Birthdays in History on April 27

  • 1410 John Van Lannoy, Flemish governor of Holland/Zealand/West Frisia
  • 1593 Mumtaz Mahal, Empress consort of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal as her mausoleum and symbol of his undying love, born in Agra, Mughal Empire (d. 1631)
  • 1650 Charlotte Amalie of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1714)
  • 1701 Charles Emanuel III of Savoy, King of Sardinia, born in Turin (d. 1773)
  • 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 and feminist (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), mother of Mary Shelley, born in London (d. 1797)

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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, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [or 9/27] (d. 1893)
  • 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, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)
  • 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), born in Harlem, Manhattan (d. 1994)
  • 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, Polish journalist and writer known for his radical leftist leanings, born in Stryi, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1996)
  • 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 (Astérix, Tintin), born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Franz Weyergans, Belgian writer and translator (Les Gens Heureux), born in Seraing, Belgium (d. 1974)
  • 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, British sculptor (Man's Struggle), born in Coventry, England (d. 1997)
  • 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, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Heiberger, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 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 (Strictly Come Dancing), born in London
  • 1975 Rabih Abdullah, former National Football League player
  • 1980 Talitha Cummins, Australian journalist