Birthdays in History on November 8

Person of interestNerva

30 Nerva, Roman Emperor (96-98), born in Narni, Italy (d. 98)

Roman Emperor Nerva
Roman Emperor
  • 1342 Julian of Norwich, English saint (d. 1416)

Person of interestVlad the Impaler

1431 vlad III the Impaler, Wallachian prince, born in Sighișoara, Transylvania, Romania (d. 1476)

Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler
Wallachian Prince
Vlad the Impaler
  • 1491 Teofilo Folengo, Italian poet (d. 1544)
  • 1572 Johan Sigismund, elector of Brandenburg/duke of Prussia
  • 1622 Galenus Abrahamsz de Haen, Dutch baptist pastor (Lambs' War)
  • 1622 Karl X Gustaf, King of Sweden (1654-60)
  • 1647 Pierre Bayle, French/Neth theologist/philosopher/writer

Person of interestEdmond Halley

1656 Edmond Halley, English mathematician and astronomer (Halley's comet), born in Haggerston, Middlesex (d. 1742) [OS 29 Oct]

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • 1706 Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German judge and philosopher (d. 1772)
  • 1710 Sarah Fielding, English writer (d. 1768)
  • 1715 Elisabeth C van Brunswick-Bevern, wife of Frederik II "the Great"
  • 1723 John Byron, British naval officer (d. 1786)
  • 1760 Jean-Baptiste Dumonceau de Bergendael, South Neth earl/general
  • 1768 Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom, born in London, England (d. 1840)
  • 1777 Désirée Clary, queen of Sweden (d. 1860)

  • 1814 Girolamo/Jeromin de Rada, Albanian poet (Skanderbeku)
  • 1817 Claudius Wistar Sears, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • 1817 Theodoor J Canneel, Flemish painter
  • 1829 Samuel Wylie Crawford, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)
  • 1830 Oliver Otis Howard, American Major General (Union Army), born in Leeds, Maine (d. 1909)
  • 1831 Edward R L Bulwer-Lytton, English statesman and Viceroy of India (1876-1880)
  • 1836 Milton Bradley, American game manufacturer (d. 1911)

Person of interestBram Stoker

1847 Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1912)

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
  • 1847 Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician (d. 1907)
  • 1848 Gottlob Frege, German mathematician/logician (Begriffsschrift)
  • 1854 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (d. 1919)
  • 1863 René [Raphael] Viviani, French historian/social premier (1914-15)
  • 1866 Herbert Austin, English automobile pioneer (d. 1941)
  • 1868 Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician (d. 1942)
  • 1875 Qiu Jin, Chinese revolutionary, feminist, and writer considered a national heroine in China, born in Shanyin, Shaoxing, Qing Dynasty (d. 1907)
  • 1876 Frank L Gillespie, Ark, founded Supreme Life Insurance Company
  • 1879 King Baggot I, director (Tumbleweeds), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1881 Frank Speck, American Anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1881 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer who contributed to early heavier-than-air flight in Europe, born in Paris, France
  • 1884 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist (d. 1922)
  • 1885 Hans Cloos, German geologist (d. 1951)
  • 1885 Tomoyuki Yamashita [Yamashita Tomobumi], Imperial Japanese general dubbed "Tiger of Malaya," born in Ōtoyo, Kōchi, Japan (d. 1946)
  • 1885 Emil Fahrenkamp, German architect (d. 1966)
  • 1893 Prajadhipok, Rama VII, king of Thailand (d. 1941)
  • 1895 Photios Kontoglou, Greek writer, painter and iconographer (d. 1965)

Person of interestDorothy Day

1897 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day

Person of interestMargaret Mitchell

1900 Margaret Mitchell, author (Gone With the Wind), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1949)

  • 1900 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Küssnacht, Swiss Botanist and pioneer of submicroscopic morphology and the discipline of molecular biology
  • 1901 Gheorge Gheorghiu Dej, Romania party leader/president
  • 1902 Mihail A Suslov, Soviet-party ideologist [NS=Nov 22]
  • 1904 Cedric Belfrage English-born writer (d. 1990)
  • 1907 Otto Brenner, German worker's union leader
  • 1908 Martha Gellhorn, American writer (d. 1998)
  • 1912 Joseph Fattorini, businessman
  • 1914 Lute T de Cock, student/resistance fighter
  • 1914 Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley winemaker (Charles Krug), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1916 Peter Weiss, German Swedish author/dramatist/novelist (Marat/Sade)
  • 1918 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer ( Palatino and Optima), born in Nuremberg (d. 2015)
  • 1919 P. L. Deshpande, Indian author (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian cardinal
  • 1922 Christiaan Barnard, South African cardiac surgeon (perform 1st heart transplant), born in Beaufort West, Union of South Africa (d. 2001)
  • 1923 Dmitri T Jazov, Russian minister of defense (1991 coup)

Person of interestJack Kilby

1923 Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer and Nobel laureate (handheld calculator, integrated circuit), born in Jefferson City, Missouri (d. 2005)

Engineer Jack Kilby
Jack Kilby
  • 1927 Samuel I Newhouse Jr., American magazine publisher (Parade, Vogue, Vanity Fair), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1929 António Castanheira Neves, Portuguese philosopher
  • 1930 Edmund Happold, engineer
  • 1932 Richard E. Lawyer, American astronaut, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth)
  • 1934 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Alfonso López Trujillo, Colombian Cardinal Bishop
  • 1936 Edward George Gibson, American astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1936 Viscount Mountgarret [Butler], English landowner
  • 1938 John Asprey, British jeweller and multi-millionaire
  • 1938 Driss Basri, Moroccan Interior Minister (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, born in Bendel State, Colonial Nigeria (d. 1976)
  • 1942 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Kramarenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1945 David Jessel, British TV-reporter
  • 1947 Margaret Rhea Seddon, Murfreesboro Tenn, MD/astro (STS 51D, 40, SK:58)
  • 1948 Dale A Gardner, American naval commander and astronaut (STS 8, STS 51A), born in Fairmont, Minnesota (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice Presidenf of the US National Rifle Association, born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1951 Alfredo Astiz, Argentine general
  • 1952 Christie Ann Hefner, daughter of Hugh Hefner, CEO (Playboy)
  • 1953 John Musker, American animation director
  • 1954 Michael D. Brown, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director
  • 1954 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author (An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans), born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1970 Tom Anderson, co-founder of MySpace, born in San Diego, California
  • 1974 Masashi Kishimoto, Japanese manga author, born in Nagi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974 Seishi Kishimoto, Japanese manga author, born in Nagi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1976 Colin Strause, American director and one half of the Brothers Strause, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1977 Bucky Covington, American entertainer, born in Rockingham, North Carolina
  • 1982 Lynndie England, former U.S. Army reservist, associated with Abu Ghraib
  • 1986 Aaron H. Swartz, computer programmer and internet activist (Demand Progress), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 2003 Lady Louise Windsor, British royal, born in Surrey, England