Birthdays in History on May 21

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120 BC Aurelia Cotta, Mother of Julius Caesar, born in Rome (d. 54 BC)

Mother of Julius Caesar Aurelia Cotta
Mother of Julius Caesar
Aurelia Cotta
  • 1471 Albrecht Durer, Nornberg Germany, Renaissance painter/print maker

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1527 Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98) and Portugal (1580-98), born in Valladolid, Spain (d. 1598)

King of Spain Philip II
King of Spain
Philip II
  • 1653 Eleonora Maria Josefa of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1697)

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1688 Alexander Pope, English poet (Rape of the Lock, translation of Homer) (d. 1744), born in London, England

  • 1755 Alfred Moore, American judge (d. 1810)
  • 1763 Joseph Fouché, French statesman (d. 1820)
  • 1775 Lucien Bonaparte, prince of Canino/Musignano

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1780 Elizabeth Fry, English prison reformer, social reformer and Quaker Minister who is depicted on the British £5 note, born in Norwich, England (d. 1845)

English Social Reformer Elizabeth Fry
English Social Reformer
Elizabeth Fry
  • 1792 Gaspard-Gustave Coriolis, French scientist (d. 1843)
  • 1796 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Annapolis, (d. 1876)
  • 1799 Mary Anning, Lyme Regis, Dorset, British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist (Jurassic marine fossil beds of Lyme Regis in Dorset)
  • 1821 John F Loudon, Dutch entrepreneur/colonial director
  • 1822 Dabney Herndon Maury, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1900)
  • 1822 Mosby Monroe Parsons, United States officer in the Mexican–American War and brigadier general of the Confederate States Army, born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1865)
  • 1825 George Lafayette Beal, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1826 Danillo II, ruler of Montenegro
  • 1827 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (d. 1899)
  • 1832 Elizabeth Storrs Mead, American educator (d. 1917)
  • 1835 Newton Martin Curtis, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1835 František Chvostek, Moravian physician (d. 1884)
  • 1843 Charles-Albert Gobat, Tramelan, Switzerland, Swiss politician, recipient of the 1902 Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1914)
  • 1843 Louis Renault, French lawyer
  • 1850 Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (d. 1914)
  • 1851 Leon Bourgeois, France, politician, internationalist (Nobel 1920)
  • 1853 Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac, French politician (d. 1905)
  • 1855 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian poet/writer (Les Flammes Hautes)
  • 1858 Jose Battle Ordonez, Uruguay, politician
  • 1860 Willam Einthoven, Dutch physiologist/inventor (electrocardiograph)
  • 1864 Princess Stephanie of Belgium (d. 1945)
  • 1872 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1873 Emil Ermatinger, Switz, literature historian
  • 1873 Everard Verachtert, Flemish translator (I speak beschaafd Dutch)
  • 1873 Hans Berger, German neuroscientist (d. 1941)
  • 1878 Glenn Hammond Curtiss, US, inventor (hydroplane)
  • 1878 Louis L H de Visser, Dutch MP (CPN)
  • 1880 Tudor Arghezi, Romanian writer (d. 1967)
  • 1884 Manuel Pérez y Curis, Uruguayan poet (d. 1920)
  • 1885 Sophie of Schönburg-Waldenburg, wife of Prince William of Wied (d. 1936)
  • 1892 John Peale Bishop, US poet (This Side of Paradise)
  • 1898 Armand Hammer, American millionaire industrialist (Occidental Petroleum), born in NYC, New York
  • 1901 Suzanne Lilar, [Verbist], France/Belgian writer (Le burlador)
  • 1902 Marcel Lajos Breuer, Hungarian-born architect (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier (1953..7)
  • 1903 Manly Wade Wellman, Angola, sci-fi author (After Dark, Devil's Planet)
  • 1903 Pedro Aramburu, president Argentina
  • 1909 Guy de Rothschild, French banker
  • 1909 François-Albert Angers, Quebec economist (d. 2003)
  • 1912 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (d. 1986)
  • 1916 Harold Robbins, American author (Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers, Betsy), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Joseph Janni, producer
  • 1916 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), born in Singapore (d. 2017)
  • 1917 Heather Swift, local councillor
  • 1917 Jean-Louis Curtis, French writer (Just Causes)
  • 1917 Ronald John Bilsland Colville, businessman
  • 1918 Leonard Mullens, rubber physicist
  • 1919 Lord Maxwell, senator/prof (college of Justice Scotland)
  • 1919 Mark Wood, bishop (Ludlow)

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1921 Andrei Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist and an activist for disarmament, peace and human rights (1975 Nobel), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1989)

Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident Andrei Sakharov
Nuclear Physicist & Soviet Dissident
Andrei Sakharov
  • 1923 Armand Borel, Swiss mathematician (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Robert Creeley, Mass, poet/novelist (Island)
  • 1927 George Levy, antique dealer/heritage campaigner
  • 1929 Robert Welch, designer/silversmith (Robert Welch flatware)
  • 1930 David Smith, principal/vice chancellor (Edinburgh University)

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1930 Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia (Liberal, 1975-83), born in Toorak, Victoria

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • 1930 Stanley Wells, director (Shakespeare Institute U of Birmingham)
  • 1931 George Vassiliou, president of Cyprus (1988-93)
  • 1932 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, born in Darmstadt (d. 2015)
  • 1932 John Armitage, principal (College of St Hilda & St Bede Durham)
  • 1934 Phillip King, British sculptor
  • 1934 Bengt I. Samuelsson, Swedish biochemist, Nobel laureate
  • 1936 Ama Samy, Burma, Jesuit priest/Zen teacher/disciple of Yamada Koun
  • 1936 Dipak Nandy, founder (Runnymead Trust)
  • 1936 Abdul Taib Mahmud, 4th Chief Minister of Sarawak (1981-2014) and 7th Governor of Sarawak (2014-), born in Miri, Kingdom of Sarawak
  • 1938 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, born in Basel (d. 2014)
  • 1941 Anatoli Semyonovich Levchenko, USSR, cosmonaut (TM-4)
  • 1942 David Hunt, British Conservative politician, born in Glyn Ceiriog, Wales
  • 1942 Robert C Springer, Col USMC/astronaut (STS-29, STS-38), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1944 Janet Dailey, US, author
  • 1944 Manual Pina, fashion designer
  • 1944 Mary Robinson, President of Republic of Ireland (Labour, 1990- )
  • 1945 Ernst Willi Messerschmid, Reutlingen Germany, astronaut (STS 22)
  • 1949 Andrew Nell, editor (Sunday Times)
  • 1957 Bruce Buffer, American Mixed Martial Arts Announcer
  • 1957 Nadine Dorries, British politician
  • 1958 Jefery Levy, American television director
  • 1958 Sabine Bischoff, Tauberbischofsheim, Germany, fencer (Oly Gld 1984), (d. 2013)
  • 1959 Brisn Lenihan, Jnr, Irish politician and minister, born in Dublin (d. 2011)

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1960 Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1994)

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1961 Tim Lever, keyboard/sax (Dead or Alive-You Spin Me Round)
  • 1963 Richard Appel, American writer
  • 1968 Matthias Ungemach, German rower
  • 1974 Fairuza Balk (The Craft, Gas Food Lodging)
  • 1979 James Clancy Phelan, Australian novelist
  • 1979 Jamie Hepburn, Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • 1979 Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1984 Brandon Fields, National Football League punter
  • 1985 Frustaci Septuplets, California, Patricia Frustaci gives birth to 7