Birthdays in History on September 16

  • 16 Drusilla, daughter of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder (d. 38)
  • 1386 Traversari Ambrosius, Italian humanist//sciencist/general
  • 1507 Jiajing, Emperor of China (d. 1567)
  • 1547 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch East Indies poet
  • 1574 Samuel Coster, Dutch physician/playwright (Polyxena)
  • 1584 Matthias Gallas, Austria earl of Campo/duke of Lucerna/general-major
  • 1651 Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and traveler (d. 1716)
  • 1666 Antoine Parent, French mathematician (d. 1716)
  • 1678 Henry St John, English statesman and philosopher (d. 1751)
  • 1722 Gabriel Christie, British general (d. 1799)
  • 1725 Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist (d. 1815)
  • 1736 Johann N Tetens, German/Danish philosopher/mathematician
  • 1745 Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (d. 1813)
  • 1762 Charles G G, earl of Merode/mayor of Brussels/French senator
  • 1782 Daoguang, Emperor of China (d. 1850)
  • 1797 Anthony Panizzi, Librarian at British Museum
  • 1818 Francis Seymour Haden, English surgeon and etcher, born in London (d. 1910)
  • 1822 Charles S Crocker, President of Central & South Pacific Railroad
  • 1823 Francis Parkman, American historian/author (Oregon Trail)
  • 1823 Michael Obrenovic, ruler of Serbia
  • 1827 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist (d. 1908)
  • 1832 George Washington Custis Lee, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1837 Pedro V van Alcantara, king of Portugal (1853-61)
  • 1838 James J Hill, Canada, RR entrepreneur (Great Northern Railroad)
  • 1853 Albrecht Kossel, German physician, Nobel laureate (d. 1927)

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1858 Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick (now Canada)

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law

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1875 James Cash Penney, American department store founder (J C Penney), born in Hamilton, Missouri (d. 1971)

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • 1877 Willem H Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Panji)
  • 1878 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (German Art, female nudes)
  • 1880 Alfred Noyes, British poet/essayist (Loom of Years, Highwayman)
  • 1881 Clive Bell, English art critic (d. 1964)
  • 1883 T. E. Hulme, English writer (d. 1917)
  • 1885 Karen Horney, German/US, neo-freudian psychoanalyst
  • 1887 Hans/Jean Arp, French/Swiss painter/poet/sculptor
  • 1889 Claude A Barnett, founder (Associated Negro Press)
  • 1891 Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-born German spy (d. 1972)

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1891 Karl Dönitz, German naval leader, born in Grünau, German Empire (d. 1980)

Admiral and Navy Commander Karl Dönitz
Admiral and Navy Commander
Karl Dönitz
  • 1893 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungary, biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937)
  • 1896 Andre Cheron, French chess/bridge theorist
  • 1898 H.A. Rey, American children's author, creator of "Curious George" (d. 1977)
  • 1901 CFH "Freddie" Gough, British major scout (WW II, Arnhem)
  • 1905 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, commando
  • 1908 Beecher Moore, British sailor, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1908 James "Jimmy" Johnson, English Labor MP (1950-59, 64-83)
  • 1909 John Megaw, British Lord Justice of Appeal
  • 1909 [Hans JM] Fernand Lodewick, literature historian
  • 1910 Joan Alice Chetwode Ramsey nee Hamilton, lady Ramsey of Canterbury
  • 1910 Erich Kempka, Adolf Hitler's chauffeur (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Wilfred Burchett, Australia, communist/writer (Catapult to Freedom)
  • 1912 Jerry Wald, American producer (Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Lord Ryder of Eaton hastings, CEO (Intl Publishing House)
  • 1916 Willem Noordhoek, photographer
  • 1916 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (d. 1999)
  • 1918 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], politician (C), born in Castleford, West Yorkshire (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Laurence J. Peter, Canadian born educator and writer (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Hannie [Jannetje J] Schaft, "Girl with red hair"
  • 1920 Sheila Quinn, adviser (British Red Cross)
  • 1921 Dusty Hughers, playwright
  • 1921 William Johnston, Chaplain to Queen of Scotland
  • 1922 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), born in Paris (d. 2016)

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1923 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), born in Singapore

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 1924 Paddy Stone, Winnipeg Manitoba, choreographer (Piccadilly Palace)
  • 1925 Charles Haughey, Irish president (1979-81, 82, 87-92)
  • 1926 John Knowles, US writer (Morning in Antibes)
  • 1926 Robert Schuller, televangelist (Glass Cathedral, Hour of Power)
  • 1929 Dale E Kildee, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1977- )
  • 1930 Ken Coates, MEP (Labour)
  • 1933 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Eva Clayton, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • 1935 Carl Andre, US sculptor (minimal/conceptual art)
  • 1935 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist, born in Minneapolis (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Frits Niessen, Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1941 Richard Perle, American political advisor
  • 1943 David Wilshire, British MP (C)
  • 1943 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Lord Walton of Detchant, physician (Warden of Green College Oxford)
  • 1946 Mike Reynolds, Australian politician
  • 1947 Aleksandr V Rutskoi, Ukrainian Hero of USSR/VP (1991- )
  • 1947 Michael R McNulty, (Rep-D-NY)
  • 1947 Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian and writer
  • 1953 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
  • 1953 Nancy Huston, Canadian-born novelist and essayist
  • 1955 Liz Knights, publisher

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1956 David Copperfield [Kotkin], American magician, born in Metuchen, New Jersey

  • 1956 Kevin R Kregel, Pilot/astronaut (STS 70, 78, 87), born in New York City
  • 1956 Mark Daniel Gearan, Gardner Mass, campaign manager (Al Gore)
  • 1956 Nick Banton, founder (Body Positive)
  • 1960 Kurt Busiek, American comic book writer
  • 1961 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer
  • 1964 Mary Coustas, Austalian entertainer
  • 1967 Hiroya Oku, Japanese Manga-ka
  • 1968 Walt Becker, American director and writer
  • 1973 Justin Haythe, American writer
  • 1977 Greg Ball, American politician
  • 1982 Michael McCall, Irish chemist
  • 2005 Princess Jalilah bint Ali, of Jordan