Birthdays in History on December 26

  • 1194 Frederick II, Iesi Italy, Holy Roman Emperor, King of the Romans (Germany), Sicily and Jerusalem
  • 1532 Guilielmus Xylander, German classical scholar (d. 1576)
  • 1536 Yi I, Korean Confucian scholar (d. 1584)
  • 1542 Tokugawa Ieyasu, unifier of Japan and first Tokugawa Shogun (d. 1616)
  • 1618 Elisabeth, Paltsgravin of Rhine/abbess
  • 1633 Charles E Biset, Flemish painter, baptised
  • 1646 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (d. 1709)
  • 1660 Peter Schenck, German/Neth engraver/publisher, baptised
  • 1666 Guru Gobind Singh, Tenth Guru of Sikhism, founder and General of Khalsa Army, social reformist and poet(d. 1708)
  • 1716 Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard)
  • 1716 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (d. 1803)
  • 1723 Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm, German writer (d. 1807)
  • 1731 Anthony Ziesenis, architect/sculptor (Town Hall of Westzaan)
  • 1737 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (d. 1815)
  • 1738 Thomas Nelson, merchant, signer of Declaration of Independence
  • 1751 Clement Hofbauer, Austrian missionary and saint (d. 1820)
  • 1770 Pierre earl de Cambronne, French general (Waterloo, Elba)
  • 1771 Heinrich J von Collin, Austria dramatist/poet (Regulus)
  • 1771 Julie Clary, queen consort of Naples (d. 1845)
  • 1778 Juan Lovera, Venezuela, artist
  • 1780 Mary Fairfax Somerville, British mathematician (d. 1872)
  • 1782 Filaret Drozdov, Metropolitan of Moscow (d. 1867)

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1791 Charles Babbage, British inventor (calculating machine), born in London, England (d. 1871)

Inventor Charles Babbage
Inventor
Charles Babbage
  • 1809 William Nelson Pendleton, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • 1815 Israel Bush Richardson, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)
  • 1819 E. D. E. N. Southworth, American novelist (d. 1899)
  • 1820 Gustavus Adolphus Smith, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1885)
  • 1824 Augustus Louis Chetlain, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1914)
  • 1826 Martinus Nijhoff, founder Nijhoff's book/publisher (Van Dale)

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1837 George Dewey, American admiral, naval hero in Battle of Manila Bay, born in Montpelier, Vermont (d. 1917)

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 1853 René Bazin, French novelist (d. 1932)
  • 1859 Johan F van Bemmelen, Dutch zoologist
  • 1859 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (d. 1944)
  • 1861 Friedrich Engel, German mathematician (group theory)
  • 1862 Alexander V Amfiteatrov, Russian/French/Italian writer [NS]
  • 1872 Norman Angell, British politician/cowboy/journalist, Nobel laureate (1933), (d. 1967)
  • 1878 Isaiah Bowman, US, geography/co-founder (Geographical Review)
  • 1883 Carl Oscar Ahues, Germany, International Chess Master (1950)
  • 1883 Frank Debenham, Australian geographer/geologist
  • 1887 Arthur Ernest Percival, British Army officer (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Uncle Charlie Osborne, American fiddler (d. 1992)

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1891 Henry Miller, American author (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Sexus), born in Manhattan, New York, (d. 1980)

Author Henry Miller
Author
Henry Miller

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1893 Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), born in Shaoshan, Hunan (d. 1976)

Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party Mao Zedong
Chinese Revolutionary and Chairman of the Communist Party
Mao Zedong
  • 1894 Jean Toomer, American writer (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Willie Corsari, [Wilhelmina A Schmidt], Dutch writer
  • 1902 Anatoli Lvovich Kaplan, Russian painter (d. 1980)
  • 1904 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo)
  • 1910 Lucy Faithfull, children's campaigner
  • 1911 Steve Kordek, pinball machine designer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1915 Hans [Henri A] Gomperts, Dutch literature (Duck on Attic)
  • 1917 Rosemary Woods, Nixon's secretary, keep her away from your tapes
  • 1918 George Rallis, Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2006)
  • 1921 John Severin, Jersey City, New Jersey, comic book artist (Hulk, Mad Magazine), (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Baron Baker, Jamaician-born British activist, born in Port Antonia
  • 1926 Edgar D Ngoyi, South African ANC leader (17 yrs in Robbeneiland Jail)
  • 1926 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), born in Aberavon, Glamorganshire (d. 2015)
  • 1932 Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter
  • 1933 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer (Big Bird on Sesame Street), born in Waltham, Massachusetts

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1935 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, Pya Togo, General and President of Togo (1967 - 2005)

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • 1936 Kitty Dukakis, substance abuser/wife of Michael (Gov-Mass)
  • 1937 John Horton Conway, British mathematician
  • 1937 Jay Heimowitz, American poker player
  • 1939 Lynn Martin, US secretary of Labor (1991-93)
  • 1940 Harmen Siezen, Dutch TV-journal host
  • 1940 Edward C. Prescott, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1942 Marco Vinicio Cerezo Arévalo, Guatemalan president
  • 1942 Gray Davis, former Governor of California
  • 1947 James T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
  • 1949 José Ramos-Horta, President of East Timor, Nobel laureate
  • 1951 Richard Skinner, British DJ
  • 1953 Valeri Yuriyevich Sharov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1953 Leonel Fernández, Dominican politician and current President of the Dominican Republic
  • 1955 Evan Bayh, American politician
  • 1956 Gail Tatterson, WBL center (NY Stars)
  • 1956 Karen Smith, WBL forward (NY Stars)
  • 1956 David Sedaris, American essayist
  • 1958 Adrian Newey, British engineer
  • 1960 Jim Toomey, American syndicated cartoonist
  • 1964 Elizabeth Kostova, American author
  • 1972 Robert Muchamore, English children's author
  • 1982 Kenneth Darby, American National Football League player

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1983 Alexander Wang, American fashion designer (Balenciaga), born in San Francisco, California

Fashion Designer Alexander Wang
Fashion Designer
Alexander Wang
  • 1984 Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker
  • 1985 Yuu Shirota, Japanese Idol
  • 1987 Adam Walker, British flautist