Birthdays in History on May 18

  • 1048 Omar Khayyám, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher (d. 1131)
  • 1186 Konstantin of Rostov, Prince of Novgorod (d. 1218)
  • 1474 Isabella d'Este, Marquise of Mantua (d. 1539)
  • 1610 Stefano della Bella, Italian printmaker (d. 1664)
  • 1662 George Smalridge, English bishop of Bristol (d. 1719)
  • 1692 Joseph Butler, theologian, born in Wantage Berkshire
  • 1711 Ruggiero G Boscovich, [Rudzer J Boskovic], Italian astronomer
  • 1778 Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (d. 1854)
  • 1785 John Wilson, Scottish writer (d. 1854)
  • 1788 Hugh Clapperton, Annan Scotland, African explorer
  • 1797 Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony (1836-54)
  • 1798 Ethan Allen Hitchcock, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1870)
  • 1815 Thomas Stanhope Bocock, rep (Confederacy), (d. 1891)
  • 1817 James William Denver, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • 1850 Oliver Heaviside, physicist (predicted ionosphere), born in London, England
  • 1851 James Budd, Governor of California (d. 1908)
  • 1852 Gertrude Käsebier, pioneering American photgrapher, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1862 Freiherr Albert von Schrenk-Notzing, German para-psychologist
  • 1864 Jan P Veth, Bayern, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer/art historian
  • 1865 William Heinemann, England, publisher (Chemical Instrumental)

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1868 Nicholas II Alexandrovich, Last tsar of Russia (1894-1917), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)

  • 1869 Ruprecht, crown prince of Bavaria/general-fieldmarshall
  • 1871 Franiska zu Reventlow, writer
  • 1872 Bertrand Russell, England, mathematician/philosopher (Nobel 1950)
  • 1883 Walter Gropius, architect (Bauhaus school of design), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1885 Eurico Gaspar Dutra, president of Brazil (1945-50)
  • 1887 Ernst Wiechert, writer
  • 1889 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), born Fljótsdalur, Iceland (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Thomas Midgley, American chemist and inventor (d. 1944)
  • 1891 Rudolf Carnap, philosopher (German Logical Positivist)
  • 1896 Walter Fitzgerald, Keyhan Devonport England
  • 1898 Juan J Domenchina, Spanish poet/interpreter (sombra desterrada)
  • 1900 Sarah Miriam Peale, US, portrait painter (Gen Lafayette-1825)
  • 1901 Vincent du Vigneaud, US biochemist
  • 1904 Jacob K Javits, (Sen-R-NY)
  • 1907 Robley D Evans, nuclear physicist
  • 1907 Carl Mydans, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian
  • 1911 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer
  • 1912 Richard Brooks, director (Blackboard Jungle, In Cold Blood), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1914 Anthony Fell, British MP
  • 1914 Boris Christoff, Bulgaria/Italian bass (Boris Godunov)
  • 1914 Pierre A Balmain, France, fashion designer (1940's "New Look")
  • 1915 Leon Shenandoah, native American leader
  • 1917 Charles Wintour, journalist
  • 1918 George Welch, American pilot and war hero (d. 1954)
  • 1919 Margot Fonteyn, Surrey England, prima ballerina (Giselle)

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1920 John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla], 264th Roman Catholic Pope (1978-2005), born in Wadowice, Poland (d. 2005)

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  • 1921 Anthony Epstein, FRS/pathologist
  • 1922 GMcC Kitson, British principal (Central School of Speech/Drama)
  • 1922 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Richard Body, British politician (C), born in Eton, Buckinghamshire
  • 1928 G R Hall, nuclear scientist
  • 1928 P G Hammersley, British Rear-Admiral
  • 1929 Johan N Block, aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia/Air Holland)
  • 1929 Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (C) (1964-1987), born in London
  • 1930 Barbara Goldsmith, author (Little Gloria Happy At Last), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • 1930 Don Leslie Lind, Midvale Utah, astronaut (STS 51-B)
  • 1930 Fred[erick Thomas] Saberhagen, US, sci-fi author (Book of Swords)
  • 1930 Geoffrey Littler, CEO (County NatWest Group)
  • 1930 Warren B Rudman, (Sen-R-NH, 1980- )
  • 1931 Don Martin, American cartoonist (d. 2000)
  • 1932 John Clement, chairman (Unigate Group)
  • 1933 Bernadette Chirac, French politician
  • 1937 Jacques Santer, Pres (European Commission)
  • 1938 Janet Fish, Boston USA, American realist artist
  • 1939 Patrick Cormack, British politician (C), born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire
  • 1939 Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate (d. 1992)
  • 1939 Gordon O'Connor, Canadian politician
  • 1940 A Marshall Stoneham, FRS, physicist
  • 1941 M S Longair, astronomer
  • 1942 Keith Hellawell, Chief Constable (West Yorkshire)
  • 1942 Simon Isaacs, 4th Marquess of Reading, English aristocrat, banker and philanthropist
  • 1944 Peter Ryan, British national director (Police Training)
  • 1944 W. G. Sebald, German-born writer (d. 2001)
  • 1945 John Richard Patterson, businessman
  • 1945 Maarten van Traa, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1946 Frank Hsieh, former Premier of Taiwan
  • 1947 John Bruton, Prime Minister (Republic of Ireland)
  • 1949 Stuart Gannes, writer (Fortune), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1950 Thomas Gottschalk, Bamberg Germany, (Telespiele)
  • 1952 Diane E[lizabeth] Duane, US, sci-fi author (Door into Fire)
  • 1952 Martin R Hoke, (Rep-R-Ohio)
  • 1952 Jeana Yeager, American aviator
  • 1953 Helen Chadwick, artist
  • 1962 Mike Darnell, American television executive
  • 1971 Desiree Horton, American helicopter pilot/television reporter
  • 1975 John Higgins, Scottish snooker player
  • 1975 Peter Iwers, Swedish bass player (In Flames)
  • 1980 Aileen Campbell, Scottish Politician