Birthdays in History on May 26

  • 1264 Prince Koreyasu, Japanese shogun (d. 1326)
  • 1478 Clement VII, [Giulio de' Medici], Italy, Pope (1523-34)
  • 1566 Mehmed III, Ottoman Emperor (1595-1603)
  • 1602 Philippe de Champaigne, French painter (d. 1674)
  • 1667 Abraham De Moivre, French mathematician (De Moivre's theorem)
  • 1669 Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (d. 1722)
  • 1700 Nikolaus L earl von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, German evangelist
  • 1764 Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman (d. 1836)
  • 1771 Rahel Varnhagen von Ense-Levin, German saloon owner/author
  • 1806 Henry Knox Thatcher, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1880)
  • 1822 Edmond de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Jules de Goncourt, born in Nancy (d. 1896)
  • 1835 Edward Porter Alexander, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1859 Alfred Edward Housman, Bromsgrove England, poet (A Buried Life)
  • 1865 Akseli V Gallen-Kallela, Fins painter/graphic artist/illustrator
  • 1865 Robert W. Chambers, American artist (d. 1933)
  • 1866 John Eigenhuis, writer (Tough Workers)
  • 1867 Mary of Teck, wife of George V of the United Kingdom (d. 1953)
  • 1871 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47)
  • 1873 Cornelis G N de Vooys, translator/founder (New Taalgids)
  • 1873 Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist (d. 1958)
  • 1874 Henry Farman, French aviation pioneer (double decker)
  • 1877 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (La Mort de Sparte)
  • 1877 Sadao Araki, Japanese general/minister of War (1931-34)
  • 1890 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudes/portraits)
  • 1895 Dorothea Lange, US documentary photographer
  • 1899 Otto E Neugebauer, Austrian/US math historian
  • 1899 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal
  • 1899 Antonio Barrette, French Canadian politician (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn)
  • 1907 Jean Bernard, French physician (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Prime Minister of South Vietnam
  • 1910 Adolfo Lopez Mateos, president of Mexico
  • 1910 Laurance S Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 Janos Kádár, premier Hungary (1956-58)
  • 1913 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician
  • 1913 Robert Shaw, town planner
  • 1915 Antonia Forest, British children's author (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Henriette Roosenburg, Dutch journalist (d. 1972)
  • 1919 Peter Raleigh, English foreign correspondent and television executive, born in Barnstaple (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of the National Farmers Organization (1955-79), born in Whitesville, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Cooper Evans, (Rep-R-IA, 1981-87)
  • 1926 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian author
  • 1929 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea)
  • 1934 Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar, South African attorney/UDF-leader
  • 1938 Pauline Parker, New-Zealandic murderess
  • 1938 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • 1939 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • 1939 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • 1940 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • 1941 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • 1941 John Kaufman, sculptor
  • 1942 Ray Ennis, England, guitar (Swinging Blue Jeans-You're No Good)
  • 1946 Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian Rhythmic gymnas and coach.
  • 1947 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • 1949 Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor
  • 1949 Jeremy Corbyn, British politician (Labour Party leader 2015-), born in Chippenham, England
  • 1951 Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)
  • 1951 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician

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1951 Sally Ride, American astronaut (first American woman to go to space), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
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Sally Ride
  • 1953 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • 1954 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • 1954 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • 1955 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • 1956 Frédéric Dutoit, French politician
  • 1957 François Legault, French Canadian politician
  • 1957 Pontso S.M. Sekatle, Lesotho academic and politician
  • 1966 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Oly-1988)
  • 1967 Phil Doyle, Australian writer
  • 1968 Frederik, Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark
  • 1969 John Baird, Canadian politician
  • 1970 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist
  • 1977 Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist
  • 1982 Yoko Matsugane, Japanese model
  • 1990 Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of English princess Alexandra