Birthdays in History on May 26

  • 1264 Prince Koreyasu, 7th Japanese shogun, born in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan (d. 1326)
  • 1478 Pope Clement VII [Giulio de' Medici], Italian Pope (1523-34), born in Florence (d. 1534)
  • 1566 Mehmed III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1595-1603), born in Manisa, Ottoman Empire (d. 1603)
  • 1602 Philippe de Champaigne, French painter, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1674)
  • 1650 John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist, born in Ashe, England (d. 1722)
  • 1667 Abraham de Moivre, French mathematician (De Moivre's theorem), born in Vitry-sur-Seine, France (d. 1754)
  • 1669 Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist, born in Vigny, Île-de-France, France (d. 1722)
  • 1700 Nicolaus Ludwig, Imperial Count von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, German religious and social reformer, born in Dresden, Electorate of Saxony, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1760)
  • 1806 Henry Thatcher, American rear admiral (U.S. Navy), born in Thomaston, Maine (d. 1880)
  • 1822 Edmond de Goncourt, French writer, wrote with his brother Jules de Goncourt, born in Nancy (d. 1896)
  • 1835 Edward Porter Alexander, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and military engineer, born in Washington, Georgia (d. 1910)
  • 1865 Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Finnish painter, born in Pori, Finland (d. 1931)
  • 1865 Robert W. Chambers, American artist and fiction writer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1866 John Eigenhuis, writer (Tough Workers)
  • 1867 Mary of Teck, Queen of Great Britain and consort of George V, born in Kensington Palace, London (d. 1953)
  • 1871 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), born in Bilzen, Belgium (d. 1968)

  • 1873 C.G.N. de Vooys, Dutch translator and founder (New Taalgids), born in Gouda, Netherlands (d. 1955)
  • 1873 Olaf Gulbransson, Norwegian artist, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1958)

Person of interestHenri Farman

1874 Henri Farman, British-French aviator who broke several aviation records, born in Paris (d. 1958)

Aviator Henri Farman
Aviator
Henri Farman
  • 1877 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (La Mort de Sparte), born in Guebwiller, Alsace-Lorraine (d. 1968)
  • 1877 Sadao Araki, Japanese general, Minister of War (1931-34), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudes/portraits), born in Bremen, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Dorothea Lange, American documentary photographer, born in Hoboken, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • 1899 Otto E. Neugebauer, Austrian-American mathematician and historian, born in Innsbruck, Austria-Hungary (d. 1990)
  • 1899 Pieter Menten, Dutch war criminal, born in Rotterfam, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1899 Antonio J. Barrette, French Canadian politician, premier of Quebec, born in Joliette, Quebec, Canada (d. 1968)
  • 1903 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), born in Madisonville, Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • 1907 Jean Bernard, French physician (d. 2006)
  • 1908 Nguyen Ngoc Tho, Prime Minister of South Vietnam
  • 1910 Adolfo Lopez Mateos, president of Mexico
  • 1910 Laurance S Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank), born in NYC, New York
  • 1912 Janos Kádár, premier Hungary (1956-58)
  • 1913 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician
  • 1915 Antonia Forest, British children's author (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Henriette Roosenburg, Dutch journalist (d. 1972)
  • 1919 Peter Raleigh, English foreign correspondent and television executive, born in Barnstaple (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Oren Lee Staley, 1st President of the National Farmers Organization (1955-79), born in Whitesville, Missouri (d. 1988)
  • 1924 Cooper Evans, (Rep-R-IA, 1981-87)
  • 1926 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian author
  • 1927 David Edgerton, American entrepreneur and founder of Burger King, born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1929 Hugo Raes, Flemish writer (Horses Jump & Fresh Sea)

  • 1934 Abdulah M "Dulah" Omar, South African attorney/UDF-leader
  • 1938 Pauline Parker, New-Zealandic murderess
  • 1938 Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Russian playwright and novelist
  • 1939 Gerald Ronson, English multi-millionaire
  • 1939 Merab Kostava, Georgian anti-Soviet leader
  • 1940 Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, French Canadian politician
  • 1941 Reg Bundy, British performer (d. 2003)
  • 1941 John Kaufman, sculptor
  • 1946 Neshka Robeva, Bulgarian Rhythmic gymnas and coach.
  • 1947 Piers Gray, critic/writer
  • 1949 Ward Cunningham, American computer programmer and inventor
  • 1949 Jeremy Corbyn, British politician (Labour Party leader 2015-), born in Chippenham, England
  • 1951 Muhammed Ahmad Faris, Syria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-3)
  • 1951 Madeleine Taylor-Quinn, Irish politician

Person of interestSally Ride

1951 Sally Ride, American astronaut (first American woman to go to space), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • 1953 Michael Portillo, British politician
  • 1954 Alan Hollinghurst, British novelist
  • 1954 Danny Rolling, American murderer (d. 2006)
  • 1955 Masaharu Morimoto, Japanese chef
  • 1956 Frédéric Dutoit, French politician
  • 1957 François Legault, French Canadian politician
  • 1957 Pontso S.M. Sekatle, Lesotho academic and politician
  • 1967 Phil Doyle, Australian writer
  • 1968 Frederik, Heir Apparent Crown Prince of Denmark
  • 1969 John Baird, Canadian politician
  • 1970 Nobuhiro Watsuki, Japanese cartoonist
  • 1977 Raina Telgemeier, American cartoonist
  • 1982 Yoko Matsugane, Japanese model
  • 1990 Zenouska Mowatt, granddaughter of English princess Alexandra