Birthdays in History on May 15

  • 1565 Henrick de Keyser, architect/master builder of Amsterdam
  • 1608 René Goupil, French Catholic missionary (Canadian Martyrs) (d. 1642)
  • 1689 Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric (baptism 26 May)
  • 1720 Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (d. 1792)
  • 1749 Levi Lincoln, Sr., American revolutionary, statesman, politician, and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1820)
  • 1773 Clemens L Metternich, Austrian prince
  • 1786 General Dimitris Plapoutas, a Revolutionary in the Greek War of Independence (d. 1864)
  • 1791 Baron Floris A van Hall, Dutch minister of Justice/Finance
  • 1802 Isaac Ridgeway Trimble, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1888)
  • 1810 Jacob Thompson, (Confederacy), (d. 1885)
  • 1817 Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer (d. 1905)
  • 1819 Thomas Leonidas Crittenden, American lawyer, politician, and Major General (Union Army), born in Russellville, Kentucky (d. 1893)
  • 1830 Laurence Simmons Baker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1907)
  • 1830 Martinus W van der Aa, author/Dutch head-editor (The Time)
  • 1845 Ilya Mechnikov, Russian zoologist and bacteriologist known as the "father of natural immunity" (Nobel 1908), born in Ivanovka, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire
  • 1848 Viktor Vasnetsov, Russian painter (d. 1926)
  • 1855 Eduard von Keyserling, Baltic German writer (Dritte Stiege)
  • 1856 Lyman Frank Baum, NY, children's book author (The Wizard of Oz)
  • 1857 Williamina Fleming, Scottish-born astronomer (d. 1911)
  • 1859 Pierre Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1903)
  • 1860 Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, 1st wife of US President Woodrow Wilson
  • 1862 Arthur Schnitzler, Austrian playwright/novelist (La Ronde)
  • 1865 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion)
  • 1880 Otto Dibelius, German theologist/bishop (Confessional Church)
  • 1888 Jean Wahl, French philosopher
  • 1889 Bessie Hillman, founder (Almalgamated Clothing Workers of America)
  • 1890 Katherine Anne Porter, American novelist (Ship of Fools)
  • 1891 David Vogel, Ukraine, author (Huwelijksleven)
  • 1891 Fritz Feigl, Austrian chemist (spot tests)
  • 1891 Mikhail Bulgakov, Russian playwright/novelist (Black Snow)
  • 1893 Stanley Lupino, English comic (Cheer Up, Over She Goes), born in London (d. 1942)
  • 1895 Charles Lamont, director (Abbott & Costello Go to Mars), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1895 William D. Byron, U.S. Congressman (d. 1941)
  • 1899 Jean-Etienne Valluy, French general (d. 1970)
  • 1901 Xavier Herbert, Australian author (d. 1984)
  • 1902 Richard J Daley, (Mayor-D-Chic)
  • 1903 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Phillip Piratin, communist
  • 1907 Sukhdev Thapar, Indian freedom fighter (d. 1931)
  • 1911 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann)
  • 1911 Herta Oberheuser, Nazi doctor (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Alexis Kagame, Rwanda, priest/writer
  • 1914 Jack Pepys, immunologist
  • 1915 Paul A Samuelson, economist (1970 Nobel, 1947 John Bates Clark Medal)
  • 1915 Gus Viseur, French button accordionist (d. 1974)
  • 1920 Hugh Henry Home Popham, aviator/writer/poet
  • 1922 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian communist/sec-gen (CPI) [or May 25]
  • 1922 Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese writer and Buddhist nun
  • 1923 Richard Avedon, American photographer (1957 ASMP award)
  • 1924 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist
  • 1924 Maria Koepcke, German ornithologist (d. 1971)

  • 1925 Jos Jacobs, Flemish director (Madonna of Nedermunster)
  • 1925 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), born in Norwich, Norfolk (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Anthony Shaffer, Engish playwright (Sleuth), twin brother to Peter, born in Liverpool (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Peter Shaffer, English playwright (Equus, Amadeus), twin brother to Anthony, born in Liverpool (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Jasper Johns, painter/sculptor (Green Target), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1931 F Korthals Altes, Dutch minister of Justice (VVD)
  • 1934 David Robin Francis Guy Greville, 8th Duke of Warwick
  • 1936 Donald [Anthony] Moffitt, American sci-fi author (Jupiter Theft)
  • 1936 Paul Zindel, playwright (Effects of Gamma Rays on Marigolds)
  • 1936 Wavy Gravy, American clown and activist
  • 1936 Ralph Steadman, British cartoonist
  • 1937 Madeleine Albright, American politician and diplomat and 1st female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1938 Lenny Welch, Asbury Park NJ, (Breaking up is Hard to Do)
  • 1939 Brian Hartley, mathematician
  • 1940 Roger Ailes, American TV executive and CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1942 Anthony Wayne England, PhD/astronaut (STS 51-F), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1942 Doug Lowe, 35th Premier of Tasmania
  • 1944 Bill Alter, Missouri State Senator
  • 1945 Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, heir to the Portuguese crown
  • 1949 Frank L Culbertson Jr, Cmdr USN/astro (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1951 Frank Wilczek, American Physicist (2004 Nobel Prize), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1954 Robert P. Harrison, American thinker
  • 1957 Juan José Ibarretxe, Basque Lehendakari (Prime Minister)
  • 1963 George Heidweiler, Suriname, Dutch painter
  • 1968 Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Zara Phillips, English daughter of Princess Anne, born in London

Daughter of Princess Anne Zara Phillips
Daughter of Princess Anne
Zara Phillips