Birthdays in History on October 16

  • 1396 William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English soldier (d. 1450)
  • 1430 King James II of Scotland (d. 1460)
  • 1483 Gasparo Contarini, Italian diplomat and cardinal (d. 1542)
  • 1535 Niwa Nagahide, Japanese warlord (d. 1585)
  • 1663 Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (d. 1736)
  • 1708 Albrecht von Haller, Switz, experimental physiology (Acad of Science)
  • 1710 Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (d. 1790)
  • 1714 Giovanni Arduino, Italian geologist (d. 1795)
  • 1726 Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (d. 1801)
  • 1751 Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt, Queen of Prussia (d. 1805)
  • 1754 Morgan Lewis, Governor of New York (1804-07) (d. 1844)

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1758 Noah Webster, lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), born in West Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1843)

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster
  • 1762 Paul Hamilton, Governor of South Carolina (1804-06) and U.S. Secretary of Navy (1809-12) (d. 1816)
  • 1789 William Burton, Governor of Delaware (1859-63) (d. 1866)
  • 1795 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (d. 1876)
  • 1802 Isaac Murphy, Governor of Arkansas (1864-68) (d. 1882)
  • 1806 William Pitt Fessenden, Secy Treas (Union), (d. 1869)
  • 1815 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (d. 1905)
  • 1816 William Preston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1887)
  • 1819 Austin F. Pike, American politician from New Hampshire (d. 1886)
  • 1825 Thomas Turpin Crittenden, Brig Genl (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • 1830 Ferdinand van der Haeghen, Flemish librarian/bibliography
  • 1832 George Crockett Strong, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1832 Vicente Riva Palacio, Mexico, writer/diplomat
  • 1840 Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1900)
  • 1841 Itō Hirobumi, Japanese samurai, Japanese Prime Minister and Resident-General of Korea (d. 1909)
  • 1851 James Ten Eyck, champion rower/coach (Ten Eyck Trophy namesake)
  • 1854 Karl J Kautsky, Austrian marxist/socialist

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1854 Oscar Wilde, [Fingal O'Flahertie Wills], (The Picture of Dorian Gray), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1900)

Writer/Poet Oscar Wilde
Writer/Poet
Oscar Wilde
  • 1855 Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian
  • 1855 Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (d. 1931)
  • 1861 J. B. Bury, Irish historian (d. 1927)
  • 1863 Austen Chamberlain, British Foreign Secretary (Nobel 1925)
  • 1866 Pieter J Kromsigt, theologist/publicist (Troffel & Sword)
  • 1868 Franz X Ritter von Epp, German general (China)
  • 1870 Helge Rode, Danish poet/essayist
  • 1884 Rembrandt Bugatti, Italian sculptor (d. 1916)
  • 1886 Armin T Wegner, writer

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1886 David Ben-Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel (1948-53, 1955), born in Płonsk, Poland (d. 1973)

First Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
First Israeli Prime Minister
David Ben-Gurion
  • 1888 Eugene O'Neill, American dramatist (Desire Under the Elms-Nobel 1936), born in NYC, New York
  • 1888 Paul Popenoe, American activist (d. 1979)
  • 1890 Paul Strand, American photographer (Native Land-1942), born in NYC, New York
  • 1890 Maria Goretti, Italian saint (d. 1902)

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1890 Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary leader and leading figure in the struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century, born in Clonakilty, Ireland (d. 1922)

Irish Nationalist Leader Michael Collins
Irish Nationalist Leader
Michael Collins
  • 1896 Edmond van Dooren, Flemish painter
  • 1897 Louis de Cazenave, France's oldest living man
  • 1898 Arthur H Dean, lawyer/advisor to FDR
  • 1898 William O Douglas, Maine, 81st Supreme Court justice (1939-75)
  • 1900 Edward Ardizzone, artist and illustrator (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Primo Conti, Italian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1903 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (d. 2003)
  • 1906 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), born in San Pellegrino, Belluno, (d. 1972)
  • 1907 Roger Vailland, French author (La Novice, Et Mourir de Plasir)
  • 1908 Enver Hoxha, post-war leader of Albania (1944-85)
  • 1914 Christian J Modeste, gypsey king
  • 1916 George Turner, Australian author (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Bill Nichols, (Rep-D-AL, 1967- )
  • 1919 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Daniel J Evans, (Sen-R-WA, 1983- )
  • 1925 Lorraine Sweeny, communications specialist
  • 1927 Gus Yatron, (Rep-D-PA, 1969- )

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1927 Günter Grass, German writer and playwright (The Tin Drum) and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), born in Danzig

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • 1928 Mary Daly, American feminist
  • 1929 Bill Green, (Rep-R-NY, 1978- )
  • 1931 Charles W Colson, presidential adviser (Watergate figure), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1932 John Grant, British politician (d. 2000)
  • 1936 Andrei Chikatilo, Russian serial killer (d. 1994)
  • 1936 Akira Machida, Japanese judge
  • 1938 Carl Gunter Jr, Louisiana State Representative (d. 1999)
  • 1945 Paul Monette, American writer and LBT activist, born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1947 David Zucker, director (Airplane, Naked Gun, Top Secret), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1951 Alan Wheat, (Rep-D-Missouri, 1983- )
  • 1952 Christopher Cox, (Rep-R-California)
  • 1956 James H Newman, Trust Territory of Pacific, PhD/Astronaut (STS 51, 69)
  • 1961 Marc Levy, French novelist
  • 1969 Gregory Metcalf, Ellensburg Wash, 3k steeplechase
  • 1972 Stephen O'Connor, Irish amateur snooker champ (1990)
  • 1976 Ryan Fitzgerald, Australian football (AFL) player and media personality