Birthdays in History on June 5

  • 1341 Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England (d. 1402)
  • 1493 Justus Jonas, German Protestant reformer (d. 1555)
  • 1523 Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry (d. 1573)
  • 1553 Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician (d. 1617)
  • 1554 Elisabeth of Austria, queen consort of France (d. 1592)
  • 1640 Pu Songling, Chinese writer (d. 1715)

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1646 Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician and the 1st woman to receive an academic degree from a university, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1684)

Philosopher and Mathematician Elena Cornaro Piscopia
Philosopher and Mathematician
Elena Cornaro Piscopia
  • 1660 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (d. 1744)
  • 1664 Mustafa II, sultan of Turkey (1695-1703)
  • 1695 Johann Conrad Schlaun, German baroque architect
  • 1718 Thomas Chippendale, England, furniture maker (baptized)
  • 1736 Corneille F de Nelis, Flemish scholar/bishop of Antwerp
  • 1757 Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist (d. 1808)
  • 1760 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium)
  • 1771 Ernst Augustus I, Duke of Cumberland/King of Hanover (1837-51)
  • 1771 Willem F, count of Bylandt, Dutch military officer
  • 1781 Christian August Lobeck, German scholar (d. 1860)
  • 1819 John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune)
  • 1823 George Thorndike Angell, Mass, lawyer (ASPCA)
  • 1825 Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, Georgia, educator (Rep-Ala, 1857-61)
  • 1827 Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1831 Marcus Joseph Wright, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1922)
  • 1850 Pat Garrett, American Western lawman (d. 1908)
  • 1862 Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel 1911)
  • 1868 James Connolly, Irish socialist (d. 1916)
  • 1877 Johan W Albarda, 1st Dutch socialist minister (1939-45)
  • 1878 [Francisco] Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary/guerrilla leader
  • 1879 Robert Mayer, German-born philanthropist (d. 1985)

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1883 John Maynard Keynes, English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1946)

  • 1884 Ivy Compton-Burnett, novelist
  • 1885 Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader, born in Chatou, Yvelines (d. 1944)
  • 1887 Ruth Benedict, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • 1888 Raden Mas Nato Suroto, Indonesia, poet (Melatiknoppen)
  • 1892 Alexander Loudon, diplomat (Washington)
  • 1894 Roy Thomson, Lord Thomson of Fleet, English publisher (d. 1976)
  • 1895 William Boyd, Ohio, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy)
  • 1898 Federico Garcia Lorca, Spainish poet and dramatist (Blood Wedding), born in Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, AndalucĂ­a, Spain (d. 1936)

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1900 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1979)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer Dennis Gabor
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
Dennis Gabor
  • 1900 Barbara Gooden, novelist

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1901 Anastasia Nikolaevna, Daughter of the last Russian Tsar, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1918)

Grand Duchess of Russia Anastasia Nikolaevna
Grand Duchess of Russia
Anastasia Nikolaevna
  • 1902 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, born in Bielitz, Silesia (d. 1982)
  • 1906 Kenneth Anderson, deputy comptroller (British GPO)
  • 1906 Viscount Rochdale, British CEO
  • 1907 Rolf Bongs, German writer, born in Dusseldolf (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Rudolf Peieris, physicist
  • 1908 Jack Jacob, senior master (British Supreme Court)
  • 1911 Arthur Vick, vice chancelor (Queens University, Belfast)
  • 1911 Charles Fletcher, physician/CEO (ASH)
  • 1912 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist, born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1915 Alfred Kazin, US writer/literature critic (Inmost Leaf)

  • 1915 Lancelot Ware, founder (MENSA)
  • 1916 Jack Sutherland, journalist
  • 1917 Carel van Dillen, resistance fighter
  • 1919 Richard McClure Scarry, children's author and illustrator
  • 1920 Cornelius Ryan, Irish war reporter and historian (Bridge too Far), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1974)
  • 1924 Kenneth Burslam Gardner, librarian/orientalist
  • 1925 William L Dickinson, (Rep-R-AL, 1965- )
  • 1928 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), born in Rickenbach (d. 1994)
  • 1928 Tony Richardson, England, director (Delicate Balance, Hotel NH)
  • 1930 Robert Buchanan, founder (Center for History of Tech Bath University)
  • 1930 Roger W Suddards, solicitor
  • 1930 Alifa Rifaat, Egyptian writer (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Jacques Demy, French director (Lola, Magic Donkey)
  • 1931 John Dellow, commisioner (London Metropolitan Police)
  • 1931 Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher, antroposopher
  • 1932 Christy Brown, novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1934 Bill D Moyers, Hugo Oklahoma, news commentator (Bill Moyers' Journal)
  • 1934 F Curtis Michel, LaCrosse Wisconsin, astronaut
  • 1934 Gwen Swire, British social worker
  • 1936 Barry Wilson, deputy chief (British Defense Staff)
  • 1938 Marion Chapman, smallest known premature baby to survive (280 g)

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1939 Joe Clark [Charles Joseph], 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), born in High River, Alberta

16th Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark
16th Prime Minister of Canada
Joe Clark
  • 1939 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye)
  • 1941 Jeffrey Rooker, MP (Labour)
  • 1942 Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea (1979- )
  • 1943 Ann Craft, researcher/writer
  • 1943 Matthew Lesko, American author
  • 1946 Fuzzy Fuscaldo, rocker (Capt Beefheart)
  • 1946 Michael Monarch, rocker (Steppenwolf)
  • 1947 David Hare, playwright (Strapless, Plenty, Wetherby, Fatale)
  • 1947 Eric Molobi, South Africa, activist (ANC)
  • 1948 Frank Estersmith, Australia, rocker (Air Supply)

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1949 Ken Follett, Welsh spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions), born in Cardiff, Wales

Author Ken Follett
Author
Ken Follett
  • 1956 Richard A Searfoss, Mount Clemons Mich, Astronaut (STS 58, 76, sk 90)
  • 1958 Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, President of the Comoros
  • 1960 Margo Lanagan, Australian author
  • 1962 Astrid, Belgian princess/daughter of Albert II
  • 1972 Chuck Klosterman, American journalist
  • 1973 Gella Vandecaveye, Belgian judoka
  • 1980 Yasser Latif Hamdani, Pakistani constitutional lawyer
  • 2005 Irene Urdangarin, granddaughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain