Birthdays in History on April 18

  • 1480 Lucretia Borgia, murderess (poison)/daughter (Pope Alexander VI)
  • 1521 Francois de Coligny, ruler of van Andelot, French general (Jarnac)
  • 1580 Thomas Middleton, English playwright (Game of Chess)
  • 1590 Ahmed I, 14th Sultan of the Ottoman Emperor (1603-17); constructed the Blue Mosque
  • 1732 George Colman, "the Elder
  • 1740 Francis Baring, banker/merchant
  • 1744 Pieter 't Hoen, Dutch journalist/patriot
  • 1771 Karl Philipp Fürst zu Schwarzenberg, Austrian field marshal (d. 1820)
  • 1797 Louis-Adolphe Thiers, president of France
  • 1803 Charles F Pahud de Montagnes, gov-gen of Neth East Indies (1856-61)
  • 1813 James McCune Smith, African-American doctor and abolitionist (d. 1865)
  • 1817 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe)
  • 1819 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban Revolutionary (d. 1874)
  • 1838 Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist (d. 1912)
  • 1839 Henry Clarence Kendall, New South Wales Australia, poet (Bell Birds)
  • 1842 Antero Tarquinio de Quental, Portugal, poet (Beatrice)
  • 1852 George Clausen, painter
  • 1855 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Jan Steen)
  • 1857 Clarence S Darrow, defense attorney at Scopes monkey trial
  • 1859 Eduard G H H Cuypers, architect (Sanatorium High-Laren)
  • 1864 Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (Soldiers of Fortune, The King's Jackal), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)
  • 1868 Didericus G van Epen, genealogist (Dutch Patriciate)
  • 1872 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi
  • 1874 Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, German author (d. 1941)
  • 1875 Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic, Croatian writer (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Vicente Sotto, Filipino patriot, author (d. 1950)
  • 1881 Max Weber, Polish/Russian/US painter
  • 1888 Arnold Henry Moore Lunn, skier
  • 1889 Jessie Street, Austrialian pro womans/aborigine rights fighter
  • 1896 C Eugene Wegmann, Swiss geologist (Le Jura plisse)
  • 1897 Ardito Desio, Italian topographer (d. 2001)
  • 1898 Lord Leatherland, British journalist/Labour peer
  • 1900 Louise Tazewell, [Louise Skiller Tazewell], entertainer
  • 1902 Giuseppe Pella, Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1981)
  • 1905 George H. Hitchings, American scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1906 Clara Eggink, [Ebbele], Dutch poetess (Life with JC Bloem)
  • 1906 Edgar Unsworth, Justice of Appeals (Gibralter)
  • 1907 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing)
  • 1908 Edward Roberts, bishop (Ely)
  • 1908 Henry Guinness, missionary
  • 1910 Jamie L Whitten, (Rep-D-MS, 1941- )
  • 1911 Francis Johnson, English architect, born in Bridlington (d. 1995)
  • 1911 George Huntington Hartford II, American heir (A&P), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 John Lapworth Holt, boat Designer
  • 1912 Wendy Barrie, Hong Kong, hostess (Wendy Barrie Show)
  • 1913 Susan Bosence, textile designer
  • 1914 Henk Lankhorst, pacifist/Dutch MP (PSP)
  • 1915 Joy Gresham Lewis, American writer, wife of C. S. Lewis (d. 1960)
  • 1917 Louise Frederika, Queen of Greece
  • 1918 Roger de Grey, president (Royal Academy)
  • 1918 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Walter Clegg, British politician (C), born in Bury, Lancashire (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Beryl Platt [Baroness Platt of Writtle], British Engineer, politician and CEO (Equal Opportunities Comm)
  • 1923 Leif Panduro, Danish writer ('k Have varnish on traditions)
  • 1924 Henry J Hyde, (Rep-R-IL)
  • 1924 Lord Mason of Barnsley, MP (Lab)/British defense secretary
  • 1924 Raf de Linde, [Raphael van Hecke], author (Vaarwel on Gertrude)
  • 1927 Tadeusz Mazowiecki, premier of Poland (1989-90)

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1927 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • 1929 Peter Hordern, British CEO (Fina)
  • 1932 Dominic Milroy, OSB/headmaster (Ampleforth College England)
  • 1933 Alan Devereux, CEO (Scottish Tourist Board)
  • 1934 Jaap Scherpenhuizen, Groningen, Netherlands, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1935 Joel Hefley, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • 1936 Brian Fuller, commandant (Fire Service College, England)
  • 1936 Madeleine Gillian Jinkinson, medical administrator
  • 1937 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin
  • 1938 Andreas J "Cat" Liebenberg, supreme commander (South African army)
  • 1939 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge
  • 1940 Ira von Furstenberg, [Virginia Caroline] Princess (Monaco), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1940 Joseph L Goldstein, Sumter SC, physician (Nobel-1985)
  • 1942 Dick K J Tommel, chemist/(D66) Dutch Asst Sec of State (1994- )

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1944 Robert Hanssen, FBI agent and Soviet spy, born in Chicago Illinois

FBI Agent and Soviet Spy Robert Hanssen
FBI Agent and Soviet Spy
Robert Hanssen
  • 1945 Margaret Hassan, Irish-born aid worker (d. 2004)
  • 1947 David Gee, director (Friends of the Earth)
  • 1947 Dorothy Lyman, (All my Children, Naomi-Mama's Family), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1947 Kathy Acker, American author (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Herbert Mullin, American serial killer
  • 1950 Bill Sudderth III, trumpeteer (Atlantic Star-Touch 4 Leaf Clover)
  • 1951 Pierre Pettigrew, Canadian politician
  • 1955 Amschel Rothschild, banker
  • 1961 Pamella Bordes, New Dehli India, British parliament prostitute
  • 1964 Niall Ferguson, British historian
  • 1965 Rob Stenders, Dutch radio discjockey
  • 1969 Princess Sayako of Japan
  • 1969 Keith R.A. DeCandido, American author
  • 1971 Kerry Lynn Kemper, Miss Nebraska USA (1996)
  • 1974 Edgar Wright, British director
  • 1976 Justin Ross, American politician
  • 2007 Hayah bint Hamzah, Princess of Jordan