monarchs which would last 40 years. In India, a general strike in Bombay continued throughout the year despite efforts by the British. On December 29, the All India Congress in Lahore declared Indian independence from Britain, something it had threatened to do if Britain did not grant India dominion status. China and Russia engaged in a minor conflict after China seized full control of the Manchurian Chinese Eastern Railway. Russia counterattacked and took the cities of Hailar and Manchouli after issuing an ultimatum demanding joint control of the railway to be reinstated. The Chinese agreed to the terms on November 26. The Japanese would later see this defeat as a sign of Chinese weakness, leading to their taking control of Manchuria. The Far East began to experience economic problems late in the year as the effects of the Great Depression began to spread. Southeast Asia was especially hard hit as its exports (spice, rubber, and other commodities) were more sensitive to economic problems. In the Pacific, on December 28 – "Black Saturday" in Samoa – New Zealand colonial police killed 11 unarmed demonstrators, an event which led the Mau movement to demand independence for Samoa.
In 1929, the Fascist Party in Italy tightened its control. National education policy took a major step towards being completely taken over by the agenda of indoctrination. In that year, the Fascist government took control of the authorization of all textbooks, all secondary school teachers were required to take an oath of loyalty to Fascism, and children began to be taught that they owed the same loyalty to Fascism as they did to God.
On February 11, Mussolini signed the Lateran Treaty, making Vatican City a sovereign state. On July 25, Pope Pius XI emerged from the Vatican and entered St. Peter's Square in a huge procession witnessed by about 250,000 persons, thus ending nearly 60 years of papal self-imprisonment within the Vatican. Italy used the diplomatic prestige associated with this successful agreement to adopt a more aggressive foreign policy. Germany experienced a major turning point in this year due to the economic crash. The country had experienced prosperity under the government of the Weimar Republic until foreign investors withdrew their German interests. This began the crumbling of the Republican government in favor of Nazism. In 1929, the number of unemployed reached three million. On July 27, the Geneva Convention, held in Switzerland, addressed the treatment of prisoners of war in response to problems encountered during World War I.
On May 31, the British general election returned a hung parliament yet again, with the Liberals in position to determine who would have power. These elections were known as the "Flapper" elections due to the fact that it was the first British election in which women under 30 could vote. A week after the vote, on June 7 the Conservatives conceded power rather than ally with the Liberals. Ramsay MacDonald founded a new Labour government the next day.
1929 is regarded as a turning point by French historians, who point out that it was last year in which prosperity was felt before the effects of the Great Depression. The Third Republic had been in power since before World War I. On July 24, French prime minister Raymond Poincaré resigned for medical reasons; he was succeeded by Aristide Briand. Briand adopted a foreign policy of both peace and defensive fortification. The Kellogg–Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, went into effect in this year (it was first signed in Paris in 1928 by most leading world powers). The French began work on the Maginot Line in this year, as a defense against a possible German attack, and on September 5 Briand presented a plan for the United States of Europe. On October 22, Briand was replaced as Prime Minister by André Tardieu. Primo de Rivera's dictatorship in Spain experienced growing dissatisfaction among students and academics, as well as businessmen who blamed the government for recent economic woes. Many called for a fascist regime, like that in Italy.
In May, Joseph Stalin consolidated his power in the Soviet Union by sending Leon Trotsky into exile. The only country that would grant Trotsky asylum was Turkey, in return for his help during Turkey's civil war. He and his family left the USSR aboard ship on February 12. Stalin turned on his former political ally, Nikolai Bukharin, who was the last real threat to his power. By the end of the year Bukharin had been defeated.[clarification needed] Once Stalin was in power, he turned his former support for Lenin's New Economic Policy into opposition. In November, Stalin declared that it "The Year of the Great Breakthrough" and stated that the country would focus on industrial programs as well as on collectivizing the grain supply. He hoped to surpass the West not only in agriculture, but in industry. Millions of Soviet farmers were removed from their private farms, their property was collected, and they were moved to state-owned farms. Stalin emphasized in 1929 a campaign demonizing kulaks as a plague on society. Kulak property was taken and they were deported by cattle train to areas of frozen tundra.
The timber market in Finland began to decline in 1929 due to the Great Depression, as well as the Soviet Union's entrance into the market. Financial and political problems culminated in the birth of the fascist Lapua Movement on November 23 in a demonstration in Lapua. The movement's stated aim was Finnish democracy and anti-communism. The Finnish legislature received heavy pressure to remove basic rights from Communist groups. Politics in Lithuania was heated, as President Voldemaras was unpopular in some quarters, and survived an assassination attempt in Kaunas. Later, while attending a meeting of the League of Nations, he was ousted in a coup by President Smetona, who made himself dictator. Upon Voldemaras' removal from office, Geležinis Vilkas went underground and received aid and encouragement in its activities from Germany. Yugoslavia was renamed the "Kingdom of Yugoslavia" as King Alexander sought to unite the Balkans under his rule. The state's new Monarchy replaced the old parliament, which had been dominated by Serbs.
In October 1929, the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council overturned a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that women could not be members of the legislature. This case, which came to be known as the Persons Case, had important ramifications not just for the rights of women but because in overturning the case, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council engendered a radical change in the Canadian judicial approach to the Canadian constitution, an approach that has come to be known as the "living tree doctrine". The five women who initiated the case are known in Canada as the Famous Five. In November, the 1929 Grand Banks earthquake occurred off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean. It registered as a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake centered on Grand Banks, broke 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggered a tsunami that destroyed many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula area, killing 28 (as of 1997, Canada's most lethal earthquake).
The Mexican Cristero War continued in 1929 as clerical forces attempted an assassination of the provisional president in a train bombing in February. The attempt failed. Plutarco Calles, at the center of power for the anti-clerics, continued to gather power in Mexico City. His government was considered an enemy to more conservative Mexicans who held to traditional forms of government and more religious control. Calles founded the National Revolutionary Party early in the year to increase his power; a party which was, ironically, seen by foreigners as fascist and which was in opposition to the Mexican Right. A special election was held in this year, which Jose Vasconselos lost to Ortiz Rubio. By this time, the war had ended. The last group of rebels was defeated on June 4, and in the same month US Ambassador Dwight Morrow initiated talks between parties. On June 21 an agreement was brokered ending the Cristero War. On June 27, church bells rang and mass was held publicly for the first time in three years. The agreement heavily favored the government, as priests were required to register with the government and religion was banned from schools.
The major event of the year for the United States was the stock market crash on Wall Street, which was to have international effects. On September 3, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) peaked at 381.17, a height it would not reach again until November 1954. Then, from October 24–October 29, stock prices suffered three multi-digit percentage drops, wiping out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government). On December 3 U.S. President Herbert Hoover announced to the U.S. Congress that the worst effects of the recent stock market crash were behind the nation, and that the American people had regained faith in the economy.
Literature, arts, and entertainmentEdit
Literature of the time reflected the memories many harbored of the horrors of World War I. A major seller was All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Remarque was a German who had fought in the war at age eighteen and been wounded in the Third Battle of Ypres. He stated that he intended the book to tell the story "of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war." Another 1929 book reflecting on World War I was Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, as well as Good-Bye to All That by Robert Graves. In lighter media, a few stars of the comic industry made their debut, including Tintin, a comic book character created by Hergé, who would appear in over 200 million comic books in 60 languages. Popeye, another comic strip character created by Elzie Crisler Segar, also appeared in this year.
Within the film industry, on May 16 the 1st Academy Awards were presented at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, with Wings winning Best Picture. Also, Hallelujah! became the first Hollywood film to contain an entirely black cast, and Atlantic, a film about the Titanic, is an early sound-on-film movie. The arts were in the midst of the Modernist movement, as Pablo Picasso painted two cubist works, Woman in a Garden and Nude in an Armchair, during this year. The surrealist painters Salvador Dalí and René Magritte completed several works, including The First Days of Spring and The Treachery of Images. On November 7 in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art opened to the public. The latest in modern architecture was also represented by the Barcelona Pavilion in Spain, and the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, at its completion the tallest building in the British Empire.
Science and technologyEdit
The year saw several advances in technology and exploration. On June 27 the first public demonstration of color TV was held by H. E. Ives and his colleagues at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York. The first images were a bouquet of roses and an American flag. A mechanical system was used to transmit 50-line color television images between New York and Washington. The BBC broadcast a television transmission for the first time. By November, Vladimir Zworykin had taken out the first patent for color television. On November 29, Bernt Balchen, U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd, Captain Ashley McKinley, and Harold June, became the first to fly over the South Pole. Within the year, Britain, Australia and New Zealand began a joint Antarctic Research Expedition, and the German airship Graf Zeppelin began a round-the-world flight (ended August 29). This year Ernst Schwarz describes Bonobo (Pan paniscus) as a different species from common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), both closely related phylogenetically to human beings.
- January 1
- January 6
- January 10 – The first appearance of Hergé's Belgian comic book hero Tintin, as Tintin in the Land of the Soviets (Les Aventures de Tintin, reporter..., au pays des Soviets), begins serialization in the children's newspaper supplement, Le Petit Vingtième.
- January 15 – Annales d'histoire économique et sociale begins publication in France.
- January 17 – The comic strip hero Popeye first appears in Thimble Theatre.
- January 29 – All Quiet on the Western Front (Im Westen nichts Neues), by Erich Maria Remarque, is published in book form.
- February 9 – "Litvinov's Pact" is signed in Moscow by the Soviet Union, Poland, Estonia, Romania and Latvia, who agree not to use force to settle disputes between themselves.
- February 10 – Liga Espanola, a professional football league of Spain, is founded.
- February 11 – The Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See of the Catholic Church sign the Lateran Treaty, to establish the Vatican City as an independent sovereign enclave within Rome, resolving the "Roman Question".
- February 14 – "Saint Valentine's Day Massacre": Five gangster (rivals of Al Capone), plus two civilians, are shot dead in Chicago.
- February 26 – Grand Teton National Park is established by the United States Congress.
- March 2 – The longest bridge in the world at this time, the San Francisco Bay Toll-Bridge, opens.
- March 3 – A revolt by Generals José Gonzalo Escobar and Jesús María Aguirre fails in Mexico.
- March 4
- Herbert Hoover is sworn in, as the 31st President of the United States.
- The National Revolutionary Party (Partido Nacional Revolucionario) is established in Mexico, by ex-President Plutarco Elías Calles. Under a succession of names, it will hold power in the country continuously for the next 71 years.
- March 28 – Japanese forces withdraw from Shandong province to their garrison in Tsingtao, bringing an end to the Jinan Incident.
- March 30 – Imperial Airways begins operating the first commercial flights between London and Karachi.
- April 3 – Persia signs the Litvinov Protocol.
- April 14 – The inaugural Monaco Grand Prix is won by William Grover-Williams, driving a Bugatti.
- May – The Wickersham Commission begins its investigation of organized crime, following alcohol Prohibition in the United States.
- May 1 – The 7.2 Mw Kopet Dag earthquake shakes the Iran-Turkmenistan border region, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing up to 3,800 and injuring 1,121.
- May 7 – "The Battle Of Blood Alley" is fought by a razor gang in Sydney, Australia.
- May 16 – The 1st Academy Awards are presented in a 15-minute ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, honoring the best movies of 1927 and 1928, Wings (1927) winning Best Picture. Gerald Duffy (died 1928) receives the only Academy Award for Best Title Writing ever awarded (for his intertitles to the silent film The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927)).
- May 31 – The United Kingdom general election again returns a hung parliament; the Liberals in Parliament determine which party will govern.
- June 1 – The 1st Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires.
- June 3 – The Treaty of Lima settles a border dispute between Peru and Chile.
- June 7 – The Lateran Treaty, making Vatican City a sovereign state, is ratified.
- June 8 – Ramsay MacDonald forms the United Kingdom's second Labour government.
- June 21 – An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow helps end the Cristero War in Mexico.
- June 27 – The first public demonstration of color TV is held, by H. E. Ives and his colleagues at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York. The first images are a bouquet of roses and an American flag. A mechanical system is used to transmit 50-line color television images between New York and Washington.
- July 11 – In the Soviet Union, a secret decree of the Sovnarkom creates the backbone of the Gulag system.
- July 24
- French prime minister Raymond Poincaré resigns, and is succeeded by Aristide Briand.
- The Kellogg–Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect (it was first signed in Paris on August 27, 1928, by most leading world powers).
- Union Airways Pty. Ltd. is founded, to be nationalised as South African Airways, on 1 February 1934.
- July 25 – Pope Pius XI emerges from the Apostolic Palace, and enters St. Peter's Square in a huge procession witnessed by about 250,000 persons, thus ending nearly 60 years of self-imposed status by the papacy as Prisoner in the Vatican.
- July 27
- August 8–29 – German rigid airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin makes a circumnavigation of the Northern Hemisphere eastabout out of Lakehurst, New Jersey, including the first nonstop flight of any kind across the Pacific Ocean (Tokyo–Los Angeles).
- August 16 – The 1929 Palestine riots break out between Palestinians and Jews in Mandatory Palestine, and continue until the end of the month. In total, 133 Jews and 116 Palestinians are killed.
- August 20 – John Logie Baird's experimental 30-line television system is first transmitted, by the British Broadcasting Corporation.
- August 23–24 – The 1929 Hebron massacre: 65–68 Jews are killed by Palestinians and the remaining Jews are forced to leave Hebron.
- August 29
- August 31 – The Young Plan, which sets the total World War I reparations owed by Germany at US$26,350,000,000 to be paid over a period of 58½ years, is finalized.
- September 3 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average peaks at 381.17, a height it will not reach again, until November 1954.
- September 5 – Aristide Briand presents his plan for the United States of Europe.
- September 17 – A coup ousts Augustinas Voldemaras in Lithuania; the new president is Antanas Smetona.
- September 30 – Fritz von Opel pilots the first rocket-powered aircraft, the Opel RAK.1, in front of a large crowd in Frankfurt am Main.
- October 6 – Serie A, a well-known professional football league of Italy, replaces the Divisione Nazionale.
- October 12 – Australian federal election, 1929: The Labor Party, led by James Scullin, defeats the Nationalist/Country Coalition Government, led by Prime Minister Stanley Bruce. Scullin will be sworn in on October 22nd. Notably, this is the first occasion in Australian political history where a sitting Prime Minister loses his own seat (e second being John Howard in 2007).
- October 14 – The Philadelphia Athletics win the World Series four games to one over the Chicago Cubs, taking Game Five by a 3-2 score at Shibe Park.
- October 18 – On appeal from the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of "The Famous Five" Canadian women in the landmark case of Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General), the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the United Kingdom announces that women are "persons" under the British North America Acts, and thus eligible for appointment to the Senate of Canada.
- October 22 – The government of Aristide Briand falls in France.
- October 24–29 – Wall Street Crash of 1929: Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government).
- October 25 – Former U.S. Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall is convicted of bribery for his role in the Teapot Dome scandal, becoming the first Presidential cabinet member to go to prison for actions in office.
- October 29 – The stock market crashes.
- October 30 – The Stuttgart Cable Car is constructed in Stuttgart, Germany.
- November – Vladimir Zworykin takes out the first patent for color television.
- November 1
- November 7 – In New York City, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) opens to the public. The first exhibition 'Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh and Seurat' (Nov 7 – Dec 7) is seen by 47.000 visitors; the curator is Alfred H. Barr.
- November 15 – Atlantic, a film about the sinking of the RMS Titanic, is released in the U.K., the first British sound-on-film movies and, in its simultaneously-shot German-language version, the first to be released in Germany.
- November 18 – The 1929 Grand Banks earthquake occurs.
- November 29 – Bernt Balchen, U.S. Admiral Richard Byrd, Captain Ashley McKinley and Harold June become the first to fly over the South Pole.
- December 27 – Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin orders the "liquidation of the kulaks as a class".
- December 28 – "Black Saturday" in Samoa: New Zealand colonial police kill 11 unarmed demonstrators, an event which leads the Mau movement to demand independence for Samoa.
- December 29 – The All India Congress in Lahore demands Indian independence.[clarification needed]
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- January 1
- January 2
- January 3
- January 4
- January 5 – Wilbert Harrison, American singer (d. 1994)
- January 7 – Terry Moore, American actress
- January 8
- January 9 – Brian Friel, Irish dramatist (d. 2015)
- January 10 – Tony Soper, English naturalist, author and broadcaster
- January 11
- January 12
- January 14 – Billy Walker, American country music singer (d. 2006)
- January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr., African-American civil rights leader, Nobel laureate (d. 1968)
- January 16 – Shigeru Kōyama, Japanese actor (d. 2017)
- January 17
- January 20
- January 23
- January 25 – Benny Golson, American jazz musician
- January 26
- January 27
- January 28
- January 29
- January 30
- January 31
- February 1 – Basilio Lami Dozo, Argentine dictator (d. 2017)
- February 2
- February 3 – Huntington Hardisty, American admiral (d. 2003)
- February 4
- February 5
- February 6
- Ramón Martínez Pérez, Spanish footballer (d. 2017)
- Colin Murdoch, New Zealand pharmacist, veterinarian and inventor (d. 2008)
- Sixten Jernberg, Swedish Olympic cross-country skier (d. 2012)
- Chuck Nergard, American politician (d. 2017)
- Pierre Brice, French actor (d. 2015)
- Valentin Yanin, Russian historian and author
- February 10
- February 14
- February 15
- February 16 – Kazimierz Kutz, Polish film director and politician (d. 2018)
- February 17
- February 18 – Len Deighton, British author
- February 21 – Roberto Gómez Bolaños, Mexican actor, comedian (d. 2014)
- February 22
- February 23 – Patriarch Alexy II of Russia (d. 2008)
- February 24
- February 25
- February 26
- February 28
- March 1 – Georgi Markov, Bulgarian dissident (d. 1978)
- March 4 – Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor
- March 6
- March 7 – Marion Marlowe, American singer and actress (d. 2012)
- March 8
- March 9
- March 10 – Lolita Rodrigues, Brazilian actress and presenter
- March 13
- March 14 – Bob Goalby, American golfer
- March 15
- March 16
- March 17 – Howie Winter, American gang boss
- March 18 – Christa Wolf, German literary critic, novelist, and essayist (d. 2011)
- March 19
- March 20
- March 22
- March 23 – Sir Roger Bannister, British athlete (d. 2018)
- March 25
- March 26 – Edward Sorel, American illustrator and caricaturist
- March 27
- March 29
- March 31 – Bert Fields, American lawyer and author
- April 1
- April 2 – Ed Dorn, American poet (d. 1999)
- April 3 – Poul Schlüter, Danish politician
- April 4 – William F. Clinger Jr., American politician
- April 5
- David E. L. Choong, Malaysian badminton player (d. 2011)
- Lucina da Costa Gomez-Matheeuws, Dutch Antillean politician (d. 2017)
- Ivar Giaever, Norwegian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
- Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (d. 2001)
- Richard Jenrette, American businessman (d. 2018)
- Joe Meek, English record producer, sound engineer, and songwriter (d. 1967)
- April 6
- April 7
- April 8
- April 9 – Fred Hollows, New Zealand-Australian ophthalmologist (d. 1993)
- April 10
- April 11 – Eric Luoma, Canadian cross-country skier (d. 2018)
- April 12
- April 13 – Yvonne Clark, American engineer (d. 2019)
- April 14
- April 14 – Chadli Bendjedid, 3rd President of Algeria (d. 2012)
- April 16
- April 17 – James Last, German composer (d. 2015)
- April 18 – Ion Voinescu, Romanian footballer (d. 2018)
- April 20 – John Andreason, American politician (d. 2017)
- April 21 – Estrella Zeledón Lizano, Costa Rican politician, First Lady (d. 2019)
- April 22
- April 24
- April 25 – Abderrahmane Mahjoub, French and Moroccan international football (soccer) midfielder (d. 2011)
- April 26
- April 27 – Michael Harner, American anthropologist, author (d. 2018)
- April 28 – Evangelina Elizondo, Mexican actress (d. 2017)
- April 29
- April 30 – Klausjürgen Wussow, German theatre, television actor (d. 2007)
- May 1
- May 2
- May 3
- May 4
- May 5 – Ilene Woods, American singer, actress (d. 2010)
- May 6 – Paul Lauterbur, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2007)
- May 8
- May 10
- May 11 – Margaret Kerry, American actress
- May 12
- May 13 – Ângela Maria, Brazilian singer and actress (d. 2018)
- May 14 – Åke Ortmark, Swedish radio journalist, author and television presenter (d. 2018)
- May 15 – Otar Patsatsia, Georgian politician
- May 16
- May 18
- May 20 – Ahmed Hamdi, Egyptian soldier (d. 1973)
- May 22 – Neave Brown, American-British architect (d. 2018)
- May 23 – Peter Wells, British athlete (d. 2018)
- May 25 – Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano, director of the New York City Opera (d. 2007)
- May 26
- May 27 – Thomas E. Brennan, American jurist (d. 2018)
- May 29
- May 30
- May 31 – Joseph Bernardo, French Olympic swimmer
- June 1
- June 3
- June 4
- June 6
- June 7 – John Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada
- June 8 – Gastone Moschin, Italian actor (d. 2017)
- June 9 – Johnny Ace, African-American rhythm and blues singer (d. 1954)
- June 10
- June 11 – Antonio Pujía, Argentine sculptor (d. 2018)
- June 12 – Anne Frank, German-born diarist, Holocaust victim (d. 1945)
- June 16
- June 18 – Jürgen Habermas, German sociologist, philosopher
- June 20
- June 21
- June 22 – Alex P. Garcia, American politician (d. 1999)
- June 23
- Bart Carlier, Dutch football player (d. 2017)
- June Carter Cash, American singer (d. 2003)
- Mario Ghella, Italian racing cyclist
- Claude Goretta, Swiss internationally successful television producer, film director (d. 2019)
- Gail Peters, American former competition swimmer
- Gerald Eustis Thomas, American naval officer, diplomat and academic (d. 2019)
- June 24
- June 25
- June 26 – Milton Glaser, American graphic designer, illustrator and teacher
- June 27
- June 28
- June 29
- June 30
- July 1
- July 2
- July 3
- July 4
- July 5
- July 6
- Russell Middlemiss, Australian rules footballer
- Hélène Carrère d'Encausse, secretary of the Académie française, historian specializing in Russian history
- Jack Edwards, Welsh former professional footballer, football manager (d. 2014)
- Angelo LiPetri, American former professional baseball player (d. 2016)
- July 7
- July 8
- July 9
- Jesse McReynolds, American bluegrass musician
- Héctor López, Panamanian left fielder, third baseman in Major League Baseball
- Elon Lages Lima, Brazilian mathematician (d. 2017)
- Christopher Morahan, English stage, television director and production executive (d. 2017)
- King Hassan II of Morocco (d. 1999)
- Chi Haotian, Chinese general
- July 10
- July 11
- July 12
- July 13
- July 14
- Adam Inglis, Australian rules footballer
- Jean Konan Banny, Ivorian politician (d. 2018)
- Sonja Kastl, Croatian film and stage actress, teacher, dancer and choreographer
- V. C. Kulandaiswamy, Indian academic, author (d. 2016)
- Kailash Chandra Joshi, Indian politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
- Syed Rahim, Indian cricketer (d. 2014)
- Pat Scott, American pitcher (d. 2016)
- July 15 – Alain Porthault, French former sprinter
- July 16
- Gaby Tanguy, French former swimmer
- Horace Ladymon, American politician
- July 17
- July 18
- July 19
- July 20
- July 21
- July 22
- July 24
- July 25
- July 26 – Patrick Flores, American Roman Catholic prelate (d. 2017)
- July 27
- July 28 – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady of the United States (d. 1994)
- July 31
- August 1
- August 4 – Vellore G. Ramabhadran, Mridangam artiste from Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2012)
- August 5
- August 7
- August 8
- August 9
- August 10 – Vincent McEveety, American director, producer (d. 2018)
- August 12
- August 13 – Pat Harrington Jr., American voice actor (d. 2016)
- August 14
- August 15
- August 16 – William Copeland, Australian Test cricket match umpire (d. 2011)
- August 17 – Francis Gary Powers, American U-2 spy plane pilot (d. 1977)
- August 20
- August 21
- August 23
- August 24
- August 26 – Chuck Renslow, American businessman, LGBT activist (d. 2017)
- August 27
- August 29
- August 30 – Ian McNaught-Davis, British television presenter (d. 2014)
- August 31 – C. C. Torbert Jr., American jurist (d. 2018)
- September 1
- September 3
- September 4
- September 5 – Bob Newhart, American comedian, actor
- September 6 – Albino Longhi, Italian journalist (d. 2018)
- September 10 – Arnold Palmer, American golfer (d. 2016)
- September 11 – Eve Brent, American actress (d. 2011)
- September 14 – Hans Clarin, German actor (d. 2005)
- September 15
- September 16
- September 17 – Stirling Moss, British former Formula One racing driver
- September 18 – Armando, Dutch artist (d. 2018)
- September 19
- September 20 – Anne Meara, American actress, comedian (d. 2015)
- September 21
- September 22
- September 23 – Johan Claassen, South African rugby player (d. 2019)
- September 24 – Tunku Abdul Malik, Raja Muda of Kedah (d. 2015)
- September 25
- September 28
- September 29 – Giorgio Bàrberi Squarotti, Italian academic, poet (d. 2017)
- September 30
- October 1 – Maitama Sule, Nigerian politician (d. 2017)
- October 2
- October 4 – Scotty Beckett, American child actor (d. 1968)
- October 5
- October 7 – Tony Beckley, English character actor (d. 1980)
- October 8 – Arthur Bisguier, American chess Grandmaster, chess promoter, and writer (d. 2017)
- October 9 – Ana Luisa Peluffo, Mexican actress
- October 11
- October 13 – Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter (d. 2010)
- October 15
- October 16
- October 18 – Violeta Chamorro, President of Nicaragua
- October 19 – Henri Cueco, French painter (d. 2017)
- October 20 – Colin Jeavons, Welsh actor
- October 21
- October 22
- October 23 – Josy Moinet, French politician (d. 2018)
- October 24 – Clifford Rose, British classical actor
- October 25 – David McReynolds, American political activist (d. 2018)
- October 28 – Mitchell Torok, American country music singer
- October 29 – Yevgeny Primakov, Russian politician, diplomat (d. 2015)
- October 30 – Jean Chapman, English romantic novelist
- October 31
- unknown date - Mao Zhiyong, Chinese politician (d.2019)
- November 2
- November 5 – Lennart Johansson, Swedish sports official and 5th president of UEFA (d. 2019)
- November 6 – June Squibb, American actress
- November 7
- November 8
- November 9 – Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer, Nobel laureate (d. 2016)
- November 10 – Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-born Mexican film actress, dancer (d. 2015)
- November 11 – LaVern Baker, American singer (d. 1997)
- November 12
- November 13 – Fred Phelps, American pastor, activist (Westboro Baptist Church) (d. 2014)
- November 14 – Jimmy Piersall, American baseball center fielder (d. 2017)
- November 15
- November 17 – Gorō Naya, Japanese actor, voice actor, narrator and theatre director, older brother of Rokurō Naya (d. 2013)
- November 18
- November 20 – Raymond Lefèvre, French conductor, arranger, composer (d. 2008)
- November 23
- November 24
- November 25 – Marcel De Corte, Belgian footballer (d. 2017)
- November 26 – Slavko Avsenik, Slovene musician, composer (d. 2015)
- November 27 – Hans-Reinhard Koch, German Roman Catholic prelate (d. 2018)
- November 28
- November 30
- December 1
- December 4 – Noel Power, Hong Kong judge (d. 2009)
- December 6 – Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (d. 2016)
- December 9
- December 13 – Christopher Plummer, Canadian actor
- December 14 – Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, Spanish cardinal (d. 2019)
- December 15 – Dina bint Abdul-Hamid, former Queen of Jordan
- December 16
- December 17 – William Safire, American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter (d. 2009)
- December 18
- December 20
- December 21 – Newton Morton, American geneticist (d. 2018)
- December 23 – Chet Baker, American jazz musician (d. 1988)
- December 26
- December 29
- Matt "Guitar" Murphy, American blues musician (d. 2018)
- Susie Garrett, American actress (d. 2002)
- Efraín Goldenberg, Peruvian politician, finance minister and foreign relations minister
- Peter May, English cricketer (d. 1994)
- Theodore V. Buttrey Jr., American educator, classicist and numismatist (d. 2018)
- December 30 – Lucien Xavier Michel-Andrianarahinjaka, Malagasy writer, politician (d. 1997)
- December 31
- Tina Ramirez, American dancer and choreographer
- January 5
- January 13 – Wyatt Earp, American gunfighter (b. 1848)
- January 15
- January 24 – Wilfred Baddeley, English tennis player (b. 1872)
- January 30
- February 3 – José Gutiérrez Guerra, Bolivian economist and statesman, 34th President of Bolivia (b. 1869)
- February 6 – Maria Christina of Austria, Queen Regent of Spain (b. 1858)
- February 7 – Édouard Hugon, French philosopher, theologian (b. 1867)
- February 11 – Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein (b. 1840)
- February 12 – Lillie Langtry, British singer, actress (b. 1853)
- February 14 – Thomas Burke, American Olympic athlete (b. 1875)
- February 18 – William Russell, American actor (b. 1884)
- February 24 – Frank Keenan, American actor (b. 1858)
- February 27 – Briton Hadden, co-founder of Time Magazine (b. 1898)
- March 1 – Royal H. Weller, American politician (b. 1881)
- March 2 – Sir Edward Seymour, British admiral (b. 1840)
- March 5 – David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American inventor (b. 1854)
- March 12 – Asa Griggs Candler, American businessman, politician (b. 1851)
- March 15 – Pinetop Smith, African-American blues pianist (b. 1904)
- March 18 – William P. Cronan, Naval Governor of Guam (b. 1879)
- March 20 – Ferdinand Foch, French commander of Allied forces in World War I (b. 1851)
- April 4
- April 12 – Enrico Ferri, Italian criminologist (b. 1856)
- April 22 – Henry Lerolle, French painter (b. 1848)
- April 24 – Caroline Rémy de Guebhard, French feminist (b. 1855)
- May 2
- May 12 – Charles Swickard, German-American film director (b. 1861)
- May 21 – Archibald Primrose, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1847)
- May 23 – John G. Jacobson, American businessman and politician (b. 1869)
- June 5 – Sir Cecil Burney, British admiral of the fleet (b. 1858)
- June 8 – Bliss Carman, Canadian poet (b. 1861)
- June 11 – William Dickson Boyce, American entrepreneur, founder of the Boy Scouts of America (b. 1858)
- June 16 – Bramwell Booth, General of The Salvation Army (b. 1856)
- June 21 – Leonard Hobhouse, British political theorist, sociologist (b. 1864)
- June 24 – Queenie Newall, British Olympic archer (b. 1854)
- June 26 – Amandus Adamson, Estonian sculptor (b. 1855)
- June 28 – Edward Carpenter, English poet (b. 1844)
- July 2 – Gladys Brockwell, American actress (b. 1893)
- July 3 – Dustin Farnum, American actor (b. 1874)
- July 11 – Ali Ahmad Khan, former Emir of Afghanistan (b. 1883)
- July 12 – Robert Henri, American painter (b. 1865)
- July 15 – Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Austrian writer (b. 1874)
- August – Mary MacLane, Canadian feminist writer (b. 1881)
- August 3
- August 5 – Dame Millicent Fawcett, British suffragist, feminist (b. 1847)
- August 10 – Aletta Jacobs, Dutch physician and women's suffrage activist (b. 1854)
- August 13 – Sir Ray Lankester, British zoologist (b. 1847)
- August 14 – Henry Horne, 1st Baron Horne, British general (b. 1861)
- August 19 – Sergei Diaghilev, Russian ballet impresario (b. 1872)
- August 22 – Otto Liman von Sanders, German general (b. 1855)
- August 26 – Sir Ernest Satow, British diplomat, scholar (b. 1843)
- August 27 – Herman Potočnik Noordung, Slovenian rocket engineer (b. 1892)
- September 2 – Paul Leni, German filmmaker (b. 1885)
- September 12 – Rainis, Latvian poet, playwright (b. 1865)
- September 23 – Richard Adolf Zsigmondy, Austrian-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1865)
- September 24 – Mahidol Adulyadej, Thai doctor, father of King Rama IX (b. 1892)
- September 25 – Miller Huggins, American baseball manager, MLB Hall of Famer (b. 1879)
- September 26 – Aby Warburg, German historian, cultural theorist (b. 1866)
- September 27 – Johnny Hill. British, European, and World flyweight boxing champion (b. 1905)
- September 29 – Tanaka Giichi, 26th Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1864)
- October 1 – Antoine Bourdelle, French sculptor (b. 1861)
- October 3
- October 5 – Varghese Payyappilly Palakkappilly, Indian Syro Malabar Catholic priest and venerable (b. 1876)
- October 20 – José Batlle y Ordóñez, 3-time President of Uruguay (b. 1856)
- October 21 – Vasil Radoslavov, 7th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (b. 1854)
- October 27
- October 28 – Bernhard von Bülow, German count and statesman, 8th Chancellor of Germany (b. 1849)
- October 29 – Emily Robin, English Madame (b. 1874)
- October 31 – António José de Almeida, Portuguese political figure, 64th Prime Minister of Portugal and 6th President of Portugal (b. 1866)
- November 1 – Habibullāh Kalakāni, deposed Emir of Afghanistan (b. 1891)
- November 6 – Prince Maximilian of Baden, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1867)
- November 14 – Joe McGinnity, American baseball player, MLB Hall of Famer (b. 1871)
- November 15 – Léon Delacroix, former Prime Minister of Belgium (b. 1867)
- November 17 – Herman Hollerith, American businessman, inventor (b. 1860)
- November 24
- November 26 – Chandra Shumsher Jang Bahadur Rana, 13th Prime Minister of Nepal (b. 1863)
- December 10
- December 14 – Henry B. Jackson, British admiral (b. 1855)
- December 17
- December 20 – Émile Loubet, French politician, 8th President of France (b. 1838)
- December 21 – I. L. Patterson, American politician, 18th Governor of Oregon (b. 1859)
- December 26 – Albert Giraud, Belgian poet (b. 1860)
- December 29 – Wilhelm Maybach, German automobile designer (b. 1846)
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