Birthdays in History on June 8

  • 1318 Eleonora Plantagenet, daughter of King Eduard II/wife of Reinald II
  • 1625 Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Italian-French mathematician, astronomer and engineer who discovered four of Saturn's moons, born in Perinaldo, Republic of Genova (d. 1712)
  • 1652 William Dampier, English explorer/pirate
  • 1717 John Collins, American politician (d. 1795)
  • 1724 John Smeaton, Leeds, civil engineer
  • 1743 Alessandro Cagliostro [Giuseppe Balsamo], Italian adventurer and magician (Prince of Quacks), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1795)
  • 1745 Caspar Wessel, Danish mathematician (d. 1818)
  • 1756 Cornelis van Foreest, mayor of Alkmaar
  • 1757 Cardinal Ercole Consalvi, Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal (d. 1824)
  • 1759 Thomas Dunham Whitaker, British topographer, born in Rainham, Norfolk
  • 1772 Robert Stevenson, civil engineer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1804 Jan Baptist van Son, Dutch politician (RC)
  • 1806 Gideon Johnson Pillow, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1878)
  • 1813 David Dixon Porter, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1891)
  • 1814 Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister & Hearth)
  • 1821 John Dunlap Stevenson, American attorney, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 1897)
  • 1821 Samuel White Baker, explorer (Ceylon/Egypt), born in London, England
  • 1823 Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer in the US and Abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts(d. 1882)
  • 1824 James Loudon, gov-gen of Neth-Indies
  • 1824 William Montgomery Gardner, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1901)
  • 1829 John Everett Millais, England, painter (Order of Release)
  • 1831 Thomas J. Higgins, decorated Union Army soldier (d. 1917)
  • 1837 Moriz Heyne, German germanist (Beowulf)
  • 1842 John Q. A. Brackett, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1918)
  • 1847 Ida Sazton McKinley, 1st lady (1897-1901)
  • 1849 Juliaan Dillens, Flemish sculptor (Anspach Monument)
  • 1851 Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist (d. 1940)
  • 1854 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician, born in Hawkesbury, Ontario (d. 1921)
  • 1859 Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure (d. 1947)
  • 1860 Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician (d. 1940)

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1867 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", born in Richland Center, Wisconsin (d. 1959)

  • 1885 Karl Genzken, Nazi physician (d. 1957)
  • 1889 Joseph L Hromadka, Czech theologist (Lenin prize 1957)
  • 1896 Samuel Gonard, chairman (International Red Cross)
  • 1897 John G. Bennett, British scientist and author (d. 1974)

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1899 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), born in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin (d. 1977)

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • 1900 Herman J Friedericy, [H J Merlijn], writer (Last general)
  • 1901 Lena Baker, American murderer (d. 1945)
  • 1902 Albe, [Renaut A Joostens], Flemish writer (Andalusian Diary)
  • 1903 Gerrit C Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies)
  • 1903 Ralph Webster Yarborough, politician
  • 1905 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Avent), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
  • 1909 William Odling, major-general
  • 1910 John W Campbell, American sci-fi writer (Moon is Hell)
  • 1910 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Ian Morrow, company director
  • 1912 Harry Holtzman, American abstract artist (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Graham Watson, British-born literary agent (Curtis Brown)
  • 1913 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator
  • 1914 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, born in Garnsdorf (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Gustaaf AWC baron van Hemert Dingshof, (mayor-Maarn Neth)

  • 1915 Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), (d. 2004)

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1916 Francis Crick, English molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure and 1962 Nobel laureate, born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • 1918 John D. Roberts, American chemist
  • 1920 Bert Leysen, TV director (Belgian National TV)
  • 1920 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Alwyn Williams, Vice-Chancellor (Glasgow U)

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1921 Suharto, 2nd Pesident of Indonesia (1967- 98), born in Yogyakarta, Java (d. 2008)

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 1921 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Alice Coleman, geographer (UK Land Use Survey)
  • 1923 Jean Maxwell-Scott, Lady-in-Waiting (Prin Alice Duchess Gloucester)
  • 1923 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1924 Glidewell, Lord Justice
  • 1924 William Barlow, CEO (BICC)
  • 1924 Lyn Nofziger, American political operative (d. 2006)

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1925 Barbara Bush, US First Lady (1989-93), born in NYC, New York

US First Lady Barbara Bush
US First Lady
Barbara Bush
  • 1925 Eddie Gaedel, 3'7" St Louis Browns pinch-hitter (he walked)
  • 1926 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C), born in Bexhill (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature
  • 1927 Dame Anne Warburton, 1st British female ambassador (1976) and President of Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge) (d. 2015)
  • 1927 David Hobman, director (Age Concern England)
  • 1927 Michael Levey, director (British National Gallery)
  • 1928 Kat[i]e [Gertrude] Wilhelm, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Hamlet Trap)
  • 1929 Earl Ferrers, British minister of state (Department of Environment)
  • 1930 Bo Gunnar Widerberg, Swedish director (Elvira Madigan), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Michael Codron, theatrical producer
  • 1930 Robert Aumann, German-born Israeli mathematician; Nobel laureate
  • 1930 Marcel Léger, Quebec politician (d. 1993)
  • 1931 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, born in Belgrade (d. 1996)
  • 1931 James Leander "Leo" Nichols, honorary consul
  • 1932 Lady Littler, CEO (Gaming Board for Great Britain)
  • 1933 Dr Robert Stevens, Master (Pembroke College, Oxford)
  • 1933 Eric Parker, deputy CEO (Trafalgar House)
  • 1936 Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist, Nobel laureate, (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Bruce McCandless II, Cap USN/astronaut (STS 41B, STS-31), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1937 Norma Shaw, English lawn bowler, born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Joop H van den Berg, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA)
  • 1942 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Gael Ramsey, Brigadier commander (HQ Aldershot Garrison)
  • 1943 J C A Barrett, Headmaster (Leys School-Cambridge)
  • 1943 Vicki Stangroome, campaigner
  • 1943 William Calley, American war criminal
  • 1944 Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec City
  • 1945 Donna Deitch, director (Sexual Advances, Women of Brewster Place)
  • 1946 Elizabeth A Lynn, American sci-fi author (Watchtower, Red Hawk)
  • 1947 Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • 1952 Lindka Cierach, fashion designer
  • 1952 Martin Taylor, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • 1954 Sergei Storchak, Russian deputy finance minister

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1955 Tim Berners-Lee, English inventor (World Wide Web), born in London, England

Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • 1957 Scott Raymond Adams, Catskill NY, cartoonist (Dilbert)
  • 1965 Robert Platus, American lip syncher (Milli Vanilli-Girl You Know This), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Marcos Siega, American director
  • 1970 Gabrielle Giffords, American politician
  • 1972 P[eter] J[ason] Farley, Hackensack, bass (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1981 Sara Watkins, American fiddle player
  • 1982 Katy Morgan-Davies, British politician
  • 1983 Mamoru Miyano, Japanese seiyuu
  • 1984 Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • 1994 Nicholas Joseph Mills, son of Chris Evert & Andy Mills