Today's Birthdays in History

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  • 47 BC Pharaoh Ptolemy XV of Egypt (d. 30 BC)
  • 1160 Johannes de Matha, French saint/founder (Trinitarians)
  • 1433 Francis II, Duke of Brittany (d. 1488)
  • 1456 Margaret of Denmark, wife of James III of Scotland (d. 1486)
  • 1534 Oda Nobunaga, Japanese warlord (d. 1582)
  • 1596 Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (d. 1641)
  • 1612 Justus G Schottel, [Schottelius], German poet
  • 1612 André Tacquet, Belgian mathematician (d. 1660)
  • 1668 Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (d. 1744)
  • 1683 Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (d. 1745)
  • 1703 Maria Leszczyńska, queen of Louis XV of France (d. 1768)
  • 1716 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (d. 1789)
  • 1750 Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, French geologist (d. 1801)
  • 1763 Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of France (1804-14) at Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique (d. 1814)
  • 1774 Matthijs Siegenbeek, Dutch linguist (spelling)
  • 1799 John Milton Bernhisel, American physician (d. 1881)
  • 1800 Karol Marcinkowski, Polish physician and social activist (d. 1846)
  • 1801 Daniel Smith Donelson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1810 Franziska"Fanny" Elssler, Austrian ballerina
  • 1818 Simon Vissering, Dutch economist/minister of Finances (1879-81)
  • 1822 Young Marshall Moody, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1866)
  • 1838 Edwin Henry Stoughton, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • 1858 William Ernst Johnson, mathematician, born in Cambridge, England
  • 1859 Florentinus M Wibaut, Amsterdams social alderman (building of houses)
  • 1875 Carl Milles, Uppsala Sweden, fountain sculptor (Wedding of Rivers)
  • 1879 William Ewart Berry, 1st viscount Camrose/English nobleman
  • 1887 Ernst Rowohlt, German publisher (Rowohlt-Verlag)
  • 1888 Bronson M. Cutting, American politician (d. 1935)
  • 1889 Anna Akhmatova, Bolshoy Fontan near Odessa. Russian poet (d. 1966)
  • 1894 Alfred Kinsey, Hoboken, New Jersey, American entomologist/sexologist (Kinsey Report)

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1894 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), born in Richmond, England (d. 1972)

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
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  • 1897 Winifred Wagner-William, German organizer (Wagner Festival)
  • 1901 Mariel-Henri Jaspar, Belgian minister/ambassador
  • 1901 Paul Verhoeven, Unna Germany, director
  • 1902 Howard T Engstrom, computer designer (Univac), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1903 Anthony Veiller, American writer (Night of Iguana, Moulin Rouge), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Hans C Branner, Danish writer (Toys, Horse Rider)
  • 1903 Paul Joseph James Martin, Canadian politician (d. 1992)
  • 1904 Carleton Coon, prof of anthropology (What in the World)
  • 1905 Jack Pickersgill, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Wolfgang Koeppen, writer
  • 1907 Dercy Gonçalves, Brazilian comedienne (d. 2008)
  • 1908 Paulus Akkerman, [Paul fen Nijenborn], Frisian writer (Each om Each)
  • 1909 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), born in Hong'an, Hubei, China (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Jean Anouilh, France, dramatist (Thieves' Carnival)
  • 1911 David Ogilvy, advertising whiz (Ogilvy & Mathers)
  • 1912 Alan Turing, mathematician/pioneer in computer theory (Turing Machine), born in London (d. 1954)
  • 1913 Jacques Rabemananjara, Hungarian author/vice-president (Antsa)
  • 1913 William P Rogers, Norfolk NY, US secretary of state (1969-73)
  • 1915 Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag)
  • 1919 Muhammad Boudiaf, Algerian political leader (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1964- )
  • 1925 Oliver Smithies, British biochemist (2007 Noble Prize for gene targeting), born in Halifax (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Donn Fulton Eisele, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 7), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1931 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 1935 Maurice Ferre, former mayor of Miami
  • 1936 Costas Simitis, Prime Minister of Greece
  • 1937 Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland
  • 1940 Alexander Irvine, Lord Chanceller of UK (1997- )
  • 1941 Roger McDonald, Australian author
  • 1941 Richard M. Richie Roberts, former Marine and New Jersey Police Detective, Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 1943 Vinton (Vint) Cerf, American Internet pioneer, Turing Award laureate
  • 1945 K B Wilson, methodist Preacher/Principal (Westminster College Oxford)
  • 1945 John Garang, Sudanese leader and politician (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Kjell Albin Abrahamson, Swedish journalist and writer.
  • 1946 Russ Thacker, producer (Golden Seal), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 Clarence Thomas, 108th US Supreme Court Justice (1991- ), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1948 Darhyl S. Ramsey, American author
  • 1950 Douglas C. Lord, Canadian businessman
  • 1955 Pierre Corbeil, Canadian politician
  • 1961 Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
  • 1965 Dawn Whiteham, bodybuilder (Penthouse Nov 1995), born in New London, Connecticut
  • 1967 Helen Geake, British archaeologist
  • 1972 Ron Corning, American television anchor
  • 1974 Maria Carolina Christina, Princess of Netherlands
  • 1980 Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist
  • 1983 Jason Berrent, American performer
  • 1990 Samuel Lee, FIFA 08 World Champion