Birthdays in History on May 8

  • 1326 Joanna I of Auvergne, queen of France (d. 1360)
  • 1460 Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (d. 1536)
  • 1492 Andreas Alciatus, [Giovanni Andrea-Alciato], Italian lawyer
  • 1521 Peter Canisius, [Pieter de Hondt/Kanijs], jesuit/saint
  • 1587 Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy (d. 1637)
  • 1592 Francis Quarles, English poet (Argalus & Parthenia, Emblems)
  • 1622 Claes Rålamb, Swedish statesman (d. 1698)
  • 1629 Niels Juel, Danish admiral (d. 1697)
  • 1632 Heino Heinrich Graf von Flemming, German marshal (d. 1706)
  • 1641 Nicolaas Witsen, etcher/mayor (Amsterdam)
  • 1653 Claude-Louis-Hector de Villars, Marshall of France (d. 1734)
  • 1668 Alain R Lesage, French author (Turcaret ou le Financier)
  • 1670 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier (d. 1726)
  • 1735 Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, English painter (d. 1811)

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1737 Edward Gibbon, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), born in Putney, England (d. 1794)

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon
  • 1738 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1809)
  • 1753 Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, father of Mexican independence

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1753 Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, born in West Africa (d. 1784)

  • 1763 John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman
  • 1786 Thomas Hancock, British engineer, founded British rubber industry, born in Malborough, Wilshire (d. 1865)
  • 1786 Jean Vianney, French Catholic priest (d. 1859)
  • 1810 James Cooper, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Frederick County, Maryland (d. 1863)
  • 1814 Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin, anarchist
  • 1821 William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1885)
  • 1824 William Walker, filibuster/president of Nicaragua (1856-57)
  • 1825 George Bruce Malleson, Indian officer (d. 1898)
  • 1828 Henri Dunant, Swiss humanitarian, Founder of Red Cross (Nobel 1901), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1910)
  • 1828 Sharbel Makhluf, Lebanese monk (d. 1898)
  • 1833 Frank Wheaton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1903)
  • 1836 Bryan Morel Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1905)
  • 1839 Francis W Warre-Cornish, English vice-provost of Eton/writer
  • 1842 Emil C Hansen, Danish physiologist
  • 1855 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1858 John Meade Falkner, novelist (Moonfleet)
  • 1859 Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician (d. 1925)
  • 1882 Philips C Visser, Dutch explorer/diplomat

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1884 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (D - 1945-53), born in Lamar, Missouri (d. 1972)

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman
  • 1895 Edmund Wilson, American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)
  • 1895 Fulton J Sheen, El Paso Ill, bishop (Life is Worth Living)
  • 1895 Jose Gomez, [Joselito el Gallo], bullfighter
  • 1895 James H. "Dutch" Kindelberger, American aerospace pioneer (d. 1962)
  • 1899 Jan F van Hall, Dutch sculptor/resistance fighter
  • 1899 [Friedrich] August von Hayek, Aust/British economist (Road to Serfdom)
  • 1902 Andre Michel Lwoff, physiologist
  • 1906 Roberto Rossellini, director (Open City), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1911 Wilhelm F de Gaay Fortman, Dutch lawyer/foreign minister
  • 1912 George Woodcock, author
  • 1912 Gertrud Fussenegger, [Dorn], Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende)
  • 1914 Lord Murton, of Lindisfrarne, deputy chairman (Comm House of Lords)
  • 1914 Romain Gary, Polish writer (d. 1980)
  • 1916 Gordon Scarrott, engineer

  • 1916 João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • 1916 Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist (d. 1993)

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1919 Mordecai Anielewicz, Jewish commander of Warsaw ghetto uprising, born in Wyszków, Second Polish Republic (d. 1943)

Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Mordecai Anielewicz
Leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Mordecai Anielewicz
  • 1920 Maurice Cranston, political scientist
  • 1920 Sloan Wilson, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannal, born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1920 Tom of Finland [Touko Laaksonen], Finnish fetish artist, born in Helsinki (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Graham Leonard, Bishop of London
  • 1922 Brian Kellett, CEO (Port of London Authority)
  • 1924 Tristan Jones, British sailor and author, born off Tristan da Cunha (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Ali Hassan Mwinyi, president of Tanzania (1985- )
  • 1925 Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle, lord of appeal in ordinary
  • 1926 Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
  • 1926 Ronald Waterhouse, British high court judge (d.2011)
  • 1927 Ian Denholm, CEO (Murray Investment Trust)
  • 1927 Philip Wilkinson, deputy chairman (National Westminster Bank)
  • 1928 Theodore Sorenson, presidential advisor (JFK)/author (1000 Days)
  • 1929 V N M Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
  • 1929 Claude Castonguay, Quebec politician
  • 1930 Alex L. Shigo, Duquesne Pennsylvania, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist known for his study of tree decay and contributions to modern arboricultural practices
  • 1932 Julieta Campos, Cuban-Mexican writer (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Alistair Service, writer/publisher
  • 1934 Leonard Hoffmann, high court judge
  • 1934 Roger Kendrick, governor (Dartmoor Prison)
  • 1935 Viscount Falkland, British peer (Lib-Dem)
  • 1936 Neville Purvis, British vice admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
  • 1937 Daniel Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
  • 1937 Dennis DeConcini, (Sen-D-AZ, 1977- )
  • 1937 Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
  • 1937 Thomas Pynchon, American novelist (V, Gravity's Rainbow), born in Glen Cove, New York
  • 1937 Carlos Gaviria Díaz, Colombian politician
  • 1938 Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran
  • 1938 Jean Giraud, French comic artist (Alien, Tron), born in Val-de-Marne, French (d. 2012)
  • 1940 James Blyth, CEO (Boots)

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1940 Peter Benchley, American novelist (Jaws, The Deep), born in NYC, New York (d. 2006)

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • 1940 Irwin Cotler, Canadian politician
  • 1941 James A Traficant Jr, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1985-2002), born in Youngstown, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1941 John Fred [Gourrier], American performer (Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)
  • 1942 Norman Lamont, MP/Chancellor of Exchequer
  • 1942 Ruth Holland, journalist
  • 1944 Gary Glitter, [Paul Gadd], England, rocker (Rock & Roll Part II)
  • 1945 Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, jurist (Holland's secret service)
  • 1946 André Boulerice, Quebec politician
  • 1947 Phil Sawyer, rocker (Spencer Davis Group)
  • 1947 H. Robert Horvitz, Nobel laureate
  • 1948 John Reid, British politician (L), born in Bellshill, Scotland
  • 1952 Charles J Camarda, American PhD/astronaut, born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Bill de Blasio, American politician and NYC Mayor (2013-), born in Manhattan, New York
  • 1963 Clemens Lothaller, Austrian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)
  • 1963 Izabela Kloc, Polish politician
  • 1963 Terry Christian, British radio presenter
  • 1963 Robin Jarvis, British writer
  • 1968 Johan Pehrson, Swedish politician
  • 1968 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), born in The Bronx New York (d. 2012)
  • 1972 Keelin Curnuck, Miss New York USA (1996)/Ms Venus Swimwear (1994)
  • 1973 Hiromu Arakawa, Japanese artist
  • 1974 Jon Tickle, English entertainer
  • 1980 Benny Yau, Canadian entertainer