Birthdays in History on April 24

  • 1533 William I of Orange (d. 1584)
  • 1581 Vincent de Paul, French saint (d. 1660)
  • 1620 John Graunt, statistician, founder of science of demography
  • 1660 Cornelis Dusart, Dutch painter/engraver
  • 1718 Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born painter (d. 1784)
  • 1743 Edmund Cartwright, England, cleric, inventor (power loom)
  • 1750 Simon-Antoine-Jean Lhuillier, Swiss mathematician
  • 1766 Robert Bailey Thomas, founder (Farmer's Almanac)
  • 1773 Harman W Muntinghe, Dutch lawyer and colonial director
  • 1784 Peter Vivian Daniel, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1860)
  • 1791 Nikolaj A Bestuzhev, Russian writer/painter (Account about Holland)
  • 1796 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1840)
  • 1804 Thomas Oliver Selfridge, Comm (Union Navy)
  • 1807 Charles Ferguson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1814 Angela Burdett-Coutts, English philanthropist extrordinaire and "the richest heiress in England" (d. 1906)
  • 1814 Vincente F Lopez, Argentina historian (La Novia del Hereje)
  • 1815 Anthony Trollope, English novelist/poet (Barchester Towers)
  • 1815 James Edward Harrison, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1875)
  • 1822 Erastus Barnard Tyler, American businessman, merchant, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in West Bloomfield, New York (d. 1891)
  • 1824 Fournier, Swiss/French postage stamp forger
  • 1828 Robert Brank Vance, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1829 George Peabody Estey, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 1881)
  • 1836 Jeltje de Bosch Kemper, Dutch feminist
  • 1837 Friedrich von Holstein, German diplomat (die graue Eminenz)
  • 1845 Carl Spitteler, Swiss poet (Prometheus & Epimetheus; Nobel 1919), born in Liestal, Switzerland (d. 1924)
  • 1849 Joseph S Gallieni, general (Battle of Marne)/milt governor (Paris)
  • 1851 Eduardo Acevedo Diaz, Uruguaian writer (Ismael, Grito de Gloria), born in Uruguay, Montevideo (d. 1921)
  • 1856 Henri POBJ Pétain, French marshal (Verdun/Vichy regime)
  • 1864 George AA Alting van Geusau, dir-gen (PTT)/Dutch Min of War (1918-20)
  • 1867 Fannie Thomas, American who became the oldest known American at her death (113 years 273 days at death), born in Denver, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1873 Theodor Korner von Siegringen, Austrian general/president
  • 1874 John Russell Pope, American architect (Jefferson Memorial, National Archives and Records Administration), born in NYC, New York (d. 1937)
  • 1874 Willem E Roelofs, Dutch painter/cartoonist
  • 1876 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (d. 1960)
  • 1876 Erich Raeder, German naval commander (d. 1960)
  • 1878 Jean Crotti, Swiss artist (d. 1958)
  • 1882 Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain (d. 1970)
  • 1883 Jaroslav Hasek, Czech writer (Brave soldier Schweik) [or April 30]
  • 1886 Kurt Pinthus, German-American writer, born in Erfurt (d. 1975)
  • 1886 R Pelgrom, oldest Dutch man (died Apr 15, 1994, 9 days short of 108)
  • 1887 Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter (d. 1931)
  • 1889 [Richard] Stafford Cripps, Engl min of Plane-manufacturing (1942-45)
  • 1889 Lyubov Popova, Russian painter (d. 1924)
  • 1895 S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal/people's commissioner
  • 1897 Benjamin Lee Whorf, linguist (or 1797)
  • 1897 Manuel Ávila Camacho, President of Mexico (d. 1955)
  • 1899 Oscar Zariski, Russian-born mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1903 Jose A Primo de Rivera y Saenz de Heredia, founder (Spanish Falange)
  • 1903 Siegfried F Nadel, Austrian/British anthropologist (Black Byzantium)
  • 1904 Willem De Kooning, Rotterdam Netherland, artist (North Atlantic Light)
  • 1905 Robert Penn Warren, 1st US poet laureate (All the King's Men)

  • 1906 William Joyce, Irish fascist (d. 1946)
  • 1909 Bernhard Grzimek, zoologist (West Germany)
  • 1909 Irven Spence, animator
  • 1911 Karl O Schiller, German economist (Minister of Economics)
  • 1911 Karl Schiller, West German economist and politician, born in Breslau, Silesia, Poland (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Bernard Caulfield, judge
  • 1914 Justin Wilson, cajun chef (Wise Potato Chips)
  • 1916 Stanley Kauffmann, American playwright (Red Handkerchief Man), born in NYC, New York
  • 1924 Sir Clement Freud, British writer, radio personality, and politician
  • 1926 Thorbjorn Falldin, Swedish politician, Prime Minister (1976-78, 79-82) and sheep farmer, born in Hogsjo (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Pasqualino de Santis, cinematographer
  • 1927 Patrick Bowles, writer/translator
  • 1931 Bridget Riley, British painter (op-art), born in Norwood London, England
  • 1935 Louis Keith, physician (expert on multiple-births), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1940 Sue Grafton, American author
  • 1942 Richard M Daley, (mayor-D-Chicago)
  • 1942 Valeri Abramovich Voloshin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1947 Josep Borrell Fontelles, Former President of the European Parliament
  • 1947 Roger D. Kornberg, American chemist, Nobel-prized
  • 1948 Benzion Freshwater, English multi-millionaire
  • 1948 Paul Cellucci, 69th Governor of Massachusetts and former United States Ambassador to Canada, (d. 2013)
  • 1951 Andrew John Fairclough, trade union educator
  • 1952 Jean Paul Gaultier, Arcueil France, French fashion designer
  • 1953 John P Hiler, (Rep-R-IN, 1981- )
  • 1954 Mumia Abu-Jamal, American death-row inmate
  • 1955 Jack Kingston, (Rep-R-Georgia)
  • 1955 John de Mol, Dutch media businessman
  • 1958 Brian Paddick, British former deputy assistant commissioner and most senior openly gay police officer
  • 1959 Yvonne Cagle, American astronaut and physician, born in West Point, New York
  • 1959 Malcolm Oastler, Australian engineer
  • 1968 Hashim Thaci, Kosovan politician
  • 1971 Phil Rogers, Adelaide SA Aust, 100m breaststroker (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1972 Jure Košir, Slovenian skier
  • 1974 Dave Vitty, British radio personality
  • 1977 Siarhey Balakhonau, Belarusian writer
  • 1979 Laurentia Tan, Singaporean Paralympic equestrienne
  • 1983 Princess Iman bint Al Hussein of Jordan