Birthdays in History on February 25

  • 1398 Xuande, Emperor of China (d. 1435)
  • 1591 Friedrich von Spee, German writer (d. 1635)
  • 1635 Walraad, the Elder, Dutch fieldmarshall/earl of Nassau-Usingen
  • 1643 Ahmed II, 21st sultan of Turkey (1691-95)
  • 1663 Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (d. 1718)
  • 1682 Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Italian anatomist (d. 1771)
  • 1692 Karl Ludwig, Freiherr von Pöllnitz, German adventurer and writer (d. 1775)
  • 1707 Carlo Goldoni, Italian lawyer/playwright (Belisario, Love of 3 Oranges)
  • 1714 Sir Hyde Parker, 5th Baronet, British admiral (d. 1782)
  • 1714 René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou, Chancellor of France (d. 1792)
  • 1725 Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (Geistliche Kantaten)
  • 1731 Simon Stijl, Frisian physician/writer
  • 1752 John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)

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1778 José de San Martín, Argentine General, liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru from Spanish rule, born in Yapeyú, Argentina (d. 1850)

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • 1794 Gerrit Schimmelpenninck, Dutch earl of Nijenhuis/Peckedam
  • 1807 George Alfred Trenholm, Secy Treas (Confederacy), (d. 1876)
  • 1808 James Bowen, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 1886)
  • 1809 George Washington Cullom, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • 1814 Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian national poet/painter (3/9 NS) [OS]
  • 1815 Robert Hall Chilton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1832 Theodorus J I Arnold, bibliographer (Bibliotheca Belgian)
  • 1833 Clement Anselm Evans, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1911)
  • 1840 Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Climax of Theories)

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1841 Pierre Auguste Renoir, French Impressionist painter and sculptor (Bal du moulin de la Galette, Luncheon of the Boating Party), born in Limoges, France (d. 1919)

Painter & Sculptor Pierre Auguste Renoir
Painter & Sculptor
Pierre Auguste Renoir
  • 1842 Karl May, German writer (Old Shatterhand/Winnetou)
  • 1847 John Watson, Canadian philosopher (Objective Idealism)
  • 1855 Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886)
  • 1856 Charles Lang Freer, art collector; endowed Freer Gallery [or 1876]
  • 1860 Menso Kamerlingh Onnes, painter/water colors painter
  • 1860 William James Ashley, English economic-historian
  • 1866 Benedetto Croce, Italian humanist/historian/editor/philosopher
  • 1868 Anthony J Block, Dutch lawyer (strafproces)
  • 1876 Charles Freer, art collector; endowed Freer Gallery [or 1856]
  • 1881 William Foster, Mass, Communist Presidential candidate (1924,28,32)
  • 1882 Jozef Goossenaerts, Flemish philologist (Language boundary)
  • 1883 Princess Alice of Albany, Countess of Athlone (d. 1981)
  • 1885 Sylvia Brett, Lady Brooke and Ranee of Sarawak, born in London, England (d. 1971)

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1888 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1959)

US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles
US Secretary of State
John Foster Dulles
  • 1889 Homer S. Ferguson, United States Senator (d. 1982)
  • 1894 Ernst Friedrich, Breslau Germany, pacifist (War Against War!)
  • 1894 Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (d. 1969)
  • 1896 John Little McClellan, Sheridan Arkansas, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark)
  • 1898 William Thomas Astbury, English physicist/chemist (textiles)
  • 1899 Leo J Weisgerber, German linguist
  • 1902 Max Kommerell, German literary/author (Die Gefangenen)
  • 1902 Oscar Cullmann, Swiss theologist (Das Petrusproblem)
  • 1904 Adelle Davis, author (Lets Stay Healthy)/nutritionist (died of cancer)
  • 1906 Domingo Ortega, Spanish bullfighter
  • 1906 Howard Zahniser, Father of Wilderness Act
  • 1907 Mary Coyle Chase, playwright (Harvey-Pulitzer Prize)
  • 1908 Frank G Slaughter, author (Sangaree)

  • 1909 Edgar Pangborn, American sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy)
  • 1909 John Evan "Jasper" Weston-Davies [pen name Berkley Mather], English writer, born in Gloucester (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Geoffrey Dummer, electronics engineer, first to build integrated circuit / microchip, born in Hull England (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Millicent Fenwick, American (Rep-R-NJ 1975-82) (Doonesbury), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Ian Wallace, British CEO
  • 1916 Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
  • 1917 Alex Gordon, Welsh architect, born in Ayr, Scotland

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1917 [John] Anthony Burgess [Wilson], essayist and novelist (A Clockwork Orange), born in Harpurhey, Lancashire (d. 1993)

Novelist Anthony Burgess
Novelist
Anthony Burgess
  • 1917 Asta E R Elstak, Suriname/Dutch social worker
  • 1919 F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian
  • 1919 Karl H. Pribram, Austrian neuroscientist
  • 1920 Antony Duff, British diplomat, Head of MI5, advocate for the homeless (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Gérard Bessette, Canadian author (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Roger Parker, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • 1924 Peg Ridge, peace campaigner
  • 1926 Harvey McGregor, QC/warden (New College-Oxford)
  • 1927 Rev. Bruce Ritter, Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity Covenant House, born in Trenton New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Keith Williamson, British RAF marshal
  • 1928 Richard Stern, US writer
  • 1929 Peter Bingham Hinchcliff, British church historian (1 Sided Reciprocity)
  • 1930 Erica Pedretti, writer
  • 1931 Edward Kellett-Bowman, British MEP
  • 1931 J R Stephenson, Lt-col/secretary (MCC)
  • 1932 Laurence New, Major-General
  • 1934 Nicholas Edwards, Baron Crickhowell, British Conservative Party politician
  • 1934 Michael Wheeler-Booth, Clerk of the Parliaments
  • 1934 Robert Neame, British brewer (Shepherd Neame)
  • 1937 Basia Johnson, maid (inherited Johnson & Johnson fortune)
  • 1939 A C F Verity, master (Dulwich College)
  • 1940 George Paul, CEO (Norwich Union Insurance Group)
  • 1940 Hector MacKenzie, trade unionist
  • 1941 Stewart Sutherland, Principal/Vice-Chancellor (Edinburgh University)

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1943 Sally Jessy Raphael, American TV talk show host (Sally), born in Easton, Pennsylvania

TV Talk Show Host Sally Jessy Raphael
TV Talk Show Host
Sally Jessy Raphael
  • 1945 Shivadhar Srinivasa Naipaul, Trinidad, novelist, essayist (Fireflies)
  • 1946 F Xaver Kroetz, writer
  • 1946 Jean Todt, French executive director of Scuderia Ferrari
  • 1947 Lewis Moonie, British MP
  • 1948 G B Warren, British biochemist
  • 1948 Aldo Busi, Italian writer
  • 1950 Anthony Lloyd, British MP
  • 1950 Neil Jordan, Irish director (Crying Game) and novelist, born in Sligo
  • 1950 Néstor Kirchner, Argentine politician, President of Argentina 2003-2007), born in Río Gallegos, Santa Cruz (d. 2010)
  • 1950 Francisco Fernández Ochoa, Spanish alpine skier (d. 2006)
  • 1952 James A Barcia, (Rep-D-Michigan)
  • 1952 Inger Segelström, Swedish politician
  • 1953 José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain
  • 1957 Jane Ackroyd, British sculptor
  • 1963 Alison Roberts, fashion designer
  • 1966 Samantha Phillips, Ft Meade MD, Penthouse Pet
  • 1966 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1967 Nick Leeson, British banker (Baring bank)
  • 1971 Dave Harris, American disc jockey
  • 1977 Josh Wolff, American footballer