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Birthdays in History on August 9

  • 1201 Arnold Fitz Thedmar, English chronicler of the mayors and sheriffs of London in 1188–1274, born in London (d. 1274)
  • 1593 Izaak Walton, English biographer and author (The Compleat Angler), born in Stafford, England (d. 1683)
  • 1611 Henry II, Count of Nassau-Siegen (1611-23), born in Siegen (d. 1652)
  • 1653 John Oldham, English satirical poet, born in Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire (d. 1683)
  • 1669 Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Tsarina of Russia as the first wife of Peter I of Russia, born in Moscow (d. 1731)
  • 1674 František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect and builder, born in Prague (d. 1766)
  • 1677 Jacob Campo Weyerman, Dutch painter and writer during Dutch Enlightenment, born in Charleroi, Belgium (d. 1747)
  • 1696 Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein and general, born in Prague (d. 1772)
  • 1722 Augustus William, Prince of Prussia, born in Stadtschloss, Berlin, Prussia (d. 1758)
  • 1726 Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit priest and scientist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1778)
  • 1757 Thomas Telford, Scottish civil engineer (designed and constructed Menai Bridge, Wales in 1819-26), born in Eskdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (d. 1834)
  • 1758 Bruno Dalberg [Petrus the Wacker van Zon], Dutch writer and lawyer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1818)

Person of interestAmedeo Avogadro

1776 Amedeo Avogadro, Italian scientist who contributed to molecular theory, including what is known as Avogadro's law (6.022 x 10 ^ 23), born in Torino, Italy (d. 1856)

Scientist Amedeo Avogadro
Scientist
Amedeo Avogadro
  • 1783 Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna of Russia, daughter of Emperor Paul I of Russia, born in Tsarskoye Selo, Russian Empire (d. 1801)
  • 1797 Charles Robert Malden, British naval officer (discoverer of Malden Island, central Pacific), born in Putney, Surrey (d. 1855)
  • 1805 Joseph Locke, English railway and civil engineer, born in Attercliffe, Sheffield, Yorkshire (d. 1860)

  • 1808 William Thomas Ward, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d 1878)
  • 1819 William T. G. Morton, American dentist who first used ether as a surgical anaesthetic (HOF 1920), born in Charlton, Massachusetts (d. 1868)
  • 1819 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1880)
  • 1823 Daniel M. Frost, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Duanesburg, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1824 Simon Goodell Griffin, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Newark, Ohio (d. 1887)
  • 1825 Elisha P. Ferry, American politician (Governor of Washington, 1872-80, 1889-93), born in Monroe County, Michigan Territory (d. 1895)
  • 1845 Xavier Mellery, Belgian painter and illustrator, born in Laken, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 1845 André Bessette, Canadian Roman Catholic religious figure, born in Mont-Saint-Grégoire, Quebec, Canada (d. 1937)
  • 1847 Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Queen consort of Spain (1870-73), born in Paris (d. 1876)
  • 1872 Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal, born in Alcsút, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1962)
  • 1887 Abraham Schierbeek, Dutch biologist (Swammerdam)
  • 1888 Hans Oster, German major general, spy and "July 20th" plotter, born in Dresden, German Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1890 Eino Kaila, Finnish psychologist and philosopher, born in Alajärvi, Finland (d. 1958)
  • 1896 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1980)
  • 1897 Ralph Wyckoff, American scientist and pioneer of X-ray crystallography, born in Geneva, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1898 David de Jong, Dutch writer (Mutiny on the Canal)
  • 1899 Armand Salacrou, French playwright, born in Rouen, France (d. 1989)
  • 1899 P.L. [Pamela Lyndon] Travers, Australian British writer (Mary Poppins), born in Maryborough, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Elizabeth Lane, 1st female British supreme court justice, born in Bowden, Cheshire (d. 1988)

  • 1909 John Baur, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), born in Woodbridge, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German lawyer and diplomat, born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1910 Robert van Gulik, Dutch diplomat and writer (Judge Dee), born in Zutphen, Netherlands (d. 1967)
  • 1911 William Fowler, American astrophysicist (Nobel 1983), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Herman Talmadge, American politician (70th Governor of Georgia), born in McRae, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • 1914 Gordon Cullen, English architect (Townscape), born in Calverley (d. 1994)

Person of interestTove Jansson

1914 Tove Jansson, Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire (d. 2001)

Author and Illustrator Tove Jansson
Author and Illustrator
Tove Jansson
  • 1919 Joop [Johannes] den Uyl, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (PVDA, 1973-77), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1920 Enzo Biagi, Italian journalist and writer, born in Lizzano in Belvedere, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1921 J. James Exon, American Democratic politician (33rd Governor of Nebraska), born in Geddes, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • 1921 Ernest Angley, American Christian televangelist, born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1922 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), born in Radford, Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1985)
  • 1923 Gerrit Kouwenaar, Dutch journalist and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 2014)
  • 1925 David A. Huffman, American computer scientist, creator of Huffman coding, born in Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1927 Marvin Minsky, American artificial intelligence computer scientist (MIT), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1931 Mark Weinberg, South African-British financier and multi-millionaire, born in South Africa
  • 1932 John Gomery, Canadian jurist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1938 Leonid Kuchma, 2nd President of Ukraine (1994-2005) and 2nd Prime Minister of Ukraine (1992-93), born in Chaikyne, Ukraine
  • 1939 Tony Budge, English contractor/tank maker/multi-millionaire
  • 1943 Lorenzo Sanz, Spanish businessman and football executive (president Real Madrid 1995-2000; owner Málaga CF), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin
  • 1944 Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger, Dutch politician (D66)
  • 1945 Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist
  • 1949 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer

Person of interestChris Haney

1950 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • 1952 Vicki Morgan, mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1952 Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician
  • 1955 John E. Sweeney, American politician
  • 1959 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York

Person of interestJohn Key

1961 John Key, New Zealand politician, Prime Minister (2008-2016), born in Auckland

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
New Zealand Prime Minister
John Key
  • 1962 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German politician, Leader of Christian Democratic Union (2018-), born in Völklingen, West Germany
  • 1964 Hoda Kotb, American television news anchor
  • 1969 Divine Brown [Estelle Marie Thompson], American prostitute (Hugh Grant), born in Oakland, California
  • 1970 Chris Cuomo, American TV journalist
  • 1971 James Kim, technology reporter (d. 2006)
  • 1973 James McKeehan, tight end (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1974 Kirill Reznik, American politician
  • 1976 Aled Haydn Jones, Radio 1's The Chris Moyles show Producer
  • 1984 Saori Horii, Japanese gravure idol