Birthdays in History on November 26

  • 1288 Emperor Go-Daigo of Japan (d. 1339)
  • 1436 Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (d. 1463)
  • 1607 John Harvard, England, clergyman/scholar, founded Harvard Univ
  • 1609 Henry Dunster, English president of Harvard College (d. 1659)
  • 1657 William Derham, English minister and writer (d. 1735)
  • 1663 Pedro de Peralta y Barnuevo, Peruvian poet (Obras Dramaticas)
  • 1678 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (d. 1771)
  • 1731 William Cowper, England, pre-romantic poet (His Task) [NS]
  • 1736 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Mercure de France)
  • 1754 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, born in Nassenhuben (Mokry Dwór), Royal Prussia, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1794)
  • 1795 Carl P Fohr, German painter
  • 1795 Cornelis P J Elout, Dutch military/resident of West Sumatra
  • 1810 William G Armstrong, of Cragside, Baron/British industralist (hydraulic crane)
  • 1816 William Henry Talkbot Walker, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1827 Alfred Moore Scales, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)

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1827 Ellen G. White, American religious leader (Seventh-day Adventist Church), born in Gorham, Maine

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White
  • 1828 René Goblet, French politician (d. 1905)
  • 1832 Mary Edwards Walker, American doctor/women's rights leader and only woman to receive Medal of Honor (bravery during Civil War)
  • 1832 Karl Rudolf König, German physicist (d. 1901)
  • 1847 Maria Fyodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia (d. 1928)
  • 1850 Henricus Van de Wetering, archbishop of Utrecht (1895-1929)
  • 1857 Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (d. 1913)
  • 1858 Katharine Drexel, Roman Catholic Saint (d. 1955)

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1861 Albert B. Fall, New Mexico Senator (Teapot Dome Scandal), born in Frankfort, Kentucky

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1862 Mark A Stein, archaeologist
  • 1864 Herman Gorter, Dutch socialist/poet (May, Tiny Hero's Poem)
  • 1869 Maud, Queen of Norway (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss/French author (Ecoute Israel)
  • 1876 Bart A van der Leck, Dutch painter (Style)

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1876 Willis Carrier, American engineer who developed modern air conditioning, born in Angola, New York (d. 1950)

Engineer Willis Carrier
Engineer
Willis Carrier
  • 1885 Heinrich Brüning, German politician (d. 1970)
  • 1888 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, born in Nysa (d. 1963)
  • 1894 Norbert Wiener, US, mathematician/discovered cybernetics
  • 1894 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic cardinal archbishop of Toronto (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system)
  • 1895 William Wilson (Bill), East Dorset, Vermont, co-founder (alcoholics anonymous), (d. 1971)

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1898 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), born in Helsa, German Empire (d. 1973)

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • 1899 Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III (d. 1936)
  • 1901 Philippus J Idenburg, Dutch statistician
  • 1902 Gerrit Jan van der Veen, [Wolffensperger], Dutch resistance fighter
  • 1904 Armand Frappier, French-Canadian physician and microbiologist (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Ruth Patrick, American botanist
  • 1908 Charles Forte, Italian/British hotel magnate (Savoy)
  • 1909 Eugene Ionesco, playwright
  • 1911 Raymond Scheyven, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs
  • 1911 Ronald Diggens, English fabric manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1911 Samuel H Reshevsky, Polish/US chess grandmaster/prodigy
  • 1912 Eugene Ionesco, Slatina Romania, dramatist (Rhinoceros)
  • 1913 Joshua William Steward, polymath
  • 1918 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer and politician, President of Chile (1990-94), born in Viña del Mar, Chile (d. 2016)
  • 1919 Frederik Pohl, US, sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Gateway, Bipohl), (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Paul T B Rodenko, poet/author (Stolen Lover)
  • 1921 Francoise Gilot, painter, designer, author living legacy award, 1984
  • 1921 Verghese Kurien, Calicut, British India, engineer (billion-litre idea), (d.2012)

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1922 Charles M. Schulz, cartoonist (Peanuts), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2000)

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • 1924 George Segal, New York, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver)
  • 1925 Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan Dictator, President of Uruguay (1981-85), born in Montevideo (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Joyce McCartan, peace campaigner
  • 1927 Ernie Coombs, American children's entertainer (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Berthold Leibinger, German Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
  • 1931 Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Buenos Argentina, (1980 Nobel Peace Prize)
  • 1931 Adrianus J "Cardinal" Simonis, archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1932 Marten Beinema, Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1936 Margaret Boden, philosopher
  • 1937 Boris Borisovich Yegorov, USSR, doctor/cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
  • 1938 Elizabeth E Bailey, university dean (Carnegie Mellon)
  • 1938 Jeremy Boorda, admiral
  • 1938 Porter J Goss, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1938 Rodney Jory, Australian physicist
  • 1939 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian politician
  • 1943 Gerald D Kleczka, (Rep-D-WI, 1984- )
  • 1943 Paul Burnett, English disc-jockey
  • 1943 Marilynne Robinson, American writer
  • 1945 Björn von Sydow, Swedish politician
  • 1946 Angus Suttie, English potter
  • 1949 Maggie Donnelly, bag lady
  • 1949 Vincent A. Mahler, American educator
  • 1951 La Cicciolina, [Ilona Staller], Italian MP, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1953 Hilary Benn, British politician
  • 1954 Roz Chast, American cartoonist
  • 1954 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan militant leader
  • 1955 Tracy [Raye] Hickman, US, sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • 1956 Nico Slothouwer, Dutch poet (Man & his Bag)
  • 1958 Steve Buyer, (Rep-R-Indiana)
  • 1969 Kara Walker, American artist
  • 1977 Forrest Griffin, American MMA-fighter
  • 1979 B.J. Averell, American online tutor and reality television contestant
  • 1981 Jamie Fiske, liver transplant recipient
  • 1981 Natalie Gauci, Australian Idol 2007 winner
  • 1983 Chris Hughes, American businessman and co-founder of Facebook, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • 1992 Louis Ducrut, prince/son of Princess Stephanie & Daniel Ducrut