Birthdays in History on July 9

  • 1511 Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen of Denmark and Norway, born in Lauenburg Castle, Germany (d. 1571)
  • 1513 John van Hembyze, Flemish Calvinist, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1584)
  • 1577 Thomas West, 3rd & 12th Baron De La Warr, English Jamestown colonist and Governor of Virginia, born in Wherwell, Hampshire, England (d. 1618)
  • 1578 Ferdinand II, King of Bohemia & Hungary and German Emperor (1619-37), born in Graz, Austria (d. 1637)
  • 1589 John of Saint Thomas [Juan Poinset], Portuguese theologist, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1644)
  • 1654 Emperor Reigen, 112th Emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1732)
  • 1689 Alexis Piron, French dramatist (La Métromanie), born Dijon, France (d. 1773)
  • 1721 Johann Nikolaus Götz, German poet (Die Mädcheninsel), born in Worms, Germany (d. 1781)
  • 1753 William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, Governor of Newfoundland, born in England (d. 1825)
  • 1764 Ann Radcliffe, English Gothic novelist (The Romance of the Forest), born in London (d. 1823)
  • 1766 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, born in Gdańsk, Royal Prussia, Crown of the Kingdom of Poland (d. 1838)
  • 1766 Jacob Perkins, American inventor, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1849)
  • 1775 Matthew Lewis, English novelist (The Monk), born in London (d. 1818)
  • 1777 Henry Hallam, British lawyer and historian (d. 1859)
  • 1786 Sophie Hélène Béatrix, Princess of France, daughter of Louis XVI of France and Marie Antoinette, born in Palace of Versailles, France (d. 1787)
  • 1800 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German pathologist, born in Fürth, Bavaria (d. 1885)

  • 1802 Thomas Davenport, American iventor (invented 1st commercial electric motor), born in Williamstown, Vermont (d. 1837)
  • 1808 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier, born in Mason County, Kentucky (d. 1887)

Person of interestElias Howe

1819 Elias Howe, American inventor (invented sewing machine), born in Spencer, Massachusetts (d. 1867)

Inventor Elias Howe
Inventor
Elias Howe
  • 1825 Jules Oppert, French-German Assyriologist (decodes characters), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1905)
  • 1828 Luigi Oreglia di Santo Stefano, Italian Catholic churchman and last surviving cardinal of Pius IX, born in Bene Vagienna, Italy (d. 1913)
  • 1831 Johan Philip van der Kellen, Dutch stamp cutter, lithographer and writer, born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1906)
  • 1836 Camille de Renesse, Belgian nobleman and entrepreneur, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1904)
  • 1848 Robert I, Duke of Parma, last ruling Duke of Parma, born in Florence, Tuscany (d. 1907)
  • 1856 Daniel Guggenheim, American mining magnate and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1930)
  • 1857 Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden (1907-18), born in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden (d. 1928)
  • 1858 Franz Boas, German-American anthropologist and linguist (Mind of Primitive Man), born in Minden, Westphalia, Prussia (d. 1942)
  • 1879 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician, revolutionary and murderer of premier Storgkh, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1960)
  • 1879 Carlos Chagas, Brazilian sanitary physician, born in Oliveira, Minas Gerais, Empire of Brazil (d. 1934)
  • 1887 Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1976)
  • 1889 Léo Dandurand, American-Canadian hockey executive, born in Bourbonnais, Illinois (d. 1964)
  • 1894 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), born in Kronshtadt, Russian Empire (d. 1984)
  • 1898 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Mary, Revolt in Congo), born in Londerzeel, Belgium (d. 1989)
  • 1901 Barbara Cartland, English romance author (Camfield #69), born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England (d. 2000)
  • 1902 Gerhard Pohl, German writer (Crazy Ferdinand), born in Trachenberg, Silesia (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher, born in Savannah, Tennessee (d. 1990)
  • 1906 Beene Dubbelboer, Dutch writer (Secret Resistance), born in Tweede Exloërmond, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher, born in Hyderabad, India (d. 1973)
  • 1911 Simon Fraser [Shimi], Lord Lovat, Scottish head of clan Fraser and cattle breeder, born in Inverness (d. 1995)
  • 1911 Mervyn Peake, British writer and illustrator (Gormenghast books), born in Lushan District, Jiangxi, China (d. 1968)
  • 1911 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2008)

  • 1914 Willi Stoph, German politician (Prime Minister of German Democratic Republic 1964-73), born in Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany (d. 1999)

Person of interestEdward Heath

1916 Edward Heath, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1970-74), born in Broadstairs, England (d. 2005)

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • 1918 Rowley Israel Arenstein, South African attorney and communist
  • 1919 Peggy Braithwaite, lighthouse-keeper, born on Piel Island (d. 1996)
  • 1921 Jacob J. Hage, Dutch farmer and WW II resistance fighter
  • 1922 Hassan II [Mawlāy al-Ḥasan Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf], King of Morocco (1961-99), born in Rabat, Morocco (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Peter Ludwig, German businessman and art collector, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1996)
  • 1925 Tom Luken, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1926 Ben Roy Mottelson, American-Danish physicist (Nobel 1975), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1926 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), born in Como, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Donald Rumsfeld, American politician (involved in Watergate), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1933 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), born in London (d. 2015)

Person of interestMichael Graves

1934 Michael Graves, American postmodernist architect, born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Architect Michael Graves
Architect
Michael Graves
  • 1935 Wim [Willem Frederik] Duisenberg, Dutch Minister of Finance (PvdA), born in Heerenveen, Netherlands (d. 2005)
  • 1936 June Jordan, Carribean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), born in Harlem, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1937 David Hockney, English artist (Pop Art), born in Bradford, England
  • 1941 James Scott, director (Strike it Rich)
  • 1941 Scotty Baesler, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1942 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, born in Menziken, Switzerland (d. 1989)
  • 1942 Paul B. Henry, American professor of political science and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan, born in Chicago, Illinois (d.1993)
  • 1943 John H. Casper, USAF and astronaut (STS 36, 54, 62, 77), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1944 Glen Cook, American sci-fi author (Shadowline, Star's End), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Dean Koontz, American sci-fi author (Star Quest, Beastchild), born in Everett, Pennsylvania
  • 1945 Lewis F. Payne Jr., American politician (Rep-D-Virginia), born in Amherst, Virginia
  • 1945 Root Boy Slim [Foster MacKenzie III], American entertainer, born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1946 Joe Micelli, American rocker, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1948 Hassan Wirajuda, Indonesian politician (15th Foreign Minister of Indonesia), born in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia

Person of interestViktor Yanukovych

1950 Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian politician (President of Ukraine from 2010 until ouster in 2014 revolution), born in Yenakiyevo, Ukraine

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych
President of Ukraine
Viktor Yanukovych
  • 1953 Dave Camp, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1953 Irina D Latysheva, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1953 Thomas Ligotti, American author (Songs of a Dead Dreamer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1955 Sergei Krichevsky, Ukrainian cosmonaut, born in Primorya, Russia
  • 1957 Tim Kring, American writer and producer, born in El Dorado County, California
  • 1959 Clive Stafford Smith, British human-rights lawyer, born in Cambridge
  • 1960 Christopher J "Gus" Loria, Major USMC/astronaut, born in Newton, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Jason Rhoades, American installation artist (d. 2006)
  • 1967 Gunnar Axén, Swedish politician
  • 1968 Lars Gyllenhaal, Swedish author
  • 1970 Masami Tsuda, Japanese manga author
  • 1971 Marc Andreessen, American software developer
  • 1974 Sian Berry, British politician
  • 1982 Ashly DelGrosso, American ballroom dancer
  • 1982 Alecko Eskandarian, Armenian-American footballer
  • 1986 Dominic Cervi, American footballer