Birthdays in History on May 7

  • 1328 Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria and Elector of Brandenburg, born in Rome (d. 1365)
  • 1530 Louis, Prince of Condé (1530-69), born in Vendôme (d. 1569)

Person of interestAlbert Frederick

1553 Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia (1568–1618), born in Konigsberg, Duchy of Prussia (d. 1618)

Duke of Prussia Albert Frederick
Duke of Prussia
Albert Frederick
  • 1643 Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician, 17th Mayor of New York City (1686-88), born in New Amsterdam (now NYC) (d. 1700)
  • 1700 Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-Austrian physician (Austrian Empress Maria Theresa's personal physician), born in Leiden, Netherlaands (d. 1772)
  • 1724 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general, born in Strasbourg, Alsace, France (d. 1797)
  • 1740 Nikolai Arkharov, Russian general (d. 1814)

Person of interestOlympe de Gouges

1748 Olympe de Gouges [Marie Gouze], French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), born in Montauban, France (d. 1793)

Playwright and Revolutionary Olympe de Gouges
Playwright and Revolutionary
Olympe de Gouges
  • 1763 Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish general and marshal of France, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1813)
  • 1767 Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, Duchess of York and Albany, born in Charlottenburg, Germany (d. 1820)
  • 1774 William Bainbridge, American naval officer, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1833)
  • 1787 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, 1st mayor of Montreal (1833-36), born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1858)
  • 1795 Gerhard Moritz Roentgen, Dutch industrialist (founder of Fijenoord dockyard), born in Esen, East Frisia (d. 1852)

Person of interestRobert Browning

1812 Robert Browning, English poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England (d. 1889)

  • 1826 Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States (1862-65), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1906)
  • 1827 Francis Engle Patterson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)

  • 1832 Carl Neumann, German mathematician and physicist (Neumann-functions), born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1925)
  • 1845 Jacob van Stolk Azn, timber merchant/art collector

Person of interestArchibald Primrose

1847 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), born in London (d. 1929)

British Prime Minister Archibald Primrose
British Prime Minister
Archibald Primrose
  • 1857 William A. MacCorkle, American politician, 90th Governor of West Virginia, born in Lexington, Virginia (d. 1930)

Person of interestRabindranath Tagore

1861 Rabindranath Tagore, Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), born in Calcutta, British India (d. 1941)

  • 1882 Willem Elsschot [Alfons Josephus de Ridder], Flemish writer (Mend), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1960)
  • 1883 Martin Albertz, German theologist (Jesus Christ's Church) and resistance fighter against the Nazi regime, born in Halle (Saale), Germany (d. 1956)
  • 1887 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Gaspard of the Montagnes), born in Ambert, France (d. 1959)
  • 1891 Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (d. 1988)
  • 1892 Archibald MacLeish, American lawyer and poet (Conquistador), born in Glencoe, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1892 Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), born in Kumrovec, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia (d. 1980)
  • 1896 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (topology), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1982)
  • 1898 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, born in Bournemouth, England (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Bauke Tuinstra, Dutch/Frisian notary/author (Earste Keur)
  • 1901 Lowell T. Coggeshall, American medical scientist and US Secretary of HEW (1956-58), born in Saratoga, Indiana (d. 1987)
  • 1903 Basil Nield, British judge and politician (Conservative Party) (d. 1996)

Person of interestEdwin Land

1909 Edwin Land, American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut (d. 1991)

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land
  • 1912 Paul Brenneker, Neth/Antillian photographer and folklorist, born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Sir Arthur Snelling, British Ambassador (d. 1996)
  • 1917 William Geoffrey Biddle, English bomb disposal expert, born in Bromley, Kent, England (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer and photojournalist, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1923 Pete Domenici, American politician, U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1973-2009), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 2017)
  • 1923 Jim Lowe, American DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)

  • 1930 Horst Bienek, German writer and directer (The First Polka), born in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (d. 1990)
  • 1930 Totie Fields [Sophie Feldman], American comedienne, born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1931 Gene Wolfe, American sci-fi author (Soldier of Arete), born in NYC, New York
  • 1931 Nel Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Isobel Warren, Canadian author and journalist
  • 1937 Aviard Gavrilovich Fastovets, Russian cosmonaut, born in Kovrov, Vladimir Oblast, Russia (d. 1991)
  • 1939 Ruud Lubbers, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1982-94), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden, Germany
  • 1939 Sidney Altman, Canadian-American molecular biologist (Nobel 1989), born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 1940 Angela Carter, English novelist (Magic Toyshop) and journalist, born in Eastbourne, England (d. 1992)
  • 1940 Jim Connors, American Radio personality, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (d. 1987)
  • 1943 Peter Carey, Australian author (True History of the Kelly Gang), born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria
  • 1945 Wim A. Mateman, Dutch politician (CDA), born in Aalten, Netherlands
  • 1946 Brian Turner, English celebrity chef, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1951 Mic Gillette, American brass player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • 1952 Amy Heckerling, American director (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Pat McInally, American National Football League player, born in Villa Park, California
  • 1953 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient), born in Wortley, South Yorkshire, England (d. 1982)
  • 1955 Kevin Reed, American Presbyterian theologian
  • 1956 Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-10), born in Biezelinge, Netherlands
  • 1959 Tamara E. Jernigan, American astronaut (STS 40, 52, 67, 80), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1960 Arnon Ohad, co-pilot (El Al) plane that crashed on Bijlmer Amsterdam
  • 1960 Almudena Grandes, Spanish novelist (Las edades de Lulú), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1962 Robbie Knievel, American daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special), born in Butte, Montana
  • 1964 Mustapha Zerqti, Moroccan/Neth writer (Ihtidaar hub fi el-mahd)
  • 1967 Joe Rice, legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado
  • 1969 Rick Porras, American co-producer
  • 1971 Thomas Piketty, French economist and author ("Capital in the Twenty-First Century"), born in Clichy
  • 1972 Frank Trigg, American Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • 1975 Zee, American hip hop artist
  • 1978 Brian Clevinger, American author
  • 1987 Chiara Ferragni, Italian fashion blogger (The Blonde Salad), born in Cremona, Italy
  • 1987 Katie Danza, daughter of Tony & Tracy Danza