Birthdays in History on August 24

  • 1113 Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, France, conquered Normandy (d. 1151)
  • 1198 King Alexander II of Scotland (d. 1249)
  • 1210 Floris IV, Count of Holland
  • 1358 King John I of Castile (d. 1390)
  • 1393 Arthur III, Duke of Brittany (d. 1458)
  • 1420 Albrecht van Eyb, German humanist/parson (Bamberg & Eichstattt)
  • 1552 Lavinia Fontana, Italian painter (d. 1614)
  • 1580 John Taylor, English poet (d. 1654)
  • 1591 Robert Herrick, English poet ('Gather ye rosebuds while ye may') (baptized), born in London (d. 1674)
  • 1635 Peder Griffenfeld, Danish statesman (d. 1699)
  • 1694 Theodor A Freiherr von Neuhoff, German adventurer/king [or 8/25]
  • 1707 Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, English Evangelical Revivalist (d. 1791)
  • 1712 Cornelis Douwes, Dutch mathematician/astronomer
  • 1750 Letizia Ramolino, mother of Napoleon Bonaparte (d. 1836)
  • 1758 Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1794)

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1759 William Wilberforce, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1833)

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
Abolitionist
William Wilberforce
  • 1772 William I Frederick, Grand Duke of Luxembourg and King of the Netherlands (1814-40)
  • 1787 James Weddell, Ostend England, Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea)
  • 1808 Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1808 Thomas Fenwick Drayton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1816 Daniel Gooch, laid 1st successful transatlantic cables
  • 1817 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian poet, writer and playwright (d. 1875)
  • 1827 Walter Husted Stevens, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • 1828 George Hume "Maryland" Steuart, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1842 Edouard J A Agneessens, Flemish painter (Slave Market)
  • 1845 James C. Calhoun, American soldier, brother-in-law of George Armstrong Custer (d. 1876)
  • 1863 Dragutin Lerman, Croatian explorer (d. 1918)
  • 1865 Ferdinand I VAM, king of Romania
  • 1872 Max Beerbohm, England, caricaturist/writer/wit (Saturday Review)
  • 1880 Miles W L Killearn of Killearn, Scottish baron/diplomat
  • 1886 William Francis Gibbs, naval architect, designed Liberty ships
  • 1889 Simon Kimbangu/Kibangu, Congo prophet
  • 1890 Jean Rhys, British writer (d. 1979)
  • 1894 Jean Rhys, [Ella Williams], Dominica, writer (Voyage in the Dark)
  • 1895 Richard Cardinal Cushing, archbishop of Boston (d. 1970)
  • 1898 Albert Claude, Belgium, biologist/physician (Nobel 1974)
  • 1898 Malcolm Cowley, Belsano Penn, author (Flowering of New England)
  • 1898 Marie J Hugenholtz, [Doctor Grandi], surgeon on Curacao
  • 1899 Johan J Fabricius, Dutch novelist (Island of Demons)

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1899 Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine writer of fiction and essays (Labyrinths), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1986)

  • 1899 Ruth Schaumann, German painter/writer (Rose, Black King)
  • 1902 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civililization & Capitalism)

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1902 Carlo Gambino, Italian-born American mafioso (Gambino family), born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy (d. 1976)

Gangster Carlo Gambino
Gangster
Carlo Gambino
  • 1903 Karl Hanke, Nazi official (d. 1945)
  • 1905 Siaka Stevens, President of Sierra Leone (d. 1988)
  • 1911 Karl AF Schiller, West German economist/SPD-minister
  • 1915 Alice B[radley] Sheldon, US, sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful)
  • 1915 James Tiptree, Jr., American writer (d. 1987)
  • 1916 Anita V Figueredo, physician/humanitarian
  • 1916 Peter Crichton Kirkpatrick, oarsman
  • 1918 Ray McIntire, chemical engineer
  • 1918 Sikander Bakht, Governor of Kerala (d. 2004)
  • 1922 René Lévesque, Premier of Quebec (d. 1987)
  • 1922 Howard Zinn, American historian and activist
  • 1923 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Nancy Spero, Cleveland USA, American feminist artist
  • 1927 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist
  • 1927 William V Shannon, journalist/ambassador to Ireland (1977-81)
  • 1927 David Ireland, Australian author
  • 1927 Harry Markowitz, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1932 Robert D. Hales, LDS apostle

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1933 Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, 1st President of the Palestinian National Authority (1994-2004) and 1994 Nobel peace prize winner, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2004)

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1936 William J Coyne, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania, 1981- )
  • 1936 A. S. Byatt, English novelist
  • 1936 Kenny Guinn, American Governor, Nevada
  • 1937 Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, Nigerian politician (d. 1998)
  • 1938 Mason Williams, Abilene Tx, writer (Smother Brothers Hour)
  • 1938 Halldór Blöndal, Icelandic politician
  • 1940 Francine Lalonde, Quebec politician
  • 1942 Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck, mathemetician/educator
  • 1942 Max Cleland, American politician
  • 1942 Howard Jacobson, British novelist and newspaper columnist
  • 1943 Pini Zahavi, Israeli football agent
  • 1944 Gregory Bruce Jarvis, astronaut (STS 25), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1946 Richard "Dick" N Richards, Key West, USN/astr (STS 28, 41, 50, 64)
  • 1947 Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author
  • 1947 Vladimir Masorin, Russian admiral
  • 1948 Kim Sung-Il, Chief of Staff of Republic of Korea Air Force
  • 1949 Anna Lee Fisher, St Albans NY, MD/astronaut (STS 51-A)
  • 1950 Tim White, American anthropologist
  • 1951 Orson Scott Card, US, sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Ender's War)
  • 1951 Oscar Hijuelos, American author, (d. 2013)
  • 1952 Bob Corker, American politician (Senator from Tennessee), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1955 Mike Huckabee, US politician (Governor of Arkansas (R) 1996-2007), Presidential candidate, born in Hope Arkansas
  • 1956 John Culberson, American politician
  • 1958 Tracy Harris, American artist
  • 1958 Chris Offutt, American author
  • 1960 Franz Vienboeck, Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13)
  • 1960 Steven W Lindsey, Arcadia California, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 87, sk:95)
  • 1961 Ingrid Berghmans, Belgian judoka
  • 1962 Mary Ellen Weber, PhD/astronaut (STS 70), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1963 Hideo Kojima, Japanese video game director
  • 1964 Salizhan Sharkirovich Sharipov, Kirhizia, astronaut (STS-89)
  • 1970 Dan Henderson, American Mixed martial artist
  • 1977 John Green, American author (The Fault in Our Stars) and vlogger, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 2003 Alexandre Coste, son of Albert II, Prince of Monaco