Birthdays in History on August 13

  • 582 Arnulf of Metz, French bishop and saint, born in Lay-Saint-Christophe, France (d. 640)
  • 1311 King Alfonso XI of Castile and Leon, born in Salamanca. Spain (d. 1350)
  • 1422 William Caxton, 1st English printer (Histories of Troy) (d. 1491)
  • 1584 Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk, English politician, born in Saffron Waldon, Essex, England (d. 1640)
  • 1617 Johann A Quenstedt, German Lutherian theologist, born in Quedlinburg, Germany (d. 1688)
  • 1625 Rasmus Bartholin, Danish physician, mathematician and physicist, born in Roskilde, Denmark (d. 1698)
  • 1662 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician, born in Wiltshire, England (d. 1748)
  • 1666 William Wotton, English theologian and scholar, born in Wrentham, Suffolk (d. 1727)
  • 1699 John Dyer, British poet, born in Aberglasney, Wales (Baptism date)
  • 1700 Heinrich von Brühl, German statesman, born in Gangloffsömmern, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1763)
  • 1717 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, born in Paris (d. 1776)
  • 1748 Pieter L. van de Kasteele, Dutch politician and patriot, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1810)
  • 1752 Maria Carolina of Austria, Queen of the Two Sicilies, born in Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna (d. 1814)
  • 1764 Louis Baraguey d'Hilliers, French general, born in Paris (d. 1816)
  • 1790 William Wentworth, Australian explorer and politician, born in Norfolk Island (d. 1872)
  • 1792 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of William IV of the United Kingdom, born in Meiningen, Germany (d. 1849)
  • 1802 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), born in Lenauheim, Banat, Romania (d. 1850)
  • 1803 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher and writer, born in Moscow (d. 1869)
  • 1814 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (Spectroscopy), born in Lögdö, Medelpad, Sweden (d. 1874)
  • 1818 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), born in West Brookefield, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1819 George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist and mathematician (spectroscope), born in Skreen, County Sligo, Ireland (d. 1903)
  • 1820 George Grove, English biblical scholar and misicographer, born in Clapham, London (d. 1900)
  • 1820 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch poet (Dietsche Warande), born in Amsterdam (d. 1889)
  • 1823 Goldwin Smith, English historian and journalist, born in Reading, Berkshire (d. 1910)
  • 1851 Felix Adler, German-American educator of political and social ethics, born in Alzey, Grand Duchy of Hesse, Germany (d. 1933)

Person of interestAnnie Oakley

1860 Annie Oakley [Phoebe Ann Moses], American sharp shooter (Buffalo Bill's Wild West), born in North Star, Ohio (d. 1926)

Sharp Shooter Annie Oakley
Sharp Shooter
Annie Oakley
  • 1866 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian industrialist and CEO (Fiat Automakers), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1945)
  • 1867 William Alexander Craigie, Scottish lexicographer (Skotlands Rimur), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1957)
  • 1871 Karl Liebknecht, German Marxist revolutionary (Sparta Party), born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1919)
  • 1872 Richard Willstätter, German chemist (Nobel 1915), born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1942)
  • 1878 Salomon "Sam" de Wolff, Dutch zionist and socialist theorist, born in Sneek, Netherlands (d. 1960)
  • 1881 Jacqueline Reyneke van Stuwe, Dutch author, born in Muntok, Indonesia (d. 1955)
  • 1886 Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African painter, born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 1957)
  • 1887 Julius Freed, American inventor and banker (d. 1952)
  • 1888 Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor, born in Smolensk, Russia (d. 1975)
  • 1889 Camillien Houde, French Canadian politician and Mayor of Montreal, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (d. 1958)
  • 1890 [Lavinia] Marian Fleming Poe, African American advocate in Virginia, born in Warwick, County, Virginia (d. 1974)
  • 1902 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer (d. 1976)
  • 1902 Felix Wankel, German inventor (Wankel rotary-piston engine), born in Lahr, Germany (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, British business executive, born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1907 Basil Spence, British architect, born in Bombay, India (d. 1976)
  • 1911 James Benton Parson, American judge, 1st African American federal judge, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1993)
  • 1911 William Bernbach, American advertising creative director, born in NYC, New York (d. 1982)
  • 1912 Jan Peeters, Dutch water colors painter and monument artist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Metten Koornstra, Dutch painter and graphic artist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Salvador Luria, Italian-American microbiologist (Nobel Prize 1969), born in Turin, Italy (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Liesbeth Askonas, concert agent, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1996)
  • 1913 Albert Oram, Baron Oram, British Labour politician, born in Winchester, England (d. 1999)
  • 1913 Makarios III [Michail Moeskos], Greek Cypriot clergyman and politician, born in Panayia, Paphos, Cyprus (d. 1977)
  • 1918 Denis Smallwood, British air chief marshal, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1997)
  • 1918 Frederick Sanger, British biochemist (Sanger sequencing, Nobel Prize 1958, 1980), born in Rendcomb, Gloucestershire, England (d. 2013)

  • 1918 John Bunting, Australian diplomat and senior civil servant, born in Ballarat, Victoria (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Rex Humbard, American television evangelist (Cathedral of Tomorrow), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 2007)
  • 1924 John Milne, British CEO (Blue Circles Industries), born in Manchester

Person of interestFidel Castro

1926 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008), born in Birán, Holguin Province (d. 2016)

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1929 Michael Beavis, deputy Commanding-in-Chief (Allied Forces Central Europe)
  • 1931 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), born in Pontarddulais, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Jocelyn Elders, 15th US Surgeon General (1993-94) 1st African American holder, born in Schaal, Arkansas
  • 1935 Rod Hull, British entertainer, born on Isle of Sheppey, Kent (d. 1999)
  • 1939 Saul Steinberg, American businessman, founder of Leasco and CEO of Reliance Insurance Company, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Ann Armstrong Dailey, American founder (Children's Hospice International), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1940 Timothy Wood, British Conservative Party politician
  • 1942 Robert Lee Stewart, American Brigadier General and astronaut (STS 41B, 51J), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Yuri Fedorovich Isaulov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1945 Lars Engqvist, Swedish politician
  • 1945 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), born in Kenfig Hill, Wales (d. 2016)

Person of interestJanet Yellen

1946 Janet Yellen, American economist (Chair of US Federal Reserve 2014-), born in Brooklyn, New York

15th Chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen
15th Chair of the Federal Reserve
Janet Yellen
  • 1947 Margareta Winberg, Swedish politician
  • 1948 Mosiuoa Patrick "Terror" Lekota, South African UDF/ANC-leader
  • 1949 Peter J Visclosky, (Rep-D-Indiana, 1985- )
  • 1952 Herb Ritts, American photographer (d. 2004)
  • 1952 Tom Marino, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania 2011-), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 1954 Lincoln Diaz-Balart, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1954 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player (d. 2001)
  • 1958 Randall Shughart, American Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1993)
  • 1961 Tom Perrotta, American novelist
  • 1967 Amélie Nothomb, Belgian writer
  • 1970 Will Clarke, American novelist
  • 1972 Kevin Plank, American entrepreneur (Under Armour)
  • 1973 Molly Henneberg, American journalist
  • 1979 Taizō Sugimura, Japanese politician
  • 1992 Katharine Close, Scripps National Spelling Bee champion