On This Day

Birthdays in History on June 24

  • 1244 Henry I, the Child, 1st count of Hessen (1256-1308), born in Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders (d. 1308)
  • 1286 John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey, English politician and the last Warenne earl of Surrey (d. 1347)
  • 1322 Johanna, Duchess of Brabant/Limburg (Joyful Entry) (d. 1406)
  • 1343 Jeanne de Valois, Queen of Navarre, born in Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, France (d. 1373)
  • 1380 Saint John of Capistrano, Franciscan friar and Catholic priest from the Italian town of Capestrano, Abruzzo, born in Capestrano, Abruzzi, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1456)
  • 1485 Johannes Bugenhagen, German reformer, born in Wollin, Pomerania, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1558)
  • 1499 Johannes Brenz, German theologist (Dutch Brentians), born in Weil der Stadt, Stuttgart (d. 1570)
  • 1519 Theodore Beza, French Reformed Protestant theologian, born in Vezelay, Burgundy, Kingdom of France (d. 1605)
  • 1533 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, English commander-in-chief in Netherlands (d. 1588)
  • 1535 Joanna of Austria, Princess of Portugal, born in Madrid (d. 1573)
  • 1542 St. John of the Cross [Juan de Yepes y Álvarez], Spanish Carmelite mystic, saint, priest and poet, born in Fontiveros, Ávila, Spain (d. 1591)
  • 1546 Robert Parsons, English jesuit (A Letter Disclosure), born in Nether Stowey, Somerset, England (d. 1610)
  • 1561 Rombout Hogerbeets, Dutch lawyer and pension minister of Leiden, born in Hoorn, Netherlands (d. 1625)
  • 1590 Samuel Ampzing, Dutch poet (Taelbericht der Neth Spellinge), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1632)
  • 1619 Rijcklof Volckertsz van Goens, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1678-81), born in Rees, Germany (d. 1682)
  • 1663 Jean Baptiste Massillon, French churchman, born in Hyères, France (d. 1742)

  • 1669 Francois van Aerssen, Dutch vice-admiral (Suriname, Algeria), born in Paris (d. 1740)
  • 1687 Johann Albrecht Bengel, German scholar, born in Winnenden, Württemberg (d. 1757)
  • 1694 Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui, Genevan legal and political theorist, born in Geneva (d. 1748)
  • 1704 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1771)
  • 1771 Éleuthère Irénée du Pont, French-American chemist and industrialist (E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company), born in Paris (d. 1834)
  • 1774 François-Nicolas-Benoît Haxo, French Army general, born in Lunéville, France (d. 1838)
  • 1777 John Ross, British naval officer and explorer, born in Balsarroch, Scotland (d. 1856)
  • 1795 Ernst Heinrich Weber, German anatomist and physiologist (one of the founders of experimental psychology), born in Wittenberg, Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1878)
  • 1797 John Hughes, 1st Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, born in Annaloghan, County Tyrone, Kingdom of Ireland (d. 1864)
  • 1804 Stephan Endlicher, Austrian botanist, born in Pressburg (Pozsony), Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1849)
  • 1804 Willard Richards, American physician and religious leader, born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • 1811 John Archibald Campbell, American jurist and Supreme Court justice (1853–61), born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1889)
  • 1813 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman/orator (Independent), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1887)
  • 1820 Henry R. Jackson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Athens, Georgia (d. 1898)
  • 1822 Birkett D. Fry, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Kanawha County, Virginia (d. 1891)
  • 1825 Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna of Russia, youngest daughter and fourth child of Tsar Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia, and his wife, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1844)
  • 1826 George Goyder, English surveyor-general of South Australia, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)
  • 1832 Edward Harland, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1915)
  • 1838 Gustav von Schmoller, German economist (Lectern Socialism), born in Heilbronn, Germany (d. 1917)
  • 1839 Gustavus Franklin Swift, American founder of the meatpacking firm Swift & Company, born in West Sandwich, Massachusetts (d. 1903)

  • 1848 Brooks Adams, American philosopher (Theory of Social Revolutions), born in Quincy, Massachusetts (d. 1927)

Person of interestHoratio Kitchener

1850 Horatio Kitchener, British General who commanded British forces during the Battle of Omdurman (Sudan) and the Second Boer War who became British Secretary of State for War during WWI (1914-16), born in Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland (d. 1916)

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • 1852 Victor Adler, Austrian politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1860 Mercedes of Orléans, Queen of Spain, born in Palacio Real, Madrid, Spain (d. 1878)
  • 1865 Robert Henri, American painter (The Eight) and leader of Ashcan school of painting, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1929)
  • 1870 Horatio Mbelle, South African interpreter, community leader and politician, born in Burgersdorp, Cape Colony (d. 1947)
  • 1877 Aleksei M Remizov, Russian writer (Iveren), born in Moscow (d. 1957)
  • 1882 Athanase David, Canadian politician and businessman (d. 1953)
  • 1886 George Shiels, Northern Irish dramatist (d. 1949)
  • 1888 Gerrit T Rietveld, Dutch architect (Juliana Hall, Sonsbeek Pavilion)
  • 1897 Daniel K. Ludwig, American shipping magnate (d. 1992)
  • 1899 Bruce Marshall, Scottish writer (Father Malachy's Miracle), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1987)
  • 1900 Wilhelm Cauer, German mathematician (d. 1945)
  • 1904 Kurt Kusenberg, German writer (Wein Auf Lebenszeit)
  • 1907 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (d. 1989)
  • 1908 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military officer (d. 1976)
  • 1909 William G Penney, British physicist (1st British Atom Bomb)
  • 1911 Ernesto Sábato, Argentinian writer
  • 1912 Norman Cousins, editor (Saturday Review)
  • 1912 Selwyn Powell, art editor
  • 1913 John Kubris, Czech resistance fighter
  • 1914 Pearl Witherington CBE, British WW II secret agent (d. 2008)
  • 1915 Charles James Dunn, Japanese scholar
  • 1916 John Ciardi, poet/critic (translated Dante)
  • 1920 James Eric Storrar, fighter Pilot
  • 1922 Aadje [Alida WM] Lyre, Dutch twin daughter of Prince Hendrik(?)
  • 1922 Rietje [Maria SC] Lyre, Dutch twin daughter of Prince Hendrik(?)
  • 1923 Margaret Olley, Lismore Australia, painter
  • 1924 Ranasinghe Premadasa, president of Sri Lanka (1989-93)
  • 1924 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 2008)
  • 1925 Len Jagger, English businessman/multi-millionaire
  • 1927 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist (Nobel 1995), born in New York, (d. 2014)
  • 1930 Herbert C Klien, (Rep-D-New Jersey)
  • 1930 William B. Ziff, Jr., American publishing executive (d. 2006)
  • 1931 Leslie Cochran, peace activist and police critic, born in Miami, Florida (d. 2012)
  • 1932 David McTaggart, co-founder (Greenpeace)
  • 1935 Pete Hamill, journalist (NY Post), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1938 Lawrence Block, American writer
  • 1939 Henry Lawrence Garett III, Sect of Navy (1989-92), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1941 Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French philosopher, psychoanalyst, and novelist
  • 1942 Gerhart Roth, Austrian writer, born in Graz
  • 1944 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic)
  • 1945 Colin Blunstone, England, rocker (Zombies-Never Even Thought)
  • 1945 George Pataki, American politician (Gov-R-NY, 1995-2006), born in Peekskill, New York
  • 1946 Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast (STS 51C, 51L-Chal disaster)
  • 1946 Robert Reich, US Sec of Labor (Clinton)
  • 1946 David Collenette, Canadian politician
  • 1947 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), born in London (d. 2014)
  • 1950 Léon Frissen, Dutch Queen's Commissioner of the province of Limburg (CDA)
  • 1950 Mercedes R Lackey, American sci-fi author (Arrow's Fall, Magic's Pawn)
  • 1952 Stephen Pusey, British-born artist
  • 1953 Ivo Lill, Estonian artist
  • 1955 Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Guru of Siddha Yoga
  • 1958 Victor M Gerena, American security guard robbed $7 million (FBI wanted), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Trisha Meili, the "Central Park Jogger"
  • 1960 Karin Pilsäter, Swedish politician
  • 1963 Anatoly Borisovich Jurkin, Russian writer
  • 1963 Mike Wieringo, American comic book artist (d. 2007)
  • 1972 Denis Zvegelj, Slovenian rower
  • 1976 Louisa Leaman, English author
  • 1979 Craig Shergold, British internet folklore subject
  • 1982 Brian Fitzgerald, American writer
  • 1982 Clint Bajada, Maltese television and radio presenter
  • 1985 Yukina Shirakawa, Japanese gravure idol
  • 1993 Primera, an Andean condor, hatched at Cleve Zoo, 5th born in captivity