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, Italy, poet (Morgante)
  • 1575 Bartol Kašić, Croatian writer and linguist (d. 1650)
  • 1613 Gilles Ménage, French scholar (d. 1692)
  • 1619 Hubertus Quellinus, [Quellien], Flemish cartoonist/copper plate
  • 1688 Frederick-William I, king of Prussia (1713-1740)
  • 1702 Francesco Zuccarelli, Italian rococo painter/etcher
  • 1717 Blind Jack, English roadbuilder (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, Scotland, novelist/poet (Lady of Lake)
  • 1776 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Apollo under the Hirten)
  • 1782 Henri MG earl the Merode, Belgian revolutionary (Souvenirs)
  • 1785 Thomas De Quincey, England, writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater)
  • 1788 Carel SW van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director
  • 1794 Elias M Fries, Swedish botanist (System mycologicum)
  • 1798 Sangolli Rayanna, prominent Indian warrior, born in Karnataka, India
  • 1803 James Douglas, father of British Columbia
  • 1813 Jules Grévy, 2nd President of the French Third Republic (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Orris Sanford Ferry, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1845 Walter Crane, England, painter/illustrator (Beauty & Beast)
  • 1856 J Keir Hardie, 1st Labour representative in British Parliament
  • 1857 Albert Ballin, German shipping tycoon (d. 1918)
  • 1860 Florence Harding [DeWolfe], US 1st lady (1921-23), born in Marion, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • 1860 Roosje Vos, Dutch union organizer
  • 1860 Henrietta Vinton Davis, American elocutionist (d. 1941)
  • 1863 Alexei Krylov, Russian engineer and mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1865 Johan[nes] B Schepers, Frisian writer (Braga)
  • 1865 Usui Mikao, Japanese founder of Reiki (d. 1926)
  • 1874 Joseph Klausner, Polish/Israeli new testament expert
  • 1876 Aleksandar Belic, Serb linguist
  • 1878 Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron/general (White Armies, WW II)
  • 1881 Alfred Wagenknecht, German-born American activist (d. 1956)
  • 1883 Ivan Meštrović, Croatian sculptor (d. 1962)
  • 1885 Edna Ferber, American author & playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron) (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (d. 2006)
  • 1890 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, born in New York City
  • 1892 Louis-Victor prince of Broglie, France, physicist (Nobel 1929)

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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 (d. 1950)
  • 1896 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Lillian Carter, US President Jimmy Carter's (1977-1981) mom
  • 1898 Jan Brzechwa, Polish poet (d. 1966)
  • 1901 Arias Arnulfo, 3 time president of Panama (1940-41, 49-51, 68)
  • 1901 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, born in Lutherstadt Wittenberg (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (d. 1975)
  • 1902 Jan RT Campert, writer (Song the 18 dead)
  • 1907 Paul Vincze, medallist
  • 1909 Raymond O'Malley, teacher
  • 1910 Josef Klaus, Chancellor of Austria (1966-70)
  • 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, writer
  • 1915 Alma Gardeslan, Surinamese/Dutch folklorist
  • 1915 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish author/resistance fighter (Mensch op Weg)
  • 1916 Aleks Çaçi, Albanian writer
  • 1917 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach (d. 1999)
  • 1917 Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman catholic priest who was murdered (d. 1980)
  • 1918 Fay Honey Knopp, activist
  • 1919 Benedict Kiely, Irish author

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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, playwright (A Man for All Seasons, Doctor Zhivago)
  • 1925 Gertrude Shope, South African leader of the ANC Women’s League, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1926 Lewis T Preston, banker
  • 1926 Costis Stephanopoulos, Greek politician
  • 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[ull] Forward, US, sci-fi author (Dragon's Egg, Starquake)
  • 1934 Valentin Stepanovich Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1935 Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr, civil rights activist (National Urban League)
  • 1937 Ronnie G Flippo, (Rep-D-NY, 1977- )
  • 1938 Maxine Waters, (Rep-D-California)
  • 1938 Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court justice
  • 1938 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish writer
  • 1939 H Onno C R Ruding, director (Amrobank)/Dutch Financial minister (CDA)
  • 1940 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist
  • 1941 Viktor Mikhailovich Pisarev, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Larry Hartsell, American martial arts instructor (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, Bangladeshi politician
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1965 Rob Thomas, American writer
  • 1970 Ben Silverman, American TV executive