Birthdays in History on September 25

  • 1358 Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, Japanese shogun, born in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (d. 1408)
  • 1525 Steven Borough, English explorer, born in Northam, Devon, England (d. 1584)
  • 1542 Elisabeth van Nassau, daughter of Willem & Juliana van Stolberg, born in Dillenburg (d. 1603)
  • 1593 Matthew Merian the Elder, Swiss engraver and bookseller, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1650)
  • 1599 Francesco Borromini, Italian sculptor and architect, born in Bissone, Italy (d. 1667)
  • 1612 Mark Zuesius Boxhorn, Dutch historian, born in Bergen-op-Zoom, The Netherlands (d. 1653)
  • 1613 Claude Perrault, French architect and physician (east facade of the Louvre), born in Paris, France
  • 1644 Ole Rømer, Danish astronomer, born in Aarhus, Denmark (d. 1710)

Henry PelhamHenry Pelham (1694-1754)

British Prime Minister (Whig: 1743-54) who introduced the Gin Acts, born in Laughton, England

  • 1711 Qianlong Emperor of China, 6th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1735-96), born in Beijing, China (d. 1799)
  • 1729 Christian G. Heyne, German archaeologist, born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1812)
  • 1738 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware, born in New Castle County, Delaware (d. 1789)
  • 1744 Frederick Willem II, King of Prussia (1786-97), born in Berlin Palace, Berlin (d. 1797)

Fletcher ChristianFletcher Christian (1764 - c. 1790-93)

English sailor who led the mutiny on the HMS Bounty, born in Eaglesfield, Cumberland, England

  • 1766 Armand-Emmanuel, Duc de Richelieu, Prime Minister of France (1815-18, 1820-21), born in Paris (d. 1822)
  • 1773 Agostino Bassi, Italian entomologist, born in Mairago, Italy (d. 1856)
  • 1780 Jason Fairbanks, American murderer, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 1801)
  • 1782 Charles Robert Maturin, Irish playwright and novelist, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1824)
  • 1793 Felicia Dorothea Hemans, English-Welsh poet ("The boy stood on the burning deck", "The stately homes of England"), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1835)
  • 1796 Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • 1798 Henri Scheffer, Dutch painter, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1862)
  • 1798 Jean-Baptiste Élie de Beaumont, French mine engineer and geologist, born in Canon, Calvados, France (d. 1874)
  • 1805 Frances Adeline Seward, American First Lady of New York (1839-42) and wife of US Secretary of State William H. Seward, born in Cayuga County, New York (d. 1865)
  • 1807 Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1859)
  • 1822 Adolph von Steinwehr, German-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Blankenburg, Brunswick, Germany (d. 1877)
  • 1823 Thomas John Wood, American Major General (Union Army), born in Munfordville, Kentucky (d. 1906)
  • 1829 William Michael Rossetti, English writer and civil servant, born in London, England (d. 1919)
  • 1832 William Le Baron Jenney, American architect (father of skyscraper), born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts (d. 1907)
  • 1839 Karl Alfred Ritter von Zittel, German geologist and paleontologist (Libya), born in Bahlingen, Germany (d. 1904)
  • 1839 Mina Kruseman, Dutch writer and feminist, born in Velp, Netherlands (d. 1922)
  • 1843 Melville Reuben Bissell, American inventor of the carpet sweeper, born in Hartwick, New York (d. 1889)
  • 1843 Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin, American geologist and educator, born in Mattoon, Illinois (d. 1928)
  • 1846 Wladimir Köppen [Vladimir Köppen], German Meteorologist and Climatologist who mapped and classified the climatic regions of the world (Köppen climate classification system), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1852 Cornelis Jacobus Snijders, Supreme commander of Dutch Navy (1910-18), born in Nieuwe-Tonge, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • 1852 Hans Vaihinger, German philosopher (Nietzsche Philosophy), born in Nehren, Germany (d. 1933)
  • 1862 Billy Hughes, 7th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor, Nationalist: 1915-23), born in London (d. 1952)
  • 1866 Thomas Hunt Morgan, American evolutionary biologist, geneticist and embryologist (Nobel Prize 1933), born in Lexington, Kentucky (d. 1945)
  • 1867 Yevgeny Miller [Eugen Ludwig Müller], Baltic German general and a leader of the anticommunist White Army during and after the Russian Civil War, born in Dünaburg, Vitebsk Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1939)
  • 1872 Charles Blake Cochran, English theatrical manager and impresario, born in Sussex, England (d. 1951)
  • 1877 Plutarco Elias Calles, Mexican revolutionary and president (1924-28), born in Guaymas, Mexico (d. 1945)
  • 1879 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer and Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar, born in Pasig, Philippines (d. 1963)
  • 1881 Lu Xun, Chinese writer of modern Chinese literature, born in Shaoxing, Zhejiang, Qing dynasty China (d. 1936)
  • 1884 John Howard Lawson, American scriptwriter and playwright (Blockade, Algiers, Sahara), born in NYC, New York (d. 1977)
  • 1884 Kees Boeke, Dutch reformist educator (Cosmic View), born in Alkmaar, Netherlands (d. 1966)
  • 1889 C. K. Scott-Moncrieff, Scottish writer and translator, born in Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 1930)
  • 1889 G. D. H. Cole, English political theorist and socialist, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1959)
  • 1896 Elsa Triolet [Ella Kagan], Russian-French writer and Resistance fighter, born in Moscow (d. 1970)
  • 1896 Sandro Pertini, 7th President of Italy (1978-85), born in Rome (d. 1990)

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner (1897-1962)

American author (Sound & Fury-Nobel 1949), born in New Albany, Mississippi

  • 1898 Robert Brackman, American artist, born in Odes'ka Oblast, Ukraine (d. 1980)
  • 1902 Ernst von Salomon, German writer (Kette Der Tausend Kraniche), born in Kiel, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1903 Mark Rothko [Marcus Rothkovich], Latvian-American abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), born in Daugavpils, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1970)
  • 1903 Olive Ann Beech, American businesswoman (Co-Founder of Beech Aircraft Company), born in Waverly, Kansas (d. 1993)
  • 1904 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 1971)
  • 1905 Edith Barstow, American choreographer (Frankie Laine Time, The Gem of the Ocean), born in Ashtabula, Ohio (d. 1960)
  • 1905 Nahman Avigad, Israeli archaeologist (Discovering Jerusalem), born in Zavaliv, Ukraine (d. 1992)
  • 1906 Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Belgian writer, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Phyllis Pearsall, British painter and writer (A to Z Map Company), born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1909 Florizel Glasspole, 3rd Governor-General of Jamaica (1973-91), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2000)
  • 1911 Eric Williams, 1st Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (People's National Movement: 1962-81), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1981) [1]

Ethel RosenbergEthel Rosenberg (1915-1953)

American communist, born in New York City, New York

  • 1916 Jessica Anderson, Australian novelist (Tirra Lirra By The River; The Impersonators), born in Gayndah, Queensland, Australia (d. 2010)
  • 1920 Sergei Bondarchuk, Soviet director (Destiny of a Man, War and Peace), born in Belozerka, Ukraine (d. 1994)
  • 1921 Remy C. van de Kerckhove, Flemish poet, born in Mechelen, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1958)

Robert MuldoonRobert Muldoon (1921-1992)

New Zealand politician (Prime Minister, 1975-1984), born in Auckland

  • 1922 Hammer DeRoburt, First President of Nauru, born in Nauru (d. 1992)
  • 1925 Paul MacCready, American aeronautical engineer and inventor (1st man-powered aircraft), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2007)
  • 1925 William Mitchell, British physicist, born in Kingsbridge, Devon, England (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Jack Hyles, Independent Baptist pastor (First Baptist Church of Hammond 1959-2001), born in Italy, Ellis County, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Kevin White, American politicians (Mayor of Boston, 1968-1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, born in Frankfurt (d. 1999)
  • 1931 Manouchehr Atashi, Persian poet, born in Dashtestan, Iran (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Patric Walker, American-British astrologer, born in Hackensack, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1933 Adolfo Suárez, Prime Minister of Spain (1976-81), born in Cebreros, Spanish Republic (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Arthur Duncan, American tap dancer (The Lawrence Welk Show, 1964-82), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1934 John S. Bull, American naval officer and NASA astronaut, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Struther Arnott, Scottish molecular biologist and chemist (cancer research), born in Larkhall, Lanarkshire (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Maj Sjowall, Swedish writer (Martin Beck crime novels), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Edward Jones, British Army officer (UK Military Representative to NATO in Brussels), born in Altrincham, Cheshire, England
  • 1936 Moussa Traoré, Mali soldier, politician and dictator, President of Mali (1968-91), born in Kayes, French Sudan (d. 2020)
  • 1939 David S. Mann, American Democratic politician (Vice Mayor of Cincinnati), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1939 Leon Brittan, British politician, Home Secretary and member of the European Commission, born in London (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Tim Severin, British author and explorer who replicated historic voyages, born in Assam, British India (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Robert Gates, American statesman (22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1944 Doris Matsui, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), born in Poston, Arizona
  • 1945 Kathleen Brown, American Democratic politician (29th Treasurer of California), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Jerry Costello, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1952 Bell Hooks [Gloria Jean Watkins], American author, feminist, educator, and social activist, born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • 1956 Jamie Hyneman, American visual effects technician (MythBusters), born in Marshall, Michigan
  • 1958 Eamonn Healy, Irish professor of chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, born in Newcastle West, Ireland
  • 1962 Ales Bialiatski, Belarusian human rights advocate (founded Viasna, Nobel Peace Prize 2022), born in Vyartsilya, Karelia, Russia [1]
  • 1963 Keely Shaye Smith, American journalist (Unsolved Mysteries), born in Vallejo, California
  • 1964 Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Spanish writer (Shadow of the Wind), born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 2020)
  • 1964 Gary Ayles, British racing driver
  • 1968 Johan Friso, prince of Orange-Nassau, born in University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1968 John Worsfold, Australian rules football coach, born in Subiaco, Australia
  • 1977 Mike Krahulik, American illustrator (Penny Arcade)
  • 1983 Terrance Pennington, National Football League guard, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1991 Shin Lim, Canadian-American magician (America's Got Talent), born in Vancouver, British Columbia