Birthdays of Personalities on May 8

1492 :Andreas Alciatus, [Giovanni Andrea-Alciato], Italian lawyer
1521 :Peter Canisius, [Pieter de Hondt/Kanijs], jesuit/saint
1592 :Francis Quarles, English poet (Argalus & Parthenia, Emblems)
1629 :Niels Juel, Danish admiral (Oland, Moen, Kj”gebocht)
1641 :Nicolaas Witsen, etcher/mayor (Amsterdam)
1668 :Alain R Lesage, French author (Turcaret ou le Financier)
1737 :Edward Gibbon, England, historian (Decline & Fall of Roman Empire)
1753 :Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, father of M‚xican independence
1763 :John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman
1786 :Thomas Hancock, founded British rubber industry
1810 :James Cooper, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1863
1814 :Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin, anarchist
1824 :William Walker, filibuster/president of Nicaragua (1856-57)
1828 :Jean Henri Dunant, Switz, writer/founder (Red Cross, YMCA, Nobel 1901)
1829 :Louis Moreau Gottschalk, 1st internationally recognized US pianist
1833 :Frank Wheaton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1903
1836 :Bryan Morel Thomas, Brig General (Confederate Army), died in 1905
1839 :Francis W Warre-Cornish, English vice-provost of Eton/writer
1842 :Emil C Hansen, Danish physiologist
1846 :Oscar Hammerstein, Germany, opera/playwright (Kohinoor)
1871 :[mile M] Louis Madelin, French historian (French revolutionary)
1882 :Philips C Visser, Dutch explorer/diplomat
1891 :Chet "Red" Hoff, pitcher (NY Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
1895 :Edmund Wilson, American critic/writer (Patriotic Gore)
1895 :Fulton J Sheen, El Paso Ill, bishop (Life is Worth Living)
1895 :Jos‚ G˘mez, [Joselito el Gallo], bullfighter
1899 :Jan F van Hall, Dutch sculptor/resistance fighter
1899 :[Friedrich] August von Hayek, Aust/British economist (Road to Serfdom)
1902 :Andre Michel Lwoff, physiologist
1904 :John Derrick Mordaunt Snagge, bBC news announcer/commentator
1904 :John Snagge, commentator (BBC)
1911 :Wilhelm F de Gaay Fortman, Dutch lawyer/foreign minister
1912 :George Woodcock, author
1912 :Gertrud Fussenegger, [Dorn], Austrian writer (Mohrenlegende)
1914 :Lord Murton, of Lindisfrarne, deputy chairman (Comm House of Lords)
1916 :Gordon Scarrott, engineer
1920 :Maurice Cranston, political scientist
1920 :Sloan Wilson, Norwalk, Conn, novelist (Man in the Gray Flannal
1921 :Graham Leonard, bishop of London
1921 :Saul Bass, designer
1922 :Brian Kellett, CEO (Port of London Authority)
1922 :Friedrich D”ppe, writer
1924 :Tristan Jones, sailor
1925 :Ali Hassan Mwinyi, president of Tanzania (1985- )
1925 :Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle, lord of appeal in ordinary
1926 :David Attenborough, naturalist
1926 :Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
1926 :Richard F Attenborough, environmentalist/zoologist (BBC)
1926 :Ronald Waterhouse, high court judge
1927 :Ian Denholm, CEO (Murray Investment Trust)
1927 :Philip Wilkinson, deputy chairman (National Westminster Bank)
1928 :Theodore Sorenson, presidential advisor (JFK)/author (1000 Days)
1929 :V N M Korte-van Hemel, Dutch Secretary of Justice (CDA)
1930 :Gary Snyder, [Japhy Ryder], beat poet (Rip Rap & Cold Mountain Poems)
1930 :Heather Harper, soprano
1933 :Alistair Service, writer/publisher
1934 :Leonard Hoffmann, high court judge
1934 :Roger Kendrick, governor (Dartmoor Prison)
1934 :Sonny Liston, US heavyweight boxing chmap (1962-64)
1935 :Jack Charlton, soccer manager (Rep of Ireland)
1935 :Viscount Falkland, British peer (Lib-Dem)
1936 :Neville Purvis, British vice admiral (Chief of Fleet Support)
1937 :Dani‰l Robberechts, Belgian writer (Labia Majora)
1937 :Dennis DeConcini, (Sen-D-AZ, 1977- )
1937 :Michael Simmons, Air Marshal (British Ministry of Defense)
1937 :Thomas Pynchon, novelist (V)
1938 :Pierre Lucien Claverie, bishop of Oran
1940 :James Blyth, CEO (Boots)
1940 :Peter Benchley, NYC, novelist (Jaws, The Deep)
1940 :Ricky Nelson, NJ, rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party)
1941 :James A Traficant Jr, (Rep-D-OH, 1985- )
1941 :John Fred, rocker
1942 :Angel Cordero Jr, Santurce PR, jockey (Seattle Slew) [or Nov 8]
1942 :Euclid "Motorhead" Sherwood, rocker (Mothers Of Invention)
1942 :Norman Lamont, MP/Chancellor of Exchequer
1942 :Ruth Holland, journalist
1943 :Paul Samwell-Smith, rocker (Yardbirds-For Your Love)
1943 :Rick Samwell-Smith, rocker (Yardbirds-For Your Love)
1943 :Toni Tennille, Montgomery Ala, female Beachboy (Capt & Tennille)
1944 :Gary Glitter, [Paul Gadd], England, rocker (Rock & Roll Part II)
1945 :Arthur Docters van Leeuwen, jurist (Holland's secret service)
1947 :Felicity Lott, English soprano (We come to the river)
1947 :Phil Sawyer, rocker (Spencer Davis Group)
1947 :Rick Zehringer, Ohio, rocker (McCoys)
1948 :John Reid, MP
1951 :Chris Frantz, Ky, rock drummer (Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club)
1951 :Philip Bailey, rocker (Earth Wind & Fire-Shining Star, Easy Lover)
1952 :Charles J Camarda, NYC, PhD/astronaut
1955 :Alex Van Halen, Nijmegen Neth, rock drummer (Van Halen-1984, Jump)
1956 :Gary Wilmot, British? entertainer
1956 :Jeff Madrigali, Walnut Creek Calif, soling yachter (Olymp-bronze-96)
1962 :Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
1963 :Clemens Lothaller, Austria, cosmonaut (Soyuz TM-13 backup)
1964 :Eric Brittingham, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station)
1964 :Peter Gill, rocker (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax) [or Mar/Jan 8]
1966 :Eddie Brown, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
1969 :Duane Forde, CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)
1969 :Swift Burch, CFL defensive end (Montreal Alouettes)
1970 :Marco Heering, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
1974 :Calvin Branch, cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
1979 :Jayna Cronin Geneva NY, dance skater (& Dreger-1997 Natl-13th)



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