Birthdays in History on August 29

  • 1434 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, born in Čazma, Croatia (d. 1472)
  • 1476 Kano Motonobu, co-founder (Kano school of painting), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1609 Sassoferrato [Giovanni B Salvi], Italian painter (Madonna), born in Sassoferrato, Marche, Italy (d. 1685)
  • 1619 Jean-Baptiste Colbert, French minister of Navy, born in Reims, France (d. 1683)
  • 1628 John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English royalist statesman (d. 1701)

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1632 John Locke, English empiricist philosopher; influential Enlightenment thinker and "Father of Liberalism" (Two Treatises of Government), born in Wrington, England (d. 1704)

Philosopher John Locke
Philosopher
John Locke
  • 1725 Charles Townshend, English politician, 3rd Viscount of Townshend, born in Raynham Hall, Norfolk (d. 1767)
  • 1728 Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Electress of Bavaria, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Germany (d. 1797)
  • 1756 Heinrich Graf von Bellegarde, Austrian field marshal and statesman, born in Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1845)
  • 1756 Jan Śniadecki, Polish mathematician and astronomer, born in Żnin, Poland (d. 1830)
  • 1777 Hyacinth [Nikita Yakovlevich Bichurin], Founder of Sinology (d. 1853)
  • 1780 Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, French painter (Valpincon Bather), born in Montauban, France (d. 1867)
  • 1805 Frederick Maurice, English theologian of the Church of England, born in Normanston, Suffolk, England (d. 1872)
  • 1808 Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, German politician and reformer, born in Delitzsch, Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1811 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), born in NYC, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1815 Anna Ella Carroll, American politician and civil war writer (Reconstruction), born in Pocomoke City, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • 1821 Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet, French anthropologist who was the first to organize and classify Stone Age cultures into a chronological sequence of epochs, born in Meylan, France (d. 1898)
  • 1843 David B. Hill, American politician and Governor of New York (1885-91), born in Montour Falls, New York (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Edward Carpenter, English poet and philosopher (Civilisation, Its Cause and Cure), born in Hove, Sussex, England (d. 1929)
  • 1849 Titus van Asch van Wijck, Dutch governor Suriname (1891-97), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1902)

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1862 Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1949)

Author and Nobel Laureate Maurice Maeterlinck
Author and Nobel Laureate
Maurice Maeterlinck
  • 1862 Andrew Fisher, 5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), born in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1928)
  • 1871 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), born in Mercy-le-Haut, France (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), born in Loudenville, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • 1876 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1939-48), born in Haeju, Hwanghae, Korea (d. 1949)
  • 1877 Dudley Pound, British admiral of the fleet and 1st Sea Lord (Jutland, WW II), born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England (d. 1943)
  • 1880 Marie-Louise Meilleur, French-Canadian supercentenarian lived past 117, born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1881 Valery-Nicolas Larbaud, French novelist and translator (Enfantines), born in Vichy, France (d. 1957)
  • 1884 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, born in Biesenbrow, Brandenburg (d. 1966)
  • 1894 E. Franklin Frazier, American sociologist and author (The Negro Family in the United States), born in Baltimore (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Preston Sturges [Edmund Biden], American director and screenwriter (Sullivan's Travels), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • 1899 Lyman Lemnitzer, United States Army Marine Corps general (WWII), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building, Centre Pompidou), born in Altona, Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1903 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), born in Zeitz, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), born in Berlin (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), born in Amsterdam (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Joseph Wechsberg, Jewish-Czech writer (Looking For a Bluebird), born in Ostrava, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Roy Reuther, American Labor Leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • 1912 Emil Schumacher, German painter (Tangible Objects), born in Hagen, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Wolfgang Suschitzky, Austrian-Polish cinematographer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1915 Denys Hay, British historian, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and inventor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1918 Jelle Zijlstra, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank (1967-82), born in Oosterbierum, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), born in Haifa (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Reinier Braams, Dutch biophysicist/MP (VVD)
  • 1924 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • 1929 Thom Gunn, Kent England, poet (The Wound)
  • 1930 Marius J J van Amelsvoort, Dutch undersecretary (CDA)

  • 1930 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian advertising executive (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist
  • 1933 Jehan Sadat, Widow of Anwar Sadat and 1st Lady of Egypt, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1933 Arnold Koller, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1934 David H Pryor, (Sen-D Arkansas, 1979-97), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1935 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist/mathematician

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1936 John McCain, American war hero and politician (Rep-R-Arizona, 1983-, Presidential nominee 2008), born in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone

US Senator John McCain
US Senator
John McCain
  • 1937 James J Florio, (Rep-D-NJ, 1975-90/Gov-D-NJ, 1990-94)
  • 1938 Robert Rubin, United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1940 James Brady, US press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt)
  • 1942 James Glennon, American cinematographer (d. 2006)
  • 1942 John Heuser, Electron microscopist
  • 1943 Mohamed Amin, cameraman
  • 1947 Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert
  • 1948 Charles David Walker, astronaut (STS 12 STS 16 STS 23)
  • 1950 Dave Reichert, American politician and sheriff
  • 1952 Karen Hesse, American children's writer
  • 1953 James Quesada, Nicaraguan/American anthropologist
  • 1954 Michael P[aul] Kube-McDowell, American sci-fi author (Enigma, Empery)

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1959 Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut (STS 74, sk: 99), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
Chris Hadfield
  • 1959 Timothy Perry Shriver, member of the Kennedy Family
  • 1963 Elizabeth Brown, minister healer/writer
  • 1969 Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player
  • 1973 Adam Sessler, American TV show host
  • 1977 John Patrick O'Brien, American footballer
  • 1979 Chieu Luu, Canadian journalist

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1981 Brian Chesky, American internet entrepreneur (CEO of Airbnb), born in Niskayuna, New York

Co-founder of Airbnb Brian Chesky
Co-founder of Airbnb
Brian Chesky
  • 1990 Sam Stern, British chef and author