Birthdays in History on November 26

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  • 1288 Go-Daigo, 96th Emperor of Japan (1318-39), born in Kyōto, Japan (d. 1339)
  • 1436 Princess Catherine of Portugal, Portuguese princess of King Edward of Portugal and his wife Eleanor of Aragon and writer, born in Lisbon (d. 1463)
  • 1607 John Harvard, English clergyman and benefactor of Harvard College, born in Southwark, Surrey, England (d. 1638)
  • 1609 Henry Dunster, American clergyman and first President of Harvard College, born in Bolholt, Bury, Lancashire (d. 1659)
  • 1657 William Derham, English clergyman, natural theologian and scientist, born in Stoulton, Worcestershire (d. 1735)
  • 1663 Pedro de Peralta y Barnuevo, Peruvian poet (Obras Dramaticas), born in Lima, Peru (d. 1743)
  • 1678 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist, born in Béziers, France (d. 1771)
  • 1727 Artemas Ward, American politician and soldier (major general during the American Revolutionary War), born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (d. 1800)
  • 1731 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (His Task), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1800)
  • 1736 Charles-Joseph Panckoucke, French publisher (Mercure de France), born in Lille, France (d. 1798)
  • 1754 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, born in Nassenhuben (Mokry Dwór), Royal Prussia, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1794)
  • 1795 Cornelis Pieter Jacob Elout, Dutch military and President of West Sumatra, born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1843)C
  • 1810 William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong and British industralist and inventor (hydraulic crane Armstrong Gun), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1900)
  • 1816 William H. T. Walker, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1864)
  • 1827 Alfred Moore Scales, American politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), born in Reidsville, North Carolina (d. 1892)

Person of interestEllen G. White

1827 Ellen G. White, American religious leader (Seventh-day Adventist Church), born in Gorham, Maine

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White

  • 1828 René Goblet, French politician (41st Prime Minister of France), born in Aire-sur-la-Lys, France (d. 1905)
  • 1832 Mary Edwards Walker, American surgeon and women's rights leader and only woman to receive Medal of Honor (bravery during Civil War), born in Oswego, New York (d. 1919)
  • 1832 Rudolph Koenig, German physicist, born in Königsberg, Prussia (d. 1901)
  • 1847 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, born in Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1928)
  • 1850 Henricus van de Wetering, Archbishop of Utrecht (1895-1929), born in Hoogland, Netherlands (d. 1929)
  • 1853 Bat Masterson, American gunfighter in the Wild West, born in Henriville, Canada East (d. 1921)
  • 1857 Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (Mémoire sur le système primitif des voyelles dans les langues indo-européennes), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1913)
  • 1858 Katharine Drexel, American philanthropist and Roman Catholic Saint, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1955)

Person of interestAlbert B. Fall

1861 Albert B. Fall, New Mexico Senator (Teapot Dome Scandal), born in Frankfort, Kentucky

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1862 Marc Aurel Stein, Hungarian-British archaeologist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1943)
  • 1864 Herman Gorter, Dutch socialist and poet (May, Tiny Hero's Poem), born in Wormerveer, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • 1869 Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway, spouse of King Haakon VII, born in Marlborough House, London (d. 1938)
  • 1874 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss-French author (Ecoute Israel), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1963)
  • 1876 Bart van der Leck, Dutch painter (Style), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1958)

Person of interestWillis Carrier

1876 Willis Carrier, American engineer (developed modern air conditioning), born in Angola, New York (d. 1950)

Engineer Willis Carrier
Engineer
Willis Carrier
  • 1885 Heinrich Brüning, German politician and Chancellor of Germany (1930-32), born in Münster, Province of Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1970)
  • 1887 Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan business magnate and philanthropist, born in Colombo, British Ceylon (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, born in Nysa (d. 1963)
  • 1894 Norbert Wiener, American mathematician (discovered cybernetics), born in Columbia, Missouri (d. 1964)
  • 1894 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic cardinal archbishop of Toronto, born in Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada (d. 1974)
  • 1895 Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1965)
  • 1895 Bill Wilson, American co-founder (alcoholics anonymous), born in East Dorset, Vermont (d. 1971)

Person of interestKarl Ziegler

1898 Karl Ziegler, German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), born in Helsa, German Empire (d. 1973)

Chemist/Nobel Laureate Karl Ziegler
Chemist/Nobel Laureate
Karl Ziegler
  • 1899 Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, born in Kamenz, Saxony, Germany (d. 1936)
  • 1901 Philip Idenburg, Dutch statistician, born in Hillegersberg, Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1995)

  • 1902 Gerrit Jan van der Veen [Wolffensperger], Dutch resistance fighter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1944)
  • 1904 Armand Frappier, French-Canadian physician and microbiologist, born in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada (d. 1991)
  • 1907 Ruth Patrick, American botanist and limnologist, born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2013)
  • 1908 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), born in Mortale, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1911 Raymond Scheyven, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1987)
  • 1911 Ronald Diggens, English fabric manufacturer and multi-millionaire
  • 1918 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer and politician, President of Chile (1990-94), born in Viña del Mar, Chile (d. 2016)
  • 1919 Frederik Pohl, American sci-fi author (3 Hugo, Gateway, Bipohl), born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1920 Paul Rodenko, Dutch poet and author (Stolen Lover), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1976)
  • 1921 Françoise Gilot, French painter, designer, and author (Life with Picasso), born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1921 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer (billion-litre idea), born in Calicut, India (d. 2012)

Person of interestCharles M. Schulz

1922 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (Peanuts), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2000)

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist
Charles M. Schulz
  • 1924 George Segal, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan Dictator, President of Uruguay (1981-85), born in Montevideo (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Joyce McCartan, peace campaigner
  • 1927 Ernie Coombs, American children's entertainer (d. 2001)
  • 1928 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Berthold Leibinger, German Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
  • 1931 Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentine painter and activist (1980 Nobel Peace Prize), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1931 Adrianus J "Cardinal" Simonis, archbishop of Utrecht
  • 1932 Marten Beinema, Dutch politician (CDA)
  • 1936 Margaret Boden, philosopher
  • 1937 Boris Borisovich Yegorov, USSR, doctor/cosmonaut (Voskhod I)
  • 1938 Elizabeth E Bailey, university dean (Carnegie Mellon)
  • 1938 Jeremy Boorda, admiral
  • 1938 Porter J Goss, (Rep-R-Florida)
  • 1938 Rodney Jory, Australian physicist
  • 1939 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Malaysian politician
  • 1943 Gerald D Kleczka, (Rep-D-WI, 1984- )
  • 1943 Paul Burnett, English disc-jockey
  • 1943 Marilynne Robinson, American writer
  • 1945 Björn von Sydow, Swedish politician
  • 1946 Angus Suttie, English potter
  • 1946 Burt Reiter, rocker (Focus)
  • 1949 Maggie Donnelly, London bag lady
  • 1949 Vincent A. Mahler, American educator
  • 1951 La Cicciolina, [Ilona Staller], Italian MP, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1953 Hilary Benn, British politician
  • 1954 Roz Chast, American cartoonist
  • 1954 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan militant leader
  • 1955 Tracy [Raye] Hickman, American sci-fi author (Dragons of Spring Dawning)
  • 1956 Nico Slothouwer, Dutch poet (Man & his Bag)
  • 1958 Steve Buyer, (Rep-R-Indiana)
  • 1969 Kara Walker, American artist
  • 1977 Forrest Griffin, American MMA-fighter
  • 1979 B.J. Averell, American online tutor and reality television contestant
  • 1981 Jamie Fiske, liver transplant recipient
  • 1981 Natalie Gauci, Australian Idol 2007 winner
  • 1983 Chris Hughes, American businessman and co-founder of Facebook, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • 1992 Louis Ducrut, prince/son of Princess Stephanie & Daniel Ducrut