Birthdays in History on September 15

  • 973 Al-Biruni, mathematician (d. 1048)

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1254 Marco Polo, Italian explorer (Il Milione), born in Venice, Venetian Republic (d. 1324)

Explorer Marco Polo
Explorer
Marco Polo
  • 1505 Maria, queen of Hungary/wife of Louis II/governess of Neth (1531-55)
  • 1533 Catherine of Austria, queen consort of Poland and Lithuania (d. 1572)
  • 1580 Charles Annibal Fabrot, French lawyer (d. 1659)
  • 1613 François de La Rochefoucauld, French writer (d. 1680)
  • 1649 Titus Oates, English minister and plotter (d. 1705)
  • 1666 Princess Sophia Dorothea of Celle (d. 1726)
  • 1736 Jean-Sylvain, French historian (History of France)
  • 1760 Bogislav Friedrich Emanuel von Tauentzien, Prussian general of the Napoleonic Wars (d. 1824)

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1789 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (Last of Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey

  • 1811 Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author
  • 1828 Aleksandr Mikhailovich Butlerov, Russian chemist (d. 1886)
  • 1830 Jose de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz, president of Mexico (1877-1911)
  • 1834 Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian/parliament member
  • 1843 Willem F Mauritius HK, prince of Orange/son of king Willem III
  • 1851 Emilia Pardo Bazan, Spanish countess/writer (Sirena Negra)
  • 1852 Jan E Matzeliger, Surinamese inventor (shoe lacing machine)
  • 1852 Edward Bouchet, American physicist (d. 1918)

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1857 William Howard Taft, (R) 27th pres (1909-13), chief justice, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1858 Charles E Vicomte de Foucauld, French explorer/hermit
  • 1860 Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, Indian engineer (d. 1962)
  • 1865 Henri [Lucien] Capitant, French lawyer (Loi Falcidie)
  • 1865 Nicolaus Adriani, linguist (Middle-Celebes languages)
  • 1868 Dirk B Nanninga, Dutch painter
  • 1876 Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher (Gannett), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1876 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Indian novelist (d. 1938)
  • 1877 Jakob Ehrlich, Austrian politician and zionist (d. 1938)
  • 1879 Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1939)
  • 1881 Ettore Bugatti, Italian-French automobile designer and manufacturer (Automobiles E. Bugatti), born in Milan, Italy (d. 1947)
  • 1883 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Spanish mathematician and engineer (d. 1950)
  • 1887 Jean/Hans Arp, French/Swiss sculptor, artist and poet
  • 1887 Carlos Dávila, former President of Chile (d. 1955)

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1890 Agatha Christie, English crime writer (Murder on Orient Express), born in Torquay, Devon (d. 1976)

Novelist Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie
  • 1890 Claude McKaye, Jamaica/US author (Songs of Jamaica, Banjo)
  • 1892 Silpa Bhirasri, Italian sculptor (d. 1962)
  • 1894 Jean Renoir, French director (Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion)
  • 1894 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (d. 1977)
  • 1895 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (d. 1977)
  • 1898 John J Slauerhoff, Dutch ship's doctor/writer/poet (El Dorado)
  • 1899 Milton S Eisenhower, Dwight's brother/pres (Pennsylvania State)
  • 1900 Larry Kent, CA, director (High Stakes)
  • 1901 Sir Donald Bailey, British engineer (d. 1985)
  • 1902 Magda [Helena] Lupescu, wife of King Carol II of Romania
  • 1904 Umberto II, van Piemonte, the last King of Italy (ruled 1946)
  • 1908 Gerd Gaiser, German writer (Ship in the Mountain)
  • 1909 Jean Batten, NZ air pioneer (1st woman to fly solo Australia-
  • 1909 C.N.Annadurai, Former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu
  • 1910 George D Kilpatrick, Canadian/British bible scholar
  • 1910 Richard Baerlein, racing writer
  • 1913 Hans Filbinger, German politician (CDU)
  • 1913 John Mitchell, Nixon's attorney general who went to jail
  • 1914 Creighton Abrams, US, army general (Vietnam War)
  • 1914 Jens Otto Krag, premier of Denmark (1962-68, 71-72)
  • 1914 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentine writer (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Helmut Schoen, football coach
  • 1919 Fausto Coppi, Italian bicylist (world record 45,798 km)
  • 1924 Lucebert, Dutch poet/painter/cartoonist (Boozz, PC Hooft prize 1967)
  • 1925 Carlo Rambaldi, Vigarano Mainarda, Italy, Special effects artist (Alien, E.T.), (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Jean-Pierre Serre, French mathematician
  • 1926 Edward Derwinski, American congressman for Chicago 1959-83, first Secretary of Veteran Affairs 1989-1992, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1927 David Stove, Australian philosopher, (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Rod Robbie, Poole, England, Canadian architect and planner (Roger's Centre/ Sky Dome, Toronto), (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Murray Gell-Mann, physicist who predicted quarks
  • 1929 Eva Burrows, the 13th General of The Salvation Army
  • 1934 Fred Nile, Australian politician
  • 1937 Robert Lucas, Jr., American economist, Nobel laureate
  • 1937 Fernando de la Rúa, 51st President of Argentina
  • 1939 Breyten Breytenbach, South African poet/painter
  • 1939 Jim Kimsey, co-founder of AOL, born in Washington D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Norman [Richard] Spinrad, US, sci-fi author (Child of Fortune)
  • 1941 Miroslav Hermazewski, Poland, cosmonaut (Soyuz 30)
  • 1941 Mirosław Hermaszewski, Polish cosmonaut
  • 1941 Yuri Norstein, Russian animator
  • 1942 Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, US, sci-fi author (Hotel Transylvania)
  • 1942 Phil Harris, English carpet manufacturer/multi-millionaire
  • 1944 Sotirios Hatzigakis, Greek politician
  • 1946 Oliver Stone, American director (Wall St, Good Morning Vietnam, Platoon), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Howard Waldrop, American science fiction author
  • 1949 Joe Barton, Waco Texas, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives since 1985)
  • 1954 7th marquess of Bristol, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1954 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (d. 2007)
  • 1955 Mac Sweeney, (Rep-R-TX, 1985- )
  • 1955 Željka Antunović, Croatian politician
  • 1955 Renzo Rosso, Italian clothing designer
  • 1958 Lesley Player, Redhill England, Sarah Fergusson's father's lover
  • 1964 Ryoko Kikuchi, Zama City, Kanagawa, Japanese cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-11) and reporter
  • 1964 Róbert Fico, Slovak Prime minister
  • 1969 Jim Curtiss, American writer
  • 1972 Princess Letizia of Spain
  • 1977 Leander Jordan, National Football League offensive lineman

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1977 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer (Half of a Yellow Sun), born in Enugu, Enugu State

  • 1984 Henry Charles Albert David, Prince of Wales, 3rd in British succession