Birthdays in History on June 26

  • 1575 Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1612)
  • 1655 Jean Deutz, merchant/Amsterdam regent
  • 1681 Hedwig Sophia, duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, Swedish writer (d. 1708)
  • 1689 Edward Holyoke, American academic (d. 1769)
  • 1694 Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and mineralogist (d. 1768)
  • 1702 Philip Doddridge, England, Dr/nonconformist clergyman
  • 1703 Thomas Clap, American academic (d. 1767)
  • 1730 Charles Joseph Messier, astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects")
  • 1742 Arthur Middleton, signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1760 Johan I Jozef, monarch of Liechtenstein/fieldmarshal
  • 1763 George Morland, England, artist of rural landscapes
  • 1821 Bartolomé Mitre, Argentine general

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1824 William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-Scottish mathematical physicist (Kelvin Scale) and engineer (transatlantic telegraph), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1907)

Mathematical Physicist and Engineer William Thomson
Mathematical Physicist and Engineer
William Thomson
  • 1831 Julius Rodenberg, [Levy], German writer (Kriegs-Songs of War & Peace)
  • 1837 Martin Davis Hardin II, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1923)
  • 1837 Victor Jean Baptiste Girardey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)

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1854 Robert Borden, 8th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1911-20), born in Grand-Pre, Nova Scotia (d. 1937)

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden
  • 1865 Bernard Berenson, art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance)
  • 1865 Charles E Bonin, French explorer/diplomat (China)
  • 1869 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (d. 1954)
  • 1880 Natalia, Princess Brassova (d. 1952)
  • 1881 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, born in Slutsk, Belarus (d. 1960)
  • 1885 Andre Maurois, [Emile Herzog], French writer (Balzac)
  • 1885 Anna M F van Wageningen-Salomons, author (Girl Student) [or 9/26]
  • 1885 Billy Jenkins, [Erich Rosenthal], Magdeburg
  • 1887 Anthony G de Rothschild, Britain, philanthropist
  • 1888 Paul Niggli, Zofingen, Swiss Mineralogist (crystal structures)
  • 1891 Sidney Coe Howard, US, dramatist (Swords, Pulitzer 1925)
  • 1891 Vladislav Vancura, Czech physician/(stage)author/resistance fighter
  • 1892 Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, China, author (Good Earth-Nobel 1938)
  • 1895 Jankel Adler, Polish painter
  • 1898 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer
  • 1898 Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (d. 1918)
  • 1900 Joseph E A "Jo" Spier, Dutch cartoonist/water color painter
  • 1901 Stuart Symington, (Sen-D-Mo)
  • 1902 William Lear, engineer/manufacturer/CEO (Lear Jet Corp)
  • 1903 Ashley Clarke, president (Venice in Peril Fund)
  • 1904 Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer (d. 1951)
  • 1905 Jack Longland, British director of education (Derbyshire)
  • 1905 Jan Louis Guillaume "Yvan" Doornik, Neth resistance fighter in France
  • 1906 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), born in Dhrönchen (d. 1970)
  • 1906 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer (d. 2008)
  • 1909 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Nicholas Polunin, environmentalist
  • 1910 Charles Spry, Australian security chief
  • 1911 Edward Levi, professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning)
  • 1913 Maurice Wilkes, inventor (stored program concept for computers)
  • 1913 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (d. 2008)
  • 1914 John J "John" Beautiful Garden, sculptor
  • 1914 Laurie Lee, English poet/author (I Can't Stay Long)
  • 1915 Paul Castellano, American mafia boss (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Charlotte Zolotow, American author
  • 1916 Paul Derrick, co-operator/Christian socialist
  • 1917 William Hamilton, British MP
  • 1919 Lord Rawlinson, British attorney general (Ewell)
  • 1920 Michael Eastham, high court judge
  • 1921 Abe Jan Koldijk, SS-physician (Limburg's family doctor)
  • 1921 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent (d. 1945)
  • 1922 Alan Peacock, economist
  • 1922 Campbell Adamson, CEO (Abbey National Pictures)
  • 1923 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer)
  • 1923 Barbara Graham, American murderer (d. 1955)
  • 1924 Peter Miles, British keeper of privy purse
  • 1924 Costas Axelos, Greek philosopher
  • 1925 Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, USSR, cosmonaut (Voskhod II)
  • 1927 Leslie Carpenter, CEO (Reed International)
  • 1928 Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
  • 1929 Alexander Fenton, CEO (Euro Ethnological Research Center in Edinburgh)
  • 1929 Francesco Cossiga, president of Italy (1985- )
  • 1929 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist
  • 1929 Milton Glaser, American Designer
  • 1931 Colin Wilson, author (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), (d. 2013)
  • 1933 David Winnick, British MP
  • 1934 Jeremy Wolfenden, British journalist (d. 1965)
  • 1935 Douglas Peterson, (Rep-D-Florida)
  • 1936 Robert Maclennan, British MP
  • 1937 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1938 Neil Abercrombie, American politician (Rep-D-Hawaii, 1986-88)
  • 1938 Gerald North, American climatologist
  • 1939 Ansar Ilgamovich Sharafutdinov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1939 Charles "Chuck" Robb, (Sen-D-Va)/husband of Lynda Bird Johnson
  • 1939 Smangaliso P Mkhatshwa, South Africa, sec-gen (Bishops' Conference 1983-88)
  • 1941 Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist
  • 1944 Ruth Kempson, linguist (SOAS)
  • 1945 Malachi York, Nuwaubian leader
  • 1953 James Anderson, writer
  • 1955 Mary Margaret Brownie, RI, fictional ID of Prymaat (Coneheads)
  • 1956 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish/South African leader (United Democratic Front)
  • 1956 Bernard A Harris Jr, Temple Texas, MD/Astronaut (STS 55, 63)
  • 1957 Philippe Couillard, Quebec neurosurgeon and politician
  • 1958 Glen Stewart Godwin, murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1962 George P N earl of St Andrews, under English prince Edward
  • 1963 Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman
  • 1963 Richard Garfield, American game designer
  • 1964 Zeng Jinlian, Hunan China, became tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1")
  • 1975 Jonah Sorrentino, American hip hop artist
  • 1977 Kubo Tite, Japanese cartoonist
  • 1985 Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader
  • 2005 Princess Alexia of the Netherlands