Birthdays in History on November 16

TiberiusTiberius (42 BC - 37 AD)

Roman emperor (14 AD-37 AD), born in Rome

  • 1436 Leonardo Loredan, Venetian nobleman, statesman and Doge of Venice (1501-21), born in Venice (d. 1521)
  • 1587 Joost van den Vondel, Dutch poet and dramatist (Jephtha), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1679)
  • 1603 Augustyn Kordecki, Polish prior, born in Iwanowice, Kalisz, Poland (d. 1673)
  • 1609 Henrietta Maria, French-born daughter of Henry IV of France and Queen Consort of England (d. 1669)
  • 1642 Cornelis Evertsen the Youngest, Dutch admiral and buccaneer of Zeeland, born in Vlissingen, Netherlands (d. 1706)
  • 1643 Jean Chardin, French explorer (Middle East and India), born in Paris (d. 1713)
  • 1653 Joan van Hoorn, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1707-09), born in Amsterdam (d. 1711)
  • 1664 Abraham Alewijn, Dutch poet and playwright (Puiterveense Helleveeg), born in Amsterdam (d. 1721)

Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'AlembertJean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert (1717-1783)

French Enlightenment philosopher and mathematician (Encyclopédie), born in Paris

  • 1730 Gualtherus van Doeveren, Zealand-Flanders physician, born in Philippine, Zealand, Netherlands (d. 1783)
  • 1758 Peter Andreas Heiberg, Danish author and philologist, born in Vordingborg, Denmark (d. 1841)
  • 1762 Petronella Moens, Frisian author and feminist, born in Kûbaard, Netherlands (d. 1843)
  • 1770 Étienne Pivert de Senancour, French author (Obermann), born in Paris (d. 1846)
  • 1793 Francis Danby, Irish painter, born in County Wexford, Ireland (d. 1861)
  • 1822 Charles Smith Hamilton, American Major General (Union Army), born in Westernville, New York (d. 1891)
  • 1835 Elliott Warren Rice, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1887)
  • 1835 Eugenio Beltrami, Italian mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), born in Cremona, Lombardy, Austrian Empire (d. 1900)
  • 1836 David Kalākaua, King of the Hawaiian Islands (1874-91), born in Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii (d. 1891)
  • 1839 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, Canadian poet, born in Lévis, Canada (d. 1908)
  • 1841 Jules Violle, French physicist and inventor, born in Langres, France (d. 1923)
  • 1847 Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Quebec), born in Percé, Canada (d. 1927)
  • 1854 Jules van den Heuvel, Belgian lawyer and politician, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1926)
  • 1885 Mikiel Gonzi, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malta (1944-76), born in Vittoriosa, Birgu, Malta (d. 1984)
  • 1887 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), born in NYC, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1888 Clinton Golden, American labor leader (founder of the United Steelworkers of America), born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)
  • 1888 Henri Bosco, French author and poet (Gogol), born in Avignon, France (d. 1976)
  • 1889 George S. Kaufman, American playwright (This is Show Business), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)

Elpidio QuirinoElpidio Quirino (1890-1956)

6th President of the Philippines (1949-53), born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines

  • 1890 George Seldes, American investigative journalist, born in Alliance Colony, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1892 Guo Moruo, Chinese scholar and writer, born in Leshan, Sichuan, China (d. 1978)
  • 1893 Cornelis Jakob van der Klauw, Dutch biologist and zoologist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1972)
  • 1894 Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Austrian-Japanese politician, born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Eduard Bagritsky, Russian-Soviet poet and journalist (South-West), born in Odessa, Russian Empire (d. 1934)
  • 1895 Michael Arlen [Dikran Kouyoumdjian], British author and scriptwriter (An American Verdict), born in Ruse, Bulgaria (d. 1956)
  • 1896 Joan Lindsay, Australian author (Picnic at Hanging Rock), born in St Kilda East, Victoria, Australia (d. 1984)
  • 1896 Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of British Union of Fascists, born in London (d. 1980)
  • 1897 Choudhary Rehmat Ali, Pakistani nationalist (one of the earliest proponents of the creation of the state of Pakistan and recognized as the creator of the name “Pakistan” for a separate Muslim, homeland in South Asia and is known as the founder of the Pakistan National Movement), born in Garhshankar, Punjab, British India (d. 1951)
  • 1899 Mary Margaret McBride, American radio personality (WOR-AM, NYC), born in Paris, Missouri (d. 1976)
  • 1904 Frederik van der Meer, Dutch archaeologist and art historian, born in Bolsward (d. 1994)
  • 1904 Nnamdi Azikiwe, 1st President of Nigeria (1963-66), born in Zungeru, Northern Nigeria Protectorate (d. 1996)
  • 1908 Sœur Emmanuelle, Belgian-French religious sister, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2008)
  • 1912 Anton [Tom] Koolhaas, Dutch author (Gekke Witte), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Daws Butler, American animation voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1922 Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist who designed the IBM mainframe, born in Flandreau, South Dakota (d. 2015)

José SaramagoJosé Saramago (1922-2010)

Portuguese writer, novelist (Blindness, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ) and Nobel laureate, born in Azinhaga, Santarém, Portugal

  • 1924 Joep de Boer, Dutch naval officer and politician (CDA), born in Venlo, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • 1925 Michel Jouvet, French neuroscientist and medical researcher who discovered the region of the brain that controls rapid eye movement (REM sleep), born in Lons-le-Saunier, Jura, France (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Renate Rubinstein, German-Dutch author and columnist (Tamar), born in Berlin (d. 1990)
  • 1930 Alice Adams, American sculptor, born in NYC, New York

Chinua AchebeChinua Achebe (1930-2013)

Nigerian poet and novelist (Things Fall Apart, Christmas in Biafra), born in Ogidi, Anambra, Nigeria

  • 1930 Salvatore Riina, Italian mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia, born in Corleone, Sicily, Italy (d. 2017)
  • 1931 Luciano Bottaro, Italian comic book artist, born in Rapallo, Italy (d. 2006)
  • 1935 Elizabeth Drew, American journalist (Politics & Money: The Road to Corruption), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1935 France-Albert René, 2nd President of Seychelles (1977-2004), born in Victoria, Crown Colony of Seychelles (d. 2019)
  • 1936 John Moore, Australian politician (Minister of Defence 1998-2001), born in Rockhampton, Queensland
  • 1938 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (Anarchy, State, and Utopia), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1941 Ann McLaughlin Korologos, 19th United States Secretary of Labor (1987-89), born in Chatham, New Jersey
  • 1944 Hugo Dittberner, German writer, born in Gieboldehausen, Germany
  • 1944 Oliver Braddick, British psychologist (research on infant visual perception)
  • 1948 Aline Issermann, French director (Amant Magnifiquew), born in Paris, France
  • 1948 Bonnie Greer, American-British playwright and critic, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1950 Carl J. Meade, Major USAF and NASA astronaut (STS 38, STS 50, 64), born in Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois
  • 1952 Piero Falchetta, Italian archivist (Biblioteca Marciana), born in Venice, Italy
  • 1952 Robin McKinley, American writer (The Hero and the Crown), born in Warren, Ohio
  • 1954 Andrea Barrett, American novelist (Servants of the Map), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1954 Dick Gross, Australian politician
  • 1955 Pierre Larouche, Canadian National Hockey League player
  • 1957 Frank Milton "Pete" Higgins II, VP (Microsoft Desktop)
  • 1958 Boris Krivokapić, Serbian academic
  • 1958 Roberto Guerrero, Medelin Colombia, Indy racer (Rookie of Year 1984)
  • 1966 Tahir Shah, British travel writer and explorer
  • 1966 Tricia Cast, Medford NY, actress (Amanda-Bad News Bear, Young & Restless)
  • 1967 Craig Arnold, American poet
  • 1976 Danny Wallace, British author, born in Dundee, United Kingdom
  • 1979 Tony Frias, American footballer, born in Hudson, Massachusetts
  • 1980 Carol Huynh, 2008 Canadian Gold Medalist (48 kg. wrestling), born in Hazelton, Canada
  • 1980 Nicole Gius, Italian alpine skier, born in Schlanders, Italy
  • 1985 Sanna Marin, Finnish politician, youngest-ever Prime Minister of Finland (2019-), born in Helsinki, Finland