Birthdays in History on May 14

  • May
  • 1316 Charles IV, King of Bohemia (1346-78) and Holy Roman Emperor (1355-78). Dies 1378
  • 1553 Margaret of Valois, wife of Henry IV (d. 1615)
  • 1666 Victor Amadeus II of Sardinia (d. 1732)
  • 1679 Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer
  • 1699 Hans Joachim von Zieten, Prussian field marshal (d. 1786)
  • 1701 William Emerson, English mathematician (d. 1782)
  • 1710 Adolf Frederik, king of Sweden (1751-70)
  • 1725 Ludovico Manin, last Doge of Venice (d. 1802)
  • 1727 Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (Blue Boy), baptized
  • 1737 George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, British statesman (d. 1806)
  • 1752 Albrecht Thaer, German agronomist (d. 1828)
  • 1752 Timothy Dwight, American theologian (d. 1817)
  • 1771 Robert Owen, England, factory owner/socialist
  • 1781 Friedrich von Raumer, German historian/parliamentarian
  • 1798 Frantisek Palacky, Czech historian
  • 1814 Charles Beyer, German-British locomotive engineer (d. 1876)

  • 1817 Alexander Kaufmann, German poet (d. 1893)
  • 1830 George Pierce Doles, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • 1832 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (d. 1903)
  • 1836 James Patrick Major, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1877)
  • 1846 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch lib politician/founder (Social Weekly newspaper)
  • 1846 Pieter W A Cort van de Linden, Dutch premier (1913-18)
  • 1863 John Charles Fields, Canadian mathematician and founder of the Fields Medal, born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1932)
  • 1867 Kurt Eisner, German premier of revolutionary Bavaria (1918-19)

Person of interestMagnus Hirschfeld

1868 Magnus Hirschfeld, German physician and gay rights advocate, born in Kolberg, Prussia (d. 1935)

Physician and Gay Rights Advocate Magnus Hirschfeld
Physician and Gay Rights Advocate
Magnus Hirschfeld
  • 1872 Elia Dalla Costa, Italian cardinals (d. 1961)
  • 1880 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (d. 1971)
  • 1881 G. Murray Hulbert, American politician (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Jan Olieslagers, Belgian aviation pioneer (Antwerp Devil)
  • 1883 Julian Eltinge, Mass, vaudeville star/greatest female impersonator
  • 1893 Louis Verneuil, French playwright (d. 1952)
  • 1897 Ed Ricketts, American marine biologist (d. 1948)
  • 1899 Pierre Victor Auger, French physicist (d. 1993)
  • 1900 Hal Borland, American author (d. 1978)
  • 1900 Edgar Wind, German art historian (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Robert Ritter, German psychologist (d. 1951)
  • 1904 Hans Albert Einstein, American professor (d. 1973)
  • 1904 Marcel Junod, Swiss physician (d. 1961)
  • 1905 Jean Daniélou, French cardinal (d. 1974)
  • 1906 Hastings Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi (1964-94)
  • 1907 Dick Bentley, entertainer

  • 1907 Mohammed Ayub Khan, general/premier/president (Pakistan)
  • 1907 Hans von der Groeben, German diplomat (d. 2005)
  • 1907 Johnny Moss, American poker player (d. 1995)
  • 1911 J Borremans, Belgian politician (communist)/MP
  • 1912 Marguerite Fawdry, museum curator
  • 1916 Marco Zanuso, Italian architect
  • 1917 Herta Ryder, literary agent
  • 1919 Heloise Bowles, columnist Heloise's mother (Hints from Heloise)
  • 1919 Maarten Vrolijk, Dutch soc-dem party minister (CRM 1965-66)
  • 1919 Solange Chaput-Rolland, French-Canadian journalist and politician (d. 2001)
  • 1919 John Hope, American meteorologist (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Agha Hasan Abedi, banker

Person of interestFranjo Tuđman

1922 Franjo Tuđman, Croatian politician and President of Croatia (1990-1999), born in Veliko Trgovišće, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (d. 1999)

President of Croatia Franjo Tuđman
President of Croatia
Franjo Tuđman
  • 1923 Diane Arbus [Nemerov], American photographer (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar), born in NYC, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1923 Adnan Pachachi, Iraqi politician
  • 1924 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, born in Eastchurch, Kent (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Herbert W. Franke, Austrian writer
  • 1928 Frederik H. Kreuger, Dutch scientist and inventor
  • 1929 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer and lecturer, (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Edward V "Ned" Regan, Planfield NJ, (Controller-R-NY, 1978- )
  • 1930 Phillipo Seed, social work academic
  • 1932 Robert Bechtle, American painter
  • 1939 M N Fathulin, cosmonaut
  • 1940 Chay Blyth, English sailor (Alone in Order to the World)
  • 1940 'H'. Jones, British Soldier (VC recipient) (d. 1982)
  • 1942 Byron L Dorgan, (Rep-D-ND, 1981- )
  • 1942 Lord McAlpine, English contractor/multi-millionaire
  • 1943 Alan B Mollohan, (Rep-D-WV, 1983- )
  • 1943 Elizabeth Ray, Marshall NC, congressman Wayne Hays' lover
  • 1943 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland
  • 1944 Troy Shondell, rocker (Many Sides of Troy Shondell)
  • 1947 Karin Struck, German feminist writer, born in Groß Kiesow
  • 1950 Jill Stein, American physician, activist and Green Party nominee for President (2016), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Donald R McMonagle, Mjr USAF/astronaut (STS 39, 54, 66), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1953 Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
  • 1954 Jens Sparschuh, German writer
  • 1956 Gillian [Marucha] Bradshaw, American sci-fi author (Hawk of May)
  • 1956 Steve Hogarth, Kendal England, vocals (Marillion-Clutching at Straws)
  • 1957 William G Gregory, Lockport NY, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 67)
  • 1964 James M Kelly, Capt USAF/astronaut, born in Burlington, Iowa
  • 1965 Eoin Colfer, Irish writer
  • 1971 Sofia Coppola, American director (Lost in Translation), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Mark Ruskell, England-born Scottish politician
  • 1975 Nicki Sørensen, Danish road cyclist
  • 1984 Gary Ablett, Jr., Australian rules footballer

Person of interestMark Zuckerberg

1984 Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Facebook, born in White Plains, New York

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg