Birthdays in History on July 30

  • 1511 Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter and art historian (Vasari's Lives), born in Arezzo, Republic of Florence (d. 1574)
  • 1549 Ferdinando I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, born in Florence (d. 1609)
  • 1641 Regnier de Graaf, Dutch physician and anatomist, born in Schoonhoven, Netherlands (d. 1673)
  • 1763 Samuel Rogers, English poet (Italy, a poem), born in Newington Cross, Islington, England (d. 1855)
  • 1809 Charles Chiniquy, Canadian Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Presbyterian minister, born in Kamouraska, Quebec (d. 1899)
  • 1815 Thomas Jackson Rodman, American Brevet Brigadier General (Union Army), inventor of the rodman gun and perforated-cake gunpowder, born in Salem, Indiana (d. 1871)

Person of interestEmily Brontë

1818 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1848)

  • 1818 John Heemskerk, Dutch politician (Minister of the Interior 1866-88), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1897)
  • 1825 Chaim Aronson, Lithuanian inventor and academic, born in Seredžius, Lithuania (d. 1893)
  • 1831 Helena Blavatsky, Russian occultist, philosopher, and author (co-founded Theosophical Society), born in Yekaterinoslav, Ukraine (d. 1891)
  • 1837 Elon John Farnsworth, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Green Oak, Michigan (d. 1863)
  • 1838 Eugen Richter, German politician (Liberal), born in Düsseldorf, Germany (d. 1906)
  • 1855 James E. Kelly, American sculptor "Sculptor of American History", born in NYC, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1856 Richard Haldane, British viscount and lord-chancellor (Life of A Smith), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1928)
  • 1857 Thorstein Veblen, American economist (Theory of the Leisure Class-1899), born in Cato, Wisconsin (d. 1929)
  • 1859 Henry Lunn, English humanitarian and religious leader, born in Horncastle, Lincolnshire (d. 1939)

  • 1859 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1951)

Person of interestHenry Ford

1863 Henry Ford, American industrialist and auto maker (Ford Model T), born in Dearborn Township, Michigan (d. 1947)

Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford
Ford Motor Company Founder
Henry Ford
  • 1868 Alfred Weber, German economist and sociologist, born in Erfurt, Prussian Saxony (d. 1958)
  • 1872 Clémentine, Princess of Belgium, wife of Prince Napoleon Bonaparte V, born in Royal Castle of Laeken, Brussels (d. 1955)
  • 1880 Robert R. McCormick, American editor and publisher (Chicago Tribune), born in Chicago (d. 1955)
  • 1881 Smedley Butler, American Marine general, born in West Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • 1882 Leo van Puyfielde, Flemish art historian and museum curator
  • 1887 Felix Andries Vening Meinesz, Dutch geophysicist (gravity), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1888 Raden Soetomo, Indonesian freedom fighter, born in Ngepeh, Nganjuk, Indonesia (d. 1938)
  • 1893 Fatima Jinnah, Pakistani Mother of the Nation, born in Karachi, Bombay Presidency, British India (now Pakistan) (d. 1967)
  • 1897 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician and writer (Fascism is War!), born in Oss, Netherlands (d. 1988)
  • 1898 Henry Moore, English artist and sculptor (known for Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae), born in Castleford (d. 1986)
  • 1899 Harry Moorman, Dutch vice-admiral (KVP), born in Roermond, Netherlands (d. 1971)
  • 1904 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1974)
  • 1909 C. Northcote Parkinson, English historian (Pursuit of Progress), born in Barnard Castle, County Durham, England (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Edgar de Evia, Mexican-American photographer, born in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Robert van Spaendonck, Dutch resistance fighter, born in Tilburg, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1919 Berniece Baker Miracle, American writer (My Sister Marilyn) and half-sister of Marilyn Monroe, born in Venice, Los Angeles
  • 1921 Jacques Van der Schueren, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, born in Aalst, Belgium (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Henry W. Bloch, American businessman (co-founder of H&R Block) and philanthropist, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1923 Dipa Nusantara Aidit, Indonesian communist leader of PKI (1951-65), born in Belitung Island, Dutch East Indies (d. 1965)
  • 1923 John Richard Brinsley Norton, 7th Lord Grantley, Baron of Markenfield, landowner, born in Toscana, Italy (d. 1995)
  • 1924 William H. Gass, American novelist and philosopher (Omensetter's Luck), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Peter Trevenen Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money) (d. 1991)
  • 1929 Sid Krofft, Canadian-American puppeteer (Barbara Mandrell Show), born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  • 1930 Thomas Sowell, American economist and social theorist, born in Gastonia, North Carolina
  • 1936 John Burton-Hall, Dorset England, captain (QE2)
  • 1936 Infanta Pilar of Spain, Duchess of Badajoz, daughter of Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona and Princess María Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, born in Cannes, French Third Republic
  • 1938 Terry O'Neill, English photographer, born in London, England
  • 1938 Hervé de Charette, French politician, born in Paris
  • 1940 Clive Sinclair, British computer inventor (ZX Spectrum), born in Richmond, Surrey
  • 1940 Pat Schroeder, American politician (Rep-D-Colorado, 1973-97), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1941 Count Desmond [Edward Benjamin], Binghamton NY, sword swallower
  • 1943 Henri-François Gautrin, Quebec politician, born in Béthune, France
  • 1945 Patrick Modiano, French novelist (Nobel 2014), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1947 Jonathan Mann, American physician and AIDS activist, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 1953 Aleksandr Nikolayevich Balandin, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-9), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1956 Anita Hill, American academic and attorney, accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, born in Lone Tree, Oklahoma
  • 1956 Soraida Martinez, American painter and creator of Verdadism, born in Manhattan, New York City
  • 1962 Andy Green, British Royal Air Force and 1st to break sound barrier on land, born in Atherstone, Warwickshire, England
  • 1962 Vladimir Dezhurov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-21), born in Yavas, Mordovia, Soviet Union
  • 1962 Jay Feaster, American National Hockey League executive, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Sagi Kalev, Bodybuilder
  • 1975 Graham Nicholls, English artist
  • 1979 Diva Zappa, American artist and daughter of Frank, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 2002 Prince Hridayendra of Nepal, Nepalese royal