Birthdays in History on July 29

  • 1166 Henry II of Champagne (d. 1197)
  • 1605 Simon Dach, Prussian German poet, born in Memel, East Prussia (d. 1659)
  • 1620 Nicolaas Heinsius, Dutch philologist/diplomat
  • 1758 Antonius van Gils, Dutch RC theologist (opposed Enlightenment)

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1796 Walter Hunt, American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), born in Martinsburg, New York (d. 1859)

Inventor Walter Hunt
Inventor
Walter Hunt
  • 1797 Daniel Drew, American financier (d. 1879)
  • 1801 George Bradshaw, British publisher, born in Manchester, England (d. 1853)
  • 1805 Alexis de Tocqueville, French statesman/writer (Democracy in America)
  • 1817 James Blair Steedman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1820 Clement Laird Vallandigham, MC (Union), (d. 1871)
  • 1828 Cuvier Grover, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Maine (d. 1885)
  • 1830 Alvan Cullom Gillem, American Major General (Union Army), born in Gainesboro, Tennessee (d. 1875)
  • 1843 Johannes Schmidt, German linguist (d. 1901)
  • 1849 Max Nordau, Austrian author and Zionist leader (d. 1923)
  • 1854 Georg Kerschensteiner, German educator (Theory of Education)
  • 1861 Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt, born in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (d. 1884)
  • 1861 Sergei D Sazonov, Russian minister of Foreign Affairs (1910-16)
  • 1869 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (17, Magnificent Ambersons)
  • 1872 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
  • 1874 August Stramm, German poet and playwright, born in Cathedrals (d. 1915)
  • 1874 James Shaver Woodsworth, Canadian politician (d. 1942)
  • 1878 Don Marquis, Ill, journalist/poet (archy & mehitabel) (d. 1937)

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1883 Benito Mussolini [Il Duce], Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), born in Predappio, Forlì, Italy (d. 1945)

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1883 Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian poet and writer (d. 1942)
  • 1884 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian playwright/journalist
  • 1884 Ralph A. Bard, U.S. Navy Undersecretary (d. 1975)

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1888 Vladimir K. Zworykin, Russian-American inventor (development of television, cathode ray tube), born in Murom, Russian Empire (d. 1982)

  • 1889 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, born in Oberkrüchten (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Bernhard Zondek, German/Israeli gynaecologist
  • 1892 Ernst van Raalte, Dutch journalist (Seen, heard... wrote), born in Rotterdam, South Holland (d. 1975)
  • 1897 Sir Neil Ritchie, British general (d. 1983)
  • 1898 Isidor Isaac Rabi, Polish physicist (explored atom, Nobel 1944)
  • 1900 Eyvind Johnson, Swedish novelist (Return to Ithaca), Nobel Prize (1974), born in Svartbjörnsbyn (d. 1976)
  • 1903 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar, Vogue), born in Paris (d. 1989)
  • 1904 J. R. D. Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1993)
  • 1905 Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), born in Jönköping, Sweden (d. 1961)
  • 1905 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Melvin Mouron Belli, Sonora California, lawyer (SF's "King of Torts")
  • 1910 Henry Brian Boyne, journalist
  • 1911 Foster Furcolo, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Iakovos, Archbishop of America (d. 2005)
  • 1913 Erich Priebke, Nazi war criminal
  • 1914 Abram Games, graphic artist
  • 1914 Dovie Hudson, community activist in rural Mississippi
  • 1915 Bruce R. McConkie, LDS apostle and author (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Vladimir Dudentzev, Russian writer
  • 1919 Miltos Sachtouris, Greek poet (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Neville Jeffress, Australian founder of Media Monitors Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Aled Eames, Welsh maritime historian, born in Llandudno (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Arnold Weinstock, English industrial/multi-millionaire (GEC)

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1924 Elizabeth Short, American victim in the Black Dahlia case, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1947)

Murder victim Elizabeth Short
Murder victim
Elizabeth Short
  • 1926 Russel Firestone, polo great (Circle F-1959 champs)
  • 1926 Don Carter, professional bowler, six-time bowler of the year, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Harry K V Mulisch, writer (Message to King Rat)
  • 1928 Li Ka-Shing, Chinese philanthropist and chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, born in Chaozhou, Guangdong
  • 1929 Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher
  • 1932 Nancy Landon Kassebaum, (Sen-R-Kansas, 1979- )
  • 1936 Elizabeth Hanford Dole, US Secretary of Transportation (1983-87)
  • 1937 Daniel McFadden, American economist, Nobel Prize Laureate
  • 1938 Jean Rochon, Quebec politician
  • 1943 David Taylor, English snooker player
  • 1946 Bill Forsyth, director (Local Hero, Breaking In, Housekeeping)
  • 1949 Marilyn Tucker Quayle, novelist/wife of Vice President Dan Quayle (1989-93)
  • 1955 Dave Stevens, American illustrator
  • 1956 Ronnie Musgrove, Former Governor of Mississippi
  • 1957 Virginia Maria "Ginni" Rometty, American chairwoman, president and CEO of IBM, born in Chigago, Illinois
  • 1959 Ruud Janssen, Dutch writer and artist
  • 1963 Graham Poll, English football referee
  • 1963 Jim Beglin, Irish football commentator
  • 1965 Chang-Rae Lee, Korean-born author
  • 1966 Richard Steven Horvitz, American comic voiceactor