Birthdays in History on July 8

  • 1528 Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy/governor of Netherland
  • 1545 Don Carlos, son of Spanish King Philip II
  • 1593 Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian baroque painter, born in Rome (d. 1653)
  • 1621 Jean de la Fontaine, French poet (Fables), born in Château-Thierry, Aisne, France (d. 1695)
  • 1760 Christian Kramp, French mathematician (d. 1826)
  • 1766 Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • 1792 Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, queen of Bavaria (d. 1854)
  • 1808 Mindon, King of Burma (1853-1878) penultimate ruler of the Konbaung dynasty and founder of Mandalay, born in Burma (d. 1878)
  • 1809 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja)
  • 1819 Alexander Hays, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1819 Francis Leopold McClintock, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1907)
  • 1821 Jozef Lies, Flemish painter, born in Antwerp (d. 1865)
  • 1821 William Harvey Lamb Wallace, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Urbana, Ohio (d. 1862)
  • 1824 Waldimir "Kriz" Krzyzanowski, Polish-American engineer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland (d. 1887)
  • 1826 Benjamin Henry Grierson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • 1826 Robert Kingston Scott, American governor of South Carolina (1868-1872) and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania (d. 1900)
  • 1829 Pierre Alexis de Ponson du Terrail, French serial writer (Rocambole), born in Montmaur, France (d. 1871)
  • 1830 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1915)
  • 1830 Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Altenburg (d. 1911)

John PembertonJohn Pemberton (1831-1888)

American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), born in Knoxville, Georgia

  • 1836 Joseph Chamberlain, British minister of Commerce/Colonies

Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin (1838-1917)

German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany

John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller (1839-1937)

American industrialist and founder of Standard Oil, born in Richford, New York

  • 1844 Mary Johnson Lincoln, American cooking teacher and author (Boston Cooking School), born in n South Attleboro, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • 1851 Arthur Evans, English archaeologist (discovered the Minoan palace of Knossos in Crete), born in Nash Mills, England (d. 1941)
  • 1857 Alfred Binet, French child psychologist who invented the first practical IQ test (Binet–Simon test), born in Nice, France (d. 1911)
  • 1867 Kathe Kollwitz, German print maker and sculptor (Bauernkrieg)
  • 1869 William Vaughan Moody, American poet (Death of Eve, Faith Healer), born in Spencer, Indiana (d. 1910)
  • 1870 Marie van Zeggelen, Dutch author (Koloniaaltje)
  • 1871 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam)
  • 1877 Elin Pelin [Dimitar Ivanov Stoyanov], Bulgarian writer (The Gerak Family; Earth), of Bailovo, Ottoman Empire (d. 1949)
  • 1882 John Anderson, 1st Viscount Waverley, British civil servant, politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer (1943-45), born in Midlothian, Scotland (d. 1958)
  • 1885 Emil Bloch, German Marxist philosopher, born in Ludwigshafen, Germany (d. 1977)
  • 1885 Hugo Boss, German fashion designer (Hugo Boss), born in Metzingen, Kingdom of Württemberg (d. 1948)
  • 1890 Walter Hasenvlever, German writer, born in Aachen (d. 1940)
  • 1891 Elisabeth Zernike, Dutch writer (Poor Part, Bruidstijd)
  • 1891 Josef Hora, Czech writer/poet (Working Day)
  • 1892 Pavel Korin, Russian painter (d. 1967)
  • 1892 Richard Aldington, English writer and editor (The Egotist), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1962)
  • 1893 Fritz Perls, German-American psychiatrist and psychotherapist (father of Gestalt therapy), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1894 Clemens VI Trefois, Flemish architect and sociologist
  • 1895 Anton van de Velde, Flemish writer and director (God & the Worms)
  • 1896 Alfredo Carmelo, Filipino aviator, lithographer, and painter, born in Manila, Philippines (d. 1985)
  • 1898 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun); brother of Evelyn, born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1899 David E. Lilienthal, American attorney and government administrator (Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-46; Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, 1946-50), born in Morton, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Donald Harden, Anglo-Irish archaeologist (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Henri Cartan, French mathematician, born in Nancy (d. 2008)
  • 1906 Philip Johnson, Cortalyou architect, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1907 George W. Romney, American politician (Gov-R-Michigan, US Secretary of HUD 1969-73), born in Colonia Dublán, Mexico (d. 1995)

Nelson RockefellerNelson Rockefeller (1908-1979)

American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), born in Bar Harbor, Maine

  • 1909 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • 1910 Govan Mbeki, South African leader (ANC/SACP)
  • 1913 Caitlin Thomas (née Macnamara), British author (Leftover Life to Kill) and the wife of the poet and writer Dylan Thomas, born in Hammersmith, London, England (d. 1994)
  • 1914 Jyoti Basu, Indian Communist politician, bornin Calcutta, British India (d. 2010)
  • 1919 Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, born in Solingen (d. 2016)
  • 1920 Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, Danish toy manufacturer (Lego Group), born in Billund, Denmark (d. 1995)
  • 1926 Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-American author and psychiatrist (On Death and Dying), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • 1926 John Dingell, American politician (D-Michigan, 1955-2015), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • 1927 Maurice Hayes, Irish politician (European Person of the Year 2003), born in Killough, Northern Ireland (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Carol Henry, American choreographer (Garry Moore Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1929 Shirley Ann Grau, American author (Keepers of the House), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Antonio Lamer, French Canadian lawyer and chief justice
  • 1934 Ed Lumley, Canadian corporate executive and former politician
  • 1935 Vitali Sevastiyanov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 9, 18), born in Krasnouralsk, Soviet Union (d. 2010)
  • 1938 Julia Carson, American politician (Rep Indiana (D) 1997-2007), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2007) [1]
  • 1942 Phil Gramm, American economist and politician (US Representative for Texas, 1979-85; US Senator from Texas, 1985-2002), born in Fort Benning, Georgia
  • 1943 Faye Wattleton, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1945 Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss politician (President of Switzerland 2--7, 2011), born in Sion, Switzerland
  • 1947 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1947 Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • 1949 Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef, born in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
  • 1950 Sarah Kennedy, British TV and radio broadcaster (The Dawn Patrol, 1993-2010), born in Sussex, England
  • 1952 Anna Quindlen, American columnist
  • 1952 Marianne Williamson, American writer (Return to Love), spiritual leader, human rights and peace activist, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1958 Andreas Carlgren, Swedish politician
  • 1958 Tzipi Livni, Israeli politician, born in Tel Aviv
  • 1964 Maryalice Demler, American TV journalist and anchor, Miss New York (1991), born in North Tonawanda, New York
  • 1968 Akio Suyama, Japanese seiyu
  • 1973 Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Indian founder and CEO of mobile payments company Paytm, born in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh
  • 1992 Taylor Maine Pearl Brooks, daughter of country singer Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl, born inn Nashville, Tennessee