Birthdays in History on August 27

  • 1407 Ashikaga Yoshikazu, 5th Japanese shōgun of the Ashikaga shogunate, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1425)
  • 1471 George the Bearded, Duke of Saxony (1500-39), born in Meissen, Germany (d. 1539)
  • 1487 Anna of Brandenburg, Queen of Denmark, born in Berlin (d. 1514)
  • 1545 Alessandro Farnese, Duke of Parma and Italian diplomat, born in Rome (d. 1592)
  • 1630 Maria van Oosterwijck, Dutch flower painter, born in Nootdorp, Netherlands (d. 1693)
  • 1637 Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland, born in Salisbury, England (d. 1715)
  • 1665 John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (d. 1751)
  • 1666 Ivan V, co-tsar of Russia (1682-89), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1696)
  • 1669 Anne Marie of Orléans, Queen of Italy, born in Château de Saint-Cloud, France (d. 1728)
  • 1677 Otto Ferdinand von Abensberg und Traun, Austrian field marshal, born in Ödenburg, Austria (d. 1748)
  • 1698 Baal Shem Tov, Jewish mystical rabbi (founder of the Hasidic Judaism), born in Okopy Świętej Trójcy, Kingdom of Poland (d. 1760)
  • 1719 Jan Nepveu, Dutch governor of Suriname (1768-79), born in Amsterdam (d. 1779)
  • 1724 John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-American Continental Congressman, born in St. Gall, Switzerland (d. 1781)
  • 1730 Johann Georg Hamann, German counter-enlightenment philosopher ("Reason is language"), born in Königsberg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1788)
  • 1752 Herman Muntinghe, Dutch theologist (History of Mankind), born in Termunten, Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1824)
  • 1768 Anne François Mellinet, French-Belgian general (Maastricht), born in Corbeil-Essonnes, France (d. 1852)

  • 1770 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher and inventor (dialectic), born in Stuttgart, Württemberg (d. 1831)
  • 1803 Edward Beecher, American theologian, born in East Hampton, New York (d. 1895)
  • 1809 Hannibal Hamlin, American attorney and 15th Vice President of U.S. (1861-65), born in Paris, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1824 Hiram Gregory Berry, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Thomaston, Main (d. 1863)
  • 1826 Frank Stillman Nickerson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Swanville, Maine (d. 1917)
  • 1832 James A. Walker, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta County, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • 1835 Albijn van de Abeele, Flemish author and painter, born in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium (d. 1918)
  • 1839 Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), born in Batavia, New York (d. 1881)
  • 1847 Gustave J Waffelaert, Flemish theologist and bishop of Bridge, born in Rollegem, Belgium (d. 1931)
  • 1849 Manuel Acuña, Mexican poet (Nocturno), born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexic0 (d. 1873)
  • 1856 Iwan Franko, Ukrainian writer and political activist, born in Nahuievychi, Galicia (d. 1916)
  • 1858 Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician and glottologist, born in Spinetta, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1865 Charles Gates Dawes, American politician (30th Vice President of the United States) and Nobel laureate (1925), born in Marietta, Ohio (d. 1951)
  • 1865 James Henry Breasted, American Egyptologist and anthropologist, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • 1869 Karl Haushofer, German soldier and geographer, born in Munich, Bavaria (d. 1946)
  • 1870 Amado Nervo [Juan Crisóstomo Ruiz de Nervo], Mexican writer and poet, born in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico (d. 1919)
  • 1871 Theodore Dreiser, American novelist (Sister Carie, American Tragedy), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1945)
  • 1874 Carl Bosch, German chemist (BASF, Nobel 1931), born in Cologne, German Empire (d. 1940)
  • 1875 Katharine McCormick, American biologist, suffragist and philanthropist, born in Dexter, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • 1877 Charles Stewart Rolls, British auto manufacturer (Rolls-Royce Ltd), born in Berkeley Square, London (d. 1910)
  • 1877 Lloyd C. Douglas, American novelist (The Big Fisherman), born in Columbia City, Indiana (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Ernst Wetter, Member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Töss, Winterthur, Switzerland (d. 1963)
  • 1884 Vincent Auriol, President of France (1947-53), born in Revel, France (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Man Ray, American artist and photographer (Dada), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • 1899 C. S. Forester, English historical novelist (Horatio Hornblower), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1966)

  • 1903 Xavier Villaurrutia, Mexican poet (Nocturno de los Angeles), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1950)
  • 1904 Norah Lofts, British author (The Town House), born in Shipdham, Norfolk, England (d. 1983)
  • 1904 John Hay Whitney, American financier and philanthropist, born in Ellsworth, Maine (d. 1982)
  • 1905 Alexander Johnston, CEO (Board of Inland Revenue)

Person of interestEd Gein

1906 Ed Gein, American serial killer (inspired Psycho & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, (d. 1984)

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein

Person of interestLyndon B. Johnson

1908 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), born in Stonewall, Texas (d. 1973)

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1908 Kurt Wegner, German artist, born in Köln, Germany (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Sidney R. Yates, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Patience Edney, British nurse and communist, born in Orpington, Kent, England (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Peter Gretton, British vice admiral, born in Franham, Surrey (d. 1992)
  • 1913 Arthur Benfield, head of Cheshire CID, born in Ashton Upon Mersey, England (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Donald M. MacKinnon, Scottish philosopher, born in Oban, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1913 Stewart Crawford, British diplomat
  • 1914 Catherine Marshall, American editor and writer, born in Johnson City, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1915 Walter Heller, economist (Old Myths & New Realities), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1918 Lord Winstanley, British MP (Labour) (d. 1993)
  • 1919 John Donkin Dormand, Baron Dormand of Easington, British politician (Labour Party), born in Haswell, County Durham, England (d. 2003)
  • 1920 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), born in Killead, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Georg Alexander, Duke of Mecklenburg, head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, born in Nice, France (d. 1996)
  • 1924 David Rowbotham, Australian poet and journalist, born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Richard Rutt, English bishop of Leicester, born in Lengford, England (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Hugh Byatt, British diplomat, born in Edinburgh (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Jack Thompson, British politician (Labour), born in Ashington, England (d. 2011)
  • 1928 Mangosuthu Buthelezi, South African politician (Chief Minister of KwaZulu 1972-94), born in Mahlabathini, Natal, South Africa
  • 1929 Ira Levin, American author (Rosemary Baby, Boys From Brazil, This Perfect Day), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1930 John Daly, British trade union leader
  • 1930 John Watts, British army and Chief of Defense (Omani Armed Forces), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Sri Chinmoy, Indian guru, born in Shakpura, British India (now Bangladesh) (d. 2007)
  • 1932 Antonia Fraser, British author and biographer (Mary Queen of Scots), born in London, England
  • 1932 Mikhail Nikolayevich Burdayev, Feodosina Krim, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1933 Joke Smit, Dutch feminist
  • 1935 Frank Yablans, American writer (North Dallas Forty), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935 Michael Holroyd, author
  • 1936 Joel Kovel, American politician
  • 1937 Mark Potter, British court judge
  • 1940 David Hart, gen-sect (National Association of Head Teachers)
  • 1941 Yuri Vassilyevich Malyshev, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz T-2, T-11)
  • 1942 Brian Peckford, Canadian politician
  • 1943 Bob Kerrey, (Sen-D Nebraska)
  • 1944 Wim Jurg, corrector/chairman (Werelddambond FMJD)
  • 1947 Jacques Arnold, MP (Conservative)
  • 1949 Andrew McKay, conservative MP
  • 1949 Edmund Weiner, English lexicographer (Oxford English Dictionary), born in Oxford, England
  • 1954 Mike Kelley, Wayne, Michigan, artist (More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid), (d. 2012)
  • 1958 Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev, Russian cosmonaut (TM-7, TM-12, STS 60)
  • 1958 Tom Lanoye, Belgian author
  • 1958 Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], body modifier (world record holder in body modification), born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1959 Juan Fernando Cobo, Colombian artist
  • 1959 Leila de Lima, Filipino lawyer, Senator, Chair of the Philippine Senate Electoral Reforms and People's Participation Committee, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • 1961 Tom Ford, American fashion designer
  • 1966 Juhan Parts, Prime Minister of Estonia
  • 1969 Cesar Millan, Culiacan Mexico, professional dog trainer
  • 1975 Jonny Moseley, American skier
  • 1985 Alexandra Nechita, Romanian-American artist
  • 1986 Sebastian Kurz, Austrian politician (Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), born in Vienna, Austria