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, death reported 1275)
  • 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, 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 active during the 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)

Amedeo AvogadroAmedeo Avogadro (1776-1856)

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

Vicente GuerreroVicente Guerrero (1782-1831)

Mexican revolutionary hero, general and 2nd President of Mexico (1829), born in Cuilapan, Oaxaca, Mexico

  • 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 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, born in Geneseo, New York (d. 1880)
  • 1819 William T. G. Morton, American dentist who first used ether as a surgical anaesthetic (HOF 1920), born in Charlton, Massachusetts (d. 1868)
  • 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 André Bessette, Canadian Roman Catholic religious figure, born in Mont-Saint-Grégoire, Quebec, Canada (d. 1937)
  • 1845 Xavier Mellery, Belgian painter and illustrator, born in Laken, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • 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 Erich Hückel, German physicist and physical chemist, born in Berlin, German Empire (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (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 Adam von Trott zu Solz, German lawyer and diplomat, born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1909 John Baur, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), born in Woodbridge, Connecticut (d. 1987)
  • 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)

Tove JanssonTove Jansson (1914-2001)

Finnish author and illustrator (Moomins), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland, Russian Empire

  • 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 Ernest Angley, American Christian televangelist, born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1921 J. James Exon, American Democratic politician (33rd Governor of Nebraska), born in Geddes, South Dakota (d. 2005)
  • 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 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), born in Boca Raton, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Marvin Minsky, American artificial intelligence computer scientist (MIT), born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Mark Weinberg, South African-British financier and multi-millionaire, born in South Africa
  • 1932 John Gomery, Canadian jurist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1934 Yves Coppens, French anthropologist, born in Vannes, France
  • 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 Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger, Dutch politician (D66)
  • 1945 Posy Simmonds, English cartoonist (Gemma Bovery), born in Berkshire, England
  • 1949 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer (Alex Delaware novels), born in New York City

Chris HaneyChris Haney (1950-2010)

Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario

  • 1952 Prateep Ungsongtham Hata, Thai politician and activist, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 1952 Vicki Morgan, American mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1983)
  • 1955 John E. Sweeney, American politician (Rep-R-NY 1999-2007), born in Troy, New York
  • 1959 Michael Kors, American fashion designer and Project Runway judge, born in Long Island, New York
  • 1960 Roger Marshall, American politician (Senator-R-Kansas 2021-), born in El Dorado, Kansas

John KeyJohn Key (61 years old)

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

  • 1962 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, German politician, Leader of Christian Democratic Union (2018-), born in Völklingen, West Germany
  • 1962 Yinka Shonibare, British Nigerian artist (Nelson's Ship in a Bottle), born in London, England
  • 1969 Divine Brown [Estelle Marie Thompson], American prostitute (Hugh Grant), born in Oakland, California
  • 1971 James Kim, American technology reporter, who died in the Oregon mountains at 35
  • 1976 Aled Haydn Jones, Welsh radio producer (head of BBC Radio One), born in Aberystwyth, Wales
  • 1984 Saori Horii, Japanese gravure idol, born in Tokyo, Japan