Birthdays in History on June 25

  • 1242 Beatrice of England, Duchess of Brittanny (d. 1275)
  • 1328 William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader (d. 1397)
  • 1373 Johanna II, Queen of Naples (1414-35)
  • 1560 Wilhelm Fabry, German surgeon (d. 1634)
  • 1612 John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop (d. 1634)
  • 1715 Joseph-François Foulon, French politician (d. 1789)
  • 1726 Thomas Pennant, British naturalist
  • 1755 Princess Natalia Alexeievna of Russia (d. 1776)
  • 1813 William High Keim, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1814 Gabriel Auguste Daubrée, French geologist (d. 1896)
  • 1823 James Dunwody Bulloch, Capt (Confederate Navy), (d. 1901)
  • 1852 Antoni Gaudí, Spanish architect (d. 1926)
  • 1858 Georges Courteline, [Moineaux], French playwright
  • 1863 Emile Francqui, Belgian soldier (d. 1935)
  • 1864 Walther Hermann Nernst, Prussian physicist/chemist (Nobel 1920)
  • 1884 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German art promoter (d. 1979)
  • 1886 Henry "Hap" Arnold, commanding general, US Army Air Force (WWII)
  • 1887 George Abbott, producer (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game), born in Forestville, New York
  • 1889 Margriet M C Baers, Flemish philosopher
  • 1890 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, born in Scharley, Upper Silesia (d. 1965)
  • 1894 Hermann Oberth, German founded modern astronautics (V2/Redstone)
  • 1898 Kay (Katherine Linn) Sage, American painter and poet , born in Albany, New York
  • 1900 Izak D du Plessis, South African writer/director (3rd World)
  • 1900 Lord Louis Mountbatten, of Burma, royal relative/earl/baron/admiral
  • 1902 Prince Yasuhito Chichibu, brother of Emperor Showa (d. 1953)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1903 George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair], Bihar, British writer (Animal Farm, 1984), born in Motihari, British India (d. 1950)

  • 1904 Jan van Axel, [Johannes P Kraakman], Dutch director (Overschotje)
  • 1907 J Hans D Jensen, German physicist (atomic nucleus-Nobel 1963)
  • 1908 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher (d. 2000)
  • 1909 Daniel Fuchs, American writer (Summer in Williamsburg)
  • 1911 William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972)
  • 1912 Virginia Lacy Jones, US librarian/presidential advisor
  • 1912 William T. Cahill, Governor of New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Theodore P Toynbee, British journalist/writer (Savage Days, Barricade)
  • 1923 Dorothy Gilman, mystery writer
  • 1923 Samuel Lewis Francis, painter
  • 1923 Tony Parker, oral historian
  • 1923 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Sidney Lumet, director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1925 Robert Venturi, architect (Levittown NY, Las Vegas), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1925 Ted Stepien, American business (d. 2007)
  • 1926 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austria author/poet
  • 1928 Peyo [Pierre Culliford], cartoonist (The Smurfs, Johan et Pirlouit), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1928 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), born in Moscow (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Eric Carle, American author
  • 1930 Hugo Gabriel Gryn, rabbi
  • 1932 Peter Blake, British artist
  • 1933 Michelangelo Pistoletto, Italian artist (glass painter)
  • 1933 James Meredith, American civil rights activist (1st African-American at the University of Mississippi), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1933 Álvaro Siza Vieira, Portuguese architect
  • 1935 Wynand Breytenbach, South African under minister of Defense (1986- )
  • 1936 Paul Nowee, Dutch western writer (Eagle's Eye)
  • 1936 Jusuf Habibie, President of Indonesia
  • 1937 Mirabel Morgan, author (Total Woman)
  • 1940 A.J. Quinnell, British writer (d. 2005)
  • 1941 Denys Arcand, director (Jesus of Montreal)
  • 1942 Patrick Michael Mitchell, one of FBI's most wanted, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1942 Michel Tremblay, Canadian playwright
  • 1943 Gerrit "Ger" Zijlstra, sculptor
  • 1943 Bill Moggridge [William], designer (1st laptop computer), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Roméo Dallaire, Canadian senator
  • 1950 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 33)
  • 1956 Boris Trajkovski, President of the Republic of Macedonia (d. 2004)
  • 1956 Anthony Bourdain, Chef and author
  • 1956 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, Vryheid, Natal, South African artist
  • 1963 Yann Martel, Canadian author
  • 1964 Greg Raymer, Professional poker player
  • 1968 Oleg Taktarov, Russian martial artist
  • 1969 Alina Ivanova, Ukraine, race walker (indoor 3K world record)
  • 1970 Ariel Gore, American journalist and author
  • 1971 Santiago de Tezanos, Uruguayan architect
  • 1975 Vladimir Kramnik, Russian chess player