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Birthdays in History on November 5

  • 1271 Maḥmūd Ghāzān, 7th Mongol Empire ruler in Iran, born in Abaskun, Iran (d. 1304)
  • 1534 Joachim Camerarius, German botanist (horticulture catalog) and physician, born in Nuremberg, Germany (d. 1598)
  • 1549 Philippe de Mornay (or Philippe Du-Plessis-Mornay), French writer, born in Buhy, France (d. 1623)
  • 1563 Anna van Nassau, daughter of William the Silent and his second wife, Anna of Saxony and wife of William Louis, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, born in Breda, Netherlands (d. 1588)
  • 1592 Charles Chauncy, American clergyman and President of Harvard College (1654-72), born in Yardley-Bury, England (d. 1672)
  • 1613 Isaac de Benserade, French poet, born in Lyons-la-Forêt, France (d. 1691)
  • 1615 Ibrahim I, 18th Ottoman Sultan (1640-48), born in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire (d. 1648)
  • 1667 Christoph Ludwig Agricola, German landscape painter, born in Regensburg, Germany (d. 1719)
  • 1701 Pietro Longhi, Venetian painter, born in Venice (d. 1785)
  • 1715 John Brown, English writer, born in Rothbury, Northumberland, England (d. 1766)
  • 1722 William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English nobleman and politician, born in Clayton, Lancashire, England (d. 1798)
  • 1742 Richard Cosway, English portrait painter, born in Tiverton, England (d. 1821)
  • 1764 Pieter Nieuwland, Dutch scientist and mathematician (known as "Dutch Isaac Newton"), born in Diemermeer (d. 1794)
  • 1779 Washington Allston, American painter (pioneer of America's Romantic movement of landscape painting) and author, born in Georgetown, South Carolina (d. 1843)
  • 1798 Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, Italian princess of the House of Bourbon, born in Caserta Palace, Caserta, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1870)
  • 1818 Benjamin Franklin Butler, American Major General (Union Army), born in Deerfield, New Hampshire (d. 1893)

  • 1825 Julius H [Szamvald] Stahel, Hungarian-American diplomat, mining engineer, and Major General (Union Army), born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 1912)
  • 1832 William W. Averell, American Major General (Union Army), born in Cameron, New York (d. 1900)
  • 1835 Moritz Szeps, Austrian journalist and newspaper publisher, born in Busk, Austrian Galicia (d. 1902)
  • 1846 Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross, born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1869)
  • 1849 Ruy Barbosa, Brazilian polymath, writer and politician, born in Salvador, Bahia, Empire of Brazil (d. 1923)
  • 1850 Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet (Poems of Passion), born in Johnstown, Wisconsin (d. 1919)
  • 1851 Charles Dupuy, 3 times Prime Minister of France, born in Le Puy-en-Velay, France (d. 1923)
  • 1854 Paul Sabatier, French chemist (Nobel 1912 - improving the hydrogenation of organic species in the presence of metals), born in Carcassonne, France (d. 1941)
  • 1854 Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the Caisses populaires Desjardins, born in Lévis, Quebec (d. 1920)
  • 1855 Eugene V. Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate, born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1926)
  • 1855 Léon Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist (stratosphere), born in Paris (d. 1913)
  • 1857 Ida Tarbell, American muckraker (The History of the Standard Oil Company), born in Erie County, Pennsylvania (d. 1944)
  • 1869 Chittaranjan Das, Indian lawyer and politician (founded the Swaraj Party), born in Bikrampur, British India (d. 1925)
  • 1876 Raymond Duchamp-Villon, French cubist sculptor (Head of Baudeaire), born in Damville, Eure, France (d. 1918)
  • 1881 George A. Malcolm, American jurist (17th Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court) and educator, born in Concord, Michigan (d. 1961)
  • 1884 James Elroy Flecker, English poet and dramatist (Hassan), born in Lewisham, London (d. 1915)

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1885 Will Durant, American author and historian (The Story of Philosophy, The Story of Civilization), born in North Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1981)

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  • 1887 Oscar Bossaert, Belgian industrialist and chocolate manufacturer (Victoria), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1890 Jan Zrzavý, Czech painter, born in Okrouhlice near Německý Brod, Bohemia (d. 1977)
  • 1891 Mary Dorna [Mary Jeanette Tenkink-Stoppelman], Dutch author, born in Amsterdam (d. 1971)

  • 1892 J. B. S. Haldane, British-Indian geneticist (primordial soup theory), born in Oxford, England (d. 1964)
  • 1893 Raymond Loewy, French-American industrial designer, born in Paris (d. 1986)
  • 1894 Henri de Page, Belgian private law scholar, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1969)
  • 1900 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Colorado City, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 1906 George Trevelyan, British educational pioneer and a founding father of the New Age movement, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), born in Red Oak, Iowa (d. 2004)
  • 1911 Roy Rogers, American cowboy (Happy Trails, Roy Rogers Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1998)
  • 1914 Hans de Koster, Dutch Minister of Defense (1971-73), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1914 Alton Tobey, American artist, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 2005)
  • 1915 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Jacob Everaers, Dutch office clerk and resistance fighter, born in Tholen, Netherlands (d. 1944)
  • 1917 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviator, born in Challans, Vendée, France (d. 2000)
  • 1917 Banarsi Das Gupta, Indian 4th Chief Minister of Haryana (1975-77), born in Bhiwani, Punjab, British India (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Hasan Askari, Pakistani philosopher, critic and writer, born in Bulandshahr Uttar Pradesh, British India (d. 1978)
  • 1920 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Fawzia Fuad, Egyptian princess who became Queen of Iran as the first wife of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, born in Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Sultanate of Egypt (d. 2013)
  • 1922 Violet Barclay, American illustrator, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1926 Leo Derksen, Dutch journalist (Telegraph/Sunday Newspaper), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 2002)
  • 1926 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), born in London (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Clifford Irving, American novelist and investigative reporter (hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Arthur L. Liman, American trial lawyer (Oliver North), born in NYC, New York
  • 1932 Salvatore Bonanno, American mafioso and son of crime boss Joseph Bonanno, born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Nick Smith, American politician ((Rep-R-Michigan, 1993-2005), born in Addison, Michigan
  • 1936 Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (d. 2001)
  • 1936 William A. Christenberry, American photographer and artist, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1943 Friedman Paul Erhardt, German-American TV chef (Chef Tell), born in Stuttgart, Germany (d. 2007)
  • 1945 Peter Pace, 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, born in NYC, New York
  • 1945 Aleka Papariga, Greek politician (General Secretary of Communist Party of Greece 1991-2013), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1946 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American rocker (Byrds), born in Winter Haven, Florida (d. 1973)
  • 1946 Patricia K Kuhl, speech & hearing scientist
  • 1947 Peter Noone, English rocker (Herman-Herman's Hermits), born in Davyhulme, Lancashire, England
  • 1948 Mel Ab-Owain, Welsh politician
  • 1948 Hridayananda dasa Goswami, International Society for Krishna Consciousness guru, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1948 Bernard-Henri Lévy, French public intellectual, born in Béni Saf, Oran, French Algeria
  • 1948 Pepper LaBeija [William Jackson], American drag queen and fashion designer, born in The Bronx, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1951 Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist
  • 1951 Tony Evers, American politician, Governor of Wisconsin (2019-), born in Plymouth, Wisconsin
  • 1952 Vandana Shiva, Indian scholar and environmental activist, born in Dehradun, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 1953 Florentino V. Floro, Filipino judge (suspended from the Philippine judiciary in 2006 due to mental illness), born in Manila, Philippines
  • 1953 Joyce Maynard, American journalist and novelist (Labor Day), born in Durham, New Hampshire
  • 1955 Karan Thapar, Indian journalist, political analyst and commentator, born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
  • 1961 Charles O. Hobaugh, NASA astronaut and U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Bar Harbor, Maine
  • 1962 Marcus J. Ranum, American computer and network security innovator, born in NYC, New York
  • 1965 Kubrat, Prince of Panagyurishte, titular Bulgarian royal family, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1974 Chris Sununu, American politician, Governor of New Hampshire (2017-), born in Salem, New Hampshire