Birthdays in History on August 25

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1530 Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible], 1st tsar of Russia (1533-84), born in Kolomenskoye, Russia (d. 1584)

Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible
Russian Tsar
Ivan the Terrible
  • 1561 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer (d. 1632)
  • 1624 François de la Chaise, French confessor of Louis XIV of France (d. 1709)
  • 1662 John Leverett the Younger, American educator (d. 1724)
  • 1664 Johan van de Bergh, Leids regent
  • 1724 George Stubbs, England, animal painter (Horse Frightened by Lion)
  • 1741 Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian (d. 1792)
  • 1744 Johann G von Herder, German philosopher/theologist/poet
  • 1767 Antoine Louis Léon de Richebourg de Saint-Just, French revolutionary and writer (d. 1794)
  • 1775 Charlotte J T, infant of Portugal (Court in Rio de Janeiro)
  • 1786 [Charles] Louis I, (Augustus), King of Bavaria (Lola Montez)
  • 1788 Cornelis J van Assen, Dutch jurist (Language of the Constitution)
  • 1796 James Lick, American land baron (d. 1876)
  • 1803 Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, the Duque de Caxias, Brazilian military leader
  • 1811 Joseph Dana Webster, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1812 Percival Drayton, Capt (Union Navy), (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Allan Pinkerton, founded Chicago detective agency
  • 1823 John Newton, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1895)
  • 1825 Henry Warner Birge, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1836 Bret Harte, US, author (Outcasts of Poker Flat)
  • 1841 Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909)
  • 1845 Ludwig II, mad king of Bavaria (1864-86)
  • 1846 Louise J Gautier, French poetess
  • 1851 [Willem] Alexander KHF, prince of Orange/Netherlands
  • 1867 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Joshua L Cowen, inventor (electric train)
  • 1882 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician (d. 1966)
  • 1893 Henry Trendley Dean, American dental researcher (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Helmut Hasse, German mathematician (d. 1975)
  • 1903 Bruno Bettelheim, Austrian/US psycho-analyst (Uses of Enchantment)
  • 1903 Arpad Elo, American chess writer (d. 1992)
  • 1905 Faustina Kowalska, Polish mystic (d. 1938)
  • 1906 Eugen Gerstenmaier, German politician (CDU)
  • 1906 Mollie Panter-Downes, writer
  • 1907 Desmond Flower, publisher
  • 1908 Esther Waterhouse, doctor/methodist
  • 1910 J B Charles, [Willem H Nagel], criminologist/writer
  • 1910 Dorothea Tanning, Galesburg, Illinios, artist (Nachtmusik,1943, Night Shadow, 1945), (d. 2012)
  • 1911 Vo Nguyen Giap (Võ Nguyên Giáp), Vietnamese general and statesman, (d. 2013)
  • 1912 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany 1971-89), born in Neunkirchen (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Walt Kelly, cartoonist, creator (Pogo)
  • 1915 Walter Trampler, violist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1916 Frederic Robbins, US bacteriologist
  • 1916 Frederick Chapman Robbins, American pediatrician and virologist; Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator (d. 2000)

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1919 George Wallace, American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, born in Clio, Alabama (d. 1998)

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • 1920 Jef Diederen, Dutch painter
  • 1921 Brian Moore, Ireland, novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife)
  • 1921 Monty Hall, TV game show host (Lets Make a Deal), born in Winnipeg Canada
  • 1921 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Thea Astley, Australian writer, (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Regis Philbin, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1932 Anatoli Yakovlevich Kartashov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1934 John Stears, special effects expert (Dr No), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1934 Valery F Bykovsky, USSR, cosmonaut (Vostok V, Soyuz 22, 31/39)
  • 1934 Lise Bacon, French Canadian politician
  • 1934 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, born in Bahreman, Persia (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Charles Wright, American poet
  • 1936 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Chief Voodoo Priest, (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Frederick Forsyth, author (Day of the Jackal, Deceiver, Odessa File)
  • 1939 John Badham, Luton England, director (Dracula, Short Circuit)
  • 1941 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician
  • 1942 Nathen Deal, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1944 Sherley Anne Williams, US literary (Dessa Rose)
  • 1944 Conrad Black, newspaper magnate
  • 1946 Larry LaRocco, (Rep-D-Idaho)
  • 1946 Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and Children's Author
  • 1947 Wim J van Gelder, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1949 Martin Amis, English novelist
  • 1963 James Backhouse, British artist
  • 1964 Timothy Nicholson, journalist
  • 1964 Maxim Kontsevich, Russian mathematician
  • 1964 Vassilios Kotronias, Greek chess grandmaster
  • 1971 Quintis "Chico" Ristie, Suriname radio host
  • 1975 Jeremy Horn, American MMA Fighter
  • 1981 Clare Oliver, Australian cancer activist (d. 2007)