Birthdays in History on October 8

  • 1515 Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (d. 1578)
  • 1619 Philipp von Zesen, German poet/historian (Amsterdam)
  • 1621 Maximilian H of Bayern, prince-bishop of Liege/bishop of Hildesheim
  • 1676 Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Spanish scholar (d. 1764)
  • 1697 Cornelis Consolation, Dutch portrait painter (Unseemly Love)
  • 1713 Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi and Talmudist (d. 1793)
  • 1715 Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1774)
  • 1720 Jonathan Mayhew, American minister (d. 1766)
  • 1747 Jean-François Rewbell, French politician (d. 1807)
  • 1765 Harman Blennerhassett, Irish lawyer (d. 1831)
  • 1789 John Ruggles, American politician (d. 1874)
  • 1789 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist (d. 1855)
  • 1802 Peter Hofstede, the Great, Dutch reformed theologist
  • 1818 John Henninger Reagan, Atty Gen (Confederacy)
  • 1826 Matt Whitaker Ransom, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1904)
  • 1828 Francisque Sarcey, French writer/critic
  • 1838 John Milton Hay, politician (Union), (d. 1905)
  • 1850 Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist (d. 1936)
  • 1855 Gustav Ehrismann, German germanist
  • 1864 Ozias Leduc, Québécois painter (d. 1955)
  • 1868 Max Slevogt, German painter
  • 1869 J Frank Duryea, inventor (1st auto built & operated in US)
  • 1872 John Cowper Powys, British writer (Wood & Stone)
  • 1873 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Denmark, astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram)
  • 1877 Hans Heysen, German-born landscape artist (d. 1968)
  • 1880 Ernest F E Douwes Dekker, Dutch founder (National-India Party)
  • 1883 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1970)
  • 1884 Walther von Reichenau, German military officer (d. 1942)
  • 1889 C. E. Woolman, American airline founder (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Eddie Rickenbacker, aviator "Ace of Aces" (WW I)
  • 1893 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, born in Epping, England
  • 1895 Jeanne G van Schaik-Willing, Dutch author (Sinner & the Girl)

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1895 Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1974)

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • 1895 King Zog I, of Albania (1928-1939)
  • 1899 Milner Connorton Gray, designer
  • 1899 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname relig leader/co-found (VHP)
  • 1900 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Serge Chermayeff, architect/designer
  • 1910 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Spark Matsunaga, (D-Ha-Sen)
  • 1917 Walter Lord, American author (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Kiichi Miyazawa, premier Japan (1991-93)
  • 1920 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, US, sci-fi author (Dune)
  • 1921 Abraham Sarmiento, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
  • 1922 Douglas Gray, archivist
  • 1924 Alphons Egli, member of the Swiss Federal Council
  • 1925 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, writer/critic
  • 1926 Raaj Kumar, Hindi film star (Mother India), born in Loralai, Balochistan, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Jim Elliot, American missionary (d. 1956)
  • 1927 César Milstein, Argentine scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1928 M. Russell Ballard, LDS apostle
  • 1932 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player
  • 1934 J Carter Brown, art director (Washington National Gallery), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1936 Rona Barrett, American gossip columnist (Tomorrow Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky
  • 1939 Harvey Pekar, American author
  • 1939 Lynne Stewart, American civil liberties lawyer
  • 1941 Jesse Jackson, clergyman, presidential candidate (D), born in Greenville, South Carolina

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1943 R. L. Stine, children's book writer (Goosebumps), born in Columbus, Ohio

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine
  • 1944 Bruce A Morrison, (Rep-D-CT, 1983- )
  • 1946 Jean-Jacques Beineix, director (Betty Blue, Diva)
  • 1946 Dennis Kucinich, American politician
  • 1947 Yelena Ivanovna Dobrokvashina, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15a)
  • 1948 Stefanie Marrian, comedienne (Benny Hill Show), born in Paris, France
  • 1948 Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor
  • 1948 Pedro López, Colombian serial killer
  • 1951 Jack O'Connell, American politician
  • 1952 Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician
  • 1956 Janice E Voss Ford, South Bend Ind, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 63, 83, 94)
  • 1956 Scott Michael Pellaton, barefoot water ski champ
  • 1956 Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Joe Castiglione, American college athletic director
  • 1958 Steve Coll, American journalist
  • 1959 Carlos I Noriega, Lima Peru, astronaut (STS 84, sk 97)
  • 1960 Reed Hastings, American businessman and entrepreneur
  • 1970 Sadiq Khan, British politician, 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London
  • 1977 Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain-bike rider, born in Dijon, France
  • 1981 Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia, of Netherlands
  • 1985 Eiji Wentz, German-Japanese entertainer
  • 1987 Aya Hirano, Japanese Seiyuu