Birthdays in History on October 26

  • 1427 Archduke Sigismund of Austria (d. 1496)
  • 1473 Friedrich of Saxony (d. 1510)
  • 1491 Zhengde, Emperor of China (d. 1521)
  • 1609 William Sprague, English co-founder of Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1675)
  • 1645 Aert de Gelder, Dutch painter (King David)
  • 1673 Dimitrie Cantemir, Romanians historian/monarch of Moldova (1710-11)
  • 1684 Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, Prussian field marshal (d. 1757)
  • 1757 Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Austrian philosopher (d. 1823)
  • 1759 Georges Danton, France, revolutionary leader/min of Justice
  • 1768 Eustachy Erazm Sanguszko, Polish general and politician (d. 1844)
  • 1791 Charles Sprague, banker/poet (Curiosity), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1794 Konstantin Thon, Russian architect (d. 1881)
  • 1800 Helmuth K B von Moltke, Prussian general-fieldmarshal
  • 1802 King Miguel of Portugal (d. 1866)
  • 1804 Lorenzo Thomas, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1875)
  • 1823 Karl Weinhold, German sociologist
  • 1824 Arthur Middleton Manigault, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1830 Stephen Elliott Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1866)
  • 1837 James Lawlor Kiernan, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1869)
  • 1843 Vasili V Vereshchagin, Russian painter (War & Peace)
  • 1849 Ferdinand Georg Frobenius, German mathematician (d. 1917)
  • 1854 C. W. Post, American manufacturer of breakfast cereals, born in Springfield, Illinois (d. 1914)
  • 1865 Benjamin Guggenheim, American businessman (d. 1912)
  • 1869 Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa, President of Brazil (d. 1957)
  • 1871 Guillermo Kahlo, father of Frida Kahlo (d. 1941)
  • 1873 Thorvald Stauning, Denmark, PM (1924-26, 1929-42)
  • 1874 Martin Lowry, British chemist (d. 1936)
  • 1880 Andrei Bely, Russian writer (d. 1934)
  • 1883 Napoleon Hill, American Writer and Philosopher (Think and Grow Rich)(d. 1970)
  • 1886 Mark Aldanov, [Landau], Russian/French chemist (Myslitel) [OS]
  • 1888 E Runar Schildt, Finnish writer (Segrande Eros)
  • 1888 Nestor Ivanovich Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist Insurrectionary leader (d. 1934)
  • 1894 John S Knight, WV, publisher (Knight-Rider)
  • 1900 Ibrahim Abbud, general/premier Sudan (1958-64)
  • 1900 Karin Boye, writer (Kallocain), born in Gothenburg, Sweden (d. 1941)
  • 1905 George Flahiff, Canadian Cardinal (d. 1989)
  • 1910 John "Cardinal" Krol, former archbishop (Philadelphia)
  • 1911 Sorley MacLean Somhairle MacChaluim, poet
  • 1912 Don[ald] Siegel, director (Escape from Alcatraz, Shootist), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1913 Stuart J[ames] Byrne, US, sci-fi author (Star Man, God Man)

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1916 Francois Mitterrand, 21st President of France (1981-1995), born in Jarnac, France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1917 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), born in New York (d. 2015)

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1919 Edward W. Brooke, 1st African American senator in over 80 yrs (Sen-R-Mass), born in Washington D.C. (d. 2015)

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 1920 T C Jones, PA, female impersonator
  • 1921 George Houston, land economist
  • 1921 George Forrest, Northern Irish MP (d. 1968)
  • 1924 Tom F Lewis, (Rep-R-Florida, 1983- )
  • 1925 Jan Wolkers, Dutch sculptor/novelist (Brief American)
  • 1926 Yuri Aleksandrovich Letunov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1928 Francisco Solano López, Argentine comics artists
  • 1929 Georgette Amowitz, choreographer/educator
  • 1930 John Arden, English novelist/playwright (Left Handed Liberty), (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Anthony C Beilenson, (Rep-D-California, 1977- )
  • 1934 Ulrich Plentzdorf, writer
  • 1938 Charles W Stenholm, (Rep-D-Texas, 1979- )
  • 1938 Ralph Bakshi, animator (Lord of the Rings, Fritz the Cat, Mighty Mouse)
  • 1939 Vladimir Mikhailovich Beloborodov, cosmonaut
  • 1940 Mario Orosco, 1st victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (survives)
  • 1942 John P "Jannie" Roux, South African sect to pres (Botha/De Klerk)
  • 1944 Ries [M] Smits, economist/Dutch MP (CDA)
  • 1945 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Demetris Th. Gotsis, Greek poet and author
  • 1947 Trevor Joyce, Irish poet

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1947 Hillary Rodham Clinton, US 1st Lady (1993-2001), Senator (NY, 2001-09), Secretary of State (2009-13) and 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee, born in Chicago, Illinois

Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 1952 Andrew Motion, English poet (British Poet Laureate 1999-2009), born in London
  • 1953 Jennifer Roberson, US, sci-fi author (Shapechangers, Sword-Maker)
  • 1953 Rosa Monckton, notable charity fundraiser
  • 1955 Stephen K Robinson, PhD/astronaut (STS 85, sk:95), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1956 Stephen Gumley, Australian businessman
  • 1959 Evo Morales, President of Bolivia
  • 1960 June Brigman, American comic book artist
  • 1963 Kerri Lynne Rosenberg, Burlington Ia, Miss Iowa-America (1991-top 10)
  • 1963 Ted Demme, American film and television director (d. 2002)
  • 1973 Taka Michinoku, Japanese professional wrestle
  • 1979 Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (d. 2002)
  • 1996 Pasaye, Palatine Ill, twin born 92 days before his brother (Jan 26)