Birthdays in History on August 21

  • 1165 Philip II Augustus, 1st great Capetian king of France (1179-1223), born in Gonesse, France (d. 1223)
  • 1535 Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord, born in Kagoshima, Japan (d. 1619)
  • 1567 Francois de Sales, French bishop of Geneva, writer and saint, born in Sainte-Mondane, France (d. 1622)
  • 1597 Roger Twysden, English antiquarian and royalist, born in East Peckham, Kent, England (d. 1672)
  • 1643 Afonso VI, king of Portugal (1656-67) (mentally ill)
  • 1660 Hubert Gautier, French engineer, wrote 1st book on bridge building, born in Nîmes, France (d. 1737)
  • 1665 Giacomo F. Maraldi, French-Italian astronomer and mathematician, born in Perinaldo, Italy (d. 1729)
  • 1670 James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, French military leader, born in Moulins, France (d. 1734)
  • 1721 Lucretia W van Winter-van Merken, Dutch poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1789)
  • 1725 Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French painter, born in Tournus, France (d. 1805)
  • 1754 William Murdoch, Scottish inventor (oscillating cylinder steam engine), born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)
  • 1754 Banastre Tarleton, British soldier and politician, born in Liverpool (d. 1833)
  • 1765 William IV of the United Kingdom (1830-37)
  • 1780 Jernej Kopitar, Slovenian censor (Slovenian Grammar)
  • 1789 Augustin-Louis Cauchy, French mathematician and physicist, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • 1798 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France, L'Amour), born in Paris (d. 1874)
  • 1800 Hiram Walden, American politician, born in Pawlet, Vermont (d. 1880)
  • 1801 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, WW II Dutch statesman and historian, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1876)
  • 1810 Thomas Jefferson McKean, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Burlington, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 1811 William Kelly, American inventor (pneumatic process of steelmaking), born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1813 Jean Stas, Belgian chemist, born in Leuven, Belgium (d. 1891)
  • 1816 Charles Frédéric Gerhardt, French chemist, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1856)
  • 1821 William Barksdale, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1824 John Sanford Mason, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1897)
  • 1826 Karl Gegenbaur, German anatomist, born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1847 Arthur T Verhaegen, Belgian worker's union leader
  • 1871 Leonid N Andreyev, Russian journalist and writer (Red Laugh, Seven Hangs), born in Oryol, Russia (d. 1919)
  • 1872 Aubrey Beardsley, English artist (Salome), born in Brighton, England (d. 1898)
  • 1874 Herman Adrian van Karnebeek, Dutch minister of Foreign affairs (1918-27), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1875 Maurice Lippens, Belgian governor of Congo (1921-23), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1880 Johan H. Westerveld, Dutch WW II resistance fighter and leader of Order Service (OD), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • 1891 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (d. 2007)

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

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran
  • 1896 Raymond Herreman, Belgian poet, journalist and writer (Jericho's Rose), born in Menen, Belgium (d. 1971)
  • 1906 Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, French advertising magnate and Founder of Publicis Groupe, born in Enghien-les-Bains, France (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Miguel Torga [Adolfo Correia da Rocha], Portuguese writer (O Quarto Dia da Criação do Mundo), born in O Quarto Dia da Criação do Mundo (d. 1995)
  • 1907 Roy K Marshall, Glen Carbon Ill, TV scientist (Nature of Things)
  • 1908 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), born in Shimla, India (d. 2004)
  • 1909 C. Dillon Douglas, US Secretary of Treasury (1961-65), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • 1909 Nikolay Bogolyubov, Russian mathematician, born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Victor Rosow, Russian dramatist, born in Yaroslavl (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Dallas Pratt, American collector (The American Museum in Britain), born in Islip, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), born in Gibraltar (d. 1997)
  • 1916 William John Raff Hooper, British cartoonist (Percy Prune), born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Christopher R. Milne, son of Alan A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh), born in Chelsea, London (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Gerald D. Lascelles, son of English princess Mary, born in Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire (d. 1952)
  • 1927 Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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)
  • 1929 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, born in Schweizer-Reneke (d. 2017)
  • 1929 X. J. Kennedy, American poet and author (Nude Descending a Staircase), born in New Jersey, Iowa
  • 1930 Margaret Rose Countess of Snowdon, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II , born in London, England
  • 1936 Mart Crowley, American playwright (Boys in the Band), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1936 Radish Tordia, Georgian painter of Figurative Art, born in Abasha, Georgia
  • 1937 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Donald Campbell Dewar, Scotish politician (1st minister of Scotland's first Parliament in almost 300yrs), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1939 Festus Mogae, 3rd President of Botswana (1998-2008), born in Serowe, Bechuanaland, Botswana
  • 1940 Ana Isabel Anderson-Imbert, Argentinian rheumatologist, born in Buenos Aires
  • 1944 Perry Christie, former prime minister of the Bahamas, born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1946 Lev Alburt, International Chess Master (1976), born in Orenburg, Russia
  • 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, born in Antofagasta, Chile
  • 1951 Margo Kane, Canadian playwright, born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1952 Jiří Paroubek, former Czech prime minister, born in Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 1957 Janice Thomas, WBL guard (NY Stars)
  • 1961 Stephen Hillenburg, American animator and cartoonist (SpongeBob SquarePants), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1963 King Mohammed VI of Morocco, born in Rabat, Morocco
  • 1971 Robert Harvey, Australian Rules Footballer (St Kilda Football Club), born in Seaford, Australia

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1973 Sergey Brin, Russian-born American computer scientist and businessman (co-founded Google with Larry Page), born in Moscow, Soviet Union

Co-Founder of Google Sergey Brin
Co-Founder of Google
Sergey Brin
  • 1974 Amy Fisher, shot Mary Jo Buttafucco, born in Long Island, New York