Birthdays in History on June 26

  • 1575 Anne Catherine of Brandenburg, queen of Denmark and Norway, born in Halle (Saale), Holy Roman Empire (d. 1612)
  • 1655 Jean Deutz, merchant and Amsterdam regent, born in Amsterdam (d. 1719)
  • 1681 Hedvig Sophia, Duchess of Holstein-Gottorp, born in Three Crowns Castle, Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1708)
  • 1689 Edward Holyoke, American academic and 9th President of Harvard University, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1769)
  • 1694 Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and mineralogist, born in Riddarhyttan, Sweden (d. 1768)
  • 1702 Philip Doddridge, English Nonconformist clergyman, born in London (d. 1751)
  • 1703 Thomas Clap, American academic, 1st President of Yale University, born in Scituate, Massachusetts (d. 1767)
  • 1730 Charles Messier, French astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects"), born in Badonviller, Lorraine, France (d. 1817)
  • 1742 Arthur Middleton, American signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1787)
  • 1760 Johan I Jozef, Monarch of Liechtenstein and fieldmarshal, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1836)
  • 1763 George Morland, English artist of rural landscapes, born in London (d. 1804)
  • 1817 Branwell Brontë [Patrick Branwell Brontë], English painter and writer and brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne, born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1848)
  • 1821 Bartolomé Mitre [Martínez], Argentine general, author, statesman and President (1862-1868), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1906)

Person of interestWilliam Thomson

1824 William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, Irish-Scottish mathematical physicist (Kelvin Scale) and engineer (transatlantic telegraph), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 1907)

Mathematical Physicist and Engineer William Thomson
Mathematical Physicist and Engineer
William Thomson
  • 1831 Julius Rodenberg [Levy], German writer (Kriegs-Songs of War & Peace), born in Rodenberg, Germany (d. 1914)
  • 1837 Martin Davis Hardin II, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1923)
  • 1837 Victor Girardey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lauw, France (d. 1864)

Person of interestRobert Borden

1854 Robert Borden, 8th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1911-20), born in Grand-Pre, Nova Scotia (d. 1937)

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden
  • 1865 Bernard Berenson, American art critic (Italian Painters of the Renaissance), born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Russian Empire (d. 1959)
  • 1865 Charles Bonin, French explorer and diplomat (China), born in Poissy, France (d. 1929)
  • 1869 Martin Andersen Nexø, Danish writer (Pelle Erobreren), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1954)
  • 1880 Natalia Brassova, Russian noblewoman, wife of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, born in Perovo, Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1952)
  • 1881 Ya'akov Cahan, Hebrew poet and writer, born in Slutsk, Belarus (d. 1960)
  • 1885 Anna Maria Franciska van Wageningen-Salomons, Dutch author (Girl Student), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1980)
  • 1887 Anthony Gustav de Rothschild, British philanthropist, born in London (d. 1961)
  • 1888 Paul Niggli, Swiss mineralogist (crystal structures), born in Zonfingen, Switzerland (d. 1953)
  • 1891 Sidney Coe Howard, American dramatist (Swords, Pulitzer 1925), born in Oakland, California (d. 1939)
  • 1892 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth-Nobel 1938), born in Hillsboro, West Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1895 Jankel Adler, Polish painter and printmaker, born in Tuszyn, Łódź, Poland (d. 1949)
  • 1898 Willy Messerschmitt, German aircraft designer, born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Chesty Puller, US Marine Corps lieutenant general and the most decorated Marine in history, born in West Point, Virginia (d. 1971)
  • 1899 Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, 3rd daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, born in Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1900 Jo Spier [Joseph Spier], Dutch cartoonist and water color painter, born in Zutphen, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1901 Stuart Symington, U.S. senator from Missouri (1953–76), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • 1902 Bill Lear, American engineer, manufacturer and CEO (Lear Jet Corp), born in Hannibal, Missouri (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Ashley Clarke, British diplomat to Italy and president (Venice in Peril Fund) (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Frank Scott Hogg, Canadian astronomer, born in Preston, Ontario (d. 1951)
  • 1905 Jack Longland, British director of education (Derbyshire), born in London (d. 1993)
  • 1905 Jan Louis Guillaume Doornik, Dutch resistance fighter in France, born in Paris (d. 1941)
  • 1906 Stefan Andres, German writer (Wir sind Utopia), born in Dhrönchen (d. 1970)
  • 1906 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, born in Sebring, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • 1909 Betty Askwith, British writer and biographer (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Nicholas Polunin, British botanist and environmentalist, born in Checkendon, Oxfordshire (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, born in Brisbane, Queensland (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Edward H. Levi, American law professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • 1913 Maurice Wilkes, British computer scientist and inventor (stored program concept for computers), born in Dudley, England (d. 2010)
  • 1913 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, born in Basse-Pointe, Martinique (d. 2008)
  • 1914 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), born in Slad, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1997)
  • 1915 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1915 Charlotte Zolotow, American author and publisher of children's books (When the Wind Stops), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2013)
  • 1916 Paul Derrick, co-operator/Christian socialist

  • 1917 Wille Hamilton, British MP, born in Houghton-le-Spring, England (d. 2000)
  • 1919 Lord Rawlinson, British attorney general (Ewell)
  • 1920 Michael Eastham, high court judge
  • 1921 Abe Jan Koldijk, SS-physician (Limburg's family doctor), born in Vreeland, Netherlands
  • 1921 Violette Szabo, French WWII secret agent, born in Paris, France (d. 1945)
  • 1922 Alan T. Peacock, British economist, born in Ryton, England (d. 2014)
  • 1922 Campbell Adamson, British industrialist and CEO (Abbey National Pictures), born in Perth, Scotland (d. 2000)
  • 1923 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), born in Derby, England (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, born in Oakland, California (d. 1955)
  • 1924 Peter Miles, British Army officer, businessman and courtier in the Household of Elizabeth II, born in Long Ashton, Somerset (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Kostas Axelos, Greek-French philosopher, born in Athens, Greece (d. 2010)
  • 1925 Pavel Belyayev, Soviet fighter pilot and cosmonaut (Voskhod II), born in Chelishchevo, Russia (d. 1970)
  • 1927 Leslie Carpenter, British publishing executive, CEO (Reed International)
  • 1928 Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1929 Alexander Fenton, CEO (Euro Ethnological Research Center in Edinburgh), born in Shotts, Lanarkshire (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Francesco Cossiga, Italian politician and 8th President of the Italian Republic (1985-92), born in Sassari, Kingdom of Italy (d. 2010)
  • 1929 Ian Prestt, English ornithologist, born in Lancaster (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Milton Glaser, American graphic designer (founded New York Magazine), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Colin Wilson, English author (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1933 David Winnick, British Labour Party MP, born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • 1934 Jeremy Wolfenden, British journalist and spy, born in England (d. 1965)
  • 1935 Douglas Peterson, American politician and diplomat, born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1936 Robert Maclennan, Baron Maclennan of Rogart, born in Glasgow
  • 1937 Robert Coleman Richardson, American physicist (Nobel 1996), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Neil Abercrombie, American politician (Rep-D-Hawaii, 1986-88), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1938 Gerald North, American climatologist, born in Sweetwater, Tennessee
  • 1939 Ansar Ilgamovich, Russian cosmonaut, born in Satka, Russia
  • 1939 Chuck [Charles] Robb, American politician, 64th Governor of Virginia, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1939 Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, South African Secretary-General (Bishops' Conference 1983-88), born in Barberton, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • 1941 Yves Beauchemin, Canadian novelist (L'enfirouapé), born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
  • 1942 Orin C Smith, American businessman and CEO of Starbucks (2000-05), born in Ryderwood, Washington (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Ruth Kempson, British linguist (SOAS)
  • 1945 Dwight York, Nuwaubian leader (Nuwaubian Nation), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1956 Azhar Cachalia, Scottish-South African leader (United Democratic Front), born in Scotland
  • 1956 Bernard A. Harris Jr., African American astronaut (STS 55, 63), born in Temple, Texas
  • 1957 Philippe Couillard, 31st Premier of Quebec and Minister of Health, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1958 Glen Stewart Godwin, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1962 George Windsor, Earl of St Andrews, elder son of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, born in Coppins, Iver, Buckinghamshire, England
  • 1963 Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Russian businessman and philanthropist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1963 Richard Garfield, American mathematician and game designer (Magic: The Gathering), born in Philadelphia
  • 1964 Zeng Jinlian, tallest woman known (2.46 m, 8'1"), born in Hunan, China (d. 1982)
  • 1975 KJ-52 [Jonah Kirsten Sorrentino], American hip hop artist, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1977 Kubo Tite, Japanese manga artist (Bleach), born in Fuchū, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1985 Urgyen Trinley Dorje, Tibetan spiritual leader, born in Chamdo County, Tibet Autonomous Region, China
  • 1988 King Bach Andrew B. Bachelor, Canadian American internet personality (most watched in Vine), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 2005 Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien, Princess of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, second daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, born in HMC Bronovo, The Hague, Netherlands