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, 8th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician, born in Belvoir, Leicestershire (d. 1430)
  • 1688 Willem 's-Gravesande, Dutch mathematician and physicist, born in s-Hertogenbosch, Duchy of Brabant (d. 1742)
  • 1711 Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician, born in London (d. 1779)
  • 1750 Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood, British admiral, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England (d. 1810)
  • 1758 Cosme Argerich, Argentine physician and founder of the Medicine School of Buenos Aires, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1820)
  • 1759 Ludwig Yorck von Wartenburg, Prussian Generalfeldmarschall, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1830)
  • 1774 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • 1791 Théodore Géricault, French painter (The Raft of the Medusa), born in Rouen, Normandy, France (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 Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita), born in Birsingha, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1891)
  • 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 Aksakov, Russian journalist (Denj, Moskvitsh), born in Nadezhdino, Belebey Uyezd, Orenburg Governorate (d. 1889)
  • 1840 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician, born in Terrebonne, Lower Canada (d. 1923)
  • 1865 Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford, English aviator and ornithologist, born in Stockbridge, Hampshire, England (d. 1937)

  • 1870 Christian X, King of Denmark (1912-47), born in Charlottenlund, Denmark (d. 1947)
  • 1871 Winsor McCay, American cartoonist (Little Nemo), born in Spring Lake, Michigan (d. 1934)
  • 1872 Ottokar Czernin, Austro-Hungarian diplomat (Imperial Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary) and politician, born in Dimokur, Austria-Hungary (d. 1932)
  • 1873 Alexey Shchusev, Russian-Soviet architect, born in Kishenev, Bessarabia Governorate (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, American social worker and educator (University of Chicago Social Sciences), born in Grand Island, Nebraska (d. 1957)
  • 1877 Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (discovered the method of electroconvulsive therapy), born in Conegliano, Italy (d. 1963)
  • 1879 Petko Todorov, Bulgarian writer (Fairy, Samodiva Fee), born in Elena, Bulgaria (d. 1916)
  • 1881 Hiram Wesley Evans, American member of the Ku Klux Klan, born in Ashland, Alabama (d. 1966)
  • 1887 Edwin Keppel Bennett, English writer (Built in Jerusalem’s Wall: A Book in praise of Jerusalem), born in Wareham, Dorset, England (d. 1958)
  • 1887 Barnes Wallis, English scientist, engineer and inventor (bouncing bomb), born in Ripley, Derbyshire, England (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, born in Live Oak County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1889 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Being & Time), born in Meeskirch, Germany (d. 1976)
  • 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), born in Concesio, Italy (d. 1978)
  • 1897 Victor Otto Stomps, German writer and publisher, born in Krefeld, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1897 Arthur Rhys-Davids, English flying ace (WW I), born in Forest Hill, London (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 Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England (d. 1983)
  • 1909 Helen Giuliani, Mother of Rudy Giulani (107th Mayor of New York City), born in NYC, New York (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Ernst Schnabel, German writer and pioneer of the radio documentary, born in Zittau, Germany (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2011)
  • 1917 Réal Caouette, French Canadian politician (Social Credit Party of Canada), born in Amos, Canada (d. 1976)

  • 1918 Humphrey van Loo, Dutch news director (ANP/Reuter)
  • 1919 Matilde Camus, Spanish poet and researcher, born in Santander, Cantabria, Spain (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Nicholas Romanov, French-born pretender to the Russian throne, born in Antibes, France (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Buland al-Haidary, Iraqi poet (Passages to Exile) (d. 1996)
  • 1926 Manfred Mayrhofer, Austrian Indo-European philologist (Indo-Iranian languages), born in Linz, Austria (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Robert Blackburn, Irish educationist (International Baccalaureate Organisation), born in Kilkenny, Ireland (d. 1990)
  • 1927 Robert Cade, American physician and inventor of Gatorade, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1931 Donald J. Pease, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Manmohan Singh, Indian politician, 13th Prime Minister of India (2004-14), born in Gah, British India
  • 1932 Clifton Williams, American major and NASA astronaut, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1967)
  • 1934 Raphael Samuel, British Marxist historian, born in London (d. 1996)
  • 1935 Joe Sherlock, Irish Labour Party politician, born in Kildorrery, Republic of Ireland (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 Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian politician (40th Prime Minister of Bulgaria), born in Moscow (d. 1996)
  • 1938 Michael V. Love, American test pilot (X-24) (d. 1976)
  • 1939 Judith Appelbaum, American magazine & newspaper editor and educator, born in New York (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Louise Beaudoin, French Canadian politician, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1946 Andrea Dworkin, American radical feminist, born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2005)
  • 1946 Christine Todd Whitman, American politician (50th Governor of New Jersey), born in NYC, New York
  • 1946 Radha Krishna Mainali, Nepalese politician, born in Chokpur, Taplejung, Nepal
  • 1948 Vladimír Remek, Czech politician and cosmonaut (Soyuz 28), born in České Budějovice, Czechoslovakia
  • 1949 Jane Smiley, American novelist (Pulitzer 1991-A Thousand Acres), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1949 Minette Walters, English novelist (The Ice House), born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1951 Tom Quirke, journalist (d. 1994)
  • 1953 Aivars Lembergs, Latvian politician, born in Jēkabpils, Latvia
  • 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
  • 2000 Princess Salma bint Al Abdullah II of Jordan, born in Amman, Jordan