- February 5 - William S. Burroughs, US author
- February 11 - Matt Dennis, singer.
- February 11 - French Duynstee, Dutch constitutional lawyer.
- February 11 - Menelaos Pallantios, composer.
- February 11 - Winand Borgerhoff Mulder court judge of Amsterdam.
- October 21 - Martin Gardner, writer on mathematics and games
- October 27 - Dylan Thomas, poet and author
- World War I begins in August.