Birthdays in History on October 8

  • 1515 Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, born in Harbottle Castle, Northumberland, England (d. 1578)
  • 1619 Philipp von Zesen, German poet and historian (Bescheibung of Amsterdam), born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1689)
  • 1621 Maximilian Henry of Bayern, Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Bishop of Hildesheim and Bishop of Liège, born in Munich, Germany (d. 1688)
  • 1676 Benito Jerónimo Feijóo y Montenegro, Spanish scholar, born in Casdemiro, Spain (d. 1764)
  • 1696 Cornelis Troost, Dutch portrait painter (Unseemly Love), born in Amsterdam (d. 1750)
  • 1713 Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi and Talmudist, born in Opatów, Poland (d. 1793)
  • 1715 Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary and scientist, born in Dijon, France (d. 1774)
  • 1720 Jonathan Mayhew, American Congregational minister, born in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (d. 1766)
  • 1747 Jean-François Rewbell, French lawyer and politician, born in Colmar, France (d. 1807)
  • 1765 Harman Blennerhassett, Irish lawyer, born in Hampshire, England (d. 1831)
  • 1789 John Ruggles, American politician, born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1789 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist, born in Newington, London (d. 1855)
  • 1802 Peter Hofstede, the Great, Dutch reformed theologist
  • 1818 John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician, born in Sevier County, Tennessee (d. 1905)
  • 1826 Matt Whitaker Ransom, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Warren County, North Carolina (d. 1904)
  • 1828 Francisque Sarcey, French writer (Le Temps), born in Dourdan, France (d. 1899)
  • 1838 John Milton Hay, American politician (Union), born in Salem, Indiana (d. 1905)
  • 1850 Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist, born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • 1855 Gustav Ehrismann, German author and expert on the German language, born in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1941)
  • 1864 Ozias Leduc, Canadian painter, born in Saint-Hilaire-de-Rouville, Quebec (d. 1955)
  • 1868 Max Slevogt, German painter, born in Landshut, Germany (d. 1932)
  • 1869 J. Frank Duryea, American inventor (Duryea Motor Wagon Company, first auto built in the US), born in Washburn, Illinois (d. 1967)
  • 1872 John Cowper Powys, British writer (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), born in Shirley, Derbyshire (d. 1963)
  • 1873 Ejnar Hertzsprung, Danish astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), born in Frederiksberg, Denmark (d. 1967)
  • 1877 Hans Heysen, German-born landscape artist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1968)
  • 1880 Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indo-Dutch nationalist and founder of National-India Party, born in Pasuruan, Malang, Indonesia (d. 1950)
  • 1883 Otto Heinrich Warburg, German physician (Nobel-1931), born in Freiburg, Baden, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1884 Walther von Reichenau, German field marshal, born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1942)
  • 1889 Collett E. Woolman, American airline founder (Delta Air Service), born in Bloomington, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1890 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1973)
  • 1893 Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher, born in Epping, England (d. 1968)
  • 1895 Jeanne G van Schaik-Willing, Dutch author (Sinner & the Girl)

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1895 Juan Perón, Argentine military officer and President of Argentina (1946-55, 73-74), born in Buenos Aires (d. 1974)

General and President of Argentina Juan Perón
General and President of Argentina
Juan Perón
  • 1895 Zog I, King of Albania (1928-39), born in Burgajet Castle, Ottoman Empire (d. 1961)
  • 1899 Milner Gray, British graphic designer, born in London (d. 1997)
  • 1899 Pandit Rambharos Gangaram Panday, Suriname relig leader/co-found (VHP)
  • 1900 Geoffrey Jellicoe, English landscape architect, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1900 Serge Chermayeff, Russian-British architect and designer, born in Grozny, Russia (d. 1996)
  • 1910 Gus Hall, American union organizer and head of the U.S. Communist Party, born in Cherry Township, Minnesota (d. 2000)
  • 1916 Spark Matsunaga, United States Senator from Hawaii (1977-90), born in Kukuiula, Hawaii (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2002)
  • 1919 Kiichi Miyazawa, 78th Prime Minister of Japan (1991-93), born in Tokyo (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Frank [Patrick] Herbert, American sci-fi author (Dune), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1921 Abraham Sarmiento, Sr., Filipino Supreme Court jurist (1987-91), born in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, Philippine (d. 2010)
  • 1922 Douglas Gray, archivist
  • 1924 Alphons Egli, Swiss politcian and member of the Swiss Federal Council, born in Lucerne, Switzerland (d. 2016)
  • 1925 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1997)
  • 1926 Raaj Kumar, Hindi film star (Mother India), born in Loralai, Balochistan, British India (d. 1996)
  • 1927 Jim Elliot, American missionary (d. 1956)
  • 1927 César Milstein, Argentine scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 2002)
  • 1928 M. Russell Ballard, LDS apostle

  • 1932 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player
  • 1934 J Carter Brown, art director (Washington National Gallery), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • 1936 Rona Barrett, American gossip columnist (Tomorrow Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky
  • 1939 Harvey Pekar, American author
  • 1939 Lynne Stewart, American civil liberties lawyer
  • 1941 Jesse Jackson, clergyman, presidential candidate (D), born in Greenville, South Carolina

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1943 R. L. Stine, children's book writer (Goosebumps), born in Columbus, Ohio

Children's Book Writer R. L. Stine
Children's Book Writer
R. L. Stine
  • 1944 Bruce A Morrison, (Rep-D-CT, 1983- )
  • 1946 Jean-Jacques Beineix, director (Betty Blue, Diva)
  • 1946 Dennis Kucinich, American politician
  • 1947 Yelena Ivanovna Dobrokvashina, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-15a)
  • 1948 Stefanie Marrian, comedienne (Benny Hill Show), born in Paris, France
  • 1948 Benjamin Cheever, American novelist and editor
  • 1948 Pedro López, Colombian serial killer
  • 1951 Jack O'Connell, American politician
  • 1952 Jan Marijnissen, Dutch politician
  • 1956 Janice E Voss Ford, South Bend Ind, PhD/Astronaut (STS 57, 63, 83, 94)
  • 1956 Scott Michael Pellaton, barefoot water ski champ
  • 1956 Janice Voss, South Bend, Indiana, astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Joe Castiglione, American college athletic director
  • 1958 Steve Coll, American journalist
  • 1959 Carlos I Noriega, astronaut (STS 84, sk 97), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1960 Reed Hastings, American businessman and entrepreneur
  • 1970 Sadiq Khan, British politician, 1st Muslim Mayor of London, born in London
  • 1977 Anne-Caroline Chausson, French mountain-bike rider, born in Dijon, France
  • 1981 Princess Juliana Edenia Antonia, of Netherlands
  • 1985 Eiji Wentz, German-Japanese entertainer
  • 1987 Aya Hirano, Japanese Seiyuu