Birthdays in History on April 27

  • 1410 John Van Lannoy, Flemish governor of Holland/Zealand/West Frisia
  • 1650 Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1714)
  • 1701 Charles Emanuel I, King of Sardinia
  • 1718 Thomas Lewis, Irish-born Virginia settler (d. 1790)
  • 1724 Col. Thomas Gardner, a heroic political figure and soldier (d. 1775)
  • 1733 Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter, Sulz am Neckar, German Botanist who pioneered the study of plant hybrids, especially among the tobacco plants
  • 1748 Adamantios Korais, Greek humanist scholar (d. 1833)
  • 1755 Marc-Antoine Parseval, French mathematician (d. 1836)
  • 1759 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, England, writer/feminist (Female Reader)

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1791 Samuel Morse, American inventor (telegraph, Morse code) and painter, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1872)

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • 1806 Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, queen of Spain (d. 1878)
  • 1812 William W. Snow, American politician (d. 1886)
  • 1820 Herbert Spencer, Derby England, Victorian philosopher (Social Statics)

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1822 Ulysses S. Grant, 18th US president (1869-77) and Union general, born in Point Pleasant, Ohio (d. 1885)

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1828 Gerben Colmjon, Dutch Frisian linguist/publisher
  • 1835 John Murray Corse, Pitts, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers) [or 9/27]
  • 1840 Edward Whymper, 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865)
  • 1848 King Otto I of Bavaria (d. 1916)
  • 1850 Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (d. 1921)
  • 1853 Jules Lemaître, French critic and dramatist (d. 1914)
  • 1861 Johan M Skjoldborg, Danish writer (Dynaes-Digte)
  • 1865 Emile Erens, Dutch Hagiographer (Pastor of Ars)
  • 1875 Andre Baillon, Belgian/French author (Un homme si simple)
  • 1883 Hubert Harrison, St Croix Virgin Island, writer/freedom fighter
  • 1892 Louis Victor de Broglie, physicist (studied electrons)
  • 1893 Norman Bel Geddes, Adrian Mich, theatrical designer (Rivals, Dead End)
  • 1894 George Petty, WWII Pin-Up Artist (d. 1975)
  • 1896 Wallace Hume Carothers, inventor (nylon)
  • 1900 Walter Lantz, animator (Woody Woodpecker's creator)
  • 1903 Frank Belknap Long, American writer (Rim of the Unknown)
  • 1903 Hans Walter Kosterliz, biochemist
  • 1904 Arthur F Burns, economist/chairman (Federal Reserve Board)
  • 1904 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), born in Ballintubbert, Queen's County (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Ragnar Skrede, Norwegian poet (Lauvfall)
  • 1905 Julian Stryjkowski, writer
  • 1906 Mark Alexander Abrams, market researcher
  • 1906 Yórgos Theotokás, Greek novelist (d. 1966)
  • 1909 Muriel C Bradbrook, English writer (That Infidel Place)
  • 1911 Georges Dargaud, French publisher (Asterix, Tintin)
  • 1912 Franz Weyergans, Belgian literary (Les Gens Heureux)
  • 1912 Frederick Rand Weissman, philanthropist
  • 1913 Philip Hauge Abelson, American physicist (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Albert Soboult, French historian
  • 1918 Sten Rudholm, Swedish jurist, member of the Swedish Academy
  • 1919 Walter Ritchie, sculptor
  • 1920 Edwin Morgan, Scottish poet
  • 1920 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Jack Klugman, Philadelphia (Oscar-Odd Couple, Quincy, Goodbye Columbus), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Martin Gray, Polish-born American writer, holocaust survivor
  • 1927 Coretta Scott King, Marion Ala, civil rights leader
  • 1927 John Joseph Moakley, (Rep-D-Massachusetts, 1973- )
  • 1927 Sheila Scott, English aviatrix (d. 1988)
  • 1927 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Roelof F "Pik" Botha, South African minister of Foreign affairs
  • 1932 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born mathematician and philosopher (d. 1999)
  • 1938 Earl Anthony, bowler (PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3)
  • 1939 Judy Carne, English comedienne (Laugh-In, Love on a Rooftop), born in Northampton, (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Stanislaw Dziwisz, Polish Cardinal
  • 1941 Jan D Blaauw, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1941 Jennings Michael Burch, American author
  • 1942 Gordon Roddick, English cosmetic manufacturer (Body Shop)
  • 1942 Valeri Vladimirovich Polyakov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-6, TM-18)
  • 1944 Michael Fish, British TV weatherman
  • 1945 August Wilson, US, playwright (Fences, Pulitzer 1987)
  • 1947 George Kenneth Butterfield, American politician
  • 1948 Frank William Abagnale, Jr., con artist turned security consultant.
  • 1948 Amrit Bohra, Nepalese politician
  • 1952 Larry Elder, American political commentator
  • 1953 Ellen L Shulman Baker, MD/astronaut (STS 34, 50, 71), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1955 Cora Ann Mahalick, NJ, news anchor (WNYW-TV)
  • 1967 Willem-Alexander CGF, King of the Netherlands (2013-)
  • 1967 Aki Avni, Israeli entertainer
  • 1969 Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
  • 1969 Darcey Bussell, British ballerina
  • 1975 Rabih Abdullah, former National Football League player
  • 1980 Talitha Cummins, Australian journalist