Birthdays in History on August 29

  • 1434 Janus Pannonius, Hungarian poet and translator, born in Čazma, Croatia (d. 1472)
  • 1476 Kanō Motonobu, Japanese painter (Kanō school of painting), born in Kyoto, Japan
  • 1609 Sassoferrato [Giovanni B Salvi], Italian painter (Madonna), born in Sassoferrato, Marche, Italy (d. 1685)
  • 1619 Jean-Baptiste Colbert, French minister of Navy, born in Reims, France (d. 1683)
  • 1628 John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English royalist statesman (d. 1701)

John LockeJohn Locke (1632-1704)

English empiricist philosopher; influential Enlightenment thinker and "Father of Liberalism" (Two Treatises of Government), born in Wrington, England

  • 1725 Charles Townshend, English politician, 3rd Viscount of Townshend, born in Raynham Hall, Norfolk (d. 1767)
  • 1728 Maria Anna Sophia of Saxony, Electress of Bavaria, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Germany (d. 1797)
  • 1756 Heinrich Graf von Bellegarde, Austrian field marshal and statesman, born in Dresden, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1845)
  • 1756 Jan Śniadecki, Polish mathematician and astronomer, born in Żnin, Poland (d. 1830)
  • 1777 Hyacinth [Nikita Yakovlevich Bichurin], Founder of Sinology (d. 1853)
  • 1780 Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, French painter (Valpincon Bather), born in Montauban, France (d. 1867)
  • 1805 Frederick Maurice, English theologian of the Church of England (Christian Socialism), and author, born in Normanston, Suffolk, England (d. 1872)
  • 1808 Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, German politician and reformer, born in Delitzsch, Saxony (d. 1883)
  • 1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1810 Juan Bautista Alberdi, Argentina political theorist and writer (Crime of War), born in San Miguel de Tucumán, Río de la Plata (d. 1884)
  • 1811 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), born in NYC, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1815 Anna Ella Carroll, American politician and civil war writer (Reconstruction), born in Pocomoke City, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • 1821 Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet, French anthropologist who was the first to organize and classify Stone Age cultures into a chronological sequence of epochs, born in Meylan, France (d. 1898)
  • 1843 David B. Hill, American politician and Governor of New York (1885-91), born in Montour Falls, New York (d. 1910)
  • 1844 Edward Carpenter, English poet and philosopher (Civilisation, Its Cause and Cure), born in Hove, Sussex, England (d. 1929)
  • 1849 Titus van Asch van Wijck, Dutch governor Suriname (1891-97), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1902)

Andrew FisherAndrew Fisher (1862-1928)

5th Prime Minister of Australia (1908-09, 1910-13, 1914-15), born in Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland

Maurice MaeterlinckMaurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)

Belgian playwright, poet and author (Blue Bird, Nobel 1911), born in Ghent, Belgium

  • 1871 Albert Lebrun, President of France (1932-40), born in Mercy-le-Haut, France (d. 1950)
  • 1876 Charles F. Kettering, American inventor (auto self-starter), born in Loudenville, Ohio (d. 1958)
  • 1876 Kim Gu, President of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea (1939-48), born in Haeju, Hwanghae, Korea (d. 1949)
  • 1877 Dudley Pound, British admiral of the fleet and 1st Sea Lord (Jutland, WW II), born in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England (d. 1943)
  • 1880 Marie-Louise Meilleur, French Canadian supercentenarian lived past 117, born in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada (d. 1998)
  • 1881 Valery-Nicolas Larbaud, French novelist and translator (Enfantines), born in Vichy, France (d. 1957)
  • 1884 Ehm Welk [Thomas Trimm], German writer, born in Biesenbrow, Brandenburg (d. 1966)
  • 1894 E. Franklin Frazier, American sociologist and author (The Negro Family in the United States), born in Baltimore (d. 1962)
  • 1899 Lyman Lemnitzer, United States Army Marine Corps general (WWII), born in Honesdale, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • 1900 Oscar Nitzchke, German architect (Alcoa building, Centre Pompidou), born in Altona, Hamburg, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1903 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), born in Zeitz, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), born in Berlin (d. 1979)
  • 1905 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), born in Amsterdam (d. 1983)
  • 1907 Joseph Wechsberg, Jewish-Czech writer (Looking For a Bluebird), born in Ostrava, Moravia, Czechoslovakia (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Roy Reuther, American labor leader, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1968)
  • 1910 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 2018)
  • 1912 Emil Schumacher, German painter (Tangible Objects), born in Hagen, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1915 Denys Hay, British historian, born in Newcastle upon Tyne (d. 1994)
  • 1915 Nathan Pritikin, American nutritionist and inventor, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1985)
  • 1917 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, British businessman and CEO of British Airways after its privatization, born in Brentford, Middlesex, England (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Jelle Zijlstra, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank (1967-82), born in Oosterbierum, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1920 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), born in Haifa (d. 1996)
  • 1922 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, born in Brooklyn Heights, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1923 Reinier Braams, Dutch biophysicist and politician, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 2001)
  • 1924 James W. Wood, American astronaut (Dynasoar), born in Paragould, Arkansas (d. 1990)
  • 1929 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), born in Kent, England (d. 2004)
  • 1930 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian advertising executive, born in Montreal, Québec, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Marius van Amelsvoort, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Lise Payette, Quebec politician, writer and columnist, born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada
  • 1933 Arnold Koller, Swiss politician (member of Swiss Federal Councilor), born in St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 1933 Jehan Sadat [Safwat Raouf], Widow of Anwar Sadat and 1st Lady of Egypt (1970-81), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1934 David Pryor, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1979-97), born in Camden, Arkansas
  • 1935 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2014)

John McCainJohn McCain (1936-2018)

American war hero and Republican politician (Rep-Arizona, 1983-2018, Presidential nominee 2008), born in Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone

  • 1937 James Florio, American politician and author of federal 'Superfund' legislation (49th Governor of New Jersey, 1990-94; US Representative from New Jersey, 1975-90), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1938 Robert Rubin, United States Secretary of the Treasury, born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), born in Centralia, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1942 John Heuser, American electron microscopist, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1943 Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist, born in Eastleigh, Nairobi, Kenya (d. 1996)
  • 1947 Temple Grandin, American animal welfare and autism expert, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1948 Charles David Walker, American engineer and astronaut (STS 12 STS 16 STS 23), born in Bedford, Indiana
  • 1950 Dave Reichert, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington) and sheriff, born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • 1952 Karen Hesse, American children's book writer (Out of the Dust), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1953 James Quesada, Nicaraguan-American anthropologist
  • 1954 Michael P. Kube-McDowell, American sci-fi author (Enigma, Empery), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut (STS 74, sk: 99), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1967 Neil Gorsuch, American lawyer and US Supreme Court Judge (2017-) nominated by Donald Trump, born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1973 Adam Sessler, American TV show host, born in Berkeley, California,
  • 1977 John Patrick O'Brien, American footballer, born in Los Angeles, California

Brian CheskyBrian Chesky (41 years old)

1981 American internet entrepreneur (CEO of Airbnb), born in Niskayuna, New York

  • 1990 Sam Stern, British chef and author, born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom