Birthdays in History on October 29

  • 1463 Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician/philosopher
  • 1507 Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Spanish viceroy of Neth (1566-73)
  • 1562 George Abbott, English theologist/archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1682 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian (d. 1761)
  • 1690 Martin Folkes, English antiquarian (d. 1754)
  • 1704 John Byng, British admiral (d. 1757)
  • 1740 James Boswell, Scottish biographer of Samuel Johnson and diarist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1795)
  • 1815 Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician, author of Slovak language (d. 1856)
  • 1816 Ferdinand II AFA, king of Portugal
  • 1822 Joost G Kist, Dutch lawyer/president of High Council (1885-97)
  • 1822 Mieczysław Halka Ledóchowski, Polish Catholic Cardinal (d. 1902)
  • 1824 Joseph Horace Lewis, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1904)
  • 1827 Marcellin Berthelot, French chemist (d. 1907)
  • 1837 Abraham Kuyper, clergyman/Dutch premier (AR, 1908-12)
  • 1837 Harriet Powers, American slave/writer (Creation of Animals)
  • 1844 Albert von Rothschild, Austrian banker
  • 1853 Josephine Beall Bruce, African American activist (NACW) Philadelphia Pa.
  • 1855 Paul Bruchési, archbishop of Montreal (d. 1939)
  • 1857 Conrad Haebler, German historian (Early printers of Spain/Portugal)
  • 1859 Charles Ebbets, (namesake of Ebbets Field, Brooklyn)
  • 1861 Andrei Ryabushkin, Russian painter (d. 1904)
  • 1871 Narziss Ach, German psychologist (Analyse des Willens)
  • 1873 Guillermo Valencia, Colombian poet, translator and statesman
  • 1875 Marie, queen consort of Ferdinand I of Romania (1914-27)
  • 1878 Alex E von Falkenhausen, German general (China, WW II)
  • 1879 Franz JHMM von Papen, German diplomat/chancellor (1932)
  • 1879 Alva B. Adams, American politician (d. 1941)
  • 1882 Jean Giraudoux, French writer (d. 1944)
  • 1890 Claire Goll, German-French writer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1977)
  • 1891 Fanny Brice, American singing comedienne (Ziegeld Follies, Baby Snooks), born in NYC, New York

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1897 Joseph Goebbels, German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany (1933-45), born in Rheydt, Germany (d. 1945)

Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information Joseph Goebbels
Nazi Minister of Propaganda and Information
Joseph Goebbels
  • 1905 Laurence Dowdall, lawyer
  • 1906 Fredric [William] Brown, American sci-fi author (Martians Go Home)
  • 1910 Alfred J Ayer, England, Neopositivist philosopher/logician
  • 1911 Phillip Jack Oppenheimer, diamond trader
  • 1918 Bernard Gordon, American writer and producer (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-born immunologist, Nobel laureate
  • 1920 Catholicos Baselios Mar Thoma Didymos I, Indian Catholic
  • 1921 Bill Mauldin, cartoonist (WW II Army grunts)
  • 1921 William Henry Mauldin, NM, political cartoonist (Pulitzer-1945, 59)
  • 1922 Neil Blaney, politician

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1923 Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist, father of the contraceptive pill, born in Vienna

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Chemist
Carl Djerassi
  • 1924 Zbigniew Herbert, writer
  • 1925 Geraldine Brooks, American actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings, Act of Murder), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Dominick Dunne, American author
  • 1927 Hugo Schiltz, Flemish politician
  • 1930 Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor (d. 2002)
  • 1934 Karl Francis Hettinger, Onion Field survivor

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1938 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia (2006 -) and the first elected female head of state in Africa, born in Monrovia, Liberia

Africa's First Elected Female Head of State Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Africa's First Elected Female Head of State
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
  • 1940 Connie Mack, (Rep-R-FL, 1983- /Sen-R-FL)
  • 1940 Galen Weston, English Canadian multi-millionaire industrialist
  • 1940 José Ulises Macías Salcedo, Catholic bishop
  • 1944 Fausto Leali, Italian entertainer
  • 1944 Otto Wiesheu, German minister
  • 1946 Peter Green, [Peter Greenbaum], rocker (Fleetwood Mac), born in London, England
  • 1946 Strinivasa Moodley, South African anti-apartheid activist
  • 1947 Helen Coonan, Australian politician
  • 1950 Abdullah Gul, Turkish President (2007-14), born in Kayseri, Anatolia
  • 1951 Dirk Kempthorne, (Sen-R Idaho)
  • 1952 Valeri I Tokarev, Russian colonel/cosmonaut
  • 1958 David Remnick, American writer and editor of The New Yorker
  • 1967 Beth Chapman, Star of Dog the Bounty Hunter
  • 1971 Daniel J. Bernstein, American professor
  • 1971 Ma Huateng [Pony Ma], Chinese entrepreneur (Tencent), born in Chaoyang District, Shantou
  • 1972 Takafumi Horie, Japanese entrepreneur
  • 1976 Mohsen Emadi, Iranian Poet
  • 1979 Ignasi Giménez Renom, Catalan politician
  • 1981 Amanda Beard, 100m/200m breaststroke (Oly-2 silv-96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1981 Jonathan Brown, Australian rules footballer