Birthdays in History on April 21

  • 1488 Ulrich von Hutten, German poet/humanist/patriot
  • 1555 Ludovico Carracci, Italian painter (d. 1619)
  • 1619 Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Colony (Cape Town), born in Culemborg (d. 1677)
  • 1651 Blessed Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Ceylon (d. 1711)
  • 1652 Michel Rolle, French mathematician (d. 1719)
  • 1671 John Law, Scottish economist (d. 1729)
  • 1673 Wilhelmina Amalia of Brunswick, Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1742)
  • 1713 Louis Duke de Noailles, marshal of France
  • 1774 Jean-Baptiste Biot, French physicist/astronomer (balloonist)
  • 1775 Alexander Anderson, American engraver/illustrator (Shakespeare)
  • 1795 Vincenzo Pallotti, Italian saint
  • 1803 Levin Minn Powell, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1885)
  • 1806 Peter van Schendel, Dutch painter
  • 1809 Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, Secy State (Confederacy)
  • 1810 John Putnam Chapin, American politician (d. 1864)
  • 1811 Alson Sherman, American politician (d. 1903)

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1816 Charlotte Brontë,English novelist (Jane Eyre), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire

  • 1816 Louis Trezevant Wigfall, Confederate Army, (d. 1874)
  • 1828 Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher/historian (Voyage in Italy)
  • 1834 William Rufus Terrill, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Covington City, Virginia (d. 1862)
  • 1837 Fredrik Bajer, Danish politician/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1908)

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1838 John Muir, Scottish naturalist/discoverer (glaciers in High Seirras), born in Dunbar

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  • 1849 Oskar Hertwig, German embryologist, discovered fertilization
  • 1851 Charles Barrois, French geologist (d. 1939)
  • 1854 Eusapia Palladino, Italian spiritual medium, born in Minervino Murge, Apulia (d. 1918)
  • 1854 William Stang, Roman Catholic Bishop (d. 1907)
  • 1864 Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian (Ancient Judaism)
  • 1867 Benjamin A Jesurun, Antillian literary
  • 1868 Robert Herrick, American novelist (Common lot), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1938)
  • 1872 GW Bitzer, [Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer], Roxbury MA
  • 1878 Albert Weisgerber, German painter/graphic artist
  • 1879 Kartini, Indonesian national figure (d. 1904)
  • 1881 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist (Rocks of Oran)
  • 1882 Percy Williams Bridgman, American physicist, Nobel laureate (d. 1961)
  • 1887 Lillian Walker, entertainer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1889 Paul Karrer, Swiss chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1896 Henry M de Montherlant, French novelist and stage author (La Reine Morte)
  • 1902 Bernard J H "Ben" Stroman, recensent/writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard)
  • 1903 Hans Hedtoft, premier Denmark (1947..55)
  • 1904 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67)
  • 1905 Edmund Gerald "Pat" Brown, American politician and Governor of California (D: 1959-67), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Tom Burns, British-Chilean publisher and editor, born in Chile (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Rollo May, American psychologist, Love & Will)
  • 1911 Ivan Combe, American inventor (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Marcel Camus, French director, Orfeu negro)
  • 1912 Eve Arnold, photojournalist (Marilyn Monroe) (d. 2012), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1913 Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist professor, isolated growth hormones)
  • 1913 Kai-Uwe von Hassel, German politician
  • 1913 Norman Parkinson, English fashion photographer (Harper's Bazaar), born in London (d. 1990)
  • 1915 Frick, [W Groebli], Swiss clown, Frick & Frack)
  • 1917 Emanuel Vardi, Jerusalem Israel, violist, SD Symph 1978-82)

  • 1919 Franc [Franklin E] Essed, Suriname agricultural eng, Oper Grasshopper)
  • 1923 John Mortimer, English barrister and writer
  • 1924 Daniel Melnick, American producer, Get Smart), born in NYC, New York

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1926 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, 1952- ), born in London, England

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  • 1927 Robert Brustein, American dean, Yale School of Drama), born in NYC, New York
  • 1930 Don Tyson, founder, Tyson Foods)
  • 1935 Thomas Kean, American politician
  • 1936 James Dobson, American evangelist
  • 1937 Charles Lee Herron, Ky, FBI most wanted fugitive (Jan 1 1986)
  • 1939 Helen Prejean, American writer
  • 1940 Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • 1947 Alan Warner, rocker (Foundations)
  • 1948 Gary A Condit, (Rep-D-California)
  • 1948 Lord Egremont, English large landowner/multi-millionaire
  • 1951 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laveykin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-2)
  • 1951 Tony Danza, (Tony Banta-Taxi, Tony Micelli-Who's the Boss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951 Michael Hartley Freedman, American mathematician
  • 1956 Phillip Longman, American demographer
  • 1958 Michael Zarnock, American author and columnist
  • 1958 Yoshito Usui, Japanese manga artist
  • 1959 Tim Jacobus, American artist (Goosebumps)
  • 1962 Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russian major/cosmonaut
  • 1965 Fiona Kelleghan, American academic and critic
  • 1969 Robin Meade, American reporter
  • 1971 Alexander Kravchenko, Russian professional poker player
  • 1971 Hasan Akbar, American convicted murderer
  • 1972 Gwendal Peizerat, French ice dancer
  • 2007 Princess Isabella of Denmark