Birthdays in History on August 8

  • 1079 Emperor Horikawa of Japan (d. 1107)
  • 1518 Conrad Lycosthenes, French-born German humanist and encyclopedist (d. 1561)
  • 1586 Adolf, earl of Nassau-Siegen
  • 1605 Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, British colonial Governor of Maryland (d. 1675)
  • 1617 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel, Flemish missionary (Bantu Dictionary)
  • 1646 Godfrey Kneller, German-born painter (d. 1723)
  • 1653 Jacques Basnage, French/Neth historian/vicar
  • 1673 John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)
  • 1694 Francis Hutcheson, Irish philosopher (d. 1746)
  • 1705 Gustaaf Imhoff, gov of Ceylon (1736-40)/gov of Neth-Indies (1743-50)
  • 1720 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (d. 1796)
  • 1732 Johann C Adelung, German linguist/librarian
  • 1746 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church songs)
  • 1763 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1805 Antoon Jurgens, Dutch margarine manufacturer
  • 1807 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (d. 1892)
  • 1812 John Rodgers II, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • 1814 Esther Hobart Morris, suffragist/anti-slavery activist
  • 1819 Charles Anderson Dana, Asst Secy War, (Union) (d. 1897)
  • 1820 Winfield Scott "Old Swet" Featherston, Army Brigadier General (Confederate)
  • 1823 Theodule Augustin Ribot, painter
  • 1824 Maria Alexandrovna (Marie of Hesse), Tsarina of Russia (d. 1880)
  • 1835 James William Forsyth, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • 1839 Nelson Appleton Miles, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1925)
  • 1857 Henry Osborn, Conn, paleontologist/author (52 Years of Research)
  • 1861 William Bateson, English biologist (originator of term "genetics")
  • 1866 Matthew A Henson, 1st African American to reach North Pole (Jun 4 1909)
  • 1875 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (d. 1955)
  • 1879 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
  • 1879 Bob Smith, American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1950)
  • 1880 Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Paul L E von Kleist, German general-fieldmarshal (Eastern Front)
  • 1882 Ladislas Starevich, Polish animator (d. 1965)
  • 1884 Sara Teasdale, US, poet (1st Pulitzer Prize-1918-"Love Songs")
  • 1887 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman
  • 1896 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1898 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans)
  • 1900 Josephine Holt Bay, 1st woman to head a firm on NY stock exchange
  • 1901 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), born in Canton, South Dakota (d. 1958)

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1902 Paul Dirac, English physicist (quantum mechanics, Nobel 1933), born in Bristol, England (d. 1984)

Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat Paul Dirac
Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Laureat
Paul Dirac
  • 1903 August Cool, Belgian union leader/minister of state
  • 1905 Wachtang Ananjan, writer
  • 1906 Andre Demedts, Flemish writer (Rainfall of the Days)
  • 1908 Arthur J Goldberg, Ill, UN ambassador/Supreme Court justice (1962-65)
  • 1908 Chivu Stoica, premier of Romania (1955-61)
  • 1910 Francisco Brochado Da Rocha, PM of Brazil (1962)
  • 1912 Daniel Mann, director (Willard, Butterfield 8), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1913 Daan Wildschut, painter/glazenier/author
  • 1913 Robert T Stafford, (Sen-R-VT, 1971-88)
  • 1914 Arthur Holt, politician
  • 1915 Jumbo Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • 1919 Dino De Laurentiis, Torre Annunziata Italy, producer (King Kong)
  • 1920 Don Cook, foreign Correspondent
  • 1921 John Herbert Chapman, British physicist (d. 1979)
  • 1921 Vulimiri Ramalingaswami, Indian medical scientist (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Michael Parkin, journalist
  • 1922 Rudi Gernreich, designer (1st women's topless swimsuit, miniskirt)
  • 1922 Gertrude Himmelfarb, American historian
  • 1925 Jack Stoddart, designer/socialist
  • 1925 Alija Izetbegović, Bosniak politician (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Elis Juliana, Antillian writer/poet (Lady of the Night: A flower)
  • 1927 Jim Weaver, (Rep-D-OR, 1975- )
  • 1927 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • 1928 Ken Scowcroft, English insurance magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1929 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Joan Mondale, wife of US vice-president Walter Mondale (1977-81)
  • 1930 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7)
  • 1932 Luis García Meza Tejada, Bolivian dictator
  • 1934 Julian C Dixon, (Rep-D-California, 1979- )
  • 1935 Ron Marlenee, (Rep-R-MT, 1977- )
  • 1935 Sandy Horn, lesbian activist
  • 1935 John Laws, Australia radio personality
  • 1936 Don Bowden, US, 1st American to run a sub 4 min mile
  • 1939 Alexander Watson, American ambassador and diplomat
  • 1946 French W Weisglas, Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1946 Robin M Tallon, (Rep-D-SC, 1983- )
  • 1946 James W. Lewis, American convicted extortionist
  • 1948 Svetlana Y Savitskaya, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-12, T-15A)
  • 1949 Bela Magyari, Hungary, cosmonaut
  • 1951 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • 1952 Jostein Gaarder, Norwegian author
  • 1958 Deborah Norville, news anchor (Today Show, Inside Edition)
  • 1959 Ronald Weigel, German DR speed walker (5 km indoor)
  • 1960 Ulrich Maly, German politician
  • 1961 Charmaine Crooks, Jamaica, Canadian 4X400m relayer (Oly-silver-1984)
  • 1963 Jon Turteltaub, American director
  • 1964 Anastasia Ashman, American writer
  • 1965 Kate Langbroek, Australian media personality
  • 1967 Lee Unkrich, American director and film editor
  • 1979 Paris Latsis, Greek shipping heir
  • 1980 Pat Noonan, American footballer
  • 1982 David Florence, British canoeist
  • 1984 Devon McTavish, American footballer
  • 1988 Beatrice E M, Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl