Birthdays in History on May 27

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1332 Ibn Khaldūn, North African Islamic scholar, philosopher and historian (Muqaddimah), born in Tunis (d. 1406)

Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian Ibn Khaldūn
Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian
Ibn Khaldūn
  • 1519 Girolamo Mei, Italian historian (d. 1594)
  • 1576 Caspar Schoppe, German scholar (d. 1649)
  • 1595 Benedictus Carpzovius, [Benedikt Carpzov], German lawyer
  • 1601 Antoine Daniel, Jesuit missionary and martyr (d. 1648)
  • 1623 William Petty, English scientist and philosopher (d. 1687)
  • 1626 William II, prince of Orange/stadholder
  • 1651 Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French cardinal (d. 1729)
  • 1652 Elisabeth C "Liselotte" van de Palts, German/French duchess of Orleans
  • 1738 Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (d. 1796)
  • 1756 Maximilian I Jozef, King of Bavaria
  • 1774 Francis Beaufort, admiral/hydrographer (Beaufort wind force scale)
  • 1794 Cornelius Vanderbilt, millionaire (B & O railroad)
  • 1815 Henry Parkes, British journalist/premier of Australia
  • 1818 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragette known for her pantaloons
  • 1819 Julia Ward Howe, American author/lecturer (Battle Hymn of the Republic)
  • 1820 Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess and socialite (d. 1904)
  • 1823 John Gray Foster, American Major General (Union Army), born in Whitefield, New Hampshire (d. 1874)
  • 1827 Samuel F. Miller, American politician (d. 1892)
  • 1836 Edwin Gray Lee, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1870)
  • 1836 Jay Gould, US railroad executive, financier

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1837 "Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, born in Troy Grove, Illinois (d. 1876)

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • 1837 Robert Frederick Hoke, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1912)
  • 1837 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter (d. 1887)
  • 1839 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author/critic (Roccaverdina)
  • 1850 Thomas Neill Cream, serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1892)
  • 1854 Georges Eekhoud, Belgian writer (Jeune Belgium)
  • 1860 Manuel Teixeira Gomes, 7th President of Portugal (d. 1941)
  • 1861 Victoria E Matthews, educator
  • 1864 Ante Trumbić, Croatian politician (d. 1938)
  • 1867 Arnold Bennett, Hanley Staffordshire, English novelist/playwright/critic (Great Babylon)
  • 1871 Georges-Henri Rouault, Fr expressionist painter (Miserere et Guerre)
  • 1874 Richard von Schaukal, Austria poet/writer (Eros Thanatos)
  • 1876 Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski, Polish writer (d. 1945)
  • 1879 Hans Lammers, German SS officer (d. 1962)
  • 1881 Rudolf Pannwitz, German writer
  • 1887 Emiel van der Straeten, Flemish playwright (Sudanese legends)
  • 1887 Erich Kuttner, German journalist/historian (Vorwarts)
  • 1893 Hermann Dörnemann, German supercentarian (d. 2005)
  • 1894 Dashiell Hammett, Maryland, detective novelist (Sam Spade, Maltese Falcon)
  • 1894 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), born in Courbevoie, Seine, France (d. 1961)
  • 1897 John Douglas Cockroft, English physicist (Radar, Nobel 1951)
  • 1900 Uładzimir Zylka, Belarusian poet (d. 1933)
  • 1901 Conrad Elvehjem, McFarland, Wisconsin, USA, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin)
  • 1906 Robert Shone, director-general (NEDC)

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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 Rachel Louise Carson, biologist/ecologist/writer (Silent Spring)
  • 1908 Alex Brown, snooker player
  • 1908 Melle J Oldeboerrigter, [Melle], Dutch painter/cartoonist
  • 1910 Daniel Greenway, CEO (Daniel Greenway & Sons)
  • 1911 Hubert Humphrey, (Sen-D-Minn) 38th VP (1965-69), 1968 Presidential candidate

  • 1911 Torolf Elster, Norwegian journalist/writer (Frihet och demokrati)
  • 1911 Teddy Kollek, Austrian-born Israeli politician (d. 2007)
  • 1912 John Cheever, writer (Wapshot Chronicle)
  • 1913 Arthur Mervyn Stockwood, bishop (Southwark England)
  • 1913 Wolfgang Schulze, [Wols], German cartoonist/painter
  • 1914 Lord Erroll of Hale, British minister
  • 1914 Rose Stainton, CEO (British Airways)
  • 1915 Herman Wouk, American novelist (Caine Mutiny, Winds of War), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Norman Griggs, VP (Building Society Association)
  • 1918 Yasuhiro Nakasone, premier of Japan (1982-87)
  • 1920 Michael Webster, CEO (DRG)
  • 1920 William Crawshay, Lord-Lt of Gwent
  • 1921 Caryl Chessman, kidnapper who got death penalty (1960)
  • 1922 Sidney AK Keyes, English poet (Iron Laurel)

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1923 Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State (1973-77) and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973, born in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 1923 Lord Freyberg, British Colonel of General Staff
  • 1923 Sumner Redstone, American entrepreneur
  • 1923 Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Graz Austria, Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • 1925 John Moberly, diplomat
  • 1925 Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere, English press magnate (The Mail on Sunday), born in London, England (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Tony Hillerman, American writer
  • 1927 Bryan Cowgill, deputy chairman (Mirror Group)
  • 1927 Jan Blokker, Dutch writer/journalist (VPRO, People's Newspaper)
  • 1930 John Barth, novelist (Sot-Weed Factor)
  • 1930 William S Sessions, Arkansas, director of FBI
  • 1931 Florence Sharples, director (British YWCA)
  • 1931 John Chapple, British chief of General Staff
  • 1931 James Wilson, criminologist ('Zero Tolerance' policing), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Ted Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur
  • 1934 Harlan [Jay] Ellison, American sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Doomsman, Babylon 5)
  • 1936 Benjamin Bathurst, vice chief of British Defense Staff
  • 1936 Eric Anderson, headmaster (Eton)
  • 1936 Lord Holme, president British Liberal Party
  • 1936 Marcel Masse, Canadian politician
  • 1939 Earl Cairns, CEO (S G Warburg & Co)
  • 1939 Socratis Kokkalis, Greek businessman
  • 1941 Adriaan Venema, Dutch journalist/author (Mussert)
  • 1941 Allan Carr, Ill, director (Grease, Happiest Millionaire)
  • 1942 Roger Freeman, British minister of transport
  • 1942 Lee Baca, American law enforcement official
  • 1944 Christopher J Dodd, (Gov/Sen-D-CT, 1981- )
  • 1947 Peter DeFazio, (Rep-D-Oregon)
  • 1948 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-8, T-14, TM-7)
  • 1951 Norma Jean Almodovar, American author (Cop to Call Girl) and sex worker activist, born in Binghampton, New York
  • 1954 Pauline Hanson, Australian politician
  • 1956 Cynthia McFadden, American television anchor
  • 1957 Siouxsie Sioux, [Susan Ballion], Kent England (Siouxsie & Banshees)
  • 1962 Steven Brill, American film writer and director
  • 1968 Rebekah Brooks, English journalist (implicated in News International phone hacking scandal), born in Warrington, England
  • 1970 Tim Farron, British politician
  • 1971 Wayne Carey, Australian rules footballer
  • 1971 Kaur Kender, Estonian author
  • 1971 Glenn Ross, Northern Irish strongman
  • 1976 RJD2, American hip-hop producer
  • 1984 Kalle Spjuth, Swedish bandy player