Birthdays in History on August 26

  • 1469 Ferdinand II of Naples (d. 1496)
  • 1540 King Magnus of Livonia (d. 1583)
  • 1596 Frederik V, king of Bohemia (White Mountain)

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1676 Robert Walpole, 1st British Prime Minister (Whig: 1721-42), born in Houghton, Norfolk, England (d. 1745)

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole
  • 1694 Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (d. 1755)
  • 1728 Johann Heinrich Lambert, German scientist (d. 1777)
  • 1736 Jean-Baptiste L. Romé de l'Isle, French chemist (d. 1790)
  • 1740 Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, France, aeronaut (ballooning)
  • 1743 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, father of modern chemistry (Oxygen), born in Paris, France
  • 1775 William Joseph Behr, German writer (d. 1851)
  • 1789 Abbas Mirza, Prince of Persia (d. 1833)
  • 1792 Manuel Oribe, Uruguayan political figure (d. 1857)
  • 1811 Danville Leadbetter, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1866)
  • 1813 Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter (Battle of Guilder Tracks)
  • 1819 Albert "Bertie" von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, husband of queen Victoria
  • 1820 James Harlan, (Rep-Iowa)/US Secretary of Interior (1865-66)
  • 1825 Jacobus J Backer, German sea historian
  • 1826 Princess Alexandra of Bavaria (d. 1875)
  • 1833 Charles Jackson Paine, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1835 Theodore Washington Brevard, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1842 Heinrich I Quincke, German internist (Lumbaalpunctie)

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1845 Mary Ann Nichols, English victim of Jack the Ripper, born in London (d. 1888)

First Victim of Jack the Ripper Mary Ann Nichols
First Victim of Jack the Ripper
Mary Ann Nichols
  • 1850 Charles Richet, French physiologist (anaphylaxis-Nobel 1913)
  • 1862 Herbert Booth, American son of William and Catherine Booth (d. 1926)
  • 1870 Aleksander Kuprin, Russian author (Pojedinok) [NS=Sept 7]
  • 1873 Lee De Forest, Council Bluffs, inventor (Audion vacuum (radio) tube)
  • 1874 Zona Gale, American novelist (d. 1938)
  • 1875 John Buchan, Scotland, Gov-Gen of Canada/writer (Battle of Somme)
  • 1882 James Franck, German naturalist (Nobel 1925)
  • 1882 Johannes Lindeboom, vicar/church historian (Neth Archives)
  • 1884 Earl Biggers, author ("Charlie Chan" detective series)
  • 1885 Jules Romains, France, novelist/playwright/poet (Men of Good Will)
  • 1891 Emmy van Lokhorst, Dutch author
  • 1891 Ferdinand Bruckner, [Theodor Tagger], Austrian playwright (Races)
  • 1896 Ivan Mihailov, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1990)
  • 1897 Yoon Boseon, President of South Korea (d. 1990)
  • 1898 Peggy Guggenheim, art patron & collector
  • 1899 Rufino Tamayo, Mexican painter
  • 1900 Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (d. 1980)
  • 1901 Gen Maxwell D Taylor, former US Army chief of staff
  • 1901 Jan de Quay, Dutch minister of war/premier (KVP, 1959-63)
  • 1901 Chen Yi, Chinese communist military commander and politician (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Goodbye to Berlin), born in High Lane, Cheshire (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Albert B Sabin, Russia, US microbiologist (oral polio vaccine)
  • 1908 W. B. Henning, Prussian-born Iranist (d. 1967)
  • 1909 Frank Gasparro, US chief engraver (1965-81), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1910 Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Albanian born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize, 1979), born in Skopje, Ottoman Empire (d. 1997)

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • 1913 Cees de Lange, Dutch conferencier
  • 1914 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (d. 1984)
  • 1915 Humphrey Searle, England, writer (20th Century counterpoint)
  • 1916 Allan Leslie Merson, historian
  • 1917 William French Smith, Attorney General (1981-85)
  • 1920 Brant Parker, American cartoonist (d. 2007)

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1921 Ben Bradlee, editor/journalist/executive (Washington Post), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Journalist
Ben Bradlee
  • 1922 Irving R. Levine, American journalist
  • 1925 Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Alain Peyrefitte, French politician and writer (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Sangharakshita, Buddhist Philosopher, Founder of the Western Buddhist Order
  • 1927 Francois Leydet, sierra club (Last Redwoods)
  • 1927 Sam Massell, (Mayor-Atlanta)
  • 1927 B. V. Doshi, Indian architect
  • 1928 Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist
  • 1931 Gordon Greig, journalist
  • 1931 Guy Vander Jagt, (Rep-R-MI, 1966- )
  • 1932 Joe H Engle, Abilene Ks, Brig Gen USAF/astro (STS T-2, T-4, 2, 51I)
  • 1934 Arthur Gordon Clough, journalist
  • 1935 Cornelis B Vaandrager, [Cor Vaan], Dut poet (Long Live Joop Massaker)
  • 1935 Geraldine Ferraro, (Rep-D-NY) 1st female dem VP candidate (1984)

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1939 Jorge Paulo Lemann, Swiss-Brazilian investor, born in Rio de Janeiro

Investor and Beer Mogul Jorge Paulo Lemann
Investor and Beer Mogul
Jorge Paulo Lemann
  • 1941 Barbet Schroeder, director (Barfly, Single White Female, More)
  • 1942 John E Blaha, USAF/astronaut (STS 29, 33, 43, 58, 79/81), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1944 Richard A W G, English prince/duke of Gloucester
  • 1945 Melvin Watt, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • 1945 Tom Ridge, first United States Secretary of Homeland Security (Rep-R-Pennsylvania)
  • 1949 Robert (Bob) Cowsill, (The Cowsills - Hair, We Can Fly), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1951 Robert G Torricelli, (Rep-D-New Jersey, 1983- )
  • 1952 Will Shortz, American crossword editor
  • 1954 Efren Reyes, Filipino pool player
  • 1959 Kathryn P Hire, Mobile Alabama, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • 1962 Tariq Ramadan, Geneva, Switzerland, Islamic scholar
  • 1969 Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, Allentown Penn, wife of John Cougar
  • 1974 Eric D. Snider, American humor columnist / movie reviewer
  • 1977 Saeko Chiba, Japanese seiyū
  • 1988 Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este