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696 Claudius of Besançon a priest, monk, abbot, and bishop. A native of Franche-Comté, Claudius became a priest at Besançon and later a monk. Georges Goyau in the Catholic Encyclopedia wrote that “The Life of Claudius, Abbot of Condat, has been the subject of much controversy.” Anglican Henry Wace has written that "on this saint the inventors of legends have compiled a vast farrago of improbabilities."
913 Alexander (Byzantine emperor) sometimes numbered Alexander III, ruled as Emperor of the Byzantine Empire in 912–913. He was the third son of Emperor Basil I and Eudokia Ingerina. Unlike his older brother Leo VI the Wise, his paternity was not disputed between Basil I and Michael III because he was born years after the death of Michael
1097 Agnes of Aquitaine Queen of Aragon and Navarre sometimes confused.
1134 Norbert of Xanten venerated as a saint.
1138 Ar-Rashid (12th century) the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad from 1135 to 1136.
1217 Henry I of Castile king of Castile. He was the son of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile
1251 William II Count of Flanders the lord of Dampierre from 1231 and count of Flanders from 1247 until his death. He was the son of William II of Dampierre and Margaret II of Flanders
1393 Emperor Go-En'yū the "5th" of the Ashikaga Pretenders during the period of two courts. According to pre-Meiji scholars, his reign spanned the years from 1371 through 1382
1473 Hosokawa Katsumoto one of the Kanrei, the Deputies to the Shogun, during Japan's Muromachi period. He is famous for his involvement in the creation of Ryōan-ji, a temple famous for its rock garden, and for his involvement in the Ōnin War, which sparked the 130-year Sengoku period
1480 Vecchietta an Italian Sienese School painter, sculptor, goldsmith and architect of the Renaissance. He is among the artists profiled in Vasari's Le Vite delle più eccellenti pittori, scultori, ed architettori
1508 Ercole Strozzi an Italian poet, the son of Tito Vespasiano Strozzi. He was a friend of Lucrezia Borgia, and was murdered in Ferrara
1548 João de Castro a Portuguese nobleman and fourth viceroy of Portuguese India. He was called Castro Forte by poet Luís de Camões. Castro was the son of Álvaro de Castro, civil governor of Lisbon. His wife was Leonor de Coutinho
1559 Fernão Lopes de Castanheda a Portuguese historian in the early Renaissance. His "History of the discovery and conquest of India", full of geographic and ethnographic objective information, was widely translated throughout Europe
1561 Catherine of Mecklenburg the daughter of the Duke Magnus II of Mecklenburg and Sophie of Pomerania-Stettin. She married on 6 July 1512 in Freiberg Duke Henry the Pious of Saxony. The couple had six children:
1561 Ridolfo Ghirlandaio an Italian Renaissance painter active mainly in Florence. Ridolfo Ghirlandaio was the son of the Italian Renaissance painter Domenico Ghirlandaio
1569 Yurii Chodkiewicz Bielsk starost in 1556, Puńsk starost in 1568, Great Master of the Pantry of Lithuania in 1554, Grand Krajczy of Lithuania in 1555, and Trakai castellan in 1566.
1583 Nakagawa Kiyohide a daimyo in Azuchi-Momoyama period. His childhood name was Nakagawa Toranosuke. His common name was Nakagawa Sebe. His father was Nakagawa Shigekiyo. Nakagawa Hidemasa and Nakagawa Hidenari were his sons. Furuta Oribe's wife was Kiyohide's young sister
1730 Alain Emmanuel de Coëtlogon a Marshal of France during the reign of Louis XIV and Louis XV.
1747 Jean-Baptiste Barrière a French cellist and composer. He was born in Bordeaux and died in Paris, at 40 years of age
1762 George Anson 1st Baron Anson a British admiral and a wealthy aristocrat, noted for his circumnavigation of the globe and his role overseeing the Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War. During his time in office Anson instituted a series of reforms to the Royal Navy
1784 Joan van der Capellen tot den Pol a Dutch nobleman who played a prominent role in the formation of the Batavian Republic and the revolutionary events that preceded its formation. As a member of the Patriots and inspired by the American Revolution, he wrote the noted pamphlet "To the People of the Netherlands" , in which reclaimed a more liberal society and the end of the Stadtholder regime, which had been marked by corruption and nepotism. He was also an ardent supporter in the legal recognition of the recently created United States of America
1787 Robert Duff (Royal Navy officer) an officer of the Royal Navy during the War of the Austrian Succession, the Seven Years' War and the American War of Independence. He rose to the rank of Admiral, and served briefly as colonial governor of Newfoundland
1799 Patrick Henry an American attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786
1813 Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart a prominent French architect.
1816 Antonio Villavicencio a Neogranadine Lieutenant statesman and soldier, born in Quito, and educated in Spain. He served in the Battle of Trafalgar as an office in the Spanish Navy. He was sent as a representative of the Crown to the New Granada, and his arrival was used as an excuse in Santafé de Bogotá to start a revolt, this was known as the Florero de Llorente which culminated with the proclamation of Independence from Spain. After this incident he resigned his office and joined the Independence cause. He was later captured and became the first martyr executed during the reign of terror of Pablo Morillo
1816 Christiane Vulpius the mistress and wife of Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
1818 Jan Henryk Dąbrowski a Polish general, widely respected after his death for his patriotic attitude, and described as a national hero.
1820 Henry Grattan an Irish politician and member of the Irish House of Commons and a campaigner for legislative freedom for the Irish Parliament in the late 18th century. McDowell says that he was:
1821 Louis Claude Richard a French botanist and botanical illustrator.
1832 Jeremy Bentham a British philosopher, jurist, and social reformer. He is regarded as the founder of modern utilitarianism
1836 Anthony of Saxony a King of Saxony from the House of Wettin. He became known as Anton der Gütige
1837 Diego Portales a Chilean statesman and entrepreneur. As a minister of president José Joaquín Prieto Diego Portales played a pivotal role in shaping the state and government politics in the 19th century, delivering with the Constitution of 1833 the framework of the Chilean state for almost a century. Portales influential political stance included unitarianism, presidentialism and conservatism which led to consolidate Chile as a constitutional authoritarian republic with democracy restricted to include only upper class men
1840 Marcellin Champagnat born in Le Rosey, village of Marlhes, near Etienne , France. He was the founder of the Marist Brothers, a religious congregation of men in the Roman Catholic Church devoted to the Virgin Mary and dedicated to education
1852 Placido Mandanici an Italian composer. He is best known for his operas. He graduated from the Music Lyceum in Palermo , and then studied at Naples with Pietro Raimondi. In 1829 his first opera, L'isola disabitata, premiered in Naples
1861 Camillo Benso Count of Cavour an Italian statesman and a leading figure in the movement toward Italian unification. He was the founder of the original Liberal Party and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia, a position he maintained throughout the Second Italian War of Independence and Garibaldi's campaigns to unite Italy. After the declaration of a united Kingdom of Italy, Cavour took office as Italy's first Prime Minister; he died after only three months in office, and thus did not live to see Venetia or Rome as part of the new Italian nation
1862 Turner Ashby a Confederate cavalry commander in the American Civil War. He had achieved prominence as Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's cavalry commander, in the grade of colonel, in the Shenandoah Valley before he was killed in the Battle of Good's Farm. Although he is sometimes referred to as a general and his name often appears in lists of Confederate generals, his appointment as brigadier general was never confirmed by the Confederate Senate. He died two weeks after his appointment and the Confederate Senate did not act to confirm the appointment during that time
1862 Thomas Dyer served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois for the Democratic Party. He also served as the founding president of the Chicago Board of Trade
1865 William Quantrill a Confederate guerrilla leader during the American Civil War. After leading a Confederate bushwhacker unit along the Missouri-Kansas border in the early 1860s, which included the infamous raid and massacre at Lawrence, Kansas in 1863, Quantrill eventually ended up in Kentucky where he was mortally wounded in a Union ambush in May 1865, aged 27
1867 Archduchess Mathilda of Austria an Austrian noblewoman. She was the second daughter of Archduke Albert, Duke of Teschen and Princess Hildegard of Bavaria
1873 Prince Adalbert of Prussia (1811–1873) a son of Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and Landgravine Marie Anna of Hesse-Homburg. He was a naval theorist and admiral. He was instrumental during the Revolutions of 1848 in founding the first unified German fleet, the Reichsflotte. During the 1850s he helped to establish the Prussian Navy
1875 Charles de Rémusat a French politician and writer.
1878 Achille Baraguey d'Hilliers a Marshal of France and politician.
1878 Robert Stirling a Scottish clergyman, and inventor of the Stirling engine. Stirling was born at Cloag Farm near Methven, Perthshire, the third of eight children. He inherited his father's interest in engineering, but studied divinity at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Glasgow becoming a minister of the Church of Scotland as second charge of the Laigh Kirk of Kilmarnock in 1816. He was Minister of Galston Parish Church from 1824 until 1878
1881 Henri Vieuxtemps a Belgian composer and violinist. He occupies an important place in the history of the violin as a prominent exponent of the Franco-Belgian violin school during the mid-19th century. He is also known for playing upon what is now known as the Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Gesu, a violin of superior workmanship
1883 Ciprian Porumbescu a Romanian composer born in Şipotele Sucevei in Bukovina. He was among the most celebrated Romanian composers of his time; his popular works include Crai nou, Trei culori, Song for the 1st of May, Ballad for violin and piano, and Serenada. In addition, he composed the music for Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire, which was used for Albania's national anthem, Hymni i Flamurit. His work spreads over various forms and musical genres, but the majority of his work is choral and operetta
1886 Károly Kalchbrenner a Hungarian mycologist. He trained in theology early in life and became a priest in Spišské Vlachy, north-eastern Slovakia. His contributions include the publication of 60 papers and description of more than 400 fungi from Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. He wrote and illustrated the Icones Selectae Hymenomycetum Hungariae. Among those he later collaborated with are Ferdinand von Mueller in Victoria, Australia, John Medley Wood in South Africa, Mordecai Cubitt Cooke in England and Felix von Thümen in Austria. He was elected a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a corresponding member of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
1888 Antonino Gandolfo Brancaleone an Italian composer. His masterpiece was Il Sultano
1891 John A. Macdonald the first Prime Minister of Canada. The dominant figure of Canadian Confederation, he had a political career which spanned almost half a century. Macdonald served 19 years as Canadian Prime Minister; only William Lyon Mackenzie King served longer
1893 Karl Josef von Hefele a Roman Catholic bishop and theologian of Germany.
1896 Josef Dachs an Austrian pianist and music teacher born in Regensburg. He received his music education by Simon Sechter and Carl Czerny, worked as a concert pianist and premiered many of his works. He became professor at the Vienna Conservatory in 1850. Among others, he taught Hugo Wolf, Ferdinand Löwe, and Russian pianist and composer Josef Rubinstein. He died in Vienna