Birthdays in History on June 16

  • 1139 Emperor Konoe of Japan (d. 1155)
  • 1332 Isabella de Coucy, English princess (d. 1382)
  • 1514 John Cheke, English classical scholar (d. 1557)
  • 1583 Axel Gustafson Oxenstierna, Swedish earl/chancellor/regent
  • 1606 Arthur Chichester, 1st Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (d. 1675)
  • 1613 John Cleveland, English poet (d. 1658)
  • 1633 Jean de Thévenot, French traveler and scientist (d. 1667)
  • 1644 Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of Scotland, England and Ireland and Duchess of Orléans (d. 1670)
  • 1713 Meshech Weare, Governor of New Hampshire (d. 1786)

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1723 Adam Smith, Scottish economist (Wealth of Nations) and moral philosopher (date of baptism), born in Kirkaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 1790)

Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • 1738 Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher (d. 1816)
  • 1754 Salawat Yulayev, Bashkir national hero, poet (d. 1800)
  • 1792 Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian explorer (d. 1855)
  • 1792 John Linnell, English artist (d. 1882)
  • 1801 Julius Plücker, German mathematician and physicist (d. 1868)
  • 1806 Edward Davy, English physician, chemist, and inventor (d. 1885)
  • 1813 Otto Jahn, German archaeologist (d. 1869)
  • 1820 Athanase Coquerel, French Protestant preacher (d. 1875)
  • 1826 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist and botanist (d. 1897)

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1829 Geronimo, Apache leader and resistance fighter, born in No-doyohn Canon, Mexico (d. 1909)

Apache Leader Geronimo
Apache Leader
Geronimo
  • 1834 Wesley Merritt, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1910)
  • 1837 Eli Long, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1903)
  • 1838 Cushman Davis, American politician (d. 1900)
  • 1840 Ernst Otto Schlick, German engineer (d. 1913)
  • 1858 Gustav V, king of Sweden (1907-50)
  • 1861 Scato Gocko de Vries, Dutch paleographer/librarian

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1874 Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1920-21, 1926), born in Anderson, Ontario (d. 1960)

9th Prime Minister of Canada Arthur Meighen
9th Prime Minister of Canada
Arthur Meighen
  • 1879 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Novel Law)
  • 1879 Theo[dorus J] Thijssen, Dutch writer (Kees the boy)

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1882 Mohammad Mosaddegh, Prime Minister of Iran (1951-53) who was overthrown in a coup d'état aided by the CIA and the British SIS, born in Tehran, Persia (d. 1967)

Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mosaddegh
Prime Minister of Iran
Mohammad Mosaddegh
  • 1888 Bobby Clark, vaudevillan (World's funniest circus clown)
  • 1888 Peter Stoner, American mathematician and astronomer (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Jean Peugeot, French auto manufacturer (Peugeot)
  • 1896 William Fitzgerald Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants)
  • 1896 Murray Leinster, American author (d. 1976)
  • 1897 Georg Wittig, German chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1899 Nelson Doubleday, US, publisher (Doubleday)
  • 1900 Jan van Tilburg, governor Suriname (PVDA, 1955-62)
  • 1902 Barbara McClintock, US, cytogeneticist (Jumping Genes, Nobel 1983)
  • 1902 Kornelis Posthumus, Dutch chemist
  • 1904 Gerard Holt, Dutch architect
  • 1907 John Hadfield, author/publisher (Love on a Branch Line)
  • 1909 Archie Fairley Carr, biologist (d. 1987)
  • 1910 Lord Richardson, president (General Medical Council)
  • 1910 Richard Maling Barrer, chemist
  • 1912 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member infamous for his "Rivers of Blood" speech, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1998)
  • 1912 John Peel, British politician (C), (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Stewart Griffith, secretary (MCC)
  • 1915 Joseph Kagan, Lithuanian-British businessman (Gannex raincoats), born in Lithuania (d. 1995)
  • 1915 Mariano Rumor, premier Italy
  • 1915 John Tukey, American statistician (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Katharine Graham, newspaper publisher (Washington Post), born in NYC, New York
  • 1917 Aurelio Lampredi, Italian mechanical engineer (Ferrari; d. 1989)
  • 1917 Irving Penn, American photographer
  • 1919 Lord Aberdare, committee chairman (House of Lords)
  • 1920 John Howard Griffin, US, photographer/author (Black Like Me)
  • 1920 Raymond U. Lemieux, Canadian scientist (d. 2002)
  • 1920 José López Portillo, President of Mexico (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Lord Perry of Walton, SDP/vice chancellor (Open University England)
  • 1924 Sayed Idries Shah, thinker
  • 1927 Robert Matthews, master (Clare College Cambridge England)
  • 1928 Harold Hanham, vice chancellor (Lancaster University)
  • 1930 David Konstant, bishop (Leeds)
  • 1930 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian/American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Courtney Alexandre Henriques Laws, community leader
  • 1931 Robert F [Bob] Smith, (Rep-R-OR, 1983- )
  • 1932 Ralph Robins, CEO (Rolls-Royce)
  • 1933 Joachim Nowotny, writer
  • 1934 Lord Patrick Beresforord, blood-stock agent
  • 1934 William Forsyth Sharpe, American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1934 Elvira Vinogradova, Russian TV persona
  • 1935 Jim Dine, pop artist (St John the Divine), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1936 August Willemsen, Dutch poet/translator
  • 1937 August Busch III, CEO (Anheuser-Busch, St Louis Cards)
  • 1937 Erich Segal, author (Love Story, Oliver's Story), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1937 Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Tsar of Bulgaria
  • 1938 Joyce Carol Oates, NY, novelist (Garden of Earthly Delights)
  • 1938 Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer
  • 1940 Hans Dorrestijn, Dutch cabaret performer
  • 1940 Neil Goldschmidt, Governor of Oregon
  • 1941 Mumtaz Hamid Rao, Pakistani journalist
  • 1942 Giacomo Agostini, Lovere, Italy, world motorcycle race champion
  • 1944 Joan Barbara Grigor, artist
  • 1944 Takamiyama, [Jesse Kuhaulua], Hawaii, 1st non-Japanese sumo champion
  • 1945 Lucienne Robillard, Canadian politician
  • 1946 Neil MacGregor, director (British National Gallery)
  • 1946 Jodi Rell, American politician, governor of Connecticut
  • 1947 -minu [Hans-Peter Hammel], Swiss columnist and writer
  • 1951 Michel Viso, France, cosmonaut
  • 1952 George Papandreou, junior, Greek politician
  • 1954 Jeffrey S Ashby, astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1955 Simon Bailey, priest, 1st British priest to say he had AIDS, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire (d. 1995)
  • 1971 Daliah Wachs "Dr. Daliah", Los Angeles Ca., radio host
  • 1972 Ann Shoket, American magazine editor
  • 1974 Paul Lee, British sculptural artist
  • 1980 Brad Gushue, Canadian curler
  • 1993 Alice Ann Newman, daughter of Gretchen & Randy