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Birthdays in History on June 23

  • 47 BC Pharaoh Ptolemy XV of Egypt (d. 30 BC)
  • 1160 Johannes de Matha, French saint/founder (Trinitarians)
  • 1433 Francis II, Duke of Brittany (d. 1488)
  • 1456 Margaret of Denmark, wife of James III of Scotland (d. 1486)
  • 1534 Oda Nobunaga, Japanese warlord (d. 1582)
  • 1596 Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (d. 1641)
  • 1612 Justus G Schottel [Schottelius], German poet
  • 1612 André Tacquet, Belgian mathematician (d. 1660)
  • 1668 Giambattista Vico, Italian philosopher and historian (d. 1744)
  • 1683 Etienne Fourmont, French orientalist (d. 1745)
  • 1703 Maria Leszczyńska, queen of Louis XV of France (d. 1768)
  • 1716 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (d. 1789)
  • 1750 Déodat Gratet de Dolomieu, French geologist (d. 1801)
  • 1763 Joséphine de Beauharnais, first wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of France (1804-14), born in Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique (d. 1814)
  • 1774 Matthijs Siegenbeek, Dutch linguist (spelling)
  • 1799 John Milton Bernhisel, American physician (d. 1881)
  • 1800 Karol Marcinkowski, Polish physician and social activist (d. 1846)
  • 1801 Daniel Smith Donelson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • 1818 Simon Vissering, Dutch economist/minister of Finances (1879-81)
  • 1822 Young Marshall Moody, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1866)
  • 1838 Edwin Henry Stoughton, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chester, Vermont (d. 1868)
  • 1849 John Hunn, American businessman and 51st Governor of Delaware, born in Odessa, Delaware (d. 1926)
  • 1858 William Ernst Johnson, British mathematician, born in Cambridge, England
  • 1859 Florentinus M Wibaut, Amsterdams social alderman (building of houses)
  • 1875 Carl Milles, Uppsala Sweden, fountain sculptor (Wedding of Rivers)
  • 1879 William Ewart Berry, 1st viscount Camrose/English nobleman
  • 1879 Huda Sha'arawi, Egyptian feminist and nationalist, founder of Egyptian Feminist Union, born in Upper Egypt (d. 1947)
  • 1887 Ernst Rowohlt, German publisher (Rowohlt-Verlag)
  • 1888 Bronson M. Cutting, American politician (d. 1935)
  • 1889 Anna Akhmatova, Russian poet, born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1966)
  • 1891 Vladislav Vančura, Czech writer (Rozmarné léto), born in Háj ve Slezsku, Austria-Hungary (d. 1942)
  • 1894 Alfred Kinsey, American entomologist and sexologist (Kinsey Report), born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1956)

Person of interestEdward VIII

1894 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), born in Richmond, England (d. 1972)

King of the United Kingdom Edward VIII
King of the United Kingdom
Edward VIII
  • 1897 Winifred Wagner-William, German organizer (Wagner Festival)
  • 1901 Mariel-Henri Jaspar, Belgian minister who unsuccessfully attempted to establish a Belgian government in London during World War II, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1901 Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, Turkish poet, novelist, recognized as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature (A Mind at Peace, The Time Regulation Institute), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1962)
  • 1902 Howard T Engstrom, computer designer (Univac), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1903 Anthony Veiller, American writer (Night of Iguana, Moulin Rouge), born in NYC, New York
  • 1903 Hans C Branner, Danish writer (Two Minutes of Silence), born in Ordrup, Denmark (d. 1966)
  • 1903 Paul Joseph James Martin, Canadian politician (d. 1992)
  • 1904 Carleton Coon, American anthropologist (What in the World), born in Wakefield, Massachusetts (d. 1981)
  • 1905 Jack Pickersgill, Canadian politician (d. 1997)
  • 1906 Wolfgang Koeppen, German author (Death in Rome), born in Greifswald, Pomerania (d. 1996)
  • 1907 Dercy Gonçalves, Brazilian comedienne (d. 2008)
  • 1908 Paulus Akkerman [Paul fen Nijenborn], Frisian writer (Each om Each), born in Oldeboorn (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Li Xiannian, President of the People's Republic of China (1983-88), born in Hong'an, Hubei, China (d. 1992)

Person of interestJean Anouilh

1910 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Antigone, The Lark), born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1987)

Dramatist Jean Anouilh
Jean Anouilh
  • 1910 Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2008)
  • 1911 David Ogilvy, advertising whiz (Ogilvy & Mathers)

Person of interestAlan Turing

1912 Alan Turing, British mathematician and computer scientist pioneer (Turing Machine), born in London (d. 1954)

Computer Scientist Alan Turing
Computer Scientist
Alan Turing
  • 1913 Jacques Rabemananjara, Malagasy playwright, poet (Antsa; Antidote), and politician (Vice President, 1971-72), born in Maroantsetra in Antongil Bay, Madagascar (d. 2005)
  • 1913 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician (US Secretary of State, 1969-73), born in Norfolk, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1919 Muhammad Boudiaf, Algerian political leader (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Jean [Jean Benoît Guillaume Robert Antoine Louis Marie Adolphe Marc d'Aviano], Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1964-2000), born in Berg Castle, Luxembourg
  • 1925 Oliver Smithies, British biochemist (2007 Noble Prize for gene targeting), born in Halifax (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Michael Shaara, American writer (Killer Angels), born in Jersey City, New Jersey (d. 1988)
  • 1930 Donn Fulton Eisele, Col USAF/astronaut (Apollo 7), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1931 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 1935 Maurice Ferre, former mayor of Miami
  • 1936 Costas Simitis, Prime Minister of Greece
  • 1937 Martti Ahtisaari, President of Finland
  • 1940 Derry Irvine [Alexander Andrew Mackay Irvine], Scottish politician (Labour Party) and Lord Chanceller of UK (1997-2003), born in Inverness, Scotland
  • 1941 Roger McDonald, Australian author
  • 1941 Richard M. Richie Roberts, American former Marine and New Jersey Police Detective, Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 1943 Vinton (Vint) Cerf, American Internet pioneer, Turing Award laureate
  • 1945 K B Wilson, methodist Preacher/Principal (Westminster College Oxford)
  • 1945 John Garang, Sudanese leader and politician (d. 2005)
  • 1945 Kjell Albin Abrahamson, Swedish journalist and writer
  • 1946 Russ Thacker, producer (Golden Seal), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestClarence Thomas

1948 Clarence Thomas, 108th US Supreme Court Justice (1991- ), born in Savannah, Georgia

108th US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
108th US Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas
  • 1948 Darhyl S. Ramsey, American author
  • 1948 Joaquin Avila, American lawyer and civil rights champion who advocated against voter discrimination, born in Compton, California (d. 2018)
  • 1950 Douglas C. Lord, Canadian businessman
  • 1955 Pierre Corbeil, Canadian politician
  • 1961 Zoran Janjetov, Serbian comic artist
  • 1965 Dawn Whiteham, bodybuilder (Penthouse Nov 1995), born in New London, Connecticut
  • 1965 Barbara Lufthansa Herzog, born during Lufthansa Frankfurt-NY flight
  • 1967 Helen Geake, British archaeologist, born in Wolverhampton, England
  • 1968 Jay Y Lee [Lee Jae-yong], South Korean Vice Chairman of Samsung, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Ron Corning, American television anchor
  • 1974 Maria Carolina Christina, Princess of Netherlands
  • 1980 Becky Cloonan, American comic book artist
  • 1983 Jason Berrent, American performer
  • 1990 Samuel Lee, FIFA 08 World Champion