Birthdays in History on August 7

  • 317 Flavius Julius Constantius II, Emperor Egypt/Byzantine/Rome (337-61)
  • 1282 Princess Elizabeth of Rhuddlan (d. 1316)
  • 1533 Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet (d. 1595)

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1560 Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian countess and serial killer, born in Nyírbátor, Hungary (d. 1614)

Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History Elizabeth Báthory
Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History
Elizabeth Báthory
  • 1574 Robert Dudley, styled Earl of Warwick, English writer (d. 1649)
  • 1598 Georg Stiernhielm, "father of Swedish poetry" (Hercules)
  • 1726 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (d. 1790)
  • 1742 Nathanael Greene, American Revoluntionary War General
  • 1746 Daniel W Wyttenbach, Dutch classical/historian
  • 1751 Wilhelmina FS, Princess of Prussia/Orange/wife of Willem V
  • 1779 Carl Ritter, co-founder of modern science of geography
  • 1779 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (d. 1842)
  • 1783 John Heathcoat, inventor (lace-making machinery)
  • 1783 Princess Amelia of the United Kingdom (d. 1810)
  • 1826 Carl AE Ahlqvist, [A Oksanen], Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi)
  • 1829 Thomas Ewing Jr, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), (d. 1896)
  • 1833 Powell Clayton, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)/(Gov-R-Ark)
  • 1836 Evander McIvor Law, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1920)
  • 1844 Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist (d. 1911)
  • 1860 Alan Leo, British astrologer (d. 1917)
  • 1862 Victoria of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1931)
  • 1867 Emil Nolde, [Hansen], German painter/graphic artist
  • 1868 Ladislaus Bortkiewicz, Russian mathematician (d. 1931)
  • 1870 19 kittens, born to Tarawood Antigone (4 still born)
  • 1870 Jozef Brems, Flemish apostole (vicar of Denmark)
  • 1872 Andries C D de Graeff, governor-general of Neth Indies (1926-31)
  • 1880 Ernst Laqueur, chemist/pharmacology/psychology (sexual hormones)
  • 1883 Joachim Ringelnatz [Hans Bötticher], German writer and artist, born in Wurzen, Saxony (d. 1934)
  • 1886 Louis Hazeltine, inventor (neutrodyne circuit, making radio possible)
  • 1887 Jan HA Eman, Aruban politician
  • 1897 Franz J Weinrich, [Heinrich Lerse], German writer (Himmlisches)
  • 1900 Taylor Caldwell, novelist

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1903 Louis Leakey, British anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), born in Kabete, Kenya (d. 1972)

Archaeologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist
Louis Leakey

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1904 Ralph Bunche, founder/diplomat (UN) (Nobel 1950), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1971)

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • 1907 Albert Kotin, American abstract painter (d. 1980)
  • 1911 R Nicholas Ray, Galesville WI, director (Rebel Without a Cause)
  • 1918 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter
  • 1919 John Hogan, Lowes, Kentucky, chemist (discovered methods of producing polypropylene), (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Jan Walravens, Flemish writer (Motionless at Sea)
  • 1921 M J bin Gorion, writer
  • 1925 M. S. Swaminathan, Indian scientist
  • 1926 Amo Houghton, (Rep-R-New York)
  • 1927 Edwin W Edwards, (Gov-La)
  • 1928 Amazing [James] Randi, skeptic magician (Nova), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1928 Herbert H Bateman, (Rep-R-Virginia)
  • 1929 James Pilditch, designer
  • 1929 Richard T Schulze, (Rep-R-PA, 1975- )
  • 1929 Ruth Carter-Stapleton, evangelist, born in Plains, Georgia
  • 1929 Jo Baer [Josephine Kleinberg], American painter and minimalist artist, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1931 Charles E. Rice, American legal scholar and author
  • 1932 Maurice Rabb, Jr., American ophthalmologist
  • 1933 Jerry [Eugene] Pournelle, US, sci-fi author (Mercenary, Red Dragon)
  • 1936 Richard L[ouis] Tierney, US, sci-fi author (Winds of Zarr)
  • 1938 Helen Caldicott, Australian physician/anti-war activist, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1940 Tom Barlow, (Rep-D-Kentucky)
  • 1940 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), born in Montpellier, France, (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Thomas F Hartnett, (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86)
  • 1942 Garrison Keillor, Minn, PBS radio personality (Prairie Home Companion)
  • 1943 Alain Corneau, director (Choice of Arms)
  • 1944 Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
  • 1945 Kerry Chater, rocker (Gary Puckett & Union Gap-Young Girl)
  • 1946 Ed Seykota, American commodities and futures trader
  • 1947 Ann Beattie, American novelist and short story writer (Chilly Scenes of Winter), born in Washington D.C.
  • 1947 Mosibudi Mangena, South African black leader (On Your Own)
  • 1948 Marty Appel, American public relations executive and author
  • 1949 Walid Jumblatt, Lebanese political leader
  • 1953 Anne Fadiman, American writer; daughter of Clifton Fadiman
  • 1955 Vladimir Sorokin, Russian writer
  • 1955 Greg Nickels, mayor of Seattle
  • 1956 Kent V Rominger, Del Norte Colo, US Navy /astronaut (STS 73, 80, 85)
  • 1963 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK (lives only 3 days)
  • 1964 John Birmingham, Australian author
  • 1966 Jimmy Wales, American internet entrepreneur
  • 1977 Samantha Ronson, British DJ.
  • 1978 Alexandre Aja, French director
  • 1988 Melody Oliveria, American internet blogger
  • 1994 Jack Antonio, son of Virginia Madisen & Antonio Sabatto Jr