Birthdays in History on September 29

Pompey the GreatPompey the Great (106-48 BC)

Roman political and military leader (1st Triumvirate and Consul), born in Picenum, Italy

  • 1240 Margaret of England, Queen consort of Scotland, (d. 1275)
  • 1321 John of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (d. 1387)
  • 1328 Joan of Kent [the Fair Maid of Kent], famous English beauty, wife of Edward the Black Prince, mother of Richard II, born at Palace of Woodstock, England (d. 1385)
  • 1388 Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Henry IV of England (d. 1421)
  • 1402 Ferdinand, the Saint, Portuguese slave of Fez and saint
  • 1511 Michael Servetus, Spanish theologian and physician (Christianism Rostituta), born in Villanueva or Tudela, Spain (d. 1553)
  • 1518 Tintoretto, Italian Mannerist painter and notable exponent of the Renaissance school, born in Venice, Republic of Venice (d. 1594)

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Spanish author (Don Quixote), born in Alcalá de Henares, Habsburg Spain

  • 1548 William V, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1626)
  • 1561 Adriaan van Roomen, Flemish mathematician, born in Leuven (d. 1615)
  • 1571 Caravaggio [Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio], Italian painter, (Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy), born in Milan [d. 1610] [date disputed]
  • 1583 Johan VIII, the Younger, count of Nassau-Siegen and field marshal
  • 1620 Jean Louis d'Elderen, 63rd prince-bishop of Luik (1688-94), born in Tongeren (modern Belgium) (d. 1694)
  • 1636 Thomas Tenison, English Archbishop of Canterbury (1694-1715), born in Cottenham, England (d. 1715)
  • 1639 Lord William Russell, English politician and plotter against Charles II (d. 1683)
  • 1640 Antoine Coyzevox, French sculptor, baptized
  • 1678 Adrien-Maurice, 3rd duc de Noailles, French soldier during reign of Louis XIV (d. 1766)
  • 1691 Richard Challoner, English leading Catholic bishop (Douay–Rheims bible translation), born in Lewes, England (d. 1781)
  • 1703 François Boucher, French Rococo painter commissioned by Madame de Pompadour, born in Paris, France (d. 1770)
  • 1714 Peter A. van de Parra, Governor-general of Netherlands-Indies (1761-75)
  • 1718 Nikita Ivanovich Panin, Russian statesman and advisor to Catherine the Great (plot against Peter III), born in Danzig (d. 1783)
  • 1725 Robert Clive, English explorer and founder (British Empire in India), born in Styche, England (d. 1773)

Horatio NelsonHoratio Nelson (1758-1805)

British admiral and hero of Trafalgar, born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk

  • 1786 Guadalupe Victoria, Mexican independence leader, 1st President of Mexico (1824-29), born in Tamazula, New Spain (d. 1843)
  • 1803 Charles-Francois Sturm, French mathematician (Sturm's Theorem), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1855)
  • 1803 Mercator Cooper, American sea captain (first to visit Japan and Antarctica), born in Southampton, New York (d. 1872)
  • 1810 Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist (North and South), born in London, England (d. 1865)
  • 1812 Adolph Göpel, German mathematician (hyperelliptic functions), born in Rostock (d. 1847)
  • 1815 Andreas Aschenbach, German Romantic painter and engraver, born in Kassel (d. 1910)
  • 1829 Bradley Tyler Johnson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1903)
  • 1829 Giles Alexander Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Jefferson County, New York (d. 1876)
  • 1830 John Parker Hawkins, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1914)
  • 1831 John McAlister Schofield, American Major General (Union Army), born in Gerry, New York (d. 1906)
  • 1838 Henry Hobson Richardson, American Romanesque revival architect (Thomas Crane Public Library), born in St James, Louisiana (d. 1886)
  • 1842 Louis J. Weichmann, American clerk who was the chief witness in the trial of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1902)
  • 1843 Mikhail Skobelev 'the White General', Russian general during Russo-Turkish War, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1882)
  • 1848 Caroline Yale, American educator who revolutionized the teaching of hearing-impaired students, born in Charlotte, Vermont (d. 1943)
  • 1853 Princess Thyra, daughter of Christian IX of Denmark (d. 1933)
  • 1857 Conrad Theodor van Deventer, Dutch author, lawyer and politician (Ethical Policy Movement), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands (d. 1915)
  • 1863 Franz Zorell, German lexicographer and exegete (Hebrew Latin Dictionary), born in Ravensburg (d. 1947)
  • 1863 Hugo Haase, German socialist politician (SPD, USPD) and co-chair of the Council of the People's Deputies (1918-19), born in Allenstein, East Prussia (d. 1919)
  • 1864 Miguel de Unamuno, Spanish writer and philosopher (Ensayos, Teatro), born in Bilbao Spain (d. 1936)
  • 1866 Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Ukrainian historian and statesman, born in Chełm, Congress Poland (d. 1934)
  • 1881 Ludwig von Mises, Austrian-American Economist (The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality), born in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary (d. 1973)
  • 1895 Joseph Banks Rhine, American parapsychologist (Extra-Sensory Perception), born in Waterloo, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1895 Louise Granville, Australian entertainer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1895 Roscoe Turner, American aviator and racer (d. 1970)
  • 1897 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (d. 1980)
  • 1898 Trofim Lysenko, Soviet biologist and agronomist, born in Karlovka, Ukraine, Russian Empire (d. 1976)
  • 1899 Billy Butlin, South African-British holiday camp promoter (Butlins), born in Cape Town, Cape Colony (d. 1980)
  • 1899 Lásló Jósef Bíró, Hungarian inventor (ballpoint pen), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1985)
  • 1900 Miguel Alemán Valdés, Mexican attorney and President of Mexico (1946-52), born in Sayula, Veracruz, Mexico (d. 1983)

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi (1901-1954)

Italian-American nuclear physicist, gone fission, fermium (Nobel Prize 1938), born in Rome, Italy

  • 1901 Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher and activist (d. 1981)
  • 1903 Diana Vreeland, French-American fashion editor (Harper's Bazaar; Vogue), born in Paris (d. 1989)
  • 1904 Dorothy Emmet, English philosopher, born in London, England (d. 2000)
  • 1908 Norman Anderson, English lawyer, missionary and Arabist, born in Aldeburgh, England (d. 1994)
  • 1911 Reginald Victor Jones, British scientist who worked in military intelligence in WWII, born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • 1912 Michelangelo Antonioni, Italian director (Blowup, Red Desert), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1915 Vincent DeDomenico, American entrepreneur (Rice-A-Roni), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2007)
  • 1916 Carl Ronald Giles, English cartoonist (Giles), born in London, England (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Peter D. Mitchell, English chemist, (1978 Nobel Prize for Chemistry), born in Mitcham, England (d. 1992)
  • 1921 Miklós Jancsó, Hungarian director (Muzsika, Aube, Pacifist), born in Vac, Hungry (d. 2014)
  • 1923 Stan Berenstain, American children's author (The Berenstain Bears), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2005)
  • 1924 David Atkinson, British air marshal, honorary physician to the Queen (d. 2013)
  • 1925 John Tower, American politician (Senate-R-Tx 1961-85), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1991)
  • 1927 Paul McCloskey, American politician (Senator-R-California 1967-83), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1928 Ankie [Johanna A Hoving-]Peypers, Dutch author and poet
  • 1928 Eric Reginald Lubbock, Lord Avebury, English politician (Liberal MP for Orpington 1962-70)
  • 1930 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), born in Stamford, Lincolnshire (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Peter Miller, British Chairman of Lloyd's Bank of London (d. 2018)
  • 1931 James Cronin, American nuclear physicist (Physics Nobel Prize 1980), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Joseph M. McDade, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania, 1963-1999), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)
  • 1932 Peter Stormonth Darling, Scottish investment banker (Mercury Asset Management Group, largest fundmanagement the UK), (d. 2019)
  • 1932 Rainer Weiss, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2017, LIGO), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1932 Ronald B. Kitaj, American-British painter and graphic artist (pop art), born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • 1933 Samora Machel, President of Mozambique (1975-86), born in Gaza Province, Mozambique (d. 1986)
  • 1934 Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, Hungarian American psychologist, born in Rijeka, Kingdom of Italy
  • 1935 David Hannay, British diplomat (Representative to the UNand the EU),born in London, England

Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi (86 years old)

1936 Italian media tycoon and Prime Minister of Italy (1994-95, 2001-06, 2008-11), born in Milan, Italy

  • 1937 Barry Heywood, British director of the British Antarctic Survey (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Henry Keswick, British businessman (CEO-Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd)
  • 1938 Wim Kok, Dutch politician, Dutch Prime Minister (1994-2002), born in Bergambacht, Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1939 Eberhard Koellner, German cosmonaut (Soyuz 31 backup), born in German DR
  • 1940 Jimmy Knapp, British trade unionist (National Union of Railwaymen) (d. 2001)
  • 1941 Frederick "Fred" West, British contractor and serial killer (12 charges of murder), born in Herefordshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1941 Jon Brower Minnoch, American, world's heaviest recorded man at 1,400lb (635 kilograms; 100 stone), born in Bainbridge Island, Washington recorded man (d. 1983)
  • 1942 Bill Nelson, American astronaut (STS 61C), attorney,and politician (U.S. Representative (D) Florida, 1979-1999; U.S. Senate (D) Florida, 2001-19; NASA Administrator, 2021- ), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1943 Gary Boyd Roberts, American genealogist

Lech WałęsaLech Wałęsa (79 years old)

1943 Polish Solidarity movement leader (Nobel Peace Prize 1983) and President of Poland (1990-95), born in Popowo, Poland

  • 1943 Mohammad Khatami, Iranian politician, President of Iran (1997-2005), born in Ardakan, Iran
  • 1943 Peter Rigby, British businessman and one of UK richest (Specialist Computer Holdings)
  • 1945 Sarah Tyacke, English historian and Keeper of British Public Records, born in Chelmsford, Essex
  • 1946 Alasdair Fraser, Scottish-born Northern Irish lawyer, director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Richard J. Evans, English historian (The Third Reich Trilogy), born in London, England
  • 1948 John M. McHugh, American politician (Rep-R-NY 1993-2009) Secretary of the Army 2009-15, born in Watertown, New York
  • 1951 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (¡Que viva la música!), born in Cali, Colombia (d. 1977)

Michelle BacheletMichelle Bachelet (71 years old)

1951 Chilean Socialist Party politician (President of Chile, 2006-10 &, 2014-18; U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2018-22), born in Santiago, Chile

  • 1952 Max Sandlin, American politician (Rep-D-Texas 1997-2005), born in Texarkana, Arkansas
  • 1954 Steve Platt, British journalist and magazine editor (New Statesman & Society)
  • 1955 Gwen Ifill, American journalist and writer, 1st African American woman to host US public affairs program, born in NYC, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1956 James Donald Halsell Jr, American retired USAF officer and astronaut (STS 65, 74, 83, 94), born in West Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1961 Julia Gillard, Australian politician, 1st Australian female Prime Minister (2010-2013), born in Barry, Wales
  • 1981 Siarhei Rutenka, Belarusian handball player, born in Minsk, Soviet Union
  • 1999 Juan Valentín Urdangarín y de Borbón, Spanish royal, son of Infanta Cristina de Borbon, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 2008 Emma Tallulah Behn, Norwegian royal family member, daughter of Princess Marta Luisa