Birthdays in History on April 28

  • 32 Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor, born in Ferentium, Italy (d. 69)

Edward IVEdward IV (1442-1483)

King of England (1461-70, 71-83), born in Rouen, Normandy

  • 1545 Yi Sun-sin, Korean Naval Commander, born in Hanseong, South Korea (d. 1598)
  • 1630 Charles Cotton, English poet and writer, born in Alstonefield, Staffordshire, England (d. 1687)
  • 1686 Michael Brokoff, Czech sculptor, born in Klášterec nad Ohří, Czech Republic (d. 1721)
  • 1753 Franz K. Achard, German physicist and chemist, born in Berlin (d. 1821)

James MonroeJames Monroe (1758-1831)

5th US President (1817-25), born in Monroe Hall, Virginia

  • 1765 Sylvestre François Lacroix, French mathematician, born in Paris (d. 1843)
  • 1770 Nikita P. Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d. 1837)
  • 1774 Francis Baily, English astronomer and describer of "Baily's Beads" during solar eclipse, born in Newbury, Berkshire, England (d. 1844)
  • 1795 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), born in Bengal, British India (d. 1869)
  • 1810 Daniel Ullman, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 1892)
  • 1812 Daniel Henry Rucker, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • 1815 Andrew Jackson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • 1819 Ezra Abbot, American Bible scholar, born in Jackson, Maine (d. 1884)
  • 1825 James Winning McMillan, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1903)
  • 1838 Tobias Asser, Dutch advocate of world law (Nobel 1911), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1913)
  • 1842 Gaston of Orleans, Count of Eu, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France (d. 1922)
  • 1846 Johann Oskar Backlund, Swedish-Russian astronomer (planets/asteroids), born in Länghem, Sweden (d. 1916)
  • 1864 William Frederick Archdall Ellison, Irish clergyman and director (Armagh Observatory)
  • 1865 Charles W. Woodworth, American entomologist, born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1868 Georgy Voronoy, Russian mathematician (Voronoi diagram), born in Zhuravki, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1908)
  • 1869 Lester Lonergan, Irish-American stage and screen actor and director (Seven Faces), born in Limerick, Ireland, UK (d. 1931)
  • 1874 Karl Kraus, Austrian satirical writer, born in Jičín, Austrian-Hungarian Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1879 Edgard Tytgat, Flemish painter and etcher, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1954)
  • 1879 Franz Arnold, German writer, born in Znin, Prussia (d. 1960)
  • 1882 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrialist, born in Milano, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1886 Erich Salomon, German photographer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1944)

Harry CrerarHarry Crerar (1888-1965)

Canadian WWI and WWII general (First Canadian Army), born in Hamilton, Ontario

António de Oliveira SalazarAntónio de Oliveira Salazar (1889-1970)

Dictator of Portugal (1932-68) who founded and controlled the Estado Novo (New State), born in Vimieiro, Santa Comba Dão, Portugal

  • 1889 Karel Doorman, Dutch rear admiral (Java Sea), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1942)
  • 1892 Joseph Dunninger, American mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), born in NYC, New York
  • 1897 Kálmán Tihanyi, Hungarian physicist and engineer (invented cathode ray tube for television), born in Üzbég, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1947)
  • 1897 Ye Jianying, Chinese communist general and politician (Head of State of the People's Republic of China 1978-83), born in Jiaying, Guangdong, Qing Empire (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Grantley Herbert Adams, Premier of Barbados (1953-58) and Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation (1958-62), born in St. Michael, British Windward Islands (d. 1971)
  • 1900 Bruno Apitz, German writer (Nackt unter Wölfen, born in Leipzig (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Heinrich Müller, German Nazi, Director of the Gestapo (1939-45) and most senior Nazi official never captured or confirmed to have died, born in Munich, German Empire (d. ?)
  • 1900 Jan Hendrik Oort, Dutch astronomer (hypothesized "Oort Cloud"), born in Franeker, Friesland (d. 1992)
  • 1900 Kenneth Horne, British writer and playwright (Fools Rush In; The Coming-Out Party), born in Westminster, London, England (d. 1975)
  • 1900 Maurice Thorez, French politician and secretary-general (French Communist Party), born in Noyelles-Godault, Pas-de-Calais, France (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (Lillelord), born in Kristiana, Norway (d. 1979)
  • 1906 Bart [Bartholomeus Jan] Bok, Dutch-American astronomer (Milky Way), born in Hoorn, Netherlands (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Kurt Gödel, Austrian-American mathematician (Gödel's incompleteness theorems), born in Brünn, Austria-Hungary (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Pierre Boileau, French novelist (Vertigo), born in Paris, France (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Tony "Big Tuna" Accardo, American mobster (St Valentine's Day) and boss of the Chicago Outfit, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Sam Merwin, Jr., American mystery fiction writer, born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1999)
  • 1912 Odette Hallowes, British classified agent in France (WWII), born in Amiens, France (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian auto-designer (Lamborghini), born in Cento, Ferrara (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Joop Waasdorp, Dutch writer (Naked Life), born in Amsterdam (d. 1988)
  • 1917 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (The Guns of Navarone), born in Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • 1922 William Broomfield, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), born in Royal Oak, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • 1924 Kenneth Kaunda, 1st President of Zambia (1964-91), born in Chinsali, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) (d. 2021)

Harper LeeHarper Lee (1926-2016)

American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama

  • 1927 Garry [Garfield Howard] Weston, English industrial billionaire (Twinings Tea)
  • 1928 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1997)
  • 1928 Yves Klein, French sculptor and painter, born in Nice, France (d. 1962)
  • 1930 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, born in Tel Keppe, Iraq (d. 2015)

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein (1937-2006)

President of Iraq (1979-2003), born in Al-Awja, Iraq

  • 1941 Iryna Zhylenko, Ukrainian poet (An Evening Party in an Old Winery), born in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 1941 K. Barry Sharpless, American chemist (Nobel 2001 - developing the first chiral catalysts, Nobel 2022 - click chemistry), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 John Oliver Creighton, American NASA astronaut (STS 51G, 36, 48), born in Orange, Texas
  • 1944 Alice Waters, American chef (Chez Panisse, farm-to-table movement), born in Chatham Borough, New Jersey
  • 1944 Elizabeth LeCompte, American theater director (founding member of The Wooster Group), born in New Jersey
  • 1944 Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe, Belgian politician

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett (1948-2015)

English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), born in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

  • 1949 Indian Larry, American stuntsman (d. 2004)
  • 1949 Jerome "Jay" Apt, American astronaut (STS 37, 47, 59, 79), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1953 Roberto Bolaño, Chilean author and poet (2666), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2003)
  • 1955 Nicky Gumbel, British author and priest (Alpha Course), born in London, England
  • 1956 Paul S. Lockhart, American Major USAF and astronaut, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1957 Leopold Eyharts, French cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-26, TM-28/27)
  • 1960 Elena Kagan, American Supreme Court Judge (2010-), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Ian Rankin, Scottish novelist (Inspector Rebus crime novels), born in Cardenden, Scotland
  • 1960 Joel H. Rosenthal American political scientist
  • 1961 Futoshi Matsunaga, Japanese serial killer, born in Kitakyūshū, Japan
  • 1962 Susanne Klatten, Germany's richest woman (BMW, Altana), born in Bad Homburg, West Germany
  • 1963 Obiageli Ezekwesili, Nigerian Accountant and World Bank official (#BringBackOurGirls campaign)
  • 1964 Helen Taylor [Windsor], English daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, born in Iver
  • 1964 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2014)
  • 1973 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), born in Konstanz, West Germany (d. 2015)
  • 1974 Vernon Kay, British TV/radio presenter, born in Bolton, England
  • 1977 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • 1996 Tony Revolori [Anthony Quiñonez], American actor (The Grand Budapest Hotel), born in Anaheim, California