Birthdays in History on September 21

  • 1051 Bertha of Savoy, German queen and Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1087)
  • 1328 Hongwu Emperor of China (d. 1398)
  • 1372 Frederik I van Hohenzollern, monarch of Brandenburg (1417-40)
  • 1411 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne (d. 1460)
  • 1415 Frederick III, Innsbruck Austria, German Emperor (1440-1493)
  • 1428 Jingtai Emperor of China (d. 1457)
  • 1452 Girolamo Savonarola, monk/reformer/dictator of Florence (1494-98)
  • 1629 Philip Cardinal Howard, English Catholic cardinal (d. 1694)
  • 1645 Louis Joliet, Canadian explorer (d. 1700)
  • 1706 Polyxena Christina of Hesse-Rotenburg, queen of Sardinia (d. 1735)
  • 1737 Francis Hopkinson, US, writer/lawyer (helped design Stars & Stripes)
  • 1752 Louise MC, countess of Albany
  • 1756 John Loudon McAdam, created macadam road surface (asphalt)
  • 1758 Christopher Gore, 8th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1827)
  • 1760 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman (d. 1837)
  • 1788 Margaret Smith Taylor, 1st lady (1849-50)
  • 1809 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustator, born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1817 Carter Littlepage Stevenson, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • 1819 Princess Louise Marie Thérèse of France (d. 1864)
  • 1820 Williams Carter Wickham, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1824 Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • 1827 Michael Corcoran, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • 1832 Samuel Sprigg Carroll, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1893)
  • 1840 Murad V, sultan of Turkey (1876)
  • 1842 Abd-ul-Hamid II, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1918)
  • 1849 Edmund Gosse, translator/critic (Father & Son), born in London, England
  • 1849 Maurice Barrymore, Indian-born patriarch of the Barrymore family (d. 1905)
  • 1853 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (liquid helium, Nobel 1913)
  • 1859 Cyriel Buysse, Flemish baron/writer (Sursum Corda, Ace Knave)
  • 1862 James E. Talmage, LDS apostle and author (d. 1933)
  • 1866 Charles Jean Henri Nicolle France, bacteriologist (Nobel-1928)

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1866 H. G. Wells, English sci-fi author (War of the Worlds, Kipps), born in Bromley, Kent (d. 1946)

Author H. G. Wells
Author
H. G. Wells
  • 1867 Henry Lewis Stimson, US minister of War (1911-13)
  • 1871 Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier
  • 1886 Teiichi Igarashi, Japan, climed Mt Fuji at age 99
  • 1889 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat/genealogist
  • 1895 Sergei Yesenin, Russian poet (d. 1925)
  • 1898 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, world's oldest/longest serving newspaper Editor
  • 1899 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre)
  • 1899 Frederick Coutts, the 8th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1986)
  • 1902 Allen Lane, English publisher/founder (Penguin Books)
  • 1904 Hans Hartung, German/French painter
  • 1906 Henry Beachell, American plant breeder (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Helen Foster Snow, writer

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1909 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), born in Nkroful, Gold Coast (Ghana) (d. 1972)

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • 1912 Chuck Jones, animator (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck)
  • 1913 Ulrich Ernst Simon, theologian
  • 1914 John Kluge, American television mogul (Metromedia) and at one time the richest person in the United States, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1916 Jagernath Lachmon, premier Suriname
  • 1916 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (d. 1968)
  • 1919 Aya Zikken, author (Atlasvlinder, Rameh)
  • 1919 Mario Bunge, Argentine philosopher and physicist
  • 1919 Fazlur Rahman, Pakistani scholar (d. 1988)
  • 1920 Jay Ward, cartoonist (Rocky & his Friends, Bullwinkle)
  • 1923 Harry JN Vane 11th Lord Barnard, English large landowner
  • 1926 Donald A Glaser, physicist (Nobel-1960)
  • 1929 Bernard Williams, English philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Yuriy Luzhkov, Russian politician, mayor of Moscow
  • 1940 Hermann Knoflacher, Austrian civil engineer
  • 1941 R. James Woolsey, Jr., Central Intelligence Agency director
  • 1942 Ann Elder, comedienne (Smothers Brothers Show, Laugh-In), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1944 Hamilton Jordan, political advisor (Crisis, Last Year of Carter Pres)
  • 1944 Steve Beshear, American politician (D) Governor of Kentucky (2007-2015), born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky
  • 1945 Bjarni V Tryggvason, Reykjavik Iceland, astronaut (STS 85)
  • 1945 Ombrettqa Colli, Italian entertainer
  • 1945 Shaw Clifton, the 18th General of The Salvation Army
  • 1946 Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Councilor

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1947 Stephen King, American sci-fi and horror author (Carrie, Shining, Kujo), born in Portland, Maine

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King
  • 1947 Marsha Norman, American playwright
  • 1948 Artis Gilmore, ABA all star (Kentucky Colonels)
  • 1950 Charles Clarke, British politician
  • 1951 Bob Franks, (Rep-R-NJ)
  • 1951 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen rebel leader (d. 2005)
  • 1952 Anneliese Michel, German exorcism victim (d. 1976)

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1954 Shinzō Abe, Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-), born in Nagato

Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
Shinzō Abe
  • 1955 Richard J Hieb, astronaut (STS 39, 49, 65), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1955 Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • 1957 Kevin Rudd, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2013), born in Nambour, Queensland
  • 1958 Bruno Fitoussi, French poker player
  • 1961 Michel R Vassallucci, French/Neth publisher (Arena)
  • 1966 Ronna Reeves, Big Spring TX

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1970 Samantha Power, Irish American author and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN), born in Dublin, Ireland

Journalist and Diplomat Samantha Power
Journalist and Diplomat
Samantha Power
  • 1973 Vanessa Grigoriadis, American journalist
  • 1981 Nicole Richie, American socialite
  • 1988 Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani politician