Birthdays in History on August 8

  • 1079 Emperor Horikawa of Japan (d. 1107)
  • 1170 Saint Dominic, Castilian Catholic priest, founder of the Dominican Order, and patron saint of astronomers, born in Caleruega, Spain (d. 1221)
  • 1518 Conrad Lycosthenes, French-born German humanist and encyclopedist (d. 1561)
  • 1586 Adolf, earl of Nassau-Siegen
  • 1605 Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, British colonial Governor of Maryland (d. 1675)
  • 1617 Adriaan W "Joris" van Geel, Flemish missionary (Bantu Dictionary)
  • 1646 Godfrey Kneller, German-born painter (d. 1723)
  • 1653 Jacques Basnage, French/Neth historian/vicar
  • 1673 John Ker, Scottish spy (d. 1726)
  • 1694 Francis Hutcheson, Irish philosopher (d. 1746)
  • 1705 Gustaaf Imhoff, gov of Ceylon (1736-40)/gov of Neth-Indies (1743-50)
  • 1720 Carl Fredrik Pechlin, Swedish politician (d. 1796)
  • 1732 Johann Christoph Adelung, German linguist, librarian, translator and lexicographer, born in Spantekow, Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (now Germany) (d. 1806)
  • 1746 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch poet of children's poems (Proeve van kleine gedigen voor Kinder), born in Gouda, The Netherlands (d. 1803)
  • 1763 Charles Bulfinch, 1st US pro architect (Mass State House), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1805 Antoon Jurgens, Dutch margarine manufacturer
  • 1807 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (d. 1892)
  • 1812 John Rodgers II, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • 1814 Esther Morris [Esther Hobart McQuigg], American suffragist, anti-slavery activist, and 1st female justice of the peace in the US, born in Tioga County, New York (d. 1902)
  • 1819 Charles Anderson Dana, Asst Secy War, (Union) (d. 1897)
  • 1820 Winfield Scott "Old Swet" Featherston, Army Brigadier General (Confederate)
  • 1823 Theodule Augustin Ribot, painter
  • 1824 Maria Alexandrovna (Marie of Hesse), Tsarina of Russia (d. 1880)
  • 1835 James William Forsyth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Maumee, Ohio (d. 1906)
  • 1839 Nelson Appleton Miles, American Major General (Union Army), born in Westminster, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • 1857 Henry Osborn, Conn, paleontologist/author (52 Years of Research)
  • 1861 William Bateson, English biologist (originator of term "genetics")
  • 1866 Matthew A Henson, 1st African American to reach North Pole (Jun 4 1909)
  • 1875 Artur da Silva Bernardes, President of Brazil (d. 1955)
  • 1879 "Dr. Bob" Smith, American physician and co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont (d. 1950)
  • 1879 Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader
  • 1880 Earle Page, Australian politician (d. 1961)
  • 1881 Paul L E von Kleist, German general-fieldmarshal (Eastern Front)
  • 1884 Sara Teasdale, American poet (1st Pulitzer Prize-1918-"Love Songs")
  • 1887 J C Heldring, Dutch businessman
  • 1896 Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writer (Yearling), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1898 Paul Belmondo, French sculptor (Bathing Woman, Orleans), born in Algiers, French Algeria (d. 1982)
  • 1900 Josephine Holt Bay, 1st woman to head a firm on NY stock exchange
  • 1901 Ernest Lawrence, American nuclear scientist and inventor (Cyclotron - Nobel 1939), born in Canton, South Dakota (d. 1958)

Paul DiracPaul Dirac (1902-1984)

English physicist (quantum electrodynamics, Nobel 1933), born in Bristol, England

  • 1903 August Cool, Belgian union leader/minister of state
  • 1905 Wachtang Ananjan, writer
  • 1906 Andre Demedts, Flemish writer (Rainfall of the Days)
  • 1908 Arthur J Goldberg, Ill, UN ambassador/Supreme Court justice (1962-65)
  • 1908 Chivu Stoica, premier of Romania (1955-61)
  • 1908 Emilio "Don Millo" Flores Márquez, Puerto Rican centenarian, (world's oldest man at 112 in 2021), born in Carolina, Pueto Rico
  • 1910 Francisco Brochado Da Rocha, Prime Minister of Brazil (1962)
  • 1912 Daniel Mann [Chugerman], American stage and screen director (The Rose Tattoo; The Teahouse Of The August Moon; Butterfield 8), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)
  • 1913 Daan Wildschut, painter/glazenier/author
  • 1913 Robert Stafford, American politician (Sen-R-VT, 1971-88), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2006)
  • 1914 Arthur Holt, politician
  • 1914 Unity Mitford, English fascist sympathizer and one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 1948)
  • 1915 Jumbo Elliott, American track coach (d. 1981)
  • 1919 Dino De Laurentiis, producer (King Kong), born in Torre Annunziata, Italy
  • 1920 Don Cook, foreign Correspondent
  • 1921 Vulimiri Ramalingaswami, Indian medical scientist, born in Srikakulam, British India (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Gertrude Himmelfarb, American historian
  • 1922 Rudi Gernreich, designer (1st women's topless swimsuit, miniskirt)
  • 1924 Gene Deitch, American illustrator (Tom Terrific, Nudnik), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1925 Alija Izetbegović, Bosnian politician and 1st president of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1990-2000), born in Bosanski Šamac, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Jack Stoddart, designer/socialist
  • 1927 Elis Juliana, Antillian writer/poet (Lady of the Night: A flower)
  • 1927 Jim Weaver, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon), born in Brookings, South Dakota
  • 1927 Yuri Kasakow, Russian writer, born in Moscow (d. 1982)
  • 1928 Ken Scowcroft, English insurance magnate/multi-millionaire
  • 1929 Gudrun Burwitz [Himmler], German daughter of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, born in Munich, Weimar Republic (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Ronnie Biggs, English criminal (Great Train Robbery of 1963), born in Stockwell
  • 1930 Joan Mondale (née Adams;), American artist, author, and wife of US vice-president Walter Mondale, born in Eugene, Oregon (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Terry Nation, British screenwriter (Dr Who; Blake 7), and novelist, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1997)
  • 1931 Roger Penrose, English physicist (2020 Nobel Prize for Physics for work on black holes), born in Colchester, England
  • 1932 Luis García Meza Tejada, Bolivian dictator
  • 1934 Julian Dixon, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1979-2000), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2000)
  • 1935 John Laws, Australia radio personality
  • 1935 Ron Marlenee, American politician (Rep-R-MT, 1977-93), born in Scobey, Montana (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Sandy Horn, lesbian activist
  • 1939 Alexander Watson, American ambassador and diplomat
  • 1944 Dapper Dan [Daniel Day], American fashion designer, born in Harlem, New York
  • 1946 James W. Lewis, American convicted extortionist
  • 1946 Robin Tallon, American politician (Rep-D-SC, 1983-93), born in Hemingway, South Carolina
  • 1948 Svetlana Y Savitskaya, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-7, T-12, T-15A)
  • 1949 Bela Magyari, Hungarian cosmonaut
  • 1951 Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian politician, President of Egypt (2012-13), leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, born in El Adwah, Egypt (d. 2019)
  • 1951 Randy Shilts, American journalist and author (d. 1994)
  • 1952 Jostein Gaarder, Norwegian author
  • 1953 Lloyd Austin, American general, 1st black Secretary of Defense (2021-), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1958 Deborah Norville, news anchor (Today Show, Inside Edition)
  • 1960 Ulrich Maly, German politician
  • 1961 Ron Klain, American attorney, White House Chief of Staff to Joe Biden (2021-), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1963 Jon Turteltaub, American director
  • 1963 Kyoko Chan Cox, American daughter of Yoko Ono and Anthony Cox, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1964 Anastasia Ashman, American writer and digital strategist (GlobalNiche), born in Berkeley, California

Giuseppe ConteGiuseppe Conte (58 years old)

1964 Italian jurist and politician, Prime Minister of Italy (2018-2021), born in Volturara Appula, Italy

  • 1965 Kate Langbroek, Australian media personality
  • 1972 Axel Merckx, Belgian cyclist
  • 1975 Jeremy Scott, American fashion designer (Moschino), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1979 Paris Latsis, Greek shipping heir
  • 1980 Pat Noonan, American footballer
  • 1982 David Florence, British canoeist
  • 1984 Devon McTavish, American footballer
  • 1988 Beatrice, Princes of York, British daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, born in London