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1855Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, banker (Mellon Bank), US Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32) and philanthropist

1855Percival "Percy" Lowell, US astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto)

1855 Birthdays
Date Event
Jan 3
Hubert Bland, English socialist (d. 1914) 
Jan 5
King Camp Gillette, inventor (safety razor) 
Jan 9
Elith Reumert, Grænsefolket 
Jan 10
Peter J Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People) 
Jan 15
Jacques Damala, Greek military officer and actor (d. 1889) 
Jan 18
Valentina Frascaroli, Gribouillette fiancée d'une heure 
Jan 20
Amedee-Ernest Chausson, composer 
Jan 20
Ludwik Solski, Geniusz sceny 
Jan 21
John M Browning, US, weapons manufacturer 
Jan 22
Ernst Kullak, composer 
Jan 22
Albert Neisser [Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser], Schweidnitz Prussia, German physician who discovered the bacterias that cause gonorrhea and leprosy 
Jan 23
John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926) 
Jan 26
Arthur Hervey, composer 
Jan 28
William Seward Burroughs, NY, inventor (recording adding machine) 
Feb 12
Jacob P. Adler, Michael Strogoff 
Feb 13
Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922) 
Feb 14
Vsevolod Garshin, Lyagushka-puteshestvennitsa 
Feb 15
Gustav Hollaender, composer 
Feb 17
Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WW I) 
Feb 17
Frederick de Belleville, The Daughter of the People 
Feb 21
Alice Freeman Palmer, educator (Hall of Fame) 
Feb 25
George Bonnor, cricketer (big-hitting Aussie batter 1880-1888) 
Feb 25
Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886) 
Feb 25
Raymond Blathwayt, Beyond the Rocks 
Mar 5
Jan Klecanda, Father Vojtech 
Mar 6
Elwyn Alfred Barron, The House of Silence 
Mar 8
Wilhelm Jacoby, Pension Schöller 
Mar 12
John White, composer 
Mar 13
Percival "Percy" Lowell, US astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto) 
Mar 24
Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, banker (Mellon Bank), US Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32) and philanthropist 
Mar 24
Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman) 
Mar 24
Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm 
Mar 27
Alfred Ewing [James Alfred Ewing], Dundee, Scottish Physicist (magnetic properties of metals, hysteresis) 
Mar 29
James O. Barrows, The Old Fool 
Mar 31
Alfred E. Hunt, founder of Alcoa (d. 1899) 
Mar 31
John Hays Hammond, Our Mutual Girl, No. 35 
Apr 9
Gyula Reviczky, Hungarian author/poet 
Apr 18
Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Jan Steen) 
Apr 18
Josef Gruber, composer 
Apr 18
Miles B. McSweeney, President Roosevelt Reviewing the Troops at Charleston Exposition 
Apr 23
Ernst von Wolzogen, Schall und Rauch 
Apr 29
Anatol K Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake) [OS] 
Apr 29
Edmund van der Straeten, composer 
May 1
Cecilia Beaux, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, American portrait painter 
May 1
Marie Corelli, Leaves Out of the Book of Satan 
May 2
Theodore Moses Tobani, composer 
May 2
Eduard von Keyserling, Wellen 
May 5
Helena Cavallier, Os Dois Proscritos ou a Restauração de Portugal em 1640 
May 8
John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), West Chicago, Illinois, USA, American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing 
May 9
Julius Rontgen, composer 
May 10
Anatoli Liadov, St Petersburg, Russia, composer (Enchanted Lake) [NS] 
May 10
Anatol Liadov, The Invisible Boy 
May 11
Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake) 
May 15
Eduard von Keyserling, Baltic German writer (Dritte Stiege) 
May 21
Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian poet/writer (Les Flammes Hautes) 
May 24
Arthur Wing Pinero, British playwright 
May 24
Arthur Wing Pinero, The Enchanted Cottage 
May 25
Aranka Hegyi, A táncz 
Jun 3
Thecla Åhlander, The Hell Ship 
Jun 14
Robert Marion La Follette, Wisconsin, pres candidate (Progressive) 
Jun 14
Robert LaFollette, Robert LaFollette Campaign Speech 
Jun 17
Fritz Steinbach, composer 
Jun 22
Sam Morris, Hobart, cricketer (Barbados parents only black Aus player) 
Jun 23
Maude Valerie White, composer 
Jun 24
Max Pategg, Friedrich Schiller - Eine Dichterjugend 
Jun 25
Annegrethe Antonsen, Dæmonen 
Jul 3
Piotr Maszynski, composer 
Jul 7
Ludwig Ganghofer, German writer (d. 1920) 
Jul 7
Ludwig Ganghofer, The Monastery's Hunter 
Jul 7
Arthur Azevedo, Brava Gente 
Jul 9
Johann P Zilcher, German composer 
Jul 10
Marie Ring, Den glade løjtnant 
Jul 14
Richard Samuel Hughes, composer 
Jul 16
Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer 
Jul 25
Edward Solomon, composer 
Jul 26
Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist (d. 1936) 
Jul 30
James Edward Kelly, US, sculptor "Sculptor of American History" 
Aug 1
Thomas Commerford, A Failure at Fifty 
Aug 3
Joe Hunter, Former Australian cricketer (d. 1891) 
Aug 3
H.C. Brunner, The Seven Graces 
Aug 4
Jay Hunt, Granddad 
Aug 7
Stanley J. Weyman, Under the Red Robe 
Aug 11
John Hodges, Australian cricketer (d. 1933) 
Aug 13
Charles T. Dazey, Shifting Sands 
Aug 14
Adam Geibel, Salute to Expo 67 
Aug 18
Alfred Wallis, English artist and mariner (d. 1942) 
Aug 26
Otto Elg-Lundberg, Gösta Berlings saga 
Aug 29
Emil Pauer, composer 
Aug 31
Stefan Surzynski, composer 
Sep 1
Innokenty Annensky, Omsk, Russian Empire, poet, critic and interpreter (poètes maudits) 
Sep 6
Ferdinand B Hummel, composer 
Sep 7
William Friese-Greene, British photographer (d. 1921) 
Sep 9
Houston S Chamberlain, British/German race theorist 
Sep 9
Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born oil exploration pioneer (d. 1921) 
Sep 12
Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician (d. 1920) 
Sep 28
Thomas F Tout, London, historian (Manchester school of historiography) 
Sep 29
Michele Esposito, composer 
Oct 8
Gustav Ehrismann, German germanist 
Oct 8
Edgar Saltus, Daughters of the Rich 
Oct 10
Herbert Kelcey, The Sphinx 
Oct 12
Arthur Nikisch, Szent-Miklos Hungary, conductor (Berlin Philharmonic) 
Oct 12
August Sauer, Austria literature historian (Euphorion) 
Oct 12
Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer/painter (Death of My Cat) [or 9/12] 
Oct 12
Arthur Nikisch,  
Oct 14
George Edwardes, British composer (Gaiety Girl) 
Oct 14
Betzy Kofoed, The Folly of Sin 
Oct 16
Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian 
Oct 16
Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (d. 1931) 
Oct 17
Joseph Harker, Henry VIII 
Oct 19
Robert H. Fordyce, Our Mutual Girl, No. 43 
Oct 23
Eric Lewis, Brown Sugar 
Oct 24
James S. Sherman, Vice President of the United States (d. 1912) 
Oct 26
Charles Post, who had a way with breakfast cereals (Post Cereals) 
Oct 26
Sydney Rosenfeld, Children of Destiny 
Oct 28
Ivan V Mitshurin, Russian botanist (new types of fruit) 
Oct 29
Paul Bruchési, archbishop of Montreal (d. 1939) 
Nov 1
Guido Adler, Austria, musicologist (Still in the Music) 
Nov 5
Eugene V. Debs, Terre Haute, Indiana, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (d. 1926) 
Nov 5
Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist (stratosphere) 
Nov 5
Eugene V. Debs,  
Nov 6
Eduard Yosif Kotek, composer 
Nov 6
Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist (d. 1942) 
Nov 7
Edwin H Hall, US physicist (Hall effect) 
Nov 8
James Williamson, A Photographic Contortion 
Nov 10
Josiah Royce, US, philosopher (conception of God) 
Nov 11
Stevan Sremac, Zona Zamfirova 
Nov 13
Daniel F Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist/banker 
Nov 19
Billy Bates, cricketer (England all-rounder 1882-87, hat-trick 1883) 
Nov 24
Elisabeth Christensen, Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages 
Nov 30
Marie WF Treub, Dutch economist/minister of Agriculture/Finance 
Nov 30
Hugh Moss, The King 
Dec 5
Clinton Hart Merriam, American ornithologist (d. 1942) 
Dec 7
Clementine Plessner, Different from the Others 
Dec 10
Marios Varvoglis, Greek Composer (d. 1967) 
Dec 10
Henry Nicholas Ridley, West Harling Hall, Norfolk, U.K., Botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry) 
Dec 11
Julian Edwards, composer 
Dec 11
Julian Edwards, Shine on Harvest Moon 
Dec 12
Gerald Griffin, A Pair of Cupids 
Dec 23
Alan Gray, composer 
Dec 25
James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884 
Dec 26
Arnold Ludwig Mendelssohn, composer 
Dec 27
Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist 
Dec 29
August Kitzberg, Libahunt 
Dec 30
Heinrich Hart, German writer (Song of Humanity) 
Dec 30
Frank Burbeck, Who's Your Brother? 
Dec 31
Giovanni Pascoli, Italian classicist/poet 
Dec 31
Giovanni Pascoli, quest'atomo opaco del Male 
4
Kees Lageman, Zonnestraal 
6
Ferdinand Hummel, Schwert und Herd 
7
William Friese-Greene, Hyde Park Corner 
8
Thomas F. Fallon, While New York Sleeps 
15
Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland, Monsieur Beaucaire 
17
Effie Ellsler, The Front Page 
25
William Shepherd Benson, Victory 
29
Michele Esposito, The Post-Bag 
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