Birthdays in History on September 16

  • 16 Drusilla, daughter of Germanicus and Agrippina the Elder (d. 38)
  • 1386 Ambrose Traversari, Italian theologian and monk, born in Portico di Romagna, Forlì, Papal States (d. 1439)
  • 1387 Henry V, King of England (1413-22) and France (1416-19), born in Monmouth Castle, Monmouth, Principality of Wales (date disputed) (d. 1422)
  • 1507 Jiajing, 12th Emperor of Ming Dynasty of China (d. 1567)
  • 1547 Abu al-Faiz ibn Mubarak Faizi, Persian-Dutch East Indies poet, born in Agra, Mughal India (d. 1595)
  • 1574 Samuel Coster, Dutch physician and playwright (Polyxena), born in Amsterdam (d. 1665)
  • 1577 Pietro Tacca, Italian sculptor and architect (Aanbidding of the Point), born in Carrara, Italy (d. 1640)
  • 1584 Matthias Gallas, Austrian earl of Campo and Duke of Lucerna, born in Trento, Italy (d. 1647)
  • 1651 Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and traveler, born in Lemgo, Lippe, Germany (d. 1716)
  • 1666 Antoine Parent, French mathematician, born in Paris (d. 1716)
  • 1678 Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher, born in Battersea, Surrey, England (d. 1751)
  • 1722 Gabriel Christie, British general, born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1799)
  • 1725 Nicolas Desmarest, French geologist and geographer (Volcanos), born in Soulaines-Dhuys, France (d. 1815)
  • 1736 Johann Nikolaus Tetens, German-Danish philosopher and mathematician, born in Tetenbüll, Duchy of Schleswig, Denmark (d. 1807)
  • 1745 Mikhail Kutuzov, Russian field marshal, born in St Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1813)
  • 1762 Charles de Merode, Earl of Merode, Mayor of Brussels and French senator, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1830)

  • 1782 Daoguang, 8th Emperor of Qing Dynasty, born in Forbidden City, Beijing, China (d. 1850)
  • 1818 Francis Seymour Haden, English surgeon and etcher, born in London (d. 1910)
  • 1822 Charles Crocker, American railroad executive (President of Central & South Pacific Railroad), born in Troy, New York (d. 1888)
  • 1823 Francis Parkman, American historian and author (Oregon Trail), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1823 Michael Obrenovic, ruler of Serbia (1839-42,1860-68), born in Kragujevac, Serbia (d. 1868)
  • 1827 Jean Albert Gaudry, French geologist and palaeontologist, born in St Germain-en-Laye, France (d. 1908)
  • 1832 George Washington Custis Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Fort Monroe, Virginia (d. 1913)
  • 1837 Pedro V van Alcantara, King of Portugal (1853-61), born in Lisbon (d. 1861)
  • 1838 James J. Hill, Canadian-American railroad entrepreneur (Great Northern Railroad), born in Eramosa Township, Ontario (d. 1916)
  • 1853 Albrecht Kossel, German physician (Nobel 1910), born in Rostock, Germany (d. 1927)

Person of interestBonar Law

1858 Andrew Bonar Law, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1922-23), born in Kingston, Colony of New Brunswick (now Canada)

British Prime Minister Bonar Law
British Prime Minister
Bonar Law
  • 1859 Yuan Shikai, Chinese general and President of the Republic of China (1916), born in Xiangcheng, Henan, Qing dynasty, China (d. 1916)

Person of interestJames Cash Penney

1875 James Cash Penney, American department store founder (J C Penney), born in Hamilton, Missouri (d. 1971)

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • 1877 Willem Huibert Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Pandji), born in Roosendaal, Netherlands (d. 1973)
  • 1878 Karl Albiker, German sculptor (German Art, female nudes), born in Ühlingen-Birkendorf, Germany (d. 1961)
  • 1880 Alfred Noyes, British poet and essayist (Loom of Years, Highwayman), born in Wolverhampton, England (d. 1958)
  • 1881 Clive Bell, English art critic, born in East Shefford, Berkshire (d. 1964)
  • 1883 T. E. Hulme, English writer (d. 1917)
  • 1885 Karen Horney, German/US, neo-freudian psychoanalyst
  • 1887 Jean Arp [Hans Arp], French-Swiss sculptor, artist and poet, born in Strassburg, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1889 Claude A Barnett, founder (Associated Negro Press)
  • 1891 Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-born German spy (d. 1972)

Person of interestKarl Dönitz

1891 Karl Dönitz, German naval leader, born in Grünau, German Empire (d. 1980)

Naval commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • 1893 Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937)
  • 1898 H.A. Rey, American children's author, creator of "Curious George" (d. 1977)

  • 1901 CFH "Freddie" Gough, British major scout (WW II, Arnhem)
  • 1905 Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (d. 1980)
  • 1906 Jack Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, commando
  • 1908 Beecher Moore, British sailor, born in Rochester, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1909 John Megaw, British Lord Justice of Appeal
  • 1909 [Hans JM] Fernand Lodewick, literature historian
  • 1910 Joan Alice Chetwode Ramsey nee Hamilton, lady Ramsey of Canterbury
  • 1910 Erich Kempka, German chauffeur to Adolf Hitler, born in Oberhausen, Germany (d. 1975)
  • 1911 Wilfred Burchett, Australia, communist/writer (Catapult to Freedom)
  • 1912 Jerry Wald, American producer (Mildred Pierce, Johnny Belinda), born in NYC, New York
  • 1916 Lord Ryder of Eaton hastings, CEO (Intl Publishing House)
  • 1916 Willem Noordhoek, photographer
  • 1916 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Julius B. Richmond, 12th US Surgeon General (1977-81) created Head Start program, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2008)
  • 1918 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], politician (C), born in Castleford, West Yorkshire (d. 2004)
  • 1919 Laurence J. Peter, Canadian born educator and writer (d. 1990)
  • 1920 Hannie [Jannetje J] Schaft, "Girl with red hair"
  • 1920 Sheila Quinn, adviser (British Red Cross)
  • 1921 Dusty Hughers, playwright
  • 1921 William Johnston, Chaplain to Queen of Scotland
  • 1922 Marcel Mouloudji, singer
  • 1922 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), born in Paris (d. 2016)

Person of interestLee Kuan Yew

1923 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), born in Singapore

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • 1924 Paddy Stone, choreographer (Piccadilly Palace), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1925 Charles Haughey, Irish president (1979-81, 82, 87-92)
  • 1926 John Knowles, American writer (Morning in Antibes)
  • 1926 Robert Schuller, televangelist (Glass Cathedral, Hour of Power)
  • 1929 Dale E Kildee, (Rep-D-Michigan, 1977- )
  • 1930 Ken Coates, MEP (Labour)
  • 1933 Jim Gilbert, British artist and criminal, born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Eva Clayton, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • 1935 Carl Andre, US sculptor (minimal/conceptual art)
  • 1935 Bob Kiley, American public transit specialist, born in Minneapolis (d. 2016)
  • 1936 Frits Niessen, Dutch politician (PvdA)
  • 1941 Richard Perle, American political advisor
  • 1943 David Wilshire, British MP (C)
  • 1943 James Alan MacPherson, American writer, 1st black writer to win Pulitzer Prize, born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1946 Lord Walton of Detchant, physician (Warden of Green College Oxford)
  • 1946 Mike Reynolds, Australian politician
  • 1947 Aleksandr V Rutskoi, Ukrainian Hero of USSR/VP (1991- )
  • 1947 Michael R McNulty, (Rep-D-NY)
  • 1947 Enrique Krauze, Mexican historian and writer
  • 1953 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
  • 1953 Nancy Huston, Canadian-born novelist and essayist
  • 1955 Liz Knights, publisher

Person of interestDavid Copperfield

1956 David Copperfield [Kotkin], American magician, born in Metuchen, New Jersey

  • 1956 Kevin R Kregel, Pilot/astronaut (STS 70, 78, 87), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Mark Daniel Gearan, Gardner Mass, campaign manager (Al Gore)
  • 1956 Nick Banton, founder (Body Positive)
  • 1960 Kurt Busiek, American comic book writer
  • 1961 Alessandro Cecchi Paone, Italian entertainer
  • 1964 Mary Coustas, Austalian entertainer
  • 1967 Hiroya Oku, Japanese Manga-ka
  • 1968 Walt Becker, American director and writer
  • 1973 Justin Haythe, American writer
  • 1977 Greg Ball, American politician
  • 1982 Michael McCall, Irish chemist
  • 2005 Princess Jalilah bint Ali, of Jordan