Birthdays in History on June 29

  • 1397 John II, King of Aragon and Navarre, born in Medina del Campo, Spain (d. 1479)
  • 1482 Maria of Aragon, queen of Portugal (1500-17), born in Córdoba, Kingdom of Castile (d. 1517)
  • 1517 Rembert Dodoens [Rembert Van Joenckema], Flemish physician and botanist, born in Mechelen, Spanish Netherlands (d. 1585)
  • 1596 Emperor Go-Mizunoo, 108th Emperor of Japan, born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 1680)
  • 1798 Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet and philosopher (The Poems of Leopardi), born in Recanati, Italy (d. 1837)
  • 1803 John Newton Brown, American publisher and Baptist teacher, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 1868)
  • 1805 Hiram Powers, American sculptor (Greek Slave), born in Woodstock, Vermont (d. 1873)
  • 1816 Jacob van Zuylen van Nijevelt, Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs (1852-53), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1890)
  • 1824 Victor J van Hinsbergh, South Neth engraver (PTT Stempels)
  • 1831 William Thomas Clark, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1905)
  • 1849 Sergei Witte, 1st Prime Minister of Russia (1905-06), born in Tiflis, Caucasus Viceroyalty, Russian Empire (d. 1915)
  • 1858 George Washington Goethals, American engineer (built Panama Canal), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1928)
  • 1861 William James Mayo, American surgeon and co-founder (Mayo Clinic in Minnesota), born in Le Sueur, Minnesota (d. 1939)
  • 1863 James Harvey Robinson, American historian (Ordeal of Civilization), born in Bloomington, Illinois (d. 1936)
  • 1864 Pietro Bonfante, Italian lawyer (Roman law) and historian, born in Poggio Mirteto, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1864 Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee, prolific Bengali educator, jurist, barrister and mathematician described as the "Banglar Bagh" (Tiger of Bengal), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1924)

  • 1865 Shigechiyo Izumi, once thought to be the world's oldest man ever but birth date now disputed (120 y 237 d), born in Isen, Tokunoshima, Satsuma Domain, Japan (d. 1986)
  • 1865 William E. Borah, American lawyer and politician (Republican U.S. Senator from Idaho), born in Fairfield, Illinois (d. 1940)
  • 1868 George Ellery Hale, American astronomer (discovery of magnetic fields in sunspot), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1938)
  • 1873 Leo Frobenius, German ethnologist and archaeologist (African cultures), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1938)
  • 1876 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • 1880 Ludwig Beck, German general (July 20th plot), born in Biebrich, Germany (d. 1944)
  • 1885 Virginia Pope, American fashion editor (New York Times), born in Chicago (d. 1978)
  • 1886 James Van Der Zee, African-American photographer, born in Lenox, Massachusetts (d. 1983)
  • 1886 Juliane Gabriels, Flemish physician (Artus Quellin) (d. 1958)
  • 1886 Robert Schuman, Luxembourg-born French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1947-48), born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg (d. 1963)
  • 1888 Joseph "Squizzy" Taylor, Australian gangster, born in Brighton, Victoria (d. 1927
  • 1893 Antoon Schweigmann, Dutch religious poet and resistance fighter, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1945)
  • 1893 Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1972)
  • 1897 Fulgence Charpentier, French-Canadian journalist, born in Sainte-Anne-de-Prescott, Ontario, Canada (d. 2001)
  • 1900 Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer, poet and pioneering aviator (The Little Prince), born in Lyon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1903 Alan Blumlein, English electronics engineer, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1942)
  • 1905 Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet and publisher (La lenta libertad), born in Málaga, Spain (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Alphaeus Hamilton Zulu, Anglican bishop of Zululand and Swaziland, born in South Africa (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Russian general (youngest ever Soviet general of the army), born in Uman, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1945)
  • 1907 Paul O'Dwyer, Irish-American politician and President of City Council (D-NYC), born in Bohola, County Mayo, Ireland (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Paul Lebeau, Flemish writer (Last Rose, Xanthippe), born in Borgerhout, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1911 Bernhard, German Prince (Consort to Queen Juliana of Netherlands), born in Jena, Germany (d. 2004)
  • 1912 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1912 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist, born in Madiran, Gers, France (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Christos Papakyriakopoulos, Greek mathematician, born in Chalandri, Athens, Greece (d. 1976)

  • 1914 Ellen Kuzwayo, South African member of parliament (ANC) and noted writer ("Call me Woman"), born in Thaba-Nchu, Orange Free State (d. 2006)
  • 1916 David Donaldson, Painter and Limner to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland, born in Chryston, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1918 Jack Harkness, British rose grower (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Lloyd Richards, Canadian-American theaterical director (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Ray Harryhausen, American movie special effect artist (Clash of Titans), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2013)
  • 1921 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), born in Bourgoin-Jallieu, Isère, France (d. 2000)
  • 1922 Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia-Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue), born in Grebenac, Vojvodina, Yugoslavia (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world famous whistler, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1925 Giorgio Napolitano, Italian politician, President of Italy (2006-15), born in Naples, Italy
  • 1926 Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, born in Kuwait City (d. 2006)
  • 1926 Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), born in Redcar, North Yorkshire, England (d. 2012)
  • 1933 John Bradshaw, American theologian, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Carl Levin, American attorney and politician (U. S. Senator from Michigan), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1936 Kigeli V, last King of Rwanda (1959-61), born in Kamembe, Rwanda (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Louise Groenman, Dutch director and politician (D66), born in Meppel, Netherlands
  • 1941 Kwame Toure [Stokely Carmichael], American activist (Black Power movement), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1998)
  • 1942 Bas van der Vlies, Dutch politician (SGP), born in Sliedrecht, Netherlands
  • 1944 Collin Peterson, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1944 Seán Patrick O'Malley, American Roman Catholic bishop, born in Lakewood, Ohio
  • 1945 Chandrika Kumaratunga, first female President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005), born in Colombo, British Ceylon
  • 1946 Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer, born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 2004)
  • 1946 Ernesto Pérez Balladares, President of Panama (1994-99), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1948 Charles McCorquodale, art historian, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)
  • 1949 Joan Clos, Spanish politician (116th Mayor of Barcelona & Minister of Industry), born in Parets del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain
  • 1949 Ann Veneman,5th Executive Director of UNICEF and 27th United States Secretary of Agriculture, born in Modesto, California
  • 1951 Don Rosa, American comic book writer and illustrator (Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1955 Charles J Precourt, Waltham Mass, astronaut (STS 55, 71, 84, sk:91)
  • 1955 Terence M. O'Sullivan, American activist
  • 1956 Pedro Santana Lopes, former Prime Minister of Portugal
  • 1959 Larry Parham, 4th victim of NYC's Zodiac killer (1st to die)
  • 1962 George Zamka, American astronaut
  • 1963 Khalid El-Masri, German-born suspected terrorist
  • 1969 Toru Hashimoto, Japanese politician
  • 1969 Claude Béchard, Canadian politician
  • 1977 Oleg Korenfeld, Russian-born American poet
  • 1979 Matthew Bode, Australian Rules football player
  • 1993 Angela & Amy Lakeberg, US Siamese twins (separated on Aug 20th)