Birthdays in History on May 5

  • 867 Uda, 59th Emperor of Japan, born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 931)
  • 1210 Afonso III, King of Portugal (1248-79), born in Coimbra, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1279)
  • 1352 Rupert, King of Germany (1400-10), born in Amberg, Germany (d. 1410)
  • 1479 Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru, born in Amritsar, Punjab, India (d. 1574)
  • 1546 Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician, born in St Mary the Great, Cambridge, England (d. 1623)
  • 1557 Emanuel Philibert de Lalaing, Baron of Montigny and Marquis of Renty, born in Valenciennes, France (d. 1590)
  • 1635 Philippe Quinault, French playwright (L'amant indiscreet), born in Paris (d. 1688)
  • 1741 John Archer, American Congressman who received the 1st medical diploma issued on US continent (1768), born near Churchville, Maryland (d. 1810)

Person of interestLeopold II

1747 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1765-90) and Holy Roman Emperor (1790-92), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1792)

Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II
Holy Roman Emperor
Leopold II
  • 1764 Robert Craufurd, British general, born in Newark Castle, Ayrshire (d. 1812)
  • 1800 Louis Christophe François Hachette, French publisher (Librairie Hachette), born in Rethel, Ardennes, France (d. 1864)
  • 1804 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1886)
  • 1813 Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1855)
  • 1815 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), born in Paris (d. 1888)
  • 1817 George Washington Julian, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, born in Centerville, Indiana (d. 1899)

Person of interestKarl Marx

1818 Karl Marx, German philosopher (Communist Manifesto, Das Kapital), born in Trier, Prussia (d. 1883)

Communist Philosopher Karl Marx
Communist Philosopher
Karl Marx

  • 1823 James Allen Hardie, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1826 Eugénie de Montijo, Empress of France (1853-71), born in Granada, Kingdom of Spain (d. 1920)
  • 1830 John Batterson Stetson, American hat manufacturer, born in Orange, New Jersey (d. 1906)
  • 1832 Hubert Howe Bancroft, American historian, ethnologist (History of Pacific States), born in Granville, Ohio (d. 1918)
  • 1833 Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and explorer, born in Carlsruhe, Prussian Silesia (d. 1905)
  • 1834 Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1873)
  • 1835 Leopold II, King of Belgium (1865-1909), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1909)
  • 1846 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905), born in Wola Okrzejska, Poland (d. 1916)
  • 1849 Hambletonian, greatest standardbred horse, born in Chester, New York
  • 1862 Max Elskamp, Belgian author and poet (Lesson Joies Blondes, Maya), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1931)
  • 1863 Frederik August Stoett, Dutch linguist (Dutch Proverbs), born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • 1865 Nellie Bly, [Elizabeth Cochran Seaman], American journalist and writer (d. 1922)
  • 1866 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (d. 1938)
  • 1879 Symon Petlyura, leader Ukraine (pogroms)
  • 1882 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist
  • 1883 Archibald Wavell, British general (d. 1950)
  • 1884 Wang Tjing-Wei, premier China (1932-35)
  • 1885 Henri Velge, 1st chairman (Belgian Council of State)
  • 1887 Lord Geoffrey Fisher of Lambeth, archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1890 Christopher Morley, author (Kitty Foil)
  • 1900 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope)
  • 1903 James Beard, American culinary expert/author (Delights & Prejudices)
  • 1905 Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National/Black Front
  • 1905 Robert Houben, Belgian CVP-minister of Public health (1958)
  • 1907 Kenneth Muir, English scholar

  • 1908 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, born in Châlons-sur-Marne (d. 2002)
  • 1908 Kurt Böhme, German bass (d. 1989)
  • 1909 Miklos Radnoti, writer
  • 1910 William I Martin, US pilot/vice-admiral (WWII)
  • 1911 Phillip Edmund Clinton Manson-Bahr, specialist in tropical medicine
  • 1912 W Fenton Morley, preacher
  • 1915 Richard H Rovere, Jersey City, journalist (Goldwater Caper)
  • 1916 Zail Singh, Indian politician, seventh President of India (1982-87), born in Sandhwan, British India (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Georgios Papadopoulos, Greek dictator (d. 1999)
  • 1920 John Hidalgo Moya, architect/designer (Skylon)

Person of interestArthur Leonard Schawlow

1921 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist, shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1999)

  • 1923 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (d. 2003)
  • 1924 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, director (Monday's Child), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1925 Leo Ryan, United States Congressman (d. 1978)
  • 1925 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukranian president (1978-81), born in Rusiv, Ukraine (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Michael James Adams, USAF pilot (X-15)
  • 1931 Greg, Belgian comic-book writer (Achille Talon) (d, 1999)
  • 1937 Rob Van Gennep, publisher
  • 1938 Jerzy Skolimowski, director (Hands Up, Deep End), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1939 James R Jones, (Rep-D-OK, 1973- )
  • 1945 Kurt Loder, Entertainment reporter
  • 1948 Frank Esier-Smith, rocker
  • 1955 Robert Feld, National Scrabble Champion (1990), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958 Ron Arad, Israeli aircraft navigator missing in action.
  • 1963 Simon Rimmer, English chef
  • 1970 Kyan Douglas, American TV-personality
  • 1970 Naomi Klein, Canadian author and activist
  • 1970 Soheil Ayari, French racer
  • 1982 Randall Gay, National Football League player
  • 1983 Scott Ware, American footballer
  • 1988 Jessica Dubroff, American aviator (d. 1996)
  • 1990 Tatiana Celia Kennedy Schlossberg, American daughter of Caroline, born in NYC, New York