Birthdays in History on August 25

Ivan the TerribleIvan the Terrible (1530-1584)

Grand Prince of Moscow (1533-47) and 1st Tsar of Russia (1547-75 and 1576-84), born in Kolomenskoye, Russia

  • 1561 Philippe van Lansberge, Dutch astronomer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1632)
  • 1624 François de la Chaise, French confessor of Louis XIV of France, born in Forez, France (d. 1709)
  • 1662 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard (d. 1724)
  • 1664 Johan van de Bergh, Leids regent, born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1755)
  • 1691 Alessandro Galilei, Italian architect (Cappella Corsini), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1736)
  • 1724 George Stubbs, British animal painter (Horse Frightened by Lion), born in Liverpool (d. 1806)
  • 1741 Karl Friedrich Bahrdt, German theologian and adventurer, born in Bischofswerda, Germany (d. 1792)
  • 1744 Johann G von Herder, German philosopher, theologist and poet, born in Morąg, Poland (d. 1803)
  • 1767 Antoine Louis Léon de Saint-Just, French revolutionary and writer, born in Decize, France (d. 1794)
  • 1786 Ludwig I, King of Bavaria (1825-48), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1868)
  • 1788 Cornelis J van Assen, Dutch jurist (Language of the Constitution), born in Harlingen, Friesland (d. 1859)
  • 1796 James Lick, American land baron in California, born in Stumpstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1876)
  • 1803 Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duque de Caxias and Brazilian military leader, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1880)
  • 1811 Joseph Dana Webster, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1876)
  • 1812 Percival Drayton, American captain (Union Navy), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1865)
  • 1819 Allan Pinkerton, American private detective and founder of Chicago detective agency, born in Glasgow (d. 1894)
  • 1823 John Newton, American engineer and Major General (Union Army), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • 1825 Henry Warner Birge, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1888)
  • 1836 Bret Harte, American author (Outcasts of Poker Flat), born in Albany, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1841 Emil Theodor Kocher, Swiss surgeon, Thyroid specialist (Nobel 1909), born in Bern, Switzerland (d. 1917)
  • 1845 Ludwig II, Mad king of Bavaria (1864-86), born in Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany (d. 1886)
  • 1846 Judith Gautier, French poetess, novelist (Le Dragon Impérial) and daughter of Theophile Gautier, born in Paris (d. 1917)
  • 1851 Alexander, Prince of Orange, heir apparent to the Netherlands, born in Noordeinde Palace, The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1884)
  • 1860 Henrietta Vinton Davis, African-American elocutionist, dramatist, impersonator and public speaker, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1941)
  • 1867 James W. Gerard, American jurist and diplomat, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Joshua L. Cowen, American inventor (electric train), born in NYC, New York (d. 1965)
  • 1882 Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician and President of Ireland (1945-59), born in Abbotstown, Dublin (d. 1966)
  • 1893 H. Trendley Dean, American dental surgeon who introduced fluoridation into water, born in Winstanley Park, Illinois (d. 1962)
  • 1898 Helmut Hasse, German mathematician, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1979)
  • 1900 Hans Krebs, German-British doctor and research biochemist specializing in metabolic reactions (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1953), born in Hildesheim, Germany (d. 1981) [1]
  • 1905 Sister Faustina [Helena Kowalska], Polish Roman Catholic saint, nun and mystic, born in Głogowiec, Poland (d. 1938)
  • 1906 Eugen Gerstenmaier, German politician (CDU), born in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1907 Desmond Flower, English publisher, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Dorothea Tanning, American artist (Nachtmusik, 1943, Night Shadow, 1945), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1910 J. B. Charles [Willem H. Nagel], Dutch criminologist and writer, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1983)

Võ Nguyên GiápVõ Nguyên Giáp (1911-2013)

Vietnamese general (Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam War) and politician, born in Lệ Thủy District, Vietnam

  • 1912 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), born in Neunkirchen (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1973)
  • 1915 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Frederick Robbins, American pediatrician and bacteriologist (Nobel 1954), born in Auburn, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Saburo Sakai, Japanese aviator and flying ace of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II, born in Saga District, Japan (d. 2000)

George WallaceGeorge Wallace (1919-1998)

American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, born in Clio, Alabama

  • 1920 Jef Diederen, Dutch painter, born in Heerlen, Netherlands (d. 2009)
  • 1921 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Bryce Mackasey, Canadian politician, born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, born in Queensland, Australia (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Regis Philbin, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show; Live with Regis & Kathie Lee; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Anatoli Yakovlevich Kartashov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Sadovoye, Russia (d. 2005)
  • 1934 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, born in Bahreman, Persia (d. 2017)
  • 1934 John Stears, special effects expert (Dr No), born in Middlesex, England
  • 1934 Lise Bacon, French Canadian politician, born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Canada
  • 1934 Valery F. Bykovsky, USSR cosmonaut (Vostok V, Soyuz 22, 31/39), born in Pavlovsky Posad, Soviet Union
  • 1935 Charles Wright, American poet (Black Zodiac), born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee
  • 1936 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Chief Voodoo Priest, born in Haiti (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Frederick Forsyth, British author (Day of the Jackal, Deceiver, Odessa File), born in Ashford, Kent, England
  • 1939 John Badham, English-born American director (Dracula, Short Circuit), born in Luton, England
  • 1941 Shirley Carter Burden, patrician, born in Beverly Hills, California (d. 1996)
  • 1942 Nathan Deal, American attorney and politician (Rep-D-Georgia), born in Millen, Georgia
  • 1944 Conrad Black, Canadian-born British newspaper magnate, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1944 Sherley Anne Williams, American poet and novelist (Dessa Rose), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1946 Charles Ghigna (Father Goose), American poet and children's books author (Tickle Day: Poems from Father Goose), born in Bayside, New York
  • 1946 Larry LaRocco, American politician (Rep-D-Idaho), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Martin Amis, British novelist (London Fields; The Rachel Papers), born in Oxford, England
  • 1963 James Backhouse, British artist
  • 1964 Maxim Kontsevich, Russian mathematician, born in Khimki, Russia
  • 1964 Timothy Nicholson, journalist

Michael CohenMichael Cohen (56 years old)

1966 American lawyer to Donald Trump, born in Long Island, New York

  • 1971 Quintis "Chico" Ristie, Suriname radio host
  • 1975 Jeremy Horn, American MMA Fighter
  • 1981 Clare Oliver, Australian cancer activist (d. 2007)