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Birthdays in History on May 9

  • 1147 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, born in Atsuta (d. 1199)
  • 1265 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author (Dante's Inferno, Divina Commedia), born in Florence, Republic of Florence (d. 1321)
  • 1540 Maharana Pratap, Rajput king of Mewar (1572-1597), born in Kumbhargal Fort, Mewar (d. 1597)
  • 1596 Abraham van Diepenbeeck, Dutch painter, baptized in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1675)
  • 1738 John Wolcot, English satirist (Peter Pindar), baptized in Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon (d. 1819)
  • 1783 Alexander Ross, Canadian fur trader, born in Morayshire, Scotland (d. 1856)
  • 1785 James Pollard Espy, American meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms), born in Pennsylvania (d. 1860)
  • 1793 Johannes Cornelis de Jonge, Dutch historian and archivist, born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. 1853)
  • 1796 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), born in Benningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1845)

Person of interestJohn Brown

1800 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), born in Torrington, Connecticut (d. 1859)

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • 1801 Samuel Cousins, English mezzotint engraver, born in Exeter, Devon, England (d. 1887)
  • 1810 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), born in Tournai, Hainaut, Belgium (d. 1887)
  • 1810 Princess Marianne of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and daughter of King Willem I, born in Berlin (d. 1883)
  • 1824 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Washington County, Virginia (d. 1864)
  • 1860 J.M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), born in Kirriemuir, Angus (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social reformer and leader of Indian Independence Movement, born in Kotluk, Dist. Ratnagiri, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1915)

Person of interestHoward Carter

1873 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London (d. 1939)

Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist who Discovered Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1873 Lilian Mary Baylis, English theatrical manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater), born in London (d. 1937)
  • 1873 Anton Cermak, American politician (44th Mayor of Chicago, 1931-33), born in Kladno, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1933)

Person of interestHenry J. Kaiser

1882 Henry J. Kaiser, American ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), born in Sprout Brook, New York (d. 1967)

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Industrialist
Henry J. Kaiser
  • 1882 George Barker, American portrait and landscape painter, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • 1886 Francis Biddle, 58th United States Attorney General (1941-45), born in Paris (d. 1968)
  • 1887 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian painter, born in Ixelles, Belgium (d. 1962)
  • 1888 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and museum director, born in Stockholm (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, born in Villa Pianore, Tuscany, Kingdom of Italy (d. 1989)
  • 1893 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist (inventor of an early prototype of the lie detector) and writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman), born in Saugus, Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1895 Lucian Blaga, Romanian philosopher and poet (Dogmatic Aeon), born in Lámkerék, Szeben County, Austria-Hungary (d. 1961)
  • 1903 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1906 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
  • 1907 Baldur von Schirach, German writer/nazi politician (Frame)
  • 1907 Kathryn Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
  • 1911 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1912 Per Imerslund, "The aryan idol" (d. 1943)
  • 1913 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, born Southcote, Bermuda (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Victor Smith, Admiral (Australian Chiefs of Staff)
  • 1914 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • 1914 Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)
  • 1915 Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
  • 1916 Cyril Bowles, bishop of Derby

  • 1918 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1920 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), born in Newbury (d. 2016)
  • 1920 William Tenn, American author
  • 1921 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), born in Forchtenberg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1924 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
  • 1924 Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
  • 1925 Peter Leng, Master General of the Ordnance
  • 1926 Alistair MacFarlane, principal (Heriot-Watt University England)
  • 1926 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • 1926 Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • 1926 Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)
  • 1927 John McDermott, Lord Justice of Appeal (Northern Ireland)
  • 1927 Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1967)
  • 1928 Ralph Goings, American painter
  • 1929 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • 1931 Vance DeVoe Brand, astro (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35), born in Longmont, Colorado
  • 1932 David Plastow, CEO (Medical Research Council)
  • 1932 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 2003)
  • 1932 J Alex McMillan, (Rep-R-NC, 1985- )
  • 1934 John Robertson, deputy chairman (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • 1934 Roy Massey, Master of Choristers (Hereford Cathedral)
  • 1935 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), born in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire (d. 1988)
  • 1937 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • 1938 Geoffrey Holland, civil servant
  • 1938 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1939 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • 1941 Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
  • 1942 John D Ashcroft, (Gov-MO)
  • 1944 Don Dannemann, rocker (Cyrkle)
  • 1948 Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • 1949 Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)
  • 1953 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • 1955 Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Fred Markham, 1st man to pedal a bike 65 mph
  • 1960 Jim Reilly, rocker (Red Rockers)
  • 1965 Ken Nomura, Japanese racing driver
  • 1968 Scott Pruitt, American politician (EPA head 2017-18), born in Danville, Kentucky
  • 1971 Nicolas Ghesquière, French fashion designer (Louis Vuitton ), born in Comines, France