Birthdays in History on November 21

  • 1495 John Bale, England, bishop/anti-catholic playwright (Kynge Johan)
  • 1561 Carolus Scribani, Italian/Flemish jesuit/author
  • 1567 Anne de Xainctonge, French saint (d. 1621)
  • 1637 Catharina Questiers, Dutch poetess (Friend of Abandoned Child)
  • 1692 Carlo Fragoni, Italian poet

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1694 Voltaire [Francois-Marie Arouet], French writer, philosopher and playwright (Candide), born in Paris (d. 1778)

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • 1724 John Ekels, the Old, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist
  • 1729 Josiah Bartlett, US physician/judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1768 Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologist/philosopher

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1785 William Beaumont, American surgeon and father of gastric physiology, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1853)

  • 1787 Samuel Cunard, founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
  • 1811 Zeng Guofan, Chinese military (d. 1872)
  • 1817 Richard B. Garnett, Confederate Brigadier General, born in Essex County, Virginia (d. 1863)
  • 1824 Hieronymus Theodor Richter, Dresden, German Mineralogist and co-discoverer of the element indium
  • 1828 William McComb, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1918)
  • 1829 Peter A de Genestet, Dutch vicar/poet
  • 1831 John Franklin Miller, American lawyer, businessman, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1886)

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1834 henrietta (Hetty) Green, American financier (Witch of Wall Street), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

The Witch of Wall Street Hetty Green
The Witch of Wall Street
Hetty Green
  • 1834 Joseph Jackson Bartlett, American attorney, diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1840 Victoria, Empress of Germany/Queen of Prussia
  • 1851 Desire J Mercier, Belgian philosopher/cardinal
  • 1853 Hussain Kamil, sultan of Egypt (1914-17)
  • 1854 Benedict XV, [Giacomo PGB marques della Chiessa], 258th Pope (1914-22)

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1860 Tom Horn, American gunman and outlaw, born in Scotland County, Missouri (d. 1903)

Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter Tom Horn
Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter
Tom Horn
  • 1861 Joao da Cruz, Brazilian poet
  • 1863 Arthur Quiller-Couch, [Q], editor (Oxford Book of English Verse)
  • 1867 Vladimir N Ipatiev, Russian chemist
  • 1878 Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer/minister of Justice
  • 1880 Franz Hessel, German writer, born in Szczecin, Poland (d. 1941)
  • 1886 Harold Nicolson, English diplomat/author (Good Behaviour)
  • 1897 Mollie Steimer anarchist agitator (d. 1980)
  • 1898 RenĂ© Magritte, Belgian surrealistic painter (This is Not a Pipe)
  • 1902 Michail A Suslov, Russian party ideologist [OS=Nov 8]
  • 1902 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-American writer (Yentl, Nobel 1978), born in Leoncin, Poland (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Jim Bishop, author (The Day Lincoln was Shot)
  • 1907 M Eleonore Lippits, 1st Dutch female missionary doctor
  • 1908 Elizabeth George Speare, American author (d. 1994)
  • 1912 Anne Bolt, photo-journalist/trade unionist
  • 1917 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer
  • 1924 Christopher Tolkien, British author and son of J. R. R. Tolkien, born in Leeds, England
  • 1925 Johan "Poncke" Princen, KNIL-defector/civil rights in Jakarta
  • 1929 Marilyn French, US author (The Women's Room)
  • 1931 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (d. 1985)
  • 1933 Frank Brake, English multi-millionaire
  • 1933 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut (STS-4, STS 41-D, STS 61A), born in Birmingham Ala, (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Victor Chang, Australian physician (d. 1986)
  • 1937 Marlo Thomas, [Mrs Phil Donahue], Detroit Mich (That Girl!, Jenny)
  • 1939 Budd Dwyer, American politician (d. 1987)
  • 1940 Natalia Makarova, Leningrad, ballerina (Kirov)/defected 1970
  • 1940 Richard Marcinko, American author
  • 1942 Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German politician
  • 1943 Larry Mahan, Oregon, rodeo champ (1967-70)
  • 1943 Phil Bredesen, American politician
  • 1943 Viktor Sidjak, Russian fencer
  • 1944 Marcia "Marcy" Carsey, TV executive/producer
  • 1944 Richard J Durbin, (Rep-D-IL, 1983- )
  • 1947 Dick de Cloe, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1948 George Zimmer, American entrepreneur
  • 1953 Tina Brown, journalist publisher (New Yorker, Tattler)
  • 1956 Mariana Simionescu, Tirgu Neamt Romania, 1st wife of Bjorn Borg
  • 1964 Liza Tarbuck, British entertainer
  • 1967 Toshihiko Koga, Japanese Judoka
  • 1968 Christopher Noxon, American journalist
  • 1975 Chris Moneymaker, American poker player
  • 1977 Yolande James, Quebec politician
  • 1980 Alec Brownstein, American author, director