Birthdays in History on April 10

  • 401 Theodosius II, the Younger, Eastern Roman emperor
  • 1512 James V, King of Scots (1513-42)
  • 1569 Emilia van Nassau, daughter of Willem of Orange & Anna of Saxon
  • 1583 Hugo Grotius, Holland, jurist, father of international law
  • 1651 Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (d. 1708)
  • 1656 RenĂ© Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France (d. 1718)
  • 1695 Balthazar Huydecoper, Dutch translator/historian
  • 1704 Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar (d. 1766)
  • 1713 John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist (d. 1788)
  • 1755 Samuel Hahnemann, German physician/originator of homeopathy
  • 1762 Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (d. 1834)
  • 1778 William Hazlitt, Maidstone Kent England, essayist/critic
  • 1783 Hortense E de Beauharnais, French queen of Netherlands (1806-10)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1794 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1858)

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1796 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (d. 1836)
  • 1797 Claude Ambroise Seurat, Troyes France, (World's skinniest man)
  • 1806 Leonidas Polk, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1823 Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1827 Lewis Wallace, Major General (Union volunteers)/author (Ben Hur)
  • 1829 William Booth, founder (Salvation Army)
  • 1833 David McMurtrie Gregg, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1833 James Edward Rains, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • 1837 Forceythe Willson, American poet (d. 1867)
  • 1847 Joseph Pulitzer, Hungary, publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World)
  • 1857 Henry Ernest Dudeney, mathematician/puzzle maker
  • 1864 Tully Marshall, Nevada City CA
  • 1865 Jack Miner, Canadian conservationist (d. 1944)
  • 1867 George William Russell, Irish nationalist (d. 1935)
  • 1877 Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, born in Leitmeritz, Bohemia (d. 1959)
  • 1880 Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor), (d. 1965)
  • 1880 Montague Summers, English writer (d. 1948)
  • 1880 Mohammed Nadir Shah, Afghan king (d. 1933)
  • 1882 Simon F H J Berkelbach Van der Sprenkel, theologist (Fear & Religion)
  • 1887 Bernardo A Houssay, Argentine physiologist (Nobel 1947)
  • 1892 Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist (Rassenkunde)
  • 1894 Ben Nicholson, English painter/sculptor (Circle)
  • 1894 Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist (d. 1983)
  • 1896 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Jean Duvieusart, premier (Belgium 1950)
  • 1903 Clare Boothe Luce, US ambassador (to Vatican)
  • 1905 Jan H van Roijen, diplomat/Netherland foreign minister
  • 1906 Kathleen Major, principal (St Hilda's College, England)
  • 1908 Aidan Crawley, CEO (London Weekend TV)
  • 1910 David Gilroy Bevan, politician
  • 1910 Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (d. 2004)
  • 1911 Maurice Schumann, French statesman/writer (La Voix du couvre-feu)
  • 1912 Roy Hofheinz, engineer (Houston Astrodome)
  • 1913 Stefan Heym, German/US author (Crusaders, Family Benda)
  • 1915 Leo Vroman, Dutch/US poet/biologist, (d. 2014)
  • 1917 Robert Burns Woodward, organic chemist (Nobel 1965)
  • 1921 Peter Herbert Penwarden, priest
  • 1924 Kenneth Noland, American painter
  • 1926 Johnnie Tillmon, civil rights activist (National Welfare Rights Association)
  • 1927 Marshall Warren Nirenberg, American scientist, Nobel laureate
  • 1930 Lord Morton, of Shauna, senator (College of Justice, Scotland)
  • 1931 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet
  • 1932 Adrian Henri, poet/president (Liverpool Academy of Arts)
  • 1933 Robert Rhodes James, historian (Gallipoli)
  • 1934 David Halberstam, intl correspondent (NY Times/Pulitzer 1964)
  • 1935 Patrick Garland, director (Doll House), (d. 2013)
  • 1936 Michael Naylor, English insurance broker (Endsleigh Insurance), born in Croydon (d. 1995)
  • 1937 Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet
  • 1939 Daniel Oliver, American CEO (Federal Trade Commission), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Paul Theroux, American travel book writer (Mosquito Coast)
  • 1942 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1948 Thomas Spencer, MEP (Conservative)
  • 1950 Barry M. Riemer, American author
  • 1951 Mark Roth, bowler (4-time PBA Player of Year)
  • 1951 David Helvarg, American journalist and environmental activist
  • 1957 John M. Ford, American science fiction author and poet (d. 2006)
  • 1958 Bob Bell, British engineer
  • 1959 Yvan Loubier, Quebec politician
  • 1961 Joe Cole (roadie), American roadie (d. 1991)
  • 1963 Doris Leuthard, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1973 Christopher Simmons, American designer
  • 1974 Eric Greitens, American former military officer
  • 1975 Floris, Prince of Netherlands
  • 1979 Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese artist
  • 1979 Rachel Corrie, American activist (d. 2003)
  • 1984 Zoe, 1st frozen-embryo child, born in Melbourne Australia
  • 2007 Princess Ariane of the Netherlands, Dutch Princess