Birthdays in History on October 21

  • 1449 George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV and Richard III (d. 1478)
  • 1527 Louis I, Cardinal of Guise, French cardinal (d. 1578)
  • 1581 Domenico Zampieri, Italian painter (d. 1641)
  • 1582 Johan Ernst earl of Nassau-Siegen, military/son of Johan VII
  • 1650 Jean Bart, French captain/sea hero (Escape from Plymouth)
  • 1660 Georg Ernst Stahl, German scientist (d. 1734)
  • 1675 Emperor Higashiyama of Japan (d. 1710)
  • 1687 Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (d. 1759)
  • 1712 Sir James Steuart, British economist (d. 1780)
  • 1725 Franz Moritz Graf von Lacy, Austrian field marshal (d. 1801)
  • 1757 Pierre Augereau, Marshal of France and duc de Castiglione (d. 1816)
  • 1761 Louis AG baron de Bacler d'Albe, French cartographer/brigadier general
  • 1762 Herman W Daendels, Dutch Brigadier-General and Governor-General of Dutch-Indies (1807-11), born in Hattem, Gelderland, Dutch Republic (d. 1818)

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1772 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English romantic poet (Rime of Ancient Mariner), born in Ottery St Mary, Devon (d. 1834)

Poet, Critic, and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic, and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • 1790 Alphonse-Marie Louis de Lamartine, Macon France, writer (René)
  • 1803 George Wright, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Vermont (d. 1865)
  • 1822 Levinus Keuchenius, Dutch minister of Colonies (1888-90)
  • 1827 Petrus PM Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian/writer

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1833 Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist, invented dynamite and foundered Nobel Prizes, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1896)

Chemist, Engineer & Innovator Alfred Nobel
Chemist, Engineer & Innovator
Alfred Nobel
  • 1839 Georg von Siemens, founder (Deutsche Bank)
  • 1843 Mark M Antokolski, Russian/French sculptor (Peter the Great)
  • 1846 Edmondo de Amicis, Italian writer (Cuore)
  • 1858 Ramabai Dongre' Medhavi, India, social reformer
  • 1873 George P Gooch, English historian/MP
  • 1874 Albert Aftalion, Bulgaria/French economist
  • 1885 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Ploeg)
  • 1890 Gerrit Engelke, German writer/poet (Love Letters)
  • 1891 John Metzelaar, Dutch/US (About Tropical Atl Visschen)
  • 1894 Rampo Edogawa, Japanese author and critic (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Alexander d'Arbeloff, entrepreneur
  • 1898 Amedeo duke of Aosta, viceroy of Ethiopia/gov-gen of Italian East-Africa
  • 1901 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament scholar (Deuteronomium)
  • 1904 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet)
  • 1904 Patrick Kavanagh, Irish poet (d. 1967)
  • 1906 Lillian Asplund, last American Titanic survivor (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Jules Chevalier, French priest (b. 1824)
  • 1914 Martin Gardner, Scientific American math & puzzles columnist
  • 1919 Claire Sterling, journalist
  • 1919 Daniel John Chapman Cunningham, physiologist
  • 1922 Liliane de Bettencourt, heir to L'Oreal
  • 1925 Louis J. Robichaud, Canadian premier of New Brunswick (d. 2005)
  • 1927 Nadine Judd, [Nadia Moore/Nerina], South African/British ballerina
  • 1929 Ursula K[roeber] Le Guin, American sci-fi author (Tombs of Atuan), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1930 Doreen Cannon, teacher of acting (London)
  • 1934 Jerry Lewis, (Rep-R-California, 1979- )
  • 1936 James H "Simon" Gray, English playwright (Butley)
  • 1940 Don Ritter, (Rep-R-PA, 1979- )
  • 1940 Frances FitzGerald, American journalist/author (Fire in the Lake), born in NYC, New York
  • 1941 Marina Ripa, countess/writer (My First 40 Years), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1942 Les AuCoin, (Rep-D-OR, 1975- )
  • 1943 Frans LAJ Wolters, economist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1943 Tariq Ali, Pakistani author and historian
  • 1944 Janet Ahlberg, illustrator
  • 1945 Nikita Mikhalkov, director (Dark Eyes, Slave of Love)
  • 1946 Lee Loughnane, rocker (Chicago)
  • 1948 Moses J "Moss" Mayekiso, South African union/SACP-leader
  • 1948 Shaye Cohen, Historian and Professor at Harvard University

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1949 Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli prime minister, born in Tel Aviv, Israel

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel
Benjamin Netanyahu
  • 1949 Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron
  • 1950 David H G viscount Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • 1950 Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr (STS 41B, 51L-Challenger disaster)
  • 1952 Allen Hoey, American poet and novelist
  • 1953 Peter Mandelson, British politician
  • 1954 Brian Tobin, Canadian premier of Newfoundland
  • 1957 Wolfgang Ketterle, German physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1961 Mark Finch, film festival organiser
  • 1969 Tracy Yarbrough, Miss Idaho USA (1996)
  • 1971 Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick & Bianca Jagger, born in Paris, France
  • 1972 Evhen Tsybulenko, Ukrainian professor of international law
  • 1976 Mélanie Turgeon, French Canadian alpine skier
  • 1986 Natalee Holloway, U.S teen, disappeared in Aruba