Birthdays in History on October 19

  • 1276 Prince Hisaaki, Japanese shogun (d. 1328)
  • 1433 Marsilio Ficino, Italian philosopher (d. 1499)
  • 1507 Viglius ab Aytta Zuichemus, [Aytta van Zwichem], Dutch priest
  • 1582 Dmitry Ivanovich [Dmitry of Uglich], Russian Tsarevich and son of Ivan IV "the Terrible" (d. 1591)
  • 1605 Thomas Browne, English writer (Garden of Cyrus), born in London
  • 1610 James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, English statesman and soldier (d. 1688)
  • 1658 Adolf Friedrich II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (d. 1704)
  • 1680 John Abernethy, Irish Protestant minister (d. 1740)
  • 1688 William Cheselden, English surgeon and anatomist (d. 1752)
  • 1718 Victor-François, 2nd duc de Broglie, Marshal of France (d. 1804)
  • 1720 John Woolman, American Quaker preacher and abolitionist (d. 1772)
  • 1721 Joseph de Guignes, French orientalist (d. 1800)
  • 1784 John McLoughlin, Hudson's Bay Co pioneer in Oregon Country
  • 1784 Leigh Hunt, British writer
  • 1792 Dirk Donker Curtius, Dutch attorney/minister of Justice (liberal)
  • 1810 Cassius Marcellus Clay, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • 1819 Joseph C Juglar, French physician/economist (Crises Commercial)
  • 1824 Rufus Saxton, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1908)
  • 1834 Francis Channing Barlow, US lawyer/gen-major/co-founder (ABA)
  • 1850 Annie S Peck, mountain climber/explorer/diplomat
  • 1851 Empress Myeongseong, Empress of Korea (d. 1895)
  • 1858 George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (d. 1937)
  • 1862 Auguste Lumière, made 1st movie (Workers Leaving Lumière Factory)
  • 1863 John Huston Finley, Ill, editor (NY Times (1937-38)
  • 1868 Bertha Landes, 1st woman elected mayor of a major US city (Seattle)
  • 1871 Walter B Cannon, US physiologist (Wisdom of the Body)
  • 1882 Vincas Kreve-Mickievicius, Lithuania, poet/philologist/playwright
  • 1885 Charles Merrill, American investment banker (d. 1956)
  • 1892 Alexander A Alekhine, Russian/French chess champ (1927-35, 37-46)
  • 1895 Louis Mumford, cultural historian/city planner/writer
  • 1895 Frank Durbin, last American veteran of the Battle of Verdun (d. 1999)
  • 1897 Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (d. 1994)

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1899 Miguel Ángel Asturias, Guatemalan novelist (Hombres de Maiz, Nobel 67), journalist and poet, born in Guatemala City (d. 1974)

Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist Miguel Ángel Asturias
Nobel Prize winning Novelist and Journalist
Miguel Ángel Asturias
  • 1901 Arleigh A Burke, Colo, admiral (WW II, Solomon Islands, Navy Cross)
  • 1909 Marguerite Perey, French physicist (d. 1975)
  • 1910 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, India, astrophysicist (Nobel 1983)
  • 1911 Hilde Spiel, Austrian writer, born in Vienna (d. 1990)
  • 1913 Jean Urruty, France, Jai-Alai champion
  • 1913 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Le ragazze di San Frediano)
  • 1916 Toby Rowland, theatrical manager
  • 1918 Louis Althusser, French philosopher (For Marx, Strangled His Wife)
  • 1918 Robert Charles Evans, mountaineer/doctor
  • 1920 Pandurang Shastri Athavale, Indian philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1922 Jack Anderson, journalist (Wash Post), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1925 Victor Zorza, journalist/Russian specialist
  • 1926 Joel Feinberg, American moral philosopher (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Thomas ap Rees, British botanist, born in Frome (d. 1996)
  • 1931 John le Carré, English novelist
  • 1934 Jakubu Gowon, army staff chief/president of Nigeria (1966-75)
  • 1936 Johnetta Betsch Cole, educator/president (Spellman College)/(Sen-D-KY)
  • 1936 James Bevel, American activist

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1937 Peter Max, American psychadelic artist (Dynamite Chicken), born in Berlin, Germany

Psychedelic Artist Peter Max
Psychedelic Artist
Peter Max
  • 1938 Ton Regtien, Dutch student leader
  • 1942 Andrew Vachss, American author and attorney
  • 1945 Ahmed Abel-Wadoud Karadawi, academic/activist
  • 1945 Harris Glenn Divine, Baltimore MD
  • 1945 Patricia Ireland, feminist/president (National Organization of Women)
  • 1946 Philip Pullman, English writer
  • 1947 Giorgio Cavazzano, Italian comic strip artist
  • 1949 Jamie McGrigor, British politician
  • 1951 Demetrios Christodoulou, Greek mathematical physicist, recipient of the Bôcher Memorial Prize
  • 1954 Deborah Blum, American writer
  • 1957 Ray Richmond, American columnist and critic
  • 1957 Doug Kirby, American author and travel guide
  • 1962 Tracy Chevalier, American author
  • 1963 Laurens BBM, Belgian prince/son of Albert II & Paola
  • 1963 Prince Laurent of Belgium, Château de Belvédère, Laeken, son of King Albert II and Queen Paola
  • 1965 Maria Lee Ostapiej, La Mess California, Miss Calif-America (1991)
  • 1967 Amy Carter, US President Jimmy Carter's daughter/peace activist
  • 1969 DJ Sammy [Samuel Bouriah], Spanish DJ, born in Mallorca
  • 1969 John Edward, American TV Psychic
  • 1970 Benita Brooks, Miss Alabama USA (1996)
  • 1977 Louis-José Houde, Canadian stand-up comic
  • 1979 Randy Spelling, (Sean Richards-Sunset Beach), born in Los Angeles, California