Birthdays in History on October 10

  • 1344 Mary Plantagenet, English princess (d. 1362)
  • 1486 Charles III, Duke of Savoy
  • 1567 Infanta Caterina Micaela of Spain (d. 1597)
  • 1599 Jacob Aertsz Colom, Dutch publisher (Consolation of the Sea)
  • 1678 John Campbell, 2nd duke of Argyll/fieldmarshal (Union of 1707)
  • 1684 Jean Antoine Watteau, French rococo painter (Onverschillige)
  • 1700 Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, French sculptor (d. 1759)
  • 1731 Henry Cavendish, England, physicist and chemist (discovered hydrogen), born in Nice (d. 1810)
  • 1738 Benjamin West, painter (Death of General Wolfe)
  • 1757 Erik Acharius, Swedish botanist (lichens)
  • 1779 Antoine PFGdV Celles, Belgium/Dutch/French MP
  • 1780 John Abercrombie, Scottish physician, born in Aberdeen (d. 1844)
  • 1794 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (d. 1871)
  • 1817 Christophorus H D Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist/founder KNMI
  • 1819 Zebulon York, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1900)
  • 1825 Paulus Kruger, President of South African Republic (1883), Boer leader
  • 1828 Samuel J. Randall, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1890)
  • 1829 Dandridge McRae, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1899)
  • 1830 Isabella II, Queen of Spain (1833-68)
  • 1832 Theodore Shelton Bowers, Bvt Brigadier General (Union Army), (d. 1866)
  • 1834 Aleksis Kivi, [Stenvall], Finland, writer/poet (Nummisuutarit)

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1861 Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian Arctic explorer and advocate for refugees (Nobel Peace Prize 1922), born in Store Frøen, Christiania (d. 1930)

Arctic Explorer and Diplomat Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic Explorer and Diplomat
Fridtjof Nansen
  • 1863 Louis Cyr, French Canadian strongman (d. 1912)
  • 1864 T. Frank Appleby, United States Congressman from New Jersey (d. 1924)
  • 1865 Raffaele Merry del Val, Spanish cardinal
  • 1870 Louise Mack, Australian writer (d. 1935)
  • 1884 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer/writer (Bint)
  • 1885 Walter Anderson, German folklorist (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Rie Cramer, [Marie Holman], Dutch cartoonist/author
  • 1889 Han [Henricus A] Van Meegeren, Dutch painter/art forger (Vermeer)
  • 1892 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), born in Grandview, Tennessee (d. 1961)
  • 1893 August Balthazar, Belgian politician
  • 1895 Wolfram von Richthofen, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1897 Pricilla L Williams, social activist/humanitarian
  • 1898 Lilly Daché, French-born milliner (d. 1989)
  • 1901 Albert Giacometti, Swiss/French painter/sculptor
  • 1903 Charles T von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, Count of Flanders/prince

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1906 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), born in Madras (d. 2001)

Novelist R.K. Narayan
Novelist
R.K. Narayan
  • 1908 David Alexander Reginald Herbert, writer
  • 1908 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer/erotic poet
  • 1910 Price Daniel, (Gov/Sen-D-Texas)
  • 1912 Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist
  • 1913 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), born in Tananarive, Madagascar (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Jean Gimpel, author/iconoclast
  • 1918 Jigal Allon, Israeli politician
  • 1921 "Boy" [FHP] Trip, Dutch minister
  • 1922 Boeli [Willem C] van Leeuwen, Antillian writer (Vreemdeling Op Aarde)
  • 1924 James Clavell, England, author (Tai Pan, Shogun) [or 1920, 22, 26)
  • 1925 Ivan Svitak, philosopher
  • 1925 Great Antonio, Croatian-Canadian strongman (d. 2001)

  • 1927 John Eric Tieman, production manager (The Guardian)
  • 1930 Adlai Stevenson III, (D-Sen-Ill)
  • 1930 Harold Pinter, playwright (Homecoming, Servant), born in London, England (d. 2008)
  • 1930 Mustafa Zaidi, Pakistani poet (d. 1970)
  • 1932 Charles Dnaiels, archaeologist
  • 1933 Gerald Masters, South African/British author (Pan Book of Dates)
  • 1933 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist and Manson murder victim (d. 1969)
  • 1935 André Bureau, French Canadian communications executive
  • 1935 Khalil al-Wazir [Abu Jihad], Founder of Palestinian group Fatah and PLO leader, born in Ramla, Mandatory Palestine (d. 1988)
  • 1935 Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor, born in Dhakar (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Gerhard Ertl, German surface chemist, Nobel laureate, 2007.
  • 1938 Marcus Jan Adriani, biologist/director (Weevers' Duin)
  • 1938 Tobias A Roth, (Rep-R-Wisconsin, 1979- )
  • 1938 Moriyama Daido, Japanese photographer
  • 1939 Joseph Pitts, American politician
  • 1941 Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer and environmentalist
  • 1941 Laurence Henry Tribe, Harvard Law professor, born in Shanghai, China
  • 1942 Radu Vasile, Romanian Prime Minister
  • 1942 James Marshall, American illustrator/author (George and Martha, The Stupids), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1992)
  • 1943 Alexander MacMillan, Earl of Stockton, English publisher and politician
  • 1943 Frederick Barthelme, American author
  • 1944 Christopher N Dlamini, South African union/SACP-leader
  • 1944 Renier S Schoeman, South African MP (NP)/journalist
  • 1946 Franco Malerba, astronaut (STS 46), born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1946 Mildred Grieveson (aka: Anne Mather, Caroline Fleming, Cardine Fleming), English writer
  • 1946 Naoto Kan, Japanese politician
  • 1950 Nora Roberts, American novelist
  • 1951 Epeli Ganilau, Fijian statesman
  • 1954 "Maestro" Jimmy Fearnley, English accordionist (The Pogues)
  • 1957 Rumiko Takahashi, Japanese artist
  • 1958 John M Grunsfeld, PhD/astronaut (STS 67, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1961 Brian Lee Diemer, steeplechase (Olymp-bronze-1984), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1962 Rex J Walheim, Redwood City California, Capt USAF/astronaut
  • 1963 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1965 Clive Jones, British engineer
  • 1965 Steve Scalise, American politician
  • 1967 Jonathan Littell, French-American writer

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1968 Chris Ofili, English painter (Turner prize - elephant dung), born in Manchester

Painter Chris Ofili
Painter
Chris Ofili
  • 1969 Scott Anthony Murray Nelson, Geelong Australia, NZ 20k walker (Oly-96)
  • 1970 Sir Matthew Pinsent, English rower
  • 1982 Amon Buchanan, Australian rules footballer