Birthdays in History on May 16

  • 1558 Andreas of Austria, Bohemia cardinal/gov of Netherlands (1598-1600)
  • 1578 Everard Digby, English conspirator (d. 1606)
  • 1609 Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, Cardinal of the Holy Catholic Church and military commander during the Thirty Years' War, born in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain (d. 1641)
  • 1611 Innocent XI, [Benedetto Odescalchi], Italian, 240th Pope (1676-89), born in Como (d. 1689)
  • 1641 Dudley North, English financier and economist
  • 1659 Campegius Vitringa, Dutch theologist
  • 1710 William Talbot, 1st Earl Talbot, English politician (d. 1782)
  • 1718 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian mathematician (d. 1799)
  • 1748 Antonius van Alphen, apostolic vicar of De Bosch
  • 1761 John Opie, English painter, born in Trevellas, Cornwall (d. 1807)
  • 1763 Louis-Nicolas Vauquelin, chemist (discovered chromium, beryllium)
  • 1782 John Sell Cotman, water color artist
  • 1788 Friedrich Rückert, German Poet, Translator and Orientalist (d. 1866)

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1801 William H. Seward, American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), born in Florida, New York (d. 1872)

US Secretary of State William H. Seward
US Secretary of State
William H. Seward
  • 1804 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, educator/founder (US kindergarten)
  • 1806 George C Cadwalader, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1816 Henry Hopkins Sibley, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1886)
  • 1819 Daniel Ammen, Capt (Union Navy), (d. 1898)
  • 1821 Pafnuty Chebyshev, Russian mathematician (d. 1894)
  • 1824 Edmund Kirby Smith, Fla, General (Confederate Army), (d. 1893)
  • 1824 Levi Parsons Morton, (R) 22nd US VP (1889-93)
  • 1827 Petrus J H Cuypers, architect (Amsterdam Museum, Central station)

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1831 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), born in either London, England or Corwen, Wales (d. 1900)

  • 1832 Philip Danforth Armour, founder (Armour Foods)

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1861 H. H. Holmes [Herman Webster Mudgett], 1st known American serial killer, born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire (d. 1896)

Serial Killer H. H. Holmes
Serial Killer
H. H. Holmes
  • 1866 Ernest Watson Burgess, US sociologist (ecological school)
  • 1887 Jakob van Hoddis [Hans Davidsohn], German Jewish poet (d. 1942?)
  • 1889 Joan Collette, Dutch (male) painter (New Church, Delft)
  • 1892 Coenraad B van Haeringen, linguist/etymologist (Dutch Dictionary)
  • 1893 Jose Calvo Sotelo, Spanish minister of Finance (1925-30)
  • 1898 August de Schrijver, Belgian politician/founder (CVP)
  • 1898 Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (d. 1980)
  • 1905 H[erbert] E[rnest] Bates, novelist (Feast for July, Love for Lydia)
  • 1906 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuela, writer/minister (Lanzas Coloradas)
  • 1906 Nicholas Beriozoff, ballet master
  • 1906 Alfred Pellan, French Canadian painter (d. 1988)
  • 1906 Margret Rey, author and illustrator (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Hilary Preston, editor
  • 1908 Mohammed Roem, Indonesian foreign minister (Linggadjati)
  • 1909 Charles Wislon, principal (Glasgow University)
  • 1910 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Olaff J de Landell, [JB Wemmerslager van Sparwoude], writer
  • 1912 Studs Terkel, American author/host (Stud's Place, Working), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author
  • 1916 Ephraim Katzir, biophysicist and President of Israel (1973-78), born in Kiev, Russian Empire (d. 2009)
  • 1916 Irene Ighodaro, Sierra Leonean doctor and social reformer, born in Freetown, Sierra Leone (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Edward Thomas, historian/intelligence expert
  • 1918 Juan Rulfo, Mexican writer (Pedro Paramo)
  • 1918 Kevin Skelton, Bishop (Lichfield)
  • 1919 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), born near Manchester (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (d. 2004)

  • 1921 Robert Croften Brown, politician
  • 1922 Colin Cole, Principal King of Arms
  • 1922 Russell Wood, treasurer (Queen Elizabeth)
  • 1923 Merton Miller, American economist, Nobel laureate (d. 2000)
  • 1924 Dawda Kairaba Jawara, president (Gambia, 1970-94)
  • 1924 Frank F Mankiewicz, American columnist (Perfectly Clear), born in NYC, New York
  • 1925 Bobbejaan Schoepen, Belgian entertainer
  • 1927 John Walford, solicitor
  • 1928 Reginald Askew, dean (King's College London)
  • 1928 Hiroshi Nakajima, Chiba, Japan, doctor (WHO Director-General, 1988-98), (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Adrienne Cecile Rich, feminist writer (Diamond Cutters), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2012)
  • 1929 John Conyers Jr, (Rep-D-MI, 1965- )
  • 1929 Claude Morin, French Canadian politician
  • 1930 Desmond Langley, gov (Bermuda)
  • 1930 Don Conicannon, government minister
  • 1931 Lowell P Weicker, (Sen-R-CT, 1971-88/Gov-D-CT)
  • 1931 Peter Levi, poet/writer
  • 1931 Natwar Singh, Indian politician
  • 1931 Hana Brady, Jewish Czech Holocaust victim (Hanna's Suitcase), born in Prague (d. 1944)
  • 1934 Anthony Walker, British army officer (Commandant of the Royal College of Defense Studies)
  • 1934 Nicholas Goodison, CEO (TSB Group)
  • 1936 Philippe de Montebello, art exhibitionist (Treasures of Tut), born in Paris, France
  • 1936 Karl Lehmann, German Catholic cardinal
  • 1937 James Hunt Jr, (Gov-NC)

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1938 Ivan Sutherland, American computer scientist (Sketchpad), born in Hastings, Nebraska

Computer Scientist Ivan Sutherland
Computer Scientist
Ivan Sutherland
  • 1940 Gareth Roberts, chancellor (Sheffield University)

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1941 Aldrich Ames, CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union, born in River Falls, Wisconsin

Soviet Union Spy Aldrich Ames
Soviet Union Spy
Aldrich Ames
  • 1943 Dan Coats, (Rep-R-IN, 1981- )
  • 1943 Jon Jost, director (All the Vermeers in NY)
  • 1945 Brewster H Shaw Jr, Mich, Col USAF/astro (STS-9, STS 61B, STS-28)
  • 1945 James Moran, (Rep-D-Virginia)
  • 1946 Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1946 Roger Earl, rocker (Foghat)
  • 1950 Johannes Bednorz, German superconductivity physicist (Nobel 1987)
  • 1950 Christian Lacroix, French fashion designer, born in Arles
  • 1952 James Herndon, American media psychologist
  • 1953 David Maclean, British minister of state
  • 1954 Dafydd "Dave" Williams, Canadian physician and astronaut (sk: STS 90), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1963 Jon Coffelt, American artist
  • 1969 Tucker Carlson, American television commentator
  • 1972 Andrzej Duda, Polish politician, President of Poland (2015-), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1980 Melanie Lofton, American Journalist