Birthdays in History on July 8

  • 1528 Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy/governor of Netherland
  • 1545 Don Carlos, son of Spanish king Philip II
  • 1593 Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian painter (d. 1653)
  • 1621 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables)
  • 1760 Christian Kramp, French mathematician (d. 1826)
  • 1766 Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • 1792 Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, queen of Bavaria (d. 1854)
  • 1809 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja)
  • 1819 Alexander Hays, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • 1819 Francis Leopold McClintock, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1907)
  • 1821 William Harvey Lamb Wallace, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • 1824 Waldimir "Kriz" Krzyzanowski, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • 1826 Benjamin Henry Grierson, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1826 Robert Kingston Scott, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1829 Pierre A Vicomte de Ponson du Terrail, French serial writer
  • 1830 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1915)
  • 1830 Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Altenburg (d. 1911)
  • 1831 John Pemberton, American pharmacist and inventor of Coca-Cola, born in Knoxville, Georgia (d. 1888)
  • 1836 Joseph Chamberlain, British minister of Commerce/Colonies

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1838 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany (d. 1917)

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin

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1839 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and founder of Standard Oil, born in Richford, New York (d. 1937)

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • 1844 Mary Johnson Lincoln, educator (Boston Cooking School)
  • 1851 Arthur J Evans, English archaeologist (Crete)
  • 1867 Kathe Kollwitz, Germany, print maker/sculptor (Bauernkrieg)
  • 1869 William V Moody, US poet (Death of Eve, Faith Healer)
  • 1870 Marie C of Zeggelen, Dutch novelist (Koloniaaltje)
  • 1871 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam)
  • 1882 Waverley John Anderson, Scottish viscount/governor of Bengal
  • 1885 Ann Jemima Flower, oldest resident of Netherlands
  • 1885 Emil Bloch, German philosopher
  • 1890 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer, born in Aachen (d. 1940)
  • 1891 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Poor Part, Bruidstijd)
  • 1891 Josef Hora, Czech writer/poet (Working Day)
  • 1892 Richard Aldington, writer
  • 1892 Pavel Korin, Russian painter (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Fritz Perls, father of Gestalt therapy
  • 1894 Clemens VI Trefois, Flemish architect/sociologist
  • 1895 Anton G J van de Velde, Flemish writer/director (God & the Worms)
  • 1898 Alec Waugh, novelist (Island in the Sun); brother of Evelyn, born in London, England
  • 1899 David Eli Lilienthal, US government organizer (Wisconsin)
  • 1901 Donald Benjamin Harden, archaeologist
  • 1904 Henri Cartan, French mathematician, born in Nancy (d. 2008)
  • 1905 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Philip Johnson, Cortalyou architect, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1907 George W Romney, (Gov-R-Mich)/US Secretary of HUD (1969-73)
  • 1908 Nelson A Rockefeller, (Gov-R-NY) 41st VP (1974-77)
  • 1909 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • 1910 Govan AM Mbeki, South African leader (ANC/SACP)
  • 1913 Walter Kerr, NY drama critic (Sad Clowns)
  • 1914 Jyoti Basu, Indian politician
  • 1915 Charles Hard Townes, Greenville SC, physicist (developed lasers)
  • 1919 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, born in Solingen (d. 2016)
  • 1920 Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish industrialist (Lego Group) (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, author/physician/educator
  • 1926 John D Dingell, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1955- )
  • 1927 Maurice Hayes, Irish politician
  • 1928 Carol Henry, choreographer (Garry Moore Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1929 Shirley Ann Grau, author (Keepers of the House)
  • 1930 Valeri Aleksandrovich Yazdovsky, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1933 Antonio Lamer, French Canadian lawyer and chief justice
  • 1934 Ed Lumley, Canadian corporate executive and former politician
  • 1935 Vitali Ivanovich Sevastiyanov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 9, 18B)
  • 1938 Marian Ackerman, women's rights advocacy administrator
  • 1942 Phil Gramm, (Sen-R Texas, 1985- )
  • 1943 Faye Wattleton, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1945 Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss politician
  • 1946 Cynthia Gregory, LA, ballerina (NY Ballet Co)
  • 1947 Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • 1947 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef
  • 1952 Anna Quindlen, American columnist
  • 1958 Tzipi Livni, Israeli politician, born in Te Aviv
  • 1958 Andreas Carlgren, Swedish politician
  • 1964 Maryalice Demler, N Tonawanda NY, Miss NY-America (1991)
  • 1968 Akio Suyama, Japanese seiyu