Birthdays in History on April 28

  • 32 Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor (d. 69)
  • 1442 Edward IV, King of England (1461-70, 71-83), born in Rouen, Normandy (d. 1483)
  • 1545 Yi Sun-sin, Korean admiral (d. 1598)
  • 1592 George Villiers, 1st duke of Buckingham/English admiral
  • 1630 Charles Cotton, English poet (d. 1687)
  • 1686 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor (d. 1721)
  • 1753 Franz K Achard, German physicist

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1758 James Monroe, 5th US President (1817-25), born in Monroe Hall, Virginia (d. 1831)

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • 1765 Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician (b. 1834)
  • 1770 Nikita P Panin, Russian diplomat/minister of Foreign affairs
  • 1774 Francis Baily, English Astronomer and describer of "Baily's Beads" during solar eclipse
  • 1795 Charles Sturt, England, explorer (Australia)
  • 1809 Conradus Leemans, Dutch archaeologist
  • 1810 Daniel Ullmann, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1812 Daniel Henry Rucker, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1910)
  • 1815 Andrew Jackson Smith, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1897)
  • 1819 Ezra Abbot, American Bible scholar (d. 1884)
  • 1825 James Winning McMillan, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1838 Tobias M Carel Asser, Holland, advocate of world law (Nobel 1911)
  • 1842 Louis PMFG of Orleans, earl of Brazil (1870-89)
  • 1846 Johann E Backlund, Swedish astronomer (planets/asteroids)
  • 1864 William F A Ellison, Irish clergyman/director (Armagh Observatory)
  • 1868 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (d. 1908)
  • 1874 Karl Kraus, satirical writer, born in Jičín, Austrian-Hungarian Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1876 Frank Cavanagh, one of football's coaching greats
  • 1879 Edgar Tytgat, Flemish painter/etcher
  • 1879 Franz Arnold, German writer, born in Znin, Prussia (d. 1960)
  • 1882 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrialist
  • 1886 Erich Salomon, German photographer
  • 1888 Henry DG Crerar, Canadian general (WW I/Italy/Netherland)
  • 1889 Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, premier/dictator Portugal (1932-68)
  • 1889 Karel WFM Doorman, Dutch rear admiral
  • 1892 Joseph Dunninger, American mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897 Ye Jianying, Chinese general and politician (d. 1986)
  • 1900 Bruno Apitz, German writer (Nackt unter Wölfen, born in Leipzig (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Jan Hendrik Oort, Dutch astronomer (hypothesized "Oort Cloud")
  • 1900 Maurice Thorez, secretary-general (French Communist Party)
  • 1902 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Bartholomeus J "Bart" Bok, Dutch/US astronomer (Milky Way)
  • 1906 Pierre [Louis] Boileau, novelist (Vertigo), born in Paris, France
  • 1906 Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (d. 1978)
  • 1908 Arnoud Breeveld, Suriname bishop
  • 1910 Sam Merwin, Jr., American mystery fiction writer (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WW II)
  • 1916 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian automobile manufacturer, born in Cento, Ferrara (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life)
  • 1917 Robert Woodruff Anderson, New York, writer (Tea & Sympathy, Never Sang for My Father)
  • 1922 Guillaume Jorissen, Flemish politician (Volksunie)
  • 1922 Iser J Koepermann, Russian/US world checkers champ (1958-68, 75-76)
  • 1922 William S Broomfield, (Rep-R-MI, 1956- )
  • 1922 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (d. 1987)
  • 1924 Kenneth David Kaunda, founder/president (Zambia, 1964-91)

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1926 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama (d. 2016)

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • 1927 Garfield Weston, English industrial billionaire (Twinings Tea)
  • 1928 Yves Klein, French sculptor/painter
  • 1928 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1930 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

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1937 Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq (1979-2003), born in Al-Awja, Iraq (d. 2006)

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein
  • 1938 Beverly F Albert, architect
  • 1941 K. Barry Sharpless, American chemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1941 Iryna Zhylenko, Ukrainian poet
  • 1942 Ghislaine Hermanez, architect
  • 1943 John Oliver Creighton, Orange Tx, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 51G, 36, 48)
  • 1944 Elizabeth LeCompte, American theater director
  • 1944 Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe, Belgian politician
  • 1944 Alice Waters, American chef

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1948 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (d. 2015)

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett
  • 1949 Jerome "Jay" Apt, astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1949 Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)
  • 1953 Roberto Bolano, Latin American author and poet
  • 1955 Nicky Gumbel, British author and priest
  • 1956 Paul S Lockhart, Amarillo Tx, Major USAF/astronaut
  • 1957 Leopold Eyharts, France, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-26, TM-28/27)
  • 1960 Ian Rankin, Scottish novelist
  • 1960 Joel H. Rosenthal American political scientist
  • 1961 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer
  • 1963 Obiageli Ezekwesili, Nigerian Accountant and World Bank official (#BringBackOurGirls campaign)
  • 1964 Helen Taylor [Windsor], English daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, born in Iver
  • 1964 Mark Steven Robinson, American director
  • 1972 Michelle Menzies, Barrie Ont, Canadian ice pairs (1995, 96 Can champs)
  • 1973 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), born in Konstanz, West Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1974 Vernon Kay, British TV/radio presenter
  • 1977 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • 1982 Nikki Grahame, Big Brother 7 Star