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972 Henry II Holy Roman Emperor also known as Saint Henry, Obl. B. , was Holy Roman Emperor from 1014 until his death in 1024 and the last member of the Ottonian dynasty of Emperors as he had no children. The Duke of Bavaria from 995, Henry became King of Germany following the sudden death of his second cousin, Emperor Otto III in 1002, was crowned King of Italy in 1004, and was crowned by the Pope as Emperor in 1014
1501 Pope Marcellus II the 222nd pope of the Catholic Church from 9 April 1555 until his death 22 days later on 1 May 1555.
1562 Pietro Bernini an Italian sculptor. He was the father of one of the most famous artists of Baroque, Gian Lorenzo Bernini
1574 Pope Innocent X pope from 15 September 1644 to his death in 1655.
1580 Charles Gonzaga Duke of Mantua and Montferrat Duke of Mantua and Duke of Montferrat from 1627 until his death. He was also Duke of Rethel and Nevers, as well as Prince of Arches
1584 Diego de Saavedra Fajardo a Spanish diplomat and man of letters.
1635 Johann Joachim Becher a German physician, alchemist, precursor of chemistry, scholar and adventurer, best known for his development of the phlogiston theory of combustion, and his advancement of Austrian cameralism.
1636 Laura Mancini a niece of Cardinal Mazarin. She was the eldest of the five famous Mancini sisters, who along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, were known at the court of Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes. She married Louis de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme, grandson of King Henry IV and was the mother of the great general the Duke of Vendôme
1668 Alain-René Lesage a French novelist and playwright. Lesage is best known for his comic novel The Devil upon Two Sticks , his comedy Turcaret , and his picaresque novel Gil Blas
1680 Jean-Baptiste Stuck an Italian-French composer and cellist of the Baroque era.
1685 Sophia Louise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin a princess of the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The third wife of King Frederick I of Prussia, she died childless having gone mad
1688 Charles Parrocel a French painter and engraver and a specialist in battle and hunt paintings.
1713 Charles Batteux a French philosopher and writer on aesthetics.
1714 Anton Raaff a German tenor from Gelsdorf near Bonn.
1740 Gabriel Gruber Very Rev. Gabriel Gruber, S.J. was the second Superior General of the Society of Jesus in Russia
1742 Jean Senebier a Swiss pastor who wrote many works on vegetable physiology.
1747 George I Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont from 1812 to 1813.
1758 Maximilien de Robespierre a French lawyer and politician, and one of the best-known and most influential of the radical Jacobin faction of the French Revolution that was responsible for the Reign of Terror in 1794.
1759 François Andrieux a French man of letters and playwright.
1769 Jean Nicolas Pierre Hachette born at Mézières, where his father was a bookseller.
1769 Ferdinand III Grand Duke of Tuscany Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1790 to 1801 and, after a period of disenfranchisement, again from 1814 to 1824. He was also the Prince-elector and Grand Duke of Salzburg and Grand Duke of Würzburg
1774 Christopher Lieven a Livonian nobleman, Russian general, ambassador to London in 1812-1834, and educator of tsesarevich Alexander Nikolaievitch.
1776 Pyotr Mikhailovich Volkonsky Knyaz/ Prince Pyotr Mikhailovich Volkonsky Russian: Волконский Пётр Михайлович , Russian military commander, General-Field Marshal , Adjutant General to Alexander I, member of the State Council , His Serene Highness Knyaz/Prince.
1781 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause a German philosopher, born at Eisenberg, in Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg. His philosophy, known as "Krausism", was very influential in Restoration Spain
1786 Ludwig Börne a German political writer and satirist.
1788 Esprit Requien a French naturalist, who made contributions in the fields of conchology, paleontology and especially botany.
1792 Martin Ohm a German mathematician and a younger brother of physicist Georg Ohm.
1797 Joseph Brackett an American songwriter, author, and elder of The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, better known as the Shakers. Brackett's most famous song, "Simple Gifts", is still widely performed and adapted
1798 Aleksander Zawadzki (naturalist) a Polish naturalist, author of flora and fauna lists of the Galicia region and the neighbourhood of Lviv. He was also the first scientist who studied and catalogued the beetles and butterflies of Eastern Galicia
1800 Roman Sanguszko a Polish aristocrat, patriot, political and social activist.
1801 Philippe Grass a French sculptor.
1801 José Joaquín Pérez a Chilean political figure. He served as the president of Chile between 1861 and 1871
1801 George S. Greene a civil engineer and a Union general during the American Civil War. He was part of the Greene family of Rhode Island, which had a distinguished military record for the United States. He first served in the Army from 1823 to 1836 after graduating second from his class at West Point. As a civilian, he was a founder of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects and was responsible for numerous railroads and aqueduct construction projects in the northeastern United States
1802 Wilhelm Schirmer a German landscape artist.
1809 Juan Donoso Cortés a Spanish author, conservative and catholic political theorist, and diplomat. He was a descendant, through his father Pedro Donoso Cortés, of the conquistador Hernando Cortés
1813 Bernhard Afinger a German sculptor who studied the works of old German sculptures. He was for a time a silversmith, and in 1840 began instruction under Christian Daniel Rauch at Berlin. In portrait medallions and works of a religious character he was particularly successful. There is an Arndt memorial by him at Bonn, a university memorial at Greifswald, and a statue of Newton in the National Museum, Pesth
1821 Robert O'Hara Burke an Irish soldier and police officer, who achieved fame as an Australian explorer. He was the leader of the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition, which was the first expedition to cross Australia from south to north, finding a route across the continent from the settled areas of Victoria to the Gulf of Carpentaria. The expedition party was well-equipped, but Burke was not experienced in bushcraft. A Royal Commission report conducted upon the failure of the expedition was a censure of Burke's judgement
1822 Marie-Jean-Léon Marquis d'Hervey de Saint Denys born on the 6th of May 1822. The genealogy of the family Juchereau can be found on line.Text on line D'Hervey was a French sinologist. He made an intense study of Chinese, and in 1851 D'Hervey published his Recherches sur l'agriculture et l'horticulture des Chinois , in which he dealt with the plants and animals that potentially might be able to be acclimatized to and introduced in Western countries. He translated as well Chinese texts as some Chinese stories, not of classical interest, but valuable for the light they throw on Chinese culture and customs. He was a man of letters too. E.g. he translated some Spanish-language works Text on line, and wrote a history of the Spanish drama. D'Hervey also created a literary translation theory, paraphrased by Joshua Fogel, the author of a book review on De l'un au multiple: Traductions du chinois vers les langues européenes, as "empowering the translator to use his own creative talents to embellish wherever necessary—not a completely free hand, but some leeway to avoid the pitfall of becoming too leaden."
1823 Wilhelm Heinrich Riehl a German journalist, novelist and folklorist.
1824 Tokugawa Iesada the 13th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. He held office for only five years, from 1853 to 1858. He was physically weak and was therefore considered unfit to be shogun. His reign marks the beginning of the Bakumatsu period
1826 George Elphinstone Dalrymple an explorer, public servant and politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland.
1827 Hermann Raster a German American Forty-Eighter, best known for his career as chief editor for the Illinois Staats-Zeitung between 1867 and 1891 and his brief term as Collector of Internal Revenue for the 1st District of Illinois.
1829 Timofei Stukolkin a famous Russian ballet dancer.
1831 Mary C. Ames born to Abraham Clemmer and Margaret Kneale in Utica, New York. On 7 May 1851 she married the Rev. Daniel Ames, from whom she was divorced in 1874. Her early newspaper experience was gained on the Springfield, Massachusetts Republican, the New York Press , and the Brooklyn Daily Union
1836 Max Eyth a German engineer and writer.
1838 Alfred Pease (musician) Humphreys Pease , studied at Kenyon College and later in Germany under music professors Theodor Kullak, Richard Wüerst, Wilhelm Wieprecht, and Hans von Bülow.
1841 Enoch Heinrich Kisch an Austrian balneologist and gynecologist born in Prague. He was the brother of Alexander Kisch , a noted rabbi and author
1843 Christian Luerssen a German botanist. He was an authority in the field of pteridology
1843 Grove Karl Gilbert known by the abbreviated name K. Gilbert in academic literature, was an American geologist
1845 Àngel Guimerà a Spanish writer, born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, to a Catalan father and a Canary islander mother. At an early age, Guimerà's family moved to Catalonia, where they settled at his father's birthplace, El Vendrell