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Birthdays in History on May 29

  • 1594 Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, Bavarian field marshal, born in Treuchtlingen, Bavaria (d. 1632)
  • 1627 Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier (Grand Mademoiselle), born in Palais du Louvre, Paris (d. 1693)

Person of interestCharles II

1630 Charles II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1660-85), born in St. James's Palace, London (d. 1685)

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • 1673 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines, born in Middelburg, Netherlands (d. 1743)
  • 1675 Humphry Ditton, English mathematician, born in Salisbury, England (d. 1715)
  • 1716 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, French zoologist, born in Montbard, Côte-d'Or, France (d. 1800)
  • 1722 James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician, born in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland (d. 1773)

Person of interestPatrick Henry

1736 Patrick Henry, American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, born in Studley, Colony of Virginia, British America (d. 1799)

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • 1773 Princess Sophia of Gloucester, great-granddaughter of King George II of Great Britain and niece of King George III, born in Mayfair, Middlesex (d. 1844)
  • 1794 Johann Heinrich von Mädler, German astronomer (published the most complete map of the Moon of the time, Mappa Selenographica, 4 vol. with Wilhelm Beer), born in Berlin (d. 1874)
  • 1810 Erasmus Darwin Keyes, American banker, businessman and Major General (Union Army), born in Brinfield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1810 Solomon Meredith, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Guilford County, North Carolina (d. 1875)
  • 1823 John H. Balsley, American carpenter and inventor (a practical folding wooden stepladder), born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • 1824 Cadmus M. Wilcox, American Major General (Confederate Army - American Civil War), born in Wayne County, North Carolina (d. 1890)
  • 1825 David Bell Birney, American businessman, lawyer, and Major General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1864)
  • 1826 Ebenezer Butterick, American inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), born in Sterling, Massachusetts (d. 1903)

  • 1827 Reuben Lindsay Walker, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Logan, Virginia (d. 1890)
  • 1837 Alexander de Savornin Lohman, Dutch minister and party leader (CHU), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1924)
  • 1840 Hans Makart, Austrian painter (Plague in Florenz), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1884)
  • 1841 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, born in North Carolina (d. 1971)
  • 1846 Albert Apponyi, Hungarian politician (Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary), born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1933)
  • 1864 A H Borgesius, Dutch amateur astronomer
  • 1874 G. K. Chesterton [Gilbert Keith], English writer (Man Who Made Gold), born in London, England
  • 1880 Oswald Spengler, German historian and philosopher (Decline of West), born in Blankenburg, Duchy of Brunswick, German Empire (d. 1936)
  • 1882 Doris Ulmann, American photographer best known for her portraits of the people of Appalachia, born in NYC, New York (d. 1934)
  • 1885 Erwin Finlay-Freundlich, British astronomer (theory of relativity), born in Biebrich, Germany (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Alfonsina Storni, Argentine poet (La inquietud del rosal), born in Sala Capriasca, Switzerland (d. 1938)
  • 1894 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian-American director (Der blaue Engel), born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1969)
  • 1896 George L. Funke, Dutch botanist (Flower Physiology), born in The Hague, Netherlands

Person of interestBob Hope

1903 Bob Hope [Leslie Townes Hope], British born American entertainer, born in London, England (d. 2003)

Entertainer Bob Hope
Entertainer
Bob Hope
  • 1904 Ronald Russell, British journalist, author and Conservative politician, born in Seahouses, Northumberland (d. 1974)
  • 1904 Robert Knox, bacteriologist

Person of interestT. H. White

1906 T. H. White, English novelist (England Have My Bones) and author of the King Arthur novels,, born in Bombay, British India (d. 1964)

Author T. H. White
Author
T. H. White
  • 1907 Desmond Shawe-Taylor, British critic and writer (co-author of The Record Guide), born in Dublin (d. 1995)
  • 1909 Neil R. Jones, American sci-fi author (Space War, Twin Worlds), born in Fulton, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1910 Agnes Beatrice Read, medical social worker (d. 1996)

Person of interestDorothy Hodgkin

1910 Dorothy Hodgkin, British chemist who developed protein crystallography, 3rd woman to win a Nobel Prize (1964), born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1994)

  • 1911 James Marjoribanks, British ambassador to the European Economic Community, born in Colinton, Scotland (d. 2002)
  • 1911 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, born in Hyde, Cheshire (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Go to the Mosque), born in Bandung, Dutch East Indies (d. 1969)
  • 1912 Lucie Aubrac [Bernard], history teacher and French resistance member, born in Paris, France (d. 2007)
  • 1913 Douglas Black, Scottish physician and medical scientist (played a key role in the development of the National Health Service), born in Delting, Shetland (d. 2002)

Person of interestTenzing Norgay

1914 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary (exact date of birth unknown, but he celebrated on the 29th), born in either northeastern Nepal or Tibet (d. 1986)

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • 1915 David Jenkins, Welsh librarian (National Library of Wales), born in Blaenclydach, Glamorgan (d. 2002)
  • 1915 Gerald Charles Arcedeckne Vanneck, 6th Baron Huntingfield, British agent to UN Secreteriat (d. 1994)

Person of interestJohn F. Kennedy

1917 John F. Kennedy, 35th US President (1961-1963) and Senator (D-Mass), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1963)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1920 Robin Haydon, British diplomat, born in Wandsworth, England (d. 1999)
  • 1921 George Terry, British chief constable (Sussex England) (d. 1995)
  • 1923 John Parker, 6th Earl of Morley, British peer and soldier, born in Saltram House, Devon (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Richard Worsley, British Army officer, born in Ballywalter, County Down, Northern Ireland (d. 2013)
  • 1925 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of the British Coal Board
  • 1927 Carl Toms, British stage designer (1 Million BC, Moon Zero Two), born in Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1999)
  • 1927 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1987)
  • 1927 Trevor Holdsworth, CEO (National Power), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Felix Rohatyn, American investment banker (NY Big MAC Bonds), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1929 Anthony Grant, British MP
  • 1929 Peter Higgs, Newcastle upon Tyne, British theoretical physicist (Nobel, 2013)
  • 1932 Paul R. Ehrlich, American biologist and author who founded the group Zero Population Growth, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 André Brink, South African writer (Dry White Season), born in Vrede, Free State
  • 1935 Denis Worrall, South African politician and leader (DP), born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
  • 1935 Martin Garrod, Commandant General Royal Marines, born in Darjeeling, India (d. 2009))
  • 1937 Charles W. Pickering, American judge (Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1940 Farooq Leghari, 8th President of Pakistan (1993-97), born in Choti Zareen, British India (d. 2010)
  • 1941 Doug Scott, English mountaineer (first ascent of south-west face of Mount Everest), born in Nottingham, England
  • 1942 Pierre Bourque, Canadian politician (40th Mayor of Montreal), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1943 Robert W. Edgar, American businessman and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 7th district), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • 1943 E Thomas Coleman, (Rep-R-MO, 1976- )
  • 1943 Terry Pavey, editor (TV Times)
  • 1943 Robert W. Edgar, Theologian and Politician, (d. 2013)
  • 1944 Quentin Davies, MP (C)
  • 1945 Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, Minister of State (Scotland)
  • 1946 Fernando Buesa, Basque politician (d. 2000)
  • 1947 Mark Nelson, crew member (Biosphere 2), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1947 Gene Robinson, American ecclesiastic
  • 1951 Peter Chernin, President of News Corporation
  • 1952 Louise Cooper, UK, sci-fi author (Nemesis, Inferno, Infanta, Nocturne)
  • 1955 John Hinckley Jr., American man who attempted to assassinate US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, born in Ardmore, Oklahoma
  • 1955 Sut Jhally, Kenyan-born American educator
  • 1957 Jeb Hensarling, American politician
  • 1958 Willem Holleeder, Dutch criminal
  • 1970 Natarsha Belling, Australian news presenter
  • 1972 Közi, Japanese visual kei artist
  • 1979 Casey Sheehan, American soldier; son of Cindy Sheehan (d. 2004)
  • 1989 Danielle Riley Keough, grand daughter of Elvis Presley