Birthdays in History on May 9

  • 1147 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, born in Atsuta (d. 1199)
  • 1265 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author (Dante's Inferno, Divina Commedia), born in Florence, Republic of Florence (d. 1321)
  • 1596 Abraham van Diepenbeeck, painter
  • 1738 John Pindar, [Peter], physician/poet
  • 1783 Alexander Ross, Canada, pioneer/fur trader
  • 1785 James Pollard Espy, Penns, meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms)
  • 1793 Johannes C de Jonge, Dutch historian/archivist
  • 1796 August Pauly, German classicus (Real Encyclopedia)

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1800 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), born in Torrington, Connecticut (d. 1859)

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • 1801 Samuel Cousins, mezzotint engraver
  • 1810 Louis Gallait, historical painter
  • 1810 WFLC Marianne, princess of Orange-Nassau/daughter of king Willem I
  • 1824 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1860 J.M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), born in Kirriemuir, Angus (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Leader of Indian Independence Movement (d. 1915)

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1873 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London (d. 1939)

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1873 Lilian Mary Baylis, manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater)
  • 1873 Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)

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1882 Henry J. Kaiser, American ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), born in Sprout Brook, New York (d. 1967)

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser
  • 1882 George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • 1886 Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • 1887 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian writer
  • 1887 Sir Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan Philanthropist (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and museum director (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Zita, empress (Austria)/Queen (Hungary)
  • 1893 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist, writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman) (d. 1947)
  • 1895 Lucian Blaga, Romaniams philosopher/poet (Dogmatic Aeon)
  • 1899 Edward Pollock, saxophone/clarinet
  • 1903 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1906 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
  • 1907 Baldur von Schirach, German writer/nazi politician (Frame)
  • 1907 Kathryn Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
  • 1911 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1912 Per Imerslund, "The aryan idol" (d. 1943)
  • 1913 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, born Southcote, Bermuda (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Victor Smith, Admiral (Australian Chiefs of Staff)
  • 1914 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • 1914 Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)
  • 1915 Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
  • 1916 Cyril Bowles, bishop of Derby
  • 1918 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1920 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), born in Newbury (d. 2016)
  • 1920 William Tenn, American author
  • 1921 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), born in Forchtenberg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1924 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
  • 1924 Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
  • 1925 Peter Leng, Master General of the Ordnance
  • 1926 Alistair MacFarlane, principal (Heriot-Watt University England)
  • 1926 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • 1926 Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • 1926 Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)
  • 1927 John McDermott, Lord Justice of Appeal (Northern Ireland)
  • 1927 Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1967)
  • 1928 Ralph Goings, American painter
  • 1929 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • 1931 Vance DeVoe Brand, astro (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35), born in Longmont, Colorado
  • 1932 David Plastow, CEO (Medical Research Council)
  • 1932 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 2003)
  • 1932 J Alex McMillan, (Rep-R-NC, 1985- )
  • 1934 John Robertson, deputy chairman (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • 1934 Roy Massey, Master of Choristers (Hereford Cathedral)
  • 1935 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), born in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire (d. 1988)
  • 1937 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • 1938 Geoffrey Holland, civil servant
  • 1938 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1939 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • 1941 Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
  • 1942 John D Ashcroft, (Gov-MO)
  • 1944 Don Dannemann, rocker (Cyrkle)
  • 1948 Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • 1949 Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)
  • 1953 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • 1955 Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Fred Markham, 1st man to pedal a bike 65 mph
  • 1960 Jim Reilly, rocker (Red Rockers)
  • 1965 Ken Nomura, Japanese racing driver