Birthdays in History on August 9

  • 1201 Arnold Fitz Thedmar, English chronicler (d. 1274)
  • 1593 Izaak Walton, England, biographer/fisherman/writer (Compleat Angler)
  • 1611 Henry earl of Nassau-Siegen, colonel/governor of Hulst Neth
  • 1653 John Oldham, English poet (d. 1683)
  • 1669 Eudoxia Lopukhina, Tsarina of Russia (d. 1731)
  • 1674 František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect (d. 1766)
  • 1677 Jacob Campo Weyerman, South Neth's adventurer/painter/writer
  • 1696 Jozef Wenceslas, monarch of Liechtenstein/general
  • 1722 Augustus William, Prince of Prussia (d. 1758)
  • 1726 Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit scientist (d. 1778)
  • 1757 Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (d. 1834)
  • 1758 Bruno Dalberg/Anonymus Belga, [Petrus the Wacker van Zon], writer

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1776 Amedeo Avogadro, Italian scientist who contributed to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law (6.022 x 10 ^ 23), born in Torino, Italy (d. 1856)

Scientist Amedeo Avogadro
Scientist
Amedeo Avogadro
  • 1783 Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia (d. 1801)
  • 1797 Charles Robert Malden, British naval officer (d. 1855)
  • 1805 Joseph Locke, English railway and civil engineer (d. 1860)
  • 1808 William Thomas Ward, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1809 William Barret Travis, commander at Battle of the Alamo
  • 1819 William Thomas Green Morton, dentist, used ether (HOF 1920)
  • 1819 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1880)
  • 1823 Daniel Marsh Frost, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1900)
  • 1824 Simon Goodell Griffin, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1825 Elisha Ferry, (Gov-R-Wash, 1872-80, 1889-93)
  • 1845 Xavier Mellery, Belgian painter/illustrator
  • 1845 André Bessette, Canadian religious figure (d. 1937)
  • 1847 Maria Victoria al Pozzo della Cisterna, queen consort of Spain (d. 1876)
  • 1872 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Swammerdam)
  • 1888 Hans Oster, German major general/spy/July 20th plotter
  • 1890 Eino Kaila, Finnish psychologist/philosopher
  • 1896 Jean Piaget, Switz, pioneer developmental psychologist/zoologist
  • 1896 Leonide Massine, choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20)
  • 1896 Erich Hückel, German physicist (d. 1980)
  • 1897 Ralph Wyckoff, American pioneer in x-ray crystallography
  • 1898 David de Jong, Dutch writer (Mutiny on the Canal)
  • 1899 Armand Salacrou, French playwright
  • 1899 Pamela Lyndon Travers, Queensland, Australia, writer (Mary Poppins), (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice
  • 1907 Berta Waterstradt, writer
  • 1909 John Baur, museum director/author (American Paintings in 19th Century)
  • 1909 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German diplomat (d. 1944)
  • 1910 Robert H van Gulik, Dutch diplomat/writer (Judge Ti)
  • 1911 William A Fowler, US, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)
  • 1913 Herman Talmadge, (Sen-D-Ga, Watergate Committee)
  • 1914 Gordon Cullen, English architect (Townscape), born in Calverley (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Tove Jansson, Finnish author (Moomins) (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Joop [Johannes] den Uyl, Dutch Premier (PVDA, 1973-77)
  • 1920 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer
  • 1921 J James Exon, (Sen-D-Nebraska, 1979- )
  • 1921 Ernest Angley, televangelist
  • 1922 Philip Larkin, Coventry England, writer (North Ship, Jill)
  • 1923 Gerrit Kouwenaar, Dutch literary
  • 1925 David A. Huffman, creator of Huffman coding (d. 1999)
  • 1927 Marvin Minsky, Artifical intelligence computer scientist (MIT)
  • 1927 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Mark Weinberg, South African/British fiancier/multi-millionaire
  • 1932 John Gomery, Canadian jurist
  • 1938 Leonid Kuchma, 2nd President of Ukraine (1994-2005) and 2nd Prime Minister of Ukraine (1992-93), born in Chaikyne, Ukraine
  • 1939 Tony Budge, English contractor/tank maker/multi-millionaire
  • 1944 Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin
  • 1944 Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger, Dutch MP (D66)
  • 1945 Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist
  • 1949 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer

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1950 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • 1952 Vicki Morgan, Colo Springs Colo, mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl)
  • 1952 Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician
  • 1955 John E. Sweeney, American politician
  • 1959 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1961 John Key, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland
  • 1964 Hoda Kotb, American television news anchor
  • 1969 Divine Brown, [Estelle Marie Thompson], SF, prostitute (Hugh Grant)
  • 1970 Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist
  • 1971 James Kim, technology reporter (d. 2006)
  • 1973 James McKeehan, tight end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1974 Kirill Reznik, American politician
  • 1976 Aled Haydn Jones, Radio 1's The Chris Moyles show Producer
  • 1984 Saori Horii, Japanese gravure idol