Birthdays in History on November 18

  • 1522 Lamoral, Count of Egmont, Flemish general and statesman (d. 1568)
  • 1527 Luca Cambiaso, Italian painter/sculptor
  • 1584 Gaspar de Crayer, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp
  • 1630 Eleanor Gonzaga, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire (d. 1686)
  • 1727 Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist (d. 1773)
  • 1774 Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (d. 1837)
  • 1785 David Wilkie, British artist (d. 1841)

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1787 Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], African-American abolitionist and feminist, born in Swartekill, New York (d. 1883)

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth

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1787 Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (daguerreotype), born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France (d. 1851)

Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre
Photographer and Inventor
Louis-Jacques Daguerre
  • 1803 Cornelius Broere, Dutch priest/poet
  • 1804 Alfonso Ferrero la Marmora, Italian general and statesman (d. 1878)
  • 1810 Asa Gray, botanist (Flora of North America), born in Sauquoit, New York
  • 1810 Benjamin Stone Roberts, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Manchester, Vermont (d. 1875)
  • 1812 Jesse Johnson Finley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1904)
  • 1824 Franz Sigel, German teacher, newspaperman, politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Sinsheim, Baden, Germany (d. 1902)
  • 1824 Isham Nicholas Hayne, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Dover, Tennessee (d. 1868)
  • 1832 Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Swedish explorer (d. 1901)
  • 1835 Americus Vespucius Rice, American politician, banker, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perrysville, Ohio (d. 1904)
  • 1835 Cesare Lombroso, Italian psychiatrist/criminologist

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1836 William Schwenck Gilbert, English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator (Gilbert & Sullivan), born in London, England

English Dramatist William Schwenck Gilbert
English Dramatist
William Schwenck Gilbert
  • 1839 August A Kundt, German physicist (sound vibration, test of Kundt)
  • 1845 John F Mellaerts, Flemish social worker (1st Belgian farm gilde)
  • 1846 Aloys, Liechtenstein nobleman/politician
  • 1856 Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia (d. 1929)
  • 1861 Dorothy Dix, pseudonym of US journalist Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer (d. 1951)
  • 1863 Richard Dehmel, writer
  • 1869 James E Sullivan, founder (Amateur Athletic Union)
  • 1874 Carrie White, oldest US woman (dies Nov 1990 at 116)
  • 1874 Clarence Shepard Day, American author (Life with Father), born in NYC, New York
  • 1877 Arthur C Pigou, English economist (Wealth & welfare)
  • 1882 Jacques Maritain, French Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas)
  • 1882 Wyndham Lewis, English author/painter (Tarr, Apes of God)
  • 1883 Carl Vinson, U.S. Congressman (d. 1981)
  • 1889 Maria Realino, [Frederikus Janssen], teacher (Botany of Curacao)
  • 1897 Patrick M S Blackett, British physicist (nuclear reaction, Nobel 1948)
  • 1898 Joris Ivens, Nijmegen Netherlands, director (Rain)
  • 1900 Constantin Alajalov, Russian artist (Ditters & Jitters)
  • 1900 Howard Thurman, theologian/author (Deep River, Deep in the Hunger)
  • 1900 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American Chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project), but later opposed nuclear weapons, born in Kiev, Ukraine

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1901 George Gallup, American survey sampling pioneer and inventor of the Gallup poll, born in Jefferson, Iowa (d. 1984)

Inventor of the Gallup Poll George Gallup
Inventor of the Gallup Poll
George Gallup
  • 1902 Jorgen Nielsen, Danish author (regional novels)
  • 1904 Theodore DN Besterman, British bibliographer
  • 1904 Jean Paul Lemieux, Quebec painter (d. 1990)

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1906 George Wald, American physiologist and biologist (eye, Nobel 1967), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • 1906 Klaus Mann, German/US author (Mephisto)/son of Thomas Mann
  • 1906 Alec Issigonis, Greek-British car designer (d. 1988)
  • 1907 Halldis Vesaas-Moren, Norwegian author/poetess
  • 1908 Imogene Coca, comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1910 Friedrich Weinreb, Polish/Neth theologist/economist
  • 1911 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Jaap Meijer, [Saul van Messel], Dutch historian/rabbi in Paramaribo

  • 1918 Tasker Watkins, Welsh World War II hero (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Alfred William Bedford, test pilot
  • 1920 Mustafa Khalil, Prime Minister of Egypt (d. 2008)
  • 1922 Luis Somoza Debayle, President of Nicaragua (1956-63), born in León, Nicaragua (d. 1967)
  • 1922 Viktor Afanasiev, editor (Pravda)
  • 1922 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Alan B Shepard Jr, East Derry NH, Rear Adm USN/astro (Merc 3, Ap 14)
  • 1923 Ted Stevens, American politician
  • 1924 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Scottish jurist (d. 2000)
  • 1926 Kim Besly, Peace activist (Greenham Common) (d. 1996)
  • 1929 William Joseph "Pete" Knight, astronaut/test pilot (X-15)
  • 1934 Vassilis Vassilikos, Greek writer and ambassador
  • 1935 Frank Joseph Kofsky, teacher/writer
  • 1935 Rudolf Bahro, German dissident (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Rodney Hall, Australian author
  • 1939 John Cheek, Falkland Islands advocate

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1939 Margaret Atwood, Canadian author/poet, born in Ottawa, Ontario

  • 1940 Qaboos bin Sa'id, Sultan of Oman
  • 1942 Linda Evans, actress (Dynasty, Big Valley, Beach Blanket Bingo), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1945 Wilma Mankiller, Native American activist, 1st woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma (d. 2010)
  • 1946 Alan Dean Foster, American sci-fi author (Midworld, Flinx in Flux)
  • 1948 Ural Nazibovich Sultanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1951 Mark N Brown, Valparaiso In, Major USAF/astronaut (STS 28, 48, 66)
  • 1951 Justin Raimondo, American author
  • 1952 Peter Beattie, Australian politician
  • 1953 Alan Moore, British comic book writer and novelist
  • 1954 Guy Innes-Ker duke of Roxburghe, English large landowner
  • 1957 Seán Mac Falls, Irish-born poet
  • 1957 J.C. Watts (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma's 4th district, in office Jan 3, 1995 - Jan 3, 2003
  • 1962 Vladimir Vladimirovich Karashtin, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1966 Jorge Camacho, Spanish poet
  • 1970 Megyn Kelly, American television news anchor
  • 1983 Jon Johansen, Norwegian software developer
  • 1985 Christian Siriano, American fashion designer