Birthdays in History on November 23

  • 912 Otto I, the Great, German king, Holy Roman emperor (962-73)
  • 1221 Alfonso X (the Wise), king of Castile & Leon (1252-84)
  • 1402 Jean de Dunois, French soldier (d. 1468)
  • 1417 William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1487)
  • 1553 Prospero Alpini, Italy, botanist/physician (De Medocoma Aegyptorum)

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1616 John Wallis, English mathematician and cryptographer who introduced ∞ as a symbol for infinity, born in Ashford, England (d. 1703)

Mathematician and Cryptographer John Wallis
Mathematician and Cryptographer
John Wallis
  • 1632 Jean Mabillon, French palaeographer and diplomat (d. 1707)
  • 1641 Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (d. 1720)
  • 1669 Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch deaf-mute teacher (Surdus Loquens)
  • 1690 Ernst J earl van Biron, Russian duke of Koerland/regent of Ivan VI
  • 1705 Thomas Birch, English historian (d. 1766)
  • 1715 Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer (d. 1799)
  • 1749 Edward Rutledge, (Gov-SC)/attorney/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1760 Gracchus Babeuf, French utopian socialist (Tribun du Peuple)
  • 1785 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch general of the Jesuits (1829-53)
  • 1794 Joan F Van Oordt, vicar (Groninger direction)
  • 1800 Michail P Pogodin, Russian historian/author (Povesti)

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1804 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • 1809 Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • 1815 William Dennison, postmaster/general (Union), (d. 1882)
  • 1819 Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1901)
  • 1819 Josiah Dwight Whitney, Northampton Massachusetts, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him)
  • 1820 John Willis Ellis, Governor (Confederacy) (d. 1861)
  • 1820 Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician (d. 1884)
  • 1821 Charles Meryon, British/French etcher
  • 1826 Agustin Bethencourt, Venezuela publisher on Curacao
  • 1830 Kaspar CE Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austria sculptor

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1837 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910, Liquid and Gas States), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1923)

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals

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1859 Billy the Kid, [William H Bonney], American frontier outlaw, born in NYC, New York (d. 1881)

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • 1860 Karl Branting, Sweden, statesman/diplomat (Nobel Peace Prize 1921)
  • 1861 Konstantin Korovin, Russian painter (d. 1939)
  • 1862 Theo van Rysselberghe, Belgian painter (pointillism)
  • 1864 Henry Bourne Joy, American automobile executive (d. 1936)
  • 1869 Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer (d. 1942)
  • 1875 Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian Marxist revolutionary, author and literary critic, born in Poltava, Russian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1878 Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations (WW II)
  • 1882 Johan C T Kikkert, Dutch painter/etcher/critic
  • 1883 Herman Baccaert, Flemish philological/writer (Along the water front)
  • 1883 Jose Clemente Orozco, Mexico, painter (Epic of Culture in New World)
  • 1887 Henry Moseley, English physicist (d. 1915)
  • 1890 El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (d. 1941)
  • 1892 Erté, French artist (d. 1990)
  • 1896 Klement Gottwald, premier/president of Czechoslovakia (1946-53)
  • 1897 Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1897 Karl Gebhardt, Nazi doctor (d. 1948)
  • 1899 Norman Hunter, English children's writer (Professor Branestawm), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1902 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (d. 2004)
  • 1907 Lars Leksell, Swedish physician (d. 1986)
  • 1908 Nelson S. Bond, American science fiction writer (d. 2006)
  • 1909 Nigel Tranter, author/historian (River Realm, Robert the Bruce)
  • 1911 Peter Saunders, English theater producer (Legend of the Werewolf)
  • 1912 Det Glynn, teacher/anti-apartheid activist
  • 1914 [Arthur] Wilson "Bob" Tucker, US, sci-fi author (Time Masters)
  • 1915 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, politician
  • 1917 Hugh Joseph Charles James L'Etang, medical writer
  • 1919 Peter Strawson, English philosopher
  • 1920 Chalmers P Wylie, (Rep-R-OH, 1967- )
  • 1920 Paul Celan, [Antschell], German/Romanian poet (Collected Prose)
  • 1920 Wayne Thiebaud, American painter
  • 1921 Hein J Roethof, lawyer/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1922 Manuel Fraga Iribarne, president of Spanish Galicia
  • 1923 Angelo John Novarese, record company founder
  • 1923 Guy Molinari, (Rep-R-NY, 1981- )
  • 1923 Daniel Brewster, American democrat (d. 2007)
  • 1924 Colin Turnbull, anthropologist
  • 1926 Christopher Logue, British poet/stage writer (Trials)
  • 1926 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru and philosopher
  • 1927 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and Christian writer
  • 1930 William E Brock, (Sen-D)/US Secretary of Labor (1985-87)
  • 1932 Michael Knight, air chief marshall/British leader (NATO)
  • 1932 Michel David-Weill, French investment banker
  • 1933 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist and revolutionary
  • 1934 Michael Wayne, producer (McQ, Chisum, Green Berets, McLintock)
  • 1934 Rita Rossi Colwell, oceanographer
  • 1935 Dean A Gallo, (Rep-R-NJ, 1985- )
  • 1935 Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov, Moscow Russia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 7, 11)
  • 1936 Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
  • 1943 Andrew Goodman, civil rights worker, murdered in 1964
  • 1944 Jose Torikens, Dutch journalist (Parool, NRC)
  • 1945 Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer
  • 1945 Jerry Harris, American sculptor
  • 1946 Bobby L Rush, (Rep-D-Illinois)
  • 1947 Geoffery Michael Roberts, vintner
  • 1949 Gayl Jones, US author/poet (Corregidora, Song for Anninho)
  • 1950 Charles E Schumer, (Rep-D-NY, 1981-1999, Sen-D-NY, 1999 -)
  • 1954 Ferry Hoogendijk, Dutch editor in chief (Elsevier Magazine)
  • 1955 Steven Brust, [Karl Zoltan], US, sci-fi author (Yendi, Jhereg)
  • 1955 Mary Landrieu, American politician, senior senator of Louisiana
  • 1960 Robin Roberts, American television reporter
  • 1961 Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author
  • 1963 Joe Ahearne, British television director
  • 1963 Mamoru Takuma, Japanese mass murderer and rapist (d. 2004)
  • 1965 Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian
  • 1968 Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer
  • 1968 Kirsty Young, Scottish television journalist
  • 1970 Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter
  • 1974 Regina Fisher, Miss West Virginia USA (1996)
  • 1980 David Britz, American nano-technologist
  • 1991 Anurag Kashyap, 2005 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion