Famous birthdays, deaths and events of 1884
January 3 - Raoul von Koczalski, Polish pianist and composer (d. 1948) January 12 - Texas Guinan, American actress (d. 1933) January 13 - Sophie Tucker, Russian-born singer and performer (d. 1966) January 23 - Ralph DePalma, Italian-American race car driver (d. 1956) February 1 - Bradbury Robinson, who threw the first forward pass in American football history in 1906 (d. 1949) February 1 - Yevgeny Zamyatin, Russian writer (d. 1937) February 8 - Reginald Baker, Australian athlete and actor (d. 1953) February 13 - Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete February 14 - Nils Olaf Chrisander, Swedish actor February 14 - Joe Jagersberger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1952) February 14 - Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet (d. 1974) February 14 - Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (d. 1972) February 16 - Robert J. Flaherty, American filmmaker (d. 1951) March 4 - Red Murray, American professional baseball player (d. 1958) March 13 - Sir Hugh Walpole, English novelist (d. 1941) March 15 - Angelos Sikelianos, Greek poet and playwright March 26 - Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (d. 1969) April 2 - Sir John Squire, British poet April 6 - Walter Huston, Canadian-born actor (d. 1950) April 12 - Otto Meyerhof, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (d. 1951) April 12 - Tenby Davies, Welsh world champion runner (d. 1932) April 17 - Leo Frank, American convict (d. 1915) April 22 - Otto Rank, Austrian psychologist (d. 1939) May 1 - Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe May 21 - Manuel Pérez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (d. 1920) May 23 - Corrado Gini, Italian sociologist (d. 1965) May 27 - Max Brod, Austrian author (d. 1968) June 5 - Ralph Benatzky, Czech composer (d. 1957) June 13 - Gerald Gardner, British occultist (d. 1964) June 15 - Harry Langdon, American actor (d. 1944) June 22 - James Rector, American athlete (d. 1949) June 23 - Cyclone Taylor, ice hockey player (d. 1979) June 28 - Lamina Sankoh, early Sierra Leonean nationalist (d. 1964) June 30 - Georges Duhamel, French author (d. 1966) July 2 - Alfons Maria Jakob, German neurologist (d. 1931) July 16 - Anna Vyrubova, Russian memoirist (d. 1964) July 23 - Emil Jannings, Swiss actor (d. 1950) August 4 - Henri Cornet, French cyclist (d. 1941) August 8 - Sara Teasdale, American poet (d. 1933) August 10 - Panait Istrati, Romanian writer (d. 1935) August 13 - Harry Dean, England cricketer (d. 1957) August 23 - Will Cuppy, American humorist (d. 1949) August 24 - Earl Derr Biggers, American author (d. 1933) September 1 - Sigurd Wallén, Swedish actor and filmdirector (d. 1947) September 2 - Dr. Frank C. Laubach, Christian missionary (d. 1970) September 8 - Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1921) September 17 - Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (d. 1920) September 24 - Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (d. 1963) October 11 - Sig Ruman, German-American actor (d. 1967) November 5 - James Flecker, English writer (d. 1915) November 20 - Norman Thomas, American political figure (d. 1968) December 14 - Jane Cowl, American actress and playwright (d. 1950) December 25 - Evelyn Nesbit, American actress (d. 1967) December 31 - Bobby Byrne, American baseball player (d. 1964)
March 13 - Leland Stanford, Jr. May 12 - Bedřich Smetana, Czech composer (b. 1824) June 25 - Hans Rott, Austrian composer (b. 1858) July 10 - Paul Morphy, American chess player (b. 1837) November 11 - Alfred Brehm German zoologist, (b. 1827) December 1 - William Swainson (lawyer), second
January 4 - The Fabian Society is founded in London. January 18 - Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, Jesus Christ Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom. February 1 - Edition one of the Oxford English Dictionary is published. March 8 - Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Anthony's argument came 16 years after legislators had first introduced a federal women's suffrage amendment. March 13 - The siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins, ending on January 26, 1885. May 1 - Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States. July 3 - Dow Jones published its 1st stock average. July 5 - Germany takes possession of Cameroon. August 5 - The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor. September 4 - Britain ends its policy of penal transportation to New South Wales in Australia. September 23 - Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine. October 6 - The Naval War College of the United States Navy is founded in Newport, Rhode Island. October 13 - Greenwich is established as universal time meridian of longitude. October 14 - George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film. November 1 - The Gaelic Athletic Association is set up in Hayes's Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary. December 1 - American Old West: Near Frisco, New Mexico, deputy sheriff Elfego Baca holds off a gang of 80 Texan cowboys who want to kill him for arresting Charles McCarthy. December 6 - The Washington Monument in Washington D.C. is completed.