Birthdays in History on August 21

  • 1165 Philip II Augustus, 1st great Capetian king of France (1179-1223)
  • 1535 Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1619)
  • 1567 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva/writer/saint
  • 1597 Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist (d. 1672)
  • 1643 Afonso VI, king of Portugal (1656-67) (mentally ill)
  • 1660 Hubert Gautier, engineer, wrote 1st book on bridge building
  • 1665 Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer (d. 1729)
  • 1670 James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, French military leader (d. 1734)
  • 1721 Lucretia W van Winter-van Merken, Dutch poet
  • 1725 Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter
  • 1754 William Murdoch, Scottish inventor (d. 1839)
  • 1754 Banastre Tarleton, British soldier and politician (d. 1833)
  • 1765 William IV of the United Kingdom (1830-37)
  • 1780 Jernej Kopitar, Slovenian censor (Slovenian Grammar)
  • 1789 Augustin-Louis, Baron Cauchy, French mathematician
  • 1798 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France, L'Amour)
  • 1800 Hiram Walden, American politician (d. 1880)
  • 1801 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, WW II Dutch statesman/historian
  • 1810 Thomas Jefferson McKean, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1813 Jean Stas, Belgian chemist (d. 1891)
  • 1816 Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist (d. 1856)
  • 1821 William Barksdale, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1824 John Sanford Mason, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1897)
  • 1826 Karl Gegenbaur, German anatomist (d. 1903)
  • 1847 Arthur T Verhaegen, Belgian worker's union leader
  • 1871 Leonid N Andrejev, Russian journalist/writer (Red Laugh)
  • 1872 Aubrey Beardsley, England, artist (Salome)
  • 1874 Herman A van Karnebeek, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1918-27)
  • 1875 Maurice Lippens, Belgian earl/minister/governor of Congo
  • 1880 Johan H Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter/leader (OD)
  • 1891 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007 (d. 2007)

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1891 [George] Bugs Moran, American gangster, born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1957)

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  • 1896 Raymond Herreman, Flemish writer (Rose of Jericho)
  • 1906 Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, advertising magnate
  • 1907 Miguel Torga, [Adolfo Correia da Rocha], Portuguese author
  • 1907 Roy K Marshall, Glen Carbon Ill, TV scientist (Nature of Things)
  • 1908 M. M. Kaye, British writer (d. 2004)
  • 1908 Oversight (nom de plume), American philosopher
  • 1909 C Dillon Douglas, Geneva Switz, US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65)
  • 1909 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, born in Yaroslavl (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Dallas Pratt, collector
  • 1915 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), born in Gibraltar (d. 1997)
  • 1916 William John Raff Hooper, cartoonist
  • 1920 Christopher R Milne, son of Alan A Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
  • 1924 Gerald D Lascelles, son of English princess Mary
  • 1927 Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • 1928 Mário Pinto de Andrade, Angolan poet and politician who founded the Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), born in Golungo Alto, Portuguese Angola (d. 1990)
  • 1928 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (d. 1999)
  • 1929 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, born in Schweizer-Reneke (d. 2017)
  • 1929 X. J. Kennedy, American poet
  • 1930 Margaret Rose Countess of Snowdon, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II , born in London, England
  • 1936 Mart Crowley, playwright (Boys in the Band)
  • 1936 Radish Tordia, painter of Figurative Art from Georgia
  • 1937 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1939 Festus Mogae, president of Botswana
  • 1940 Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, physician, rheumatologist
  • 1944 Perry Christie, former prime minister of the Bahamas
  • 1946 Lev Alburt, USSR, International Chess Master (1976)
  • 1950 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1951 Eric Goles, Chilean mathematician and computer scientist
  • 1951 Margo Kane, Canadian playwright.
  • 1952 Jiří Paroubek, former Czech prime minister
  • 1953 Ivan Stang, American writer
  • 1957 Janice Thomas, WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • 1961 Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist
  • 1963 King Mohammed VI of Morocco
  • 1971 Robert Harvey, Australian Rules Footballer (St Kilda Football Club)
  • 1973 Sergey Brin, Russian-born American computer scientist and businessman (co-founded Google with Larry Page), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1974 Amy Fisher, shot Mary Jo Buttafucco, born in Long Island, New York