Birthdays in History on June 5

  • 1341 Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York, son of Edward III of England, born in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1402)
  • 1493 Justus Jonas, German Protestant theologian and reformer, born in Nordhausen, Thuringia, Germany (d. 1555)
  • 1523 Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry, born in Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1573)
  • 1553 Bernardino Baldi, Italian mathematician and writer, born in Urbino, Marche, Italy (d. 1617)
  • 1640 Pu Songling, Qing Dynasty Chinese writer (Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio), born in Zibo, Shandong (d. 1715)

Elena Cornaro PiscopiaElena Cornaro Piscopia (1646-1684)

Italian mathematician and the 1st woman to receive an academic degree from a university, born in Venice, Italy

  • 1656 Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, French botanist, born in Aix-en-Provence, France (d. 1708)
  • 1660 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, close friend of Queen Anne of Great Britain, born in Hertfordshire (d. 1744)
  • 1664 Mustafa II [Mustafa Oglu Mehmed IV], Ottoman Sultan (1695-1703), born in Edirne, Ottoman Empire (d. 1703)
  • 1695 Johann Conrad Schlaun, German baroque architect (Schloss Münster), born in Nörde, Warburg, Germany (d. 1773)
  • 1718 Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker, baptized in Otley, Yorkshire, England (d. 1779)
  • 1729 Cláudio Manuel da Costa, Brazilian poet, born in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Portuguese Colony of Brazil (d. 1789)
  • 1736 Corneille-François de Nélis, Flemish scholar and bishop of Antwerp, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1798)
  • 1757 Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist, born in Cosnac, Corrèze, France (d. 1808)
  • 1760 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1852)
  • 1765 Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger, German mathematician, born in Simmozheim (d. 1831)
  • 1771 Ernest Augustus I, Duke of Cumberland and King of Hanover (1837-51), born in Buckingham House, London (d. 1851)
  • 1771 Willem Frederik van Bylandt, Dutch military officer, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1855)
  • 1781 Christian August Lobeck, German classical scholar, born in Naumburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (d. 1860)
  • 1819 John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discoverer of Neptune), born in Laneast, Launceston, Cornwall (d. 1892)
  • 1823 George Thorndike Angell, American lawyer and advocate for the humane treatment of animals (ASPCA), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1825 Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, American politician (Rep-Ala, 1857-61), born in Lincoln County, Georgia (d. 1903)
  • 1827 Beverly Holcombe Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1910)
  • 1831 Marcus Joseph Wright, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Purdy, Tennessee (d. 1922)
  • 1841 Marie of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange Nassau, born in Wassenaar, Netherlands (d. 1910)
  • 1843 Samuel Garman, American zoologist, ichthyologist, herpetologist, and namesake of a Jamaican lizard, born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania (d. 1927)
  • 1850 Pat Garrett, American Western lawman, born in Chambers County, Alabama (d. 1908)
  • 1862 Allvar Gullstrand, Swedish physician (Nobel 1911), born in Landskrona, Sweden (d. 1930)
  • 1868 James Connolly, Irish socialist (founder of the Irish Socialist Republican Party), born in Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • 1877 Johan W. Albarda, 1st Dutch socialist minister (1939-45)
  • 1878 Pancho Villa [José Doroteo Arango Arámbula], Mexican revolutionary general and guerrilla leader, born in La Coyotada, San Juan del Río, Durango, Mexico (d. 1923)
  • 1879 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1985)

John Maynard KeynesJohn Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

English economist whose ideas changed the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, born in Cambridge, England

  • 1884 Ivy Compton-Burnett, English novelist (Manservant and Maidservant), born in Pinner, Middlesex, England (d. 1969)
  • 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 Noto Soeroto, Javanese poet (Melatiknoppen), born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (d. 1951)
  • 1892 Alexander Loudon, Dutch diplomat (Ambassador to Washington)
  • 1894 Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, Canadian-English publisher, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1976)
  • 1898 Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and dramatist (Blood Wedding), born in Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Andalucía, Spain (d. 1936)
  • 1898 Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian luxury shoe designer (Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.), born in Bonito, Italy (d. 1960)

Dennis GaborDennis Gabor (1900-1979)

Hungarian-British engineer and physicist (invented holography, Nobel Prize 1971), born in Budapest, Hungary

  • 1902 Hugo Huppert, Austrian writer and poet, born in Bielitz, Silesia (d. 1982)
  • 1906 John Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale, British soldier and businessman (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Rolf Bongs, German writer, born in Dusseldolf (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Rudolf Peierls, German-British physicist (atomic bomb), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), born in Shanghai (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Arthur Vick, British physicist and vice chancellor (Queens University, Belfast), born in Solihull, England (d. 1998)
  • 1912 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Beatrice de Cardi, British archaeologist (Baluchistan region), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1915 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), born in Brownsville, NYC, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Lancelot Ware, English barrister and co-founder of Mensa, the international society for intellectually gifted people, born in Mitcham, Surrey, England (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Jack Sutherland, Scottish journalist, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Carel van Dillen, Dutch resistance fighter
  • 1919 Richard Scarry, American children's author and illustrator (What Do People Do All Day?), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1994)
  • 1920 Cornelius Ryan, Irish war reporter and historian (Bridge too Far), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1974)
  • 1924 Kenneth Burslam Gardner, British librarian and orientalist (d. 1995)
  • 1925 William L. Dickinson, American politician (Rep-R-AL, 1965-93), born in Opelika, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Otto F. Walter, Swiss writer and publisher (Walter Verlag), born in Rickenbach (d. 1994)
  • 1930 Alifa Rifaat, Egyptian writer (d. 1996)
  • 1930 Robert Buchanan, British archaeologist and founder of Bath University (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Jacques Demy, French director (Lola, Magic Donkey), born in Pontchâteau, France (d. 1990)
  • 1931 Jerzy Prokopiuk, Polish philosopher and anthroposopist, born in Warsaw (d. 2021)
  • 1931 John Dellow, British law enforcement officer (Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, 1982-87; Deputy Commissioner, 1987-91), born in London, England
  • 1932 Christy Brown, Irish novelist (My Left Foot, Down All the Days), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1934 Bill Moyers, American news commentator (Bill Moyers' Journal) and White House Press Secretary, born in Hugo, Oklahoma
  • 1934 Curt Michel, American astrophysicist and NASA astronaut, born in LaCrosse Wisconsin (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Gwen Swire, British social worker (BASW) (d. 1961)
  • 1938 Marion Chapman, smallest known premature baby to survive (280 g), born in South Shields, England

Joe ClarkJoe Clark (83 years old)

1939 16th Prime Minister of Canada (1979-80), born in High River, Alberta

  • 1939 Margaret Drabble, British author (Needle's Eye), born in Sheffield, England
  • 1942 Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of Equatorial Guinea (1979- ), born in Acoacán, Spanish Guinea
  • 1943 Ann Craft, British researcher and writer and disabilities advocate (NAPSAC)
  • 1943 Matthew Lesko, American author, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1947 Eric Molobi, South African activist (ANC), born in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 2006)
  • 1948 Frank Esler-Smith, English Australian rocker (Air Supply), born in London, England (d. 1991)

Ken FollettKen Follett (73 years old)

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

  • 1950 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist, born in Sta. Mesa, Manila, Philippines
  • 1956 Richard A. Searfoss, American astronaut (STS 58, 76, sk 90), born in Mount Clemons, Michigan
  • 1956 Roger Michell, British stage and screen director (Blue/Orange; Notting Hill; Hyde Park On Hudson), born in Pretoria, South Africa (d. 2021)
  • 1958 Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, President of the Comoros, born in Mutsamudu, Comoros
  • 1958 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thai businessman, sports team owner (Leicester City FC), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 2018)
  • 1960 Margo Lanagan, Australian author, born in Raymond Terrace, Australia
  • 1962 Astrid, Belgian princess and daughter of Albert II
  • 1964 Rick Riordan, American author (Percy Jackson & the Olympians), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1972 Chuck Klosterman, American journalist, born in Breckenridge, Minnesota
  • 1974 Tate Reeves, American politician, Governor of Mississippi (2020-), born in Florence, Mississippi
  • 1980 Yasser Latif Hamdani, Pakistani constitutional lawyer

Breonna TaylorBreonna Taylor (1993-2020)

African American medical technician who was shot and killed by police officers in her home, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • 2005 Irene Urdangarin, granddaughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain