Today's Birthdays in History

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  • 846 Hasan al-Askari, Shia Imam (d. 874)
  • 1285 King Ferdinand IV of Castile (d. 1312)
  • 1421 Henry VI, king of England (1422-61, 1470-71)
  • 1478 Baldassare Castiglione, Italian diplomat and author (d. 1529)
  • 1586 Niccolò Zucchi, Italian astronomer (d. 1670)
  • 1608 George Monck/Monk, English general/gov of Scotland
  • 1637 Sir Edmund Andros, English governor in North America (d. 1714)
  • 1640 Claude Fleury, French historian (d. 1723)
  • 1685 Marie-Adélaïde of Savoy, mother of Louis XV of France (d. 1712)
  • 1721 James Elphinston, British philologist (d. 1809)
  • 1721 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French statesman (d. 1794)
  • 1731 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), born in Kaufbeuren. Bavaria (d. 1807)
  • 1732 Warren Hastings, England, 1st governor-General of India (1773-84)
  • 1752 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1844)
  • 1778 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)
  • 1792 Abraham J van de Aa, lexicographer (Biographic Dictionary)
  • 1792 King William II of the Netherlands (d. 1849)
  • 1805 Adolf Reubke, German organ builder (d. 1875)

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1805 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician (d. 1861)

  • 1808 Johan M Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future)
  • 1809 Stephen Thomas, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • 1812 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman (d. 1884)
  • 1816 Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • 1822 John Eberhard, built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US
  • 1823 Friedrich Max Müller, German orientalist (d. 1900)
  • 1831 Joshua Woodrow Sill, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)

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1833 John Singleton Mosby, Powhatan County, Virginia, lawyer/Col (Confederate Army), (d. 1916)

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby
  • 1835 Wilhelm Rudolf Fittig, Hamburg, German Chemist (synthesizing organic compounds)
  • 1841 Frédéric Bazille, French painter (d. 1870)
  • 1843 Albert de Vriendt, Flemish historical painter/etcher
  • 1849 August von Mackensen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1853 Haraprasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature (d. 1931)
  • 1863 Charles Martin Hall, American chemist (d. 1914)
  • 1875 Evelyn Underhill, British poet (d. 1941)
  • 1876 Fred Duesenberg, German-born automobile pioneer (d. 1932)
  • 1884 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), born in Sawin, Poland (d. 1972)
  • 1885 Albrecht Schaeffer, German writer (The General)

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1886 Joyce Kilmer, New Brunswick, New Jersey, poet (Trees), (d. 1918)

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1890 Dion Fortune, British occultist (d. 1946)

Occultist and Author Dion Fortune
Occultist and Author
Dion Fortune
  • 1890 Yoshio Nishina, Japanese physicist (d. 1951)
  • 1890 Rudolf Schlichter, German artist and writer (d. 1955)
  • 1892 F Osbert S Sitwell, poet/writer (Out of the Flame), born in London, England
  • 1897 Oscar Walter Cisek, Romanian writer and diplomat, born in Bucharest (d. 1966)
  • 1898 Alfred Eisenstaedt, photo journalist
  • 1898 Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, sociologist/economist (Nobel 1974)
  • 1899 Harry Buller Siege Willis, son of South Africa boer in Ladysmith
  • 1906 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician
  • 1908 Pierre Graber, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Kenneth Watkins, woodland conservationist
  • 1911 Alfred James Broomhall, Methodist missionary
  • 1917 Kamal Jumblatt, leader of the Lebanese Druze (d. 1977)
  • 1917 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Granville James Leveson Gower, land owner
  • 1918 Harold Horace Hopkins, inventor (Endoscope)
  • 1918 Peter A Juten, office clerk/resistance fighter
  • 1918 Willem Oosterheers, resistance fighter
  • 1919 Paul de Man, Belgian-born literary critic (d. 1983)
  • 1920 George Porter, British chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1922 John Henry Cound Brunt, English soldier, Victoria Cross holder (d. 1944)
  • 1924 Sergey Yablonsky, Moscow, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics (d. 1998)
  • 1928 Bert Geoffrey Achong, inventor (electron microscopist)
  • 1929 Frank Springer, American comics artist
  • 1936 Kenneth Copeland, American televangelist
  • 1940 Lawrence Bergman, Quebec politician
  • 1941 Richard Speck, mass murderer (killed 8 student nurses in 1966)
  • 1942 Peter Handke, Austrian writer
  • 1945 Dan Harrington, American poker player
  • 1947 Lawrence Cannon, Canadian politician
  • 1948 Don Nickles, (Sen-R-Okla)
  • 1949 Doug Marlette, American editorial cartoonist (d. 2007)
  • 1952 Craig Newmark, American founder of craigslist
  • 1953 Wil Shriner, NYC/Indiana, talk show host (Wil Shriner Show)
  • 1959 Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), born in Sapporo, Hokkaido (d. 2015)
  • 1971 Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese seiyuu
  • 1986 Matt Niskanen, American National Hockey League Player
  • 1993 Elian Gonzalez, Cuban boy at the center of a heated 2000 controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, born in Cuba
  • 2000 Pablo Nicolás Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal