Birthdays in History on July 29

  • 1166 Henry II of Champagne (d. 1197)
  • 1605 Simon Dach, Prussian-German poet, born in Memel, East Prussia (d. 1659)
  • 1620 Nicolaas Heinsius, Dutch philologist/diplomat
  • 1758 Antonius van Gils, Dutch RC theologist (opposed Enlightenment)

Walter HuntWalter Hunt (1796-1859)

American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), born in Martinsburg, New York

  • 1797 Daniel Drew, American financier (d. 1879)
  • 1801 George Bradshaw, British publisher, born in Manchester, England (d. 1853)
  • 1805 Alexis de Tocqueville, French statesman/writer (Democracy in America)
  • 1817 James Blair Steedman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1820 Clement Vallandigham, American politician (Rep-D-Ohio, convicted of opposing civil war, exiled to Confederate States), born in New Lisbon, Ohio (d. 1871)
  • 1828 Cuvier Grover, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Maine (d. 1885)
  • 1830 Alvan Cullom Gillem, American Major General (Union Army), born in Gainesboro, Tennessee (d. 1875)
  • 1841 Armauer Hansen, Norwegian physician (1st to identify leprosy as bacteria), born in Bergen, Norway (d. 1912) [1]
  • 1843 Johannes Schmidt, German linguist (d. 1901)
  • 1846 Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil (while serving as regent signed law abolishing slavery), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1921)
  • 1849 Max Nordau, Austrian author and Zionist leader (d. 1923)
  • 1854 Georg Kerschensteiner, German educator (Theory of Education)
  • 1861 Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 1st wife of Theodore Roosevelt, born in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (d. 1884)
  • 1861 Sergei D Sazonov, Russian minister of Foreign Affairs (1910-16)
  • 1866 George Morrison, American entrepreneur (owner of Mammoth Caves), born border of Ohio and Pennsylvania (d. 1937) [1]
  • 1869 Booth Tarkington, American novelist (17, The Magnificent Ambersons), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1946)
  • 1872 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (d. 1957)
  • 1874 August Stramm, German poet and playwright, born in Cathedrals (d. 1915)
  • 1874 James Shaver Woodsworth, Canadian politician (d. 1942)
  • 1878 Don Marquis, Ill, American journalist, poet and playwright (archy & mehitabel), born in Walnut, Illinois (d. 1937)

Benito MussoliniBenito Mussolini (1883-1945)

Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), born in Predappio, Forlì, Italy

  • 1883 Porfirio Barba-Jacob, Colombian poet and writer (d. 1942)
  • 1884 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian playwright and journalist
  • 1884 Ralph A. Bard, U.S. Navy Undersecretary (d. 1975)

Vladimir ZworykinVladimir Zworykin (1888-1982)

Russian-American inventor (development of television, cathode ray tube), born in Murom, Russian Empire

  • 1889 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, born in Oberkrüchten (d. 1963)
  • 1891 Bernhard Zondek, German-Israeli gynaecologist
  • 1892 Ernst van Raalte, Dutch journalist (Seen, heard... wrote), born in Rotterdam, South Holland (d. 1975)
  • 1897 Neil Ritchie, British general (Eighth Army commander WWII) (d. 1983), born in British Guiana (d. 1983)
  • 1898 Isidor Isaac Rabi, Polish physicist (explored atom, Nobel 1944)
  • 1900 Eyvind Johnson, Swedish novelist (Return to Ithaca; Nobel Prize for Literature, 1974), born in Svartbjörnsbyn, Sweden (d. 1976)
  • 1904 J. R. D. Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1993)

Dag HammarskjöldDag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961)

Swedish public servant, 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61) and posthumous Nobel Peace Prize winner (1961), born in Jönköping, Sweden

  • 1905 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Melvin Belli, American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and "Melvin Bellicose", born in Sonora, California (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Harry Boyne, Scottish political journalist, born in Inverness (d. 1997)
  • 1911 Foster Furcolo, American politician, 60th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Iakovos, Archbishop of North and South America (Greek Orthodox), born in Agios Theodoros, island of Imvros, Ottoman Empire (d. 2005)

Erich PriebkeErich Priebke (1913-2013)

German Nazi SS commander and war criminal responsible for the Ardeatine massacre of 335 Italians in Rome, born in Hennigsdorf, Prussia, Germany [1]

  • 1914 Abram Games, British graphic artist ("blonde bombshell" recruitment poster), born in London, England (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Dovie Hudson, American community activist in rural Mississippi (filed lawsuit to desegregate the public schools)
  • 1915 Bruce R. McConkie, LDS apostle and author (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Francis Sargent, American politician (64th Governor of Massachusetts 1969-75), born in Hamilton, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1918 Vladimir Dudintsev, Soviet writer (Not by Bread Alone), born in Kupyansk, Ukraine, Soviet Union (d. 1998)
  • 1919 Miltos Sachtouris, Greek poet (d. 2005)
  • 1919 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner, born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Neville Jeffress, Australian founder of Media Monitors Australia (d. 2007)
  • 1921 Aled Eames, Welsh maritime historian, born in Llandudno (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Arnold Weinstock, English industrialist (GEC managing director), born in London, England (d. 2002)

Elizabeth ShortElizabeth Short (1924-1947)

American victim in the Black Dahlia case, born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1925 Arnie Ferrin, American College Basketball HOF guard (NCAA C'ship, Final Four MOB 1944 Uni of Utah; NBA C'ship Minneapolis Lakers 1949, 50), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2022)
  • 1926 Russel Firestone, American polo player (Circle F-1959 champs)
  • 1927 Harry Mulisch, Dutch writer (Message to King Rat), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 2010)

Li Ka-shingLi Ka-shing (94 years old)

1928 Hong Kong-Chinese business magnate and entrepreneur (CK Holdings), born in Chao'an, Guangdong, China

  • 1929 Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher
  • 1932 Nancy Kassebaum, American politician (Sen-R-Kansas, 1979-97), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1936 Elizabeth Dole, American attorney and politician (Senator (R) North Carolina 2003-9, Secretary of Transportation (1983-87), born in Salisbury, North Carolina

Charles SchwabCharles Schwab (85 years old)

1937 American investor and entrepreneur (Charles Schwab Corporation), born in Sacramento, California

  • 1937 Daniel McFadden, American economist and Nobel Prize Laureate who developed theory and methods for analyzing discrete choice, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1937 Ryutaro Hashimoto, Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 1996-98), born in Sōja, Japan (d. 2006)
  • 1938 Jean Rochon, Quebec politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1946 Bill Forsyth, Scottish director (Local Hero, Gregory's Girl), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1949 Marilyn Tucker Quayle, American novelist and wife of Vice President Dan Quayle (1989-93), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1950 Jenny Holzer, American neo-conceptual artist, born in Gallipolis, Ohio
  • 1955 Dave Stevens, American illustrator and comic artist (The Rocketeer), born in Lynwood, California (d. 2008)
  • 1956 Ronnie Musgrove, American politician (Governor of Mississippi 2000-04), born in Tocowa, Mississippi

Fumio KishidaFumio Kishida (65 years old)

1957 Japanese politician (Prime Minister of Japan 2021-), born in Tokyo, Japan

  • 1957 Virginia Maria "Ginni" Rometty, American chairwoman, president and CEO of IBM, born in Chigago, Illinois
  • 1959 Ruud Janssen, Dutch writer and artist
  • 1963 Graham Poll, English football referee
  • 1963 Jim Beglin, Irish football commentator
  • 1965 Chang-Rae Lee, Korean-born American author and teacher