Birthdays in History on June 13

  • June
  • 40 Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman general and Governor of Britain, conquered Wales and Northern England, born in Gallia Narbonensis (Roman province in Southern France) (d. 93)
  • 823 Charles II the Bald, King of France (843-77) and Holy Roman mperor (875-77), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 877)
  • 839 Charles the Fat, Carolingian emperor (King of West Francia and Acquitaine, 884-887), born in East Francia (d. 888)
  • 1539 Jost Amman, Swiss cartoonist, graphic artist and illustrator, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1591)
  • 1649 Adrien Baillet, French scholar and critic, born in Neuville, Picardy, France (d. 1706)
  • 1752 Fanny Burney, English novelist (Camille, Evelina), born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England (d. 1840)
  • 1763 José Bonifácio de Andrada, Brazilian statesman, born in Santos, São Paulo (d. 1838)
  • 1773 Thomas Young, British physician and physicist (light interference), born in Milverton, Somerset, England (d. 1829)
  • 1786 Winfield Scott, American army general (Union) and presidential candidate, born in Petersburg, Virginia (d. 1866)
  • 1790 José Antonio Páez, President of Venezuela (1830-35), born in Curpa, Portuguesa, Venezuela (d. 1873)
  • 1795 Thomas Arnold, English educator and historian (History of Rome), born in West Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (d. 1842)
  • 1806 Bernard ter Haar, Dutch poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1880)
  • 1809 George Philip St Cooke, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • 1820 Henry the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands, third son of King William II of the Netherlands, born in Soestdijk Palace, Netherlands (d. 1879)
  • 1821 Albert, 4th duc de Broglie, Prime Minister of France (1873-74, 1977), born in Paris (d. 1901)
  • 1821 Gustavus Fox, U.S. Navy officer (Mexican–American War), born in Saugus, Massachusetts (d. 1883)

  • 1822 Carl Schmidt, Baltic German chemist, born in Mitau, Russian Empire (d. 1884)
  • 1823 Gustave Paul Cluseret, French Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Suresnes, France (d. 1900)
  • 1825 Benjamin J. Hill, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in McMinnville, Tennessee (d. 1880)
  • 1827 Alberto Henschel, German-Brazilian photographer and businessman, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1882)
  • 1831 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (electromagnetic theory, speed of light), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1879)
  • 1854 Charles Algernon Parsons, British inventor (steam turbine), born in London (d. 1931)
  • 1863 Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon, English fashion designer, born in London (d. 1935)
  • 1864 Rudolf Kjellén, Swedish political scientist and politician who first coined the term "geopolitics", born in Torsö, Sweden (d. 1922)
  • 1864 Dwight B. Waldo, American educator (first President of Western Michigan University), born in Arcade, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1865 W. B. Yeats, Irish poet (Wild Swans at Coole-Nobel 1923), born in Sandymount, Ireland (d. 1939)
  • 1866 Lambertus Zijl, Dutch sculptor (Trade scholarship), born in Kralingen, Netherlands (d. 1947)
  • 1870 Jules Bordet, Belgian bacteriologist (syphillis, Nobel 1919), born in Soignies, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • 1874 Leopoldo Lugones, Argentine poet (Las montañas del oro), born in Villa Maria del Rio Seco, Argentina (d. 1938)
  • 1875 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, US politician, 1st US elected woman governor, Governor of Texas (1925-27, 1933-35), born in Bell County, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1876 William Sealy Gosset, English statistician (Student's t-distribution), born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1937)
  • 1879 Johannes Geelkerken, Dutch theologian and vicar, born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 1960)
  • 1884 Anton Drexler, German politician and founder of the German Worker's Party, born in Munich (d. 1942)
  • 1884 Gerald Gardner, British occultist and Wiccan (founding the tradition of Gardnerian Wicca), born in Blundellsands, Lancashire, England (d. 1964)
  • 1884 Étienne Gilson, French philosopher and historian, born in Paris (d. 1978)
  • 1887 Bruno Frank, German-born writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1945)
  • 1888 Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet and writer (The Book of Disquiet), born in Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1935)
  • 1893 Dorothy L. Sayers, English novelist (The Nine Tailors), born in Oxford, England (d. 1957)
  • 1894 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer and painter, born in Courbevoie, France (d. 1986)
  • 1894 Mark van Doren, American poet and author (Happy Critic, Transients), born in Hope, Vermilion County, Illinois (d. 1972)
  • 1894 Leo Kanner, Austrian-American psychiatrist and social activist known for his work related to autism, born in Klekotów, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)

  • 1901 Lode Zielens, Flemish author and journalist (Obscure Blood), born in Antwerp (d. 1944)
  • 1901 Tage Erlander, Swedish politician (25th Prime Minister of Sweden 1946-69), born in Ransäter, Värmland County, Sweden (d. 1985)
  • 1906 Bruno de Finetti, Italian probabilist statistician and actuary, born in Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary (d. 1985)
  • 1908 Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Portuguese painter (Infinite Passage), born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1992)
  • 1910 Mary Whitehouse, English social activist who opposed social liberalism and the mainstream British media, born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (d. 2001)
  • 1910 Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Spanish writer associated with the Generation of '36 movement, born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain (d. 1999)
  • 1911 Albert Cleage, African-American theologian and religious leader, born in Indianapolis (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Luis Alvarez, American physicist (subatomic particles, Nobel 1968), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1988)
  • 1912 Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, French Canadian poet (Regards et jeux dans l'espace), born in Sainte-Catherine de Fossanbault, Canada (d. 1943)
  • 1913 Etienne Leroux, Afrikaans author (Een vir Azazel), born in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape (d. 1989)
  • 1918 Helmut Lent, German night-fighter ace in World War II, born in Pyrehne, Landsberg (d. 1944)
  • 1925 Hans Fellner, bookseller, born in Vienna (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Geoffrey Finsberg, British politician (d. 1996)
  • 1928 Jean Villain, Swiss writer, born in Zurich (d. 2006)
  • 1930 Ryszard Kukliński, Polish colonel and Cold War spy for NATO, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2004)
  • 1931 Lachlan Macleay, USAF colonel and astronaut, born in Saint Louis, Missouri
  • 1931 Irvin D. Yalom, American psychotherapist and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1933 Tom King, British politician and minister (C), born in Rugby
  • 1935 Aleksandr Alekseyevich Kiselyov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Moscow
  • 1935 Christo [Javacheff], Bulgarian artist and wrapper (Running Fence), born in Gabrovo, Kingdom of Bulgaria
  • 1935 Jeanne-Claude, French artist (Running Fence), born in Casablanca, French Morocco
  • 1935 Samak Sundaravej, 25th Prime Minister of Thailand (2008), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2009)
  • 1937 Eleanor Holmes Norton, American lawyer and politician (Rep-D-DC), born in Washington, D.C.

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1944 Ban Ki-moon, South Korean politician and 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-16), born in Injō, Japanese Korea

8th Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
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  • 1945 Ronald J Grabe, American Col USAF/astronaut (STS 51-J, 30, 42, 57), born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Whitley Strieber, American author (The Wolfen, The Hunger), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1947 Danie Schutte, South African underminister of Justice, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • 1947 Jerrold Nadler, American attorney and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Peter Holm, Swedish ex-husband and manager of Joan Collins
  • 1952 Tony Bruno, American sports talk radio personality, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Jean-Marie Dedecker, Belgian politician and former judoka, born in Nieuwpoort, Belgium
  • 1954 Andrzej Lepper, Polish politician (Deputy Prime Minister of Poland), born in Stowięcino, Poland (d. 2011)
  • 1954 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian economist (Minister of Finance 2011-15), born in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State
  • 1955 Alan Hansen, Scottish football player and BBC television football pundit, born in Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
  • 1959 Steve Georganas, Australian politician (MP for Adelaide), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1961 Bob Crow, English trade union leader (National Union RMT), born in Epping, Essex, England (d. 2014)
  • 1965 Infanta Cristina, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca, younger daughter of King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía, born in Our Lady of Loreto Clinic, Madrid, Spain
  • 1966 Grigori Perelman, Russian mathematician (Proof of the Poincaré conjecture), born in Leningrad, RSFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1971 Broderick nonuplets, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1975 Johannes Grenzfurthner, Austrian artist, writer, curator and director
  • 1981 David Madden, 4th-ranked Jeopardy! champion of all-time
  • 1992 Tyler Davison, was world's smallest baby at 6 inches, 11 ounces