Birthdays in History on April 23

  • 1170 Isabelle of Hainaut, queen of France (d. 1190)
  • 1185 King Afonso II of Portugal (d. 1223)
  • 1464 Joan of France, Queen of France (1498) and catholic saint, born in Nogent-le-Roi (d. 1505)
  • 1484 Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italy, scholar (On the Subtlety of Things)
  • 1500 Alexander Ales [Alesius], Scottish theologian of the school of Augsburg, born in Edinburgh (d. 1565)
  • 1516 Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian, and archaeologist (d. 1571)
  • 1564 William Shakespeare, English Poet and playwright (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth), born in Stratford upon Avon, (d. 1616) traditionally regarded as his birthdate,
  • 1598 Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, naval commander
  • 1621 William Penn, English admiral (d. 1670)
  • 1628 Johann van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (d. 1704)
  • 1629 John Commelin, director (Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam)
  • 1697 George Baron Anson, British admiral/explorer
  • 1708 Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (Versuch einiger Poem)
  • 1720 Vilna Gaon, Lithuanian rabbi (d. 1797)
  • 1725 Saint Gerard Majella, Catholic saint (d. 1755)
  • 1728 Samuel Wallis, explorer (Wallis Island)
  • 1746 Félix Vicq-d'Azyr, French physician and anatomist (d. 1794)
  • 1775 Joseph Mallord Turner, England, landscape painter (Shipwreck)

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1791 James Buchanan, 15th US president (1857-61), born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)

15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • 1791 W Friedrich Olivier, German landscape painter/cartoonist
  • 1792 John Thomas Romney Robinson, Irish astronomer and physicist (d. 1882)
  • 1794 Wei Yuan, Chinese scholar (d. 1856)
  • 1803 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice
  • 1804 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium)
  • 1810 Thomas Wright, historian
  • 1813 Stephen Arnold Douglas, (Little giant), US senator (Lincoln debates)
  • 1813 Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar (Society of Saint Vincent de Paul) (d. 1853)
  • 1818 James Anthony Froude, historian
  • 1818 John Gill Shorter, Gov (Confederacy), (d. 1872)
  • 1823 Abd-ul-Mejid, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1861)
  • 1827 Johann F Ritter von Schulte, German Catholic lawyer
  • 1828 Albert FA, king of Saxon (1873-1902)
  • 1838 Alfred J Verwee, Flemish painter
  • 1852 Edwin Markham, US, poet (1st winner of American Acad of Poets Award 1937)
  • 1853 Winthrop M. Crane, 40th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1920)
  • 1858 Max Planck, German physicist (Planck Constant, Nobel 1918) father of Quantum Physics
  • 1861 Edmund Henry Hynman, 1st viscount Allenby of Megiddo/Fieldmarshal
  • 1865 Ali-Agha Shikhlinski, Russian-Azerbaijani general (d. 1943)
  • 1867 Simon Abramsz, Dutch teacher/writer (For the Young Ones)
  • 1876 Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, German historian (d. 1925)
  • 1879 Emil Barth, German revolutionary (Social Democratic Party), born in Heidelberg (d. 1941)
  • 1882 Max [G M J] Winders Maximilien, Belgium, architect (WW II)
  • 1888 Georges Vanier, French-Canadian soldier and diplomat (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Charles Warrell, big Chief I-Spy writer/teacher
  • 1892 Minus van Looi, [Benjamin van der Voort], Flemish writer
  • 1892 Richard Huelsenbeck, German Dada writer, born in born in Frankenau, Hessen-Nassau (d. 1974)
  • 1893 Frank Borzage, Salt Lake City, director (7th Heaven, Strange Cargo)
  • 1895 Ngaio Marsh, New Zealand writer (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Margaret Kennedy, novelist

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1897 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (1963-68) (Nobel 1957), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1972)

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • 1897 Lucius du Bignon Clay, US, general (WW II)/gov (West Germany)
  • 1898 Edwin E Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov)
  • 1899 Vladimir Nabokov, novelist (Lolita, Ada), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1901 E.B. Ford, British ecological geneticist (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)
  • 1903 Guy Simonds, youngest general officer in the Canadian army (d 1974)
  • 1906 Maria Arnoldo, [Adrianus Broeders], photographer/writer
  • 1907 Lee (Elizabeth) Miller, Poughkeepsie New York, American photographer
  • 1908 Herbert Telley, British actuary
  • 1908 Myron Waldman, American animator (d. 2006)
  • 1909 Thomas Padmore, senior civil servant
  • 1911 Ronald Neame, director (1st Monday in Oct, Poseidon Adventure)
  • 1914 Andrew Martin, Lord-Lt (Lechestershire England)
  • 1914 Mitsu Suzuki, teacher of tea ceremony at SF Zen Center
  • 1915 Arnold Hall, CEO (Hawker Siddeley Group)
  • 1917 Jacob Kistemaker, nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge)
  • 1918 Maurice Druon, [Kessel], French writer/journalist (Prix Goncourt)
  • 1918 Gordon Hirabayshi, American civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent (Hirabayshi v. United States), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet double-agent
  • 1920 Eric Yarrow, CEO (Clydesdale Bank)
  • 1922 Boy [Segundo JA] Ecury, Aruba, resistance fighter
  • 1922 Diarmuid Downs, auto engineer
  • 1923 Avram Davidson, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Peregrine: Primus, Rork!), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1993)
  • 1923 James Kirkup, travel writer/poet/novelist (African in Greenland)
  • 1923 Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas
  • 1924 Colin Welch, columnist/critic
  • 1924 James Colin Ross Welch, journalist
  • 1924 Malcolm Anson, CEO (Wessex Water Authority)
  • 1926 James P Donleavy, novelist (Ginger Man, Onion Eaters), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1926 Richard Laws, Master (St Edmunds College Cambridge)
  • 1928 Bill Cotton, CEO (Noel Gay TV)
  • 1928 Okke Jager, Dutch theologist/writer/poet
  • 1929 George Steiner, professor (English)
  • 1930 Michael Bowen, RC Archbishop (Southwark)
  • 1932 Halston, [R Halston Frowick], fashion designer (1972 Hall of Fame)
  • 1933 Roger Wittevrongel, Flemish painter
  • 1936 Elias, [Etienne Michiels], Flemish painter
  • 1936 Joseph Willaert, Flemish painter
  • 1937 Victoria Glendinning, author (Edith Sitwell A Unicorn Among Lions)
  • 1938 Leonard Ernest John Chant, social worker
  • 1938 Russell Hillhouse, under-sect Scottish Office
  • 1938 Steven D Symms, (Sen-R-ID, 1981- )
  • 1939 William Hagerty, editor (People)
  • 1940 Richard Monaco, US, sci-fi author (Grail War, Final Quest)
  • 1940 Michael Copps, American Federal Government official
  • 1941 Hal Daub, (Rep-R-NB, 1981- )
  • 1941 Paavo Lipponen, Prime Minister of Finland 1995-2003
  • 1941 Ray Tomlinson, computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), born in Amsterdam , New York (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Carmen von Thyssen, Barcelona Spain, Baroness
  • 1943 Herve Villechaize, France, "Da Plane! Da Plane!" (Fantasy Island)
  • 1944 Niklaus Schilling, Basel Germany, director (Dormire, Atem, Rheingold)
  • 1947 Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Ireland, political activist [or 1940]
  • 1948 Richard Day, engineer/development expert
  • 1948 Pascal Quignard, French author
  • 1949 John Miles, vocal/guitar/keyboards (John Miles Band-Rebel, Zaragon)
  • 1951 Loek M L H A Hermans, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1952 Tony Maselli, (fictional character on "Who's the Boss")
  • 1953 Fred Upton, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • 1955 Mike Smith, British DJ
  • 1955 Tony Miles, chess player
  • 1960 Valerie Bertinelli, American actress (Barbara Cooper Royer-1 Day at a Time, Hot in Cleveland), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1963 Magnús Ver Magnússon, Icelandic powerlifter
  • 1966 Jim Stynes [James], Hall of Fame Australian rules footballer (only foreigner to win Brownlow medal), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 2012)
  • 1968 Susan Emily Savastano, E Miss RI-America (1991), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1968 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist (d. 2001)
  • 1968 Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • 1968 Princess Zein bint Al Hussein of Jordan
  • 1972 Pierre Labrie, Canadian poet
  • 1981 Gabriella MAO Windsor, daughter of English prince Michael
  • 1981 Chris Sharma, American rock climber/boulderer
  • 1983 Jennifer Heil, Canadian free style skier
  • 1984 Alexandra Kosteniuk, Chess Woman World Champion
  • 1987 Emily Fox, American cupstacking champion