Birthdays in History on April 29

  • 534 Taliesin, Welsh poet, according to legend in Mabinogion
  • 1665 James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde, Irish statesman and soldier (d. 1745)
  • 1667 John Arbuthnot, Scottish writer (Alexander Pope)
  • 1686 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1742)
  • 1745 Oliver Ellsworth, 3rd Chief Justice Supreme Court (1796-1800)
  • 1758 Georg Carl von Döbeln, Swedish Lieutenant General and war hero (d. 1820).
  • 1762 Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, French marshal (d. 1833)
  • 1780 Charles Nodier, French writer (d. 1844)
  • 1783 David Cox, English painter (Treatise on landscape painting)
  • 1784 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1850)

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1803 James Brooke, British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1868)

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • 1806 Earnest Freiherr von Feuchtersleben, Austrian physician/philosopher
  • 1815 Abram Duryée, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1890)
  • 1818 Alexander II N Romanov, Tsar of Russia (1855-81)
  • 1830 Adolph Sutro, German American engineer and politician, mayor of San Francisco, built Cliff House, born in Aachen, Prussia (d. 1898)
  • 1837 Georges Boulanger, French general and politician (d. 1891)
  • 1848 Raja Ravi Varma, Indian painter, born in Kilimanoor, Travancore (d. 1906)
  • 1854 Henri Poincaré, French mathematician/astronomer/philosopher
  • 1857 Edouard Rod, France/Swiss writer (Mishel' Tes'e)
  • 1860 Lorado Taft, American sculptor (Black Hawk)

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1863 William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper publisher (San Francisco Examiner, Seattle P-I), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)

Newspaper Publisher William Randolph Hearst
Newspaper Publisher
William Randolph Hearst
  • 1863 Constantine P. Cavafy, Greek poet (d. 1933)
  • 1863 Maria Theresa Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic nun (d. 1922)
  • 1871 Louis William Stern, German/US philosopher (Intelligence of Children)
  • 1872 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman (d. 1930)
  • 1875 Rafael Sabatini, Italian/British writer (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Zauditu of Ethiopia (d. 1930)
  • 1882 Hendrik N Werkman, painter/printer/resistance fighter (Hot printing)
  • 1885 Egon E Kisch, Czech writer/journalist (Rasende Reporter)
  • 1893 Elisaveta Bagrjana, [Beltsheva], Bulgaria, poet
  • 1893 Harold C Urey, Ind, physicist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934)
  • 1896 Walter Mehring, writer
  • 1901 George Osborne Sayles, historian
  • 1901 Hirohito, Emperor of Japan (1926-89)
  • 1904 Enrico Mattei, Italian oil magnate
  • 1907 Fred Zinneman, Austrian director (From Here to Eternity, Julia)
  • 1908 Jack [Stewart] Williamson, American sci-fi author (Cometeers)
  • 1909 Daniel Raphael Mayer, journalist and resistance leader
  • 1910 John Beavan, newspaper editor
  • 1912 Italo Valenti, Italian sculptor
  • 1912 Terence de Vere White, novelist/critic
  • 1921 Cornelis de Jager, Dutch astronomer (Sun)
  • 1922 Parren J Mitchell, (Rep-D-MD, 1971- )
  • 1923 Irvin Kershner, director (Never Say Never Again), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1926 Carie Meek, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1927 Betsy Ancker-Johnson, American physicist and auto company executive, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1929 Walter Kempowski, German writer (German Chronicle), born in Rostock (d. 2007)
  • 1929 [John] Jeremy Thorpe, British MP (Liberal)
  • 1931 Aleksei Aleksandrovich Gubarev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 28)
  • 1931 Frank Auerbach, German-born British painter
  • 1932 Yevgeni Alekseyevich Zaikin, Russian cosmonaut (Voshkod 2 backup)
  • 1933 Mark Eyskens, Economist and Prime Minister of Belgium (1981), born in Leuven, Belgium
  • 1934 Pedro Pires, premier (Cape Verde, 1975-91)
  • 1936 Jacob Rothschild, English banker/multi-millionaire
  • 1937 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer
  • 1938 Bernard "Bernie" Madoff, American fraudster and financier (commited largest fraud in US history, born in Queens, New York
  • 1941 Jonah Barrington, British World champion squash player (1966-73)
  • 1944 Benedikte, Danish princess/daughter of Frederik IX
  • 1945 Hugh Hopper, rocker (Soft Machine)
  • 1946 Franc Roddam, director (K2, Bride, Aria, Quadrophenia)
  • 1947 Olavo de Carvalho, Brazilian philosopher
  • 1948 Bruce Cutler, American attorney
  • 1950 Debbie Stabenow, American politician
  • 1952 David Icke, English writer
  • 1953 Nikolai Nikolayevich Budarin, Kirya Russia, cosmonaut (STS 71, TM-27)
  • 1954 Bill Paxon, (Rep-R-New York)
  • 1957 Timothy Treadwell, American bear enthusiast (d. 2003)
  • 1960 Robert J. Sawyer, Canadian writer
  • 1961 Fumihiko Tachiki, Japanese seiyū
  • 1972 Dustin McDaniel, American politician
  • 1973 David Belle, French physical educator
  • 1975 Béres Zoo, Hungarian radio DJ
  • 1993 Aurelia Clasina Lucia Wildeboer, daughter of Pieter & Mirtle
  • 2003 Maud Behn, Princess of Norway
  • 2007 Infanta Sofía of Spain, Princess of Spain