Birthdays in History on September 27

  • 1275 John II, Flemish Duke of Brabant, Lothier and Limburg (1294–1312), born in Tervuren, Flemish Brabant, Belgium (d. 1312)

Cosimo de' MediciCosimo de' Medici (1389-1464)

Italian banker, de facto ruler of Florence and patron of the arts, born in Florence

  • 1507 Guillaume Rondelet, French naturalist famous for his study of marine animals, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1566)
  • 1600 John Galle, Flemish engraver and printer, baptized (d. 1676)

Louis XIIILouis XIII (1601-1643)

King of France (1610-43), born in Palace of Fontainebleau, France

Jacques-Bénigne BossuetJacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704)

French bishop and writer (Louis XIV court preacher), born in Dijon, France

  • 1643 Solomon Stoddard, American Puritan clergyman, born in Boston (d. 1729)
  • 1657 Sophia Alekseyevna, Regent of Russia (1682-89), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1704)
  • 1696 Alfonso Liguori, Italian bishop and theologian, born in Marianella, Campania, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1787)
  • 1719 Abraham Gotthelf Kästner, German mathematician, born in Leipzig, Electorate of Saxony (d. 1800)

Samuel AdamsSamuel Adams (1722-1803)

American revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1729 Michael Denis, Austrian poet, bibliographer and lepidopterist, born in Schärding, Austria (d. 1800)
  • 1772 Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson the 3rd President of the U.S., born in Monticello, Virginia (d. 1836)

Agustín de IturbideAgustín de Iturbide (1783-1824)

Mexican army general, politician and 1st emperor of Mexico, born in Valladolid, Michoacán, Mexico

  • 1792 George Cruikshank, English caricaturist and illustrator (Grimms' Fairy Tales), born in London, England (d. 1878)
  • 1803 Samuel Francis DuPont, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1865)
  • 1805 George Müller, Prussian Christian evangelist and orphanage builder, born in Kroppenstedt, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1898)
  • 1809 Raphael Semmes, American Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), born in Charles County, Maryland (d. 1877)
  • 1821 Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Swiss writer (Grains de Mil), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1881)
  • 1824 William "Bull" Nelson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Maysville, Kentucky (d. 1862)

Hiram R. RevelsHiram R. Revels (1827-1901)

American clergyman, politician,1st African American in Congress (US Senator from Mississippi, 1870-71), and college president (Alcorn, 1871-82), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina

  • 1830 William Babcock Hazen, American Major General (Union Army), born in West Hartford, Vermont (d. 1887)
  • 1835 John Murray Corse, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1893 [or 4/27])
  • 1838 Anthony Modderman, Dutch politician (Minister of Justice, 1879-83), born in Winschoten, Netherlands (d. 1885)
  • 1840 Alfred Thayer Mahan, American naval officer (Influence of Sea Power), born in West Point, New York (d. 1914)

Thomas NastThomas Nast (1840-1902)

German-American caricaturist and political cartoonist of late 1800s America, born in Landau, Germany

  • 1842 Alphonse François Renard, Belgian geologist, born in Ronse, Belgium (d. 1903)
  • 1843 Gaston Tarry, French mathematician, born in Villefranche de Rouergue, Aveyron, France (d. 1913)
  • 1858 Þorsteinn Erlingsson, Icelandic poet (Pyrnar), born in Iceland (d. 1914)

Louis BothaLouis Botha (1862-1919)

Boer general and statesman, 1st Prime Minister of South Africa (1910-19), born in Greytown, Natal

  • 1864 Alexander Cohen, Dutch anarchist and author, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1961)
  • 1864 Andrej Hlinka, Slovak politician and Catholic priest, born in Liptó County, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary (d. 1938)
  • 1866 Eurosia Fabris, Italian Catholic (model of holiness in the daily life of a Catholic family), born in Quinto Vicentino, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1866 Tryggve Andersen, Norwegian writer (Fra Cancelliraadens Dage), born in Ringsaker, Norway (d. 1920)
  • 1867 Rosa Lewis, English chef and owner (Cavandish Hotel London), born in Leyton, Essex (d. 1952)
  • 1871 Grazia Deledda, Italian author (Nobel 1926), born in Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy (d. 1936)
  • 1879 Hans Hahn, Austrian mathematician, born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (d. 1934)
  • 1885 Harry Blackstone Sr., American magician, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • 1893 Joannes Cornelissen, Dutch historian (Hooft & Tacitus)
  • 1894 Lothar von Richthofen, German pilot, born in Kleinburg, Germany (d. 1922)
  • 1896 Sam Ervin, American politician (U.S. Senator from North Carolina) and Watergate committee chairman, born in Morganton, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1905 Vjekoslav Kaleb, Croatian writer (Splendor of the Fabric), born in Tisno, Croatia (d. 1996)
  • 1906 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), born in Anadarko, Oklahoma (d. 1977)
  • 1906 William Empson, English poet and critic (Milton's God), born in Hawdon, Yorkshire, England (d. 1984)
  • 1908 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Giles Playfair, English writer, born in Kensington, London (d. 1996)
  • 1911 Peter Doig, British Labour Party politician, born in Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland (d. 1996)
  • 1912 Gerben Wagenaar, Dutch resistance fighter and communist, born in Amsterdam (d. 1993)
  • 1912 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, born in Bangor, Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1913 Albert Ellis, American psychologist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Frank Handlen, American artist
  • 1916 Samuel S. Stratton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Louis Auchincloss, Lawrence NY, lawyer/novelist (Watchfires)
  • 1918 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), born in Blackburn, Lancashire (d. 2001)
  • 1918 Martin Ryle, Britain, radio astronomer/astronomer royal (1972-82)
  • 1919 Charles H Percy, (Sen-R-Ill)
  • 1919 James H. Wilkinson, American mathematician (d. 1986)
  • 1919 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) and wife of Steve Allen, born in Wuchang, Hubei, China (d. 2015)
  • 1920 J K Gill, president (Saatchi & Saatchi)
  • 1921 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, (d. 2016)
  • 1922 Arthur Penn, director (Miracle Worker, Bonnie & Clyde), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1924 Bernard Waber, American author, (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Fred Singer, American scientist
  • 1924 Josef Skvorecky, Czechoslovakia, writer and publisher (End of the Nylon Age, The Cowards) (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Robert Edwards, Batley, Yorkshire, physiologist (IVF pioneer, Nobel 2010), (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Eli van der Merwe Louw, South African minister of Transport/Manpower
  • 1927 Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman (d. 2006)
  • 1928 G H Martin, British keeper of Public Records
  • 1928 Margaret Rule, consultant (Mary Rose Trust)
  • 1930 Roger Birch, Chief Constable (Sussex)
  • 1931 Gerald Warner, deputy secretary (Cabinet Office)
  • 1932 Oliver Williamson, American economist (Nobel Prize for Economics 2009), born in Superior, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Peter Holmes, British businessman, Chairperson of Royal Dutch Shell, born in Athens (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Yash Chopra, Indian director (Waqt), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Rodney Cotterill, Danish-English physicist (d. 2007)
  • 1934 DAER Peake, CEO (Kleinwort Benson Group)
  • 1936 Yuri Nikolayevich Stepanov, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1938 Alexander Graham, Lord Mayor of London
  • 1939 Carol Lynn Pearson, American poet and writer
  • 1939 Jim Ross Lightfoot, American politician (Rep-R-Iowa, 1985-97), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1939 Nicholas Haslam, English interior designer, born in Amersham
  • 1940 Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of Kuwait
  • 1941 Serge Ménard, Québécois politician
  • 1942 Tessa Blackstone "the Red Baroness", British politician and educator, born in Bures, England
  • 1943 Amedeo, 5th Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat
  • 1943 Anna Gael [Gyarmarthy], Lady Weymouth, born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1944 IDG Garnett, British Vice-Admiral, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (NATO)
  • 1945 Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (d. 2003)
  • 1945 Kay Ryan, American poet (Hide and Seek), born in San Jose, California
  • 1946 Peter H. Kostmayer, American politician (Rep-D-PA, 1977-81, 83-93), born in New York City
  • 1946 Ronald Fox, senior partner (Fox Williams)
  • 1946 T.C. Cannon, Kiowa/Caddo artist (d. 1978)
  • 1947 Jacques Wallage, sociologist/Dutch undersecretary of Education
  • 1947 Mary Jo White, American lawyer and Chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1948 John K. Reed, American coral biologist
  • 1948 Michael Houlihan, director (Horniman Museum & Gardens)
  • 1949 Graham Richardson, Australian politician
  • 1951 Jim Shooter, American comic book writer
  • 1951 Paul Craig, British law professor
  • 1952 Didier Dubois, French mathematician
  • 1952 Doemitri Dorin Prunariu, Romania, cosmonaut (Soyuz 40)
  • 1953 Diane Abbott, British politician (L) 1st black woman elected to UK parliament, born in London
  • 1953 Mata Amritanandamayi, Indian religious leader
  • 1954 Ray Hadley, Australian radio broadcaster
  • 1955 Thelma Aldana, Guatemalan judge and 11th Guatemalan Attorney General, born in Gualán, Zacapa
  • 1957 Rob Armitage, Canadian curler (World C'ship gold 2013), born in Red Deer, Alberta (d. 2022)
  • 1960 Barron Lerner, American physician and historian
  • 1960 Nick della Casa, British Brazilian Argentine cameraman (Emmy Award)
  • 1961 Irvine Welsh, Scottish writer
  • 1965 Alexis Stewart, American radio personality, born in New York City
  • 1965 Bernard Lord, Premier of New Brunswick
  • 1966 Stephanie D Wilson, astronaut, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Yoshiharu Habu, Japanese professional shogi player
  • 1972 Craig L. Rice, American Politician
  • 1984 Paul Bevan, Australian rules footballer
  • 1996 Iman bint Al Abdullah II, princess of Jordan