Birthdays in History on July 5

  • 1321 Joan of The Tower, Queen consort of Scotland (d. 1362)
  • 1586 Thomas Hooker, Connecticut colonist (d. 1647)
  • 1653 Thomas Pitt, English merchant and Governor of Madras (d. 1726)
  • 1675 Mary Walcott, American accuser at the Salem witch trials
  • 1717 Pedro III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1777-86) and consort of Queen Maria I of Portugal, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1786)
  • 1718 Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, Viceroy of Ireland (d. 1794)
  • 1729 Claudio M da Costa, Brazilian poet
  • 1793 Pavel I Pestel, Russian officer
  • 1794 Sylvester Graham, Minister and noted vegetarian (developed Graham cracker), born in Suffield, Connecticut (d. 1851)

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1801 David Farragut, American admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), born in Campbell's Station, Tennessee (d. 1870)

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut
  • 1805 Robert Fitz Roy, British naval officer and scientist (d. 1865)
  • 1810 Phineas Taylor Barnum, Bethel Conn, circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey)
  • 1820 William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish engineer and physicist (d. 1872)
  • 1828 Paul J C Gabriel, painter/water colors painter/etcher
  • 1829 Ignacio Mariscal, Writer and Mexican diplomat (d. 1910)
  • 1841 William C. Whitney, American financier (d. 1904)
  • 1843 Mandell Creighton, English bishop/historian

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1853 Cecil Rhodes, British businessman, diamond merchant and imperialist politician who was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890-96), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1902)

British Businessman and Imperialist Politician Cecil Rhodes
British Businessman and Imperialist Politician
Cecil Rhodes
  • 1857 Clara Zetkin, German women's rights advocate/communist
  • 1860 Robert Bacon, American politician (d. 1919)

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1867 A. E. Douglass, American astronomer and inventor of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating), born in Windsor, Vermont (d. 1962)

Archaeologist and astronomer A. E. Douglass
Archaeologist and astronomer
A. E. Douglass
  • 1868 William H Singer, US painter/collector (Singer Museum, Laren)
  • 1872 Edouard Herriot, French politician (d. 1957)

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1874 Eugen Fischer, Nazi physician (Kaiser Wilhelm Institute), born in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany (d. 1967)

Nazi Physician Eugen Fischer
Nazi Physician
Eugen Fischer
  • 1881 Augustyn Hlond, Polish cardinal
  • 1882 Inayat Khan, Indian sufi (d. 1927).
  • 1885 Andre Lhote, French painter/art historian (Traité du paysage)
  • 1886 Felix Timmermans, Flemish writer/painter/cartoonist (Pallieter)
  • 1886 Willem Drees, PM of Netherland (PvdA, 1948-58)/Indonesia (AOW)
  • 1890 Frederick Lewis Allen, American social historian (d. 1954)
  • 1891 John Northrop, American biochemist, crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)
  • 1891 Tin Ujević, Croatian poet (d. 1955)
  • 1898 Yip Man, Ving Tsun Sifu and Master of Style (Gung-Gung) (d. 1972)
  • 1899 Anna Arnold Hedgeman, social activist (NYC cabinet)
  • 1899 Marcel Achard, French screen/playwright (Jean de la Lune)
  • 1900 Bernardus J Cardinal Alfrink, cardinal of Utrecht Netherlands
  • 1901 Sergey Obraztsov, Soviet puppet master (d. 1992)
  • 1902 Frank Waters, American writer, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Henry Cabot Lodge, politician (Sen-R), VP candidate (1960) and ambassador
  • 1904 Harold Acton, English/Italian historian/art collector
  • 1904 Ernst Mayr, German-American biologist (evolutionary theory), born in Kempten, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2005)
  • 1905 Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Andrei Gromyko, USSR, diplomat/USSR President (1985-89) [7/18 NS]
  • 1910 Robert K Meston, US sociologist (functionalism)

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1911 Georges Pompidou, President/Prime Minister of France (1962-74), born in Paris, France (d. 1974)

French President Georges Pompidou
French President
Georges Pompidou
  • 1914 Jacob Soetendorp, Dutch rabbi
  • 1920 Mary Louise Hancock, American politician and activist
  • 1924 Niels Jannasch, Canadian historian and museum curator (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Haya van Someren-Downer, 2nd Member of parliament (Dutch Lib Party)
  • 1927 W M Diggelmann, writer
  • 1928 Pierre Mauroy, French politician (Prime Minister, 1981-4), (d. 2013)

  • 1929 Mary Maxwell Gates, American businesswoman, philanthropist/mother of Bill Gates, born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1994)
  • 1931 James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, criminal
  • 1932 Edgar Louis Vanderstegen Millington Drake, painter
  • 1932 Gyula Horn, Hungarian prime minister (1994-8), (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Edward McInnes, German scholar
  • 1935 John Gilmore, American true crime author
  • 1936 James Mirrlees, Scottish economist, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1937 Brooke Hayward, author (Haywire), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937 Frouwke J Laning-Boersema, Dutch politician (CDA) 2nd Chamber
  • 1937 Nita M Lowey, (Rep-D-New York)
  • 1940 Karen Shepherd, (Rep-D-Utah)
  • 1940 Chuck Close, American painter and photographer
  • 1941 Barbara Frischmuth, writer
  • 1945 Dick Scoppettone, rocker
  • 1945 Humberto Benítez Treviño, Mexican Politician and Attorney General of México.
  • 1946 Pierre-Marc Johnson, Québécois lawyer, physician and politician
  • 1946 Paul Smith, British fashion designer
  • 1946 Gerardus 't Hooft, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laurete
  • 1948 Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of Richard Milhaus, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1952 David Dreier, (Rep-R-California, 1981- )
  • 1952 Terence Tom Henricks, Bryan Oh, USAF/astronaut (STS 44, 55, 70, 78)
  • 1954 Leni Björklund, Swedish politician
  • 1957 David Hanson, British politician (L)
  • 1958 Meredith Ann Pierce, American sci-fi author (Darkangel)
  • 1958 Bill Watterson, American cartoonist
  • 1959 Veronica Guerin, journalist
  • 1960 James M Kelly, American politician (Maryland), born in Baltimore County, Maryland
  • 1964 Mark H Lascells, grandson of English princess Mary
  • 1967 Silvia Ziche, Italian comics artist
  • 1968 Ken Akamatsu, Japanese Manga artist, born in Tokyo
  • 1968 John Ruskin a.k.a. Nardwuar the Human Serviette, Canadian journalist

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1996 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell born in Scotland