Birthdays in History on June 21

  • 1002 Leo IX, [Bruno count of Egesheim & Dagsburg], Pope (1049-54)
  • 1226 King Boleslaus V of Poland (d. 1279)
  • 1528 Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress (1603)
  • 1596 Michael Fjodorovitsj, tsar of Russia (1613-45)/1st Romanov
  • 1639 Increase Mather, New England Puritan minister (d. 1723)
  • 1640 Abraham Mignon, still life painter
  • 1646 Maria Francisca of Nemours, queen of Portugal (d. 1683)
  • 1712 Luc Urbain de Bouexic, comte de Guichen, French admiral (d. 1790)
  • 1730 Norinaga Moto'ori, Japanese scientist
  • 1740 Hendrik van Wijn, Dutch archivist (Algemeen Rijksarchief)
  • 1750 Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet, French artist (d. 1818)
  • 1759 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier (d. 1817)
  • 1763 Pierre P Royer-Collard, French attorney/philosopher
  • 1764 Sidney Smith, British admiral (d. 1840)
  • 1774 Daniel D Tompkins, (D-R), 6th US vice-president (1817-25)
  • 1781 Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1840)
  • 1782 Pyotr Kotlyarevsky, Russian general (d. 1852)
  • 1788 Princess Augusta of Bavaria (d. 1850)
  • 1791 Robert Napier, British engineer (d. 1876)
  • 1798 Wolfgang Menzel, German writer (d. 1873)
  • 1805 Charles Thomas Jackson, American scientist, polymath (d. 1880)
  • 1811 Carlo Matteucci, Italian physicist (d. 1868)
  • 1812 Moses Hess, Jewish socialist and nationalist (d. 1875)
  • 1817 James Brewerton Ricketts, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1887)
  • 1818 Joseph Abel Haskin, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1874)
  • 1823 Edward Elmer Potter, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1889)
  • 1823 Jean Chacornac, French astronomer (d. 1873)
  • 1825 William Stubbs, English historian and Anglican bishop of Oxford (d. 1901)
  • 1839 Joaquim M Machado de Assic, Brazil, writer (Epitaph of a small winner)
  • 1839 Johannes P R Tak, Dutch liberal politician
  • 1839 John Decatur Barry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • 1839 Machado de Assis, writer
  • 1844 Ernest F Cambier, Belgian colonial pioneer (1st railway Congo)
  • 1851 Daniel Carter Beard, US, organized 1st boy scout troop
  • 1859 Henry O Tanner, artist
  • 1862 Johannes Schlaf, writer
  • 1862 Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and historian (d. 1943)
  • 1863 Max Wolf, German astronomer (d. 1932)
  • 1864 Heinrich Wölfflin, Swiss art historian (d. 1945)
  • 1868 Edwin Stephen Goodrich, English zoologist (d. 1946)
  • 1870 Clara Immerwahr, German chemist (d. 1915)
  • 1873 Henry M Tomlinson, British writer (Sea & Jungle)
  • 1876 Willem H Keesom, physicist (helium vast)
  • 1879 Umberto Brunelleschi, Italian cartoonist/illustrator (Candide)
  • 1880 Arnold Gesell, American psychologist and pediatrician (d. 1961)
  • 1880 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker (d. 1941)
  • 1882 Rockwell Kent, artist/painter/illustrator (Canterbury Tales)
  • 1882 Lluís Companys i Jover, Spanish politician (d. 1940)
  • 1883 Feodor Gladkov, Russian socialist writer (Cement) (d. 1958)
  • 1884 Claude "Auk" Auchinleck, British fieldmarshal North-Africa
  • 1887 Norman L. Bowen, Canadian petrologist (d. 1956)
  • 1890 Frank Sherman Land, The order of DeMolay founder (d. 1959)
  • 1891 Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian architect (Nuove Struttura)

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1892 Reinhold Niebuhr, American theologian (Nature & Destiny of Man), born in Wright City, Missouri (d. 1971)

Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor Reinhold Niebuhr
Theologian, Ethicist, Magazine Editor
Reinhold Niebuhr
  • 1894 Milward Kennedy, British public servant and mystery writer (d. 1968)
  • 1896 Charles B. Momsen, American inventor (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Donald C. Peattie, American botanist and writer (d. 1964)
  • 1903 Al[bert] Hirschfield, cartoonist (NINA, NY Times), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1903 Al Hirschfeld, American cartoonist (d. 2003)

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1905 Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist philosopher and writer (Le Mur, Nobel 1964; declined), born in Paris (d. 1980)

  • 1908 William Frankena, American philosopher (d. 1994)
  • 1910 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Soviet poet (d. 1971)
  • 1912 Mary McCarthy, US, novelist (Group)
  • 1914 William Vickrey, economist
  • 1916 Joe Bamford, British manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1918 James Bysse Joll, historian
  • 1919 Gérard Pelletier, French Canadian journalist, politician, and diplomat (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Paolo Soleri, Italian-born American architect
  • 1920 Helen Cattanach, British Army Nursing Service (QARANC)
  • 1921 Jean de Broglie, French politician
  • 1924 Jean Laplanche, French psychoanalytic thinker
  • 1925 Giovanni Spadolini, Italian politician (d. 1994)
  • 1926 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-born cinematographer (d. 2003)
  • 1928 V G Yershov, cosmonaut
  • 1929 John Morgan, British ambassador (to Mexico)
  • 1930 Gerald Kaufman, British MP (shadow Foreign Secretary)
  • 1930 Patricia Lindop, radio biologist
  • 1930 Peter Marshall, police commissioner (London)
  • 1931 Margaret Heckler, US Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)
  • 1932 Bernard Ingham, press secretary (Margaret Thatcher)
  • 1934 Wulf Kirsten, German writer, born in Klipphausen, Meissen
  • 1935 Francoise Sagan, [Quoirez], Cajarc France, novelist (Bonjour Trieste)
  • 1937 Anna Davies, prof of Comparative Philology (Oxford U)
  • 1938 Dan Burton, (Rep-R-IN, 1983- )
  • 1939 Ruben Berrios, Puerto Rican politician
  • 1940 Michael Ruse, Canadian philosopher
  • 1942 Marg Margolies-Mezvinsky, (Rep-D-Pennsylvania)
  • 1942 William Bradford Reynolds, Conn, US asst attorney general
  • 1942 Togo D. West, Jr., American attorney and public official
  • 1942 Henry S. Taylor, American writer
  • 1944 Miguel Danus, Vicens rocker
  • 1945 Adam Zagajewski, Polish philosopher, poet
  • 1946 Kate Hoey, British MP (Lab)
  • 1946 Malcolm Rifkind, British QC MP (Sect of State for Defense)
  • 1946 Maurice Saatchi, English advertising CEO (Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • 1947 Dana Rohrabacher, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1947 Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • 1948 Ian McEwan, English writer
  • 1948 Andrzej Sapkowski, Polish writer
  • 1949 Jim Bacchus, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1950 Anne Carson, Canadian poet
  • 1952 Kôichi Mashimo, Japanese anime director

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1953 Benazir Bhutto, 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan and 1st female leader of a Muslim nation, born in Karachi, Pakistan (d. 2007)

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 1954 Mark Kimmitt, US Army general
  • 1954 Robert Menasse, Austrian writer
  • 1957 Berke Breathed, cartoonist (Vegetarian, Bloom County, Outland)
  • 1958 Gennadi Ivanovich Padalka, Russian major/cosmonaut (SK: Soyuz TM-28)

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1961 Joko Widodo, Indonesian politician (President of Indonesia 2014), born in Surakarta

President of Indonesia Joko Widodo
President of Indonesia
Joko Widodo
  • 1965 Yang Liwei, Chinese astronaut
  • 1966 Rudi Bakhtiar, American journalist
  • 1966 Mancow Muller, American radio personality
  • 1967 Pierre Omidyar, Iranian-American billionaire
  • 1968 Alisyn Camerota, American journalist
  • 1968 Gretchen Carlson, American journalist
  • 1969 Gabriella Paruzzi, Italian skier
  • 1971 Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Crown Prince/son of King of Nepal
  • 1971 Nicole Stevenson, Australian backstroker (Oly-bronze-92, 96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1972 Alon Hilu, Israeli writer
  • 1974 Natasha Desborough, British radio personality

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1982 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, son of Prince Charles & Lady Diana, born in London, England

Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William

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1983 Edward Snowden, American NSA contractor who leaked classified information, born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

NSA Contractor Edward Snowden
NSA Contractor
Edward Snowden