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/chemist (discovered hydrogen)
  • 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 (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 Prize 1922), born in Store Frøen, Christiania (d. 1930)

Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate Fridtjof Nansen
Arctic explorer/Nobel Laureate
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)
  • 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)
  • 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, Shanghai China, Harvard Law professor
  • 1942 Radu Vasile, Romanian Prime Minister
  • 1943 Earl of Stockton, English publisher/grandson of premier Macmillan
  • 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, Genoa Italy, astronaut (STS 46)
  • 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