Birthdays in History on September 26

Person of interestFrancis of Assisi

1181 Saint Francis of Assisi, Italian founder of the Franciscan Order, born in Assisi, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1226) or b. 1882

Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint Francis of Assisi
Catholic Friar and Preacher, Saint
Francis of Assisi
  • 1329 Anna of Bavaria, Queen of the Romans (d. 1353)
  • 1406 Thomas de Ros, 9th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician (d. 1430)
  • 1688 Willem J 's-Gravesande, Dutch physicist
  • 1711 Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician (d. 1779)
  • 1750 Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, British admiral (d. 1810)
  • 1758 Cosme Argerich, Argentine physician and founder of the Medicine School of Buenos Aires, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1820)
  • 1759 Hans D L earl Yorck von Wartenburg, Prussian fieldmarshal/gov-gen
  • 1774 John Chapman, [Johnny Appleseed], frontier nurseryman
  • 1791 Théodore Géricault, French painter (d. 1824)
  • 1792 William Hobson, first Governor of New Zealand and co-author of the Treaty of Waitangi, born in Waterford, Ireland (d. 1842)
  • 1820 Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita)
  • 1821 Alvin Peterson Hovey, American judge, 21st Governor of Indiana (1889-1891), andBrevet Major General (Union Army), born in Mount Vernon, Indiana (d. 1891)
  • 1823 Ivan S Aksakov, Russian journalist (Denj, Moskvitsh)
  • 1840 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician (d. 1923)
  • 1865 Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford, English pilot and ornithologist (d. 1937)
  • 1867 Maggie L Walker, African American business & civic leader
  • 1870 Christian X, king of Denmark (1912-47)
  • 1871 Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (d. 1934)
  • 1872 Ottokar T Czernin von und zu Chudenitz, Austrian Foreign min (1916-18)
  • 1873 Aleksey Shchusev, Russian architect (d. 1949)

Person of interestCharles Vyner Brooke

1874 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), born in London, England (d. 1963)

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • 1876 Edith Abbott, dean (University of Chicago Social Sciences)
  • 1877 Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (d. 1963)
  • 1879 Petko J Todorov, Bulgaria, writer (Fairy, Samodiva Fee)
  • 1881 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan (d. 1966)
  • 1885 Anna M F "Annie" Wageningen-Salomons, author (Girl Student) [or 6/26]
  • 1887 Edwin Keppel Bennett, English writer (d. 1958)
  • 1887 Sir Barnes Wallis, English scientist, engineer and inventor (d. 1979)

Person of interestT. S. Eliot

1888 T. S. Eliot, American poet (The Waste Land), dramatist and critic (Nobel Prize 1948), born in St Louis Missouri, (d. 1965)

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot
  • 1888 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist (d. 1964)
  • 1889 Martin Heidegger, German Existentialist (Being & Time)
  • 1893 Milos Crnjanski, Serbian poet (Seobe)
  • 1895 Jürgen Stroop, SS General during World War II and commander of Nazi forces during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, born in Detmold, Germany (d. 1952)
  • 1897 Pope Paul VI, [Giovanni Montini], 262nd Roman Catholic pope (1963-78)
  • 1897 Victor O Stomps, writer
  • 1897 Arthur Rhys Davids, English pilot (d. 1917)

Person of interestAlbert Anastasia

1902 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], American-Italian gangster (Murder Inc), born in Tropea, Calabria, Italy (d. 1957)

  • 1903 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, born in Dessau (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Anthony F Blunt, British historian/spy for USSR
  • 1908 Maurice Naessens, Belgian banker
  • 1909 Helen Giuliani, mother of Rudy (Mayor-R- 1994-2002), born in NYC, New York
  • 1911 Jan F Hampe, pathologist-anatomy (Fabric & Stoflongen)
  • 1913 Ernst Schnabel, German sailor/dramatist (Anne Frank)
  • 1914 Jack LaLanne, exercise mogul (Juice Tiger)
  • 1917 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (d. 1976)
  • 1918 Humphrey van Loo, Dutch news director (ANP/Reuter)
  • 1919 Matilde Camus, Spanish poet and researcher
  • 1922 Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne
  • 1926 Buland Al Haidary, poet
  • 1926 Manfred Mayrhofer, Austrian Indo-European Philologist

  • 1927 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (International Baccalaureate Organisation), born in Kilkenny, Ireland (d. 1990)
  • 1927 Robert Cade, American physician and beverage inventor (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Donald J Pease, (Rep-D-OH, 1977- )
  • 1932 Manmohan Singh, Indian politician, 13th Prime Minister of India (2004-14), born in Gah, British India
  • 1932 Clifton C Williams Jr, Mobile Alabama, Major USMC/astronaut
  • 1934 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Joe Sherlock, Irish Labour Party politician (d. 2007)

Person of interestWinnie Mandela

1936 Winnie Mandela [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela], South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, born in Bizana, Pondoland, South Africa (d. 2018)

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • 1937 Valentin Pavlov, Russian politician and Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991), born in Moscow, Soviet Union (d. 2003)
  • 1938 Andrei Lukanov, politician
  • 1938 Michael V Love, US test pilot (X-24)
  • 1939 Judith P Appelbaum, magazine & newspaper editor, educator
  • 1945 Louise Beaudoin, French Canadian politician
  • 1946 Andrea Dworkin, American radical feminist, born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1946 Christine Todd Whitman, American politician
  • 1946 Radha Krishna Mainali, Nepalese politician
  • 1948 Vladimir Remek, Czechoslovakia, cosmonaut (Soyuz 28)
  • 1949 Jane Smiley, American novelist
  • 1949 Minette Walters, English novelist
  • 1951 Tom Quirke, journalist
  • 1953 Aivars Lembergs, Latvian politician
  • 1958 Richard B. Weldon, Jr., American politician
  • 1961 Will Self, English author
  • 1962 Peter Foster, Australian con-man
  • 1968 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2012)
  • 1969 David Ferguson, British murderer
  • 1973 Chris Small, Scottish snooker player
  • 2000 Princess Salma bint Al Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan