Birthdays in History on September 13

  • 1087 John II Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor (d. 1143)
  • 1157 Alexander Neckum/de Sancto Albano, English theologist/encyclopedist
  • 1475 Cesare Borgia, Italian aristocrat (d. 1507)
  • 1502 John Leland, English antiquarian (d. 1552)
  • 1520 William Cecil 1st baron Burghley, English premier
  • 1604 William Brereton, English soldier and politician (d. 1661)

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1660 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), born in London, England

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • 1676 Élisabeth Charlotte of Orléans, Duchess of Lorraine (d. 1741)
  • 1694 Yeongjo of Joseon, ruler of Korea (d. 1776)
  • 1751 Henry Kobell, Dutch painter/cartoonist
  • 1755 Oliver Evans, pioneered high-pressure steam engine
  • 1766 Samuel Wilson, possible namesake of Uncle Sam (d. 1854)

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1775 Laura Secord, Canadian war heroine, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts Bay (d. 1868)

Canadian War Heroine Laura Secord
Canadian War Heroine
Laura Secord
  • 1802 Arnold Ruge, German philosopher and writer (d. 1880)
  • 1806 Joseph Lewis Hogg, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), die in 1862
  • 1813 John Sedgwick, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • 1814 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1903)
  • 1817 John McAuley Palmer, US Union msj-gen/(Gov-Ill, 1868-72)
  • 1818 Olivier Gloux, [Aimard], Fren world explorer/writer (Grande Flibuste)
  • 1830 Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Austrian writer (d. 1916)
  • 1831 Andrew Noble, Greenock, Scottish Physicist who was a founder of the science of ballistics
  • 1836 John McCausland, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1927)
  • 1841 Johannes de Koo, Dutch journalist/stage writer
  • 1842 John H. Bankhead, U.S. Senator (d. 1920)
  • 1846 Richard Kiepert, German cartographer (Africa)
  • 1851 Walter Reed, US Army Surgeon, proved mosquitoes transmit yellow fever

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1857 Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon (The Hershey Chocolate Company) and philanthropist, born in Derry Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1945)

Chocolate Tycoon Milton S. Hershey
Chocolate Tycoon
Milton S. Hershey
  • 1857 Michał Drzymała, Polish peasant rebel (d. 1937)

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1860 John J. Pershing [Blackjack], American general and WWI commander, born in Laclede, Missouri (d. 1948)

US WW1 Commander John J. Pershing
US WW1 Commander
John J. Pershing
  • 1862 Dirk Bos, Dutch liberal 2nd Member of parliament
  • 1863 Arthur Henderson, Britain, socialist/disarmament worker (Nobel 1934)
  • 1866 Adolf Meyer, US, psychiatrist/neurologist (pioneered mental hygiene)
  • 1874 Henry Fountain Ashurst, American politician (d. 1962)
  • 1876 Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, author/publisher (Winesburg)
  • 1877 Wilhelm Filchner, German explorer (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Stanley Lord, captain of the SS Californian the night of the Titanic disaster (d. 1962)
  • 1882 Ramón Grau, Cuban president (d. 1969)
  • 1885 Wilhelm Blaschke, Austrian geometer (d. 1962)
  • 1886 Alain LeRoy Locke, African American writer and philosopher “Father of the Harlem Renaissance”
  • 1887 Lavoslav Ruzicka, Croatian chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1976)
  • 1889 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), born in Occitanie (d. 1960)
  • 1894 Anton Roosjen, Dutch politician/NCRV-chairman
  • 1894 John B[oynton] Priestly, author (Good Companions)/wed Jessica Hawkes
  • 1894 Julian Tuwim, Polish poet (d. 1953)
  • 1899 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/writer
  • 1899 Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, leader of the Iron Guard (d. 1938)
  • 1902 Leland Hayward, US producer (Spirit of St Louis)
  • 1907 Victor Reinganum, artist
  • 1915 Peter Guy Wykeham-Barnes, fighter Pilot

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1916 Roald Dahl, British author (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)

Author Roald Dahl
Author
Roald Dahl
  • 1919 Mary Midgley, American philosopher
  • 1919 George Weidenfeld, British Publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), born in Vienna (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Reninca, [Renée Lauwers], Flemish author (Seed in the Wind)
  • 1923 Edouard Boubat, French photographer (d. 1999)
  • 1928 Ernest L Boyer, educator/chancellor (NY's State Universities-SUNY)
  • 1930 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher/multi-millionaire (St Ives)
  • 1936 Stefano Delle Chiaie, Italian neo-Nazi
  • 1937 Don Bluth, American animator
  • 1938 Judith Martin, author/journalist/columnist (Miss Manners)
  • 1939 Larry Speakes, presidential press secretary
  • 1939 Bill Janklow, American politician and four-term Governor of South Dakota (Republican: 1979-87, 1995-2003), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Óscar Arias, Costa Rican politician, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
  • 1941 Tadao Ando, Japanese architect
  • 1941 Ahmet Necdet Sezer, 10th President of Turkey
  • 1942 Hissène Habré, dictator of Chad (1982-90), born in Faya-Largeau
  • 1945 Andres Küng, Swedish-Estonian politician, journalist (d. 2002)
  • 1948 Dimitri Nanopoulos, Greek physicist
  • 1950 Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Polish politician
  • 1957 John G. Trueschler, American politician
  • 1961 Peter Roskam, Republican Congressman from Illinois
  • 1962 Tõnu Õnnepalu, Estonian poet and author
  • 1963 Theodoros Roussopoulos, Greek politician
  • 1965 Annie Duke, American poker player
  • 1966 Maria Furtwängler, German physician
  • 1971 Nancy Anne Roberts, Miss Vermont USA (1996)
  • 1985 Keyunta Dawson, National Football League player