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Person of interestAntoninus Pius

86 Antoninus Pius [Titus Aurelius], 15th Emperor of Rome (138-161 AD), born in Lanuvium, Italy (d. 161)

Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius
Roman Emperor
Antoninus Pius
  • 866 Leo VI Sophos, Byzantine Emperor (886-912) and writer (Problematica), born in Constantinople (d. 912)
  • 1377 Albert IV, Duke of Austria, born in Vienna (d. 1404)
  • 1551 Henry III, King of Poland and France (1573-89), born in Château de Fontainebleau, France (d. 1589)
  • 1655 Jan Luyts, Dutch physicist and mathematician, born in Hoorn, Netherlands (d. 1721)
  • 1714 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Haverford, Pennsylvania (d. 1786)
  • 1737 Charles Carroll, Wealthy Maryland planter who was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to pass away, born in Annapolis, Province of Maryland, British America (d. 1832)

Person of interestJean Baptiste Joseph Delambre

1749 Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre, French mathematician and astronomer (The History of Astronomy), born in Amiens, France (d. 1822)

Mathematician/Astronomer Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
Mathematician/Astronomer
Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre
  • 1754 John Ross Key, American lawyer, commissioned officer in the Continental Army and the father of Francis Scott Key, born in Redland, Frederick County, Maryland (d. 1821)
  • 1759 William Kirby, English entomologist and original member of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society, born in Witnesham, Suffolk, England (d. 1850)
  • 1769 Joseph Comb, missionary to Moluccas (d. 1833)
  • 1778 Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux and Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, born in Cowgate, Edinburgh (d. 1868)
  • 1796 Hartley Coleridge, English poet, born in Kingsdown, Bristol, England (d. 1849)
  • 1799 René Caillé, French explorer and the first European to return alive from the town of Timbuktu, born in Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon, Deux-Sèvres, France (d. 1838)
  • 1800 William McKean, American naval officer (Union Navy), born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania (d. 1865)
  • 1802 Lajos Kossuth, Governor-President of Hungary (1849), born in Monok, Hungary (d. 1894)
  • 1803 Maria Anna of Savoy, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, born in Palazzo Colonna, Rome, Papal States (d. 1884)
  • 1811 Orson Pratt, American mathematician and religious leader, born in Hartford, New York (d. 1881)
  • 1822 Joseph Rodman West, American senator and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1898)
  • 1828 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councilor, born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland (d. 1880)
  • 1867 Arthur Rackham, English book illustrator (Grimm's Fairy Tales, Rip van Winkle), born in London, England (d. 1939)
  • 1871 Fritz Schaudinn, German zoologist (examined syphilis), born in Röseningken, East Prussia (d. 1906)
  • 1882 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (d. 1965)
  • 1888 James Waddell Alexander II, American mathematician and topologist, born in Sea Bright, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1889 Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany, American author and teacher, born in Lynch's Station, Campbell County, Virginia (d. 1999)
  • 1894 Kees Rijnsdorp, Dutch writer (Kings Children), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Giuseppe Saragat, 5th President of Italy (1964-71), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Bergen Evans, American professor of English ($64,000 Question), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1978)
  • 1904 Karen Aabye, Danish author (Less bedstemor there jomfru), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1982)
  • 1905 James Holland, English artist and exhibition organiser, born in Gillingham, Kent (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Leon Jaworski, American Watergate scandal special prosecutor, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1907 Lewis F. Powell Jr., American Supreme Court justice (1972-87), born in Suffolk, Virginia (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Mika Waltari, Finnish novelist (Egyptian), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1979)
  • 1908 Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist and founder of Isshinryu Karate, born in Gushikawa, Okinawa, Japan (d. 1975)
  • 1909 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria-Hungary (d. 1998)

Person of interestWilliam Golding

1911 William Golding, English novelist (Lord of the Flies, Nobel Prize for Literature 1983), born in Newquay, Cornwall (d. 1993)

Nobel Laureate and Novelist William Golding
Nobel Laureate and Novelist
William Golding
  • 1914 Rogers Morton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1979)
  • 1919 Harry Shorto, British philologist and linguist (A Dictionary of the Mon Inscriptions) (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, born in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Damon Francis Knight, American sci-fi author (CV, Beyond the Barrier), born in Baker City, Oregon (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Duke Snider, American baseball centerfielder (406 HRs), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Lurleen Wallace, American politician (46th Governor of Alabama), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1968)
  • 1926 Pierre Janssen, Dutch art museum director, born in Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Marge Roukema, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2014)
  • 1929 Timothy Colman, English manufacturer and multi-millionaire (Reckitt & Colman), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1932 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1997)
  • 1935 Bob Krueger, American Democrat politician and diplomat (U.S. ambassador to Botswana & Burundi), born in New Braunfels, Texas
  • 1935 Thomas W. Ewing, American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Atlanta, Illinois
  • 1935 Benjamin T. Hacker, American naval aviator (first Naval Flight Officer (NFO) to achieve Flag rank), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2003)
  • 1941 Umberto Bossi, Italian politician (leader of the Northern League), born in Cassano Magnago, Italy
  • 1943 Christopher Joyce, British photographer, born in Turnbridge Wells, England (d. 1994)
  • 1944 Anders Björck, Swedish politician (Minister for Defence), born in Nässjö, Jönköping County, Sweden
  • 1947 Steve Bartlett, American politician (56th Mayor of Dallas), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947 Tanith Lee, British sci-fi author (Don't Bite the Sun), born in London
  • 1948 Michael Cooper, sodomizer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Barry Scheck, American lawyer and co-founder of Innocence Project, born in Queens, New York
  • 1950 Joan Lunden, American journalist and news host (Good Morning America), born in Fair Oaks, California
  • 1952 Gunnar Hökmark, Swedish politician (Member of the European Parliament), born in Ystad, Skåne County, Sweden
  • 1957 Richard M. Linnehan, American astronaut (STS 78, sk: 90), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • 1960 Loïc Bigois, French Formula One engineer and aerodynamicist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 1963 Alessandra Martines, Italian-French dancer and actress (Chance or Coincidence), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1964 Patrick Marber, British playwright and comedian, born in Wimbledon, London, Engla
  • 1966 Soledad O'Brien, American journalist (Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien), born in St. James, New York
  • 1966 Eric Robert Rudolph, American criminal (domestic terrorist convicted with series of bombings), born in Merritt Island, Florida
  • 1983 Matt Wiman, American mixed martial artist, born in Denver, Colorado