Birthdays in History on September 21

  • 1051 Bertha of Savoy, German queen and Holy Roman Empire Empress (d. 1087)
  • 1328 Hongwu, 1st Emperor of Ming Dynasty of China (1368-98), born in Haozhou, Henan Jiangbei, Yuan Empire (d. 1398)
  • 1372 Frederick I van Hohenzollern, Monarch of Brandenburg (1417-40), born in Free Imperial City of Nuremberg (d. 1440)
  • 1411 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne, born in Conisbrough, England (d. 1460)
  • 1415 Frederick III of Innsbruck, German Emperor (1440-1493), born in Innsbruck, Tyrol (d. 1493)
  • 1428 Jingtai, 7th Emperor of the Ming dynasty of China (1449-57), born in Beijing (d. 1457)
  • 1452 Girolamo Savonarola, Italian preacher and dictator of Florence (1494-98), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1498)
  • 1629 Philip Howard, English Roman Catholic cardinal, born in London (d. 1694)
  • 1645 Louis Jolliet, Canadian explorer (explored the origins of the Mississippi River helped by the Native American), born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1700)
  • 1695 John Glas, Scottish Presbyterian clergyman (started Glasite church movement), born in Auchtermuchty, Fife, Scotland (d. 1773)
  • 1706 Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg, Queen consort of Sardinia, born in Langenschwalbach, Hesse (d. 1735)
  • 1752 Louise of Stolberg-Gedern, Countess of Albany, born in Mons, Austrian Netherlands (d. 1824)
  • 1756 John Loudon McAdam, Scottish engineer and road builder who created macadam road surface (asphalt), born in Ayr, Scotland (d. 1836)
  • 1758 Christopher Gore, American lawyer and politician (8th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay (d. 1827)
  • 1760 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet, born in Simbirsk, Russian Empire (d. 1837)
  • 1788 Margaret Taylor (née Smith), wife of Zachary Taylor and 1st lady of the United States (1849-50), born in Calvert County, Maryland (d. 1852)
  • 1809 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustrator, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1871)
  • 1817 Carter L. Stevenson, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1888)
  • 1819 Louise Marie Thérèse of Artois, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza, born in Élysée Palace, Paris, France (d. 1864)
  • 1820 Williams Carter Wickham, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1888)
  • 1824 Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn, American Baptist Minister and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Webster, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1827 Michael Corcoran, Irish-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in County Sligo, Ireland (d. 1863)
  • 1832 Samuel S. Carroll, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 1893)
  • 1840 Murad V, 33rd Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1876), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1904)
  • 1842 Abdul Hamid II, 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1876-1909), born in Topkapı Palace, Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1918)
  • 1849 Edmund Gosse, English poet, author (Father & Son) and critic, born in London (d. 1928)
  • 1853 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, Dutch physicist (liquid helium, Nobel 1913), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1926)
  • 1859 Cyriel Buysse, Flemish baron and writer (Sursum Corda, Ace Knave), born in Nevele, Belgium (d. 1932)
  • 1862 James E. Talmage, English religious leader (LDS Church apostle), born in Hungerford, Berkshire, England (d. 1933)
  • 1862 Johan Castberg, Norwegian politician (Castbergian Child Laws protecting extra-martial children), born in Brevik, Norway (d. 1926)
  • 1866 Charles Nicolle, French bacteriologist (Nobel Prize in Medicine 1928), born in Rouen, France (d. 1936)

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells (1866-1946)

English sci-fi author (War of the Worlds, Kipps), born in Bromley, Kent

  • 1867 Henry L. Stimson, American statesman (46th United States Secretary of State), born in NYC, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1871 Ernst Heldring, Dutch ship owner and financier, born in Amsterdam (d. 1954)
  • 1886 Teiichi Igarashi, Japanese mountaineer who climbed Mt Fuji at age 99
  • 1895 Sergei Yesenin, Russian poet, born in Konstantinovo, Ryazan Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1925)
  • 1898 Tushar Kanti Ghosh, Indian journalist and world's oldest and longest serving newspaper editor
  • 1899 Frederick Coutts, Scottish 8th General of The Salvation Army, born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland (d. 1986)
  • 1899 Luc Haesaerts, Flemish art critic (Flandre), born in Antwerp (d. 1962)
  • 1902 Allen Lane, English publisher and founder of Penguin Books, born in Bristol, England (d. 1970)
  • 1904 Hans Hartung, German-French painter, born in Leipzig, German Empire (d. 1989)
  • 1906 Henry Beachell, American plant breeder, born in Waverly, Nebraska (d. 2006)
  • 1907 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), born in Cedar City, Utah (d. 1997)

Kwame NkrumahKwame Nkrumah (1909-1972)

1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60) and 1st President of Ghana (1960-66), born in Nkroful, Gold Coast (Ghana) [1]

  • 1913 Ulrich Ernst Simon, German-Jewish Anglican theologian, born in Berlin (d. 1997)
  • 1914 John Kluge, American television mogul (Metromedia) and at one time the richest person in the United States, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 2010)
  • 1916 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (French Minister of Culture), born in Lausanne, Switzerland (d. 2003)
  • 1916 Jagernath Lachmon, Surinamese politician, born in Nickerie, Suriname (d. 2001)
  • 1917 Phyllis Nicolson, British mathematician (Crank-Nicolson method), born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England (d. 1968)
  • 1919 Aya Zikken, Dutch author (Atlasvlinder, Rameh), born in Epe, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 2013)
  • 1919 Fazlur Rahman, Pakistani modernist scholar, born in Hazara District, Pakistan (d. 1988)
  • 1919 Mario Bunge, Argentine philosopher and physicist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1922 Lee Hee-ho, Korean activist and first lady for her husband President Kim Dae-jung, born in Seoul, Japanese Korea (d. 2019)
  • 1926 Donald A. Glaser, American physicist (Nobel 1960), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Bernard Williams, English moral philosopher, born in Westcliff, Essex, England (d. 2003)
  • 1931 Sykuro Manabe, Japanese-American meteorologist (2021 Nobel Prize for Physics for pioneering work on climate change), born in Ehime, Japan
  • 1936 Yury Luzhkov, Russian politician (2nd Mayor of Moscow, 1992-2010), born in Moscow
  • 1940 Hermann Knoflacher, Austrian civil engineer, born in Villach, Austria
  • 1941 R. James Woolsey, Jr., American lawyer and director of Central Intelligence Agency, born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1942 Ann Elder, American comedienne (Smothers Brothers Show, Laugh-In), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1944 Hamilton Jordan, political advisor (Crisis, Last Year of Carter Pres)
  • 1944 Steve Beshear, American politician (D) Governor of Kentucky (2007-2015), born in Dawson Springs, Kentucky
  • 1945 Bjarni V Tryggvason, Reykjavik Iceland, astronaut (STS 85)
  • 1945 Ombrettqa Colli, Italian entertainer
  • 1945 Shaw Clifton, the 18th General of The Salvation Army
  • 1946 Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Federal Councilor
  • 1947 Marsha Norman, American playwright

Stephen KingStephen King (75 years old)

1947 American sci-fi and horror author (Carrie; The Shining; Kujo; Misery), born in Portland, Maine

  • 1948 Artis Gilmore, ABA all star (Kentucky Colonels)
  • 1950 Charles Clarke, British politician
  • 1951 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen rebel leader (d. 2005)
  • 1951 Bob Franks, American politician (Rep-R-NJ 1993-2001), born in Hackensack, New Jersey (d. 2010)
  • 1952 Anneliese Michel, German exorcism victim (d. 1976)
  • 1954 Julia Grant [previously George Roberts], British transgender activist featured in "A Change of Sex", born in Blackpool, England (d. 2019)

Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe (1954-2022)

Prime Minister of Japan (2006-07 and 2012-2020), born in Nagato, Japan

  • 1955 Mika Kaurismäki, Finnish director
  • 1955 Richard J Hieb, astronaut (STS 39, 49, 65), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • 1957 Kevin Rudd, Australian politician, Prime Minister (2013), born in Nambour, Queensland
  • 1957 Mark Levin, American radio host and author (The Mark Levin Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Bruno Fitoussi, French poker player
  • 1961 Michel R Vassallucci, French-Netherlander publisher (Arena)
  • 1966 Ronna Reeves, Big Spring TX
  • 1967 Suman Pokhrel, Nepali poet, playwright, and translator, born in Biratnagar, Nepal

Samantha PowerSamantha Power (52 years old)

1970 Irish American author and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN), born in Dublin, Ireland

  • 1973 Vanessa Grigoriadis, American journalist
  • 1988 Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistani politician