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Day History: April-16

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Famous Birthdays


1319- John II of France -(d. 1364)

1488- Jungjong of Joseon -(d. 1544)

1495- Petrus Apianus -German mathematician and astronomer (d. 1557)

1516- Tabinshwehti -Burmese king (d. 1550)

1646- Jules Hardouin Mansart -French architect, designed the Château de Dampierre and Grand Trianon (d. 1708)

1660- Hans Sloane -Irish-English physician (d. 1753)

1661- Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax -English poet and politician, First Lord of the Treasury (d. 1715)

1682- John Hadley -English mathematician, invented the octant (instrument)|octant (d. 1744)

1693- Anne Sophie Reventlow -Danish wife of Frederick IV of Denmark (d. 1743)

1697- Johann Gottlieb Görner -German organist and composer (d. 1778)

1728- Joseph Black -French-Scottish physician and chemist (d. 1799)

1730- Henry Clinton (American War of Independence)|Henry Clinton -English general and politician (d. 1795)

1755- Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun -French painter (d. 1842)

1786- John Franklin -English admiral and politician, 4th Governor of Tasmania|Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land (d. 1847)

1800- George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan -English field marshal (d. 1888)

1808- Caleb Blood Smith -American journalist, lawyer, and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior (d. 1864)

1821- Ford Madox Brown -French-English painter (d. 1893)

1823- Gotthold Eisenstein -German mathematician (d. 1852)

1827- Octave Crémazie -Canadian poet (d. 1879)

1839- Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì -Italian politician, 12th Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1908)

1834- Charles Lennox Richardson -English-Chinese merchant (d. 1862)

1844- Anatole France -French journalist, author, and poet, Nobel Prize in Literature|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1924)

1847- Hans Auer -Swiss-Austrian architect, designed the Federal Palace of Switzerland (d. 1906)

1848- Kandukuri Veeresalingam -Indian author and activist (d. 1919)

1851- Ponnambalam Ramanathan -Sri Lankan lawyer and politician, 3rd Solicitor General of Sri Lanka (d. 1930)

1865- Harry Chauvel -Australian general (d. 1945)

1866- José de Diego -Puerto Rican journalist, lawyer, and politician (d. 1918)

1867- Wilbur Wright -American pilot, engineer, and businessman, co-founded the Wright Company (d. 1912)

1871- John Millington Synge -Irish author, poet, and playwright (d. 1909)

1878- R. E. Foster -English cricketer and footballer (d. 1914)

1882- Seth Bingham -American organist and composer (d. 1972)

1885- Leo Weiner -Hungarian composer and educator (d. 1960)

1886- Ernst Thälmann -German politician (d. 1944)

1886- Margaret Woodrow Wilson -American daughter of Woodrow Wilson (d. 1944)

1888- Billy Minter -English footballer and manager (d. 1940)

1889- Charlie Chaplin -English actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and composer (d. 1977)

1890- Michalis Dorizas -Greek javelin thrower (d. 1957)

1890- Gertrude Chandler Warner -American author (d. 1979)

1891- Dorothy P. Lathrop -American author and illustrator (d. 1980)

1892- Howard Mumford Jones -American author, critic, and academic (d. 1980)

1893- Germaine Guèvremont -Canadian journalist and author (d. 1968)

1894- Ernst Ziegler -German actor (d. 1974)

1895- Ove Arup -English-Danish engineer and businessman, founded Arup Group Limited|Arup (d. 1988)

1896- Robert Henry Best -American journalist (d. 1952)

1896- Pat Clayton -English soldier and surveyor (d. 1962)

1896- Tristan Tzara -Romanian-French poet and critic (d. 1963)

1899- Osman Achmatowicz -Polish chemist and educator (d. 1988)

1904- Fifi D'Orsay -Canadian-American actress (d. 1983)

1905- Frits Philips -Dutch businessman (d. 2005)

1907- Joseph-Armand Bombardier -Canadian inventor and businessman (d. 1964)

1907- August Eigruber -Austrian-German politician (d. 1947)

1908- Ellis Marsalis, Sr. -American businessman and activist (d. 2004)

1908- Ray Ventura -French pianist and bandleader (d. 1979)

1910- Berton Roueché -American journalist and author (d. 1994)

1911- Guy Burgess -English-Russian spy (d. 1963)

1912- David Langton -Scottish-English actor (d. 1994)

1912- Catherine Scorsese -American actress (d. 1997)

1912- Garth Williams -American illustrator (d. 1996)

1913- Les Tremayne -English-American actor (d. 2003)

1915- Joan Alexander -American actress (d. 2009)

1915- Gerard McLarnon -Irish actor and playwright (d. 1997)

1916- Ted Mann -American businessman (d. 2001)

1917- Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli -(d. 2013)

1917- Barry Nelson -American actor (d. 2007)

1918- Dick Gibson -English race car driver (d. 2010)

1918- Hsuan Hua -Chinese monk (d. 1995)

1918- Juozas Kazickas -Lithuanian-American businessman and philanthropist (d. 2014)

1918- Spike Milligan -Indian-Irish actor, singer, screenwriter, and author (d. 2002)

1919- Merce Cunningham -American dancer and choreographer (d. 2009)

1919- Nilla Pizzi -Italian singer (d. 2011)

1919- Pedro Ramírez Vázquez -Mexican architect, designed the Tijuana Cultural Center and Museo Nacional de Antropología (d. 2013)

1919- Thomas Willmore -English geometer and academic (d. 2005)

1920- Ananda Dassanayake -Sri Lankan politician (d. 2012)

1920- Alan Pegler -English businessman (d. 2012)

1921- Wolfgang Leonhard -German historian and author (d. 2014)

1921- Peter Ustinov -English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1922- Kingsley Amis -English author, poet, and critic (d. 1995)

1922- John Christopher -English author (d. 2012)

1922- Lawrence N. Guarino -American colonel (d. 2014)

1922- Pat Peppler -American football player and coach

1922- Leo Tindemans -Belgian politician, 43rd Prime Minister of Belgium

1923- Warren Barker -American composer (d. 2006)

1924- John Harvey-Jones -English academic and businessman (d. 2008)

1924- Henry Mancini -American composer and conductor (d. 1994)

1924- Rudy Pompilli -American saxophonist (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1976)

1924- Madanjeet Singh -Indian diplomat, author, and philanthropist (d. 2013)

1926- Pierre Fabre (businessman)|Pierre Fabre -French pharmacist, founded Laboratoires Pierre Fabre (d. 2013)

1927- Edie Adams -American actress and singer (d. 2008)

1927- John Chamberlain -American sculptor (d. 2011)

1927- Dick Lane (American football)|Dick Lane -American football player (d. 2002)

1927- Peter Mark Richman -American actor

1927- Rolf Schult -German actor (d. 2013)

1929- Roy Hamilton -American singer (d. 1969)

1929- Ralph Slatyer -Australian biologist and ecologist (d. 2012)

1929- Ed Townsend -American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2003)

1930- Doug Beasy -Australian footballer and educator (d. 2013)

1930- Fyodor Bogdanovsky -Russian weightlifter (d. 2014)

1930- Herbie Mann -American flute player (d. 2003)

1931- Herman van Ham -Dutch chef (d. 2012)

1932- Maury Meyers -American politician (d. 2014)

1933- Marcos Alonso Imaz -Spanish footballer (d. 2012)

1933- Joan Bakewell -English journalist

1933- Erol Günaydın -Turkish actor (d. 2012)

1933- Ike Pappas -American journalist (d. 2008)

1934- Vicar (comics)|Vicar -Chilean cartoonist (d. 2012)

1934- Richard Kershaw -English journalist (b. 2014)

1934- Geoffrey Owen -English journalist, academic, and businessman

1934- Robert Stigwood -Australian film producer

1935- Marcel Carrière -Canadian director and screenwriter

1935- Sarah Kirsch (poet)|Sarah Kirsch -German poet (d. 2013)

1935- Lennart Risberg -Swedish boxer (d. 2013)

1935- Dominique Venner -French journalist and historian (d. 2013)

1935- Bobby Vinton -American singer and actor

1936- Šaban Bajramović -Serbian singer-songwriter (d. 2008)

1936- Tom Lodge -English radio host (d. 2012)

1937- Vince Hill -English singer-songwriter, producer, and playwright

1937- George Steele -American wrestler and actor

1938- Gordon Wilson (Scottish politician)|Gordon Wilson -Scottish lawyer and politician

1938- Rich Rollins -American baseball player

1939- John Amabile (American football)|John Amabile -American football player and coach (d. 2012)

1939- John Delafose -American accordion player (d. 1994)

1939- Boris Dvornik -Croatian actor (d. 2008)

1939- Dusty Springfield -English singer and producer (The Lana Sisters and The Springfields) (d. 1999)

1940- Benoît Bouchard -Canadian politician

1940- Margaret Maden -English academic

1940- Thomas Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys -English banker and politician

1941- Allan Segal -American director and producer (d. 2012)

1942- Jim Lonborg -American baseball player

1942- Frank Williams (Formula One)|Frank Williams -English businessman, founded the Williams F1|Williams F1 Racing Team

1943- Ruth Madoc -English-Welsh actress and singer

1943- Dave Peverett -English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Foghat and Savoy Brown) (d. 2000)

1943- Morris Stevenson -Scottish footballer (d. 2014)

1943- Petro Tyschtschenko -German businessman

1944- Sue Clifford -English environmentalist and academic, co-founded Common Ground (United Kingdom)|Common Ground

1945- Tom Allen -American lawyer and politician

1945- Sebastian Barker -English poet (d. 2014)

1946- Margot Adler -American journalist and author (d. 2014)

1946- Ernst Bakker -Dutch politician (d. 2014)

1946- R. Carlos Nakai -American flute player

1947- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -American basketball player and coach

1947- Gerry Rafferty -Scottish singer-songwriter (The Humblebums and Stealers Wheel) (d. 2011)

1948- Reg Alcock -Canadian politician (d. 2011)

1948- Ammar El Sherei -Egyptian accordion player, composer, and academic (d. 2012)

1948- Lynne Franks -English businesswoman

1948- Kazuyuki Sogabe -Japanese voice actor (d. 2006)

1949- Melody Patterson -American actress

1949- Ann Romney -American wife of Mitt Romney

1949- Pirkko Saisio -Finnish actress and director

1950- Robert Dutil -Canadian politician

1950- David Graf -American actor (d. 2001)

1951- Ioan Mihai Cochinescu -Romanian author and photographer

1951- Mordechai Ben David -American singer-songwriter

1951- Björgvin Halldórsson -Icelandic singer

1951- M. S. Narayana -Indian actor and director

1951- David Nutt -English psychiatrist and academic

1952- Bill Belichick -American football player and coach

1952- Michel Blanc -French actor and director

1952- Esther Roth-Shahamorov -Israeli sprinter and hurdler

1952- Billy West -American voice actor and singer

1952- Nick Young (executive)|Nick Young -English lawyer and activist

1953- Douglas M. Fraser -American general

1953- Peter Garrett -Australian singer-songwriter and politician (Midnight Oil)

1953- Jay O. Sanders -American actor

1953- J. Neil Schulman -American author, actor, director, and producer

1954- Ellen Barkin -American actress

1954- John Bowe (racing driver)|John Bowe -Australian race car driver

1954- Mike Zuke -Canadian ice hockey player

1955- Bruce Bochy -American baseball player and manager

1956- David M. Brown -American captain, pilot, and astronaut (d. 2003)

1956- T Lavitz -American keyboard player, composer, and producer (Dixie Dregs, Jazz Is Dead, and Widespread Panic) (d. 2010)

1956- Lise-Marie Morerod -Swiss skier

1957- Patricia De Martelaere -Flemish author (d. 2009)

1958- Tim Flach -English photographer, artist and director

1959- Robert Casilla -American illustrator

1959- Scott McKinsey -American director and producer

1959- Alison Ramsay -Scottish field hockey player

1960- Wahab Akbar -Filipino politician (d. 2007)

1960- Rafael Benítez -Spanish footballer and manager

1960- Pierre Littbarski -German footballer and manager

1961- Doris Dragović -Croatian singer-songwriter

1962- Anna Dello Russo -Italian journalist

1962- Ian MacKaye -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Fugazi (band)|Fugazi, Minor Threat, The Teen Idles, The Evens, and Embrace (American band)|Embrace)

1963- Nick Berry -English actor and singer

1963- Saleem Malik -Pakistani cricketer

1963- Jimmy Osmond -American singer and actor (The Osmonds)

1964- David Kohan -American screenwriter and producer

1964- Dave Pirner -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Soul Asylum)

1964- Esbjörn Svensson -Swedish pianist (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) (d. 2008)

1965- Yves-François Blanchet -Canadian politician

1965- Jon Cryer -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Martin Lawrence -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1965- Michael Wong (actor)|Michael Wong -American-Hong Kong actor and director

1968- Vickie Guerrero -American wrestler and manager

1968- Rüdiger Stenzel -German runner

1969- Stacy Francis -American singer and actress (Ex Girlfriend (band)|Ex Girlfriend)

1969- Patrik Järbyn -Swedish skier

1969- Fernando Viña -American baseball player and sportscaster

1970- Dero Goi -German singer-songwriter and drummer (Oomph!)

1970- Walt Williams -American basketball player

1971- Selena -American singer-songwriter (Selena y Los Dinos) (d. 1995)

1971- Max Beesley -English actor and singer

1971- Peter Billingsley -American actor, director, and producer

1971- Moses Chan -Hong Kong actor

1971- Belinda Stewart-Wilson -English actress

1971- Seigo Yamamoto -Japanese race car driver

1971- Natasha Zvereva -Russian tennis player

1972- Conchita Martínez -Spanish-American tennis player

1972- Tracy K. Smith -American poet and educator

1972- John McGuinness (motorcycle racer)|John McGuinness -English motorcycle racer

1973- Akon -American singer-songwriter and producer

1973- Gary Delaney -English comedian

1973- Hirofumi Nojima -Japanese voice actor

1973- Bonnie Pink -Japanese singer-songwriter

1973- Oksana Yermakova -Estonian-Russian fencer

1974- Mat Devine -American singer-songwriter and actor (Kill Hannah)

1974- Xu Jinglei -Chinese actress and director

1974- Valarie Rae Miller -American actress

1974- Fabián Robles -Mexican actor

1974- Thomas Tevana -American actor

1975- Keon Clark -American basketball player

1975- Sean Maher -American actor

1975- Nick Pickard -English actor

1975- Karl Yune -American actor

1976- Phil Baroni -American mixed martial artist

1976- Robert Dahlqvist -Swedish singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hellacopters, Dundertåget, and Thunder Express)

1976- Lukas Haas -American actor

1976- Dan Kellner -American fencer

1976- David Lyons (actor)|David Lyons -Australian actor

1976- Kelli O'Hara -American actress and singer

1976- Shu Qi -Taiwanese actress

1977- Tameka Empson -English actress

1977- Florentijn Hofman -Dutch sculptor

1977- Fredrik Ljungberg -Swedish footballer

1977- Hayes MacArthur -American actor

1977- Alek Wek -Sudanese-English model

1978- Lara Dutta -Indian model and actress, Miss Universe|Miss Universe 2000

1978- Jody Marie Gnant -American singer-songwriter and pianist

1978- Nikki Griffin -American actress

1978- Matthew Lloyd -Australian footballer

1978- John Buffalo Mailer -American actor, playwright, and producer

1978- Kristin Proctor -American-Norwegian actress

1978- Igor Tudor -Croatian footballer and manager

1978- Ivan Urgant -Russian television host

1978- Christos Vasilopoulos -Greek actor

1979- Christijan Albers -Dutch race car driver

1979- Lars Börgeling -German pole vaulter

1979- Daniel Browne -New Zealand rugby player

1979- Sean Costello -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2008)

1979- Sixto Peralta -Argentinian-English footballer

1980- Jake Andrews -American singer-songwriter and guitarist

1980- Jens Hartwig -German actor

1980- Paul London -American wrestler

1980- Juliette Marquis -Ukrainian actress, model, and ballerina

1980- Adriana Sage -Mexican-American porn actress and model

1981- Anestis Agritis -Greek footballer

1981- Maya Dunietz -Israeli singer-songwriter and pianist

1981- Russell Harvard -American actor

1981- Matthieu Proulx -Canadian football player

1981- Jake Scott (guard)|Jake Scott -American football player

1981- Vico Thai -Australian actor

1982- Gina Carano -American mixed martial artist, actress, and model

1982- Boris Diaw -French basketball player

1982- Michael Ratajczak -German footballer

1982- Jonathan Vilma -American football player

1983- Marié Digby -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress

1983- Manuela Martelli -Chilean actress

1983- Cat Osterman -American softball player

1983- George Patis -Greek badminton player

1984- Amelia Atwater-Rhodes -American author

1984- Natalie Blair -Australian actress

1984- Teddy Blass -American composer and producer

1984- Dane Brookes -English actor

1984- Noah Fleiss -American actor

1984- Claire Foy -English actress

1984- Tucker Fredricks -American speed skater

1984- Paweł Kieszek -Polish footballer

1985- Mark Baker (author)|Mark Baker -Welsh author

1985- Luol Deng -Sudanese-English basketball player

1985- Nate Diaz -American mixed martial artist

1985- Rhiana Griffith -Australian model and actress

1985- Brendon Leonard -New Zealand rugby player

1985- Benjamín Rojas -Argentinian singer-songwriter and actor (Erreway)

1985- Taye Taiwo -Nigerian footballer

1985- JC Tiuseco -Filipino model, actor, and basketball player

1986- Paul di Resta -Scottish race car driver

1986- Laura Langman -New Zealand netball player

1986- Shinji Okazaki -Japanese footballer

1986- Andres Olvik -Estonian swimmer

1986- Peter Regin -Danish ice hockey player

1986- Epke Zonderland -Dutch gymnast

1987- Neil Haskell -American dancer

1987- Aaron Lennon -English footballer

1987- Kyley Statham -Canadian actress

1987- Aleksander Vinter -Norwegian DJ and producer

1988- Jullie -Brazilian singer-songwriter and actress

1988- Alisa Durbrow -Japanese model, actress, and singer

1990- Jérémy Kapone -French actor and singer

1990- Lily Loveless -English actress

1990- Vangelis Mantzaris -Greek basketball player

1990- Lorraine Nicholson -American actress

1990- Nia Ramadhani -Indonesian actress

1990- Jules Sitruk -French actor

1991- Kim Kyung-Jung -South Korean footballer

1991- Nolan Arenado -American baseball player

1993- Mirai Nagasu -American figure skater

1993- Chance The Rapper -American rapper

1994- Liliana Mumy -American actress

2003- Alina Foley -American actress