Birthdays in History on August 16

  • 1355 Philippa Plantagenet, Countess of Ulster
  • 1378 Hongxi Emperor of China (d. 1425)
  • 1397 Albrecht II von Habsburg, king of Bohemia/Hungary/Germany
  • 1401 Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, dauphine of France (d. 1436)
  • 1550 Carolus Gallus, [Karel de Haan], Dutch lawyer/pastor/vicar
  • 1557 Agostino Carracci, Italian artist (d. 1602)
  • 1573 Anna of Austria, queen of Poland (d. 1598)
  • 1596 Frederick V, Elector Palatine (d. 1632)
  • 1622 Tsjerk H de Vries, fleet guardian
  • 1637 Emilie Juliane of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, German countess and poet (d. 1706)
  • 1645 Jean de La Bruyère, French writer (d. 1696)
  • 1650 Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopedist (d. 1718)
  • 1666 Henriette Amalia, monarch of Nassau-Dietz
  • 1682 Louis, duc de Bourgogne, heir-apparent to the French throne (d. 1712)
  • 1815 John Bosco, Italian priest and educator (d. 1888)
  • 1817 Henry Winter Davis, MC (Union), (d. 1865)
  • 1820 Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician (d. 1892)
  • 1828 Joseph Bradford Carr, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1831 Edward Payson Chapin, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1831 John Jones Ross, Quebec politician (d. 1901)
  • 1832 Wilhelm Wundt, German physiologist/psychologist/philosopher
  • 1837 Emile A H Seipgens, Dutch priest/beer brewer
  • 1842 Jakob Rosanes, German mathematician (d. 1922)
  • 1845 Gabriel Lippmann, French physicist
  • 1846 Justus van Maurik, Dutch cigar manufacturer/writer/editor (Groene)
  • 1858 Arthur Achleitner, German writer (d. 1927)
  • 1860 Jules Laforgue, Uruguay, French poet (Les Complaintas)
  • 1862 Amos Alonzo Stagg, football pioneer, inventor (tackling dummy)
  • 1864 Ferdinand C S Schiller, British philosopher (Riddles of the Sphinx)
  • 1867 Antonio Nobre, Portuguese poet (Lonely)
  • 1868 Bernarr McFadden, American physical culture advocate, credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States, born in Mill Spring, Missouri (d. 1955)
  • 1876 Ivan Bilibin, Russian illustrator (d. 1942)
  • 1882 Pierre H Ritter Jr, Dutch literary/head (Utrecht Newspaper)
  • 1884 Adrian S Oppenheim, Dutch lawyer/adviser (British Petroleum/Shell)
  • 1884 Hugo Gernsback, sci-fi writer (1960 Hugo)
  • 1884 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal (d. 1942)

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1888 T. E. Lawrence [Lawrence of Arabia], British author, soldier and diplomat famous for his liaison role in Arabia during WWI, born in Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, Wales (d. 1935)

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • 1892 Harold Foster, cartoonist (created "Prince Valiant")
  • 1892 Otto Messmer, American cartoonist (d. 1983)
  • 1894 George Meany, labor leader (headed AFL-CIO), born in NYC, New York (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Albert Cohen, Swiss novelist (d. 1981)
  • 1896 (or the 17th) Tina Modotti, Udine Italy, Italian artist and activist
  • 1897 Robert Ringling, circus master
  • 1902 Georgette Heyer, English novelist (Friday's Child)
  • 1904 Wendell Stanley, biochemist, 1st to crystallize a virus (Nobel 1946)
  • 1906 Franz Josef II, prince of Liechtenstein (1938-89)
  • 1908 William Maxwell, American novelist and editor (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Marga AM Klompe, 1st Netherland woman elected minister

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1913 Menachem Begin, Israeli Prime Minister (1977-83, Nobel 1978), born in Brest, Belarus (d. 1992)

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin
  • 1922 Louis Lomax, African-American author and journalist, born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 1970)
  • 1923 Joe Hutton, northumbrian piper/shepherd
  • 1923 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian playwright
  • 1931 Forrest E. Mars Jr., Candy Manufacturer (Mars), born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Jon Lindbergh, 2nd son of aviator Charles Lindbergh
  • 1933 Jan van Ginkel, graphic artist/publisher (Perscombinatie)
  • 1933 Reiner Kunze, German writer (The Lovely Years), born in Oelsnitz, Saxony
  • 1933 Stuart A "Smokey" Roosa, Durango Colo, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 14)
  • 1934 Diana Wynne Jones, UK, sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet, Witch Week)
  • 1934 Ed van Thijn, (Jewish) Dutch foreign min/mayor (Amsterdam, 1983-94)
  • 1937 Andrew J[efferson V] Offutt, US, sci-fi author (Undying Wizard)
  • 1937 David Anderson, Canadian politician
  • 1938 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1939 Valeri V Ryumin, cosmonaut (Soyuz 25, 32)
  • 1939 Wim Meijer, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1939 Sir Trevor Mcdonald, Trinidadian-born British television newsreader
  • 1940 Bruce Beresford, Austral director (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies)
  • 1942 John Meulendijks, Dutch cryptogram maker (People's Daily)
  • 1944 Dick Zimmer, (Rep-R-New Jersey)
  • 1945 Suzanne Farrell, ballerina (Don Quioxote), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1946 Massoud Barzani, Iraqi Kurdish politician
  • 1947 Carol Moseley-Braun, (Sen-D Illinois)
  • 1947 John Howard, (US), speed record (152.284 mph at Bonneville Flats, UT)
  • 1948 Pierre Reid, Canadian politician and teacher
  • 1950 Stockwell Day, Canadian politician
  • 1951 Richard Hunt, American puppeteer (d. 1992)
  • 1953 Kathie Lee Gifford, Paris Fla, hostess (Live with Regis & Kathie Lee)
  • 1958 Peter "Jeff" K Wisoff, Norfolk VA, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 68, 81/84)
  • 1967 Pamela Smart, American convicted murderess
  • 1976 Dave Ockun, American concert producer
  • 1979 Michael Stahlman, American rower and coach
  • 1988 Rumer Willis, child of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore