Birthdays in History on August 31

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12 Caligula [Gaius Caesar], 3rd Roman Emperor (37-41 AD), born in Anzio, Italy (d. 41)

3rd Roman Emperor Caligula
3rd Roman Emperor
Caligula

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161 Commodus, Roman Emperor (180-192 AD), born in Lanuvium, Italy (d. 192)

Roman Emperor Commodus
Roman Emperor
Commodus
  • 1569 Jahangir, 4th Mughal Emperor of India (1605-27), born in Fatehpur Sikri, Mughal Empire (d. 1627)
  • 1602 Amalia, countess of Solms-Braunfels, wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange
  • 1663 Guillaume Amontons, French physicist
  • 1721 George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (d. 1775)
  • 1741 Husein Gradaščević, Bosniak general (d. 1834)
  • 1749 Alexander Radishchev, Russian writer (Journey from St. Petersburg to Moscow), born in Moscow (1802)
  • 1811 Goode Bryan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1811 Theophile Gautier, Tarbas France, writer/poet (Albertus)
  • 1822 Fitz John Porter, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1901)
  • 1823 Galusha Aaron Grow, MC (Union), (d. 1907)
  • 1828 George Leonard Andrews, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1843 Georg von Hertling, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1919)
  • 1852 Georges/Joris Helleputte, Belgian Catholic minister

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1870 Maria Montessori, Italian educator (spontaneous response), born in Chiaravalle, Marche, Italy (d. 1952)

  • 1871 James E. Ferguson, Texan governor (d. 1944)
  • 1874 Edward Thorndike, Williamsburg, Massachusetts, USA, American psychologist (father of modern educational psychology)
  • 1879 Joshihito, emperor of Japan (1912-26)
  • 1879 Alma Mahler, wife of Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel (d. 1964)
  • 1880 Wilhelmina HPM, queen of the Netherlands (1898-1948)
  • 1884 George Al Sarton, Belgian/US historian
  • 1885 DuBose Heyward, US novelist (Porgy)
  • 1887 Friedrich A Paneth, Austrian/British chemist
  • 1888 Ramon de Basterra, Spanish writer/diplomat (La Obra de Trajano)
  • 1893 Lily Laskine, French harpist (d. 1988)
  • 1894 Albert Facey, Australian writer (d. 1982)
  • 1896 Félix-Antoine Savard, French-Canadian priest and novelist (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Marianne Bruns, writer
  • 1899 Paul E Garber, US founder/1st curator of National Air & Space Museum
  • 1900 Gino Lucetti, Italian anarchist (d. 1943)
  • 1903 Vladimir Jankélévitch, French philosopher (d. 1985)
  • 1905 Dore Schary, producer/writer/director (Act 1, Boys Town, Big City)
  • 1905 Sal Tas, Dutch journalist & CIA agent (Het Parool) [or 1897]
  • 1906 Vivienne Byerley, publicist
  • 1907 August F Hawkins, (Rep-D-CA, 1963- )

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1907 Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines (US Legion of Merit-1952), born in Iba, Zambales, Philippines (d. 1957)

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • 1907 Augustus F. Hawkins, American politician and civil rights lawmaker (d. 2007)
  • 1907 William Shawn, American editor (d. 1992)
  • 1907 Altiero Spinelli, Italian citizen and advocate of European federalism (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Lab Rachel Katherine Hamilton-Russell ouchere, local historian
  • 1908 William Saroyan, US, novelist/playwright (Time of Your Life)
  • 1909 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), born in Châtellerault, Poitou-Charentes (d. 2015)
  • 1911 Hilde Jarecki, educationist
  • 1913 Michiel P Gorsira, 1st Dutch Antillean in charge of Curacao (1951-67)
  • 1913 Sir Bernard Lovell, Bristol England, radio astronomer, founded Jodrell Bank Observatory, (d. 2012)
  • 1919 Amrita Preetam, Indian poet and author (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Raymond Williams, Welsh academic (d. 1988)
  • 1926 Georgiy Petrovich Katys, Russia, cosmonaut (Voskhod 1 backup)
  • 1926 Jan de Koning, minister of Agriculture/Social Businesses (CDA)
  • 1928 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer
  • 1929 Julio Ramon Ribeyro, writer
  • 1930 Owen B Pickett, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1932 Benito Wogatzki, writer
  • 1932 Robert [Franklin] Adams, US, sci-fi author (Castaways in Time)
  • 1935 Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther turned Republican
  • 1936 Marva Nettles Collins, educator (west side preparatory school)
  • 1938 Martin Bell, British journalist
  • 1941 Henk Terlingen, Dutch radio/TV-host (Paul Meier Show)
  • 1941 William DeWitt, Jr., American businessman
  • 1942 Eugenio Trias, Barcelona, Spain, philosopher, (d. 2013)
  • 1943 Leonid Ivashov, Russian general
  • 1945 Leonid Ivanovich Popov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 35/37, 40, T-7)
  • 1946 Jerome Corsi, American writer
  • 1947 Luca di Montezemolo, Italian businessman
  • 1947 Yumiko Ōshima, Japanese manga artist
  • 1952 Herbert Reul, German politician
  • 1953 Marcia Clark, [Kleks], LA DA (O.J. Simpson Case), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1953 György Károly, Hungarian author
  • 1954 Tula, [Barry Kenneth Cossey], England, transsexual (For Your Eyes Only)
  • 1956 Masashi Tashiro, Japanese television performer
  • 1958 David H Mattheisen, Blue Island Ill, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • 1964 Raymond P. Hammond, American poet and editor
  • 1966 Jan Einar Thorsen, Norwegian Alpine skier
  • 1969 Andrew Phillip Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versache)
  • 1970 Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, born in Kuwait City
  • 1982 G. Willow Wilson, American journalist and comic book writer
  • 1984 Ted Ligety, American alpine skier