On This Day

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)
  • 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 A Vicomte de Ponson du Terrail, French serial writer

  • 1830 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (d. 1915)
  • 1830 Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Altenburg (d. 1911)

Person of interestJohn Pemberton

1831 John Pemberton, American pharmacist (inventor of Coca-Cola), born in Knoxville, Georgia (d. 1888)

Pharmacist and Inventor of Coca-Cola John Pemberton
Pharmacist and Inventor of Coca-Cola
John Pemberton
  • 1836 Joseph Chamberlain, British minister of Commerce/Colonies

Person of interestFerdinand von Zeppelin

1838 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany (d. 1917)

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin

Person of interestJohn D. Rockefeller

1839 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and founder of Standard Oil, born in Richford, New York (d. 1937)

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • 1844 Mary Johnson Lincoln, educator (Boston Cooking School)
  • 1851 Arthur J Evans, English archaeologist (Crete)
  • 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/sculptor (Bauernkrieg)
  • 1869 William V Moody, American poet (Death of Eve, Faith Healer)
  • 1870 Marie C of Zeggelen, Dutch novelist (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 philosopher
  • 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 Richard Aldington, writer

  • 1892 Pavel Korin, Russian painter (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Fritz Perls, father of Gestalt therapy
  • 1894 Clemens VI Trefois, Flemish architect/sociologist
  • 1895 Anton G J van de Velde, Flemish writer/director (God & the Worms)
  • 1898 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun); brother of Evelyn, born in London, England (d. 1981)
  • 1899 David Eli Lilienthal, US government organizer (Wisconsin)
  • 1901 Donald Benjamin Harden, archaeologist
  • 1904 Henri Cartan, French mathematician, born in Nancy (d. 2008)
  • 1906 Philip Johnson, Cortalyou architect, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1907 George W Romney, (Gov-R-Mich)/US Secretary of HUD (1969-73)

Person of interestNelson Rockefeller

1908 Nelson Rockefeller, American politician (Vice President: 1974-1977; Governor of New York (R), 1959-73), born in Bar Harbor, Maine (d. 1979)

Businessman and US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller
Businessman and US Vice President
Nelson Rockefeller
  • 1909 Petar Segedin, Croatian novelist (Holy Devil)
  • 1910 Govan AM Mbeki, South African leader (ANC/SACP)
  • 1914 Jyoti Basu, Indian politician
  • 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) (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
  • 1928 Carol Henry, choreographer (Garry Moore Show), born in Newark, New Jersey

  • 1929 Shirley Ann Grau, author (Keepers of the House)
  • 1930 Valeri Aleksandrovich Yazdovsky, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1933 Antonio Lamer, French Canadian lawyer and chief justice
  • 1934 Ed Lumley, Canadian corporate executive and former politician
  • 1935 Vitali Ivanovich Sevastiyanov, USSR, cosmonaut (Soyuz 9, 18B)
  • 1938 Marian Ackerman, women's rights advocacy administrator
  • 1942 Phil Gramm, (Sen-R Texas, 1985- )
  • 1943 Faye Wattleton, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1945 Micheline Calmy-Rey, Swiss politician
  • 1947 Luis Fernando Figari, Peruvian founder of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae
  • 1947 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Wolfgang Puck, Austrian-born celebrity chef, born in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
  • 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 Tzipi Livni, Israeli politician, born in Tel Aviv
  • 1958 Andreas Carlgren, Swedish politician
  • 1964 Maryalice Demler, 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