Birthdays in History on April 7

  • 1506 Francis Xavier [Francisco de Jasso], Navarrese Catholic missionary to Far East, co-founder of the Society of Jesus, and saint, born in Javier, Spain (d. 1552)
  • 1534 Jose de Anchieta, Spanish jesuit/missionary (Brazilian Tupi-Indians)
  • 1613 Gerard Dou, Dutch painter (Night School) (d. 1675)
  • 1622 Louise Hollandine, daughter of King Frederik V & Elizabeth Stuart
  • 1629 Juan Jose, of Austria, Spanish general/governor of Netherlands
  • 1644 François de Neufville, duc de Villeroi, French soldier (d. 1730)
  • 1648 Ferdinand van Kessel, Flemish painter
  • 1648 John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (d. 1721)
  • 1652 Clement XII [Lorenzo Corsini], Italian Pope (1730-40) who despite ill health and total blindness (1732) unsuccessfully stemmed decline of papal influence, born in Florence (d. 1740)
  • 1718 Hugh Blair, Scottish preacher and man of letters (d. 1800)
  • 1727 Michel Adanson, French botanist (d. 1806)

Haym SalomonHaym Salomon (1740-1785)

Polish-born American broker who helped finance the American Revolution, born in Leszno, Poland

  • 1756 Charles Felix, King of Sardina (1821-31)

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth (1770-1850)

English poet laureate (The Prelude), born in Cockermouth, Cumberland

  • 1772 F M Charles Fourier, French socialist
  • 1775 Francis C Lowell, founded 1st raw cotton-to-cloth textile mill
  • 1780 William Ellery Channing, American Unitarian clergyman
  • 1786 William Rufus DeVane King, American politician, 13th US Vice President (1853), born in Sampson County, North Carolina (d. 1853)
  • 1801 Henry Eagle, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • 1803 Flora Tristan, French writer and social activist, born in Paris (d. 1844)
  • 1803 James Curtiss, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)
  • 1805 Francis Wilkinson Pickens, (Gov-SC, Confederacy), (d. 1869)
  • 1822 Gershom Mott, American Major General (Union Army), born in Lamberton, New Jersey (d. 1884)
  • 1841 Alfred Cogniaux, Belgian botanicus
  • 1841 Jozef Neuhuys [Joseph Hendrikus Neuhuys], Dutch painter, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1889)
  • 1847 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), born in Thisted, Jutland (d. 1885)
  • 1848 Randall Thomas Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury (d. 1930)
  • 1858 Adrien H Gerhard, Dutch socialist politician (SDAP)
  • 1860 Will Keith "W.K." Kellogg, American cereal manufacturer (Kellogg's cereal brand), born in Battle Creek, Michigan (d. 1951)
  • 1869 David Grandison Fairchild, American botanist/explorer, brought plants to US
  • 1870 Gustav Landauer, German socialist
  • 1872 William Monroe Trotter, American newspaper editor and activist for African-Americans civil rights, born near Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 1934)
  • 1878 Jozef C Bittremieux, Flemish theologist (Virgin & Mother of God)
  • 1882 Kurt von Schleiger, German chancellor (12/2/32-1/28/33)
  • 1883 Gino Severini, Italian painter (d. 1966)
  • 1884 Charles Dodd, English new testament authority
  • 1884 Louis H N Bosch van Rosenthal, Dutch politician/resistance fighter

Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral (1889-1957)

Chilean poet (Nobel Prize for Literature, 1945), educator, and diplomat, born in Vicuña, Chile

  • 1890 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, environmentalist (1st Lady of Everglades)
  • 1890 Victoria Ocampo, Argentine writer and publisher (Sur magazine), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1979)
  • 1891 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish carpenter, inventor, and toy maker (Lego Group), born in Filskov, Denmark (d. 1958)

Allen DullesAllen Dulles (1893-1969)

American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), born in Watertown, New York

  • 1894 Gerald Brenan, English writer
  • 1895 Lewis B Combs, American civil engineer and US Navy officer (1917-45), founding member and commander of the "Seabees", born in Manchester Center, Vermont (d. 1996)
  • 1897 Erich Loewenhardt, German flying ace of World War I, born in Province of Silesia, Poland (d. 1918)
  • 1908 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician
  • 1909 Robert Charroux, French writer (d. 1978)
  • 1911 Kenneth Oakley, Amersham Buckinghamshire, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax
  • 1912 John Adrian Hope, politician/businessman
  • 1913 Charles Vanik, American politician (d. 2007)
  • 1914 Sydney Thompson, rock climber
  • 1915 Henry Kuttner, American sci-fi author (Dark World, As You Were)
  • 1920 Terence Armstrong, British polar geographer (d. 1996)
  • 1924 (Johannes Mario) J.M. Simmel, Austrian writer (It Can't Always Be Caviar), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2009)
  • 1926 Johannes Rood, Dutch immunologist (Eurotransplant)
  • 1928 Alan J Pakula, director (All the President's Men, Klute)
  • 1928 James White, UK, sci-fi author (Star Surgeon, Star Healer)

Joe GalloJoe Gallo (1929-1972)

American mobster, born in Brooklyn, New York

  • 1929 Bob Denard, French mercenary (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower (Pentagon Papers)/patriot
  • 1931 Donald Barthelme, American writer (Snow White, Sadness), born in Philadelphia, Pa (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Swami Shantananda, Hindu Saint, Philosopher, Disciple of Swami Sivananda, Founder of Temple of Fine Arts
  • 1935 Hodding Carter III, American White House press secretary (Jimmy Carter)
  • 1935 Yvonne Fedderson, co-founder (Childhelp USA)
  • 1936 Jean-Pierre Changeux, French neuroscientist

Jerry BrownJerry Brown (84 years old)

1938 American politician and Governor of California (Democrat: 1975-83, 2011-19), born in San Francisco, California

  • 1939 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1944 Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of Germany
  • 1945 Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), born in Poitiers, France (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Martin Lewis, British newsreader
  • 1946 Robert Metcalfe, American electrical engineer (invented Ethernet, 3Com), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Eliseo Soriano, Filipino televangelist, born in Pasay, Philippines
  • 1955 Andrea Fisher, American artist, born in New York (d. 1997)
  • 1956 Annika Billström, Swedish politician
  • 1956 Christopher Darden, American O.J. Simpson prosecutor
  • 1960 Sandy Powell, English costume designer (3 Academy Awards), born in London, England
  • 1962 Alain Robert, French rock & urban climber, born in Digoin, France
  • 1963 Jaime de Marichalar, duke of Lugo, Spanish royalty
  • 1965 Alison Lapper, British artist

MacKenzie ScottMacKenzie Scott (52 years old)

1970 American novelist and philanthropist, born in San Francisco, California

  • 1973 Carole Montillet, French skier
  • 1986 Brooke Brodack, American internet celebrity