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Birthdays in History on November 28

  • 1118 Manuel I Komnenos, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (1143-80) (d. 1180)
  • 1489 Margaret Tudor, Queen consort of Scots as wife of James IV of Scotland (1503-13), born in Westminster Palace, London (d. 1541)
  • 1570 James Whitelocke, English judge and politician (House of Common 1610-22) (d. 1632)
  • 1598 Hans Nansen, Danish statesman, born in Flensburg (d. 1667)
  • 1607 Francesco Sforza Pallavicino, Italian theologist and historian (Istoria del Concilio di Trento), born in Rome, Papal States (d. 1667)
  • 1628 John Bunyan, English minister and author (The Pilgrim's Progress), born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England (d. 1688)
  • 1640 Willem de Vlamingh, Dutch sea captain (explored the then "New Holland", central west coast of Australia), born in Oost-Vlieland, Dutch Republic (c. 1648)
  • 1650 Jan Palfijn, Flemish physician and inventor (obstetrical forceps), born in Kortrijk, Flanders (d. 1730)
  • 1661 Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, British Governor of New York and New Jersey (d. 1723)
  • 1681 Jean Cavalier, French Huguenot chief of the Camisards, born in Ribaute, France (d. 1740)
  • 1700 Nathaniel Bliss, English 4th Astronomer Royal (1762-64), born in Bisley, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1764)
  • 1700 Sophie Magdalene of Brandenburg-Kulmbach, Queen consort of Denmark and Norway (1730-46), born in Castle Schonberg, Bavaria (d. 1770)
  • 1704 Jacob Mossel, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1750-61), born in Enkhuizen, Dutch Republic (d. 1761)

Person of interestWilliam Blake

1757 William Blake, English poet and artist (Songs of Innocence & Experience), born in London, England (d. 1827)

Poet and Artist William Blake
Poet and Artist
William Blake
  • 1770 Princess Louise of Orange-Nassau, daughter of viceroy Willem V & Wilhelmina of Prussia, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1819)
  • 1772 Luke Howard, British manufacturing chemist and meteorologist (nomenclature system for clouds), born in London (d. 1864)

  • 1777 Augsut Kestner, German art collector and diplomat, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1853)
  • 1785 Victor de Broglie, 3rd Duke of Broglie, 14th Prime Minister of France (1835-36), born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • 1792 Victor Cousin, French philosopher and educational reformer, born in Paris (d. 1867)
  • 1805 John Stephens, American explorer and archaeologist (pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America), born in Shrewsbury, New Jersey (d. 1852)
  • 1810 William Froude, English engineer and naval architect, born in Devon, England (d. 1879)
  • 1811 Maximilian II of Bavaria, King of Bavaria (1848-64), born in Munich (d. 1864)
  • 1820 Freidrich Engels, German social philosopher (Communism), born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1895)
  • 1820 Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Enfield, North Carolina (d. 1862)
  • 1837 John Wesley Hyatt, American inventor who simplified the production of celluloid, born in Starkey, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1853 Helen Magill White, American educator and 1st woman to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S., born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1944)
  • 1854 Gottlieb Haberlandt, Austrian botanist, born in Mosonmagyaróvár (d. 1945)
  • 1857 Alfonso XII, King of Spain (1874-85), born in Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid (d. 1885)
  • 1864 Carel Adolph Lion Cachet, Dutch lithographer and wood carver, born in Amsterdam (d. 1945)
  • 1864 James Allen, English writer (As a Man Thinketh), born in Leicester, England (d. 1912)
  • 1864 Lindley M. Garrison, American lawyer and 46th U.S. Secretary of War (1913-16), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1932)

Person of interestHenry Bacon

1866 Henry Bacon, American architect (Lincoln Memorial), born in Watseka, Illinois (d. 1924)

Architect Henry Bacon
Architect
Henry Bacon
  • 1878 Jozef van Mierlo, Belgian Jesuit and literary (Hadewych), born in Turnhout, Belgium (d. 1958)
  • 1880 Alexander Block, Russian poet (Dvenatsat), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1921)
  • 1880 Marinus van Meel, Dutch aviator and aircraft manufacturer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Stefan Zweig, Austrian poet, essayist and dramatist (Beware of Pity), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1942)

  • 1887 Ernst Röhm, German army officer and chief organizer of Adolf Hitler’s Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung, or SA; Brownshirts), born in Munich (d. 1934)
  • 1891 Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist (48th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and politician, born in Mandurriao, Iloilo, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1949)
  • 1894 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), born in Melrose, Massachusetts (d. 1984)
  • 1896 Dawn Powell, American writer (Turn, Magic Wheel), born in Mount Gilead, Ohio (d. 1965)
  • 1897 Uno Chiyo, Japanese writer (Confessions of Love), born in Iwakuni (d. 1996)
  • 1904 James Eastland, American politician (Sen-D-Miss 1943-68), born in Doddsville, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • 1904 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, born in London (d. 1973)
  • 1907 Alberto Moravia [Pincherle], Italian author (Indifferent Ones), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1990)
  • 1908 Arturo Frondizi, 35th President Argentina (1958-62), born in Paso de los Libres, Corrientes, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1908 Claude Lévi-Strauss, French social anthropologist and ethnologist (structuralism), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2009)
  • 1909 Aleksandar Ranković, Yugoslavic partisan and 1st Vice President of Yugoslavia (1963-66), born in Draževac, Serbia (d. 1983)
  • 1911 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator, born in Vodochody, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1912 Heinz Galinski, President (Central council for Jews in Germany), born in Marienburg, West Prussia, Germany (d. 1992)
  • 1912 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1962)
  • 1913 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2000)
  • 1915 Evald Okas, Estonian painter, born in Talinn, Estonia (d. 2011)
  • 1916 Lilian Baels, Princess of Réthy, English 2nd wife of Belgian king Leopold III, born in London (d. 2002)
  • 1922 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Helen Delich Bentley, American politician (Rep-R-MD, 1985-95 ), born in Ruth, Nevada (d. 2016)
  • 1923 Phyllis Jenkins, literary & theatrical agent community activist
  • 1928 Edward LeBone Molotlegi, chief of the Bafokeng
  • 1928 Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (d. 1980)

Person of interestBerry Gordy

1929 Berry Gordy, record company owner (Motown), born in Detroit, Michigan

Record Company Owner Berry Gordy
Record Company Owner
Berry Gordy
  • 1931 Dervla Murphy, Irish travel author (Full Tilt, In Ethiopia with a Mule), born in Lismore, Ireland
  • 1931 Rinus Ferdinandusse, Dutch editor and author (Nude on Fence), born in Goes, Netherlands
  • 1931 Thomas Enders, German business executive and diplomat, born in Bruchertseifen, Germany
  • 1933 Joe Knollenberg, (Rep-R-Michigan)
  • 1935 Randolph Stow, author/poet (Suburbs of Hell)
  • 1935 Prince Hitachi, Japanese royalty
  • 1936 Gary Hart, (Sen-D-Co, 1975-86)
  • 1942 Manolo Blahnik, Santa Cruz de La Palma Spain, shoe designer
  • 1944 Timothy Krajcir, American serial killer
  • 1946 Joe Dante, director (Matinee, Twilight Zone, Police Squad, Gremlins)
  • 1946 Susan Spencer, American correspondent (48 Hours) [1946 approx], born in Memphis Tennessee
  • 1949 Victor Ostrovsky, Canadian/Israel, Mossad agent (By Way of Deception)
  • 1955 Adem Jashari, Albanian freedom fighter
  • 1958 Georges Rutaganda, Rwandan war criminal
  • 1959 R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
  • 1959 Stephen Roche, bicylist
  • 1960 John Galliano, Gibraltar, British fashion designer
  • 1964 Cornelia Guest, debutante (Debutante's Guide to Life)
  • 1965 Erwin Mortier, Belgian author
  • 1975 Eka Kurniawan, Indonesian writer
  • 1978 Ryan Leslie, American producer
  • 1981 Sharon Needles [Aaron Coady], American drag queen, recording artist and TV performer (RuPaul's Drag Race season 4 winner), born in Newton, Iowa