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647 Felix of Burgundy a saint and the first bishop of the East Angles. He is widely credited as the man who introduced Christianity to the kingdom of East Anglia. Almost all that is known about the saint originates from The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, completed by Bede in about 731, and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Bede praised Felix for delivering "all the province of East Anglia from long-standing unrighteousness and unhappiness"
1126 Urraca of León and Castile Queen of León, Castile, and Galicia, and claimed the imperial title as suo jure Empress of All the Spains from 1109 until her death in childbirth, as well as Empress of All Galicia.
1129 Gerard I Count of Guelders Count of Guelders. He was born as Gerard of Wassenberg, the son of Dietrich of Wassenberg. He was the first count of Guelders
1137 Adela of Normandy also known as Adela of Blois and Adela of England , and Saint Adela in Roman Catholicism, was, by marriage, Countess of Blois, Chartres, and Meaux. She was a daughter of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders. She was also the mother of Stephen, King of England and Henry of Blois, Bishop of Winchester
1144 Pope Celestine II Pope from 25 September 1143 to his death in 1144.
1223 Wincenty Kadłubek a thirteenth-century Bishop of Cracow and historian of Poland.
1279 Adelaide Countess of Burgundy Countess of Burgundy from 1248 until her death. She was also Countess of Savoy and Bresse through her marriage in 1267 to Philip I, Count of Savoy
1403 Bayezid I the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1389 to 1402. He was the son of Murad I and Gülçiçek Hatun
1418 Carlo Zeno considered a hero of the War of Chioggia against the Republic of Genoa.
1466 Francesco I Sforza an Italian condottiero, the founder of the Sforza dynasty in Milan, Italy. He was the brother of Alessandro, with whom he often fought
1550 John of God a Portuguese-born soldier turned health-care worker in Spain, whose followers later formed the Brothers Hospitallers of John of God, a worldwide Catholic religious institute dedicated to the care of the poor sick and those suffering from mental disorders. He has been declared a saint by the Catholic Church, and is considered one of Spain's leading religious figures
1578 Elisabeth of Brandenburg-Küstrin a princess of Brandenburg-Küstrin and margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach and Brandenburg-Kulmbach by marriage.
1616 Giulio Cesare Casseri an Italian anatomist. He wrote Tabulae anatomicae, probably the most important anatomical treatise in the seventeenth century, published in Venice, in 1627. The book contained 97 copper-engraved pictures, by Francesco Valesio, inspired by Odiardo Fialetti, Italian painter and former student at Tizian's school. The pictures in this book were copied in the works of his successor at Padua, Adriaan van den Spiegel
1616 Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574–1616) daughter of William V, Duke of Bavaria and Renata of Lorraine.
1641 Xu Xiake a Chinese travel writer and geographer of the Ming Dynasty , known best for his famous geographical treatise, and noted for his bravery and humility. He traveled throughout China for more than 30 years, documenting his travels extensively. The records of his travels were compiled posthumously in The Travel Diaries Xu Xiake, and his work translated by Ding Wenjiang. Xu's writing falls under the old Chinese literary category of 'travel record literature' , which used narrative and prose styles of writing to portray one's travel experiences
1663 Hans Christoff von Königsmarck a Swedish-German soldier who commanded Sweden's legendary flying column, a force which played a key role in Gustavus Adolphus' strategy.
1688 Honoré Fabri a French Jesuit theologian. He was a mathematician, physicist and controversialist
1702 William III of England a sovereign Prince of Orange of the House of Orange-Nassau by birth. From 1672, he governed as Stadtholder William III of Orange over Holland, Zeeland, Utrecht, Gelderland, and Overijssel of the Dutch Republic. From 1689 he reigned as William III over England and Ireland; it is a coincidence that his regnal number was the same for both Orange and England. As King of Scotland, he is known as William He is informally known by sections of the population in Northern Ireland and Scotland as "King Billy". In what became known as the "Glorious Revolution", on 5 November 1688, William invaded England in an action that ultimately deposed King James II and won him the crowns of England, Scotland and Ireland. In the British Isles, William ruled jointly with his wife, Mary II, until her death on 28 December 1694. The period of their joint reign is often referred to as "William and Mary"
1712 Louis Dauphin of France Duke of Brittany the first son of Louis of France, Duke of Burgundy, and Marie Adélaïde of Savoy.
1717 Abraham Darby I the first and most well known of three generations of that name. Born into an English Quaker family that played an important role in the Industrial Revolution, he developed a method of producing pig iron in a blast furnace fuelled by coke rather than charcoal. This was a major step forward in the production of iron as a raw material for the Industrial Revolution
1728 Giovanni Mario Crescimbeni an Italian critic and poet. Crescimbeni was born in Macerata, which was then part of the Papal States
1731 Ferdinand Brokoff a sculptor and carver of the Baroque era.
1755 Stepan Krasheninnikov a Russian explorer of Siberia, naturalist and geographer who gave the first full description of Kamchatka in the early 18th century. He was elected to the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1745. The Krasheninnikov Volcano on Kamchatka is named in his honour
1760 Mikhail Petrovich Bestuzhev-Ryumin a Russian diplomat. He was the son of Pyotr Bestuzhev and elder brother of the more famous Aleksey Bestuzhev
1771 Louis August le Clerc a French-born sculptor working in Denmark. He was born in Metz, France to copperplate engraver Sebastian le Clerc and his wife Charlotte van den Kerckhove. He was summoned to Denmark at the age of 47, and lived out the rest of his life there as a royal sculptor to the Danish Court and as professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Art. He helped introduce French Rococo artistic ideals to Denmark
1787 Samuel Graves probably best known for his role early in the American War of Independence.
1819 Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge a colonel in the Massachusetts militia during the American Revolutionary War, and was a commander at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was also a farmer, and he owned a rum still, a wood lot, a grazing meadow, and a mill, and came to be the wealthiest man in the town. Colonel Woodbridge was a member of the Massachusetts legislature for many years. Woodbridge was unmarried, and raised his nephew Theodore Strong, as his own son. Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge died in 1819 at the age of 80. He is sometimes referred to as Ruggles Woodbridge or Benjamin Woodbridge
1824 Jean Jacques Régis de Cambacérès a French lawyer and statesman during the French Revolution and the First Empire, best remembered as the author of the Napoleonic Code, which still forms the basis of French civil law.
1839 Adolphe Nourrit a French operatic tenor, librettist, and composer. One of the most esteemed opera singers of the 1820s and 1830s, he was particularly associated with the works of Gioachino Rossini
1841 Robert Henrik Rehbinder the Secretary of State for the Grand Duchy of Finland between 1811 and 1841. He was one of the highest officials in the Grand Duchy and he played a significant part in creating the autonomous role of Finland at the Diet of Porvoo
1844 Charles XIV John of Sweden King of Sweden and King of Norway from 1818 until his death and served as de facto regent and head of state from 1810 to 1818. When he became Swedish royalty, he had also been the Sovereign Prince of Pontecorvo in Southern Italy from 1806 until 1810 , but then stopped using that title
1852 August Cappelen a Norwegian painter. Cappelen was best known for his melancholic, dramatic and romantic landscape compositions
1854 Antoine Claire Thibaudeau a French politician.
1855 William Poole the leader of the New York City gang Bowery Boys, a bare-knuckle boxer, and a leader of the Know Nothing political movement.
1858 Rudolf Kohlrausch a German physicist.
1861 Heinrich Rudolf Schinz a Swiss physician and naturalist.
1869 Hector Berlioz a French Romantic composer, best known for his compositions Symphonie fantastique and Grande messe des morts. Berlioz made significant contributions to the modern orchestra with his Treatise on Instrumentation. He specified huge orchestral forces for some of his works, and conducted several concerts with more than 1,000 musicians. He also composed around 50 songs. His influence was critical for the further development of Romanticism, especially in composers like Richard Wagner, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and many others
1874 Millard Fillmore the 13th President of the United States , the last Whig president, and the last president not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties. Fillmore was the only Whig president that did not die in office or get expelled from the party, and Fillmore appointed the only Whig Supreme Court Justice. He is consistently included in the bottom 10 of historical rankings of Presidents of the United States. As Zachary Taylor's vice president, he assumed the presidency after Taylor's death. Fillmore was a lawyer from western New York state, and an early member of the Whig Party. He served in the state legislature , as a U.S. Representative , and as New York State Comptroller. He was elected vice president of the United States in 1848 as Taylor's running mate, and served from 1849 until Taylor's death in 1850, at the height of the "Crisis of 1850" over slavery
1877 Jean Armand Isidore Pancher a French gardener and botanist.
1878 Wilhelm Siegmund Teuffel born at Ludwigsburg in the Kingdom of Württemberg. In 1849 he was appointed extraordinary, in 1857 ordinary professor in the university of Tübingen, which post he held till his death
1878 Archduke Franz Karl of Austria father of two emperors as well as the grandfather of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose assassination sparked the hostilities that led to the outbreak of World War I, and the great-grandfather of the last Habsburg emperor Karl I.
1887 Paul Féval père a French novelist and dramatist.
1887 Henry Ward Beecher an American Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker, known for his support of the abolition of slavery, his emphasis on God's love, and his 1875 adultery trial.
1887 James Buchanan Eads a world-renowned American civil engineer and inventor, holding more than 50 patents.
1889 John Ericsson a Swedish-American inventor and mechanical engineer, as was his brother Nils Ericson. He was born at Långbanshyttan in Värmland, Sweden, but primarily came to be active in England and the United States. He is remembered best for designing the steam locomotive Novelty and the ironclad ship USS Monitor
1889 Anton Romako an Austrian painter.
1892 Benno Adam a German animal painter.
1898 Edward Lloyd Thomas a Confederate infantry general during the American Civil War from the state of Georgia. He was an uncle to famed American Old West lawman Heck Thomas who helped bring down the Doolin Dalton Gang
1898 Thomas Kirk (botanist) an English-born botanist, teacher, public servant, writer and churchman who moved to New Zealand with his wife and four children in late 1862. The New Zealand government commissioned him in 1884 to compile a report on the indigenous forests of the country and appointed him as chief conservator of forests the following year. He published 130 papers in botany and plants including The Durability of New Zealand Timbers, The Forest Flora of New Zealand and Students' Flora of New Zealand
1898 Peter Hansborough Bell an American military officer and politician who served as the third Governor of Texas and represented the state for two terms in the United States House of Representatives.