Birthdays in History on May 25

  • 1048 Emperor Shenzong of China (d. 1085)
  • 1334 Emperor Sukō, Japanese Emperor of the Northern Court (1348-51)(d. 1398)
  • 1458 Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (d. 1511)
  • 1494 Jacopo Pontormo II, Italy, painter (Sepulture of Christ)
  • 1550 Camillus de Lellis, Italian soldier/monastery founder/saint
  • 1606 Charles Garnier, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • 1661 Claude Buffier, French philosopher and historian (d. 1737)
  • 1713 John Stuart, 3rd earl of Bute, English premier (1760-63)
  • 1725 Samuel Ward, American politician (d. 1776)
  • 1729 Jean de Neufville, Dutch/US merchant (started 4th English war)
  • 1779 Henry M Baron de Kock, Dutch officer/politician
  • 1781 Ferdinand K J, archduke of Austria-Este/gov-gen (Sicily)
  • 1783 Philip Pendleton Barbour, Virginia politician and U.S. Supreme Court justice (d. 1841)

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1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist/philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1818 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian
  • 1830 Jules de Geyter, Belgian poet (International)
  • 1839 John Eliot, English meteorologist
  • 1846 Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria (d. 1923)
  • 1846 Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet and writer(d. 1900)
  • 1847 John Alexander Dowie, [Elijah the Restorer], US, evangelist
  • 1856 Louis Franchet d'Espèrey, French general (d. 1942)
  • 1860 James McKeen Cattell, American psychologist (d. 1944)
  • 1865 Frederick Augustus III, King of Saxon (1904-18)
  • 1865 John Raleigh Mott, organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946)
  • 1865 Pieter Zeeman, Dutch physicist (Zeeman effect, Nobel Prize 1902), born in Zonnemaire, Schouwen-Duiveland
  • 1879 W Maxwell Aitken lord Beaverbrook, Canada/English banker
  • 1880 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist (d. 1967)
  • 1882 Harry Fox, entertainer
  • 1886 Philip Murray, founded Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO)
  • 1886 Rash Behari Bose, leader against the British Raj in India (d. 1945)
  • 1887 Pio of Pietrelcina, Catholic saint (d. 1968)

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1889 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American pioneer of aviation in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1972)

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky
  • 1891 Robert W P Peereboom, Dutch editor in chief (Haarlem Newspaper)
  • 1894 Dirk Vansina, Flemish playwright (Verschaeve Gives Evidence)
  • 1896 Jan N Bakhuizen van den Brink, theologist/church historian
  • 1898 Bennett Cerf, publisher (Random House) panelist (What's My Line)
  • 1898 Gustav Regler, German writer, born in Merzig (d. 1963)
  • 1900 Alain Grandbois, French Canadian poet (d. 1975)

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1907 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and writer (Silent Spring), born in Springdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1964)

Marine Biologist and Writer Rachel Carson
Marine Biologist and Writer
Rachel Carson
  • 1907 U Nu, Wakema, Myaungmya District, 1st Prime Minister of Burma (1948-56, 1960-62)
  • 1908 Theodore Roethke, US, poet (Words for the Wind)
  • 1909 Alfred Kubel, German politician (d. 1999)
  • 1910 Ernest Anderson, publicist
  • 1912 Princess Dukhye of Korea (d. 1989)
  • 1913 Joseph Peter Grace, businessman
  • 1915 Daniel Wolf, journalist
  • 1916 Lou van Rees, Dutch impresario [or May 29]
  • 1923 John Weitz, spy/author/fashion designer (Friends in High Places)
  • 1927 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • 1928 Mary Tuck, social researcher/civil servant
  • 1929 David S Ruder, 23rd chairman of Security & Exchange Commission
  • 1930 Sonia Rykiel, French fashion designer, born in Paris (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Aili Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter
  • 1932 Georgi Mikhailovich Grechko, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14)
  • 1932 John Grogery Dunne, US writer (Up Close & Personal, True Confessions)
  • 1934 David J Burke, writer, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1934 Ron Nesson, press secretary (Gerald Ford)
  • 1938 Raymond Carver, poet/short story writer (Furious Season)
  • 1943 Sally Jesse Raphael, TV talk show host (Sally) [or Feb 25]
  • 1943 Wynand C Malan, South African lawyer/NP/DP-politician
  • 1944 Robert Michael Payton, pizza magnate
  • 1944 Robert MacPherson, American mathematician
  • 1945 Dave Lee Travis [David Griffin], British DJ and presenter (Top of the Pops], convicted of indecent assault, born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • 1946 Janet E[llen] Morris, US, sci-fi author (Golden Sword, Tempus)
  • 1946 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, born Rathlin Island, County Antrim (d. 1997)
  • 1946 David A. Hargrave, RPG designer
  • 1949 Jamaica Kincaid, [Elaine P Richardson], Antigua/US journalist (NYer)
  • 1952 Al Sarrantonio, American writer
  • 1952 Gordon Smith, American politician
  • 1952 Jeffrey Bewkes, American media executive
  • 1953 Jane Priest, Perth Australia, Prince Charles' lover
  • 1953 Eve Ensler, American playwright
  • 1953 Stan Sakai, Japanese-American cartoonist (Usagi Yojimbo)
  • 1954 Alison Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern (Private Parts)
  • 1955 Alistair Burt, British politician
  • 1957 Edward Lee, American writer
  • 1958 Dorothy Straight, 4 year old author (How World Begun)
  • 1958 Paul Weller, guitar (Jam-This is Modern World, Style Council)
  • 1959 Manolis Kefalogiannis, Greek politician
  • 1960 Amy Klobuchar, American politician, junior senator from Minnesota
  • 1964 Ivan Bella, Slovak cosmonaut
  • 1966 Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
  • 1967 Poppy Z. Brite, American author
  • 1969 Stacy London, American fashion consultant
  • 1970 Michael B Enyaer, writer (Pilot One)
  • 1970 Satsuki Yukino, Seiyuu
  • 1971 Marco Cappato, Italian politician
  • 1973 Daz Dillinger, American hip-hop performer
  • 1977 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ
  • 1979 Carlos Bocanegra, American footballer
  • 1987 Yves De Winter, Belgian goalkeeper
  • 1993 Dilley sextuplets, American sextuplets