Birthdays in History on April 16

  • 778 King Louis the Pious (d. 840)
  • 1319 King John II of France (d. 1364)
  • 1495 Petrus Apianus, German mathematician (d. 1557)
  • 1628 Cornelis Evertsen de Young, vice admiral of Zealand
  • 1635 Frans van Mieris, the Elder, Dutch painter
  • 1646 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect (d. 1708)
  • 1648 John Luyken, poet/etcher (Duytse Lyre)
  • 1652 Clement XII, [Lorenzo Corsini], Italy, Pope (1730-40)
  • 1660 Hans Sloane, England, physician/naturalist/founder (British Museum)
  • 1661 Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, British poet and statesman (d. 1715)
  • 1682 John Hadley, mathematician/inventor (1st reflecting telescope)
  • 1693 Anne Sophie Reventlow, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1743)
  • 1728 Joseph Zwart, Scottish chemist/physicist
  • 1738 Henry Clinton, British general (d. 1795)
  • 1755 Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, French painter (d. 1842)
  • 1800 William Chambers, author/publisher (Basis of Communication & Coding)
  • 1800 George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan, British soldier (d. 1888)
  • 1808 Caleb Blood Smith, Secy Int (Union), (d. 1864)
  • 1816 Edward "Old Allegheny" Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1820 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist
  • 1821 Ford Maddox Brown, painter
  • 1823 Mother Joseph, [Esther Pariseau], religious leader (US capitol)
  • 1823 Orlando Bolivar Wilcox, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1907)
  • 1823 Ferdinand Eisenstein, German mathematician (d. 1852)
  • 1827 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet (d. 1879)
  • 1832 John A Neuhuys, painter
  • 1844 Anatole France, writer (Thaïs, Wickerwork Woman, Nobel 1921)
  • 1847 Hans Auer, Swiss architect, (d. 1906)
  • 1848 Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Social Reformer of Andhra Pradesh, India (d. 1919)
  • 1850 Herbert Baxter Adams, US, historian (American Historical Association)
  • 1851 Ernst Josephson, Sweden, artist
  • 1859 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (d. 1924)
  • 1865 Henry George Chauvel, Australian general (d. 1945)
  • 1867 Jose de Diego, Puerto Rico, patriot/PR Secretary of Justice

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1867 Wilbur Wright, American aviator (Wright Brothers), born in Millville, Indiana (d. 1912)

Aviator Wilbur Wright
Aviator
Wilbur Wright
  • 1871 John Millington Synge, Ireland, dramatist/poet (Riders to the Sea)
  • 1881 Edward Frederick Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax/ambassador to US (1940-46)
  • 1886 Ernst Thalmann, German communist presidential candidate
  • 1895 Robert Dean Frisbie, American writer (d. 1948)
  • 1897 John B Glubb, British commandant/writer (A soldier with the Arabs)
  • 1899 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Polly Adler, Russia, bordello proprieter/author (House is not a Home)
  • 1901 Leo Poos, nazi police officer (caught Dutch underground agents)
  • 1904 Clifford Case, (Sen-R-NJ)
  • 1905 John Lee-Barber, admiral
  • 1906 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, Dutch peace activist
  • 1906 Marion Lloyd Vince, American fencer (National champ 1928, 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1907 August Eigruber, Austrian war criminal (d. 1947)
  • 1907 Joseph-Armand Bombardier, French-Canadian inventor and businessman (Bombardier) (d. 1964)
  • 1909 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian
  • 1911 William Stearn, botanist
  • 1912 John Halas, Hungarian-American cartoonist and animator (Animal Farm), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1995)
  • 1912 Garth Williams, American illustrator (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Lord Aberconway, CEO (John Brown & Co)
  • 1915 Dany [Daniel S] Tuijnman, head of Dutch traffic & water
  • 1917 Charlotte Salomon, German-Jewish artist, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1919 Merce Cunningham, choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus)
  • 1919 Tom Willmore, English geometer (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Dermot O'Callaghan Grubb, prison governor
  • 1920 John William Farr, bank robber (FBI Most Wanted List), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1920 Kees Scherer, Dutch photographer (World Press Photo)
  • 1922 Christopher Samuel Youd, UK, sci-fi author (Tripods Trilogy), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Kingsley Amis, English novelist (Lucky Jim, James Bond Dossier), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1922 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), born in Zwijndrecht,
  • 1924 John Harvey-Jones, CEO (ICI)
  • 1926 Barbara Tizzard, British educator

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1927 Pope Benedict XVI [Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger], Catholic Pope (2005-2013), born in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI
  • 1930 John Robson, British ambassador (Norway)
  • 1931 Piet de Visser, economist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1934 Brian Peppiatt, joint CEO (SG Warburg Securities)
  • 1934 Geoffrey Owen, British editor (Financial Times)
  • 1934 Robert Stigwood, producer (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Sarah Kirsch, German poet
  • 1936 James Rand, British judge (Advocate General)
  • 1938 Michael Hirst, chief constable (Leicestershire England)
  • 1938 Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician
  • 1939 Margaretha de Boer, Dutch minister (PvdA)
  • 1939 Reinier Lucassen, Dutch painter (Kuifje contra James Union)
  • 1940 Lord Camoys, deputy CEO (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • 1940 Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark (1972- )
  • 1940 Benoît Bouchard, French-Canadian politician
  • 1941 Cliff Stearns, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1943 Ewald Vanvugt, author (Kiss of Delight, Seed of Love)
  • 1945 Goran Antunac, Yugoslavia, International Chess Master (1975)
  • 1945 Tom Allen, American politician
  • 1946 Margot Adler, American journalist, born in Little Rock, AK (d. 2014)
  • 1948 Lynne Franks, British public relations consultant
  • 1951 Pierre Toutain-Dorbec, French photographer
  • 1951 Ioan Mihai Cochinescu, Romanian writer and photographer
  • 1953 J. Neil Schulman, American writer
  • 1955 Charlotte Morrison, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1955 Henri, Heir Apparent Prince of Luxembourg
  • 1956 David M Brown, Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1956 Lise-Marie Morerod, Swiss skier
  • 1959 Scott McKinsey, American television director
  • 1960 Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician (d. 2007)
  • 1963 Tomas Libous, US politician (Senate-R-New York 1989-2015) brought down by scandal, born in Johnson City, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1964 Robert Kelker-Kelly, Wichita Kansas, (Bo-Days of our Live)
  • 1971 Frederik Nilsson, IHL forward (Team Sweden, KC (IHL)), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1976 Dan Kellner, American fencer
  • 1978 Matthew Lloyd, Australian rules footballer
  • 1982 Barry Jones, Scottish magician
  • 1982 Gina Carano, American Mixed Martial Arts fighter.
  • 1984 Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, American author
  • 1985 Mark Baker, Welsh author and historian
  • 1987 Neil Haskell, Finalist of SYTYCD Season 3
  • 1990 Heather Fulton, American marine biologist
  • 1992 Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg, Prince of Luxembourg
  • 2008 Princess Eléonore of Belgium, Belgian princess