Birthdays in History on August 13

  • 582 Arnulf of Metz, French bishop and saint (d. 640)
  • 1311 King Alfonso XI of Castile and Leon (d. 1350)
  • 1422 William Caxton, 1st English printer (Histories of Troy)
  • 1584 Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician (d. 1640)
  • 1617 Johann A Quenstedt, German Lutherian theologist
  • 1625 Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician, and physicist (d. 1698)
  • 1655 Johann Christoph Denner, inventor (clarinet)
  • 1662 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician (d. 1748)
  • 1666 William Wotton, English scholar (d. 1727)
  • 1699 John Dyer, British poet, born in Aberglasney, Wales (Baptism date)
  • 1700 Heinrich, count von Brühl, German statesman (d. 1763)
  • 1717 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French military leader (d. 1776)
  • 1748 Pieter L van de Kasteele, Dutch politician/patriot
  • 1752 Marie Caroline of Austria, queen of the Two Sicilies (d. 1814)
  • 1764 Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general (d. 1816)
  • 1790 William Wentworth, Australian explorer and politician (d. 1872)
  • 1792 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of William IV of the United Kingdom (d. 1849)
  • 1802 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungary, German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser)
  • 1803 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher and writer (d. 1869)
  • 1814 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (d. 1874)
  • 1818 Lucy Blackwell-Stone, US abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association)
  • 1819 George Gabriel Stokes, physicist/mathematician (spectroscope)
  • 1820 George Grove, biblical scholar/misicographer, born in London, England
  • 1820 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, [Pauwels Foreestier], poet (Dietsche Warande)
  • 1823 Goldwin Smith, English-born historian and journalist (d. 1910)
  • 1851 Felix Adler, German-born educator (d. 1933)

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1860 Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], American sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), born in North Star, Ohio (d. 1926)

Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley
Sharp Shooter
Annie Oakley
  • 1866 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian industrialist (d. 1945)
  • 1867 William A Craigie, Scottish lexicographer (Skotlands Rimur)
  • 1871 Karl Liebknecht, German revolutionary marxist (Sparta Party)
  • 1872 Richard Willstätter, German chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1942)
  • 1878 Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, Dutch zionist/socialist theorist
  • 1881 Jacqueline [Pierrette] R van Stuwe, [Eline v S], Dutch author
  • 1886 Jacob Pierneef, South Africa, painter
  • 1887 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)

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1888 John Logie Baird, Scottish inventor and father of the television, born in Helensburgh, Scotland (d. 1946)

Inventor of Television John Logie Baird
Inventor of Television
John Logie Baird
  • 1888 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Camillien Houde, Quebec politician, mayor of Montreal (d. 1958)
  • 1890 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia
  • 1902 Bartoes, [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer/comic
  • 1902 Felix Wankel, Germany, inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine)
  • 1902 Lord Sainsbury of Drury Lane, president (J Sansbury Pics)
  • 1907 Alfred Alwin Felix Krupp, Essen Germany, arms manufacturer
  • 1907 Sir Basil Spence, Scottish architect (d. 1976)
  • 1911 William Bernbach, Famous Advertiser (d. 1982)
  • 1912 Jan Peeters, Dutch water colors painter/monumental artist
  • 1912 Metten Koornstra, Dutch painter/graphic artist
  • 1912 Salvador E Luria, Italian/US biologist (Nobel prize 1969)
  • 1913 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent
  • 1913 Lord Oram, British MP (Labour)
  • 1913 Makarios III, [Michail Moeskos], archbishop/president Cyprus
  • 1918 Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal
  • 1918 Frederick Sanger, England, biochemist (Nobel 1958, 1980)
  • 1918 John Bunting, senior civil servant
  • 1919 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2007)
  • 1924 John Milne, CEO (Blue Circles Industries)

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1926 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), born in Birán, Holguin Province (d. 2016)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1929 Charles Lyon, gen-sect (Transport Salaried Staffs Association)
  • 1929 Michael Beavis, deputy cmdr-in-chief (Allied Forces Central Europe)
  • 1930 Don Ho, Hawaii, ukulele player (Tiny Bubbles)
  • 1931 Roy Evans, general sect (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation)
  • 1933 Jocelyn Elders, US Surgeon General (-1994)
  • 1935 Rod Hull, British entertainer, born on Isle of Sheppey, Kent (d. 1999)
  • 1939 Saul Steinberg, artist (The Art of Living)
  • 1940 Ann Armstrong Dailey, founder (Children's Hospice Intl)
  • 1940 Timothy Wood, British government asst whip
  • 1942 Robert Lee Stewart, Brig Gen US Army/astronaut (STS 41B, 51J), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Yuri Fedorovich Isaulov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1945 Lars Engqvist, Swedish politician
  • 1945 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), born in Kenfig Hill, Wales (d. 2016)

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1946 Janet Yellen, American economist (Chair of US Federal Reserve), born in Brooklyn, New York

15th Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen
15th Chair of the Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen
  • 1947 Margareta Winberg, Swedish politician
  • 1948 Mosiuoa Patrick "Terror" Lekota, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1949 Peter J Visclosky, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985- )
  • 1952 Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1954 Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1954 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player (d. 2001)
  • 1958 Randall Shughart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
  • 1960 Phil Taylor, English darts player
  • 1961 Tom Perrotta, American novelist
  • 1967 Amélie Nothomb, Belgian writer
  • 1970 Will Clarke, American novelist
  • 1972 Kevin Plank, American entrepreneur (Under Armour)
  • 1973 Molly Henneberg, American journalist
  • 1975 Joe Perry, English snooker player
  • 1979 Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician
  • 1992 Katharine Close, Scripps National Spelling Bee champion