Birthdays in History on October 7

  • 1573 William Laud, English archbishop of Canterbury (1633-45)
  • 1576 John Marston, English poet and playwright (d. 1634)
  • 1577 Ferdinand, of Bayern, prince-bishop of Liege/archbishop
  • 1589 Maria Magdalena of Austria, Grand Duchess of Tuscany (d. 1631)
  • 1713 Granville Elliott, British military officer (d. 1759)
  • 1728 Caesar Rodney, Delaware, judge/signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1734 Ralph Abercromby, English army commander (Dutch Guyana)
  • 1744 Sergey Vyazmitinov, Russian general and statesman (d. 1819)
  • 1748 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18)
  • 1769 Solomon Sibley, American politician (d. 1846)
  • 1786 Louis-Joseph Papineau, Canadian lawyer and politician (d. 1871)
  • 1798 Jean B Vuillaume, French violin maker (octobas)
  • 1817 Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • 1821 Richard Heron Anderson, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • 1821 William Sill, with The Underground Railroad
  • 1826 William Brimage Bate, US Confederate brig-gen/(Gov-D-Tenn, 1882-86)
  • 1841 Nicolaas Petrovic Njegos, king of Montenegro (1910-18)
  • 1849 James Whitcomb Riley, US, poet (Raggedy Man)
  • 1854 Christiaan R de Wet, South African rebel leader, politician and general in the Boer War
  • 1866 Martha McChesney Berry, US, founded Berry School for Children
  • 1866 Wlodimir Ledochowski, Polish-Austrian director of the Society of Jesus (d. 1942)
  • 1870 Uncle Dave Macon, entertainer
  • 1881 Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (d. 1918)

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1885 Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, expanded quantum physics (Nobel Prize 1922), born in Copenhagen (d. 1962)

Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Niels Bohr
Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Niels Bohr
  • 1886 Johannes B Tielrooy, Dutch literary (Chateaubriand)
  • 1888 Henry A Wallace, (D/P) 33rd VP (1941-45)/founder Progressive Party
  • 1892 Dwain Esper, director (d. 1982)
  • 1894 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer
  • 1894 Del Lord, American director (d. 1970)
  • 1896 Elijah Muhammad, US, leader of Nation of Islam

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1900 Heinrich Himmler, a leading Nazi and head of the Gestapo

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • 1901 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), born in Luang Phrabang, Laos (d. 1984)
  • 1906 James E Webb, head of NASA (1961-68)
  • 1907 Víctor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician (d. 2001)
  • 1909 Anni Blomqvist, Finnish novelist (d. 1990)
  • 1909 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1910 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (d. 1986)
  • 1912 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, President of Peru (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Simon Carmiggelt, Dutch journalist (Het Parool, Kinks)
  • 1915 Margarita J Aliger, Russian poet (Zoja) [NS]
  • 1916 Walt W Rostow, American economist (Politics & Stages of Growth), born in NYC, New York
  • 1918 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist
  • 1919 George Duby, historian
  • 1919 Sir Zelman Cowen, Australian politician
  • 1920 Georg Leber, German politician (SPD), (d. 2012)
  • 1921 John Arthur Giles Gere, English art historian (Pre-Raphaelite painter)
  • 1922 Reina Prinsen Geerligs, [Leentje Vandendriesch], Dutch antifascist
  • 1923 Irma Grese, Supervisor at Nazi concentration camps
  • 1923 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Québécois member of Les Automatistes (d. 2002)
  • 1927 R. D. Laing, Govanhill, Scottish psychiatrist, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1928 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (d. 1980)
  • 1929 Robert Westall, British author (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Harold Zirin, astronomer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop of South Africa (Nobel Peace Prize 1982)
  • 1932 Joannes M Gijsen, Bishop of Roermond
  • 1934 Imamu Amiri Baraka, [Everett Leroi Jones], US, poet/writer
  • 1934 Ulrike Meinhof, German Red Army member
  • 1934 [Everett] LeRoi Jones, [Amiri Baraka], US writer (Black Music)
  • 1935 Thomas M Keneally, Australian writer (Schindler's List)
  • 1936 Gennadi Mikhailovich Kolesnikov, Russia, cosmonaut
  • 1937 Maria Szyszkowska, Polish politician
  • 1939 John Hopcroft, American computer scientist
  • 1939 Harold Kroto, English chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (1996), born in Wisbech (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Bruce F Vento, (Rep-D-Minnesota, 1977- )
  • 1940 Richard H Stallings, (Rep-D-ID, 1985- )
  • 1943 Oliver North, US colonel (Irangate), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1944 Donald Tsang, current Chief executive of Hong Kong
  • 1946 Pengiran Anak Saleha, Queen of Brunei
  • 1948 Diane Ackerman, American poet and essayist
  • 1950 Jakaya Kikwete, Tanzanian politician
  • 1951 David J. Halberstam, American radio executive
  • 1952 Martyn Harris, journalist

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1952 Vladimir Putin, Russian politician (President and Prime Minister), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
  • 1955 Ralph Johnson, American computer scientist
  • 1959 Lourdes Flores, Peruvian politician
  • 1959 Jean-Marc Fournier, French-Canadian politician
  • 1961 Matthew Roloff, American reality star
  • 1962 Dave Bronconnier, Canadian politician
  • 1964 Dan Savage, American sex-columnist and author
  • 2001 Princess Senate Seeiso, daughter of King Letsie III of Lesotho