Birthdays in History on February 9

  • 1404 Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor
  • 1441 Ali Sjir Neva'i [Fani], Turkish poet/author (Mahbub al-kulub)
  • 1533 Shimazu Yoshihisa, Japanese samurai (d. 1611)
  • 1579 John Meursius [van Meurs], Dutch historian
  • 1602 Franciscus van de Enden, Flemish jesuit/free thinker/tutor of Spinoza
  • 1666 George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney, British soldier (d. 1737)
  • 1735 Adriaan Kluit, Dutch historian
  • 1748 Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)
  • 1763 Ludwig I, Grand Duke of Baden (d. 1830)
  • 1769 Susette Gontard, the beloved of the poet Friedrich Hölderlin (d. 1802)

William Henry HarrisonWilliam Henry Harrison (1773-1841)

9th President of the United States (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), born in Charles City, Virginia

  • 1775 Farkas/Wolfgang Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (parallel axiom)
  • 1781 Johann Baptist von Spix, German scientist (d. 1826)
  • 1783 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (d. 1852)
  • 1789 Franz Xaver Gabelsberger, German inventor of the stenography (d. 1849)
  • 1814 Samuel Jones Tilden, philanthropist for NY Public Library
  • 1822 Charles T Stork, Dutch industrialist
  • 1826 John Alexander Logan, American political leader and Major General (Union Army), born in Murphysboro, Illinois (d. 1886)
  • 1830 Abdulaziz, Ottoman Sultan (1861-76), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1876)
  • 1834 Felix Dahn, German Historian, jurist and poet, born in Hamburg (d. 1912)
  • 1837 Jose Burgos, Filipino Catholic priest, born in Vigan, Philippines
  • 1839 Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (d. 1896)
  • 1846 Whitaker Wright, English mining tycoon (d. 1904)
  • 1846 Wilhelm Maybach, German engineer, designer of 1st Mercedes
  • 1853 Leander Starr Jameson, Prime Minister of South African Cape colony
  • 1854 Aletta Jacobs, 1st Dutch female physician and women's suffrage activist, born in Sappemeer, Netherlands (d. 1929)
  • 1854 Edward Carson, 1st Baron Carson, lawyer/leader (Irish Unionist Party)
  • 1857 Johannes T de Visser, theologist/Dutch 1st minister of Education
  • 1863 Anthony Hope [Hopkins], novelist, born in London, England
  • 1865 Erich von Drygalski, German geographer/glaciologist/Antarctic expl
  • 1871 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), born in Doslovče, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1871 Howard T Ricketts, American pathologist (studied typhus fever), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 1910)
  • 1874 Amy Lowell, American poet and critic (Patterns, Sword Blades & Poppy Seed), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1925)
  • 1879 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist
  • 1880 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (d. 1959)
  • 1882 James Stephens, Irish poet (Crock of Gold), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Frederik Gerretson [Geerten Gossaert], Dutch poet/politician)
  • 1887 Vital Celen, Flemish writer (Puppy Love)
  • 1890 Jacobus J P Oud, Dutch architect/co-founder (Stijl)
  • 1891 Pietro Nenni, Italian socialist/minister of foreign affairs (1946-47)
  • 1892 Barend ter Haar, Dutch lawyer (Indonesian adat justice)
  • 1895 Hermann Brill, German politician (d. 1959)
  • 1896 Alberto Vargas, Peruvian-American painter, primarily of "pin-up girls", born in Arequipa, Peru (d. 1982)
  • 1897 Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, pioneer Australian aviator
  • 1900 Ann Axtell Morris, American archaeologist (American Southwest and Mexico), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1945)
  • 1902 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's leader (d. 1999)
  • 1902 Léon M'ba, Gabonese politician and 1st president of Gabon (1961-67), born in Libreville, Gabon (d. 1967)
  • 1906 André Kostolany, stock market expert and speculator (d. 1999)
  • 1909 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69), born in Cherokee County, Georgia (d. 1994)
  • 1909 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, Barbadian lawyer, civil rights activist and parliamentarian (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Jacques Monod, French biochemist
  • 1911 Eustace Wenworth Roskill, law lord
  • 1911 William Darby, American WWII Army officer (d. 1945)
  • 1912 Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist
  • 1921 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan (1923-1964)

Irish author and poet (Borstal Boy, The Hostage), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1923 Norman E Shumway, Mich, pioneer cardiac transplant surgeon
  • 1925 Burkhard Heim, German physicist (Heim theory), born in Potsdam, Germany (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Garret FitzGerald, Prime Minister of Ireland
  • 1927 Donald Miller, CEO (Scottish Power)
  • 1927 Norman Adams, painter/ceramic sculptor
  • 1928 Rinus Michels, Dutch football coach (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Bill Barrett, American politician (Rep-R-Nebraska 1991-2001), born in Lexington, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Clement Meadmore, Australian-born sculptor (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Garner Ted Armstrong, American evangelist (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Robert Morris, American sculptor and painter, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1932 Gerhard Richter, German painter
  • 1933 Charles Williams, Lord Williams of Elvel
  • 1933 Countess of Airlie [Virginia Ogilvy], Newport, New Jersey, American-born Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1940 J. M. Coetzee, South African novelist, born in Cape Town, South Africa

Joseph StiglitzJoseph Stiglitz (79 years old)

1943 American economist and Nobel laureate (asymmetric information), born in Gary, Indiana

Alice WalkerAlice Walker (78 years old)

1944 American novelist (The Color Purple, Meridian), born in Putnam County, Georgia

  • 1944 Derryn Hinch, Australian media personality
  • 1945 Mia [Maria] Farrow, LA, actress (Rosemary's Baby, Purple Rose of Cairo)
  • 1946 Jim Webb, United States Senator from Virginia
  • 1946 M J H Sterling, Vice-Chancellor (Brunel University)
  • 1946 Séan Neeson, Northern Irish politician
  • 1947 Carla Del Ponte, Swiss UN prosecutor
  • 1949 Janet Issaca Ashford, writer
  • 1949 Judith Light, (Angela-Who's the Boss, 1 Life to Live), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1950 Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • 1950 Richard F. Colburn, American politician, Senator (R) Maryland (1995-2015), born in Easton, Maryland
  • 1950 Terry Hawkins, theatre administrator
  • 1951 Jay Inslee, American politician, Governor of Washington (2013-), Rep-D-Washington (1993-5, 1999-2012), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1953 Gary Franks, American politician (Rep-R-Connecticut 1991-97), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1954 Christopher Gardner, American entrepreneur
  • 1954 Gina Rhinehart, Australian mining magnate (Australia's richest person), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • 1954 Kevin Warwick, Cyborg Scientist
  • 1954 Mary Jo Duffy, American comic book writer and editor
  • 1954 Ulrich Walter, German FR, cosmonaut
  • 1957 Mohammed Valli Moosa, South African leader (UDF)
  • 1959 Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon (2009-), born in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa
  • 1960 Peggy Whitson, American astronaut, 1st woman to command International Space Station, US record for most days in space, born in Mt Ayr, Iowa
  • 1962 Martin D Lascelles, grandson of English princess Mary
  • 1963 Brian Greene, American physicist
  • 1965 Igor Babailov, Russian-born American portrait and figurative painter, born in Udmurtia, Russia
  • 1975 Clinton Grybas, Australian Football commentator (d. 2008)
  • 1978 Daniel Mann, British television commentator
  • 1981 John Walker Lindh, American Taliban fighter
  • 1986 Princess Raiyah bint Al Hussein, of Jordan
  • 1989 Wu Chia-ching, Taiwanese pool player