Birthdays in History on May 5

  • 867 Uda, Emperor of Japan (d. 931)
  • 1210 King Afonso III of Portugal (d. 1279)
  • 1352 Ruprecht, Roman catholic German king
  • 1479 Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru (d. 1574)
  • 1546 Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician (d. 1623)
  • 1557 Emmanuel-Philibert van Lalaing, baron of Montigny/marquis of Renty
  • 1635 Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscret)

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1747 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1792)

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II
Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II
  • 1764 Robert Craufurd, British general (d. 1812)
  • 1800 Louis Hachette, French publisher (Librairie Hachette)
  • 1804 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise)
  • 1813 Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher (d. 1855)
  • 1815 Eugene-Marin Labiche, French playwright
  • 1817 George Washington Julian, MC (Union), (d. 1899)

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1818 Karl Marx, Trier, German philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), born in Trier, Prussia (d. 1883)

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx
  • 1823 James Allen Hardie, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1876)
  • 1826 Eugenie M de Montijo y de Guzman, Empress of France
  • 1830 John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer (d. 1906)
  • 1832 H H Bancroft, historian, publisher (History of Pacific States)
  • 1833 Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer/explorer
  • 1834 Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter (d. 1873)
  • 1835 Leopold II, Belgian crown prince, baptized
  • 1846 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Poland, author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905)
  • 1849 Hambletonian, Chester NY, greatest standardbred horse
  • 1862 Max Elskamp, Belgian author/poet (Lesson Joies Blondes, Maya)
  • 1863 Frederik A Stoett, linguist (Dutch Proverbs)
  • 1865 Nellie Bly, [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
  • 1866 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (d. 1938)
  • 1879 Symon Petlyura, leader Ukraine (pogroms)
  • 1882 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist
  • 1883 Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Wang Tjing-Wei, premier China (1932-35)
  • 1885 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State)
  • 1887 Estelle Hemsley, Boston MA
  • 1887 Lord Geoffrey Fisher of Lambeth, archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1890 Christopher Morley, author (Kitty Foil)
  • 1900 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)
  • 1900 Dennis Gabor, electrical engineer and physicist, Nobel Prize winner
  • 1903 James Beard, US, culinary expert/author (Delights & Prejudices)
  • 1905 Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National/Black Front
  • 1905 Robert Houben, Belgian CVP-minister of Public health (1958)
  • 1907 Kenneth Muir, English scholar
  • 1908 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2002)
  • 1908 Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Miklos Radnoti, writer
  • 1910 William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WW II)
  • 1911 Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, specialist in tropical medicine
  • 1912 W Fenton Morley, preacher
  • 1915 Richard H Rovere, Jersey City, journalist (Goldwater Caper)
  • 1916 Zail Singh, President of India (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • 1920 John Hidalgo Moya, architect/designer (Skylon)

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1921 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1999)

  • 1923 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Buenos Aires, director (Monday's Child)
  • 1925 Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)
  • 1925 Mykola Plaviuk, Rusiv, Poland, Ukranian president (1978-81), (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Michael James Adams, USAF pilot (X-15)
  • 1931 Greg, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d, 1999)
  • 1937 Rob Van Gennep, publisher
  • 1938 Jerzy Skolimowski, director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1939 James R Jones, (Rep-D-OK, 1973- )
  • 1945 Kurt Loder, Entertainment reporter
  • 1955 Robert Feld, Nashville Tn, National Scrabble Champion (1990)
  • 1958 Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action.
  • 1963 Simon Rimmer, English chef
  • 1970 Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
  • 1970 Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist
  • 1970 Soheil Ayari, French racer
  • 1972 Janelle Lynn Canady, Miss Alaska USA (1996)
  • 1982 Randall Gay, National Football League player
  • 1983 Scott Ware, American footballer
  • 1988 Jessica Dubroff, American aviator (d. 1996)
  • 1990 Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, American daughter of Caroline, born in NYC, New York