On This Day

Birthdays in History on April 7

  • 1506 Francis Xavier, saint/Jesuit missionary to India, Malaya, & Japan
  • 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)

Person of interestHaym Salomon

1740 Haym Salomon, Polish-born American broker who helped finance the American Revolution, born in Leszno, Poland (d. 1785)

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

Person of interestWilliam Wordsworth

1770 William Wordsworth, English poet laureate (The Prelude), born in Cockermouth, Cumberland (d. 1850)

  • 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 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, Hyde Park, Massachusetts, newspaper editor and African-American rights activist
  • 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
  • 1890 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, environmentalist (1st Lady of Everglades)
  • 1891 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish inventor (founded LEGO), born in Filskov, Denmark (d. 1958)
  • 1893 Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), born in Watertown, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1894 Gerald Brenan, English writer
  • 1895 Lewis B Combs, naval commander/civil engineer
  • 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 Simmel, Austrian writer
  • 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)

Person of interestJoe Gallo

1929 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • 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
  • 1936 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, born in Tel Keppe, Iraq (d. 2015)

Person of interestJerry Brown

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

Governor of California Jerry Brown
Governor of California
Jerry Brown
  • 1939 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1944 Gerhard Schröder, Chancellor of Germany
  • 1945 Martin Lewis, British newsreader
  • 1945 Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), born in Poitiers, France (d. 2018)
  • 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 Bonny Warner, Mount Baldy California, lugist
  • 1963 Jaime de Marichalar, duke of Lugo, Spanish royalty
  • 1965 Alison Lapper, British artist
  • 1973 Carole Montillet, French skier
  • 1986 Brooke Brodack, American internet celebrity