Birthdays in History on June 25

  • 1242 Beatrice of England, Duchess of Brittanny, daughter of Henry III of England, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1275)
  • 1328 William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader, born in Donyatt, Somerset, England (d. 1397)
  • 1373 Johanna II, Queen of Naples (1414-35), born in Zadar, Dalmatia (d. 1435)
  • 1560 Wilhelm Fabry, German surgeon (Father of German surgery), born in Hilden, Germany (d. 1634)
  • 1612 John Albert Vasa, Polish bishop, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1634)
  • 1715 Joseph-François Foulon, French politician, born in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, France (d. 1789)
  • 1726 Thomas Pennant, Welsh naturalist, born in Downing, Wales (d. 1798)
  • 1755 Princess Natalia Alexeievna of Russia, born in Prenzlau, Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1776)
  • 1813 William High Keim, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1814 Gabriel Auguste Daubrée, French geologist, born in Metz, France (d. 1896)
  • 1823 James Dunwoody Bulloch, Confederacy's chief foreign agent in Great Britain during the American Civil War, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1901)
  • 1852 Antoni Gaudí, Spanish architect (Sagrada Família), born in Reus, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1926)
  • 1858 Georges Courteline [Moineau], French playwright, born in Tours, France (d. 1929)
  • 1863 Émile Francqui, Belgian soldier and diplomat, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1935)
  • 1864 Walther Hermann Nernst, Prussian physicist and chemist (Nobel 1920), born in Briesen, West Prussia (d. 1941)
  • 1884 Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, German-French art dealer and publisher, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1979)

  • 1886 Henry "Hap" Arnold, American commanding general, US Army Air Force (WWII), born in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania (d. 1950)
  • 1889 Margriet Baers, Flemish philosopher and social worker, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1922)
  • 1890 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, born in Scharley, Upper Silesia (d. 1965)
  • 1894 Hermann Oberth, German physicist (founded modern astronautics), born in Hermannstadt, Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1898 Kay [Katherine Linn] Sage, American painter and poet, born in Albany, New York (d. 1963)

Person of interestLord Mountbatten

1900 Louis Mountbatten, British naval officer and statesman, last Viceroy of India (1947), born in Windsor, England (d. 1979)

Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India Lord Mountbatten
Supreme Allied Commander and Last Viceroy of India
Lord Mountbatten
  • 1902 Prince Yasuhito Chichibu, brother of Emperor Showa, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1953)

Person of interestGeorge Orwell

1903 George Orwell [Eric Arthur Blair], British author (Animal Farm, 1984), born in Motihari, British India (d. 1950)

  • 1904 Jan van Axel [Johannes P. Kraakman], Dutch director (Overschotje)
  • 1907 J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist (atomic nucleus-Nobel 1963), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2000)
  • 1911 William H. Stein, American biochemist (Nobel 1972), born in New York (d. 1980)
  • 1912 Virginia Lacy Jones, American librarian and presidential advisor, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1984)
  • 1912 William T. Cahill, American politician, 46th Governor of New Jersey (1970-74), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1916 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), born in Oxford, England (d. 1981)
  • 1923 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Sam Francis, American painter (Basel Mural), born in San Mateo, California (d. 1994)
  • 1923 Tony Parker, British oral historian, born in Stockport, Cheshire (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Robert Venturi, American architect (Levittown NY, Las Vegas), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1926 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), born in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1973)
  • 1928 Peyo [Pierre Culliford], Belgian cartoonist (The Smurfs, Johan et Pirlouit), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • 1928 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), born in Moscow (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Eric Carle, American designer, illustrator and author of children's books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1930 Hugo Gabriel Gryn, British Reform rabbi, born in Berehovo, Czechoslovakia (d. 1996)

  • 1931 V.P. [Vishwanath Pratap] Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-90), born in Allahabad, British India (d. 2008)
  • 1932 Peter Blake, British artist, born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • 1933 Michelangelo Pistoletto, Italian artist (glass painter), born in Biella, Italy
  • 1933 James Meredith, American civil rights activist (1st African-American at the University of Mississippi), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1933 Álvaro Siza Vieira, Portuguese architect, born in Matosinhos, Portugal
  • 1935 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), born in Orange Free State, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • 1936 Paul Nowee, Dutch writer of children's and youth books. (Eagle's Eye), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1993)
  • 1936 B. J. Habibie, 3rd President of Indonesia (1998-99), born in Parepare, South Sulawesi, Dutch East Indies
  • 1937 Marabel Morgan, American author (The Total Woman), born in Crestline, Ohio
  • 1940 A. J. Quinnell [Philip Nicholson], English writer (Man on Fire), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England (d. 2005)
  • 1942 Patrick Michael Mitchell, one of FBI's most wanted, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1942 Michel Tremblay, Canadian novelist and playwright (Les Belles-Sœurs), born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1943 Gerrit "Ger" Zijlstra, Dutch sculptor, born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1943 Bill Moggridge [William], British designer (1st laptop computer), born in London, England (d. 2012)
  • 1946 Roméo Dallaire, Canadian senator and humanitarian, born in Denekamp, Netherlands
  • 1950 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 33), born in Safonovo, Russia (d. 1980)
  • 1956 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, born in Monospitovo, Strumica, SR Macedonia, Yugoslavia (d. 2004)
  • 1956 Bongiwe (Bongi) Dhlomo-Mautloa, South African artist, born in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • 1963 Yann Martel, Spanish-Canadian author (Life of Pi), born in Salamanca, Spain
  • 1964 Greg Raymer, American professional poker player, born in Minot, North Dakota
  • 1968 Oleg Taktarov, Russian martial artist, born in Arzamas-16, Gorky Oblast, Russian SFSR
  • 1970 Ariel Gore, American journalist and author, born in Carmel, California
  • 1971 Santiago de Tezanos, Uruguayan architect, born in Montevideo, Uruguay