This Day in History

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Famous Birthdays


1220- Emperor Go-Saga -of Japan (d. 1272)

1543- François de Bonne, Duke of Lesdiguières -(d. 1626)

1578- William Harvey -English physician (d. 1657)

1610- Charles de Saint-Évremond -French soldier and critic (d. 1703)

1629- Jean-Henri d'Anglebert -French organist and composer (d. 1691)

1640- Georg Mohr -Danish mathematician (d. 1697)

1647- John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester -English poet (d. 1680)

1697- Antoine François Prévost -French author (d. 1763)

1721- Pieter Hellendaal -Dutch-English organist, violinist, and composer (d. 1799)

1753- Joseph de Maistre -French diplomat (d. 1821)

1765- Luigi Schiavonetti -Italian engraver (d. 1810)

1776- Sophie Germain -French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher (d. 1831)

1815- Otto von Bismarck -German politician, 1st Chancellor of the German Empire (d. 1898)

1815- Edward Clark (governor)|Edward Clark -American politician, 8th Governor of Texas (d. 1880)

1823- Simon Bolivar Buckner -American general and politician, 30th Governor of Kentucky (d.1891)

1824- Louis-Zéphirin Moreau -Canadian bishop (d. 1901)

1834- James Fisk (financier)|James Fisk -American businessman (d. 1872)

1854- Bill Traylor -American painter (d. 1949)

1856- Acacio Gabriel Viegas -Indian physician (d. 1933)

1865- Richard Adolf Zsigmondy -Austrian chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1929)

1866- William Blomfield -New Zealand cartoonist (d. 1938)

1866- Ferruccio Busoni -Italian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1924)

1868- Edmond Rostand -French poet and playwright (d. 1918)

1871- F. Melius Christiansen -Norwegian-American violinist and conductor (d. 1955)

1873- Sergei Rachmaninoff -Russian pianist, composer, and conductor (d. 1943)

1874- Ernest Barnes -English mathematician and theologian (d. 1953)

1874- Prince Karl of Bavaria (1874–1927)|Prince Karl of Bavaria -(d. 1927)

1875- Edgar Wallace -English journalist, author, and playwright (d. 1932)

1879- Stanislaus Zbyszko -Polish wrestler and strongman (d. 1967)

1880- Agha Petros -Assyrian general (d. 1932)

1881- Henri Laurent -French fencer (d. 1954)

1882- Paul Anspach -Belgian fencer (d. 1991)

1883- Lon Chaney, Sr. -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1930)

1884- Laurette Taylor -American actress (d. 1946)

1885- Wallace Beery -American actor (d. 1949)

1885- Clementine Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill -English wife of Winston Churchill (d. 1977)

1887- H. S. Lloyd -English dog breeder (d. 1963)

1889- K. B. Hedgewar -Indian physician and activist (d. 1940)

1893- Cicely Courtneidge -English actress (d. 1980)

1895- Alberta Hunter -American singer-songwriter (d. 1984)

1895- Paul Richter -Austrian actor (d. 1961)

1897- Nita Naldi -American actress (d. 1961)

1898- William James Sidis -American mathematician (d. 1944)

1899- Gustavs Celmiņš -Latvian politician and educator (d. 1968)

1901- Whittaker Chambers -American journalist and spy (d. 1961)

1902- Maria Polydouri -Greek poet (d. 1930)

1904- Sid Field -English actor (d. 1950)

1904- Émile Turlant -French centenarian (d. 2013)

1905- Gaston Eyskens -Belgian economist and politician, 47th Prime Minister of Belgium (d. 1988)

1906- Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev -Russian engineer, founded the Yakovlev|Yakovlev Design Bureau (d. 1989)

1908- Abraham Maslow -American psychologist (d. 1970)

1909- Abner Biberman -American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1977)

1909- Eddy Duchin -American pianist and bandleader (d. 1951)

1910- Harry Carney -American saxophonist and clarinet player (d. 1974)

1911- Fauja Singh -Indian-English runner

1912- Donald Nyrop -American businessman (d. 2010)

1913- Memos Makris -Greek sculptor (d. 1993)

1914- Lor Tok -Thai actor (d. 2002)

1915- O. W. Fischer -Austrian actor (d. 2004)

1917- Leon Janney -American actor (d. 1980)

1917- Dinu Lipatti -Romanian pianist and composer (d. 1950)

1917- Sheldon Mayer -American writer and illustrator (d. 1991)

1917- Sydney Newman -Canadian screenwriter and producer, co-created ''Doctor Who'' (d. 1997)

1917- Melville Shavelson -American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007)

1919- Joseph Murray -American surgeon, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2012)

1920- Harry Lewis (actor)|Harry Lewis -American actor (d. 2013)

1920- Toshiro Mifune -Chinese-Japanese actor (d. 1997)

1921- William Bergsma -American composer (d. 1994)

1921- Ken Reardon -Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2008)

1921- Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith -American guitarist, fiddler, and composer (d. 2014)

1922- Duke Jordan -American pianist and composer (d. 2006)

1922- William Manchester -American historian and author (d. 2004)

1923- Don Butterfield -American tuba player (d. 2006)

1923- Leora Dana -American actress (d. 1983)

1923- Bobby Jordan -American actor (d. 1965)

1924- Čkalja -Serbian actor (d. 2003)

1924- Brendan Byrne -American judge and politician, 47th Governor of New Jersey

1925- Kathy Stobart -English saxophonist (d. 2014)

1926- Charles Bressler -American tenor (d. 1996)

1926- Gérard La Forest -Canadian judge and academic

1926- John Scott Martin -English actor (d. 2009)

1926- Anne McCaffrey -American-Irish author (d. 2011)

1927- Walter Bahr -American soccer player, coach, and manager

1927- Peter Cundall -English-Australian soldier, horticulturist, and author

1927- Amos Milburn -American singer and pianist (d. 1980)

1927- Ferenc Puskás -Hungarian footballer and manager (d. 2006)

1928- George Grizzard -American actor (d. 2007)

1929- Barbara Bryne -British actress

1929- Jonathan Haze -American actor, producer, screenwriter, and production manager

1929- Milan Kundera -Czech-French author

1929- Payut Ngaokrachang -Thai animator and director (d. 2010)

1929- Jane Powell -American actress, singer, and dancer

1929- Bo Schembechler -American football player and coach (d. 2006)

1930- F. Joseph Gossman -American bishop (d. 2013)

1930- Eugene Weingand -German actor (d. 1986)

1930- Grace Lee Whitney -American actress and singer

1931- George Baker (actor)|George Baker -Bulgarian-English actor (d. 2011)

1931- Ita Ever -Estonian actress

1931- Rolf Hochhuth -German author and playwright

1932- Gordon Jump -American actor (d. 2003)

1932- Debbie Reynolds -American actress, singer, and dancer

1933- Claude Cohen-Tannoudji -French physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics|Nobel Prize laureate

1933- Dan Flavin -American sculptor (d. 1996)

1934- Jim Ed Brown -American singer and guitarist (The Browns)

1934- Don Hastings -American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1934- Rod Kanehl -American baseball player (d. 2004)

1934- Marie Patterson -English union leader

1934- Vladimir Posner -French-American journalist

1935- Larry McDonald -American politician (d. 1983)

1936- Peter Collinson (film director)|Peter Collinson -English-American director and producer (d. 1980)

1936- Jean-Pascal Delamuraz -Swiss politician (d. 1998)

1936- Tarun Gogoi -Indian politician, 14th Chief Minister of Assam

1936- Abdul Qadeer Khan -Indian-Pakistani physicist, chemist, and engineer

1936- Don Steele -American radio host (d. 1997)

1937- Jordan Charney -American actor

1937- Yılmaz Güney -Turkish actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1984)

1938- John Quade -American actor (d. 2009)

1939- Rudolph Isley -American singer-songwriter (The Isley Brothers)

1939- Ali MacGraw -American actress

1939- Phil Niekro -American baseball player and manager

1940- Wangari Maathai -Kenyan environmentalist, Nobel Peace Prize|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)

1941- Gideon Gadot -Israeli journalist and politician (d. 2012)

1941- Guy Trottier -Canadian-American ice hockey player (d. 2014)

1941- Ajit Wadekar -Indian cricketer

1942- Brian Binley -English politician

1942- Samuel R. Delany -American author and critic

1942- Roderick Floud -English historian and academic

1942- Philip Margo -American singer, drummer, and producer (The Tokens)

1942- Annie Nightingale -English radio host

1942- Richard D. Wolff -American economist and educator

1943- Carol White -English-American actress (d. 1991)

1943- Dafydd Wigley -English-Welsh academic and politician

1944- Rusty Staub -American baseball player and coach

1945- John Barbata -American drummer (The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, and The Sentinals (band)|The Sentinals)

1946- Nikitas Kaklamanis -Greek politician, 77th Mayor of Athens

1946- Ronnie Lane -English bass player, songwriter, and producer (Faces (band)|Faces and Small Faces) (d. 1997)

1946- Eva Polttila -Finnish journalist

1946- Arrigo Sacchi -Italian footballer, coach, and manager

1947- Alain Connes -French mathematician and educator

1947- Philippe Kirsch -Canadian lawyer and judge

1947- Francine Prose -American author

1947- Robin Scott -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (M (band)|M)

1947- Norm Van Lier -American basketball player, coach, and sportscaster (d. 2009)

1948- Jimmy Cliff -Jamaican singer and actor

1948- Paul Myners, Baron Myners -English journalist and businessman

1948- J.J. Williams -Welsh rugby player

1949- Gérard Mestrallet -French businessman

1949- Sammy Nelson -Irish footballer and coach

1949- Gil Scott-Heron -American singer-songwriter and author (d. 2011)

1950- Samuel Alito -American lawyer and jurist

1950- Loris Kessel -Swiss race car driver (d. 2010)

1950- Daniel Paillé -Canadian politician

1951- John Abizaid -American general

1951- Kay Davies -English geneticist, anatomist, and academic

1951- Frederic Schwartz -American architect, co-designed Empty Sky (memorial)|Empty Sky (d. 2014)

1952- Annette O'Toole -American actress, singer, and dancer

1952- Bernard Stiegler -French philosopher

1953- Barry Sonnenfeld -American director and producer

1953- Alberto Zaccheroni -Italian footballer and manager

1954- Üllar Kerde -Estonian basketball player and coach

1954- Jeff Porcaro -American drummer, songwriter, and producer (Toto (band)|Toto and Clover (band)|Clover) (d. 1992)

1954- Arnold Sidebottom -English footballer and cricketer

1955- Don Hasselbeck -American football player

1955- Humayun Akhtar Khan -Pakistani politician, 5th Commerce Minister of Pakistan

1955- Terry Nichols -American criminal

1956- Jeffrey Beecroft -American production designer

1957- Andreas Deja -Polish-American animator

1957- David Gower -English cricketer

1957- Denise Nickerson -American actress

1957- Stephen O'Brien -Tanzanian-English politician

1958- D. Boon -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Minutemen (band)|Minutemen and The Reactionaries (band)|The Reactionaries) (d. 1985)

1959- Helmuth Duckadam -Romanian footballer

1959- Ivan G'Vera -Czech-American actor

1959- Margita Stefanović -Serbian keyboard player (Ekatarina Velika) (d. 2002)

1960- Michael Praed -English actor

1960- J. Christopher Stevens -American lawyer and diplomat, 10th United States Ambassador to Libya (d. 2012)

1960- Jennifer Runyon -American actress

1960- Shanna McCullough -American pornographic actress

1961- Susan Boyle -Scottish singer and actress

1961- Mark White (musician)|Mark White -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (ABC (band)|ABC)

1962- Mark Shulman (author)|Mark Shulman -American author

1962- Chris Grayling -English politician, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain

1962- Samboy Lim -Filipino basketball player

1962- Phillip Schofield -English television host

1963- Teodoro de Villa Diaz -Filipino guitarist and songwriter (The Dawn (band)|The Dawn) (d. 1988)

1964- Erik Breukink -Dutch cyclist and manager

1964- Kevin Duckworth -American basketball player (d. 2008)

1964- John Morris (cricketer)|John Morris -English cricketer

1964- José Rodrigues dos Santos -Portuguese journalist, author, and educator

1964- Scott Stevens -Canadian ice hockey player

1965- Tomas Alfredson -Swedish actor, director, and screenwriter

1965- Mark Jackson (basketball)|Mark Jackson -American basketball player and coach

1965- Robert Steadman -English composer

1965- Simona Ventura -Italian television host

1966- Chris Evans (presenter)|Chris Evans -English radio and television host

1966- Sharon Hodgson -English politician

1966- Craig Kelly (snowboarder)|Craig Kelly -American snowboarder (d. 2003)

1967- Nicola Roxon -Australian politician, 34th Attorney-General of Australia

1968- Julia Boutros -Lebanese singer

1968- Traci Lind -American actress

1968- Andreas Schnaas -German actor and director

1968- Alexander Stubb -Finnish politician

1969- Lev Lobodin -Ukrainian-Russian decathlete

1969- Fadl Shaker -Lebanese singer

1969- Dean Windass -English footballer and manager

1970- Sung-Hi Lee -South Korean-American model and actress

1970- Brad Meltzer -American author

1970- Mark Wheeler -American football player

1971- Sonia Bisset -Cuban javelin thrower

1971- Jessica Collins -American actress

1971- Karen Dunbar -Scottish actress

1971- Lachy Hulme -Australian actor and screenwriter

1971- Shinji Nakano -Japanese race car driver

1971- Danielle Smith -Canadian journalist and politician

1972- Hughes brothers|Albert Hughes -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Hughes brothers|Allen Hughes -American director, producer, and screenwriter

1972- Darren McCarty -Canadian ice hockey player and sportscaster

1972- Jesse Tobias -American guitarist and songwriter (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Splendid (musical duo)|Splendid)

1973- Christian Finnegan -American comedian and actor

1973- Stephen Fleming -New Zealand cricketer

1973- Joe Francis -American businessman, founded Girls Gone Wild (franchise)|Girls Gone Wild

1973- Rachel Maddow -American journalist and author

1973- Kris Marshall -English actor

1973- Daryn Tufts -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Kym Wilson -Australian actress

1974- Beatriz Batarda -English-Portuguese actress

1974- Richard Christy -American drummer and actor (Death (metal band)|Death, Iced Earth, and Charred Walls of the Damned)

1974- Colby Donaldson -American television host and actor

1974- John Glen (politician)|John Glen -English politician

1974- Hugo Ibarra -Argentinian footballer

1974- Sandra Völker -German swimmer

1975- George Bastl -American-Swiss tennis player

1975- John Butler (musician)|John Butler -American-Australian singer-songwriter and producer (The John Butler Trio)

1976- David Gilliland -American race car driver

1976- David Oyelowo -English actor

1976- Clarence Seedorf -Dutch-Brazilian footballer

1976- Yuka Yoshida -Japanese tennis player

1977- Vitor Belfort -Brazilian mixed martial artist

1977- Jon Gosselin -American television personality

1977- Haimar Zubeldia -Spanish cyclist

1978- Antonio de Nigris -Mexican footballer (d. 2009)

1978- Jean-Pierre Dumont -Canadian ice hockey player

1978- Mirka Federer -Slovak-Swiss tennis player

1978- Anamaria Marinca -Romanian-English actress

1978- Etan Thomas -American basketball player

1979- Ivano Balić -Croatian handball player

1980- Dennis Kruppke -German footballer

1980- Randy Orton -American wrestler and actor

1980- Bijou Phillips -American actress and singer

1980- Yūko Takeuchi -Japanese actress

1981- Aslı Bayram -German model and actress, Miss Germany|Miss Germany 2005

1981- Aimee Chan -Canadian-Hong Kong model and actress, Miss Hong Kong|Miss Hong Kong 2006

1981- Antonis Fotsis -Greek basketball player

1981- Bjørn Einar Romøren -Norwegian ski jumper

1981- Hannah Spearritt -English actress and singer (S Club 7)

1982- Sam Huntington -American actor

1982- Taran Killam -American actor

1983- John Axford -Canadian baseball player

1983- Tamati Ellison -New Zealand rugby player

1983- Lance Hohaia -New Zealand rugby player

1983- Jussi Jokinen -Finnish-American ice hockey player

1983- Matt Lanter -American actor and model

1983- Sergey Lazarev -Russian singer, actor, and dancer (Smash!!)

1983- Ólafur Ingi Skúlason -Icelandic footballer

1983- Sean Taylor -American football player (d. 2007)

1984- Gilberto Macena -Brazilian footballer

1985- Daniel Murphy (baseball)|Daniel Murphy -American baseball player

1985- Beth Tweddle -English gymnast

1985- Josh Zuckerman (actor)|Josh Zuckerman -American actor

1986- Shunichi Miyamoto -Japanese voice actor and singer

1986- Viktor Sanikidze -Geprgian basketball player

1986- Hillary Scott (singer)|Hillary Scott -American singer-songwriter (Lady Antebellum)

1986- Ireen Wüst -Dutch speed skater

1987- Kayla Collins -American model

1987- Jenna Presley -American porn actress

1987- Ding Junhui -Chinese snooker player

1987- Gianluca Musacci -Italian footballer

1987- Li Ting (diver)|Li Ting -Chinese diver

1987- Oliver Turvey -English race car driver

1988- Alexander Bychkov -Russian serial killer

1988- Brook Lopez -American basketball player

1988- Robin Lopez -American basketball player

1988- Courtney McCool -American gymnast

1988- Alessandra Perilli -Sammarinese target shooter

1989- Jan Blokhuijsen -Dutch speed skater

1989- David N'Gog -French footballer

1989- Christian Vietoris -German race car driver

1990- Julia Fischer (athlete)|Julia Fischer -German discus thrower

1992- Deng Linlin -Chinese gymnast

1992- Sui Lu -Chinese gymnast

1993- Blair Fowler -American blogger

1993- Keito Okamoto -Japanese singer (Hey! Say! JUMP)

1993- Nico Schulz -German footballer

1994- Ella Eyre -English singer-songwriter

1997- Asa Butterfield -English actor