Birthdays in History on August 15

  • 1171 King Alfonso IX of Leon (d. 1230)
  • 1195 Anthony of Padua, Portuguese saint (d. 1231)
  • 1432 Luigi Pulci, Italian poet (Morgante), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1484)
  • 1575 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist, born in Pag, Croatia (d. 1650)
  • 1613 Gilles Ménage, French scholar, born in Angers, France (d. 1692)
  • 1619 Hubertus Quellinus, Flemish cartoonist and painter, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1687)
  • 1688 Frederick-William I, king of Prussia (1713-1740)
  • 1702 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter and etcher, born in Pitigliano, Italy (d. 1788)
  • 1717 Blind Jack [John Metcalf], English 1st professional roadbuilder, born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England (d. 1810)
  • 1740 Matthias Claudius, German poet (d. 1815)

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1769 Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and Emperor of the French (1804-14, 1815), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, France (d. 1821)

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1771 Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (The Lady of the Lake), born in College Wynd, Edinburgh Scotland (d. 1832)
  • 1776 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Apollo under the Hirten), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1782 Henri MG earl the Merode, Belgian revolutionary (Souvenirs)
  • 1785 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), born in Manchester (d. 1859)
  • 1788 Carel SW van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director
  • 1794 Elias M. Fries, Swedish botanist (System mycologicum), born in Femsjö, Sweden (d. 1878)
  • 1798 Sangolli Rayanna, prominent Indian warrior, born in Karnataka, India
  • 1803 James Douglas, The Father of British Columbia, born in Demerara, Guyana (d. 1877)
  • 1813 Jules Grévy, 2nd President of the French Third Republic, born in Mont-sous-Vaudrey, France (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Orris Sanford Ferry, American lawyer, politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Connecticut (d. 1875)
  • 1845 Walter Crane, English painter, cartoonist and illustrator (The Lady of Shalott), born in Liverpool (d. 1915)
  • 1856 J. Keir Hardie, Scottish politician and 1st Labour representative in British Parliament, born in Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1915)
  • 1857 Albert Ballin, German inventor and shipping tycoon, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1918)
  • 1858 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), born in London, England (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Florence Harding [DeWolfe], US 1st lady (1921-23), born in Marion, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Roosje Vos, Dutch trade union leader, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1932)
  • 1860 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1941)
  • 1863 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician, born in Alatyrsky District, Russia (d. 1945)
  • 1865 Johan[nes] B Schepers, Frisian writer (Braga)
  • 1865 Mikao Usui, Japanese founder of Reiki (form of spiritual practice), born in Gifu Prefecture, Japan (d. 1926)
  • 1874 Joseph Klausner, Polish-Israeli new testament expert, born in Valkininkai, Lithuania (d. 1958)
  • 1876 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1960)
  • 1878 Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron/general (White Armies, WW II)
  • 1881 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist, born in Görlitz, Imperial Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor and architect, born in Vrpolje, Croatia (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1890 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in New York City
  • 1892 Louis de Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), born in Dieppe, France (d. 1987)

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1893 Harlow Curtice, President of General Motors (1953-8), born in Petrieville, Michigan (d. 1962)

President of General Motors Harlow Curtice
President of General Motors
Harlow Curtice
  • 1893 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, born in Pukekohe, New Zealand (d. 1950)
  • 1896 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Lillian Carter, US President Jimmy Carter's (1977-1981) mom, born in Richland, Georgia (d. 1983)
  • 1898 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (The Beetle), born in Zhmerynka, Ukraine (d. 1966)
  • 1901 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68), born in Penonomé, Coclé, Panama (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, born in Lutherstadt, Wittenberg, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (group theory), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Jan RT Campert, writer (Song the 18 dead)
  • 1907 Paul Vincze, Jewish-Hungarian designer of coins and medal, born in Galgagyörk, Hungary (d. 1994)
  • 1909 Raymond O'Malley, English teacher

  • 1910 Josef Klaus, Chancellor of Austria (1966-70), born in Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria (d. 1964)
  • 1912 Julia Child, chef (French Chef), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1912 Wijnanda M C "Nan" Aberson, friend of Gerard Reve Sr
  • 1914 Peter Nicholson Gunn, Australian writer (The Churches of Rome), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese/Dutch folklorist
  • 1915 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author and resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg), born in Turnhout , Belgium (d. 1945)
  • 1916 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer (That way Myzeqe), born in Palasë, Himara, Albania (d. 1989)
  • 1917 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach, born in Shandon, Cork, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest who was murdered, born in Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador (d. 1980)
  • 1918 Fay Honey Knopp, American activist (founded a Quaker ministry for men and women in prisons), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1995)

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1924 Phyllis Schlafly, right-wing crusader, Eagle Forum president, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)

Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly
Eagle Forum President
Phyllis Schlafly
  • 1924 Robert Oxton Bolt, English playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago), born in Sale, Manchester (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Gertrude Shope, South African leader of the ANC Women’s League, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1926 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), born in NYC, New York
  • 1926 Kostis Stephanopoulos, Greek conservative politician (President of Greece, 1995-2005), born in Patras, Greece (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Ageeda Paavel, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1931 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and sci-fi writer (Dragon's Egg, Starquake), born in Geneva, NY (d. 2002)
  • 1934 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Sukhaya Tereshka, Russia (d. 1908)
  • 1935 Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr, American civil rights activist (National Urban League), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1937 Ronnie G. Flippo, former United States Congressman from Alabama (1977-91), born in Florence, Alabama
  • 1938 Maxine Waters, American politician (Rep-D-California), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1938 Stephen Breyer, American lawyer and Justice of the Supreme Court, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1938 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1985)
  • 1939 Herman Onno C. R. Ruding, Dutch Financial minister (CDA) and Director of Amrobank
  • 1940 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist (Founder of Red Army Faction), born in Bartholomä, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1941 Viktor Mikhailovich Pisarev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1943 Eni F H Faleomavaega, (Rep-D-American Samoa)
  • 1944 Tom Murphy, American politician
  • 1945 Thomas C Sawyer, (Rep-D-Ohio)
  • 1945 Begum Khaleda Zia, Prime Minister of Bangladesh (1991-96 and 2001-06), born in Dinajpur, Bangladesh
  • 1946 Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1947 Brian Hulls, British TV news cameraman
  • 1947 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, Macon Ga, USN/astro (STS 33)
  • 1948 George Ryton, British engineer, born in Singapore
  • 1949 Carlien Brouwer, translator/missing since Jan 6, 1994
  • 1949 Beverly Burns, American pilot and 1st woman to captain a Boeing 747, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1949 Richard Deacon, Welsh sculptor, born in Bangor, Wales
  • 1951 Daba Diawara, Malian politician
  • 1954 Mary Jo Salter, American poet

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1954 Stieg Larsson [Karl Stig-Erland Larsson], Swedish author (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), born in Skelleftehamn, Sweden (d. 2004)

  • 1956 Gordon Bruks, England, Dr/cosmonaut
  • 1958 Victor Shenderovich, Russian satirist
  • 1959 Scott D Altman, Lincoln Ill, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • 1961 Ed Gillespie, American White House counsel to George W. Bush
  • 1962 Tom Colicchio, American chef
  • 1963 Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)

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1964 Melinda Gates, American philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, born in Dallas, Texas

Philanthropist Melinda Gates
Philanthropist
Melinda Gates
  • 1965 Rob Thomas, American writer
  • 1970 Ben Silverman, American TV executive