Birthdays in History on May 1

  • 1218 John I, Count of Hainaut (d. 1257)
  • 1218 Rudolph I of Germany, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1291)
  • 1238 Magnus VI Lagabuter, King of Norway (1263-80)
  • 1285 Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1326)
  • 1545 Franciscus Junius, [Francois du Jon], French/Neth calvinist theologist
  • 1567 Michiel Jansz van Mierevelt, Dutch royal painter
  • 1577 Francois van Kinschot, Dutch treasurer
  • 1592 Johann A Schall von Bell, German missionaries/astronomer
  • 1594 John Haynes, Massachusetts colonial magistrate
  • 1672 Joseph Addison, England, essayist (Spectator)
  • 1692 -31? James Stirling, Scottish mathematician (d. 1770) born during this month
  • 1735 John H van Kinsbergen, Dutch lt-admiral/founder of Dutch Marines Corp

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1738 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819), born in Kohala, Hawaii (d. 1819)

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • 1759 Jacob Albright, [Albrecht], German/US predictor
  • 1764 Benjamin Henry Latrobe, engineer/architect (built Capitol)

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1769 Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory: 1828-30), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • 1800 Ret Thomas Aloysius Dornin, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1874)
  • 1804 Aleksey Khomyakov, Russian poet (d. 1860)
  • 1807 John Bankhead "Prince John" Magruder, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1818 Jose Amador de los Rios, Spanish historian/poet
  • 1819 William Steele, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • 1825 George Inness, US landscape painter (Delaware Water Gap)
  • 1829 Jose M de Alencar, Brazilian writer/minister of Justice
  • 1830 Mother (Mary Harris) Jones, US reformer and labor organizer
  • 1831 Emily Stowe, Canadian physician and suffragist (d. 1903)
  • 1835 Alfred Napoleon Alexander "Natti" Duffie, Brig Gen (Union volunteers)
  • 1839 Chardonnet, inventor (rayon)
  • 1850 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • 1851 Laza Lazarević, Serbian writer and psychiatrist (d. 1891)
  • 1852 Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (d. 1934)

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1852 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman (Wild Bill Hickok), born in Princeton, Missouri (d. 1903)

Frontierswoman Calamity Jane
Frontierswoman
Calamity Jane
  • 1855 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1859 Willem J Leyds, Dutch/South Africa lawyer/politician/diplomat
  • 1872 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
  • 1874 Romaine Brooks (born Beatrice Romaine Goddard), American painter , born in Rome, Italy
  • 1880 Conrad Weiss, German writer/poet (Tantum dic verbo)
  • 1881 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, France, philosopher/paleontologist
  • 1896 Herbert Backe, German Nazi politician (d. 1947)
  • 1896 Mark Wayne Clark, American general (d. 1984)
  • 1896 J. Lawton Collins, American general (d. 1987)
  • 1898 Eugene R Black, US, President of World Bank (1953-62)
  • 1900 Ignazio Silone, Italy, novelist/politician (Bread & Wine)
  • 1901 Antal Szerb, Hungarian author and historian (d. 1945)
  • 1905 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85)
  • 1905 Paul Desruisseaux, French Canadian lawyer, businessman and politician (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Jan Pauw, CEO (Aruban Theater Group)
  • 1907 Oliver Hill, civil rights attorney (d. 2007)
  • 1908 Giovanni Guareschi, Italian writer (Don Camillo, Peppone)
  • 1909 Ethel Jane Cain, original UK Speaking Clock voice
  • 1909 Yiannis Ritsos, Greek poet and political activist, born in Monemvasia (d. 1990)
  • 1912 Otto Kretschmer, German U-Boat commander (d. 1998)
  • 1917 Ahron Soloveichik, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, born in Khislavichi, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1919 Alwyn Farquharson, Scottish clan-captain/large landowner
  • 1921 12th Lord Middleton, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1921 Paul Daels, president (Flemish Iron Pilgrimage committee)
  • 1923 Joseph Heller, American novelist (Catch-22, 1963 Arts & Letters Award), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1999)
  • 1924 Terry Southern, writer
  • 1925 Malcolm Scott Carpenter, Boulder Colo, astronaut (Mercury 7-Aurora 7)
  • 1925 Scott Carpenter, Boulder, CO, pilot and astronaut (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Peter Lax, Hungarian Mathematician
  • 1927 Lord Bathurst, English earl/large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1928 Raoul Servais, Belgian cartoonist/pres (l'ASIFA)
  • 1928 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racer (d. 2002)
  • 1930 Richard Riordan, mayor of Los Angeles (R, 1993-2001), born in NYC, New York
  • 1934 Alette Beaujon, Curacaos poet (Gedichten on the Bay & Elsewhere)
  • 1934 Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, Mexican politician
  • 1940 Elsa Peretti, Italian jewelry designer
  • 1944 Suresh Kalmadi, Indian politician
  • 1946 Jerry Weiss, American rocker (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 John Woo, Hong Kong director
  • 1947 Carlos Ward, rocker (B T Express)
  • 1947 Sergio Infante, Chilean poet and writer
  • 1947 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), born in Mexico City (d. 2015)
  • 1949 Paul Teutul, Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers
  • 1951 Antony Worrall Thompson, English celebrity chef
  • 1954 Joel Rosenberg, science fiction author
  • 1957 Dick Swett, (Rep-D-New Hampshire)
  • 1957 Paul D Ronney, ScD/astronaut (STS 83 alt), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1961 Marilyn Milian, current judge on The People's Court
  • 1964 Ruth Picardie, journalist
  • 1964 Sarah Armstrong-Jones, daughter of princess Margaret & Lord Snowdon
  • 1968 Denise Masino, American Female Bodybuilder
  • 1969 Wes Anderson, American director and writer