Birthdays in History on June 8

  • 1318 Eleonora Plantagenet, daughter of King Eduard II and wife of Reinald II
  • 1625 Giovanni Domenico Cassini, Italian-French mathematician, astronomer and engineer who discovered four of Saturn's moons, born in Perinaldo, Republic of Genova (d. 1712)
  • 1652 William Dampier, English explorer, born in East Coker, Sommerset (d. 1715)
  • 1717 John Collins, American politician, 3rd Governor of Rhode Island (1786-90), born in Newport, Colony of Rhode Island, British America (d. 1795)
  • 1724 John Smeaton, British civil engineer, born in Austhorpe, Leeds, England (d. 1792)
  • 1743 Alessandro Cagliostro [Giuseppe Balsamo], Italian adventurer and magician (Prince of Quacks), born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1795)
  • 1745 Caspar Wessel, Danish-Norwegian mathematician, born in Vestby, Norway (d. 1818)
  • 1756 Cornelis van Foreest, Dutch politician, Mayor of Alkmaar, born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 1823)
  • 1757 Ercole Consalvi, Italian Roman Catholic Cardinal, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1824)
  • 1759 Thomas Dunham Whitaker, British topographer, born in Rainham, Norfolk (d. 1821)
  • 1804 Jan Baptist van Son, Dutch politician (RC), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (d. 1875)
  • 1806 Gideon Johnson Pillow, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Williamson County, Tennessee (d. 1878)
  • 1813 David Dixon Porter, United States Navy admiral, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1891)
  • 1814 Charles Reade, English novelist (Cloister & Hearth), born in Ipsden, Oxfordshire (d. 1884)
  • 1821 John Dunlap Stevenson, American attorney, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Staunton, Virginia (d. 1897)
  • 1821 Samuel White Baker, English explorer (Ceylon & Egypt), born in London, England (d. 1893)
  • 1823 Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer in the US and Abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1824 James Loudon, Dutch politician, Governor-General of Dutch East Indies (1872-75), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1900)
  • 1824 William Montgomery Gardner, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1901)
  • 1829 John Everett Millais, English painter (Order of Release), born in Southampton, Hampshire, England (d. 1896)
  • 1831 Thomas J. Higgins, Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of America's highest military decoration (Medal of Honor), born in Huntington, Quebec, Canada (d. 1917)
  • 1837 Moritz Heyne, German germanist (Beowulf), born in Weissenfels, Germany (d. 1906)
  • 1842 John Q. A. Brackett, American politician, 36th Governor of Massachusetts (1890-91), born in Bradford, New Hampshire (d. 1918)
  • 1847 Ida McKinley, U.S. 1st lady (1897-1901), the wife of 25th U.S. president William McKinley, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1907)
  • 1849 Julien Dillens, Flemish sculptor (Anspach Monument), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1904)
  • 1851 Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, French physicist and inventor of the moving-coil D'Arsonval galvanometer, born in La Porcherie, France (d. 1940)
  • 1854 Douglas Colin Cameron, Canadian politician, born in Hawkesbury, Ontario (d. 1921)
  • 1859 Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure, born in Menston, Yorkshire, England (d. 1947)
  • 1860 Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1940)

Person of interestFrank Lloyd Wright

1867 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", born in Richland Center, Wisconsin (d. 1959)

  • 1885 Karl Genzken, Nazi physician, Chief of the Medical Office of the Waffen-SS, born in Preetz, German Empire (d. 1957)
  • 1889 Josef Hromádka, Czech theologist (Lenin prize 1957), born in Hodslavice, Moravia (d. 1969)
  • 1896 Samuel Gonard, Swiss lawyer and chairman (International Red Cross), born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland (d. 1975)
  • 1897 John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, born in London (d. 1974)

Person of interestNoel Wien

1899 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), born in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin (d. 1977)

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • 1900 H. J. Friedericy, Dutch author (Last General), born in Stadskanaal, Netherlands (d. 1962)
  • 1901 Lena Baker, American murderer, convicted of capital murder of her employer, Ernest Knight, born in Cuthbert, Georgia (d. 1945)
  • 1902 Albe [Renaut A. Joostens], Flemish writer (Andalusian Diary), born in Mechelen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1973)
  • 1903 Gerrit Cornelis Berkouwer, Dutch theologist (Dogmatic Studies), born in Amsterdam (d. 1996)
  • 1903 Ralph Webster Yarborough, American politician, U.S. Senator from Texas (1957-71), born in Chandler, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1905 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Avent), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
  • 1909 William Odling, major-general
  • 1910 Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), born in Zagorye, Russian Empire (d. 1971) [NS=June 21]
  • 1910 John W. Campbell, American sci-fi writer (Moon is Hell), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1971)
  • 1910 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, born in Paris (d. 2003)
  • 1912 Ian Morrow, British company director, best known for saving Rolls Royce (d. 2006)
  • 1912 Harry Holtzman, American abstract artist, born in NYC, New York (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Graham Watson, British-born literary agent (Curtis Brown)
  • 1913 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, born in Berlin (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Kurt Barthel [KuBa], German writer and political activist, born in Garnsdorf (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1994)

  • 1915 Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), Member of Parliament for Harwich (1954-92) (d. 2004)

Person of interestFrancis Crick

1916 Francis Crick, English molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure and 1962 Nobel laureate, born in Northampton, England (d. 2004)

Molecular biologist Francis Crick
Molecular biologist
Francis Crick
  • 1918 John D. Roberts, American chemist, received American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal (2013), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1920 Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director (Belgian National TV), born in Balen, Belgium (d. 1959)
  • 1920 Gwen Harwood, Australian poet (The Lion's Bride), born in Taringa, Brisbane, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1921 Alwyn Williams, Welsh geologist and Vice-Chancellor (University of Glasgow), born in Aberdare, Wales (d. 2004)

Person of interestSuharto

1921 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967- 98), born in Yogyakarta, Java (d. 2008)

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • 1921 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2012)
  • 1923 Alice Coleman, geographer (UK Land Use Survey)
  • 1923 Jean Maxwell-Scott, Lady-in-Waiting (Princess Alice Duchess Gloucester), born in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1924 Iain Glidewell, Lord Justice of Appeal and Judge of Appeal of the High Court of the Isle of Man (d. 2016)
  • 1924 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, born in Bakersfield, California (d. 2006)

Person of interestBarbara Bush

1925 Barbara Bush, First Lady of the US (1989-93) and wife of George H. W. Bush, born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)

US First Lady Barbara Bush
US First Lady
Barbara Bush
  • 1925 Eddie Gaedel, American 3'7" St Louis Browns pinch-hitter (he walked), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1926 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C), born in Bexhill (d. 2001)
  • 1926 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature
  • 1927 Dame Anne Warburton, 1st British female ambassador (1976) and President of Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge) (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Michael Levey, English art historian and director (British National Gallery), born in Wimbledon, London (d. 2008)
  • 1928 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Earl Ferrers, 13th Earl Ferrers, British minister of state (Department of Environment) (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Bo Gunnar Widerberg, Swedish director (Elvira Madigan), born in Malmö, Sweden (d. 1997)
  • 1930 Michael Codron, British theatrical producer, born in London
  • 1930 Robert Aumann, German-Israeli mathematician (The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2005), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1930 Marcel Léger, Canadian politician, born in Montreal (d. 1993)
  • 1931 Ivan V. Lalić, Serbian poet, born in Belgrade (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Leo Nichols, businessman, honorary consul and longtime friend of Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, born in Rangoon, Burma (d. 1996)
  • 1933 Dr Robert Stevens, British lawyer and Master (Pembroke College, Oxford)
  • 1933 Eric Parker, English industrialist, deputy CEO (Trafalgar House), born in Shropshire, England (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist (Nobel 1982), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1937 Bruce McCandless II, American aviator, electrical engineer and astronaut who made the 1st untethered space walk (STS 41B, STS-31), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Norma Shaw, English lawn bowler, born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Joop van den Berg, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (PvdA), born in Bartlehiem, Netherlands
  • 1942 Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov, Russian cosmonaut, born in Tambov, Russia
  • 1942 Gael Ramsey, Brigadier commander (HQ Aldershot Garrison)
  • 1943 William Calley Jr., American war criminal,convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1944 Marc Ouellet, Canadian Cardinal prelate of the Catholic Church, Archbishop of Quebec City, born in La Motte, Quebec, Canada
  • 1945 Donna Deitch, American film and TV director (Sexual Advances, Women of Brewster Place), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946 Elizabeth A. Lynn, American sci-fi author (Watchtower, Red Hawk), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Eric F. Wieschaus, American biologist (Nobel 1995), born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1952 Lindka Cierach, fashion designer
  • 1952 Martin Taylor, CEO (Barclays Bank)
  • 1954 Sergei Storchak, Russian deputy finance minister

Person of interestTim Berners-Lee

1955 Tim Berners-Lee, English inventor (World Wide Web), born in London, England

Computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee
Computer scientist
Tim Berners-Lee
  • 1957 Scott Raymond Adams, Catskill NY, cartoonist (Dilbert)
  • 1965 Robert Platus, American lip syncher (Milli Vanilli-Girl You Know This), born in NYC, New York
  • 1969 Marcos Siega, American director
  • 1970 Gabrielle Giffords, American politician
  • 1972 P[eter] J[ason] Farley, Hackensack, bass (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 1981 Sara Watkins, American fiddle player
  • 1982 Katy Morgan-Davies, British politician
  • 1983 Mamoru Miyano, Japanese seiyuu
  • 1984 Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Monaco
  • 1994 Nicholas Joseph Mills, son of Chris Evert & Andy Mills