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)

Albert FrederickAlbert Frederick (1553-1618)

Duke of Prussia (1568–1618), born in Konigsberg, Duchy of Prussia

  • 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)

Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges (1748-1793)

French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), born in Montauban, France

  • 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, Quebec (d. 1858)
  • 1795 Gerhard Moritz Roentgen, Dutch industrialist (founder of Fijenoord dockyard), born in Esen, East Frisia (d. 1852)

Robert BrowningRobert Browning (1812-1889)

English poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England

  • 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)
  • 1842 Isla van Diest, Belgian physician, 1st female doctor and 1st female university graduate in Belgium, born in Louvain, Belgiun (d. 1916)
  • 1845 Jacob van Stolk Azn, timber merchant/art collector

Archibald PrimroseArchibald Primrose (1847-1929)

5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), born in London

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

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Indian philosopher, poet, writer (Nobel Prize for Literature 1913), born in Calcutta, British India

  • 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)

Archibald MacLeishArchibald MacLeish (1892-1982)

American poet (Conquistador) and playwright (J.B.), born in Glencoe, Illinois

Josip Broz TitoJosip Broz Tito (1892-1980)

Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), born in Kumrovec, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia

  • 1896 Pavel Sergeevich Aleksandrov, Russian mathematician (topology), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1982)
  • 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)

Edwin LandEdwin Land (1909-1991)

American inventor of instant photography and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation, born in Bridgeport, Connecticut

  • 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 Jim Lowe, American DJ (WNEW) "King of Trivia", born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Pete Domenici, American politician, U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1973-2009), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 2017)
  • 1928 Marvin Mitchelson, American celebrity attorney, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Gisèle Rabesahala, Malagasy politician (1st female minister) and human righter activist, born in Antananarivo, Magaascar (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), born in NYC, New York (d. 2007)
  • 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 Sidney Altman, Canadian-American molecular biologist (Nobel 1989), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1939 Volker Braun, German writer (Provocation for me), born in Dresden, Germany
  • 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, British celebrity chef, born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
  • 1947 Gary Herbert, American politician, Governor of Utah (2009-), born in American Fork, Utah
  • 1952 Amy Heckerling, American director (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1953 Ian McKay, British soldier (VC recipient), born in Wortley, South Yorkshire, England (d. 1982)
  • 1953 Pat McInally, American National Football League player, born in Villa Park, California
  • 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 Almudena Grandes, Spanish novelist (Las edades de Lulú), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Arnon Ohad, co-pilot (El Al) plane that crashed on Bijlmer Amsterdam
  • 1962 Robbie Knievel, American daredevil, son of Evel (Chips Something Special), born in Butte, Montana
  • 1964 Mustapha Zerqti, Moroccan Dutch writer (Ihtidaar hub fi el-mahd)
  • 1970 Jenny Saville, English painter (Propped), born in Cambridge, England
  • 1971 Thomas Piketty, French economist and author ("Capital in the Twenty-First Century"), born in Clichy
  • 1978 Brian Clevinger, American author (Atomic Robo)
  • 1982 Matt Gaetz, American politician (Rep-R-Fla 2017-), born in Hollywood, Florida
  • 1987 Chiara Ferragni, Italian fashion blogger (The Blonde Salad), born in Cremona, Italy
  • 1987 Katie Danza, daughter of Tony & Tracy Danza