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Day History: April-18

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Famous Birthdays


1480- Lucrezia Borgia -Italian daughter of Pope Alexander VI (d. 1519)

1590- Ahmed I -Ottoman sultan (d. 1617)

1605- Giacomo Carissimi -Italian priest and composer (d. 1674)

1648- Jeanne Guyon -French mystic (d. 1717)

1666- Jean-Féry Rebel -French violinist and composer (d. 1747)

1740- Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet -English banker (d. 1810)

1759- Jacques Widerkehr -French cellist and composer (d. 1823)

1771- Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg -(d. 1820)

1772- David Ricardo -English economist (d. 1823)

1797- Adolphe Thiers -French historian and politician, 2nd President of France (d. 1877)

1813- James McCune Smith -American physician and author (d. 1865)

1819- Carlos Manuel de Céspedes -Cuban lawyer and activist (d. 1874)

1819- Franz von Suppé -Austrian composer and conductor (d. 1895)

1838- Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran -French chemist (d. 1912)

1857- Clarence Darrow -American lawyer (d. 1938)

1857- Alexander Shirvanzade -Armenian playwright and author (d. 1935)

1858- Dhondo Keshav Karve -Indian educator and activist (d. 1962)

1863- Count Leopold Berchtold -Austrian-Hungarian politician and diplomat (d. 1942)

1863- Linton Hope -English sailor and architect (d. 1920)

1864- Richard Harding Davis -American journalist and author (d. 1916)

1874- Abd-ru-shin -German author (d. 1941)

1874- Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić -Croatian author (d. 1938)

1877- Vicente Sotto -Filipino politician (d. 1950)

1879- Korneli Kekelidze -Georgian philologist and scholar (d. 1962)

1880- Sam Crawford -American baseball player, coach, and umpire (d. 1968)

1882- Isaac Babalola Akinyele -Nigerian ruler (d. 1964)

1882- Leopold Stokowski -Polish-English conductor (d. 1977)

1884- Jaan Anvelt -Estonian politician (d. 1937)

1888- Duffy Lewis -American baseball player (d. 1979)

1889- Jessie Street -Australian activist (d. 1970)

1893- Violette Morris -French shot putter and discus thrower (d. 1944)

1896- Na Hye-sok -South Korean journalist, poet, and painter (d. 1948)

1897- Ardito Desio -Italian geologist and cartographer (d. 2001)

1898- Patrick Hennessy -Irish businessman (d. 1981)

1901- Al Lewis (lyricist)|Al Lewis -American songwriter (d. 1967)

1901- László Németh -Hungarian dentist, author, and playwright (d. 1975)

1902- Giuseppe Pella -Italian politician, 32nd Prime Minister of Italy (d. 1981)

1902- Menachem Mendel Schneerson -Russian-French rabbi (d. 1994)

1904- Pigmeat Markham -American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1981)

1905- Sydney Halter -Canadian lawyer and businessman (d. 1990)

1905- George H. Hitchings -American physician, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1998)

1907- Miklós Rózsa -Hungarian-American composer and conductor (d. 1995)

1911- Maurice Goldhaber -Ukrainian-American physicist (d. 2011)

1914- Claire Martin (writer)|Claire Martin -Canadian author (d. 2014)

1915- Joy Davidman -American poet and author (d. 1960)

1916- Carl Burgos -American illustrator (d. 1984)

1916- Doug Peden -Canadian basketball player (d. 2005)

1917- Ty LaForest -Canadian-American baseball player (d. 1947)

1917- Frederica of Hanover -(d. 1981)

1918- Gabriel Axel -Danish-French actor, director, and producer (d. 2014)

1918- André Bazin -French critic and theorist (d. 1958)

1918- Shinobu Hashimoto -Japanese director, producer, and screenwriter

1918- Clifton Hillegass -American publisher, founded ''CliffsNotes'' (d. 2001)

1918- Tony Mottola -American guitarist and composer (d. 2004)

1919- Vondell Darr -American actress (d. 2012)

1919- Virginia O'Brien -American actress and singer (d. 2001)

1920- John F. Wiley -American football player and coach (d. 2013)

1921- Jean Richard -French actor (d. 2001)

1922- Barbara Hale -American actress

1923- Alfred Bieler -Swiss ice hockey player (d. 2013)

1923- Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle -English engineer and politician

1924- Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown -American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005)

1924- Henry Hyde -American politician (d. 2007)

1924- Roy Mason|Roy Mason, Lord Mason of Barnsley -English politician, Secretary of State for Defence

1925- Bob Hastings -American actor (d. 2014)

1925- Marcus Schmuck -Austrian mountaineer (d. 2005)

1926- Günter Meisner -German actor (d. 1994)

1927- Samuel P. Huntington -American political scientist, author, and academic (d. 2008)

1927- Tadeusz Mazowiecki -Polish journalist and politician, Prime Minister of Poland (d. 2013)

1928- Otto Piene -German sculptor and academic (d. 2014)

1929- Peter Hordern -English politician

1930- Clive Revill -New Zealand-English actor and singer

1931- Bill Miles -American director and producer (d. 2013)

1934- James Drury -American actor

1934- George Shirley -American tenor

1935- Jerry Dexter -American voice actor (d. 2013)

1935- Costas Ferris -Egyptian-Greek actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1936- Roger Graef -American-English criminologist, director, and producer

1936- Vladimir Hütt -Estonian physicist and philosopher (d. 1997)

1936- Tommy Ivo -American actor and race car driver

1937- Jan Kaplický -Czech architect, designed the Selfridges Building, Birmingham|Selfridges Building (d. 2009)

1937- Teddy Taylor -Scottish politician, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

1939- William McKay (administrator)|William McKay -English academic

1939- Thomas J. Moyer -American jurist

1940- Joseph L. Goldstein -American biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine|Nobel Prize laureate

1940- Jaak Lipso -Estonian basketball player and coach

1940- Mike Vickers -English guitarist, saxophonist, and songwriter (Manfred Mann)

1941- Michael D. Higgins -Irish politician, 9th President of Ireland

1942- Michael Beloff -English lawyer

1942- Steve Blass -American baseball player and sportscaster

1942- Robert Christgau -American journalist and critic

1942- Jochen Rindt -German-Austrian race car driver (d. 1970)

1944- Frances D'Souza, Baroness D'Souza -English academic and politician

1944- Robert Hanssen -American FBI agent and spy

1944- Philip Jackson (sculptor)|Philip Jackson -Scottish sculptor

1945- Bernard Arcand -Canadian anthropologist and author (d. 2009)

1945- Margaret Hassan -Irish aid worker (d. 2004)

1946- Jean-François Balmer -Swiss actor

1946- Irene Fernandez -Malaysian activist (d. 2014)

1946- Hayley Mills -English actress and singer

1946- Skip Spence -Canadian-American singer-songwriter, drummer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape) (d. 1999)

1947- Kathy Acker -American author and poet (d. 1997)

1947- Moses Blah -Liberian politician, 23rd President of Liberia (d. 2013)

1947- Dorothy Lyman -American actress, director, and producer

1947- Herbert Mullin -American serial killer

1947- Cindy Pickett -American actress

1947- Greg Quill -Australian-Canadian singer-songwriter and journalist (d. 2013)

1947- Jerzy Stuhr -Polish actor, director, and screenwriter

1947- James Woods -American actor and producer

1948- Régis Wargnier -French director, producer, and screenwriter

1949- Geoff Bodine -American race car driver

1950- Paul Callery -Australian footballer

1950- Kenny Ortega -American director, producer, and choreographer

1951- Ricardo Fortaleza -Australian-Filipino boxer and coach

1951- Pierre Pettigrew -Canadian politician

1953- Rick Moranis -Canadian-American actor, singer, and screenwriter

1954- Robert Greenberg -American composer and pianist

1956- Anna Kathryn Holbrook -American actress

1956- Eric Roberts -American actor

1956- Melody Thomas Scott -American actress

1958- Malcolm Marshall -Barbadian cricketer (d. 1999)

1958- Thomas Simaku -Albanian-English composer

1958- Tarmo Teder -Estonian poet and critic

1959- Susan Faludi -American journalist and author

1959- Frank Mulholland -Scottish lawyer and politician, Solicitor General for Scotland

1961- Kelly Hansen -American singer-songwriter (Foreigner (band)|Foreigner and Hurricane (band)|Hurricane)

1961- Jane Leeves -English actress and dancer

1961- Steve Lombardi -American wrestler and agent

1961- John Podhoretz -American journalist and author

1962- Poonam Dhillon -Indian actress

1962- Jeff Dunham -American comedian and ventriloquist

1962- Nick Farr-Jones -Australian rugby player

1963- Mike Mangini -American drummer (Dream Theater, Annihilator (band)|Annihilator, Extreme (band)|Extreme, and Tribe of Judah (band)|Tribe of Judah)

1963- Eric McCormack -Canadian-American actor and producer

1963- Conan O'Brien -American actor, producer, screenwriter, and talk show host

1963- Peter Van Loan -Canadian politician

1964- Bez (dancer)|Bez -English drummer and dancer (Happy Mondays and Black Grape)

1964- Jim Ellison -American singer-songwriter (Material Issue) (d. 1996)

1964- Niall Ferguson -Scottish historian and academic

1964- Rithy Panh -Cambodian director and screenwriter

1965- Steven Stayner -American kidnap victim (d. 1989)

1965- Rob Stenders -Dutch radio host

1966- Camille Coduri -English actress

1966- Trine Hattestad -Norwegian javelin thrower

1966- Valeri Kamensky -Russian ice hockey player

1967- Maria Bello -American actress and singer

1968- Mary Birdsong -American actress and singer

1968- David Hewlett -English-Canadian actor

1969- Keith R. A. DeCandido -American author

1969- Sayako Kuroda -Japanese daughter of Akihito

1969- Stefan Schwarz -Swedish footballer and manager

1970- Rico Brogna -American baseball player and coach

1970- Greg Eklund -American drummer and guitarist (Everclear (band)|Everclear and The Oohlas)

1970- Saad Hariri -Saudi Arabian-Lebanese politician, 66th Prime Minister of Lebanon

1970- François Leroux -Canadian ice hockey player and radio host

1970- Lisa LoCicero -American actress

1970- Esther Schweins -German actress

1970- Tatiana Stefanidou -Greek journalist and television host

1971- Tamara Braun -American actress

1971- Samantha Cameron -English businesswoman, Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1971- Oleg Petrov -Russian ice hockey player

1971- Fredro Starr -American rapper and actor (Onyx (group)|Onyx)

1971- David Tennant -Scottish actor

1972- Rosa Clemente -American journalist and activist

1972- Eli Roth -American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter

1973- Jad Abumrad -American radio host and producer

1973- Derrick Brooks -American football player

1973- Brady Clark -American baseball player

1973- Haile Gebrselassie -Ethiopian runner

1974- Millie Corretjer -Puerto Rican singer and actress

1974- Mark Tremonti -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Creed (band)|Creed and Alter Bridge)

1974- Edgar Wright -English director and screenwriter

1975- GoonRock -American songwriter and producer

1975- Jeong Jae-heon -South Korean voice actor

1975- Sergei Terehhov -Estonian footballer

1976- Fayray -Japanese singer-songwriter and actress

1976- Gavin Creel -American actor and singer

1976- Jo Gibb -Scottish actress and dancer

1976- Melissa Joan Hart -American actress, director, and producer

1976- Sean Maguire -English actor and singer

1976- Kevin Rankin (actor)|Kevin Rankin -American actor

1976- Justin Ross -American politician

1977- Dan LaCouture -American ice hockey player

1977- Cindy Taylor -Paraguayan model and actress

1979- Michael Bradley (basketball)|Michael Bradley -American basketball player and coach

1979- Ethan Cohn -American actor

1979- Anthony Davidson -English race car driver

1979- Nuria Fergó -Spanish singer and actress

1979- Kourtney Kardashian -American model, actress, and businesswoman

1979- Matthew Upson -English footballer

1979- Karl Wolf -Lebanese-Canadian singer-songwriter and producer (Sky (Canadian band)|Sky)

1980- Rabiu Afolabi -Nigerian footballer

1980- Carolina Crescentini -Italian actress

1980- Justin Levens -American mixed martial artist (d. 2008)

1980- Laura Mennell -Canadian actress

1980- Robyn Regehr -Canadian ice hockey player

1980- Priit Võigemast -Estonian actor

1981- Elastinen -Finnish rapper and producer (Fintelligens)

1981- Brian Buscher -American baseball player

1981- Jamie Davis -English actor

1981- Mai Hoshimura -Japanese singer-songwriter

1981- Milan Jovanović (footballer born 1981)|Milan Jovanović -Serbian footballer

1981- Aldo Ramírez -Colombian footballer

1982- Ibrahim al-Asiri -Saudi Arabian terrorist

1982- Greg Camarillo -American football player

1982- Ricardo Colclough -Canadian-American football player

1982- Simone Farina -Italian footballer

1982- Scott Hartnell -Canadian ice hockey player

1982- Blair Late -American singer-songwriter (B3 (band)|B3)

1982- Kristina Sisco -American actress

1982- Darren Sutherland -Irish boxer (d. 2009)

1982- Marie-Élaine Thibert -Canadian singer

1983- Miguel Cabrera -Venezuelan baseball player

1983- Reeve Carney -American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

1983- Fodil Hadjadj -Algerian footballer

1983- Cheryl Haworth -American weightlifter

1983- Cristina Nardozzi -American model, Miss Massachusetts USA|Miss Massachusetts USA 2005

1984- Sokoudjou -Cameroonian mixed martial artist

1984- Red Bryant -American football player

1984- America Ferrera -American actress and producer

1985- Łukasz Fabiański -Polish footballer

1985- Sasa Handa -Japanese model and actress

1985- Sukollawat Kanarot -Thai actor and model

1985- Jessica Lu -American actress

1985- Karl Reindler -Australian race car driver

1985- Rachel Smith -Panamanian-American model, Miss USA 2007

1985- Elena Temnikova -Russian singer (Serebro)

1986- Billy Butler (baseball)|Billy Butler -American baseball player

1986- Maurice Edu -American soccer player

1986- Taylor Griffin -American basketball player

1986- Eleanor James -English actress and dancer

1986- Denice Klarskov -Danish porn actress, producer, and radio host

1986- Conrad Logan -Irish footballer

1986- Efraín Velarde -Mexican footballer

1987- Brett Deledio -Australian footballer

1987- Danny Guthrie -English footballer

1987- Sandra Lyng Haugen -Norwegian singer

1987- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley -English model and actress

1987- Samantha Jade -Australian singer-songwriter

1987- Cara Mia Wayans -American actress

1988- Anagabriela Espinoza -Mexican model, Miss International 2009

1988- Andre Frolov -Estonian footballer

1988- Alexander Hauck -South African-German rugby player

1989- Simas Buterlevičius -Lithuanian basketball player

1989- Jessica Jung -Korean-American singer, dancer, and actress (former member of Girls' Generation)

1989- Alia Shawkat -American actress

1989- Chaiwat Thongsaeng -Thai actor and model

1990- Cigar (horse)|Cigar -American race horse (d. 2014)

1990- Henderson Alvarez -Venezuelan baseball player

1990- Jake Howells -English footballer

1990- Britt Robertson -American actress

1990- Wojciech Szczęsny -Polish footballer

1990- Junior Torunarigha -Nigerian footballer

1990- Inna Zlidnis -Estonian footballer

1992- Chloe Bennet -American actress and singer

1992- Misa Eguchi -Japanese tennis player

1993- Nathan Sykes -English singer-songwriter (The Wanted)

1994- Moisés Arias -American actor

1995- Divock Origi -Belgian footballer

1996- Ioana Ducu -Romanian tennis player