Birthdays in History on November 25

  • 1454 Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus (d. 1510)
  • 1501 Yi Hwang, Confucian scholar (d. 1570)
  • 1507 Joost de Damhoudere, Flemish lawyer (Praxis rerum criminalium)
  • 1562 Lope Felix de Vega, dramatist/poet (Angelica, Arcadia), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1577 Piet Hein, Dutch naval commander and folk hero (d. 1629)
  • 1577 Piet Heyn, Dutch privateer and admiral (captured Spanish silver fleet), born in Delft (d. 1629)
  • 1638 Catherine of Braganza, Queen of Charles II of England (d. 1705)
  • 1697 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist/poet (wrote in blood)
  • 1703 Jean-François Séguier, French astronomer and botanist (d. 1784)
  • 1712 Charles-Michel de l'Épée, French philanthropist and developer of 'Signed French' (d. 1789)
  • 1714 Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (d. 1783)
  • 1721 Willem Crul, admiral (West-Indies)
  • 1778 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer (d. 1856)
  • 1814 Julius Robert von Mayer, German physician and physicist (d. 1878)
  • 1817 John Bigelow, American statesman and author (d. 1911)
  • 1823 Joseph Alexander Cooper, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1910)
  • 1825 Edward Augustus Wild, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1891)
  • 1828 Franjo Racki, Croatian historian/politician

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1835 Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist, steel tycoon, philanthropist and one of the richest Americans ever, born in Dunfermline, Scotland (d. 1919)

Industrialist and Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie
Industrialist and Philanthropist
Andrew Carnegie
  • 1840 Hugo Verriest, Flemish author/poet (Flemish Movement)
  • 1841 Ernst Schröder, German mathematician (d. 1902)
  • 1843 Henry Ware Eliot American industrialist, philanthropist and the father of T. S. Eliot (d. 1919)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1844 Karl Benz, German inventor, engine designer and automobile manufacturer (Mercedes-Benz), born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1929)

Automobile Engineer and Inventor Karl Benz
Automobile Engineer and Inventor
Karl Benz
  • 1845 José Maria de Eça de Queirós, Portuguese novelist, born in Póvoa de Varzim (d. 1900)
  • 1846 Carrie Nation, American temperance advocate (d. 1911)
  • 1852 Johan N Salvator, [Johann Orth], archduke of Austria
  • 1858 Alfred Capus, French author (d. 1922)
  • 1869 Ben Lindsey, American judge and social reformer (d. 1934)
  • 1870 Winthrop Ames, American theatrical director (d. 1937)
  • 1876 Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Grand Duchess of Hesse (d. 1936)
  • 1877 Harley Granville-Barker, dramatist/producer/critic, born in London, England
  • 1878 Georg Kaiser, German playwright (The Burghers of Calais), born in Magdeburg (d. 1945)
  • 1880 Leonard S Woolf, English author/husband of Virginia Woolf
  • 1880 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (d. 1960)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1881 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Roncalli], 261st Pope (1958-63), born in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (d. 1963)

  • 1883 Harvey Spencer Lewis, American mystic (d. 1939)
  • 1887 Nikolai Vavilov, Russian geneticist (d. 1943)
  • 1890 Isaac Rosenberg, English war poet and artist (d. 1918)
  • 1895 Anastas I Mikoyan, Armenia, member of Supreme Soviet
  • 1895 Ludvik Svoboda, Czech general/politician
  • 1895 Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (d. 1986)
  • 1899 William R Burnett, US, author (Little Caesar)
  • 1900 Helen Gahagan Douglas, Nixon's 1st opponent/(Rep-D-Ca)
  • 1900 Rudolf Höß, commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp (d. 1947)
  • 1901 Arthur Liebehenschel, Commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp (d. 1948)
  • 1903 Martin Soames, traveller
  • 1904 Ba Jin, Chinese novelist (d. 2005)
  • 1909 Hugh Davson, physiologist/writer
  • 1910 Leon Poliakov, historian
  • 1911 Roelof Frankot, Dutch painter (d. 1984)
  • 1913 Lewis Thomas, American physician and essayist (d. 1993)
  • 1915 Augusto Pinochet, general/president (Chile)
  • 1919 Chaim Pearl, Jewish rabbi and scholar, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, King of Malaysia (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Gloria Lasso, French-Spanish singer (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Mauno Koivisto, president of Finland (1982-94)
  • 1924 Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, critic, and philosopher.
  • 1925 Jose Napoleon Duarte, president El Salvador
  • 1926 Murray Schisgal, playwright (Luv)
  • 1926 Poul [William] Anderson, US, sci-fi author (7 Hugos, Mirkheim)
  • 1929 Jack Hogan, Chapel Hill NC, actor (Combat", "Adam 12", "Sierra")
  • 1938 John "Jack" Baines, mountaineering publisher
  • 1939 Martin Feldstein, economist (1977 John Bates Clark Medal)
  • 1940 Richard Furrer, Worgl Germany, astronaut (STS 22)
  • 1941 Riaz Ahmed Gohar Shahi, Indian Muslim Sufi, author, spiritual leader (d. 2001)
  • 1942 Rosa Von Praunheim, [Holger Mischwitzky], Riga Latvia, dir (Affengeil)
  • 1945 Patrick Nagel, American artist (d. 1984)
  • 1947 Jonathan Kaplan, director (Heart Like a Wheel), born in Paris, France
  • 1948 Jacques P. Dupuis, French Canadian politician
  • 1949 Rita Jenrette, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1950 Alexis Wright, Australian author
  • 1951 Arturo Pérez Reverte, Spanish novelist and war reporter
  • 1952 John Lynch, American politician current governor of New Hampshire
  • 1953 Jeffrey Skilling, American former CEO of Enron
  • 1956 Ena Heese, South African costume designer (Willem of Orange)
  • 1956 Hélène Goudin, Swedish politician
  • 1957 Bob Ehrlich, Jr., former Maryland governor
  • 1959 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), born in Inverness, Scotland

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 John F. Kennedy Jr, American lawyer, magazine publisher (George) and son of JFK, born in NYC, New York

Publisher and Lawyer John F. Kennedy Jr.
Publisher and Lawyer
John F. Kennedy Jr.
  • 1970 Saskia Sibilo, Miss Suriname (1990)
  • 1979 Michael Lehan, American National Football League player
  • 1980 Kushan Liyanarachchi, Sri Lankan, prominent Live Buddhism Practitioner

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Barbara and Jenna Bush, twin daughters of U.S. President George W. Bush, born in Dallas, Texas

Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush Barbara Pierce Bush
Twin daughter of US President George W. Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
  • 1981 Mauricio Rua, Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
  • 1983 Joey Chestnut, American champion competitive eater
  • 1986 Amber Hagerman, American kidnapping and murder victim, basis of the Amber Alert system (d. 1996)
  • 1990 Yasmin van der Meer, 15 millionth Netherlander