Birthdays in History on August 23

  • 686 Charles Martel, grandfather of Charlemagne (d. 741)
  • 1486 Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, Austrian diplomat
  • 1524 Francois Hotman/Hotomanus, French lawyer/diplomat (Anti-Tribonien)
  • 1593 Fulvio Testi, Italian poet (Pianto d'Italia)
  • 1623 Stanisław Lubieniecki, Polish astronomer (d. 1675)
  • 1724 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman (d. 1796)
  • 1740 Ivan VI, Emperor of Russia 1740-41)
  • 1741 Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, French explorer (d. 1788)
  • 1751 Louis-Francois Beffara, lexicographer
  • 1754 Louis XVI, Versailles, king of France (1774-93) eventually guillotined

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1769 Georges Cuvier [Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier], French naturalist and zoologist, born in Montbéliard, France (d. 1832)

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Naturalist and Zoologist
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  • 1773 Jakob F Fries, German philosopher
  • 1783 William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer (d. 1852)
  • 1785 Oliver Hazard Perry, US Naval hero ("We have met the enemy")
  • 1805 Anton von Schmerling, Austrian statesman (d. 1893)
  • 1809 Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Trip to H Land)
  • 1814 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore (d. 1877)
  • 1818 Rufus Ingalls, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1893)
  • 1829 Moritz B Cantor, German math historian
  • 1832 Alexander Chambers, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1888)
  • 1836 Marie Henriette of Austria, Queen of the Belgians (d. 1902)
  • 1843 William Southam, Canadian newspaper publisher (d. 1932)
  • 1846 Alexander Milne Calder, American sculptor (d. 1923)
  • 1847 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (d. 1927)
  • 1849 William Ernest Henley, British poet, critic, and editor (d. 1903)
  • 1852 Arnold Toynbee, English economic historian and social reformer, born in London (d. 1883)
  • 1852 Clímaco Calderón, President of Colombia. (d. 1913)
  • 1864 Eleftherios K Venizalos, premier of Greece (1910-15, 28-32)
  • 1867 Marcel Schwob, Frans writer/journalist (Le Croisade des Enfants)
  • 1869 Edgar Lee Masters, poet/novelist (Spoon River Anthology)
  • 1869 James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, SF mayor (1912-31), MUNI backer
  • 1875 William Eccles, English radio pioneer (d. 1966)
  • 1875 Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist (d. 1946)
  • 1880 Alexander Grin, Russian writer (d. 1932)
  • 1881 Louis Schelfhout, Dutch painter/graphic artist
  • 1883 Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV, U.S. general (d. 1953)
  • 1884 Ogden L. Mills, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1927-1932 (d. 1937)
  • 1885 Henry Thomas Tizard, scientist
  • 1889 A Lichtenstein, writer
  • 1894 James La Guma, Bloemfontein, South African political activist and trade unionist
  • 1901 Cecil Rolph Hewitt, journalist/policeman
  • 1901 John Sherman Cooper, (Sen-Ky)
  • 1903 Mauritius van Haegendoren, Flemish historian/senator
  • 1903 William Primrose, violist (Method for Violin & Viola), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1908 Arthur Adamov, Kislovodsk Russia, playwright (Paolo Paoli)
  • 1908 Cornelis van Dis, Dutch MP
  • 1908 Hannah Frank, Scottish Artist and Sculptor
  • 1911 Albert Alberts, writer/journalist (French battle)
  • 1911 Carl Dolmetsch, director (Haslemere Festival)
  • 1912 Jara Ribnikar, Serbian writer, born in Königgrätz, Bohemia (d. 2007)
  • 1912 Lord Kissin, president (GPG)
  • 1913 Stanley Kitchen, British chartered accountant
  • 1919 Robert Crichton-Brown, CEO (Rothmans International)
  • 1921 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), born in New York City (d. 2017)
  • 1922 Brian Young, Chairman (Christian Aid)
  • 1922 Jack Boddy, British trade union leader
  • 1923 Edgar F. Codd, English computer scientist (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Denis Sargan, econometrician
  • 1924 Ephraim Kishon, writer
  • 1924 Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia
  • 1926 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist, (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), born in Utrecht (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Houari Boumedienne, president of Algeria (1965-78)
  • 1927 John Hoskyns, director-general (Institute of Directors)
  • 1930 Andy Ireland, (Rep-R-FL, 1977- )
  • 1930 John Fairclough, British scientific adviser
  • 1930 Michel Rocard, French politician, Prime Minister of France (1988-91), born in Courbevoie, Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Richard Vincent, British chief of Defense
  • 1932 Houari Boumedienne, President of Algeria (d. 1978)
  • 1933 Manfred Donike, chemist drug test pioneer
  • 1933 Pete Wilson, (Sen-R-CA, 1983-88/Gov-R-Ca 1991- )
  • 1933 Robert Curl, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1935 Brendan Jackson, British air marshal
  • 1936 Henry Lee Lucas, American serial killer (d. 2001)
  • 1939 Charles Wardle, MP/under sect of state British home office
  • 1939 Ronald [Ronny] A Casseres, minister of Dutch Antilles
  • 1942 Patricia McBride, Teaneck, NJ, ballerina (NYC Ballet Co)
  • 1943 Dale Campbell-Savours, MP (Lab)
  • 1943 Peter Lilley, MP/sect of state for British social security
  • 1943 Nelson DeMille, American novelist
  • 1944 Antonia Novello, 14th US Surgeon General (1990-92)
  • 1947 Willy Russell, author/playwright (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita)
  • 1948 Andrei Pleşu, Romanian writer, essayist
  • 1948 Daniel Ruettiger "Rudy", University of Notre Dame football legend
  • 1949 Norah Ellen O'Neill, airline pilot (Flying Tigers)
  • 1949 Pieter J Biesheuvel, lawyer/Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1949 Rick Springfield, Australia, (General Hospital, Jessie's Girl)
  • 1951 Queen Noor of Jordan [Lisa Najeeb Halaby], American born wife of King Hussein, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1951 Akhmad Kadyrov, President of Chechnya (d. 2004)
  • 1953 Klaus-Dietrich Flade, German FR, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-14)
  • 1956 David A Wolf, MD/astronaut (STS 58, sk: 89/91), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1956 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (d. 1991)
  • 1956 Valgerd Svarstad Haugland, Norwegian politician
  • 1960 Helen Rees, director (Design Museum)
  • 1960 Rodney Alan Greenblat, American graphic artist
  • 1962 Martin Cauchon, Canadian politician
  • 1964 Kong Hee, Singaporean, Founder and Senior Pastor of the City Harvest movement in Asia
  • 1967 Nancy Jane Cox, Campbellsville Kentucky, Miss Kentucky-America-1991
  • 1969 Keith Tyson, English artist
  • 1970 Lawrence Frank, American head coach
  • 1977 Jared Fogle, American spokesperson known as the Subway Guy, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1981 Ozzy Lusth, American Survivor contestant