Birth Events in History

2015 Event - The smaller of twin cubs born to giant panda Mei Xiang at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., has died; though both cubs appeared to be healthy at birth, the smaller cub failed to gain weight and may have caught a respiratory infection

2015 Event - Giant panda Mei Xiang gives birth to twin cubs at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; the cubs appear healthy but will alternate between an incubator and nursing time with their mother

2015 Event - Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, announce the birth of a baby girl but have not yet revealed her name

2014 Event - JPMorgan Chase discloses that a July data breach resulted in exposure of contact information for 83 million households; the bank states that security information, such as passwords and birth dates, did not appear to have been compromised

2014 Event - Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, announce the birth of their first child, Charlotte, making grandparents of former U.S. presidential couple Bill and Hillary Clinton

2014 Event - Reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are married in Florence, Italy, about 7 months after the birth of their daughter, North West; the celebrities have been together since early 2012

2013 Event - Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to a son, the third in line to the British throne; the child, named George Alexander Louis, is formally known as His Royal Highness Prince of Cambridge

2013 Event - A 2-year old Mississippi girl born with HIV/AIDS is pronounced HIV negative after receiving treatment for the virus within 30 hours after her birth

2012 Event - The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., announces a successful artificial insemination as Mei Xiang gives birth to her second giant panda cub

2005 Event - Adriana Iliescu becomes the oldest woman in the world to give birth at 66

1994 Death - Roland Ratzenberger, race car driver, claimed 1962 as birth year to appear younger and extend racing career, won 1986 Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival, dies while qualifying for San Marino Prix, in 1994

1993 Death - Lillian Gish, U.S. actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 96

1989 Event - 29 year old French woman gives birth to sextuplets in Paris

1988 Event - Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl

1988 Birthday - Beatrice E M, Duchess of York gives birth to 6 lb 12 oz baby girl

1987 Event - Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy

1985 Birthday - Frustaci Septuplets, California, Patricia Frustaci gives birth to 7

1983 Event - Woman gives birth to baby 84 days after brain death in Roanoke, Virginia

1968 Event - Pope Paul VI, in an encyclical entitled "Humanae Vitae" (Of Human Life), declares any artificial forms of birth control prohibited

1968 Event - Pope Paul VI encyclical against On regulation of birth

1968 Death - Mae Marsh, actress (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies at 72

1966 Death - Margaret Sanger, U.S. feminist/birth control pioneer, dies at 86

1963 Event - Mary Ann Fischer, Aberdeen, South Dakota, gave birth to America's 1st surviving quintuplets, 4 girls and a boy

1963 Event - Ines Cuervo de Priete, 34, gives birth to quintuplets, all boys

1963 Event - Jacqueline Kennedy becomes 1st, 1st lady to give birth since Mrs. Cleveland

1962 Event - Bekkers of Bosch makes TV speech in Netherlands for birth control

1962 Event - Dutch RC bishop Beckers declares himself in favor of birth control

1960 Birthday - Roland Ratzenberger, Salzburg, Austria, race car driver, claimed 1962 as birth year to appear younger and extend racing career, won 1986 Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival

1960 Event - U.S. is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally

1959 Death - Madame Sul-To-Wan, Conley, actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85

1958 Death - Marie Stopes, birth control pioneer, dies

1952 Event - 1st human birth televised to public (KOA-TV Denver, Colorado)

1930 Event - Vatican approves rhythm method for birth control

1929 Birthday - Sheila Kitzinger, author, anthropologist and child birth educator

1928 Death - George Siegmann, actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba), dies at 46

1923 Death - Wallace Reid, actor (Birth of a Nation), dies at 31

1921 Event - National Birth Control League and Voluntary Parenthood League merge as American Birth Control League

1921 Event - Dr. Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)

1916 Event - Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)

1916 Event - Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic (46 Amboy St, Bkln)

1916 Event - Emma Goldman arrested for lecturing on birth control

1915 Event - "Birth of a Nation" opens at Clune's Auditorium in LA

1911 Birthday - Anna Russell, born in London, England, possibly born in London, Ontario, birth name Maida Vale, Anna Claudia Russell-Brown, composer, singer, comedian, recording artist

1898 Birthday - Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainian writer, Birth of Hero,

1898 Birthday - Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainian writer, Birth of Hero,

1896 Birthday - Lillian Gish, silent film/stage actress, Birth of a Nation

1895 Birthday - Mae Marsh, Madrid, New Mexico, silent film actress, Birth of a Nation

1893 Birthday - Robert Harron, born in New York City, actor, Birth of a Nation, Intolerance

1882 Birthday - George Siegmann, actor, Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist

1879 Birthday - Margaret Sanger, feminist/nurse/birth control proponent

1878 Birthday - Henry B. Walthall, born in Shelby City, Alabama, actor, Birth of a Nation, Klondike

1875 Birthday - D. W. Griffith, movie producer/director, Birth of a Nation

1867 Death - Faustin-Elie Soulouque, emperor of Haiti, dies (birth date unknown)

1836 Event - British parliament accept registration of birth/marriage/death

1823 Event - Georgia passes 1st U.S. state birth registration law

1786 Death - Patience Wright, 1st U.S. woman pro artist, dies (birth date unknown)

1769 Death - Edmond Hoyle, games expert, dies (birth date unknown)

1672 Death - Anne Bradstreet, American poet, dies (birth date unknown)

1656 Death - Myles Standish, Plymouth Colony leader, dies (birth date unknown)

1655 Death - Tristan l'Hermite, French dramatist/poet, dies (birth date unknown)

1631 Death - John Donne, Metaphysical poet, dies (birth date unknown)

1624 Death - Jakob Bohme, German philosophical mystic, dies (birth date unknown)

1616 Death - Francis Beaumont, Elizabethan playwright, dies (birth date unknown)

1614 Death - El Greco, Spanish painter (View of Toledo), dies (birth date unknown)

1612 Death - Christopher Clavius, calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)

1593 Death - Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1st surrealist painter, dies (birth date unkn)

1557 Death - Jacques Cartier, French explorer, dies (birth date unknown)

1510 Death - Alessandro di Botticelli, painter (Birth of Venus), dies at about 65

1444 Birthday - Sandro Botticelli, Italian painter, Birth of Venus

810 Death - Pepin, son of Charlemagne, King of Italy, dies (birth date unknown)

468 Death - Pope Hilarius, calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)